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What Tomorrow's Business Leaders Need to Know About Machine Learning Sometimes I write a blog just to formulate and organize a point of view, and I think it’s time that I pull together the bounty of excellent information about Machine Learning. This is a topic with which business leaders must become comfortable, especially tomorrow’s business leaders (tip for my next semester University of San Francisco business students!). Machine learning is a key capability that will help organizations drive optimization and monetization opportunities, and there have been some recent developments that will place basic machine learning capabilities into the hands of the lines of business. By the way, there is an absolute wealth of freely-available material on machine learning, so I’ve included a sources section at the end of this blog for folks who want more details on machine lea... (more)

In-Stream Processing | @CloudExpo @robinAKAroblimo #BigData #AI #BI #DX

Most of us have moved our web and e-commerce operations to the cloud, but we are still getting sales reports and other information we need to run our business long after the fact. We sell a hamburger on Tuesday, you might say, but don't know if we made money selling it until Friday. That's because we still rely on Batch processing, where we generate orders, reports, and other management-useful pieces of data when it's most convenient for the IT department to process them, rather than in real time. That was fine when horse-drawn wagons made our deliveries, but it is far too slow for today's world, where stock prices and other bits of information circle the world (literally) at the speed of light. It's time to move to In-Stream Processing. You can't - and shouldn't - keep putting it off. [Figure 1, courtesy of the Grid Dynamics Blog] This diagram may look complicate... (more)

Demystifying #DataScience | @CloudExpo #BigData #AI #ArtificialIntelligence

[Opening Scene]: Billy Dean is pacing the office. He’s struggling to keep his delivery trucks at full capacity and on the road. Random breakdowns, unexpected employee absences, and unscheduled truck maintenance are impacting bookings, revenues and ultimately customer satisfaction. He keeps hearing from his business customers how they are leveraging data science to improve their business operations. Billy Dean starts to wonder if data science can help him. As he contemplates what data science can do for him, he slowly drifts off to sleep, and visions of Data Science starts dancing in his head… [Poof! Suddenly Wizard Wei appears]: Hi, I’m your data science wizard to help alleviate your data science concerns. I don’t understand why folks try to make the data science discussion complicated. Let’s start simple with a simple definition of data science: Data science is a... (more)

Data Unification at Scale | @CloudExpo #BigData #DataLake #AI #Analytics

This term Data Unification is new in the Big Data lexicon, pushed by varieties of companies such as Talend, 1010Data, and TamR. Data unification deals with the domain known as ETL (Extraction, Transformation, Loading), initiated during the 1990s when Data Warehousing was gaining relevance. ETL refers to the process of extracting data from inside or outside sources (multiple applications typically developed and supported by different vendors or hosted on separate hardware), transform it to fit operational needs (based on business rules), and load it into end target databases, more specifically, an operational data store, data mart, or a data warehouse. These are read-only databases for analytics. Initially the analytics was mostly retroactive (e.g. how many shoppers between age 25-35 bought this item between May and July?). This was like driving a car looking at the ... (more)

A Tale of BI – What Data Visualization Can Tell You about Your Business

You've heard the great promise of business intelligence: data visualization will completely change the way you think about your business. We strive for those life-altering "aha" moments that completely shift the way we think, and help move us forward in a way we just couldn't before due to a lack of knowledge, clarity or inspiration. But how can data visualization promise to give us more of those moments? Data visualization, the graphical representation of data and information, can help you discover trends, patterns and correlations in your businesses that might otherwise go unseen. It makes meaningful insights easier to spot, epiphanies more common to come by, and helps you create a business story that you can use as a springboard for smart change and success. Seeing with Kaleidoscope Eyes Taking large amounts of data and putting it into a business analysis system ... (more)

Putting Things to Work in the "Internet of Things"

