Press Coverage

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Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC) has acquired Infochimps Inc. with the goal of expanding its big data customer base.

Sashi Reddi, CSC vice president and general manager, will lead the wholly owned subsidiary under CSC’s big data and analytics business unit, Infochimps said Tuesday.

Jim Kaskade, Infochimps CEO, said the company aims to leverage CSC’s client base, sales, marketing, product development and production resources in an effort to help the mother company grow its big data, cloud and open source offerings.

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Big Data Made Better

August 07, 2013—Jim Kaskade

What’s a $15B powerhouse in information technology (IT) and professional services doing with an open source based Big Data startup?
It starts with “Generation-OS”. We’re not talking about Gen-Y or Gen-Z. We’re talking Generation ‘Open Source’.

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M&A and IPOs

August 7, 2013—Dan Primack

Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC) has acquired Infochimps, an Austin, Texas-based marketplace for lists and other data sets. No financial terms were disclosed. Infochimps had raised VC funding from ff Venture Capital, Karmel Capital, Mercury Fund and Stage One Capital.

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Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC) bought Austin-based Infochimps, but the company hasn’t issued an announcement. On Tuesday, Infochimps CEO Jim Kaskade posted a lengthy blog with a headline that asked what a $15 billion tech company would do with an open source-based big data startup.

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CSC buys Infochimps and its big data platform

August 07, 2013 – Derrick Harris

IT services and consulting specialist CSC has acquired Infochimps, a startup that sells a big data query and processing platform. Infochimps had raised about $5 million in equity and debt financing since launching in 2009.

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Congratulations, Infochimps!

August 07, 2013 – Rikki Novetsky

We would like to congratulate our portfolio company Infochimps for being acquired by the Computer Science Corporation (CSC).

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CSC Acquires Big Data Analytics Firm Infochimps

August 7, 2013—Nicole Henderson

IT solutions provider CSC acquired big data analytics provider Infochimps on Tuesday for an undisclosed amount.

Based in Austin, TX, and Silicon Valley, CA, respectively, Infochimps is a developer of cloud-based big data analysis software for enterprises.

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CSC Buys Infochimps

August 06, 2013

CSC, based in Falls Church, VA, has purchased Austin-based Infochimps.

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How Deep Is Your Data? (Answer: Very)

August 6, 2013—Allison Schiff

When Infomart was founded back in far-off 1980s, Big Data wasn’t a thing. Now, it’s kind of the thing.

As a media consultancy, it was historically Infomart’s job to help its brand clients, which include among them government entities, corporations, and agencies across Canada, gather media mentions in print resources and some broadcast media. That’s all there really was to collect. But then the Internet happened. Social media happened.

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Austin-based Infochimps has been acquired by Computer Sciences Corp (CSC), according to the company’s CEO and venture backers Tuesday afternoon. Financial terms of the acquisition have not yet been announced.

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Austin-based Infochimps has been acquired by Falls Church, VA-based Computer Sciences Corp (NYSE: CSC).

About 30 minutes after the news filtered out in a series of congratulatory messages through Twitter, Jim Kaskade, the Austin startup’s CEO, confirmed the purchase in a post on his company blog. “By joining forces with CSC, we together will deliver one of the most powerful analytic platforms to the enterprise in an unprecedented amount of time,” he wrote late Tuesday afternoon.

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Open Source Plays Well in the Cloud

August 1, 2013—Loraine Lawson

SaaS applications and mobile applications are big business drivers for a faster, more agile approach to the integration layer, says Chris Purpura, vice president and general manager for MuleSoft’s CloudHub integration-as-a-service platform. I recently interviewed Purpura to learn why—in this age of the cloud—MuleSoft would be offering cloud-based regional integration.

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Health care is one area where a big data expert sees potential for ROI

Getting return on your big data investment faces two big challenges: Most big data projects fail (according to a InfoChimps survey, 55 per cent); and companies aren’t sure where to look for big data ROI.

