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The CIO Role Is Changing

Nowadays, chief information officers (CIOs) are charged with more than keeping their organization’s IT operations up and running, according to a new study from IT staffing specialist Robert Half Technology. In a survey of 2,500 CIOs in the U.S.

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ML battle is heating up

The machine learning battle is heating up.

TPU card Deep Learning, the term, is somewhat recent and its popularity is most definitely increasing. At the root, the concept has been around for probably over 40 years under the umbrella or Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs). Although the idea was fantastic, the applications were limited by the availability of computing power. With the evolution of GPU cards (Graphics Processing Units), where each card packs thousands of core, deep learning is becoming more practical and applicable.

With their large scale data centers, Google and Amazon have both been able to polish their deep learning platforms. With everyone from the financial industry to healthcare now trying to research deep learning implementations for their own gains, both players are competing for attention.

After releasing to open source TensorFlow in November of last year, Google has take another step forward and announced TPUs or Tensor Processing Units. These custom ASICs were built specifically for machine learning and tailored for TensorFlow.

Meanwhile, Amazon is coming out with its own ML platform (DSSTNE, available on GitHub). You can read more on this at Geekwire.

Like with every new shiny toy, efforts tend to be overdone at first and we may see a few “Deep Learning” vending machines before things stabilize. And although it is hard for me to predict who will will the ML arms race, I think deep learning is definitely here to stay. It should soon graduate from “buzz” word to common computing practice.

Microsoft Is The New Google, Google Is The Old Microsoft

Very interesting article in Forbes on MS and Google: http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/02/18/microsoft-google-swap/

I have a been a big Google fan and always knocked on Microsoft but they made interesting points. Google does spend a fair amount of time on less relevant projects though in my mind, it’s always been their approach.

They develop concepts and work on projects and see what sticks. Their focus is often purposely not on popular concepts. One reality remains, Adsense revenues are declining:

The knock-on effect: Adsense is declining and Google’s search market share is currently at its lowest point in seven years. Like Microsoft had done with Windows and Office, Google understandably still tightly holds onto the duo as its primary revenue pillars but the future implies only further slow decline with no obvious escape route.

Microsoft is trying to improve and making changes but they still on several important aspects. Their mobile game is irrelevant for one. Although they try to be an online and cloud provider, their offerings are often kludgy and integrate poorly with the desktop tools. Not to mention the annoying fragmentation in the Office 365 offerings (Personal, Small Business, Enterprise, etc with no transition path between the offerings).

Microsoft is a long way from being in a position to consider this ruthless second stage (or maybe not), but the first moves are well underway. The once ludicrous idea that Outlook and Windows Calendar could cause disruption on iOS or Android is now no laughing matter as Microsoft bought and effectively rebadged best-of-breed email and calendar apps Acompli and Sunrise.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/02/18/microsoft-google-swap/

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