Connected cars, factory equipment and household products communicating over the Internet is increasingly becoming a reality – one that might soon elicit headlines like “Is the Internet of Things a big bust?” That’s because it’s one thing to connect a device to the Internet and direct data back to the manufacturer or service provider. It’s another, to derive new information from those data streams. The ability to analyze data in the IoT is critical to designing better products, predicting maintenance issues, and even improving quality of life. Understanding the Internet of Things The Internet is no longer just a network of people using computers and smart devices to communicate with each other. In the not too distant future, everything from the factory floor to a city street will be connected to the Internet. Three out of four global business leaders are exploring the... (more)

The Future Is Intelligent Apps | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData #Analytics

I have seen the future! Of course, I seem to say that every other month (maybe that’s because the future keeps changing?), but this is a good one. The future is a collision between big data (and data science) and application development that will yield a world of “intelligent apps.” These “intelligent apps” combine customer, product and operational insights (uncovered with predictive and prescriptive analytics) with modern application development tools and user-centric design to create a more compelling, more prescriptive user experience. These intelligent apps not only know how to support or enable key user decisions, but they continually learn from the user interactions to become even more relevant and valuable to those users. Several developments and posts by industry leaders over the past few weeks have started to add some substance to this intelligent apps tre... (more)

$1B Opportunity: #DarkData | @CloudExpo #BigData #BI #AI #ML #DataScience

Every organization collects, stores and retains portions of dark data. It's the digital equivalent of emotional baggage which hangs around after every user interaction, transaction, and customer engagement. In fact, not using data effectively is costing United Airlines almost $1 Billion annually in lost revenue. Gartner Inc. describes dark data as "information assets that organizations collect, process and store in the course of their regular business activity, but fail to use for other purposes." For travel companies with a strong online presence, dark data represents a sizable portion of all data stored. Such examples might include: How many times a user resets their password IP address when a user logs into your website/app Last email communication date to your customers Mobile handset type, or web browser version Free text feedback on a hotel stay or recent flig... (more)

Enterprise Cloud Computing: Sydney – February 13 – 14, 2014

Enterprise Cloud Computing: Sydney – February 13 – 14, 2014 Thursday February 13, 2014-Friday February 14, 2014 C C & C Solutions L20 Zenith Tower A 821 Pacific Highway Chatswood NSW 2067 Australia Price: A$1,045.00 (including $250 early discount) [converted to 958.76 USD] Offered in partnership with C C & C Solutions We offer additional discounts for groups of three or more people, government or non-profit employees, people who’ve taken a ZapThink class before, or individuals who are paying out of their own pocket. Please email us at info@zapthink.com for a discount code you can use when registering. ZapThink Enterprise Enterprise Cloud Computing Course: The Leading Vendor Independent, Architecture-Focused Cloud Training The Enterprise Cloud Computing course an intensive, two day “fire hose” of information that prepares you to leverage the Cloud to achieve real business... (more)

ITSONNET Boosts Cloud-on-Demand Services with Flexiant

UK-based service provider selects Flexiant cloud management software to meet customer demand in key vertical markets London, UK - 24 October 2013 - Global service provider ITSONNET has selected Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator to meet customer demand for cloud management. Key markets for ITSONNET include the reinsurance, gaming and financial services industries. These industries require on-demand and scalable resources with easy provisioning of cloud services to meet business requirements. With Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator, ITSONNET now gives customers' control and flexibility over cloud computing usage and costs while delivering on unique vertical requirements. Rajinder Basi, CEO at ITSONNET, says: "Our customers sought a cloud solution that put them in the driving seat to control usage as well as costs. However they have specific challenges - for instance, the reinsuran... (more)

Vortex to Accelerate Anti-infective Research at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland, Australia

BISHOPS STORTFORD, England, August 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dotmatics data analysis and visualisation tool proven essential in Prof. Cooper's team's quest for finding new 'superbug' antibiotics   Dotmatics, a leading provider of scientific informatics solutions and services, announced today that Prof. Cooper's renowned Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Development research group at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland has deployed Vortex, Dotmatics' leading scientific intelligence and analytics solution, to assist with their innovative research in anti-infective therapies. Infectious disease remains the second leading cause of death globally. The increase in multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria and the decline in effective therapies have resulted in 'the superbug crisis.' Research conducted by Prof. Cooper's team has led to the discovery of sever... (more)