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Ordinal Malpractice

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We love to put things in order. “Which college is best, second best, third best, etc., and how can I get my kid into one near the top of the list?” “I love God, Mom, America, and apple pie, in that order.” “Formal education consists of elementary school, middle school, high school, undergraduate school, and finally graduate school, if you’re lucky.” “Our best salesperson is John, second best is Mary, Sally is third, and poor Harold is at the bottom of the list.” We sometimes forget, however, that when we sequence things, even when that sequence is based on a quantitative measure (e.g., salespeople ranked by sales revenues), the order itself is merely ordinal, not quantitative.

Augmented Analytics Drives Next Wave of AI, Machine Learning, BI

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Business intelligence will move beyond dashboards, and AI and machine learning will become easier for less skilled workers as augmented analytics are embedded into platforms.

7 years after hooking up, SAP gets much, much cosier with Ariba’s supply chain and procure-to-pay software

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ERP giant targets unified master data management and data model Nearly eight years after buying Ariba, SAP is integrating the UI, data management and analytics across its business applications and procurement software.…

Focused on health in the home, Novi lands $1.5M to help CPG companies source clean, safe ingredients

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Kimberly Shank has been focused for a while now on “clean” products that are made without harmful chemicals. In 2017, Shank and friend Jaleh Bisharat launched NakedPoppy, a site that curates and sells cosmetics that have been vetted by chemists (including some of its own products). Interestingly, as the young startup was announcing $4 million in seed funding last summer from Cowboy Ventures, among others, Shank — who remains on the board of Naked Poppy — was splitting off to launch a second company.

Big opening for startups that help move entrenched on-prem workloads to the cloud

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AWS CEO Andy Jassy showed signs of frustration at his AWS re:Invent keynote address in December. Customers weren’t moving to the cloud nearly fast enough for his taste, and he prodded them to move along. Some of their hesitation, as Jassy pointed out, was due to institutional inertia, but some of it also was due to a technology problem related to getting entrenched, on-prem workloads to the cloud.

Data Analytics Solves Major Fire Safety Challenges

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Fire safety technology is changing in interesting ways. Worcester Polytechnic Institute has the only graduate fire protection engineering program in the United States. Professors at this school have said that big data is becoming more integral to the fire protection field. Big Data Finds New Applications in Fire Safety Data analytics is a pretty hot topic right now. In fact, the phrase itself is one of the leading catchphrases of big business.

Invest In The Right IoT Trend And Profit More In 2020

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Recently, IoT is creating a lot of buzz in the tech industry. From parking spaces of your home to refrigerators, coffee machines, dishwashers, lights and locks of your house – IoT is bringing almost every home appliances and other everyday physical objects into the digital fold. Well, this emerging technology is not really a concept. Rather, it is a network that connects any device to the Internet and also to other connected devices.

Brave Browser Files GDPR Complaint Against Google

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Brave has filed a formal complaint against Google with the lead GDPR enforcer in Europe. The complaint comes after Dr. Johnny Ryan, Brave's chief policy and industry relations officer, promised to take Google to court if it didn't stop abusing its power by sharing user data collected by dozens of its distinct services, and creating a "free for all" data warehouse. Cointelegraph reports: Now, the complaint is with the Irish Data Protection Commission.

The Future of Fintech: AI & Blockchain

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Sweeping global regulations, the growing penetration of digital devices, and a slew of investor interest are catapulting the fintech industry to new highs. Of the many emerging technologies poised to transform financial services, two of the most promising and mature are artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain. 74% of banking executives believe AI will transform their industry completely, and 46% of global financial services employees expect blockchain to improve transparency and data management.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:UK neobank Tandem is poised to accelerate product and international growth after raising $79 millionMetro Bank partnered with ezbob to enhance its digital lending offering for businessesThree ways the coronavirus could affect banking globally

Study Finds High Demand for Go and AR/VR Programmers, While Python Remains Favorite Language

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The tech jobs marketplace at Hired.com crunched their data on more than 400,000 interview requests and job offers over the last year to produce their annual "State of Software Engineers" report. Among its surprising insights: software engineers with more than 10 years of experience get 20% fewere interview requests than engineers with 4 to 10 years of experience. Other insights: Demand for AR/VR talent is up by 1400%, mirroring blockchain's 517% demand growth last year...
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