16 Free and Open Source Business Intelligence Tools

16 Free and Open Source Business Intelligence Tools

Real-time analytics is becoming increasingly important as businesses are processing more and more information about their operations and customers. In just one example, Gartner projects that in three years, the average person will interact more with bots each day than their romantic partners. But it is not enough to collect all of this information. Companies will need to analyze it …

CIOs Should Make 5 Changes to IT Funding in an Age of Digitization

CIOs Should Make 5 Changes to IT Funding in an Age of Digitization

In the years since data scientist was declared the sexiest job, the role itself has evolved. As ha Historical approaches to IT funding and the mechanisms used to prioritize and track technology spending do not support the changes that new technology initiatives require. Most organizations realize that digitization means change. Not just to products and channels, but also to operations …

Data Lake: A more Technical  Point of View

Data Lake: A more Technical Point of View

Companies have come to realize of late that the real value of their business is data. There has been a rush to create huge Data Lakes to store the enormous amounts of data available inside each company. The concept of a Data Lake is that of a low cost, but highly scalable infrastructure in which all types of data can be stored. …

An Overview of Python Deep Learning Frameworks

An Overview of Python Deep Learning Frameworks

I recently stumbled across an old Data Science Stack Exchange answer of mine on the topic of the “Best Python library for neural networks”, and it struck me how much the Python deep learning ecosystem has evolved over the course of the past 2.5 years. The library I recommended in July 2014, , is no longer actively developed or maintained, …

UK government's digital transformation strategy puts vendors on alert

UK government’s digital transformation strategy puts vendors on alert

The UK government has revealed its plans for how it will overhaul and modernise its legacy back-end IT systems. One of the big takeaways is that the government is looking to exit its large existing IT contracts with end-to-end providers and move to a model that takes advantage of individual components that are communicating through common APIs. Ben Gummer MP, …

Profiling and segmentation: A graph database clustering solution

Profiling and segmentation: A graph database clustering solution

This post is about an exciting journey that starts with a problem and ends with a solution. One of the top banks in Europe came to us with a request: they needed a better profiling system. We came up with a methodology for clustering nodes in a graph database according to concrete parameters. We started by developing a Proof of …

How nonprofits use big data to change the world

How nonprofits use big data to change the world

“The best way to advocate for and deliver on mission is with facts and examples,” said Jen Bokoff. “Data tied to issues—qualitative and quantitative—strengthens an organization’s point of view.” Bokoff understands the power of big data because in her role as Director of Knowledge Services for Foundation Center she and her team use data daily to help a global lattice …

Five ways big data and integration enables the factory of the future

Five ways big data and integration enables the factory of the future

Boston Consulting Group’s recent article, The Factory of the Future provides insights into a recent global survey the consulting firm conducted of more than 750 manufacturing product leaders from leading companies in three industrial sectors: automotive (which includes suppliers and original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs), engineered products, and process industries. The survey’s objective is to define the vision for the …

How to make digital transformation a reality

How to make digital transformation a reality

“Digital transformation” may be one of the most overused buzz phrases in recent times, but it may also be one of the most misunderstood. That’s because digital transformation is not about using technology to do the same things you’ve always done, only faster, cheaper, and better. It’s about using technology to do things that weren’t possible before—creating new products and …

New big data tools for machine learning spring from home of Spark and Mesos

New big data tools for machine learning spring from home of Spark and Mesos

If the University of California, Berkeley’s AMPLab doesn’t ring bells, perhaps some of its projects will: Spark and Mesos. AMPLab was planned all along as a five-year computer science research initiative, and it closed down as of last November after running its course. But a new lab is opening in its wake: RISELab, another five-year project at UC Berkeley with …