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SAP pivots as the customer turns 2018
"All nice, dramatic and warrior like – but performance art isn’t what makes this interesting nor is “we will not waver or bend” suited to anything less than assaulting a beach during World War II, not a software company announcement. Nor are these statements what was very important about what SAP did. But before I get too far into why this was the right move for SAP, let me frame this a little with history and corrections of history."
featured  posts  technology  software 
3 days ago by jonerp
Three Ways Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing Zero Trust Security
"Zero Trust Security provides digital businesses with the security strategy they need to keep growing by scaling across each new perimeter and endpoint created as a result of growth. ZTS in the context of Next-Gen Access is built on four main pillars: (1) verify the user, (2) validate their device, (3) limit access and privilege, and (4) learn and adapt. The fourth pillar heavily relies on machine learning to discover risky user behavior and apply for conditional access without impacting user experience by looking for contextual and behavior patterns in access data."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  centrify  enterprise  security  louis  columbus  machine  learning  next-gen  access  zero  trust  zts 
23 days ago by jonerp
Artificial Intelligence: It Takes a Human Touch
"“Evidence suggests that it is much harder to revert negative effects of predictive models that are already deployed in a community than to prevent undesirable effects during the design and development of the technology,” it states, pointing to the need to address these challenges early in the design and deployment of a technology."
technology  top  stories  machine  learning 
4 weeks ago by jonerp
Why Serverless Requires Rethinking the IT Department
"Beyond that, the biggest differences between how serverless teams work compared with usual DevOps and application engineering teams can be summed up by Johnston’s formula: Slack and Automate and Document (SAD). Serverless engineers need a broad skillset, they are pragmatic hackers. “Because functions are small, but also high-value units, engineers need to be able to ship them fast. They don’t need to make them overly complicated, they don’t need to be perfect,” suggested Johnston, “they just need to work, and if they break, a new one can easily be built.”
culture  technology  top  stories  serverless 
5 weeks ago by jonerp
Five Reasons Why Machine Learning Needs To Make Resumes Obsolete
"The comparative analysis of high achievers’ characteristics with applicants takes seconds to complete, providing a list of prospects complete with profiles. Machine learning-derived profiles of potential hires meeting the high performers’ characteristics provided greater contextual intelligence than any resume ever could."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  applicant  tracking  systems  artificial  intelligence  byline=louis  columbus  louis  columbus'  blog  machine  learning  recruitment  résumé 
5 weeks ago by jonerp
How Zero Trust Security Fuels New Business Growth
"Zero Trust Security (ZTS) strategies enabled by Next-Gen Access (NGA) are indispensable for assuring uninterrupted digital business growth, and are proving to be a scalable security framework for streamlining onboarding and systems access for sales channels, partners, patients, and customers of fast-growing businesses."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  byline=louis  columbus  enteprise  security  gdpr  next-gen  access  zero  trust 
5 weeks ago by jonerp
Facebook’s vulnerabilities
:Albright’s work has uncovered many things concerning Facebook’s approach to the investigation which you might call passive aggressive. For instance, when asked why it had not produced information about how many people had seen Instagram information produced by Russian operated troll accounts, a spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said, “We have not been asked to provide that information.” So little curiosity…"
technology  software  crm  current  affairs  economics  facebook  zuckerberg 
7 weeks ago by jonerp
NetSuite under Oracle: a progress report
"The reality is the verticals NetSuite and its cloud ERP and CRM peers have developed “books of record” for leave massive sectors such as utilities, insurance, hospitality and healthcare mostly untouched. That’s a lot of white space for new entrants to target."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  saas 
7 weeks ago by jonerp
How To Close The Talent Gap With Machine Learning
"Many CEOs are also making greater diversity and inclusion their highest priority. Using advanced AI and machine learning techniques, a company founded by former Google and Facebook AI Scientists is showing potential in meeting these challenges. Founders Ashutosh Garg and Varun Kacholia have over 6000+ research citations and 80+ search and personalization patents. Together they founded Eightfold.ai as Varun says “to help companies find and match the right person to the right role at the right time and, for the first time, personalize the recommendations at scale.”
business  featured  posts  technology  software  artificial  intelligence  eightfold.ai  louis  columbus'  blog  machine  learning  recruiting  recruitment  talent  management 
7 weeks ago by jonerp
The State Of Cloud Business Intelligence, 2018
"Dashboards, advanced visualization, ad-hoc query, data integration, and self-service are the most-required Cloud BI features in 2018. Sales & Marketing need real-time feedback on key initiatives, programs, strategies, and progress towards goals. Dashboards and advanced visualization features’ dominance of feature requirements reflect this department’s ongoing need for real-time feedback on the progress of their teams towards goals. Reporting, data discovery, and end-user data blending (data preparation) make up the next tier of importance."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  analytics  and  big  data  cloud  bi  intelligence  computing  louis  columbus'  blog 
8 weeks ago by jonerp
83% Of Enterprises Are Complacent About Mobile Security
"The study found that the accelerating pace of cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile adoption is outpacing enterprises’ ability to scale security management, leaving companies vulnerable. When there’s a trade-off between the expediency needed to accomplish business performance goals and security, the business goals win the majority of the time. 32% of enterprises are sacrificing security for expediency and business performance, leaving many areas of their core infrastructure unsecured. Enterprises who made this trade-off of expediency over security were 2.4x as likely to suffer data loss or downtime."
