Bringing Machine Learning to the Masses: AWS Announces Sagemaker Canvas
• SageMaker Canvas looks to democratize access to machine learning (ML).
• Access to analytic tools will generate a better understanding of company performance.
When discussing the future of artificial intelligence (AI) and ML, there is often an emphasis on advanced technical capabilities that will help realize futuristic visions such as self-driving cars. Given the competitive advantages at stake, it is no surprise that demand for skilled AI and ML specialists has quickly outstripped supply.
During his AWS re:Invent 2021 presentation, Bratin Saha, Vice President, Machine Learning, noted that AI and ML is the fastest-growing job category, posting a 74% growth rate in the U.S. over the past four years (per LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs Report). Not surprisingly, this has led to a shortage of qualified AI and ML specialists. According to Saha, AWS customers are looking for solutions that empower more employees to do ML. This need for access by non-technical staff has led AWS to develop SageMaker Canvas. Continue reading “Bringing Machine Learning to the Masses: AWS Announces sagemaker Canvas”→
Digital transformation projects should have a clearly targeted business benefit.
Enterprises should challenge providers to offer clear use cases and help them to identify how their businesses can achieve impactful change.
‘Digital transformation’ is a term apparent in the marketing material of almost every service provider and technology vendor in the IT and communications industries. It is, in full honesty, beloved of analysts. In fairness to both, digital transformation is a term that enterprises recognize and one that they use themselves when talking about their IT upgrade cycles – but this does not mean the term is particularly instructive or meaningful. Continue reading “Transformation Without Direction Is Meaningless”→
• Performance and reliability remain as key challenges for ASEAN enterprises largely due to carriers’ network limitations.
• Network management and security become crucial driven by enterprises’ rapid cloud adoption during the pandemic.
GlobalData interviewed 158 ASEAN decision makers earlier this year to further understand their challenges with current services and buying trends for new solutions. One of the topics is challenges in current network services. From the 12 challenges given, performance and reliability came as the top with 32% of enterprises rated it as a severe or major challenge. This is followed by network management 30%, security 27%, while management across cloud and unclear benefits rounded up the top five with 26% each.
Figure 1: Challenges with Network Services in ASEAN, 2021
The range and strength of alternative options to traditional telecoms service providers (SPs) are increasing.
SPs still offer clear differentiators that make them relevant to modern enterprises.
The launch of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Cloud WAN proposition is another move by the public cloud giants into what has traditionally been the domain of telecoms service providers (SPs). AWS Cloud WAN is in the same category as Microsoft’s Azure WAN suite of services (particularly Azure Virtual WAN) and builds on AWS’ existing Direct Connect and Transit Connect Gateway products – but this time with a proposition that is specifically designed as a WAN solution (rather than purely cloud access), therefore making it more coherent and easier to manage. Continue reading “Do Service Providers Still Matter?”→
• Telstra Health has set ambitious revenue growth targets for FY2025, hoping to drive growth through developing new connected platforms cutting across the healthcare industry.
• There is opportunity for Telstra to work more closely with its healthcare subsidiary and leverage its edge, security and analytics capabilities to support Telstra Health’s goals and develop vertical solutions.
More than seven years ago Telstra invested in a new line of business as it looked to diversify revenues ahead of the launch of the NBN. This business, Telstra Health, has grown through the years to A$160 million in revenue for FY2021 ended June 30, 2021. This total does not include 2021 revenues from Telstra Health’s acquisition of medical practice management software provider Medical Director, nor its joint-venture (in which Telstra Health controls a majority stake) with medical budgeting and costing software provider Power Health. With recent acquisitions included, Telstra Health made A$250 million in FY2021. However, Telstra has even loftier goals for its health focused subsidiary; as announced at its Telstra Investor Day Part II, Telstra Health is targeting to double its revenue to FY2025, a goal of A$500 million.
• The NVIDIA-Arm deal has interesting technological potential, but will likely chill competition
• Regulators worldwide are viewing big tech deals with an increasingly skeptical eye
In the ongoing saga of NVIDIA’s proposed purchase of the UK-based silicon design firm Arm Semiconductor Ltd. regulators have stepped in to stop the deal. Arm develops the architecture of the ARM processor, and then licenses it to other companies for use in their designs. ARM-derived processors have become extremely popular, appearing in almost every modern smartphone design, thousands of other proprietary, servers, and probably most famously as the latest CPU architecture for the Macintosh line of computers from Apple. Amazon’s AWS service has servers that AWS developed that use ARM architecture. In short, ARM is essentially everywhere and only Intel’s x86 architecture has had more success. ARM is the first processor architecture to get anywhere close and is considered vital in the technology marketplace.
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