Data analysis is becoming mainstream thanks to the rise of Hadoop and other big data tools.
Whether NFC lands on the iPhone 5 or not, it's a technology that's appearing on a lot of high-profile devices.
The latest release of Cloudera's Hadoop distribution puts big data processing into a neat stack for ease of use and efficiency.
A new start-up claims it can scale MySQL for the cloud, making it easier for applications to grow at a rapid pace.
Cloudera and Quest software are partnering to provide connectivity between Oracle and Hadoop.
Redmond is given clearance to commit software to Apache's Hadoop project, which also got help this week from open-source entrepreneur Mike Olson.