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Big data experts among top priorities for 2017 tech hiring

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Individuals with proven skills and expertise in big data analytics will be among the top priorities for IT recruiters in 2017, along with those with knowledge of cyber security, a new survey has found.

Research by Jobsite and recruitment consultancy Robert Walters found nearly half (47 per cent) of hiring managers expect to increase the number of IT workers they employ in the next 12 months, Computer Weekly reports.

More than half of respondents (54 per cent) said individuals with cyber security expertise would be among their top priorities for the year ahead, while 36 per cent said those with skills in business intelligence and big data will be in high demand.

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Stephen Hawking: Big data vital to scientific advances

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Big data analytics will be integral to some of the biggest scientific advances ever seen in the coming years as recognition grows of the potential of this technology.

This is according to Professor Stephen Hawking, who was speaking at the launch of Cambridge University's new Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information (CCIMI) last week (November 10th).

He observed that in today's "dazzlingly complex world", it is essential that we are able to make sense of the vast amount of data in order to identify meaning among the noise. However, it is only now that organisations are recognising just how much data there is in any given domain, and what tools will be needed to make the most of … Read more

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Big data and IoT to drive cloud market

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Big data analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) deployments will be among the main drivers of cloud computing traffic in the coming years, which is set to rise nearly four-fold by the end of the decade.

This is according to Cisco's latest Global Cloud Index, which forecast that the total amount of traffic using the cloud is set to grow from 3.9 zettabytes in 2015 to 14.1 zettabytes in 2020. By the end of the forecast period, cloud technology is expected to account for 92 per cent of total data centre traffic.

Cisco attributed this rise to an increase in migration to cloud architecture due to its ability to scale quickly and support more workloads than traditional data centres. This … Read more

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SQL ON HADOOP BENCHMARKING – Spark 2.0

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Following on from my previous blog on 12th Oct 2016. We have recently upgraded our CDH from 5.7.1 to 5.8.2 and have been concentrating on getting the TPC-DS benchmarks up and running for Spark.

Spark 1.6 comes with the CDH distribution but we also installed the Spark 2.0 beta available from the Cloudera.

In the previous blog we saw there had been a marked improvement in SQL maturity with Spark 2.0 (compared to 1.6) now supporting the SQL syntax of all 99 TPC-DS queries when functionally tested on a small 1GB data set. Therefore we are going to concentrate on Spark 2.0

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Facebook blocks social media algorithm to calculate quotes

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Facebook has blocked plans by a UK car insurer to use big data analytics to calculate quotes for customers based partly on information gathered from their social media postings.

Admiral unveiled the opt-in solution, called firstcarquote, that was intended to analyse the Facebook accounts of first-time drivers in order to identify personality traits that could be an indicator of how safe a driver they are likely to be, the Guardian reported. 

However, the social network has since refused permission for Admiral to proceed, as it was found to be in breach of the site's guidelines on how companies should use such information.

Admiral planned to scrape data from users' status updates and likes, with the company claiming it could lead … Read more

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How can you get Hadoop integrated into your business?

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With more organisations looking to add big data analytics capabilities to their operations in order to take advantage of the huge amounts of information they have available, many firms will be examining which technologies will be the best options for their business.

One of the most popular choices for firms will be Hadoop, which is a tempting option due to its flexibility and ability to effectively manage very large data sets.

In fact, it has been forecast that by 2020, as many as three-quarters of Fortune 2000 companies will be running Hadoop clusters of at least 1,000 nodes.

But getting up and running with the technology will prove challenging for many businesses. Hadoop remains a highly complex solution that … Read more

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Big data ‘still seen as IT-dominated projects’

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The majority of chief information officers (CIOs) still view big data analytics as primarily IT-based projects, although there is a growing recognition of the impact it can have on business departments.

This is among the findings of a new survey conducted by recruitment firm Robert Half in Australia, which revealed that 54 per cent of CIOs surveyed say the technology's main impact comes in the IT department.

However, nearly one in five professionals (18 per cent) believe that the technology has more impact on their operations departments, while 16 per cent see key benefits being felt by their finance teams. 

This indicates there is growing awareness of big data analytics' potential to transform operations throughout all parts of a … Read more

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Effective use of big data algorithms ‘vital’ for retailers

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It is essential that retailers are able to create effective algorithms to make the most of the large quantities of data they possess if they are to ensure competitive advantage.

This is according to Gartner, which said that this can help them cut costs and improve their top-line revenue in a digital economy where there is a huge volume of information available for analysis.

Speaking at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Australia, principal research analyst at the firm Kelsie Marian said there are several examples where retailers who have acted aggressively to implement such solutions have seen strong results.

She noted this sector is particularly well-placed to take advantage of the technology, as it is traditionally a major hoarder of data, … Read more

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Big data ‘set to lower healthcare costs’

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The implementation of advanced big data analytics solutions in the healthcare sector could help significantly lower costs in the marketplace by changing the way treatments are developed, prepared and delivered.

This is according to a new study by Lux Research, which noted that soaring costs are a problem that is continuing to plague the industry, as previous efforts to address this have had little impact.

In the US, for example, it stated the introduction of the Affordable Care Act has had limited success in tackling the problem, while in the UK, it has been reported that the government is unlikely to direct additional funding towards the NHS in the upcoming Autumn Statement, despite political pressures to create a full seven-day … Read more

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Finance and manufacturing lead the way for big data investments

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Businesses in the finance and manufacturing sectors will be among the biggest users of big data analytics solutions in the coming years as they strive to make the most of the huge amounts of information their activities generate.

This is according to new research by International Data Corporation (IDC), which found that banking, professional services, discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing and central government will account for almost half of global big data investments in 2016. They will remain the top five sectors for the technology until at least 2020.

Of these, banking will be the largest sector, both in terms of overall revenue and the fastest growth in spending. In 2016, this sector is expected to invest around $17 billion (£13.82 … Read more

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