Big data refers to very large amounts of data being produced on the Web and by sensor, monitoring and machine systems along with the systems and technologies used to integrate and analytically explore it. Big data can be discussed from a technical view of frameworks and technologies, and from a business perspective of its uses and value to organizations. As it matures, big data is emerging into the context of information and data management already used in organizations.

NewsHadoop, the open source Big Data platform, has found a home on Cray Inc.'s big data analytics appliance -- called the Cray Urika-XA system.
NewsAccenture and MIT are attempting to rally the analytics community to solve some of the world's most complex business and social problems. The duo's Big Data and analytics rally cry started this week with a request for proposals specifically aimed at MIT faculty and researchers.
NewsDo bank CEOs fear analytics? A recent study found that analytics are underused at banks and that senior executives are cold to the technology: a scant 20% said that if it were up to them their organization would be highly data driven.
NewsSAP has named Maggie Chan Jones -- a Microsoft and Level 3 veteran -- as chief marketing officer. Moreover, former SAP CMO Jonathan Becher is now chief digital officer leading SAP's new digital business unit. Both moves come as SAP tries to accelerate its Big Data and cloud businesses, and online software sales.
NewsIBM Corp. has a new plan for its Watson supercomputer: to support consumers’ personal health and fitness goals.
NewsHewlett-Packard is building a bridge between traditional SQL database analytics and Big Data on Hadoop systems. The result is HP Vertica for SQL on Hadoop.
NewsAt first, Hortonworks' plan to launch an IPO (initial public offering) could be great news for Big Data customers and the Hadoop open source community. But take a closer look at Hortonworks' current sales and profits and you may spot new questions about Hadoop's overall Big Data market prospects.
NewsElectronic health records (EHR) will deliver cost savings of $78 billion to the global healthcare industry between 2014 and 2019, becoming an integral part of future digital healthcare initiatives, according to a new report from technology research firm Juniper Research.
NewsWhen Amazon's AWS re:invent 2014 conference kicks off Nov. 11 in Las Vegas, numerous Big Data cloud companies will be in the house. Among the businesses to watch: Blacklight Solutions, Intel, MediaMath, Numenta and Yellowfin (among others). Here's why.
NewsGoogle has cut prices for its Google Cloud Platform big data offering -- called BigQuery Storage -- by 23 percent. That move -- and several others -- highlighted Google Cloud Platform Live, a one-day conference that seeks to position the search giant more effectively against Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.
NewsThe data economy — or the system that provides for the exchange of digitized information for the purpose of creating insights and value — grew in 2014, but in 2015 we’ll see it leap forward significantly. Here's where Big Data is heading for 2015, predicts Forrester Research.
Information Management NewsHow the Food and Drug Administration is modernizing its IT platforms to get ready to handle the enormous data sets it receives each day.
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