What Is A Data Science Platform, And Do I Need One?

What is a Data Science Platform, and Do I Need One?

What is Data Science? The best starting point is to clarify what a data science platform is and what it can be used for. There is so much buzz around data science and its close analogs machine learning, deep learning and AI, that what is actually meant by these terms continues to perplex. Data science is a technical discipline that is all about using code and data to build complex models that can make predictions in the world. Data science as a discipline uses machine learning and deep learning are techniques for building data science models. What kinds of things…

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The State Of Big Data: A Guide For 2018

The State of Big Data: A Guide for 2018

Big data is big capital in today’s tech markets. Technological advances that make it cheaper and easier than ever to store and process large quantities of digital information. Thanks to these advances, the analysis of big data, or data analytics, is a flourishing sector of the tech economy. Many products and services offered by tech companies rely on their collection and analysis of huge, complex data sets from increasingly diverse sources. Big data is conventionally defined in terms of the three Vs: a greater variety of data arriving in increasing volumes with ever-higher velocity. It is important to understand these…

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What Is SaaS?: Your Comprehensive Guide

What is SaaS?: Your Comprehensive Guide

Every business faces the same challenge: to make a consistent profit while continually growing and improving customer satisfaction. The way businesses achieve this goal has changed in recent years, with software at the core of business success. Just like their customers, businesses are not looking for a solution that works. They are looking for the best experience possible. They are looking for a software solution that increases productivity, lowers cost, and improves the bottom line. This is where software-as-a-service (SaaS) comes in. “Companies have woken up to the fact that people want outcomes, not ownership. They want customized experiences, and…

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A Quick Guide To Bug Tracking Systems

A Quick Guide to Bug Tracking Systems

You can’t develop software without also creating bugs or flaws that cause it to behave incorrectly or in ways not intended by the design. It is imperative to squash these bugs as quickly possible since multiple bugs in a released software application can negatively affect the business processes of your customers and create significant customer support problems. What are Bug Tracking Systems? Bug tracking systems are programs that keep track of the defects or errors, also known as ‘bugs,’ in software development projects. Bug tracking software allows you to track bugs from inception through resolution. They provide a way to report…

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What You Should Know Before Developing Your First Mobile App

What You Should Know Before Developing Your First Mobile App

With the increased availability of intuitive development tools, online reference materials, and how-to videos, more people than ever are creating their own mobile apps. The result is that an individual or an organization with the right idea can find success on Apple and Google's app stores. Even with all these advantages, however, the mobile application market is one of the most fiercely competitive marketplaces in modern business. Because of this, there are many factors that a developer should consider before writing even the first line of code. Market factors can change quickly in tech. Once-universal best practices can fall by…

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Artificial Intelligence: Separating Hype From Reality

Artificial Intelligence: Separating Hype From Reality

What do vendors actually mean when they say their products are “AI-driven", or “contain built-in machine learning capabilities?” (if they mean anything at all). Certainly, technology buyers have become pretty cynical about the use of these terms to sell a product. A recent Resulticks survey, reported in Adweek, found that: 47% of marketers consider AI to be overhyped 20% of marketers think vendors don’t know what they are talking about 40% of marketers surveyed say that the expression “artificial intelligence” makes them feel skeptical, and 12% feel exhausted   Let’s take a closer look at these technologies and what they…

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What Are Containers And Why Do You Need Them?

What are Containers and Why Do You Need Them?

Containers exist because they solve an important problem: how to make sure that software runs correctly when it is moved from one computing environment to another. In an agile, DevOps world, this has become more critical than ever. Agile methodologies are based on frequent and incremental changes in the code versions, such that frequent testing and deployment are required. The DevOps engineer has to manage the IT infrastructure as per the requirement of supported software code that is dedicated in a hybrid multi-tenant environment. There is a need to have the required resources for provisioning and getting the appropriate deployment…

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Why Do I Need A Virtual Data Room And How Do I Pick The Right One?

Why Do I Need a Virtual Data Room and How Do I Pick the Right One?

When you need to share data with people outside of your company or organization, a Virtual Data Room (VDR) can provide you with a secure, online environment. A VDR is a series of extranet to which outside users are given access. Customers or partners log in with a username and password that determines their identity and which portions of the extranet they can access. Frequently used by attorneys, accountants, M&A principals and other professionals, VDR’s create a space for all relevant parties to review sensitive documents while decreasing the need for physical in-person meetings (and the costs associated), as well…

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6 Remote Desktop Tools For Efficient Tech Support

6 Remote Desktop Tools for Efficient Tech Support

It’s one thing to hear a tech issue described, but quite another to witness it with your very own eyes. Remote desktop tools give tech support teams the power to see user behavior, application quirks and desktop environments for themselves, helping them diagnose issues quickly and efficiently. They can also help technical teams launch new releases and updates for clients and quickly install applications, rather than guiding them through every step of setup. Desktop sharing applications have been around for many years; however, due to their popularity in the IT field, many programs have developed specialized features designed specifically for…

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A Conversation With Five IT Executives: User Reviews As A New Strategic Intelligence Tool

A Conversation with Five IT Executives: User Reviews as a New Strategic Intelligence Tool

Traditionally, industry analysts like Gartner and Forrester have played a central role in informing IT purchasing decisions. However, they tend to focus on larger, better known vendors and have very limited coverage of emerging or open source solutions. Moreover, the primary data sources for researchers are conversations with vendors, augmented by customer surveys and calls (the audience is often directed by vendors) and occasionally lab tests. Few analysts have hands-on experience with every product, nor do they work with the products on an ongoing basis to experience customer support, upgrades, test integrations, etc., so coverage can lack usage details highly…

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TrustRadius User Insights On Workload Automation: A Very Early Look

TrustRadius User Insights on Workload Automation: A Very Early Look

The almost moribund category of job scheduling and workload automation has been invigorated by the emergence of a number of open-source, DevOps-oriented tools that have quickly become hot commodities. This is an increasingly visible and quickly developing category. What follows is an overview of the space and an early summary of the key products, based on initial reviews. Summary of Findings Tools like Chef, Puppet Ansible and SaltStack allow IT administrators to automate the configuration of cloud services, in addition to internal data centers. These upstart tools have also completely moved away from any kind of batch processing, to be event-based configuration…

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Digital Transformation Through Cloud Connectivity: Interview With Andrew Leigh, VP Of Marketing At Jitterbit

Digital Transformation Through Cloud Connectivity: Interview with Andrew Leigh, VP of Marketing at Jitterbit

At Dreamforce, we caught up with Jitterbit’s VP of Marketing, Andrew Leigh, who filled us in on the buzz about digital transformation, which involves changing business processes to connect to other services. Uber and Airbnb are prime examples, where innovative integrations have led to market success. According to Leigh, in the era of digital connectivity the cost of maintaining hardwired integrations is spiraling out of control. Jitterbit is an integration cloud company that aims to streamline these interconnections, helping companies create a sustainable and manageable set of integrations. Leigh distinguishes between custom integrations, pre-built connectors, and connectivity, such as the…

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