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True Democratization of Analytics with Meta-Learning By Mark Troester There are many solutions that claim to democratize analytics, but they are really constrained. A meta-learning approach democratizes without limits. The democratization of analytics has become a popular term, and a quick Google search will generate results that explore the necessity of empowering more people with analytics and the rise of citizen data scientists. The ability to easily make better use of your (constantly growing) pool of data is a critical driver of business success, but many of the existing solutions that claim to democratize analytics only do so within severe limits. If you have a complex business scenario and are looking to get revolutionary insights using them, it’s easy to come away disappointed. However, the democratization of analytics isn’t just a buzzword that refers to a n... (more)

What Is #DigitalTransformation? | @ThingsExpo #AI #DX #IoT #SmartCities

For a phrase that’s being thrown around a lot recently, what does “Digital Transformation” really mean? When someone says that they want to digitally transform their business, what does one really mean, why do they want to do it, and should they approach this “digital transformation” process? First off, let’s start with a definition. If we don’t know what we are trying to achieve, then how do we know how to get there? Or to quote the famous Greek philosopher Yogi Berra: “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” In a recent blog “How To Achieve Digital Transformation,” I stated with the following definition of Digital Transformation: “The coupling of granular, real-time data (e.g., smartphones, connected devices, smart appliances, wearables, mobile commerce, video surveillance) with modern technologies (e.g., cloud native apps, big data ... (more)

Trades of a Performance Engineer in 2020!

Last week at AWS re:Invent we heard Werner Vogels, CTO at AWS, talk about how to build the applications of 2020! Listening to Werner’s talk, it became apparent to me, that this it also means that we have to “re:Think” how we go about Performance Engineering. Because of what I heard at re:Invent I almost wanted to title this blog “Performance Engineering is Dead!“,  but that wouldn’t reflect what I think is currently happening in our discipline! Performance Engineering IS NOT DEAD, but, it is being disrupted just as we have seen Dev and Ops being disrupted. Want proof? Besides re:Invent just look at the agendas of your performance engineering related conferences. They’re all about Containers, Cloud, PaaS, AI or Serverless. Every talk with DevOps or NoOps in the title is typically jam packed! Two recent conferences I was invited to speak at were CMG imPACT and Neotys ... (more)

October 2017 Server StorageIO Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter

Server StorageIO October 2017 Data Infrastructure Update Newsletter Volume 17, Issue 10 (October 2017) Hello and welcome to the October 2017 issue of the Server StorageIO update newsletter. October has been a busy month pertaining data infrastructure including server storage I/O related trends, activities, news, perspectives and related topics, so let's have a look at them. In This Issue Server StorageIO trends Server StorageIO News Commentary Server StorageIOblog posts Tips and Articles Recommended Reading Various Events and Webinars Industry Resources and Links Connect and Converse With Us Enjoy this edition of the Server StorageIO data infrastructure update newsletter. Cheers GS Data Infrastructure and IT Industry Activity Trends Some recent Industry Activities, Trends, News and Announcements include: Startup Aparavi launched with a SaaS platform for managing long... (more)

Cloud Conversations Azure AWS Service Maps via Microsoft

Cloud Conversations Azure AWS Service Maps via Microsoft Microsoft has created an Azure and Amazon Web Service (AWS) Service Map (corresponding services from both providers). Image via Azure.Microsoft.com Note that this is an evolving work in progress from Microsoft and use it as a tool to help position the different services from Azure and AWS. Also note that not all features or services may not be available in different regions, visit Azure and AWS sites to see current availability. As with any comparison they are often dated the day they are posted hence this is a work in progress. If you are looking for another Microsoft created why Azure vs. AWS then check out this here. If you are looking for an AWS vs. Azure, do a simple Google (or Bing) search and watch all the various items appear, some sponsored, some not so sponsored among others. Whats In the Service Map T... (more)

