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Amazon SageMaker

Amazon SageMaker is a great tool for developing machine learning models that take more effort than just point-and-click type of analyses. The software works well with the other tools in the Amazon ecosystem, so if you use Amazon Web Services or are thinking about it, SageMaker would be a great addition. SageMaker is great for consumer insights, predictive analytics, and looking for gems of insight in the massive amounts of data we create. SageMaker is less suitable for analysts who do generally "small" data analyses, and "small" data analyses in today's world can be billions of records.
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IBM Watson Analytics

Despite its shortcomings, IBM Watson Analytics does its job well. It's paired for any size organization, big or small – but realistically, if you're going to be analyzing user-data on a broad scale, it probably makes sense to use this program if you're working with a big company. Otherwise Facebook Analytics could probably do the work for you, for a cheaper price. Our social media manager has been using it to track data for a client of ours, and they have been enjoying it so far. It's a good system to determine user traffic.
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Pros

  • Amazon SageMaker is great for visually seeing the development of machine learning models. The process is set up in a logical step-by-step process.
  • Amazon SageMaker makes training data models about as easy as it gets. It's straight-forward to construct training and test samples.
  • Amazon SageMaker makes deploying machine learning models much easier than other open-source tools.
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  • Easy modular access to new functionality like text to speech.
  • Integrates well with NodeRED.
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Cons

  • I think that although the algorithms are there and you are using one click, there could be more detailed descriptions located in places so that other users are able to easily find the right formula and tools.
  • Mobile friendly options would be a huge plus, even tracking what employees are using this tool for in regards to reporting.
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  • Documentation is really hard to search through and follow along with. Needs a lot more examples and guidance.
  • Pricing isn't clear a lot of the time. As a developer trying new stuff, I've been hit with charges and been unsure where the usage came from. Would be good for this to be easier to follow up. Had asked support staff and got no reply.
  • The interface can be overwhleming.
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Alternatives Considered

We have not invested in another machine learning software at this time and so far this has proved very successful with our machine learning teams. As mentioned, I am training these individuals simply on the fundamentals of the software and using it/customizing it for their needs. It has been very easy to do this and has gotten great reviews across the organization so far.
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Bluemix had a much easier route to get into the artificial intelligence side of things with Watson skills. It also seemed a lot more straightforward to use things like the Weather Channel data, sentiment analysis... etc., than the others. I'd also had a bad experience with AWS charging me money for a web app that was under prototype and not being accessed by anyone (so wasn't sure where the usage was coming from). Didn't like AWS not notifying me or anything about taking me off the free plan. IBM seems at least a little more open about their charges.
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Return on Investment

  • Use of this tool across areas of our organization has allowed for more time to be spent on other things as this is taking a lot of the heavy lifting and developing out of the machine learning process all together.
  • Database of algorithms ready to use and adjust, customizing is key with this group of employees and their daily work while using this software.
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  • The time taken to work out things initially was a bit of a hit as some parts were a bit confusing, however I documented these for future reference and now it's not too time consuming at all to get going.
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Pricing Details

Amazon SageMaker

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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IBM Watson Analytics

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details