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Chatbots Are Here, and It Is Just the Beginning By Mark Troester Chatbots are the next big thing, but there’s always another big thing coming. Prepare for the future with a flexible architecture that’s ready for everything. Chatbots are growing rapidly in popularity and adoption, but while more and more organizations are beginning to see the potential, far fewer have developed a concrete strategy for them. Major companies are experimenting with the AI behind chatbots though (with varying degrees of success, such as Microsoft’s Tay.ai and Facebook’s recent conversing bots), and it’s easy to find coverage about the promising future of chatbots and enthusiastic statistics such as how 80% of businesses want to use chatbots by 2020. Clearly, it’s an important technology that business leaders need to plan for. However, there’s a bigger story here, and that’s that the app... (more)

AI Is Suddenly Accessible | @ThingsExpo @ProgressSW #AI #DX #SmartCities

What's Different Now: Five Reasons Why AI Is Suddenly Accessible By Mark Troester In recent years AI has grown significantly and become a substantial area of business investment. What has changed, and how does this affect you? For a long time, artificial intelligence was pure science fiction, relegated to books, television and movies—and you don’t need us to tell you that we are well past that point today. In the last few years we have seen extremely rapid advancement in a series of technologies that have come together to unlock a wave of AI investment. According to Accenture, 85% ... (more)

Meta-Learning | @CloudExpo @ProgressSW #BigData #AI #ML #DX #Analytics

True Democratization of Analytics with Meta-Learning By Mark Troester There are many solutions that claim to democratize analytics, but they are really constrained. A meta-learning approach democratizes without limits. The democratization of analytics has become a popular term, and a quick Google search will generate results that explore the necessity of empowering more people with analytics and the rise of citizen data scientists. The ability to easily make better use of your (constantly growing) pool of data is a critical driver of business success, but many of the existing solut... (more)

Demystifying Machine Learning | @CloudExpo #AI #ML #DX #MachinLearning

Demystifying Machine Learning - How Do Machines Really Learn? By Mark Troester Are machines really intelligent? Learn the answer and how it can affect your business. It's machine-learning 101 for curious business leaders out there. Autonomous cars taking us on our favorite and most efficient routes, virtual assistants serving up the exact data a doctor needs to diagnose an illness or that an engineer needs to identify a faulty part, customer support bots that are always available to answer your questions and book your appointments accurately and quickly. All of these use-cases are ... (more)

REST APIs as a SQL Data Source for SAP BOBJ, Cognos or OBIEE

How can you integrate your internal API layer into various BI tools? We answer this and show how to enable SQL access to enterprise APIs in our latest webinar. My recent conversations with IT architects from financial services, healthcare and other industries revealed that enterprises are looking for ways to integrate their internal API layer into various core business intelligence tools such as SAP BusinessObjects, IBM Cognos, Tableau, Qlik, OBIEE, SAS, Informatica and others. So, we're hosting a webinar to help you learn how to use Progress DataDirect OpenAccess SDK to quickly ... (more)