IDG Contributor Network: Using big data to improve customer experience and financial results

Technology provides businesses across all industries with tools and capabilities that optimize operations in order to maximize revenue and minimize waste. Many industries now have access to up-to-date information on customer experience, product acceptance, and financial transactions. Organizations no longer have to wait in the dark until the end of the week, month, or quarter,… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: Using big data to improve customer experience and financial results

IDG Contributor Network: Ensuring big data and fast data performance with in-memory computing

In-memory computing (IMC) technologies have been available for years. However, until recently, the cost of memory made IMC impractical for all but the most performance-critical, high value applications. Over the last few years, however, with memory prices falling and demand for high performance increasing in just about every area of computing, I’ve watched IMC discussions… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: Ensuring big data and fast data performance with in-memory computing

Machine learning skills for software engineers

Ted Dunning is chief applications architect at MapR Technologies. A long time ago in the mid 1950’s, Robert Heinlein wrote a story called “A Door into Summer” in which a competent mechanical engineer hooked up some “Thorsen tubes” for pattern matching memory and some “side circuits to add judgment” and spawned an entire industry of… Continue reading Machine learning skills for software engineers

Review: Domo is good BI, not great BI

In the last couple of years I have reviewed four of the leading business intelligence (BI) products: Tableau, Qlik Sense, Microsoft Power BI, and Amazon QuickSight. In general terms, Tableau sets the bar for ease of use, and Power BI sets the bar for low price. To read this article in full or to leave… Continue reading Review: Domo is good BI, not great BI

ONNX makes machine learning models portable, shareable

Microsoft and Facebook have announced a joint project to make it easier for data analysts to exchange trained models between different machine learning frameworks. The Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) format is meant to provide a common way to represent the data used by neural networks. Most frameworks have their own specific model format that will… Continue reading ONNX makes machine learning models portable, shareable

What is big data? Everything you need to know

Every day human beings eat, sleep, work, play, and produce data—lots and lots of data. According to IBM, the human race generates 2.5 quintillion (25 billion billion) bytes of data every day. That’s the equivalent of a stack of DVDs reaching to the moon and back, and encompasses everything from the texts we send and… Continue reading What is big data? Everything you need to know

Users review the top cloud data integration tools

As the world of cloud computing becomes more globalized, IT professionals need multiple levels of security and transparency to manage cloud relationships. Using a cloud data integration solution, an enterprise can configure a number of disparate application programs sharing data in a diverse network, including cloud-based data repositories. This allows enterprise tech professionals to manage,… Continue reading Users review the top cloud data integration tools