Hybrid Cloud: Taming the digital dragon

In their 2014 CIO Agenda report Gartner describes how ‘Taming the Digital Dragon’ (12 page PDF) is key to digital transformation strategies, with the hybrid cloud platform model as the enabling technology blueprint and business model. As their ‘We are here’ arrow describes, Gartner proposes we are at the transition point from a second to a third generation of IT, the shift from IT industrialization to digitization, where the key skills of a CIO are business models and digital leadership, rather than just IT service management aka a shift from the CIO to the CDO – chief digital officer. This corresponds with the view of Mike Rosen of IDC, who describes platforms as a third generation. As Gartner concludes: “CIOs now face the challenge of straddling the second era of enterprise IT and a new, third “digitalisation” era — moving from running IT like a business within a... (more)

Integrate #Blockchain into Business | @CloudExpo #IoT #AI #FinTech #Bitcoin

Beyond Bitcoin: How Enterprises Can Integrate Blockchain into Business By Kristy Blackmon In 2016, blockchain technology came close to hitting its peak on Gartner's annual Hype Cycle, signaling an imminent shift from an emerging, theoretical technology to widespread adoption. Like cloud, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) before it, blockchain is the tech industry's latest Next Big Thing. Analysts and industry experts say it holds immense potential for organizations, but many business leaders don't yet see a practical application for their operations. While a lot of people know blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies, what about enterprise applications in other industries? What exactly is blockchain? The code that makes up blockchain is incredibly complex, and only a few thousand people understand it. On a high level... (more)

Megatrend of #ArtificialIntelligence | @CloudExpo #BigData #AI #ML #DL #IoT

There are seven key megatrends driving the future of enterprise IT. You can remember them all with the helpful mnemonic acronym CAMBRIC, which stands for Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Mobility, Big Data, Robotics, Internet of Things, CyberSecurity. In this post we dive deeper into Artificial Intelligence. Artificial Intelligence is the discipline of thinking machines. The field is growing dramatically with the proliferation of high powered computers into homes and businesses and especially with the growing power of smartphones and other mobile devices. Artificial intelligence software is assisting people in most every discipline. The many functions of AI are considered by many to be threatening many human jobs across multiple industries, but others consider it a great producer of jobs since it will help create entirely new industries and free more human... (more)

The Data-Driven Enterprise | @BigDataExpo #BigData #DataScience #Analytics

I moderated a panel of three CIOs last Sunday at the Solix Empower conference on the subject of data-driven enterprise. The three CIOs came from different industries. Marc Parmet of the TechPar group spent many years at Avery Dennison after stints at Apple and IBM. Sachin Mathur leads the IT innovations at Terex Corp., a large company supplying cranes and other heavy equipment. PK Agarwal, currently dean at Northeastern University, used to be the CIO for the Government of California. Here are some of the points covered: I reminded the audience that we are at the fourth paradigm in science (as per the late Jim Gray). A thousand year ago, science was experimental, then few hundred years back science became theoretical (Newton’s law, Maxwell’s law..), fifty tears ago, science became computational (simulation via a computer). Now the fourth paradigm is data-driven sci... (more)

CTOvision Assessment On The Megatrend of Artificial Intelligence

Bob Gourley There are seven key megatrends driving the future of enterprise IT. You can remember them all with the mnemonic acronym CAMBRIC, which stands for Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Mobility, Big Data, Robotics, Internet of Things, CyberSecurity. In this post we dive deeper into Artificial Intelligence. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the discipline of thinking machines. The term Machine Learning (ML) is frequently used in AI discussions. Machine Learning is a subset of AI that focused on giving computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. The field is growing dramatically with the proliferation of high powered computers into homes and businesses and especially with the growing power of smartphones and other mobile devices. Artificial intelligence software is assisting people in most every discipline. The many functions of AI... (more)

Seminar: SDx: Building an Agile Business with Flexible Infrastructure

VIP SDx Summit and Networking Event 9 May, 2017 Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel Click here for more information and to register. Overview Wipro invites you to join us for a half-day SDx Summit on everything your enterprise needs to know about SDx – Software-Defined Everything, on 9 May, 2017 at Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel. This thought leadership event is the second in our global series, which launched earlier this year with a successful Summit in London. Hear the latest on SDx from industry luminaries, as well as Wipro customers and partners. The sessions will run from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm CT, and conclude with a cocktail reception. ABOUT SDx Software-defined Everything (SDx) is: SDx help client accelerate digital transformation (DX) in order to gain a competitive edge by enabling Nextgen IT which is agile and adaptive. It overall abstracts, automate and... (more)