featured  posts  technology  software  louis  columbus  mobile  security  verizon  wi-fi  zero  trust 
9 weeks ago by jonerp
Zoho at a crossroads: Stepping up means stepping out
"Zoho, on the other hand, has been successful and managed to maintain their culture and the loyalty of their customers and employees without a lot of business model transformation. They will continue to grow with that outlier model for a while yet, I would think. Past experience says that they probably will reach that limit in two or three years — but I don’t put anything beyond them, including accomplishing a lot more without changing the model."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  zoho  one  zoholics 
9 weeks ago by jonerp
What’s Missing From Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant For CPQ
"Magic quadrants and market analysis grids are designed to guide enterprise buyers to the best possible technologies for their needs. The recently published Gartner Magic Quadrant for Configure, Price, and Quote (CPQ) Application Suites, 2018 (client access reqd.) doesn’t address the most challenging problem enterprises face making CPQ strategies work, which is enterprise-wide systems integration. Members of the CPQ vendor landscape are growing complacent and need to intensify innovation efforts too."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  2018  and  quote  (cpq)  application  suites  byline=louis  columbus  configure  cpq  crm  gartner  magic  quadrant  for 
9 weeks ago by jonerp
SAPs new ERP pricing model: Quick analysis
" In addition to Trust, I wish this team had also been given Realism as a target. As I pointed out in my recent note on Uptake, value in software has been moving away from transaction processing to intelligence and analytics. Not sure the exchange/conversion values reflect the fact that ERP functionality pricing should have steadily declined over the last few decades. In a world where machines are doing more of the work at the front end of so many processes, improving quality of data etc. why should you continue to pay for (often duplicative) work by your ERP system at the back end of that process at the same rate you did a while ago?"
featured  posts  technology  software  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  sap 
10 weeks ago by jonerp
Five Ways Machine Learning Can Save Your Company From A Security Breach Meltdown
"However, 62% of CEOs have the impression that multi-factor authentication is difficult to manage. Thus, their primary security concern is primarily driven by how to avoid delivering poor user experiences. In this context, machine learning can assist in strengthening the foundation of a multi-factor authentication platform to increase effectiveness while streamlining user experiences."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  byline=louis  columbus  cybersecurity  machine  learning  security  breach  zero  trust 
10 weeks ago by jonerp
CIO report card: IT must fix basic problems - by @mkrigsman
"Unfortunately, however, the survey also tells us that most IT departments have trouble with their most basic operational tasks. For example, look at these processes in the chart above: Equipment onboarding for new hires, password resets, requesting a new computer, and de-provisioning former employees are all within the control of IT."
featured  posts  technology  software 
march 2018 by jonerp
Microsoft PowerApps and Citizen Code - by @dealarchitect
"Mohammad, a pharmacist by training, considers himself a “tech enthusiast” – in the past he taught himself how to use Microsoft Access, then discovered and began using PowerApps, Flow, Power BI and the Common Data Service. Leveraging these tools, and learning through videos and help on the community forums, he built a solution combining all the Business Application Platform products."
featured  posts  technology  software  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  sap 
february 2018 by jonerp
Looking ahead – what jobs will technology take away? - by @vijayasankarv
"My crystal ball is not any more effective than yours when it comes to looking into the future – but there are a few scenarios where I do think jobs will be taken away. If your job is in one of these categories, the smart thing to do is to gain additional skills. Just to be clear – I also think there won’t be any net job losses. As always – this is all strictly my personal views on the topic, and not that of my employer."
featured  posts  trends  &  concepts  ai  automation  future  of  work  job  loss  technology  uncategorized  universal  basic  income 
february 2018 by jonerp
Internet of Things Platforms: Microsoft Azure vs. Google Cloud Platform vs. Amazon Web Services
"Far in the lead in the cloud computing race is Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s own cloud offering. Among its main features are infrastructure as a service, cloud storage solutions, database system management, application and content migration, developer tools that make development faster, as well as machine learning capabilities. IoT-targeted features are available through the AWS IoT platform."
contributed  op-ed  technology  top  stories  amazon  web  services  azure  google  cloud  platform  internet  of  things  mobilunity  sensors 
february 2018 by jonerp
Looking ahead – what jobs will technology take away? - by @vijaysansakarv
"There are several jobs where the job needs very little original thinking. The critical thinking is done by few people who designed the workflow, and not by people executing. This would include things like preparing fast food, paying invoices, checking totals, scanning documents etc. These jobs are generally at risk given they are easily automated – and probably the only reason they are still around is because of the one time cost of implementing new technology. Given all tech will eventually commoditize, this is only a temporary safety net."
uncategorized  ai  automation  future  of  work  job  loss  technology  universal  basic  income 
february 2018 by jonerp
Security: What Enterprise Architects Need to Know Today
"With enterprise applications, the data is more valuable than the apps that consume the data. This is because the datasets are large, and often go back decades. They’re mostly stored in SQL databases, but in recent times, in NoSQL alternatives as well. The data is multifaceted and can be presented in many different ways within a single application or across multiple applications."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  cloud-native  equifax  security  sponsored  twistlock 
february 2018 by jonerp
Davos debrief Part 1 - by @dealarchitect
"That said, I heard several times where people were tying this back to social media and trust. You can draw a straight line through recent political events … You look at what happened in France. They went from a left-leaning government to a young centrist who had zero governmental experience. The UK had the Brexit."
trends  &  concepts  globalization  and  technology  industry  commentary 
february 2018 by jonerp
Why Multicloud Will Win When the Cloud Wars Go Global
Data privacy is increasingly critical, particularly as breaches become both more frequent and more devastating. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is certainly a reflection of what will become more tightly monitored if not regulated space.

