12 de febrero de 2016

@DataScienceCtrl 33 External Machine Learning Resources and Related Articles

  1. Open Data: 7 V’s, and Thousands of Repositories
  2. MapReduce Use Case
  3. Common Probability Distributions: The Data Scientist’s Crib Sheet
  4. A Brief History of Neural Nets and Deep Learning
  5. Announcing the Machine Learning Quora Sessions Series
  6. A Step-By-Step Introduction to SAS Report Procedure
  7. Introduction to Statistics (Part - I)
  8. Top certifications for SAS, R, Python, Machine Learning
  9. 6 points to compare Python and Scala for data science using Spark
  10. Build your own neural network classifier in R
  1. The newest prime number is more than 22 million digits long
  2. Watch This Robot Solve a Rubik’s Cube in Less Than 2 Seconds
  3. Thanks to a $28 million grant, Harvard is researching artificial in...
  4. The world has lost one of its greatest minds in science. - RIP Marvin Minsky
  5. Maths study shows conspiracies 'prone to unravelling'
  6. Google’s AI cracked the game no computer could beat
  7. How We Are Using Data Science To Personalize Education
  8. A new MIT computer chip could allow your smartphone to do complex A...
  9. Predicting El Niño's flood risk: How new warning systems save lives...
  10. Big Data is Dead. All Aboard the AI Hype Train!
  11. Tech-Stock Selloff: Big Data’s Bad Day
  12. Microsoft picks startups for its machine learning accelerator
  13. Head of Google Search retires, artificial intelligence chief to tak...
  14. This AI Algorithm Learns Simple Tasks as Fast as We Do
  15. Alphabet to Put Artificial Intelligence in Charge of Google Search 
  16. Thinking Like a Data Scientist
  17. Yahoo’s Gigantic ‘Anonymized’ User Dataset Isn’t All That Anonymous
  18. 12 Best Charts and Graphs of 2015 **
  19. 22 data experts share their predictions for 2016
  20. Automation Is the New Reality for Big Data Initiatives
  21. FTC Releases Its Big Data Bible
  22. Obama Wants Companies To Disclose Pay Data - More work for data solution vendors, data scientists and attorneys
  23. A Yahoo Employee-Ranking System Is Challenged in Court - What if the score was computed by an algorithm?

To find the full list of articles, and access these documents via clickable links, visit this page.

@IDC Personal & Entry-Level Storage Market Declined in 2015, According to IDC

Worldwide personal and entry-level storage (PELS) shipments totaled 68.5 million units in 2015, representing a decline of -9.2% from a year ago, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Personal and Entry-Level Storage Tracker. Annual shipment values were down -15.1% year over year to $5.4 billion. Unit shipments in the fourth quarter (4Q15) experienced a -6.8% decrease from a year ago to 19.1 million units. Shipment values declined along with units in the fourth quarter, down -12.6% to $1.5 billion.

"2015 marks the first year of decline in the personal and entry-level storage market since the Thailand floods in 2011," said Jingwen Li, Senior Research Analyst, Storage Systems. "The growing utilization of cloud storage continues to negatively affect the demand for PELS. In response, players in the PELS market are being forced to either capture more market opportunities through M&A or go through re-organization to better position their PELS business."

Día Internacional de la Mujer en las Ciencias @IDGConnect #WomeninSTEM celebration

Today is International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and women in tech is a subject we’ve covered a lot here at IDG Connect. It started with a report back in 2013 [pdf] on why there was a shortage of women in the IT industry, but it’s a subject we’ve returned to regularly.

In celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, here’s a roundup of our related stories from the last year:

Is sexism really worse in tech?

How maternity leave helped make me a better developer

Why do we need more women in IT?

