Big Data News – 08 Aug 2016

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Future of Automotive Servicing and Preventive Maintenance Several months ago there was a news item which compared how Tesla, the electric car company addressed a potential recall situation, with how a traditional car company addressed a similar situation. Tesla released a fix "over-the-air" or OTA – which is essentially a software update, like the kind your smartphones go… The post The Power of Data Science for Predictive Maintenance is Only Just Being Tapped appeared first on Predictive Analytics Times.

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McLaren has been pioneering and innovating in the competitive world of Formula 1 since 1963.

The presentation below by Eric Levine, Engineering Manager at Airbnb shows how Airbnb's Trust and Safety team has built machine learning infrastructure from the ground up to catch and defuse fraudsters on the platform.

In today's Digital age,  insights received from data science are extremely important to deliver the best customer experience.  Data Scientists use various techniques such as Regression,…

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Big Data has been considered an essential tool for tech companies and political campaigns. Now, someone who has handled data analytics at the highest levels in both of those worlds sees promise for it in policing, education and city services. For example, data can show that a police officer who has been under stress after… The post Can Big Data Help Head Off Police Misconduct? appeared first on Predictive Analytics Times.

Apple is upping the ante on artificial intelligence (AI).

Yes this post is about the Brexit, but it's about your data more importantly! As a company that has a large customer and open source user community in the EU, I thought a quick note on some considerations following the Brexit vote were in order. This is not an opinion piece, as that would seem to be casting stones at this point. The vote is done and the process will move forward as it was voted, but I do think the impacts of this decision are going to be incredibly disruptive and likely felt for a long time to come in many ways well outside the economic or political realms.

From the recent Spark Summit 2016 in San Francisco, the video presentation below by Joseph K. Bradley of Databricks give focus to "Apache Spark MLlib 2.0 Preview: Data Science and Production."

With big data analytics, our generation has the ability to process large amounts of information, and use it to suit our personalized needs wherever we go. When big data and information technology are combined in our major cities, efficiency and effectiveness get stronger making the quality of human life better.

"I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians, and I'm not kidding".  Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google and emeritus professor at the University of California, better known as Berkeley, said on the 5th of August 2009. Today, what Hal Varian said almost seven years ago has been confirmed, as is highlighted in the following graph taken from Google Trends, which gives a good idea of the current attention to figure of the Data Scientist.

Personalization has long been the holy grail of marketing. Simply stated, communicate the most relevant offer to the right person and you will increase sales. To achieve this, you must understand the individual. Consequently, digital marketers developed many ways to gather and leverage customer information to deliver targeted experiences. In his session at Things Expo, Lou Casal, Founder and Principal Consultant at Practicala, discussed how the Internet of Things (IoT) has accelerated our ability to monitor behavior, gather even more customer data and potentially deliver outstanding experiences. Regrettably, as history demonstrates, there are countless examples of how this can go terribly wrong. Perhaps it's time to learn from our mistakes.

In today's uber-connected, consumer-centric, cloud-enabled, insights-driven, multi-device, global world, the focus of solutions has shifted from the product that is sold to the person who is buying the product or service. Enterprises have rebranded their business around the consumers of their products. The buyer is the person and the focus is not on the offering. The person is connected through multiple devices, wearables, at home, on the road, and in multiple locations, sometimes simultaneously.

So, you got Spark. Since you wanted to save tons on storage (plus eliminate all that hassle setting up and maintaining your architecture), you opted for Spark in the cloud. Check and check — you're headed in the right direction. Now it's time to make sure that you're getting the most out of Spark in the cloud. No matter what your primary purpose for the setup was, big data has tremendous potential and way too many use cases to be locked up and reserved for a singular purpose in the organization.

Having automated workflows sounds like a sexy thing. And it is. It feels pretty awesome to be able to initiate a process with a button and forget about it while the work gets done. But that doesn't mean you have to automate every process in your office. I mean, I think people can take care of replacing the copy paper on their own, right? Right? Come on, people. Because automation shouldn't be blatantly applied to every corner of your business, it's good to start with a very basic question before you begin. Why? There are a lot of ways to improve your business — why are you looking to automation? What do you hope to get out of it? Here are some good and bad reasons companies automate their processes.

News included Apple and other smartphones in developing countries, wireless/broadband performance across U.S., LTE on trains, robotics with BC/DR.

ReadyTalk has expanded the capabilities of the FoxDen collaboration platform announced late last year to include FoxDen Connect, an in-room video collaboration experience that launches with a single touch. With FoxDen Connect, users can now not only engage in HD video conferencing between iOS and Android mobile devices or Chrome browsers, but also set up in-person meeting rooms for video interactions. A host's mobile device automatically recognizes the presence of a meeting room via beacon technology and wirelessly initiates an onscreen FoxDen meeting, making FoxDen Connect the first solution to use beacons to start video collaboration.




Monday newsletter published by Data Science Central. Previous editions can be found here.  The contribution flagged with a + is our selection for the picture of the week. Announcement Predictive Analytics World Healthcare, October 23-27 in New York, is packed with the top predictive analytics experts, practitioners, authors, healthcare thought leaders.  The program spans healthcare business operations and clinical applications, demonstrating how predictive analytics is resulting in improved outcomes, lower costs, and higher patient satisfaction. Book now for early bird rates and save even more with code DSCPAW150.