But even with GDPR, there will be industry-specific regulations that mandate protections, especially around data that is of security interest. In some cases, enterprises will find that tight control over data, being mindful of national borders, provides the right balance of risk mitigation and control."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  eu  general  data  protection  regulation  juniper  networks  multi-cloud 
february 2018 by jonerp
Machine Learning’s Greatest Potential Is Driving Revenue In The Enterprise - by @louiscolumbus
"CIOs challenging the status quo of their organization’s analytics direction are more likely to rely on roadmaps for defining and selling their vision of machine learning’s revenue contributions. More than 70% of early adopter CIOs have developed a roadmap for future business process changes compared with just 33% of average CIOs."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  ai  artificial  intelligence  byline=louis  columbus  cio  machine  learning 
february 2018 by jonerp
How AI and Laser-Shooting Robots Can Boost Productivity in the Construction Industry
"According to the company, these relatively impressive improvements are made possible by their software, which is capable of differentiating between the complex set of interior components on any given construction site, ranging from plumbing, to electrical wiring and ventilation ductwork. All these items can be scanned three-dimensionally and mapped into Doxel’s cloud of data points, which are accurate up to 2 millimeters."
science  technology  top  stories  algorithms  artificial  intelligence  construction  deep  learning  doxel  lidar  robotics  robots 
february 2018 by jonerp
GE and Digital Transformations: Dont jump to conclusions - by @dealarchitect
"Go ahead and malign GE. Short its stock. But don’t ignore what it has shown us as possible when it comes to Big D. If you get timid and go with small d projects you will make the same mistake so many companies made in the 90s. Instead of proper process reengineering we took the easy way out – so called best practices embedded in packaged software. We ended up with massive overruns, bloated costs but not much better processes. With small d, yes you will feel good about being in the cloud, but your products, field service and business models will not have evolved."
featured  posts  technology  software  industry  commentary 
february 2018 by jonerp
The Impact of Spectre and Meltdown on the Cloud
"Spectre is worse. Not because we actually know how to use it to do something bad. Yet. It is worse because we don’t know how to mitigate it in a generic way, and because it proves that Meltdown wasn’t a flash in the pan. The threat remains, and erodes trust. When and if someone devises a practical exploit, we may indeed see a mitigation for it show up quickly. The exploit may be responsibly disclosed by security researchers at a company like Google. But it is entirely possible that hostile state actors will get there first, and the damages done between now and then may be considerable and difficult to quantify."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  heptio  meltdown  security  side-channel  attack  spectre 
february 2018 by jonerp
Rishi, Slack can be right for you. You just need the right tools and practices to focus your work. - by @ross
" Although Slack is positioned as a productivity tool, it becomes counterproductive when misused. Instant messaging applications enable communication that is online, synchronous and on-demand. This tends to be appropriate for interrupt-driven teams like those in customer service and sales. However, project-oriented teams tend to suffer from inundation. As a software developer in product development, I constantly seek and protect long-uninterrupted blocks of time. That is when I am able to create value of higher quality, faster."
technology  software  attention  communication  distraction  productivity  slack 
february 2018 by jonerp
Digital Trends 2018
"Digital transformation, then, is driving business change and technology innovation. Over the past few years, several technology trends have emerged or accelerated as a result of the modernization needs of businesses. For 2018, G2 Crowd research is tracking a list of these tech trends, and we’ve identified four broad technology areas that serve as the anchors or framework for ongoing analysis of technology trends, and their impact on modernizing businesses.

These technology anchors are:

AI
IoT
Cybersecurity
Digital Platforms"
featured  posts  technology  software  trends  &  concepts  2018  ai  analysis  artificial  intelligence  business  model  models  modernization  change 
february 2018 by jonerp
5 Essential Pieces of the Deep Learning Puzzle
"The amount of applications and Internet of Things (IoT) devices in the enterprise means there’s no shortage of data. But many datasets can’t be used for deep learning because they’re too small, not structured, or untrustworthy. If machine learning models are trained with incomplete, unstructured, or inaccurate data, they can’t arrive at the best outcomes at best, and can even actively hurt the underlying application they are being applied to."
analysis  contributed  technology  top  stories  amazon  sagemaker  artificial  intelligence  cafee2  data  deep  learning  frameworks  google  hypertune  grid  search 
february 2018 by jonerp
What enterprises will focus on for digital transformation in 2018 - by @dhinchcliffe
"This is where two new industry discussions have come into play recently, focusing on two other primary digital experiences that make it possible to deliver on customer experience in a sustainable way in fast-changing times: The worker experience and the partner/supplier experience."
featured  posts  technology  software  trends  &  concepts 
february 2018 by jonerp
Why Quicksprout’s Neil Patel is Wrong [ SEO is NOT Dead! - by @bobwarfield
"The questions you need to ask yourself are simple:

Is my business built on chasing the latest hype, fashion, and trends or something more solid?
