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Data Science Skills Gap, Pokémon Go Maps: Big Data Roundup

The data and analytics skills gap is an obstacle to achieving digital transformation, according to a Gartner survey; Microsoft is looking to fill that skills gap with a new online degree program; and Pokemon Go's creator shares the secrets behind how the game's maps were created.

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Joe Stanganelli
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7/18/2016 | 10:07:11 AM
FB using MSFT Graph
With MSFT's acquisition of LinkedIn, I suspect that Facebook is champing at the bit to license what may eventually be the new, LI data-infused Microsoft Graph -- and that MSFT Graph may become a lot more valuable now.
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7/18/2016 | 2:38:21 PM
Big Data Answer
Jessica, we are seeing an increase in businesses seeking specialized skills to help address challenges that arose with the era of big data. It is worth mentioning the open source HPCC Systems platform from LexisNexis helps to fill this gap by allowing data analysts themselves to own the complete data life cycle. Designed by data scientists, the programming language called ECL is declarative and expresses data algorithms across the entire HPCC platform. Their built-in analytics libraries for Machine Learning and BI integration provide a complete integrated solution from data ingestion and data processing to data delivery. HPCC Systems provides proven solutions to handle what are now called Big Data problems, and have been doing so for more than a decade. Their free online introductory courses allow for students, academia and other developers to quickly get started. For more info visit: hpccsystems.com
SaneIT
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7/19/2016 | 8:16:52 AM
FB, Skype and Yammer
I understand FB not wanting to use Yammer but I really wish they would put Skype for Business into their corporate tool box, if only for the purpose of having a company big enough and savvy enough in the muddy waters of Unified Communication that MS stops fighting so hard with other products.  One of the biggest failings of Skype for Business is the horrible methods of tying calls into the industry standard teleconferencing systems.  There is still a strong market for in room systems and I don't see that going away anytime soon.  I also don't see Microsoft making it easy to bridge those systems together either.  Anything that even comes close is a clunky, expensive third party tool that is more frustrating than it is useful.   
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