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The night before I wrote this column, I watched a classic British spy thriller. One of the old-guard spies complained that they had more information coming than ever before, but nobody knew how to make sense of it all. In an age of Big Data, any profession that deals with information faces this problem, including journalists.
Posted Jul 01, 2014
Seal Software, a provider of Contract Discovery and Contract Analytics solutions, announced it has secured $4 million in funding to support the next stage of the company's growth. The round was led by Vinny Smith's Toba Capital and supported by many of Seal's existing investors. Seal also announced that software industry veteran Paul Sallaberry has joined its board of directors.
Posted Jun 26, 2014
Business intelligence focuses on internal data. It's the information that companies have stored in data warehouses including financial, pricing and customer information. Market intelligence (also known as competitive intelligence), is more about looking externally at market conditions, trends, opportunities and threats; as well as at the competition, market shares, penetration strategies and go-to market models. While both are needed in order to run a business, traditionally, organizations have looked at BI and MI separately. However, given the big data movement happening today, it's becoming more important to combine both sets of data in order to get the complete picture of what's happening both internally and externally with an organization.
Posted Jun 25, 2014
Mirror Image, a provider of edge computing, streaming, and content delivery solutions, announced the production launch of the Geo-Distributed Database service to extend the capability of the company's Edge Computing service to handle big data in real-time at the edge of the internet. Based on ad tech companies' requirements to be able to work with their ever growing data sets at the edge, Mirror Image implemented active, synchronized NoSQL database servers in all Mirror Image data centers worldwide.
Posted Jun 10, 2014
Society Consulting, an analytics and Big Data services organization announced the official launch of Amper its first flagship product in the emerging Big Data space. Amper harnesses a cloud-based offering enabling data analysts to create insights to capitalize on the benefits of Big Data technologies without the need to develop complex software or involve traditional IT departments. Amper's solution reduces common data preparation tasks by months, leveraging an intuitive interface, built-in templates, and native scheduling automation.
Posted Jun 10, 2014
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Infotrieve Inc. have partnered to allow mutual customers to combine their search, content access, rights management and document delivery in one platform. Customers will be able to use Infotrieve's Mobile Library as their e-content access and management platform while using the search and metadata from EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).
Posted Jun 05, 2014
After the success of the last challenge in 2013--using the technical data of the mobile network of Orange in Ivory Coast--the next Data for Development (D4D) Challenge will use data sets from Senegal. It will reward the best research projects aimed at promoting development and improving the well-being of people in Senegal.
Posted May 27, 2014
EPiServer, a software provider for ecommerce and digital marketing solutions, announced the release of EPiServer Find, a next generation search solution that aims to help businesses solve important acquisition, retention and increased conversions of digital marketing and ecommerce sites.
Posted May 22, 2014
TopQuadrant, a semantic data integration company, and Smartlogic, content intelligence company, announced a partnership to integrate both parties' capabilities for linking structured and unstructured data. This strategic alliance will include technology exchange, joint product development and sales collaboration to provide a semantically enabled solution that unifies diverse information across the enterprise.
Posted May 22, 2014
Scope e-Knowledge Center, a provider of knowledge services and a Quatrro Global Services company, announced the launch of its indexing solution InDEXr. InDEXr is the latest addition to the list of platform-based services from Scope designed to serve as content enrichment and discovery solutions to help publishers and online information providers.
Posted May 22, 2014
Splice Machine, provider of the only Hadoop RDBMS, announced that its real-time relational database management system is now available as a public beta. The Splice Machine database enables companies to replace traditional RDBMS systems. A full-featured, transactional SQL database on Hadoop, Splice Machine moves Hadoop beyond its batch analytics heritage to power operational applications and real-time analytics.
Posted May 13, 2014
Access Innovations, Inc. announced the Author Submit extension module as part of the Data Harmony Version 3.9 release. Author Submit is an application for integration of author-selected subject metadata information into a publishing workflow during the submissions or upload process. It also facilitates the addition of taxonomy terms by the author.
Posted May 12, 2014
It is one thing to talk about trends affecting the digital content industry, but it's something completely different to be one of the people whose job it is to bring those trends to life. From Big Data to content marketing, EContent talked with three people who exemplify what it means to be working in digital content today. Today we profile a Big Data expert: Vikram Somaya, General Manager, WeatherFX.
