Sport Analytics: Who is Really All-In?

Baseball Cray Blog

Who is the ‘Mystery' MLB Team that has a Cray Supercomputer? It is a great story, but after two decades in the U.S. Special Operations Command and another 10 years building and operating capabilities for the government as a defense contractor, I fully understand the power of a secret. My colleague, Nick Davis, recently expressed his frustrations at not being able to tell the world more about our involvement in Major League Baseball (MLB). I could not agree more, because working with our mystery team, bringing the advanced analytics capabilities of our Urika-GD™ graph discovery appliance to baseball, has been one of my most prized experiences. And now to have the writers at ESPN The Magazine mistakenly associate us with the Houston ... [ Read More ]

Spark, Spark, Spark Your Data

Big Data Paris Cray Blog

We recently attended Strata+Hadoop World in San Jose, where we had some very interesting conversations with attendees. It really seemed like the Hadoop audience is beginning to get comfortable with the technologies and have settled in on at least a few of the components of this dynamic and vibrant big data community. We also attended Stata+Hadoop World in New York last October, where we officially took the wraps off the Urika-XA™ extreme analytics platform. That is when I first noticed a change in the general attitudes. To give you a feel, please allow me quote from the Zaloni Blog:  “Spark, Spark, Spark, Spark! Everyone is talking about Spark, even people that you think wouldn't care about Spark are talking about it, using it, ... [ Read More ]

Cray’s Mystery MLB Team Revealed?

ESPN Analytics Blog

Last week, ESPN published an interesting article exploring the use, or lack thereof, of analytics in Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. In the article, titled “The Great Analytics Rankings,” the researchers at ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com assessed, rated and ranked each team on its overall usage of analytics. Based on their findings and assessments, teams were classified as either all-in, believers, one-foot in, skeptics or nonbelievers. Needless to say, the article caught our attention. Many devoted followers of Cray know, and now the readers of this ESPN article are quickly finding out, a Major League Baseball team is one of our customers. Yes, ... [ Read More ]

Super Bowl XLIX | Improve Effectiveness of Your Ad with Graph Analytics

Superbowl_Blog

The Super Bowl is the largest annual live televised event in the U.S., with viewership averaging 162.8 million over the past five years. Advertising rates for a 30-second advertisement during the upcoming Super Bowl broadcast are reportedly $4.5 million, dwarfing regular 30-second ad rates for non-sporting events (in 2014, spots for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” sold for $623,000). Advertisers have developed a range of methods for measuring ad success including views, social media interaction, YouTube hits, meme spinoffs … the list could go on. If you are an advertiser, you’d want your advertisement to be successful, but wouldn’t you also want it to be effective? An ad can be remarkably successful, but not necessarily effective. Other ads can ... [ Read More ]

Your Big Data Resolution for the New Year

Runner New Years Blog

Nothing says January like a list of resolutions calling for healthier living in the new year. I have admittedly given up making such lists for myself, but I’m happy to say that I played my part in promoting good health by getting my wife an activity tracker for Christmas. She will join 40 million other Fitbit, Jawbone and Apple band wearers in tracking multiple aspects of their daily activity and sending loads of data back to device manufacturers in 2015. The Activity Data Gold Mine At the level of the individual wearer, the utility of an activity tracker is quite evident. It tracks raw stats like heart rate, steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and location, among others, allowing users to monitor, visualize and brag about ... [ Read More ]