Category Archives: News Analysis

SAS Peddles Open Source FUD

This appeared in my Twitter feed recently: Challenge…accepted. You can find a copy of SAS’ report here, and Matt Asay’s excellent analysis here. Grab your popcorn; here are four quick points. (1) For SAS, it’s progress. The report opens with this: Open source technologies, like Hadoop, R, and Python, have been vital to the spread of big data. That’s quite an

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Notes on the Forrester “Wave”

Forrester recently published the Wave™ for Predictive Analytics And Machine Learning Solutions. You can purchase a copy from Forrester for $2,495, or get a free copy here. When Forrester last delivered this analysis in 2015, they called it the Wave™ for Big Data Predictive Analytics Solutions. So, I guess that Big Data is “out” and machine learning is “in.” The chart below shows the

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IBM Launches “IBM Machine Learning”

It’s only March, but already IBM leads the software industry in gasbaggery. Gartner’s most recent Magic Quadrant for Data Science Platforms includes this little gem: Customers are often confused by mismatches between (IBM’s) marketing messages and actual, purchasable products. That’s a polite way to say that IBM marketing messages have enough hot air to float a fleet of balloons over the Bernese

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The Year in Machine Learning (Part Four)

This is the fourth installment in a four-part review of 2016 in machine learning and deep learning. — Part One covered Top Trends in the field, including concerns about bias, interpretability, deep learning’s explosive growth, the democratization of supercomputing, and the emergence of cloud machine learning platforms. — Part Two surveyed significant developments in Open Source machine learning projects, such as R, Python, Spark, Flink,

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