Electronic health records may not be new, but they are gaining strong adoption. That's driven by trends such as integration with predictive analytics systems and telemedicine. Healthcare providers have been investing in electronic health record (EHR) technology over the past several years, and the trend shows no sign of letting up. That's according to a… The post Predictive Analytics, Wearables Data Driving EHR Growth appeared first on Predictive Analytics Times.

As a new sub-discipline of Data Science, I notice that SYSTEMS Analytics is starting to get some traction! There are a couple of Analytics graduate level programs with *Systems* in its title (Stevens Institute of Technology and University of North Carolina are the only ones I know). Web search brings up NO books on *Systems* Analytics. With the publication of my book with *Systems* in the title, that gap has been filled now! "SYSTEMS Analytics: Adaptive Machine Learning workbook".  

Modular infrastructure is gaining ground in both the enterprise data center and in cloud and colocation facilities.

SXSW, if you aren't in the know, is shorthand for South by Southwest Conference and Festivals– a mammoth annual event in Austin, Texas that started in 2007 and now attracts many thousands of (mostly young) people from all over the world. It's a music festival. It's a film festival. It's a technology festival. And it's…

Datos IO, a leading provider of cloud-scale data protection software, announced its membership within Amazon Web Services' (AWS) Partner Network (APN).

Originally posted on Analytic Bridge The big data blast has given rise to a host of information technology software and tools and abilities that enable companies to manage, capture, and analyze large data sets of unstructured and structure data for result oriented insights and competitive success. But with this latest technology comes the challenge of keeping confidential information secure and private.

While many media properties including the New York Times, FiveThirtyEight and FlowingData use the R language to prepare graphics for publication, they often use Adobe Illustrator or similar graphics…

Originally posted on Data Science Central Written by sought-after speaker, designer, and researcher Stephanie D. H. Evergreen, Effective Data Visualizationshows readers how to create Excel charts and graphs that best communicate data findings. This comprehensive how-to guide functions as a set of blueprints–supported by research and the author's extensive experience with clients in industries all over the world–for conveying data in an impactful way.

List: As the Rio Olympic games 2016 kick off, CBR looks at the smart technologies involved in the games.

Tangerine Bank in Toronto has improved end-user experiences for online banking and made data more secure across its lifecycle, speeding the delivery of a new credit card offering. We'll now learn how improving end-user experiences for online banking and making data more secure across its lifecycle has helped speed the delivery of a new credit card offering.

When humans describe images, they have a reporting bias, in that the report only what they consider important. Thus, in addition to considering whether something is present in an image, one should consider whether it is also relevant to the image before labeling it. Ishan Misra joins us this week to discuss his recent paper Seeing through the Human Reporting Bias: Visual Classifiers from Noisy Human-Centric Labels which explores a novel architecture for learning to distinguish presence and relevance. This work enables web-scale datasets to be useful for training, not just well groomed hand labeled corpora.

The eyes of the digital world are on blockchain as businesses try to grasp its capabilities. Analytical transparency stands to benefit from this technology.

Is your organization thinking about the best way to organize and analyze data? Here are 6 myths about big data to watch out for before you dive in.

In this contributed article by Rick Delgado, the hospitality industry is examined in terms of how it can benefit from big data technologies.

In anticipation of his upcoming conference presentation, Best Practices Enhancing Contextual Experience with Predictive Analytics, at Predictive Analytics World New York, October 23-27, 2016, we asked Madhusudan Raman, Innovation Incubator at Verizon, a few questions about his work in predictive analytics. Q: In your work with predictive analytics, what behavior do your models predict?

A look at Five Big Data acquisitions over the last five months shows Enterprise is the connective tissue.

The drive to close the data science skills gap continues to gain momentum, the latest effort bringing together corporate sponsor KPMG and two leading U.S. universities to create a new graduate degree program in data science and analytics. The consulting firm said Thursday (Aug. 4) it has enlisted Ohio State University's Max M. Fisher College of Business and Villanova University's School of Business to develop master's degree programs emphasizing data and analytics in accounting. "

Microsoft Excel is one of the most widely used business intelligence and reporting tools. More than just a spreadsheet, Excel allows users to collect and integrate data for critical analysis and reporting. It's easy to use, readily available as part of the Microsoft Office solution suite and provides users with the ability to perform advanced analytic functions.

In his session at Cloud Expo, Robert Cohen, an economist and senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute, will provide economic scenarios that describe how the rapid adoption of software-defined everything including cloud services, SDDC and open networking will change GDP, industry growth, productivity and jobs. This session will also include a drill down for several industries such as finance, social media, cloud service providers and pharmaceuticals.

On Dice.com, the number of job postings asking for skill in Amazon Web Services increased 76 percent between June 2015 and June 2016. Salesforce.com saw its own skill mentions increase 37 percent, while DevOps and Cloud rose 35 percent and 28 percent, respectively. Even as they expand their presence in the cloud, companies are also looking for tech professionals who can manage projects, crunch data, and figure out how to make systems run more autonomously. Mentions of 'data science' as a skill rose 13 percent, followed by automation with 11 percent and program management with 10 percent.

Learn how companies are using big data to help improve video marketing strategies and to learn how to improve consumer experiences.

Spiceworks unfurls a free Cloud Cost Monitor tool that provides that visibility into monthly cloud costs.

Developing IoT projects is complex, partly due to its fluid state, partly due to the many hardware and software moving parts, and partly because of everything that comes with app development. Seebo promises to ease this process by throwing some smart tech in the mix.

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