AI and Machine Learning Need Developers More Than Data

B. Shimmin

B. Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

• Google wants to democratize AI and operationalize machine learning (ML) with the release of Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine, a platform that includes developer-friendly APIs and pre-trained data models.

• But what the company really needs isn’t just data, algorithms or even data scientists but instead a new breed of developers, who can build software that can anticipate outcomes.

It’s always the same at the end of a company’s keynote address. After all of the important messages have been conveyed and all of the product announcements have been made, a mid-level corporate mouthpiece will take the stage and provide the audience with some positive reinforcement of what went before. It’s like the closing credits of a film, something that may contain a nugget of interest to the cinephile. More often, it serves as filler, a thematic soundtrack to accompany attendees as they make for the exits.

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As 2016 Beckons, What Should Telecoms Buyers Look for from UC Solutions?

G. Barton

G. Barton

Summary Bullets:

• Enterprises should look at vendor platforms beyond Microsoft and Cisco and demand interoperability between platforms and applications.

• Unified communications (UC) and mobility are now intrinsically linked.

2015 has been the year that UC solutions have really started to achieve market traction. Take-up is far from universal, but for most UC features CA’s own research suggests that usage amongst enterprises is above 50%. The uptick in usage is down to a number of factors–for example, falling prices and the maturity of the technology–however, it is the improvement of the business case for UC that seems to have had the biggest impact. Vodafone, for example, has reported a strong response from customers following the development of new proof of concept demonstrations and a new approach to training and educating its workforce. So the initial message for enterprise users is that a conversation with your provider concerning unified communications is likely to be more centred on achieving better business outcomes, and therefore a more worthwhile experience. Read more of this post

Google’s Alphabet Shakeup Is a Huge Improvement; I Don’t Like That

Brad Shimmin

Brad Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

  • With Alphabet now holding the reins of Google, a more traditional, more focused vision should make products like Google Apps for Business more appropriate for the enterprise by introducing a more stable evolution of capabilities.
  • But, with a tighter focus within Google itself, will the industry lose out on what were frequently disruptive, sometimes crazy but quite often game-changing innovations from Google proper?

I’ve had some time to think about the recent corporate reorganization at the company formerly known as Google but now referred to as Alphabet, and while I was initially skeptical, I now truly believe that this move will make products like Google Apps for Business much more appealing to enterprise buyers. With high-value interests like Search, Android, YouTube, Apps, Maps, and Ads all housed within a single corporate entitle (Google), enterprises of all sizes (not just those within the long tail) will be able to look forward to many improvements such as a more consistent and transparent rate of innovation as well as improved cross product synergies… perhaps a [cough!] unified API. Read more of this post

Marking HTTP Sites as Insecure: The Emperor’s New Clothes Indeed!

Mike Fratto

Mike Fratto

Summary Bullets:

  • Users don’t have a way for readily knowing when a site should be protected using SSL/TLS or not, and Google engineers are proposing yet another indicator.
  • A better use of their time would be in working with existing standards efforts – or starting a new one – that let site owners indicate when a site should be protected.

Google is using its size in the web arena to affect changes in how users view the relative “security” of websites. I put security in scare quotes because that word has a dubious meaning at best and more likely doesn’t mean what the company intends. The short story is that Google wants a way to indicate to end users that a page which is not properly protected using TLS – the current, improved version of SSL – is not secure. Read more of this post

What Comes After Enterprise Social Networking? Business Networking

Brad Shimmin

Brad Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

  • Enterprise social networking is nothing more than a passing fancy, at least in terms of describing the idea of collaboration.
  • For a view into what will follow, we need look no further than our own corporate priorities and the manner in which vendors seek to meet those priorities.

Language is a slippery customer. We mold and evolve words and phrases to meet our expectations of how the world works at any given time. For that reason, words and phrases come and go, depending upon whether or not they fulfill this need. And as I’ve been informed, many of the beloved words from my youth are no longer meaningful, words like preppie, hoser, rad, tubular and of course groupware. Read more of this post