As the computing and semiconductor worlds digest IBM’s departure from the fab, Big Blue is going all out in Data Analytics projects, announcing two successful UK projects. In one, Clear Returns helps retailers understand how and why product returns happen, and how to predict them. Camden Borough uses the analytical approach process to reduce fraud, save time and money over a range of services, so reducing budget cut impacts.
ScotlandIS has just launched its new re-branded website, including a new interactive area, which provides companies and members with a platform to raise questions, follow discussions and participate in thought provoking debate. This is where the latest IT news will be found and ScotlandIS events can be booked online in the interactive area.
IBM is donating its advanced machine learning technology - IBM System ML - to the Apache Spark open source software project. Begun at UC Berkeley in 2009, Spark has been the fastest growing open source project in history. Spark platform offers several major advantages - open, precise, fast, and supports agile data science and development. IBM System ML is claimed to make expressing machine learning algorithms – that can learn from and make predictions on data – much faster and easier.
Already a focus of irate attention for bundling Ask Toolbar with the Java Installer, asking the Oracle seems to be in decline for though existing updates and maintenance do rise, new licences have flatlined to dropping, Stepping into this convenient breach are the Open Source contenders.
Cloud security company OpenDNS finds consumer IoT devices widely used in highly regulated industries highlight unforeseen security risks, and updates assessment tool to help security professionals discover IoT devices on their networks
Science Europe congratulates the ERAC (European Research and Innovation Area Committee) for its endorsement of the ‘European Research Area Roadmap 2015-2020’ by the Competitiveness Council. “We at Science Europe know that forging a common vision across very diverse countries can be a challenge”, said Amanda Crowfoot, (below left) director of Science Europe, “but, like ERAC, we also believe in the power of collaboration.”
The new EU funded ODInE (Open Data Incubator for Europe) which involves the University of Southampton, is calling for startups across the UK and Europe to apply for a place on its new programme, with the chance to secure up to €100k of grant funding.
Based on fruit fly analysis, University of Leicester scientists discover nearly 80 genes associated with ‘morningness’ and ‘eveningness’ in a study could pave the way to better diagnostics, and ultimately personal medicine, where larks and owls can receive their tailored therapies
In a growing "capitals are out but lower case is in," London-based essences, an IT orchestration and automation provider wins the 2015 Gartner accolade of Cool Vendor in the EU Cloud computing market 2015
A must read: “451 Research Cloud Price Index” private edition finds VMware, Red Hat and Microsoft are currently better value than OpenStack distributions for total cost of ownership hanging on that key component - the open stack engineer !
Analysing the large volumes of data gathered by modern businesses and public services has become problematic. Traditionally, relationships between the different parts of a network are represented as simple links, regardless of how many ways they can actually interact, potentially loosing precious information.
Queensway Park gets green light for £100 million Data Centre campus in Fife and detailed consent has been granted for phase one of the country’s largest green data centre development located in Fife Scotland.
In a bid to close the cyber security skills gap, MWR InfoSecurity - the global research-led security consultancy, is bringing back its highly anticipated and prestigious HackFu event for the eighth year running. HackFu 2015 aims to test and improve existing cyber security and team work skills amongst the industry’s best emerging talent, through a series of tasks and challenges that push participants to explore beyond their comfort zones.
The ever changing face of technology coupled with demanding business requirements dictates enterprises revamp existing enterprise applications, with newer versions supporting such disruptive technologies such as cloud, mobility and analytics.
Entries to the 2015 Digital Technology Awards are now open, with Scotland’s brightest tech companies invited to submit applications by 24 April. And the Digintal Entrpreneur Awards are also up for grabs.
By shedding light on how pollen travels through the atmosphere, a new environmental dataset is helping scientists improve the lives of hay fever sufferers. High resolution aerial photography and colour infrared data gives the National Tree Map database details more than 280 million trees, covering around 20,000 km2 and painstakingly produced by aerial mapping company, Bluesky.
Gaberlunzie fell over someone’s admiration for the German word “Verschlimmbesserung” meaning " improvements which only make things worse!!" It’s one he will strive to remember. Another thing he has fallen over is the "Mindkit Tooling" approach that James Sommers has humanised and written for MITs Technology Review.
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