Serverless computing may kill Google Cloud Platform

Google, which has had to claw its way back into cloud relevance in the shadows of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, suddenly finds itself playing catchup again, thanks to the rise of serverless computing. Although Google Cloud Platform still trails AWS and Azure by a considerable margin in general cloud revenue, its strengths in… Continue reading Serverless computing may kill Google Cloud Platform

Unleash automation by the crowd with Mechanical Turk

Russell Smith is cofounder and CTO of Rainforest QA. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, or MTurk, is a powerful, under-appreciated platform that allows you to allocate work to humans programmatically and at scale. Businesses get access to a vast, scaleable workforce, and workers can select from a variety of tasks whenever they want to work. MTurk can… Continue reading Unleash automation by the crowd with Mechanical Turk

Get started with Azure Event Grid for serverless events

Microsoft’s Event Grid is an important addition to Microsoft’s serverless options, providing the back end needed to build distributed applications that can work at scale, with minimal management and orchestration. It brings to Microsoft’s serverless tools an event routing fabric that simplifies subscribing to events raised by other Azure services and by external sources. There’s… Continue reading Get started with Azure Event Grid for serverless events

The cloud could drive open source out of the enterprise

For a decade, there’s a question that just won’t go away: Is the cloud killing open source? It still strikes up some emotions. Open source software has been the backbone of enterprise platforms for a long time—remember the LAMP stack of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl? But consuming open source software via the cloud could… Continue reading The cloud could drive open source out of the enterprise

IDG Contributor Network: Responsible retail: treating customer data with care

Retailers have become so adept at capturing and analyzing consumer data that there is now a real risk that they might alienate customers by revealing just much they know about our lifestyle, habits, and preferences. So if retailers want their big data investments to pay off, they must tread carefully.  Big data exploitation in retail… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: Responsible retail: treating customer data with care

Cloud computing reversal: From ‘go away’ to ‘I can’t miss out’

Isaac Asimov once said, “I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.” That quote has stuck with me to this day. There’s no doubt that computers and computing have changed our lives. Without them, we would be slaves to processes and paper. I was reminded of Asimov’s quote when I saw the… Continue reading Cloud computing reversal: From ‘go away’ to ‘I can’t miss out’

13 frameworks for mastering machine learning

13 frameworks for mastering machine learning Image by W.Rebel via Wikimedia Over the past year, machine learning has gone mainstream with a bang. The “sudden” arrival of machine learning isn’t fueled by cheap cloud environments and ever more powerful GPU hardware alone. It is also due to an explosion of open source frameworks designed to… Continue reading 13 frameworks for mastering machine learning