Vendor Roundup: July 2018

Hi. I’m not dead yet. Just on hiatus from writing due to the demands of my day job.

Thought I’d restart this vendor news roundup, on a monthly cadence. Hard news about vendors in the AI/ML/DL space: product enhancements, major reference customers, major partnerships, acquisitions, and funding rounds. No planted articles. Press releases stripped of hype.

Amazon Machine Learning

  • Announces BYO streaming algorithms for Sagemaker. AWS also announces several new ML customers, including Celgene, Formula 1, and MLB


  • Announces Anaconda Enterprise Release 5.2. Key bits: support for GPU clusters, Dask enhancements.


Google Cloud Platform

  • Announces partnership with Key bits: H2O-3 and Driverless AI now available in Google Cloud Platform Marketplace; H2O Sparkling Water to integrate with Google Cloud DataProc; Driverless AI will ingest small packets of data from BigQuery.
  • Announces beta availability for three services under the AutoML brand: natural language processing, translation, and image recognition.

  • Announces global expansion. Key bits: new hire in London and a new office in Prague. Also announces additional investments from Barclays and CreditEase.


  • STAT, a property of Boston Globe Media, reports that IBM Watson recommended unsafe and incorrect cancer treatments. The story cites internal documents from IBM Watson Health. The issues surfaced from a project at Memorial Sloan Kettering.




  • Announces  SAS Viya 3.4. New bits include LIME plots in Visual Data Mining, PI tagging for GDPR compliance, ability to score Python code in Model Manager.


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