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Dec 4–5, 2017: Training
Dec 5–7, 2017: Tutorials & Conference

Executive Briefing: The business case for AI, Spark, and friends

John Akred (Silicon Valley Data Science)
4:15pm4:55pm Wednesday, December 6, 2017

AI is white-hot at the moment, but where can it really be used? Technologies like deep learning are white-hot, but why do they matter? The secret power of today’s data technologies is that they promote economic scaling and flexible development patterns that can adapt to business needs—but industry hype has obscured much of the value to those approaching the topic. Skepticism is an understandable reaction.

Developers are usually the first to understand why some technologies cause more excitement than others. John Akred relates this insider knowledge, providing a tour through the hottest emerging data technologies of 2017 to explain why they’re exciting in terms of both new capabilities and the new economies they bring. John explores the emerging platforms of choice and explains where they fit into a complete data architecture and what they have to offer in terms of new capabilities, efficiencies, and economies of use.

Topics include:

  • Deep learning and AI
  • Spark
  • Docker, Kubernetes, and containers
  • Notebooks for data science
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John Akred

Silicon Valley Data Science

With over 15 years in advanced analytical applications and architecture, John Akred is dedicated to helping organizations become more data driven. As CTO of Silicon Valley Data Science, John combines deep expertise in analytics and data science with business acumen and dynamic engineering leadership.

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Kevin Zhang |
12/06/2017 7:12am +08

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