Posted May 07, 2014
I love browsing in independent bookstores, and close to my home on the south coast of England is an outstanding example. The Hayling Island Bookshop is run by Marie Telford. She is also a member of the advisory panel for the U.K.'s Independent Booksellers Forum, regularly meeting other independent booksellers to share experiences and ideas. She recently found herself being lauded for her possible "quote of the year" when she was asked by The Bookseller for her predictions for 2014. Her forecast? Independent bookshops "will invest in small, roof-mounted, surface-to-air missile defence systems to defend themselves from passing airborne book delivery drones."
Posted May 06, 2014
With concerns about privacy raging after media coverage of high-profile events-such as Edward Snowden and National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax profiling uproar, and Target's massive loss of personal data to hackers over the holiday season-consumer concern about how their personal information is being used is at an all-time high, and it's likely to go higher. This is at a time when the promise and opportunity of Big Data for content providers is also at an all-time high.
Posted Apr 28, 2014
The Search Agency, an online marketing firm and the largest independent U.S. search marketing agency, released its quarterly State of Paid Search Report for Q1 2014, which found that Bing grew at a faster rate than Google. While advertisers spent more on both Google and Bing from the previous year, Bing grew 60%, which is more than double the rate of Google's 29% over the same period.
Posted Apr 22, 2014
Content creators have their plates full. As soon as they think they've got their web strategies figured out, something else pops up. Whether it's a new device or an emerging revenue stream, challenges to content strategy are numerous in this increasingly global market-"global" being the key word. Not only do you have to keep translation in mind when you're creating your content, you also have to think about making it discoverable to far-flung audiences that are increasingly important to your bottom line.
Posted Apr 21, 2014
Apigee launched a major new version of Apigee Insights, its big data analytics platform that now enables enterprises to increase customer satisfaction and revenue by predicting and immediately adapting to the needs of individual customers at scale. With Apigee Insights, businesses can apply predictive analytics on fine-grained data and then proactively act on those insights in real-time, delivering individualized services through predictive apps.
Posted Apr 14, 2014
Making sense of large amounts of disorganized information that is spread across wide swaths of an organization has always been the defining challenge of knowledge management. In recent years, the ability for organizations to capture information about themselves, their customers, and every facet of their business has increased exponentially; the phenomenon, of course, is known as "big data." As troves of data grow, so too does the potential to leverage it, and one key to keeping up with that potential is through the implementation of systems and solutions that streamline your organization's ability to analyze it, access it, and act on it. In short, big data is spurring the symbolic "long tail" of institutional knowledge to grow ever longer, and organizations must be prepared to adjust their knowledge management strategy to compensate.
Posted Apr 11, 2014
Covario, an independent search marketing firm, issued its Global Paid Search Spend Analysis for the first quarter of 2014, reporting that spending on pay-per-click advertising (PPC) by its enterprise technology, consumer electronics, and retail clients rose by 25% over the same period a year ago and by 7% from the fourth quarter of 2013.
Posted Apr 10, 2014
Rosoka Software, a Natural Language Processing (NLP) software company announced a new version of Rosoka and Rosoka GeoGravy which will enhance the capabilities of its line of natural language processing and geospatial analysis product lines. Rosoka and Rosoka GeoGravy are a family of products that include entity and relationship extraction, language identification, geotagging, and geospatial analysis for over 230 languages.
Posted Apr 08, 2014
ReachLocal Inc., which powers local online marketing for small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs), announced ReachSEO. The new offering aims to help SMBs drive more organic search traffic to their websites powered by ReachEdge. ReachSEO leverages industry best-practices in local SEO and ReachLocal's deep proprietary data on keyword effectiveness gained through its decade of experience building highly effective SMB paid search marketing campaigns.
Posted Apr 03, 2014
Big Data is all about a relatively simple idea--an idea with profound impacts for publishers: "Big Data is the ability to customize and personalize a user experience based on what you know about that user," says Gordon McLeod, president of Krux, producers of a data management platform that can help businesses collect, analyze, and make Big Data actionable. "So there are many other ways to use it beyond the core advertising technology. It's all the same data. It's what you know about your users and about people like them and taking action against it in real time."
Posted Mar 31, 2014
Panopto, a video platform provider for the enterprise and education markets, introduced a product update with a comprehensive way to search inside video content. The update allows Panopto customers to search for any word that is spoken or shown in their videos, and fast forward to that precise moment.
Posted Mar 27, 2014
Data Harmony, a division of Access Innovations, Inc., has announced that version 3.9 of its suite of software tools will be released on March 31, 2014. Current customers will be the first to receive the new version.
Posted Mar 20, 2014