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Spark 1.4 Released

On June 11, the Spark team announced availability of Release 1.4.  More than 210 contributors from 70 different organizations contributed more than 1,000 patches.  Spark continues to expand its contributor base, the best measure of health for an open source project. Spark Core The Spark team continues to improve Spark operability, performance and compatibility.  Key enhancements include: The first phase in

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How to Buy SAS Visual Analytics

Stories about SAS Visual Analytics are among the most widely read posts on this blog.  In the last two years I’ve received many queries from readers who complain that it’s hard to get clear answers about the software from SAS. In software procurement, the customer has bargaining power until the deal closes; after that, power shifts to the vendor.  

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Software for High Performance Advanced Analytics

Strata+Hadoop World week is a good opportunity to update the list of platforms for high-performance advanced analytics.  Vendors are hustling this week to announce their latest enhancements; I’ll post updates as needed. First some definition.  The scope of this analysis includes software with the following properties: Support for supervised and unsupervised machine learning Support for distributed processing Open platform or multi-vendor

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Analytic Startups: Skytree

Skytree started out as an academic machine learning project developed at Georgia Tech’s Fastlab.  Leadership shopped the software to a number of software vendors prior to 2011 and, finding no buyers, launched as a standalone venture in 2012. In April 2013, Skytree announced Series A funding of $18 million, with backing from U.S. Venture Partners, UPS, Javelin Venture Partners and

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