3 ways data analytics can fail

Whether you are using a spreadsheet or advanced data analytics with machine learning or AI – unless you are vigilant, your foraging for insights from data can so easily go wrong. A big part of the problem is that ultimately, data is always viewed through a human lens. Unfortunately, our brains did not evolve to process complex numerical data and our instincts, biases and desires can significantly alter our understanding of the data being presented...

Data Analytics: Past, Present and Future

The desire to look into the future is as old as humanity itself. From wanting to know where the next meal is coming from to placing bets on the Grand National – a view of the future has an obvious attraction. Nowadays, businesses are turning from witchcraft and wizardry and looking to something a little more scientific. They want to figure out what is to come and give themselves an edge.  These days, it’s all...

Microsoft adds New Data Types to Excel

New types have been added to Excel that rely on AI to recognize rich data types such as countries. The first data types to be added are Stocks and Geography, but more will be added in the future. The AI behind the new types comes from Microsoft Knowledge Graph, the same intelligent service that powers Bing. This allows Excel to recognize, in context, whether there’s a specific meaning for a piece of text so it...

Apache Bigtop OpenJDK 8 Support

Apache Bigtop 1.2.1 has support for OpenJDK 8, and a sandbox feature released back in 2017 that lets you run big data pseudo clusters on Docker. Bigtop is an Apache Foundation project that you can use for packaging, testing, and configuration of the big name open source big data components that make up the Hadoop infrastructure. Bigtop supports a wide range of components and projects, including Hadoop, HBase and Spark. The primary goal of Bigtop...

5G Connectivity

Mobile communications is getting super and Super as time flies, this has made communication very very different to that which we used back in the days of the 0G, 1G, 2G, 3G and the current 4G. Whiles demand for mobile broadband will continue to increase particularly in Africa, largely driven by ultra high definition videos, better screens, new ways of programming, innovations, renewed ways of education and more, we are already seeing the growing impact...