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CIOs and Big Data [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 21, 2013—Mark van Rijmenam

An infographic about how IT departments think of big data. For this infographic, Infochimps interviewed 300 IT personnel of which over 50% were involved with big data initiatives.

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12 Steps to Scoping Big Data Projects

June 20, 2013 – Loraine Lawson

Here’s Infochimps CEO Jim Kaskade’s rule of thumb on Big Data projects: 100 percent go over schedule, 100 percent go over budget, and half fail.

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Three Reasons Big Data Projects Fail

June 19, 2013 – Loraine Lawson

Jim Kaskade, CEO of Infochimps, says companies are making mistakes when it comes to Big Data. InfoChimps offers three types of analytics as a cloud service: Cloud Stream for real-time analytics, Cloud Queries for ad hoc or near real-time reports and queries, and Cloud Hadoop solution for large data sets. Kaskade explains further in a conversation with IT Business Edge’s Loraine Lawson.

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Slidecast: Cloud for Big Data

June 10 2013 – Rich Brueckner

Infochimps was founded by data scientists and cloud computing experts. Our solutions make it faster, easier and far less complex to build and manage Big Data systems behind applications to quickly deliver actionable insights. With Infochimps Cloud, enterprises benefit from the fastest way to deploy Big Data applications in complex, hybrid cloud environments.

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A Secret to Data Science Revealed

June 04, 2013 – Zen Kishimoto

Analytics is everywhere; at least, people talk and write about it in conjunction with Big Data. But analytics is always discussed at a very high level, omitting the details. Discussions tend to stay at the level of what it can do but not how to implement it. It is as if a secret society of analytics attended by data scientists did not want to reveal the specifics to the rest of us.

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TechStars, the popular startup accelerator with locations in Boston, Boulder, New York, Seattle, London, and more, has today announced an expansion to Austin, Texas – a city TechStars founder and CEO David Cohen refers to as the “natural next stop for us” in this morning’s announcement about the new location.

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In 2011, Charles Boicey looked at Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo and other major Web entities and said to himself, “Why do those guys get to have all the fun?”  Boicey, an informatics solutions architect at the UC Irvine Medical Center, said he could very much see that the underlying big data technologies driving the big Web companies could help […]

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There’s little doubt that data-derived insight will be a key differentiator in business success, and even less doubt that those who produce such insight are going to be in very high demand. Harvard Business Review called “data scientist” the “sexiest” job of the 21st century, and McKinsey predicts a shortfall of about 140,000 by 2018. Yet most companies are still clueless as to how they’re going to meet this shortfall.

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Q&A with Infochimps CEO Jim Kaskade

April 9, 2013 —Tim McElligott

Infochimps is a cloud services company that thinks big data shouldn’t be so hard. Enterprises looking to leverage big data analytics to solve specific business problems should not have to get all wrapped up in implementing and managing a big data infrastructure stack.

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Nokia Siemens Network declared the death of big data in a blog post earlier this month. The company claimed that carriers should embrace what it calls “right data,” which according to NSN, is “the information that will actually enable operators to generate true insights and take actions to create real value.”

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SXSWi (South-by-Southwest Interactive) starts this week. Thousands of digerati from all over the world will gather to discuss tons of topics including the current state of social media, digital marketing, and even two or three sessions on big data. My best guess is that the term “data-driven marketing” will be mentioned often, as this is the “new” new trend that brands and their agencies are counting on to bring desired sales and transactions results.

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Big Data, Big Blunders

March 08, 2013 — Shira Ovide

Experts who specialize in computer-driven analysis of large streams of information say too many companies throw themselves into big-data projects, only to fall into common traps and end up with nothing to show for their efforts. Some 44% of information-technology professionals surveyed by business-software firm Infochimps Inc., for example, said they had worked on big-data initiatives that got scrapped.

