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“Above the Trend Line” – Your Industry Rumor Central for 3/4/2019

Above the Trend Line: your industry rumor central is a recurring feature of insideBIGDATA. In this column, we present a variety of short time-critical news items grouped by category such as M&A activity, people movements, funding news, financial results, industry alignments, customer wins, rumors and general scuttlebutt floating around the big data, data science and machine learning industries including behind-the-scenes anecdotes and curious buzz.

How AI/ML Help Secure the US Power Grid Infrastructure

In this contributed article, William Ellis, discusses the U.S. power grid infrastructure and how artificial intelligence and machine learning can be leveraged to help secure the power grid, its infrastructure, and customers nationwide. During a time of widespread service disruptions, decisions will have to be made in terms of how to route resources. Smart systems can help to monitor the situation and provide intelligent recommendations, but that data must be used effectively by all involved.

What You Still Don’t Know about the Usage of Your Social Media Data

In this contributed article, Shachar Shamir, COO of Ranky, observes that though nearly all of us use some form of social media, few are aware of the full extent to which our data is collected and used. Our online data can take the form of political information, medical and biometric details, and other highly personal information, gathered not only from Facebook itself but also from our activity across the web. While the solution to the privacy problem ultimately needs to come from the policy end, users should nonetheless take precautions to protect their data.

Reducing “Dwell Time” and the Resulting Damage from Data Breaches

In this contributed article, Trevor Daughney, VP Product Marketing at Exabeam, reports that for about 50 percent of cybersecurity respondents, a 2017 SANS Institute survey found the average time between an initial compromise and its detection — known as dwell time — is more than 24 hours. Twenty percent reported dwell time of a month or longer. In this piece, Trevor looks at why technologies such as anomaly detection and machine learning are a big data company’s best defense against long dwell times during an attack.

AI Plays Important Roles at 3 Leading Companies

Today we conclude the insideBIGDATA Executive Round Up, our annual feature showcasing the insights of thought leaders on the state of the big data industry, and where it is headed. In today’s discussion, our panel of experienced big data executives – Ayush Parashar, Co-founder and Vice President of Engineering for Unifi Software, Robert Lee, Vice President & Chief Architect, Pure Storage, Inc., and Oliver Schabenberger, COO & CTO at SAS – discusses the most important role AI plays for their company’s mission statement, and how that role will be cultivated in 2019?

Tableau Releases Ask Data, A New and Intuitive Way to Analyze Data With Natural Language

Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA), a leading analytics platform, announced the general availability of Ask Data, which leverages the power of natural language processing to enable people to ask data questions in plain language and instantly get a visual response right in Tableau. This patent pending capability makes it easier for anyone, regardless of skill set, to engage deeply with data and produce analytical insights they can share with others without having to do any setup or programming.

It’s Time for Enterprises to Stop Distracting their Developers

In this contributed article, Kieron-Sambrook Smith, Chief Commercial Officer for Platform.sh, discusses why enterprises tend to lose the forest (business goals) for the trees (container management), and the strategies they can implement to stop distracting their developers from doing what they do best: writing killer code.

Automated Compliance Technology is the Key to Quality Health Data Analytics

In this special guest feature, Guy Meger, CTO, VP R&D of EarlySense, (a leader in contact-free, continuous monitoring solutions for the healthcare continuum) discusses how with automated compliance monitoring in place, healthcare staff can focus their expertise and time on healing, while patients can rest and recuperate without any anxiety-induced disturbances. For these reasons, many global hospitals and medical facilities are turning to automated compliance technology to support big data systems that operate at their full potential and reach their clinical and economic goals.

How Nonprofits Utilize Big Data

In this contributed article, freelance human Avery Phillips asks the question: can big data be used within nonprofit organizations? If so, what effects can it have on companies that are not focused on sales and earnings? These are questions worth asking. Let’s take a look at how big data is impacting the business world and what nonprofits can do to take advantage of it.

How AI-optimized Hardware Solves Important Compute and Storage Requirements

Today we continue the insideBIGDATA Executive Round Up, our annual feature showcasing the insights of thought leaders on the state of the big data industry, and where it is headed. In today’s discussion, our panel of experienced big data executives – Ayush Parashar, Co-founder and Vice President of Engineering for Unifi Software, Robert Lee, Vice President & Chief Architect, Pure Storage, Inc., and Oliver Schabenberger, COO & CTO at SAS – discusses how AI-optimized hardware solves important compute and storage requirements in support of AI, machine learning, and deep learning.