This week has been a week of conferences in the realm of big data. Our news roster has been dominated this week by a whole host of announcements from the Strata + Hadoop world conference. Highlights include a raft of new integrations on Microsoft’s Azure platform, Waterline announcing the release of their Waterline Data Inventory, and GraphLab making their signature product available to the public.

Here in Europe, the team behind disease monitoring app Infected Flight scooped the Grand Hackathon Prize at TechCrunch Disrupt London. This week also saw the Gartner BI Conference get underway in Munich; our correspondent on the ground Furhaad Shah has been enthusiastically tweeting all of the major announcements over on our Twitter channel. We also hosted the second installment of Big Data, Berlin event series this week. For readers who couldn’t make it this week, we have further events coming up in Munich, London and will be announcing a raft of other locations early next year- stay tuned!


6 Stumbling Blocks For Marketing With Data6 Stumbling Blocks for Marketing With Data

Touted as a silver marketing bullet, data and scientific thinking will guide creativity in an evolving social and mobile universe. This is the rationale underlying the launch of OgilvyAmp, essentially an aggregation and rebranding of the data wonk’s buried among Ogilvy’s global offices.

Exasol: Building The Fastest Database In The WorldExasol: Building the Fastest Database in The World

Exasol was founded 14 years ago with a mission in mind: to build an ultra-fast, highly scalable database for analytics. We recently caught up with Graham Mossman, Exasol’s Senior Solutions Architect to discuss Exasol’s development and his upcoming talk at Data Enthusiasts London.


Thoughtspot Combine Enterprise-Class Features With Consumer-Class Usability On 1 Bi PlatformThoughtSpot Combine Enterprise-Class Features With Consumer-Class Usability on 1 BI Platform

As every industry becomes more data-driven, it becomes increasingly crucial that everyone in an organisation- from the Heads of IT to the least tech-savvy business person- has access to the key information. But of course, the requirements of these personel differ wildly, and there is yet to emerge a single technology which combines the enterprise-class infrastructure needed for big data analytics, with usability features that open the data to every person on the payroll. This is where ThoughtSpot come in.

10 Big Data Stories You Shouldn’t Miss This Week84% of Businesses Think Big Data Analytics Will Change Their Competitive Landscapes

The Industrial Internet (A combination of Big Data analytics and the Internet of Things) holds great potential if executives in healthcare and industrial sectors are to be believed, reveals a research published by GE and Accenture. To put things in perspective with regards to the economic potential of Industrial Internet, an estimate of worldwide spending is predicted to be $500 billion by 2020, pointing to a mammoth global GDP of $15 trillion by 2030, according to Wikibon and GE.

10 Big Data Stories You Shouldn’t Miss This WeekThe Fight Against Ebola May Have An Ally in Data Science, Believe Experts

Jai Vijayan while writing for Information Week explains its the unlikely channels are opening up to fight the spread. WHO’s predictions for this week, of 70% fatality rates and 1,000 new infections per week, comes from data about people who have died from or symptomatic, from facilities across Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Nigeria, collated with data gathered from medical diagnostic facilities and burial grounds in the affected region.

Augmented Reality Development Gets Fuel As Google Leads Investment Of Record $542M In Secretive Magic LeapAugmented Reality Development Gets Fuel as Google Leads Investment of Record $542M in Secretive Magic Leap

An augmented reality startup, Magic Leap, (whom everyone seems to find mysterious) has positively gained some more mystique quotient with the Google (and not Google Ventures) led $542 million Series B financing that it announced on Tuesday. There was participation from Qualcomm Ventures, Legendary Entertainment, including a personal investment from CEO Thomas Tull, KKR, Vulcan Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Andreessen Horowitz, Obvious Ventures, and other investors.

Upcoming Events

6022907226_C3Bd319110_Z27-28 October, 2014- Chief Data Officer European Leadership Forum, London

In recent years, there has been a significant rise in the appointments of Chief Data Officers (CDOs), in both the public and private sector. This is a result of data becoming an increasingly important strategic asset to businesses and public authorities.

Data Science Day Wants To Hear From You!Data Science Day Wants to Hear from You!
The 7th Data Science Day is hitting Berlin on the 30th October, hosted by Zalando and The Unbelievable Machine Company. The event is entitled “What´s next in Data Science? – or: just a bunch of really hot stuff!!!” If that amount of exclamation marks isn’t enough to get you excited, I don’t what is.

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