Microsoft's Satya Nadella: Marching Orders For Digital Business
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User Rank: Ninja
2/11/2014 | 12:56:46 PM
What will the future be?
Imagine everything in your house and everything you wear collecting countless more data points and communicating that through the Internet.  It will make today's "big" data will look like "little data."  Without the proper communication and security infrastructure, it will be worse than messy.  The "insights" from this big data could be amazingly good or spectacularly creepy and invasive.  I suspect you're right – that machine intelligence and learning is the only way we're going to make use of all this data.
User Rank: Strategist
2/5/2014 | 6:47:15 PM
Finding machine learning in an unlikely place -- IT
Machine learning is just beginning to be applied in the place where it might do the most good -- the data center itself. We typically run servers 7-15% of their capacity. Virtualization chanvged that and moved the needle up to a hefty 50%, let's say. But what a huge amount of capacity remains. Knowing what works with what, having extensive rules on what changes should be allowed and which ones must be forbidden -- that would be a huge step forward for continuous operations. Knowing which configurations are optimum for what types of workloads is today a sixth sense of a systems admin. But with machine learning, we would know for sure.
User Rank: Strategist
2/5/2014 | 1:22:18 PM
Welcome to NadellaLand
On an irritatingly mundane level, what does Nadella mean to the legions of Microsofties familiar with its software and the Windows environment, in particular?

Business prophets and visionaries may come and go (just ask Hewlett-Packard), but every company tends to stay close to the cash flow oasis of its user base. Will Nadella mind that store, or is he Microsoft's first global CEO, his attention on distant vistas?

While we haven't any indication of what Nadella means to a cash-hungry Microsoft, whatever else Nadella accomplishes in his first year, the Beast of Redmond will be fed.

Beyond that-- and in a completely countervailing direction-- Nadella confirms the emerging multinational direction of Microsoft. Nadella is not the familar Redmond, but speaks with a Commonwealth accent of a company celebrating operational and research roots in India and in even China.

Whatever Nadella and the new, multinational Microsoft mean for the American market, Microsoft users would be wise to look at alternatives, and keep their options well-Googled and open. At least as open for migration to other companies, as Microsoft pursues its own option to migrate relentlessly away from its US origins [we can read everything into that]
Drew Conry-Murray
Drew Conry-Murray,
User Rank: Ninja
2/5/2014 | 10:07:47 AM
Ambient intelligence
I love the notion of "ambient intelligence." Maybe Microsoft needs to give up trying to win the mobile platform battle and start focusing on small, smart apps that can ride any platform and be the front end for that ambient intelligence.
User Rank: Apprentice
2/5/2014 | 10:07:13 AM
machine learning is already here and in a big way
Google and Facebook and many other scale web companies use machine learning in their core offerings extensively. Many features simply wouldn't work without ML. News companies use ML to categorize content. Today's financial services powerhouses run large parts their businesses on ML. This is particularly true in hedge funds, where ML may power the entire business. Internet traffic is routed and optimized with ML. I stress, these are not experiments but core production systems. Anti-spam is machine learning and has been from the start.

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