2018 – the year of the plastic whale

As the year winds down I thought it would be interesting to have a look at the data around one of the stand-out events of this year. A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia was found to have over 1000 pieces of plastic in its stomach – and drew global attention to the…

Machine learning depends on quality data

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are the new hot topics in data analytics. These topics define subsets of data science that are primarily characterized by mathematical and statistical processes applied to data. In machine learning, algorithms replace humans in interpreting data. The expectation is that the machine will make purely data-driven ( better ) decisions…

How healthy is data driven healthcare

Over the past few years, the ethics of data use, particularly when related to big data analytics, has been a recurring theme. Most recently, I had a look at the cost of the Facebook data scandal. In this post, I moved away from a purely ethics driven argument to also look at the commercial impact…

Are you making the most of your mainframe data?

When most people think of legacy software, we think of software that is outdated and due for replacement. Yet, an alternative definition of legacy, particularly when it comes to mainframe application, is, simply, software that works. This is a definition that our partner, Syncsort, is proud of. The legacy DMX Sort product has been helping…