Do my customers always embrace the latest greatest or are they more mainstream?
At the present rate of growth, how long before the new new thing takes over enough to really impact my business?"
featured  posts  technology  software  blog 
february 2018 by jonerp
2018 Will be A Breakout Year For Supply Chain Analytics - by @louiscolumbus
"66% of supply chain leaders say advanced supply chain analytics are critically important to their supply chain operations in the next 2 to 3 years. The Hackett Group found the majority of supply chain leaders have a sense of urgency for getting advanced supply chain analytics implemented and contributing to current and future operations. The majority see the value of having advanced analytics that can scale across their entire supplier network."
business  technology  software  analytics  and  big  data  bi  byline=louis  columbus  logistics  louis  columbus'  blog  supply  chain  management 
january 2018 by jonerp
Google AI Achieves “Alien” Superhuman Mastery of Chess and Go in Mere Hours
"And it seems that Google’s subsidiary DeepMind has once again gotten one step closer to this goal with AlphaZero, their latest AI development. Their recently published pre-print research outlined how AlphaZero succeeded in handily beating one of the world’s top chess engines — after teaching itself and mastering the game in four hours and reaching a “superhuman” level of play in a mere 24 hours in not only chess but in two other different types of board games."
science  technology  top  stories  alphazero  artificial  general  intelligence  board  games  deep  neural  networks  deepmind  elmo  game  engines  gaming 
january 2018 by jonerp
Let the platform wars begin - by @denispombriant
"Other vendors, for instance Amazon with AWS and some others, see a different need and work to meet it. But primarily providing cloud infrastructure only addresses half of the challenge and amounts to saving money. That’s a great thing but when faced with making or saving money, 10 out of 9 (I said that right) executives who are given a choice will opt for making in money over simply saving it."
featured  posts  technology  software  crm  enterprise  oracle  platform  salesforce 
january 2018 by jonerp
10 Charts That Will Change Your Perspective On Artificial Intelligence’s Growth - by @louiscolumbus
"Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing (NLP) are the three most in-demand skills on Monster.com. Just two years ago NLP had been predicted to be the most in-demand skill for application developers creating new AI apps. In addition to skills creating AI apps, machine learning techniques, Python, Java, C++, experience with open source development environments, Spark, MATLAB, and Hadoop are the most in-demand skills. Based on an analysis of Monster.com entries as of today, the median salary is $127,000 in the U.S. for Data Scientists, Senior Data Scientists, Artificial Intelligence Consultants and Machine Learning Managers."
business  technology  software  ai  startups  artificial  intelligence  byline=louis  columbus  louis  machine  learning  stanford  one  hundred  year  study  on  (ai100)  university 
january 2018 by jonerp
Enterprise Software Platforms have underperformed - by @dealarchitect
"My relative disappointment with enterprise platforms is one reason I was one of the few analysts who was not clamoring for Workday to open up its own platform. It did last year and I hope they set ambitious goals for partners who develop on its platform – make sure they are well funded, go after massive and underserved markets across verticals and geographies."
featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  saas  sap 
january 2018 by jonerp
By 2020 83% Of Enterprise Workloads Will Be In The Cloud - by @louiscolumbus
"83% Of Enterprise Workloads Will Be In The Cloud By 2020. LogicMonitor’s survey is predicting that 41% of enterprise workloads will be run on public cloud platforms (Amazon AWS, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure and others) by 2020. An additional 20% are predicted to be private-cloud-based followed by another 22% running on hybrid cloud platforms by 2020. On-premise workloads are predicted to shrink from 37% today to 27% of all workloads by 2020."
business  technology  software  amazon  aws  re:invent  web  services  byline=louis  columbus  cloud  computing  enterprise  adoption  landscape 
january 2018 by jonerp
SAP: When you come to a fork in the road, Take it! - by @dealarchitect
"Even though its cloud acquisitions – SuccessFactors, Ariba, hybris, Concur etc – were not cheap, they have helped keep SAP competitive on this side of the pond. With what we have seen in the first couple of years of S/4HANA the ship is tilting back to the on-premise world. Oh sure it promises three options – public cloud, private cloud or on-premise but the public cloud option is a tiny portion of the deployments."
featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  saas  sap 
january 2018 by jonerp
Oracle Database: Solid for Now - by @dealarchitect
"When I talk to corporate buyers, I get a similar vibe of “little love” for Oracle. They constantly evaluate open-source, NoSQL, HANA and other options. But the talent, systems management tools and other “bag of tricks” they have invested in to tune the database, recover from downtime etc. keep them grounded. Having said that Oracle sometimes misreads continued commitment to the database as customer loyalty."
technology  software  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  sap 
january 2018 by jonerp
Google Rankbrain SEO [ Best SEO Strategy Insights in 2018 - by @bobwarfield
"
It knows with great certainty when you have multiple pages targeting the same content or intent. It is therefore really good at penalizing you for that.