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Infochimps is one of the early champions of the data market business, and one that I’ve followed for several years.
As I mentioned in my last post on the topic, the company has recently begun to pivot towards delivery of their (compelling) Enterprise Cloud big data analysis offering, with the company’s data market origins slipping further and further down the home page.

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Infochimps is one of the early champions of the data market business, and one that I’ve followed for several years.

As I mentioned in my last post on the topic, the company has recently begun to pivot towards delivery of their (compelling) Enterprise Cloud big data analysis offering, with the company’s data market origins slipping further and further down the home page.

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What Big Data and Your Kids Have in Common [Infographic]

February 26, 2013—Verónica Maria Jarski

If Big Data were personified, it’d be a kid. As anyone who has children or works with them knows, kids love to ask questions. Likewise, Big Data seems to be asking questions all the time.

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Big data cloud services provider Infochimps, Inc. welcomed Burke Kaltenberger on board as VP of WW sales, and Dave Spenhoff as VP of marketing.

In their new positions, Kaltenberger and Spenhoff will help Infochimps fulfill its mission of bringing the benefits of enterprise-proven big data cloud services to address mission-critical business problems.

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Infochimps raises $2.7M funding

February 22, 2013—Christopher Calnan

Data indexing company Infochimps Inc. has raised $2.7 million of a planned $3 million financing.
The Austin-based company collected the capital from 15 investors, according to a Friday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Big Data: Many CIOs Completely Clueless

February 07, 2013 – Antone Gonsalves

Everyone can relate to having a boss whose expectations do not jibe with the experience of workers in the trenches. That disconnect is happening today between CIOs and IT departments struggling with Big Data.

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Big Data F*** Ups: What CIOs Need To Know

February 05, 2013 — Mike Wheatley

Enterprise is sometimes pretty quick on the uptake, as illustrated by the fact that the vast majority of organizations have given Big Data projects a very high priority in recent months. Businesses and their CIOs understand that gaining insights from Big Data will be crucial to their performance over the next few years, and that if they fail to do so they’ll almost certainly be left in the dust by their rivals.

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Big Data F*** Ups: What CIOs Need To Know

February 5, 2013—Mike Wheatley

Enterprise is sometimes pretty quick on the uptake, as illustrated by the fact that the vast majority of organizations have given Big Data projects a very high priority in recent months. Businesses and their CIOs understand that gaining insights from Big Data will be crucial to their performance over the next few years, and that if they fail to do so they’ll almost certainly be left in the dust by their rivals.

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Big Data and the Demise of Business Analysts

February 4, 2013—Michael Vizard

Inside many large organizations, there exists a cadre of people tasked with transforming requests for information by business users into a query that an application can understand. The organizations would have a hard time functioning without these people, who are generally known as business analysts. In fact, many of these analysts are widely regarded as some of the most highly valued employees within their organizations. But with the rise of Big Data, that’s all about to change.

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The growing availability of big data analytics to marketers has spurred both hope, and speculation. While the possibilities may seem endless, it’s worth considering which questions are most urgently in need of answers, and which ones Big Data tools are currently most equipped to answer.

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Big Data Star Wars: The CMO/CIO Wars Continue

January 31, 2013—Gil Press

Big data is a big wave flooding all corners of the enterprise and it may sweep with it the IT organization. In many companies, marketing departments are leading the rush to adopt big data technologies, eager to uncover new insights about customers and prospects in the mountains of web-related and other data they have accumulated. Last year, Gartner made waves when it predicted that by 2017, the CMO will spend more on IT than the CIO.

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Vague Goals Seed Big Data Failures

January 28, 2013 — Doug Henschen

What business problem are you trying to solve? If you could tell your IT employees what it is, they’d have a much better crack at big data success. At least that’s the perspective of IT staffers as reported in a recent survey by big data cloud-services provider Infochimps.

