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How marketers need to evolve to take on AI

Artificial Intelligence is changing the way traditional marketing is done. It is far more capable than humans enhancing efficiency and effectiveness of marketing. AI backed Chatbots are becoming an integral part of marketing. Such tools help businesses provide enhanced services, engaging them for a longer time and increasing the chances of conversion. Augmented or Virtual Reality is another emerging trend which is changing the way marketing is done digitally. AI can be used in marketing in all the three layers of the pyramid, bidding, targeting and messaging.

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Understanding Cloud Data Services

As the technology gets easier to deploy, and the Cloud Vendor data services mature, it becomes much easier to build data-centric applications and provide data and tools to the enterprise.  This article is aimed at helping big data systems leaders moving from on-premise or native IaaS (compute, storage, and networking) deployments understand the current Cloud Vendor offerings. Those readers new to big data, or Cloud Vendor services, will get a high-level understanding of big data system architecture, components, and offerings.

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Four ways AR and VR can empower financial services

Though immersive technologies are still in their infancy, they have come a very long way already. This gives credence to the fact that AR and VR in the finance industry will have incandescent adolescence. Looking at the current advances, AR and VR seem to be the undeniable future game changers for the financial sectors. With its immersive experiences, AR and VR in the finance industry will allow various institutions to offer the ultimate customer experience, thus enabling them to thrive amidst cutthroat competition.

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Challenges Faced By CIOs In Integration of IoT In Operations

There are numerous issues hindering the effective implementation of IoT affecting the role of a chief information officer (CIO). There are many networks infrastructures that are underutilized and the industry needs to realize the potential of converging and powering multiple low-voltage devices and systems on a single unified structured cabling system that supports common communication protocols and enables sharing information from one system to another. CIOs can think differently. Only those that embrace data-driven reasoning and response across a range of machines, applications and systems are truly prepared for a successful digital and business transformation.

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NLP and Computer Vision Integrated

Integration of computer vision and natural language processing (NLP) is the most actively developing machine learning research areas.  Yet, until recently, they have been treated as separate areas without many ways to benefit from each other. Since the integration of vision and language is a fundamentally cognitive problem, research in this field should take account of cognitive sciences that may provide insights into how humans process visual and textual content as a whole and create stories based on them.

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Six Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Trends to Fire Up Your Business

Data analytics democratized the data product chain. With evolving BI landscape, its strategies are going to be more customized. Data analytical tools are a boon to this data-driven business world. The future trend is using intelligent business analytical tools for the effective decision-making process. To fire any business in this technological world, fuel in the form of data analytics and business intelligence is essential. Here are 6 of the best trends that could add fuel to the fire of future business development and growth.

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Are Connected Devices Out of Control? Managing IoT Risk

Concerns about IoT security risks remain at an all-time high—and well they should. Your organization’s move to the IoT needs to happen in step with fundamental changes to how you handle risk management, security training, endpoint security, and nearly every security and operations task in between to ensure your enterprise security in the IoT age. It’s time we ask if our connected devices are out of control. The proliferation of these devices presents growing risk management issues for consumers and enterprises alike. Here are some common ways to manage IoT risk.

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A Platform Strategy Won’t Work Unless You’re Good at Machine Learning

If you look out at the world of platform companies, you will quickly find that use of AI for curation is a hallmark of the outperforming platform.  If your organization wants to enter adopt a platform strategy and begin taking advantage of the networks effects it offers, you had better recognize that curation is an essential part of the journey and make sure you have the machine learning competency needed to make it happen.

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Blockchain and AI: A Perfect Match?

The combination of blockchain technology and Artificial Intelligence is still a largely undiscovered area. Even though the convergence of the two technologies has received its fair share of scholarly attention, projects devoted to this groundbreaking combination are still scarce. Putting the two technologies together has the potential to use data in ways never before thought possible. Data is the key ingredient for the development and enhancement of AI algorithms, and blockchain secures this data, allows us to audit all intermediary steps AI takes to draw conclusions from the data and allows individuals to monetize their produced data.

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Top AI algorithms for Healthcare

Despite the variety of applications of AI in the clinical studies and healthcare services, they fall into two major categories: analysis of structured data, including images, genes and biomarkers, and analysis of unstructured data, such as notes, medical journals or patients’ surveys to complement the structured data. The former approach is fueled by Machine Learning and Deep Learning Algorithms, while the latter rest on the specialized Natural Language Processing practices. At present, advances in AI and NLP, and especially the development of Deep Learning algorithms have turned the healthcare industry to using AI methods in multiple spheres.

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Kubernetes Heralds New Architectural Paradigm for the Enterprise

If you haven’t been paying attention to the world of enterprise IT infrastructure, you may have missed the sudden rise of Kubernetes to a position of absolute domination. We can attribute this rapid ascent, in fact, to a confluence of trends. Perhaps the most predictable of these is the maturation of the public cloud. The second trend that contributed to Kubernetes’ victory: DevOps. Bridging the maturation of cloud best practice and the dual roles of DevOps is perhaps the most important trend of all: cloud-native architecture.