It knows when there’s a great web page for a certain concept that uses different keywords than what you’re searching for. You can still rank higher for targeting the exact keywords, but this capability shifts SEO from targeting keywords to targeting concepts and most importantly targeting high quality."
featured  posts  technology  software  blog 
january 2018 by jonerp
Cryptocurrency and central banking - by @denispombriant
"So far, cryptocurrencies lack any macroeconomic structures for managing things like inflation and recession and on exchanges they behave much like stocks. As we’ve seen in many mergers and acquisitions company stock can be used in part or in lieu of cash to enable the transaction provided both sides agree on the value represented by the stocks. But as an everyday currency that one might use to purchase groceries or pay a utility bill, cryptocurrencies are still way behind the curve."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  bitcoin  blockchain  cryptocurrency  economics 
january 2018 by jonerp
The Year of Intelligent Apps - by @dealarchitect
"What are intelligent apps? Let me cite a definition, Hasso Plattner of SAP used at SapphireNow. He invoked:

Intelligent Transactions – automate high-frequency repetitive tasks
Analytics – make data-driven insights available to everybody
Collaboration – tap into the collective intelligence of knowledge workers
Digital Assistant – provide the right answer at the right time

I would broaden the definition. For the last few years social, mobile, and cloud technologies reshaped the look and feel traditional enterprise apps. Now sensor data, automation, blockchains and vertical unbundling and morphing are transforming their guts."
featured  posts  technology  software  industry  commentary 
january 2018 by jonerp
The other technical debt - by @dealarchitect
"Vendors have been accumulating gobs of technical debt by not keeping the software up with the times, even though customers keep paying them maintenance or annual subscriptions. You see it manifested in many ways."
featured  posts  technology  software  industry  commentary  technical  debt 
december 2017 by jonerp
Mathwashing: How Algorithms Can Hide Gender and Racial Biases
"It seems that machines can and do indeed assimilate human prejudices, whether they are based on race, gender, age or aesthetics. Experts are now finding more evidence that supports this phenomenon of algorithmic bias. As sets of instructions that help machines to learn, reason, recognize patterns and perform tasks on their own, algorithms increasingly pervade our lives. And in a world where algorithms already underlie many of those big decisions that can change lives forever, researchers are finding that many of these algorithms aren’t as objective as we assume them to be."
culture  research  science  technology  top  stories  algorithmic  auditing  bias  algorithms  artificial  intelligence  bias-correction  data  development 
december 2017 by jonerp
The Hidden 80/20 of IT Spend: Where to Mine for Savings - by @jasondbusch
"On the webinar, I’ll be sharing quite a bit more on the topic of how best to drive IT category savings, as well as picking the brains of category experts who have much deeper knowledge than I do. But for now, I’ll tease you with a few ideas below on the category savings side. (Hint: Driving IT category savings starts with the same strategies and techniques that you would apply to other areas from a strategic sourcing and category management perspective.)"
business  category  management  general  news  l2  procurement  strategy  &  planning  technology  twenties 
december 2017 by jonerp
Monday’s Musings: What’s Top Of Mind From SAP Customers - by @rwang0
"Consequently, customers remain cautious and reserved in working with SAP sales reps to resolve this issue for fear of nullifying previous agreements and resulting in accidentally raising their overall total account value. Customers should work with their user groups such as the UK and Ireland SAP User Group have created a SAP Licensing Transparency Centre and other influencers familiar with the process."
#techoptimization  2017  amazon  web  services  apps  strategy  best  practices  blockchain  technology  boardroom  priorities  c-suite  c3  iot  cdo 
december 2017 by jonerp
Could an AI Generate the First Line of a Novel?
"And of course, the other half of the fun is sharing the ridiculous results on her blog. For example, given a dataset of 37,265 fish names, the neural network tried its hardest to generate its own. And last week Shane trained it on the first lines from 224 Disney songs. But this month Shane turned her attention to one of the most human endeavors of all: writing a novel. “When you’re faced with a blank page, sometimes it’s just hard to get started,” Shane joked on her web page. “I wanted to see if I could train a computer program to help.”
culture  research  technology  top  stories  artificial  intelligence  char-rnn  national  novel  writing  month  novel-generating  neural  networks  tech  the  arts  and  science  torch 
december 2017 by jonerp
How Human Workers Can Control Robots from Their Homes — with Virtual Reality
"It’s not clear what will happen, but it’s also possible that there’s a middle way. Rather than outright replacement, humans could be incorporated into the equation, working alongside collaborative robots or operating robots through virtual reality."
research  technology  csail  homunculus  model  massachusetts  institute  of  mit computer  science  and  artificial  intelligence  laboratory  oculus  rift  rethink  robotics  robots  telerobotics  virtual  reality 
november 2017 by jonerp
Connected Cars, Autonomous Vehicles, and the Internet of Things (IoT) - by @tomraftery
"Beyond industry disruption, less need for parking would open up tremendous urban space in the form of unused lots and garages. Maybe this would mean more populous cities with room to build for more people to live more comfortably without traffic congestion or pollution. Or how about using some of the space for indoor vertical farming using hydroponics technology and LED lights to grow more food and feed more people? Of course, this is already happening. But that’s a blog for another time."
featured  posts  technology  software  autonomous  vehicle  connected  car  internet  of  things  (iot)  iot  tesla 
november 2017 by jonerp
Tech Goes to Washington - by @benthompson #facebook #google
"Still, Kennedy’s two lines of questions combined revealed the tech companies’ testimony for the paradox it was: on the one hand, their sheer scale means it is impossible to fully stamp out activities like Russian meddling; on the other, that same scale means they all have the most intimate information on nearly everyone."
