A primer on probabilistic computing

Inference, particularly with large data sets, and disparate solution criteria, is one of the tougher challenges of current computing models.  Probabilistic computing may unlock an alternative approach to tackling complex problems by enabling systems to infer solutions that lie outside the current linear computational models: Probabilistic programming languages are in the spotlight. This is due to […]

Phil Windley on understanding the architecture of Personal Clouds

Just under the radar, there’s been a lot of activity in the ProjectVRM space of late.  Various clusters of work are underway in the VRM space, including identity research and personal data store development.  On the latter, Phil Windley has an excellent post explaining the framework in which personal clouds should operate by referencing the […]

Applying a data lens to India

Conducting a census of India is a monumental task.  The last such undertaking happened in 2011 [wikipedia].  While the raw data reveal, well, raw statistics, delving deeper into census data is a fascinating exercise.  On that note, I recently wandered upon a new weblog that is devoted to extracting insights from India’s last census.  The author, an […]

Task manager and collaboration tool Trello turns a year old today

Having tried nearly every to-list, task manager over the years, I think I’ve finally found one that works for me with Trello.  I have stuck to it as my go-to application for managing a wide array of both personal activities and collaboration across groups.  Many of the current generation of team collaboration/task management tools provide great flexibility, […]

On spreadsheets, big data, and GoodData’s Bashes

During a recent conversation I had with Mark Angel [founder of Knova Software and most recently the CTO at Kana], he was quick to point out that the ‘spreadsheet’ stage of cloud computing had yet to arrive. His point was that most of the computational horsepower of the cloud was still largely relegated to the […]

Remembering September 11, 2001

It’s hard to imagine that a decade has passed, yet it seems just like yesterday. Ten years ago, on this day, I boarded an early morning flight from Pittsburgh to New York’s LaGuardia airport. I was beginning my weekly travels across the northeast a day late, delaying the routine Monday departure for Boston to be […]

End of an era in knowledge management

Earlier today, Oracle announced an agreement to acquire knowledge management vendor InQuira.  Given InQuira’s deep integration with legacy Oracle products, and despite partnerships with SAP and Genesys, it was just a matter of time that Oracle absorbed InQuira.  R.Ray Wang explains why Oracle finally pulled the trigger: InQuira “is one of the top knowledge management vendors […]