IDG Contributor Network: A speedy recovery: the key to good outcomes as health care’s dependence on data deepens

It may have been slow to catch on compared to other industries, but the health care sector has developed a voracious appetite for data. Digital transformation topped the agenda at this year’s Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Florida, and big data analytics in health care is on track to be worth… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: A speedy recovery: the key to good outcomes as health care’s dependence on data deepens

What is Apache Spark? The big data analytics platform explained

From its humble beginnings in the AMPLab at U.C. Berkeley in 2009, Apache Spark has become one of the key big data distributed processing frameworks in the world. Spark can be deployed in a variety of ways, provides native bindings for the Java, Scala, Python, and R programming languages, and supports SQL, streaming data, machine… Continue reading What is Apache Spark? The big data analytics platform explained

Dremio: Simpler and faster data analytics

Jacques Nadeau is the CTO and cofounder of Dremio. Now is a great time to be a developer. Over the past decade, decisions about technology have moved from the boardroom to innovative developers, who are building with open source and making decisions based on the merits of the underlying project rather than the commercial relationships… Continue reading Dremio: Simpler and faster data analytics

Apache PredictionIO: Easier machine learning with Spark

The Apache Foundation has added a new machine learning project to its roster, Apache PredictionIO, an open-sourced version of a project originally devised by a subsidiary of Salesforce. What PredictionIO does for machine learning and Spark Apache PredictionIO is built atop Spark and Hadoop, and serves Spark-powered predictions from data using customizable templates for common tasks.… Continue reading Apache PredictionIO: Easier machine learning with Spark

R tutorial: Learn to crunch big data with R

A few years ago, I was the CTO and cofounder of a startup in the medical practice management software space. One of the problems we were trying to solve was how medical office visit schedules can optimize everyone’s time. Too often, office visits are scheduled to optimize the physician’s time, and patients have to wait… Continue reading R tutorial: Learn to crunch big data with R

IDG Contributor Network: Your analytics strategy is obsolete

In the information age, it’s the data-driven bird that gets the worm. Giant companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple hoard data, because it’s the information equivalent of gold. But merely hoarding data isn’t enough. You need to be adept at sifting through, tying together, and making sense of all the data spilling out of your… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: Your analytics strategy is obsolete