articles  aggregation  theory  distribution  and  transaction  costs  facebook  google  owning  customer  relationship  politics  privacy  search  social  technology  society  twitter 
november 2017 by jonerp
Raising the Bar – for clouds, renewables and digital – Part 1 - by @dealarchitect
"Amazon started off very well, delivering price cuts just about every quarter. But now, managed services partners have jumped on the bandwagon and dilute its attractiveness. Salesforce is actually confirming its service partners make $ 4 to 5 for every $ 1 it charges. Not very comforting to customers who thought that went away with on-premise systems."
business  featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  saas 
november 2017 by jonerp
RAND’s blockchain challenges and opportunities
"No doubt because the BSI commissioned the Report, its focus is on standards. There is relatively little examination of the processing implications (including the speed and size of DLT/blockchains). The description: “the distributed nature of DLT/blockchain systems and the need for increased computing power could involve high energy consumption and associated costs” does not explore the issues in depth. Similarly, the merits of interworking DLT/blochchains could do with more depth."
blockchain  homepage  slider  latest  news  british  standards  institute  bsi  database  distributed  ledger  technology  dlt  iso  rand  corporation  europe  transactions 
october 2017 by jonerp
Beyond Bitcoin: Oracle, IBM Prepare Blockchains for Industrial Use
"For OpenWorld, Oracle launched a Blockchain-as-a-Service, to be released in early 2018. The service will bundle the technology, make the system private, and guarantee compliance with all regulations, all of which have issues with getting enterprise companies on board, according to Frank Xiong, Oracle vice president of blockchain product development."
events  technology  top  stories  bitcoin  black  book  research  blockchains  data  distributed  databases  systems  ibm  openworld  2017  oracle 
october 2017 by jonerp
Citizen development with @FlowForma and @JohnRRymer - by @skemsley
"The discussion at the end had an interesting bit on the changing role of business analysts, who typically fall into the power user category from Rymer’s earlier categorization, although I see a lot of these who have transferred from IT groups are are really business developers. In the past, BAs work has been focused on creating written requirements, whereas low-code platforms allow them to create a working prototype as part of the requirements."
technology  software  bpm  low  code 
october 2017 by jonerp
How much will we trust AI? - by @vijayasankarv
"There are good reasons why users don’t trust data they get from BI, like

In most cases, users cannot see how it ties back to source systems
Transformations and enrichments to the data are not transparent to users
Users do not know how well the system has been tested
The tools may not be as intuitive as a spreadsheet….and many more"
technology  software  uncategorized 
october 2017 by jonerp
Can Google’s Project Loon and Tesla’s Solar Grid save Puerto Rico?
"Google and Tesla are stepping up to offer help where the US Federal government is slow to move. While the ideas sound good in principle, there are hurdles to overcome. The upside is that these efforts, if successful. will provide proof points for sustainable resources."
digital  government  and  public  services  technology  for  social  good 
october 2017 by jonerp
How Workday Bridges the Gap between Amazon and OpenStack
"“What I will strongly recommend is to build something,” Magana advised. “I keep calling it ‘middleware,’ but something that abstracts the back-end platform, your pipeline system, from the way to deliver your application artifact to production. I strongly recommend that.”

It is nothing like Aporeto’s CEO described it: succumbing to the relentless will of a monopolistic beast with its sights set on world domination. If anything, Workday’s strategy is a do-it-yourself program for making global public cloud deployment viable for an organization that is not, and may not ever be, rooted there to begin with."
case  study  technology  top  stories  amazon  ec2  container  service  web  services  aws  re:invent  2016  chef  continuous  integration  and  deployment  gerrit  jenkins  middleware 
october 2017 by jonerp
How GE Digital Tackled the Stateful / Stateless Problem for Industrial IoT
"As engineers (including those at the IETF) have come to realize, persistent data will always be a necessary resource for both server-side applications and client-side apps. And the need for the Internet of Things (IoT) applications to maintain a reliable, persistent network of connected sensors and apparati, makes a stable and self-contained network state data platform vitally necessary."
events  interviews  technology  top  stories  bosh  cassandra  chef  cloud  foundry  container  storage  interface  ge  digital  predix  general  el 
october 2017 by jonerp
The Elements of Disruption - by @barnes_hank
"
Technology – While not the sole element, technology innovations often play a significant role
Business – Shifts in business models and practices that change the rules of buying and selling
Industry – Identifying changing industry dynamics, or regulations (or sometimes ignoring them)
Society – Leveraging societal trends that provide new ways to build awareness, interest, and “tribes”"
go-to-market  business  disruption  elements  industry  society  technology 
october 2017 by jonerp
Airbnb’s 10 Takeaways from Moving to Microservices
"Developers aren’t great at trying to keep track of all these tools, said Cebula. But developers do understand code.