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Infochimps Launches Cloud-Based Big Data Analytics

January 28, 2013 — Graham Jarvis

In December 2012 Infochimps launched an enterprise cloud for big data analytics. Jim Kaskade, the company’s CEO, says it’s significant because it addresses two critical big data issues. The first is the fact that big data is too large to move to a cloud service, and the second inhibitor is caused by the need for tough and stringent data security. So in his view these challenges often prevent large organisations from using the cloud to analyse big data.

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CIOs’ Top Eight Trends in 2013

January 24, 2013—Dennis McCafferty

What’s on your radar for 2013? If you’re like many CIOs, you want more insight into which cloud models to pursue for your organization. You and your IT staffers are struggling to make better use of big data. And you’re keenly interested in expanding the outsourcing of mission-critical but relatively unexciting IT responsibilities, such as data-center management, so you can focus on innovation.

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Five big data predictions for 2013

January 16, 2013—Edd Dumbill

Emergence of a big data architecture

The coming year will mark the graduation for many big data pilot projects, as they are put into production. With that comes an understanding of the practical architectures that work.

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A programmer’s guide to big data: 12 tools to know

December 19, 2012 — Derrick Harris

5. Infochimps

Although Infochimps is trying hard to make itself an enterprise IT company (hey, that’s where the money is), the company’s eponymous platform also provides a real value for developers. Sitting atop its technologies for configuring and managing big data environments is Wukong, a framework for creating Hadoop jobs or streaming data flows using Ruby scripts. Infochimps also maintains a data marketplace full of API-accessible or downloadable datasets.

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Infochimps Debuts Enterprise Play with Zero Migration PaaS for Data Analytics
Dec 19, 2012 — Maria Deutscher

Infochimps is touting a new offering that allows enterprises to move to the cloud without investing too much in data migration. The service is targeting large organizations that face the challenge of moving massive amounts of information to and from their legacy infrastructure.

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Infochimps Releases Big Data Analytics Cloud Service

December 18, 2012—Dan Berthiaume

Database-as-a-service platform provider Infochimps is introducing Enterprise Cloud — a new Big Data cloud service aimed at Fortune 1000 companies having trouble harnessing data from social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to help drive their business decisions.

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Unlike people, not all data is created equal.

That’s one reason why Yahoo! engineers created Hadoop and Yahoo! built it out in 2008 as the world’s largest Hadoop production application. At the time, Yahoo!’s search webmap ran on “10,000 core Linux clusters.”

This year, Facebook, which is a contributor to the open source development community of Apache Hadoop, surpassed 100 petabytes of storage as the world’s largest cluster. But can FB leverage its data and monetize it quickly, in real-time, while keeping advertisers happy?

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Big Data News of the Week

November 07, 2012 — Gil Press

Hurricane Sandy has almost obliterated the memory of the big Big Data week in New York last week (can you imagine what would have happened to our state-of-of-big-data-excitement if Sandy had arrived a week earlier?), but a number of wrap-ups (e.g., Steve Miller’s) helped keep the Strata+Hadoop flame alive.

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Infochimps Leap to Open Source Branches

October 31, 2012 — Nicole Hemsoth

During last week’s influx of big data-related news, one announcement about two growing open source projects, Kafka and Storm, caught our attention due to their prevalence in some of the web’s largest big data operations: LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Data Markets: The Emerging Data Economy

September 30, 2012 — Gil Elbaz

The term data market brings to mind a traditional structure in which vendors sell data for money. Indeed, this form of market is on the rise with companies large and small jumping in. Think of Azure Data Marketplace (Microsoft), data.com (Salesforce.com), InfoChimps.com, and DataMarket.com.

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Jim Kaskade’s crystal ball shared with him recently a list of upcoming big data acquisitions: EMC will buy MapR, Oracle will buy Cloudera, and Teradata will buy Hortonworks. Kaskade, the newly-appointed CEO of Infochimps, believes CIOs are ready to embrace open source big data software and that the established IT players, lacking open source experience, will have to buy their way into the market.