With deep learning, the data-rich get richer

With deep learning, the data-rich get richer

The greatest potential for deep learning is in adding business-relevant structure to less-structured, sense-like data — such as images, audio and other sensor data. How quickly does the tone and affect of a support call from a frustrated customer change, broken down by support rep?…

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LinkedIn ramps up its sales tool offering

When Microsoft announced that it was acquiring professional social network LinkedIn, many people gasped at the huge price tag. The fact that Microsoft was engaged in a bidding war against Salesforce for the network helped in that regard, but most people took the perspective that…

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Data the key ingredient for restaurant chain success

Businesses have more data than ever about their operations, supply chains and customers. The problem is often they can’t see it, don’t know where it is, and don’t have an easy way to pull it all together and analyze it. So, they are unable to…

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How to use data analytics to improve outcomes of project

Ted Friedman, vice president and analyst at Gartner, predicts the following three trends will drive fundamental changes in the use of data and analytics: Instead of just reflecting business performance, data analytics will become the driver of operations. Data and analytics will become infused in…

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Why great chief data officers are so hard to find

Chief data officers (CDOs) are among the most highly sought-after executives among corporations for whom data analytics has become a cornerstone of digital strategies. But the rush to promote data-crunching experts to the CDO role has created a new challenge: Finding a leader who can…

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SAP adds new features to Vora and readies a cloud version

SAP has added some new capabilities to SAP Vora, its in-memory distributed computing system based on Apache Spark and Hadoop. Version 1.3 of Vora includes a number of new distributed, in-memory data-processing engines, which accelerate complex processing, including ones for time-series data, graph data and…

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Feds struggle with regulating banking’s use of big data

When it comes to fintech, banking and payments, big data comes with some powerful pros and cons. The big advantage is that big data can make banking services useful and viable to a huge slice of the population that can’t access it today. The greatest…

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Google’s new cloud service eases data preparation for machine learning

One of the challenges that data scientists face when running machine learning workloads is processing information before it’s ready for use. Google unveiled a new cloud service Thursday aimed at easing that pain. Google Cloud Dataprep will automatically detect data schemas, joins, and anomalies such…

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MongoDB adds free tier and migration utility to its cloud service

NoSQL database specialist MongoDB unveiled a new free tier for its MongoDB Atlas database-as-a-service (DaaS) offering on Tuesday. The company also released a utility to support live migration of data to MongoDB Atlas, whether that data is on-premise or in the cloud. « Since we first…

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Open Data Spotlight: Government of India Census

What story do the hearts of over 1 billion Indians tell? This is the question dataset publisher Preet Singh Khalsa set out to answer when he compiled an exhaustive database describing demographic characteristics of the world’s second largest population. In this Open Data Spotlight interview,…

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