So configuration of code became really important. Having your configuration as code makes it very easy reason about, she explained. “What configuration is currently in production, whether a configuration has been rolled back, making changes to configuration, it’s all right there for them.”
news  technology  top  stories  airbnb  continuous  delivery  developers  devops  domain  specific  language  futurestack  2017  microservices  sysops 
october 2017 by jonerp
73% of Executives Are Researching & Launching IoT Projects In 2017 - by @louiscolumbus
"Manufacturing-based IoT connections grew 84% between 2016 and 2017, followed by energy & utilities (41%). Transportation and distribution (40%), smart cities and communities (19%) and healthcare and pharma (11%) are the remaining three industries tracked in the study who had positive growth in the number of IoT connections. The following graphic compares year-over-year growth by industry for the 2016 to 2017 timeframe."
featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  internet  of  things  forecast  iot  louis  columbus'  blog 
october 2017 by jonerp
How Artificial Intelligence Is Revolutionizing Business In 2017
"The research found significant gaps between companies who have already adopted and understand Artificial Intelligence (AI) and those lagging. AI early adopters invest heavily in analytics expertise and ensuring the quality of algorithms and data can scale across their enterprise-wide information and knowledge needs. The leading companies who excel at using AI to plan new businesses and streamline existing processes all have solid senior management support for each AI initiative."
featured  posts  technology  software  artificial  intelligence  boston  consulting  group  (bcg)  cloud  computing  louis  columbus'  blog  machine  learning  mit  sloan  management  review 
september 2017 by jonerp
Want to Really Understand What all the Hype of Cryptocurrency is About? - by @msuster
"Because so many of us (myself included) love out technology providers, few have begun to fully grasp how much centralized control, for example, Amazon has over cloud-based storage and processing and it’s even more dominant in eCommerce and physical, last-mile distribution. I love that Amazon can deliver me products a mere hours after I order them but fast-forward 20 years and if they have no real competition for last-mile distribution this eventually could produce negative consequences for the market and for consumers."
business  featured  posts  technology  bitcoin 
september 2017 by jonerp
Event-Driven Architecture Is the Wave of the Future
"Gartner calls EDA a design paradigm. At its highest level, a software component, or event, executes a response to receiving one or more event notifications. A key feature is that the server component that sends the notification does not know which component is on the receiving end."
analysis  events  technology  top  stories  architecture  cloud  native  computing  foundation  conflict-free  replicated  data  type  emit  2017  event  schemas  event-driven  extract  transform  and  load  gartner 
september 2017 by jonerp
Equifax : Disturbing Developments - by @suds
"Medicare even puts recipients social security number on their card, which they usually care in their wallet so if their wallet is stolen, their identify is at risk. Medicare plans to change this next year, but in the meantime millions of people over 62 are vulnerable. We need to figure out a way to disempower the use of the social security number to steal our identities. I’m not sure how that can be done, but I’m pretty sure it’s doable."
featured  posts  technology  software 
september 2017 by jonerp
Practical AI for the enterprise: Getting past vendors blowing smoke - by @mkrigsman
"We’ve got over thirteen-hundred companies who are invested in AI, about $9 billion of research is going into AI. So, we have plenty of options. Our challenge is understanding which vendor to choose, based on their longevity within the industry and their ability to demonstrate and perform and execute. Most companies are still being seed-funded, so longevity is still very key for us. Also, understanding their capabilities and functionalities because unfortunately, of that thirteen-hundred that say they’re AI-based, [the only thing] many really offer is a chatbot."
featured  posts  technology  software 
september 2017 by jonerp
Microservices: The Good, the Bad and the Hype
"Microservices may bring many benefits to the enterprise but they also can bring some headaches, especially if you are not anticipating them, argued engineer Michal Franc, during his talk at the Agile Roundabout meetup held in London last month.

Franc presented microservices as a costly tool to solve problems — but those problems have to generate a lot of profit to make it valuable. "
culture  technology  top  stories  agile  roundabout  domain-driven  architecture  design  google  microservices  netflix  spotify  model  waterfall 
september 2017 by jonerp
How Should Bots Respond to Frustration?
"Sherry Turkle, who focuses on human-technology interactions as the director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Initiative on Technology and Self, worries this may lead to a “coarsening of how people treat each other.” She tells CNN that “We treat machines as though they were people.” So where this may lead is “We are drawn into treating people as though they were machines.”
analysis  culture  technology  top  stories  alexa  american  academy  of  pediatrics  artificial  intelligence  chatbots  cortana  current  development  ibm 
september 2017 by jonerp
Practices for Effective Distributed Teams - by @ross
"I’ve found distributed teams can have more focused productivity and enable people to have happy, balanced lives. They have recruiting and cost benefits. But they require an over-investment in some areas to work.

You have to over-invest in communication and connecting people. Not just from the role of Chief Storyteller and management. Everyone needs to understand part of their contract with coworkers is to be communicative. The communication isn’t just to talk about your work, but collaborate with people towards goals. Remote work is best when there is upfront agreement about the who, what, when, where and why of work to be done."
featured  posts  technology  software  collaboration  distributed-teams  meetings  remote-working  startup 
september 2017 by jonerp
SuccessConnect- a higher calling? - by @dealarchitect
"What was less on display was the software. The sessions were long on slides and words, less on demos. Given that it was my first SuccessConnect, I asked a few “regulars” – analysts who come to the event every year. To a person, they used the word “transition”. SuccessFactors is being transitioned to leverage SAP’s assets."
