What We Really Mean by AI

What We Really Mean by AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is booming. And its growth is receiving attention around the world. You’ll see AI featured in news stories daily.  Total investments for venture-capital-backed artificial intelligence companies in the US topped $1.9 billion in the first quarter of the year, the highest ever. Google, Amazon, Facebook and the tech giants are making big bets in this space.…

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Will Robots Leave Me Jobless?

Will Robots Leave Me Jobless?

Regardless of your role in the workplace today, the thought has probably crossed your mind at least once or twice. Is the Jetsons era finally upon us?  From video phones to robot vacuum cleaners to tablet technology, the Jetsons cartoon that debuted more than 50 years ago has predicted a number of futuristic innovations.…

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Driving Business Value and Efficiency Using Kafka and Docker

Driving Business Value and Efficiency Using Kafka and Docker

Tracking user behavior is a must for all consumer facing applications. You want to know how the user is interacting with your user interface (UI) and how they feel about the user experience (UX). Let’s say an e-commerce site user is having difficulty navigating to the checkout page. Having immediate knowledge of this troubled user allows you to offer assistance in real time, perhaps in the...

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Why should electric utilities take a closer look at supply chain risk management?

Why should electric utilities take a closer look at supply chain risk management?

Three years ago, I managed the vendor evaluation process for a utility assessing wireless options for telecom connectivity to substations. The field was limited to two vendors and cybersecurity was an important topic we wanted to explore in more detail with each. One specific area we sought to understand was the process used to address any cybersecurity issues that might arise with the...

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Fishing Analytics – Getting ‘Hooked’ on Python and Power BI

Fishing Analytics – Getting ‘Hooked’ on Python and Power BI

What’s more satisfying than finding a way to combine two of your passions? I asked myself this as I cranked out Python code to process online fish stocking records in a recent fishing analytics pet project. But let’s take a step back first. Our CEO Kevin McCarty was recently published in a Forbes magazine article discussing how tech nerds become successful commercial technologists.…

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Azure SQL DW Identity Column Bugs

Azure SQL DW Identity Column Bugs

Those of you who are seasoned at implementing SQL Server have probably used the identity column feature. It is a great tool for generating surrogate keys in your tables without needing to include logic in your code. With any new feature, comes the good and the bad. The good news if you looking at Azure SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW) for your next implementation is that Microsoft introduced...

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When Design Thinking Meets Data Science

When Design Thinking Meets Data Science

In the world of big data and predictive analytics the standard approach for gathering and analyzing data follows the CRISP-DM approach. While the CRISP-DM model has been a good approach on which to structure many projects, it suffers from the same issues waterfall-style requirements gathering approaches to software design have suffered from, including: Longer time to understand the...

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For Life Sciences Companies, GDPR is Now Law.  Have you made a ‘Good-Faith Effort’ to comply?

For Life Sciences Companies, GDPR is Now Law. Have you made a ‘Good-Faith Effort’ to comply?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) consolidates existing European state-based laws into a single set of requirements for the collection and processing of personal data of individuals within the European Economic Area. The GDPR took effect on May 25, 2018 and applies to companies established within and outside the EU that process personal data of EU-based individuals, including...

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Is My Organization in Scope for GDPR?

Is My Organization in Scope for GDPR?

Starting May 25th, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is taking effect. Despite the looming start date, there are many organizations that are still unclear about the language of the regulation and why organizations in the US should be aware. A good starting point for understanding how GDPR may affect your organization is to determine if GDPR even applies, and if so, what is...

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