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A round-up of business intelligence, IoT and data articles across the Internet.
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Fun with Graphing in Power BI - Part 5-by-5

Fun with Graphing in Power BI - Part 5-by-5 | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it

This is the latest post in my series "Fun with Graphing in Power BI". It might be my last as well. There are a few different reasons for that. First, and most importantly, I believe I may be running out of cool, nifty tricks to show you in Power BI. Second, I am most definitely starting to run a bit thin on lame math jokes. Third; comparatively, this one was really, really difficult!! All that being said, I may give the Koch Snowflake a go or maybe the Sierpinski Carpet. Who knows, if you want to see this series continue, leave something encouraging in the comments!

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The Vicsek box fractal! Heavy recursion and insensitive jokes about clubbing baby seals.

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health tree's comment, May 9, 6:07 AM
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Apache Hive vs. Apache Pig - DZone Big Data

Apache Hive vs. Apache Pig - DZone Big Data | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
In this comparison of Apache Hive and Apache Pig, learn how these tools work with Hadoop, Apache NiFi, and more.
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In case you have a burning desire to know when to use which one...

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Is SQL Server 2017 Stable? - DZone Database

Get a brief history of Azure SQL database, learn about the modern servicing model, and get an opinion on whether SQL Server 2017 is stable.
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Very much worth reading if you want to understand why there will be no more SQL Server Service Packs.

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TechNewSources: Hortonworks, Confluent and Waterline attempt to make Big Data easier

TechNewSources: Hortonworks, Confluent and Waterline attempt to make Big Data easier | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
TechNewSources covers data-center trends and businesses like Dell Technologies SDN DellEMC SDS HPE HCI VMware Graphene Cisco Hadoop AWS and Nutanix
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Well, it took nearly 3 years but finally people are starting to realize that this stuff is stupid complex and as such it's potential value is greatly diminished. See my article from 3 years ago: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hadoop-ecosystem-frankensteins-monster-greg-deckler/

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Microsoft to invest $5 billion in IoT over next four years globally | Business Standard News

Microsoft to invest $5 billion in IoT over next four years globally | Business Standard News | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
Read more about Microsoft to invest $5 billion in IoT over next four years globally on Business Standard. Microsoft's IoT offerings currently include operating systems for devices, cloud services to control and secure them
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Holy smokes! $5B investment in IOT!!

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Can Microsoft get smarter? Inside the tech giant’s massive bet on AI –

Can Microsoft get smarter? Inside the tech giant’s massive bet on AI – | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
Microsoft has so far released its artificial intelligence technologies largely through its well-known software platforms, such as the Cortana voice…
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Great article if you want some insider information on the inner workings of Microsoft.

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You're Doing it Wrong. Why Machine Learning Does Not Have to Be So Hard

You're Doing it Wrong. Why Machine Learning Does Not Have to Be So Hard | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
Technical topics like mathematics, physics, and even computer science are taught using a bottom-up approach. This approach involves laying out the topics in an area of study in a logical way with a natural progression in complexity and capability. The problem is, humans are not robots executing a learning program. We require motivation, excitement, and …
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This is a long article but invaluable. This is exactly how I learned ML initially.

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Coming soon to Power BI: Common Data Service for Analytics | Microsoft Power BI Blog | Microsoft Power BI

Coming soon to Power BI: Common Data Service for Analytics | Microsoft Power BI Blog | Microsoft Power BI | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
New capability reduces the time, complexity and cost of extracting intelligence from disparate data sources.
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This is BIG news. Unlike Salesforce's purchase of Mulesoft, Microsoft is making the smarter investment in a real Customer Data Platform.

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Microsoft announces general availability of Azure Databricks

Microsoft announces general availability of Azure Databricks | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
Microsoft has announced that Azure Databricks is now available to the general public. With Azure Databricks, Microsoft has laid emphasis on productivity, scalability, and security.
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Azure Databricks are cool.

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Salesforce Buys MuleSoft and Offers It as a Data Unification Solutions | CustomerThink

Salesforce Buys MuleSoft and Offers It as a Data Unification Solutions | CustomerThink | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
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Honestly, I think this is a big mistake by Salesforce to not invest in a true Customer Data Platform (CDP). $6.5B pays for a lot of reengineering.

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5 Ways Data Analytics Is Disrupting Business Models - DZone Big Data

5 Ways Data Analytics Is Disrupting Business Models - DZone Big Data | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
A discussion of how big data and data analytics can help organizations better understand their audience, and find better insights into how their users act.
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Luckily, the mildly interesting bits are at the top...

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Amazon Has Considered Buying Some Toys ‘R’ Us Stores - Bloomberg

Amazon Has Considered Buying Some Toys ‘R’ Us Stores - Bloomberg | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
Amazon.com Inc. has looked at the possibility of expanding its retail footprint by acquiring some locations from bankrupt Toys “R” Us Inc., according to people with knowledge of the situation.
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Wow, talk about adding insult to injury, Amazon violates an exclusive agreement and helps destroy an iconic retailer and now feasts on the scraps. As I've warned, if you are a business, any business, Amazon is coming for you.