featured  posts  technology  software  cloud  computing  enterprise  (ibm  microsoft  oracle  saas  sap 
september 2017 by jonerp
Critical Vulnerability in Apache Struts Puts Thousands of Web Applications at Risk
"Semmle worked with Fintan Ryan, an analyst with RedMonk, to determine the potential impact of this flaw and according to him, at least 65 percent of the Fortune 100 companies are actively using web applications built with the Struts framework. This includes organizations like Lockheed Martin, the IRS, Citigroup, Vodafone, Virgin Atlantic, Reader’s Digest, Office Depot, and Showtime."
news  technology  top  stories  apache  struts  cve-2017-9805  deserialization  jakarta  java  lgtm  redmonk  remote  code  execution  rest 
september 2017 by jonerp
Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017 Adds 5G, Edge Computing For First Time
"Gartner added eight new technologies to the Hype Cycle this year including 5G, Artificial General Intelligence, Deep Learning, Edge Computing, Serverless PaaS.
Virtual Personal Assistants, Personal Analytics, Data Broker PaaS (dbrPaaS) are no longer included in the Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies."
featured  posts  technology  software  ai  amazon  web  services  analytics  artifical  intelligence  cloud  computing  landscape  deep  learning  gartner  hype  cycle  for  emerging  technologies  louis  columbus'  blog 
september 2017 by jonerp
Ford Motor Company: Data and the future of autonomous vehicles - via @mkrigsman
"Evangelos Simoudis: Over the past twenty or so years, the automotive industry has been thinking of vehicles as platforms. In fact, much of the terminology that they have been using, including Ford, has been around platforms.

We’re talking about different type of platform. It’s no longer a platform for electromechanical devices with some computing, but it’s a platform of sensors and actuators with an immense amount of computing power and quite a bit of storage."
featured  posts  technology  software 
august 2017 by jonerp
Automation and Jobs: the tide turns - by @dealarchitect
"James Surowiecki writes in Wired “It’s a dramatic story, this epoch-defining tale about automation and permanent unemployment. But it has one major catch: There isn’t actually much evidence that it’s happening.” He quotes Andrew McAfee, co-author of The Second Machine Age, saying “If I had to do it over again, I would put more emphasis on the way technology leads to structural changes in the economy, and less on jobs, jobs, jobs. The central phenomenon is not net job loss. It’s the shift in the kinds of jobs that are available.”
featured  posts  technology  software  silicon  collar 
august 2017 by jonerp
Why Artificial Intelligence Needs Neuroscience for Inspiration
"Yet, despite this ongoing interdisciplinary sharing, Hassabis and his colleagues assert that the rift of intelligence between human and machine still remains quite large. This gap is due to our incomplete knowledge of biological brains, the underlying mechanisms of cognition and of the nature of consciousness itself. Similarly, this disparity is also due to the fact that the complex computations that drive AI can be an inscrutable “black box” — it works, but we don’t really know why."
science  technology  top  stories  artificial  general  intelligence  deepmind  demis  hassabis  neuroscience 
august 2017 by jonerp
Enterprise Artificial Intelligence Is about the Big Picture and the Little Things
"The first gathering of London’s new AI and Machine Learning in Enterprise Applications Meetup wasn’t too fussed with this war of tech giants. Microsoft’s Global Strategist Nigel Willson came to reveal the signs of oncoming AI, and then KPMG’s Chief Technology Officer Priti Padhy was all about how to apply it to the enterprise space. Today we’re going to cover what they see as currently available to us and how enterprises are going to take advantage of it. It’s a lot more practical and a lot less sci-fi than you think."
analysis  technology  top  stories  ai  and  machine  learning  in  enterprise  applications  meetup  artificial  intelligence  cognitive  computing  kpmg  microsoft  pix  video  indexer 
august 2017 by jonerp
Reasoning in CRM - by @denispombriant #AI
"The AI that we increasingly see in CRM and other business apps is rather one dimensional, able to tell you the traffic but nothing else. It’s analogous to the robots on car assembly lines, each programmed to make a weld or grind a surface but that’s it. Making an assembly line is a matter of setting up many robots in a row each doing something different and not empowering some super machine to do it all."
featured  posts  technology  software  ai  crm 
july 2017 by jonerp
Elon Musk: Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of AI is “limited”
"There aren't many people in the world who can justifiably call Mark Zuckerberg a dumb-ass, but Elon Musk is probably one of them.

Early on Tuesday morning, in the latest salvo of a tussle between the two tech billionaires over the dangers of advanced artificial intelligence, Musk said that Zuckerberg's "understanding of the subject is limited."
gear  &  gadgets  ministry  of  innovation  technology  lab  ai  artificial  intelligence  elon  musk  facebook  mark  zuckerberg  singularity  spacex 
july 2017 by jonerp
The Hidden Biases that Can Lurk in Artificial Intelligence Systems
"Artificial intelligence and “automated decision-making” systems are being implemented in many crucial real-world settings, cutting humans out of the decisions that these systems are making. But how sure are we that the decisions they arrive at are fundamentally correct?

Researchers are finding a startling number cases of human bias that have crept into AI models and decision-making algorithms, which in turn can unwittingly lead to discriminatory practices on the part of companies and governments deploying these systems."
analysis  culture  technology  top  stories  ai  now  american  civil  liberties  union  artificial  intelligence  development  diversity  fivethirtyeight  google  microsoft 
july 2017 by jonerp
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