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Business intelligence meets artificial intelligence

When it comes to business, AI can be invaluable – whether it’s used to identify and target a potential customer base or streamline internal processes.   Already, a range of industries, from retail and banking to the security and legal sectors, are taking advantage of what AI can offer. The goal for future-thinking organisations is to make sure they have the right strategies in place so that they’re able to adopt these rapidly evolving AI capabilities. Here are three business needs were identified where AI could offer value.

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What is transfer learning?

When created from scratch, deep learning models require access to vast amounts of data and compute resources. This is a luxury that many can’t afford. Moreover, it takes a long time to train deep learning models to perform tasks, which is not suitable for use cases that have a short time budget. Fortunately, transfer learning, the discipline of using the knowledge gained from one trained AI model to another, can help solve these problems.

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Dimensionality Reduction with T-SNE

We can understand things in 1 dimension, 2 dimensions and 3 dimensions easily but Datasets can be very complex and hard to understand, especially if you don’t have the right tricks in your proposal. In machine learning, we sometimes need to make assumptions based on hundred or even thousand dimensions. Our brains just can’t do that, which is why machine learning helps us to recognize and learn patterns within data that humans can’t recognize. 

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Why today’s business decision-makers need data and robots

It’s vital to have the necessary data to make important business choices. Today’s technologies – such as artificial intelligence, business process automation, robotic process automation (RPA) and other automated tools – are creating a data-driven decision-making revolution. A growing number of businesses are taking advantage of RPA, which partially or fully automates human activities that are manual, rule-based, and repetitive, freeing up humans to focus on more pertinent tasks. RPA harnesses data so that you can take the guesswork out of your business decisions.

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An Introduction to Big Data: Distributed Data Processing

Introduction to Big Data provides a broad introduction to the exploration and management of large datasets being generated and used in the modern world. A solid understanding of the basic concepts, policies, and mechanisms for big data exploration and data mining is crucial if you want to build end-to-end data science projects. Many datasets are too large to fit on a single machine. Unstructured data may not be easy to insert into a database. Distributed file systems store data across a large number of servers.

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The old way of managing data doesn't work

Data initiatives often take too long to get off the ground, which can cause businesses to give up or change tack. In addition, the promise of value of data warehousing projects is often lost due to other factors, including the fact that planning for the required hardware based on the estimated load and usage, is often a 'thumb-suck' exercise and requires a significant upfront capital investment. Finding and retaining the appropriate database administration skills to guarantee that data is readily available when needed, and indexed accordingly, is challenging and expensive.

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Robotic process automation helps customers—and employees

It’s common to see businesses of all sizes relying on people-power to complete tasks that today can and should be automated. To address this challenge, companies should consider deploying robotic process automation, or RPA. RPA uses bots to reduce manual workloads, freeing up teammates to work on more value-added tasks that ultimately enhance the customer experience and create greater job satisfaction. While RPA offers advantages, it can also present difficulties to deal with. Here is a look at the successes, challenges and best practices that other organizations may find helpful in their automation journey.

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Impact 101:Five Steps to Scale Your Work

Everyone that talks about scaling should understand that they are referring to the ability of their work – whether a system, a tool or some other innovation – to cope and perform under an increased or expanded workload. Something that scales well will be able to maintain, or even increase, its performance or efficiency when tested by larger operational demands. How do I increase the impact of my work? There are typically five steps needed to scale one’s work.

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Clearing the confusion around digital process transformation

The plethora of automation tools available out there can be extremely confusing for organisations wanting to embark on a digital transformation process. Two-thirds of global service organisations were engaged in digital transformation, with 16% claiming to have already completed the process. it is important for organisations to take a holistic view of what they are hoping to achieve, before deciding on which automation approach to take. This is not always easy, as enterprise architects have to choose from a confusing range of process automation options as a foundation for the transformation journey.

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Overview of Different Approaches to Deploying Machine Learning Models in Production

Choosing how to deploy a predictive model into production is quite a complex affair, there are different ways to handle the lifecycle management of the predictive models, different formats to stores them, multiple ways to deploy them and very vast technical landscape to pick from. Understanding specific use cases, the team’s technical and analytics maturity, the overall organization structure and its’ interactions, help come to the right approach for deploying predictive models to production.

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Deloitte and Experfy Announce Alliance to Create an Innovative Future of Work Model That Will Embed Experfy’s Top On-Demand Freelance Talent Into Deloitte’s Leading Analytics and AI Offerings

The relationship between Deloitte and Experfy is an example of how dynamic marketplace conditions and talent markets encourage leading edge organizations and professionals to forge alternative work arrangements including freelance, crowdsourcing and on-demand relationships. The alliance with Boston-based Experfy, looks to accelerate Deloitte’s ability to deploy a flexible, world-class, on-demand talent strategy; and to provide its clients with the right team to meet their most challenging Analytics and AI opportunities and challenges.

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What is Natural Language Processing & How Does it Benefit a Business? (Part 3 of 3 articles)

Natural Language Processing helps business users sort through integrated data sources (internal and external) to answer a question in the way the user can understand and will provide a foundation to simplify and speed the decision process with fact-based, data-driven analysis. The enterprise can find and use information using natural language queries, rather than complex queries, so business users can achieve results without the assistance of IT or business analysts. NLP presents results through Smart Visualization and contextual information delivered in natural language.

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