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True Democratization of Analytics with Meta-Learning By Mark Troester There are many solutions that claim to democratize analytics, but they are really constrained. A meta-learning approach democratizes without limits. The democratization of analytics has become a popular term, and a quick Google search will generate results that explore the necessity of empowering more people with analytics and the rise of citizen data scientists. The ability to easily make better use of your (constantly growing) pool of data is a critical driver of business success, but many of the existing solutions that claim to democratize analytics only do so within severe limits. If you have a complex business scenario and are looking to get revolutionary insights using them, it’s easy to come away disappointed. However, the democratization of analytics isn’t just a buzzword that refers to a n... (more)

AWS Re-Invent 2017

In a few decades when the history of computing will be written, a major section will be devoted to cloud computing. The headline of the first section would read something like this – How did a dot-com era book-selling company became the father of cloud computing? While the giants like IBM, HP, and Microsoft were sleeping, Amazon started a new business eleven years ago in 2006 called AWS (Amazon Web Services). I still remember the afternoon when I had spent couple of hours with the CTO of Amazon (not Warner Vogel, his predecessor, a dutch gentleman) back in 2004 discussing the importance of SOA (service Oriented Architecture). When I asked why was he interested, he mentioned how CEO Jeff Bezos has given a marching order to monetize the under-utilized infrastructure in their data centers. Thus AWS arrived in 2006 with S3 for storage and EC2 for computing. Advance the... (more)

Four key techniques of Cognitive Operations

Forrester recently published the report: “Vendor Landscape: Cognitive Operations”, defined as the “AI version of IT ops management and application performance management.” While cognitive ops solutions can help IT manage increasingly complex and dynamic environments with less effort, Forrester says, “the power of Cognitive Operations depends on the technology within.” As a pioneer in the use of artificial intelligence in IT operations, having launched our AI-powered platform over three years ago, we couldn’t agree more. Why we can support all aspects of cognitive ops, while others can’t When we designed our platform, we realized that traditional approaches would no longer work for managing modern, dynamic, web-scale applications. The complexity, scale and rate of change is simply more than humans can keep up with using traditional tools. This blog discusses four of... (more)

KDE 3.1 vs. GNOME 2.2: How GNOME became LAME

(LinuxWorld) — Judging from the comments about my article last week, many readers seem to have missed the point. I used installation experience to draw attention to both the negative and positive consequences of the different designs in GNOME and KDE. What should have tipped off most readers is the fact that the very things I complained about — the GNOME approach of scattering of configuration files, the imitation of the Windows registry, the inconsistency of the user interface, the lack of features in the user interface, the lack of features in Nautilus, etc. — have nothing to do with GNOME on Debian. Unless Debian alone has a special "crippled design" version of GNOME 2.2 that is based on an entirely different framework than GNOME 2.2 for every other distribution, then the issues I raised apply whether your installation of GNOME goes perfectly o... (more)

Application Intelligence From @AppDynamics | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

AppDynamics, the application intelligence leader for software-defined businesses, announced the general availability of the AppDynamics Fall '14 Release. Serving the combined needs of IT and business teams across the enterprise, the latest release provides a comprehensive view across all aspects of digital performance in ultra large scale deployments. AppDynamics delivers Application Intelligence by building out advanced capabilities across the key areas of analytics, unified monitoring and DevOps. The Fall '14 Release of the AppDynamics Application Intelligence platform introduces: powerful new DevOps collaboration capabilities in the 'Virtual War Room'; AppDynamics Application Analytics, which capture operational and business events and metrics across entire application environments; support for additional integration platforms; a massively scalable data store; an... (more)

Riak TS and Internet of Things | @ThingsExpo @Basho #IoT #Microservices

Riak TS and Internet of Things Riak TS is focused to handle time series application needs. It can do fast read/write to IOT devices, there in is its strength. It also targets financial and economics data as well as in scientific research applications. This is straight from Riak TS: "Riak TS automatically co-locates, replicates, and distributes data across the cluster to achieve fast performance and high availability. The unique master-less architecture enables near-linear scale using commodity hardware so you can easily add capacity as your time series data grows." Here is a claimed benefits of using Riak_TS from their PDF datasheet here. This is again from Riak TS's PDF documents regarding their NoSQL database and the Basho platform. "Basho Riak® TS is a distributed NoSQL database. Its key/ value architecture is optimized for fast reads and writes of time series data.... (more)

