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Enterprises Seek to Improve Technological Infrastructure and Cloud Hosting Processes for Supporting AI

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 enterprises seeking to improve their technological infrastructure and cloud hosting processes for supporting their AI, machine learning, and deep learning efforts.

Field Report: H2O World 2019 San Francisco

I was pleased to be on-hand for the recent (Feb. 4-5) H2O World 2019 conference in beautiful San Francisco. This was my first H2o.ai conference and I was looking forward to drilling down into their popular open source solutions for data scientists including the H2O machine learning platform, Sparkling Water machine learning platform on Spark, H2O4GPU accelerated AI for GPUs, as well as the groundbreaking Driverless AI automatic machine learning (AutoML) platform. With all this leading-edge technology and resulting industry buzz, I can see why the company recently ranked #9 on insideBIGDATA’s IMPACT 50 list of the industry’s most impactful companies.

Industries Making the Best Competitive Use of AI in 2019

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 – take a look at the industries making the best competitive use of AI in 2019.

Can AI Democratize Life Insurance?

In this contributed article, Andrew W. Singer, Principal, Singer Publications, discusses how several startups are using AI to address some problems with obtaining life insurance. In the process, they just may democratize life insurance. With AI, you are changing the paradigm.

The Importance of Opening the AI Black Box in 2019

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 – examine the importance of opening the AI “black box” and how “explainability” will be hot in 2019.

Executive Spotlight: Oliver Schabenberger, COO & CTO at SAS

The insideBIGDATA 2019 Executive Round Up features insights from industry executives with lengthy experience in the big data industry. Here’s a look at the insights from Oliver Schabenberger, COO & CTO at SAS who is focused on setting the technology direction for SAS and executes the company’s strategic direction and business priorities. He oversees multiple divisions within SAS, including R&D, Sales, Marketing, Information Technology and Customer Support, as well as divisions focused on solutions for IoT, financial risk management and cloud.

“Above the Trend Line” – Your Industry Rumor Central for 1/28/2019

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.

Elected Leaders Need Operations Research and Analytics to Deliver Better Results from Enhanced Data Availability

In this contributed article, Nicholas G. Hall, the 2018 president of INFORMS and Fisher College of Business Distinguished Professor at The Ohio State University, suggests that with midterm elections behind us and the 116th United States Congress ahead of us, Washington has a unique opportunity to advance operations research (O.R.) and analytics as a priority to enhance how the federal government implements public policies, makes critical decisions, and conducts its day-to-day operations. What could be more important for our elected leaders than using the best data and insights to make a positive difference for the American people and to strengthen our position vis a vis our nation’s allies and enemies?

Executive Spotlight: Robert Lee, Vice President & Chief Architect for Pure Storage

The insideBIGDATA 2019 Executive Round Up features insights from industry executives with lengthy experience in the big data industry. Here’s a look at the insights from Robert Lee, Vice President & Chief Architect for Pure Storage. Robert is focused on product architecture where he specifically looks at new innovation areas for Pure. Robert joined Pure in 2013 as part of the FlashBlade founding team and led the software architecture and development for the product.

Ask a TA: Everything You Need to Know About MIT xPRO’s Online Data Science Course

Eric Bradford, a Teaching Assistant for MIT xPRO’s Online Data Science Course, Data Science and Big Data Analytics: Making Data-Driven Decisions, gives his insights into the unique seven-week course. The seven-week course explores the theory and practice behind recommendation engines, regressions, network and graphical modeling, anomaly detection, hypothesis testing, machine learning, and big data analytics. The next online data science course begins Feb. 4, and is currently enrolling.