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How You Can Ride the Artificial Intelligence Wave By Mark Armstrong From government to retail to oil and gas, it seems like everyone is exploring how to use AI in their industry or business. It’s time for you to do the same. There’s no question that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is on a lot of people’s minds these days, and is beginning to grow rapidly in adoption. Quoting Accenture, Forbes reports AI-driven productivity gains of perhaps 40% by 2035, and publications like the New York Times are noting the buzz, even as they ask, why now? Even if you don’t think you’ll be adopting AI for yourself just yet, you need to at least consider the broader impact the technology will have on your industry or organization, and be prepared for a changing environment. If you’re wondering “why now?” yourself, check out our blog post, “What’s Different Now: 5 Reasons why AI is Sud... (more)

Chatbots Are Here | @ThingsExpo #AI #DX #IoT #M2M #CognitiveComputing

Chatbots Are Here, and It Is Just the Beginning By Mark Troester Chatbots are the next big thing, but there’s always another big thing coming. Prepare for the future with a flexible architecture that’s ready for everything. Chatbots are growing rapidly in popularity and adoption, but while more and more organizations are beginning to see the potential, far fewer have developed a concrete strategy for them. Major companies are experimenting with the AI behind chatbots though (with varying degrees of success, such as Microsoft’s Tay.ai and Facebook’s recent conversing bots), and it... (more)

Using JDBC Drivers with AWS Glue and Spark

Learn how to access the JDBC database of your choice with AWS Glue using DataDirect JDBC drivers. What is AWS Glue? AWS Glue is an Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) service available as part of Amazon’s hosted web services. Glue is intended to make it easy for users to connect their data in a variety of data stores, edit and clean the data as needed, and load the data into an AWS-provisioned store for a unified view.  Announced in 2016 and officially launched in Summer 2017, Glue is expected to be a popular tool on the AWS platform because it greatly simplifies the cumbersome... (more)

AI Is Suddenly Accessible | @ThingsExpo @ProgressSW #AI #DX #SmartCities

What's Different Now: Five Reasons Why AI Is Suddenly Accessible By Mark Troester In recent years AI has grown significantly and become a substantial area of business investment. What has changed, and how does this affect you? For a long time, artificial intelligence was pure science fiction, relegated to books, television and movies—and you don’t need us to tell you that we are well past that point today. In the last few years we have seen extremely rapid advancement in a series of technologies that have come together to unlock a wave of AI investment. According to Accenture, 85% ... (more)

Meta-Learning | @CloudExpo @ProgressSW #BigData #AI #ML #DX #Analytics

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 solut... (more)