Java Games Development - Part 2

Part 1 of this series appeared in the August issue of Java Developer's Journal (Vol. 8, issue 8). JDJ: I'd just like to pick up on that 85% portability goal Jeff mentioned earlier. I'm just going on assumptions, but I think if you were developing a title for the PS2, GameCube, and XBox you would attempt to make sure that only the graphics and audio functionality were platform-specific and make the rest of the game as portable as possible. Seventy-five to eighty-five percent portability would therefore seem to be an achievable goal in C/C++, in which case Java has just lost one of its advantages, has it not? Cas P: Usually I'm even more optimistic than Jeff about something here. I think I can achieve 100% portability. By focusing on a "pure Java platform" like the LWJGL (Lightweight Java Gaming Library), which, once you realize you're coding to the LWJGL Java API, not... (more)

All the Wireless Buzz from Europe

Nokia Game 2001: Gaming Experience or Marketing Effort? by Tom Dibble Wireless games are expected to generate revenues of $4.4 billion by 2006, a revised prediction after Ovum had questioned Datamonitor's initial prediction of a mobile games market worth over $16 billion. Datamonitor's earlier prediction, first revealed at ECTS 2000, was one of the catalysts of the hype surrounding the wireless gaming market. Ovum claimed that the predictions made by Datamonitor are overrated and that consumers will be willing to pay for wireless games only when they perceive value. Availability of leisure time is seen as one of the most important factors in the growth of the market. Although wireless games are popular with the under-25 group (in Europe, defined as ages 11-25), it's more the affluent middle youth market (ages 18-26) that needs to be targeted. The inherent problem is ... (more)

It's Official: Welcome to the 'Technology Bounce Back'

All the myriad commentators who monitor Internet technologies and the i-Technology companies on the NASDAQ doubtless have their own private cluster of indicators that they use to take a weather-check on the overall state of the industry. For some, it's as simple as looking at the NASDAQ index level. This (wholly understandable) approach is the one adopted by SYS-CON's own Roger Strukhoff, who wrote recently: After going over 5000 at the height of the dot.com bubble, we all know that it plunged precipitously and consistently for the next 18 months. Any hope of a quick recovery was dashed by 9/11, and then a new flicker of hope was extinguished when war came in March 2003. Since then, the NASDAQ's most important numbers have been 2000, 2000, and 2000. The first of the three numbers represents the year of its peak, the second the level at which it settled, and the thi... (more)

Seaspan Corporation Signs Contract to Build Two New 2500 TEU Vessels

HONG KONG, CHINA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/30/07 -- Seaspan Corporation ("Seaspan") (NYSE: SSW) today announced that it has signed contracts to build two 2500 TEU vessels at Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. ("Jiangsu") in China. These new orders are in addition to the eight 2500 TEU vessels Seaspan ordered from Jiangsu in 2006. The two newbuilding vessels will be delivered in March and June, 2010. The total delivered cost is expected to be approximately $46.4 million per vessel, subject to certain pre-delivery expenses remaining at budgeted levels. Seaspan also announced that it has arranged simultaneous ten-year charter agreements for these two vessels with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K-Line") of Japan at a rate of $17,880 per day. K-Line is Japan's third-largest liner operator and is ranked 13th in the world by TEU capacity. Each new vessel is expected to ... (more)

Evolution of Web 3.0

Web 3.0 is a different way of building applications and interacting on the web. The core model of web 3.0 states that entire World Wide Web will be seen as a single database. Many tools are being developed through which interactivity between different websites with different data can be enhanced. Prediction is that Web 3.0 will ultimately be seen as web applications which are pieced together. There are a number of characteristics of these applications: they are relatively small, the data is in the cloud, they can run on any device- PC or mobile phone, they are fast and customizable. Furthermore, the applications are distributed virally: literally by social networks or by email. That's a very different application model than we've ever seen in computing. However, there is still considerable debate as to what the term Web 3.0 means, and what a suitable definition might... (more)