7 things you should know about Ada Lovelace

IBM’s Anjul Bhambhri on Spark, women in tech, and Watson

Sub-Saharan Africa: Highest female entrepreneurship rate globally

Diversity vs. class in UK’s startup scene

Microsoft: We can’t leave half of Europe’s talent in the dark ages

11 de febrero de 2016

@Google ’s Green Data Centers: Network POP Case Study

Every year, Google saves millions of dollars and avoids emitting tens of thousands of tons of .carbon dioxide thanks to our data center sustainability efforts. In fact, our facilities use half the energy of a typical data center. This case study is intended to show you how you can apply some .of the cost-saving measures we employ at Google to your own data centers and networking rooms.
At Google, we run many large proprietary data centers, but we also maintain several smaller networking rooms, called POPs or “Points of Presence”. POPs are similar to millions of small and medium-sized data centers around the world. This case study describes the retrofit of one of .these smaller rooms, describing best practices and simple changes that you can make to save thousands of dollars each year.

For this retrofit, Google spent a total of $25,000 to optimize this room’s airflow and reduce air conditioner use. A $25,000 investment in plastic curtains, air return extensions, and a new air conditioner controller returned a savings of $67,000/year. This retrofit was performed without any operational downtime.

#Frase @SUTIRAinfo @JulianRousselot La inteligencia es la habilidad de evitar trabajar...

"La inteligencia es la habilidad de evitar trabajar, y aún así lograr que el trabajo se haga"

@IDGConnect @Google, @Amazon, @Facebook, @Apple: Who will be the big #GAFA?

In the Champions League of internet superpowers the stakes are very high
indeed. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, just announced financials
that took its overall value close to parity with Apple, for several years
now the world's largest company by market capitalisation. (Alphabet was even
briefly ahead.) But Amazon and Facebook also have enjoyed soaring fortunes
while Microsoft is renascent - who will be the ultimate winner?

This being technology, folks have invented an acronym, GAFA, for Google (17
years old), Amazon (21), Facebook (12) and Apple (39). The first three are
almost startups and the last is the greatest comeback story ever told. All
of them have remarkable franchises that create vistas of wealth creation
from ad-related search to online retail, IT platforms, social interaction,
entertainment and devices.
Can there be an ultimate winner in the field? Forecasting is made more
difficult by the fact that all these companies are on terrific runs. That
has swollen their market caps even in what have been icy waters for many
tech companies. A glance at market caps suggests how crowded the scene is:
as I write this, Apple is valued at $535bn followed by Alphabet ($517bn),
Facebook ($328bn) and Amazon ($271bn). Microsoft, with its lock on personal
computing, has a market cap bang in the middle of the GAFA camp - from which
it has been so rudely excluded - at $433bn.

10 de febrero de 2016

@IDG Need IT – Don’t Ask CIO for Advice

When business unit mangers in CEE need IT, they increasingly use IT suppliers as informal consultants. According to a recent survey by International Data Corporation (IDC) of non-IT managers in Central and Eastern Europe, nearly two-thirds of line-of-business (LoB) managers speak directly to IT suppliers at the earliest stages of solution consideration. Moreover, 35% reach out to IT solutions providers before they begin formal decision procedures.

IDC notes that line-of-business leaders are increasingly savvy when it comes to IT. “Corporate leaders have stopped asking if they can do something new or better with IT,” says Mark Yates, research manager with IDC. “Instead they ask, Why can’t it be done right now? Marketing and sales managers, operations directors, HR directors, and heads of finances – when they get an idea for improving their business unit, they want the app to be ready to go.”

This is where the IT suppliers come in. Suppliers worth their salt have worked with scores or even hundreds of organizations. They have encountered multiple compatibility issues and helped their customers solve a variety of business problems through the use of IT. It is true that those same IT suppliers will say that their solutions are the best, and overly aggressive salespersons are likely to spend too much time pitching their products. But LoB managers are willing to put up with this (within limits), to take advantage of supplier expertise.

The IDC survey also reveals that lines of business often pay for their own IT. Around 27% of respondents say IT projects are funded out of departmental budgets, rather than the company IT budget. While this number is only 15% in the Czech Republic and 17% in Hungary, it soars to 38% in Romania and 39% in Poland (in North America, this number is even higher). This budgetary split is also supported by IDC’s recently released semiannual spending guide focused on lines of business, which forecasts a significant increase in LoB contributions to IT spending over the next five years.

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