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

Whether they’re building big data applications or just trying to gather some insights from their mobile apps, developers have more need than ever for analytics tools. It’s a good thing so many companies are building tools designed with developers’ needs and skills in mind.

Kontagent turns data mining into SaaS for mobile apps

Social and mobile analytics startup Kontagent has expanded its business to include a data-mining service powered by Hive, the SQL-like interface for querying data stored within Hadoop. It’s a smart move by the company, and one that other cloud-based analytics providers would be wise to replicate.

Kontagent gets $12M to keep score on the social web

Kontagent on Thursday announced it has raised $12 million in fresh venture funding, bringing the company’s total VC investment to $19.5 million. The company says it’ll put the new money toward R&D on deep tech such as big data processing and predictive analytics tools.

Social Games Are Leading the Real-Time Data Wave

Social gaming is at the forefront of the drive for real-time data, as companies like Zynga look for any information that will help them target users, and that in turn has created a market for analytical tools such as Kontagent and its “user-centric” data model.

Is Kontagent the Google Analytics of the Social Web?

Kontagent, an analytics platform for social applications that describes itself as “Google Analytics for the social web,” announced new features and an enhanced dashboard this morning, along with a new round of funding. The company says it now tracks over 50 million active users a month.