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Google's Cloud Boss Eyeing 'Major Acquisition' to Get Ahead

Google's Cloud Boss Eyeing 'Major Acquisition' to Get Ahead | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
Google is prepared to make a big purchase to catch market leaders Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. -- if the deal fits.
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The question though is who are they going to acquire that would allow them to gain market share? They are barely not in the "also ran" category with only AWS, MS and IBM ahead of them...

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The epic mistake about manufacturing that's cost Americans millions of jobs

The epic mistake about manufacturing that's cost Americans millions of jobs | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it

"Looking back, there were two kinds of people who lived in America in 2016: people who believed Donald Trump, and people who believed data."

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WOW!! What an amazing article. Read it all the way to the end. It's long but stick with it. What an amazing story of the dangers of data analysis when done poorly and why you need to keep personal opinion and bias out of analysis and let the data tell the story, not fit a narrative to the data.

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Introducing Azure Database for PostgreSQL and Azure Database for MySQL

Introducing Azure Database for PostgreSQL and Azure Database for MySQL | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
Develop with open source databases? We'll show you the new community-based PostgreSQL and MySQL databases for Azure, including its dynamic
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More evidence of Microsoft Azure embracing open source.

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Big Data Tech Hadoop and Spark Get Slow Start in Enterprise

Big Data Tech Hadoop and Spark Get Slow Start in Enterprise | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
There are plenty of success stories about Hadoop in the enterprise, but those may be the exception and not the rule. Gartner Research VP Merv Adrian provides a reality check on deployment rates, successes, and failures of big data technologies in the enterprise.
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Sobering yet unsurprising, 70% failure rate for Hadoop. Yep.

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Cloud + Streaming Analytics + Data Science = Five Big Data Trends Now

Cloud + Streaming Analytics + Data Science = Five Big Data Trends Now | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
How streaming analytics, the rise of data science and the growth of cloud could change the digital transformation path for enterprise in the coming months. This year will be the when real-time big data analytics will come to the forefront of the enterprise. Although it has been said before, this year will see a convergence of several factors that will make ... Read More
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Decent little article although most of this is obvious if you have been paying attention.

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Microsoft launches AI and entry-level software development courses –

Microsoft launches AI and entry-level software development courses – | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
Microsoft today launched two new courses in its online education program for developers: an entry-level software development class and an AI course for more advanced developers who want to expand their knowledge of machine learning. It’s no secret that there aren’t enough data scientist…
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Free training on edX from Microsoft!

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Machine Learning Basics | Machine Learning Examples From Everyday Life

Machine Learning Basics | Machine Learning Examples From Everyday Life | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
We review machine learning (ML) basics and explore some of the areas you might be unaware of where ML is having significant impact in this blog.
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This is a nice little article on how millions of people are already using ML and don't even know it.

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Microsoft predicted to hit $1 trillion valuation within 12 months

Microsoft predicted to hit $1 trillion valuation within 12 months | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
If you ask Morgan Stanley how Microsoft is performing, they would say the company is doing nearly everything right, as they have just predicted the company will hit a trillion dollar valuation within the next 12 months, a year earlier than the rather optimistic 2017 prediction by Evercore ISI, which said the company will hit the …
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Hey, some people ARE paying attention!

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Build and Deploy Scalable Machine Learning in Production with Kafka - DZone AI

Build and Deploy Scalable Machine Learning in Production with Kafka - DZone AI | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
Machine learning and AI are changing the game, and your mission-critical applications need to be able to keep up. Check out how you can scale them using Kafka.
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Was glad to see this, was starting to wonder of DZone ever had any decent content on it...

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Will Salesforce Kiss the Mule or Kill the Mule? - DZone Integration

Will Salesforce Kiss the Mule or Kill the Mule? - DZone Integration | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
An integration expert and DZone Zone Leader reflects on the recent acquisition of MuleSoft by Salesforce, what it means for MuleSoft and integration as a whole.
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Look, Mulesoft is a dead company walking at this point. Any opinion to the contrary is naïve.

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Turbo-Charge Data Scientist Productivity with a Data Catalog

Turbo-Charge Data Scientist Productivity with a Data Catalog | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
Data scientists at any company are highly skilled and cost a lot -- so you don't want them slogging through swamps of information that machine learning can take care of with data catalogues.
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Have always thought Azure Data Catalog was cool but getting people to be serious about implementing it is another matter entirely...

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Top 10 Challenges to Practicing Data Science at Work | CustomerThink

Top 10 Challenges to Practicing Data Science at Work | CustomerThink | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
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Surprise, surprise, it's not the technology. BTW, it's never the technology that is the barrier.

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A Closer Look at the Newest Azure SQL Database Features -- Redmondmag.com

A Closer Look at the Newest Azure SQL Database Features -- Redmondmag.com | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
Microsoft's cloud DBaaS has had a whirlwind month with the introduction of managed instances, database migration tools and more. Here's what each feature does and when to use it.
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Lots of exciting new features!

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IT Decision-Makers Must Focus on the Importance of Big Data Staffing - DZone Big Data

IT Decision-Makers Must Focus on the Importance of Big Data Staffing - DZone Big Data | Business Intelligence Insights | Scoop.it
Learn about different types of capability, management, training, and technology that are driving big data changes in the digital age.
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Ever since reading Stephen Few's Big Data, Big Dupe, I read these kinds of articles and laugh and laugh and laugh.

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