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Wilson L. Chua, Future Gen International Pvt Ltd.

Big Data tools: check out Keboola

I got intrigued when I got an invite to attend #DataDrivenSG Hackathon next week on Oct 21, 2016 at NUS Hangar (https://www.facebook.com/events/186617605104844/). It was sponsored by Keboola. So I went over to their website (Keboola.asia) to find out more about this company and what it does for Big Data Analytics. In the world of Big Data Analytics, 80% of our time is spend just extracting, cleaning, transforming the data to work with. The other 20% is the actual time spent doing the analysis. So if one can automate or simplify the ETL(extract, transform, load) part, it would be a huge win for Data Analysts. This is where Keboola comes in. It touts itself as the Data Preparation Platform. It is a “hybrid cloud-based set of integrated tools which supports the whole data workflow …

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Matchmaking with Big Data

http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_webb_how_i_hacked_online_dating Rudder of OKCupid revealed that there is surprising information data analysis has returned. By compiling data of OKCupid members who ended up in relationship via the online platform, they found three questions most first dates agreed on: 1. “Do you like horror movies?” 2. “Have you ever travelled around another country alone?” 3. “Wouldn’t it be fun to chuck it all and go live on a sailboat?” The seemingly innocuous questions reveal much more about personality and life trajectory than dozens of useless data points. Amy Webb’s TEDTalk, titled “How I Hacked Online Dating,” has almost 4.5 million views. This is because people not only find the topic interesting, but they likely have had similar, perhaps negative, experiences in online dating. Users are asked questions that, while useful, can’t encapsulate a person as …

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Things I learned at RootCon 2016

1. Persistence Pays off How did the Duter Team (representing the Philippines) win the “Capture the Packet” at the US DEFCON24 competition against teams like Squirttle Squad, Friday Bird, SEC DSM, RFC 3514, Laser Unicorn, Slipnyx77, Digrev, ATL, AOL Junkies and IP Often? Given that the other teams were far better equipped/financed while Duter Team’s resources were much meager? Visualize David versus Goliath and you get the idea. The win was the culmination of a five year effort where the first four years built up enough experience for the major win on the fifth year. While they lost in each of the past four years, their participation gave them valuable insights which included: • Using higher powered notebooks in the competition with SSDs as well. • Optimization matters - Wireshark processing was too slow …

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Schneider Electric’s Energy Efficiency Claims

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO & Chairman of Schneider Electric shared today how “megatrends” will drive a rise in energy demand. By 2050, there will be 2.5B people living in cities; industrialization will increase energy demand by 50% - while halving carbon emissions. This all translates to the need for innovations that can increase power efficiency by a factor of at least 3. The Schneider Electric CEO also shared how his company’s vision to make “Everything connected” from “Plant to Plug” will bring about a chain of efficiency to make this 3X efficiency possible. Schneider Electrics claims that targeting the unconnected buildings alone could generate efficiencies and savings of up to 82% in unrealized potential. Since every 1KW savings at the end-user side translates to 3KW of savings at the power generation side, that …

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Aruba’s Strategy: Focus on End-user Experience

Mr Dominic Orr, CEO of Aruba delivered the keynote address during their APAC Atmosphere 2016 event held at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. The event opened with a dragon dance after which Mr Orr announced its developer-ready Mobile First Platform in addition to new procurement models and partner readiness programs. The interview After the keynote, Mr. Orr sat down with us and shared that the software defined approach that Aruba is currently taking was started three years ago when Aruba saw that wireless was fast becoming the primary access for most of the world. This change demanded resiliency in the network, adaptability and configurability and led Aruba to separate the networking to a ‘stable’ part and a part that can change when you have new policies or events. When I asked about what …

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Big Data: Getting Employment Trends without DOLE Stats

I was trying to analyze labor and employment in the Philippines to look for job trends, but the DOLE’s most recent data was stale with the most recent data dated 2012. (FOI fail!) So I hunted for alternative datasets online that are ‘fresher’. Background: Companies routinely require an NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) clearance as part of the job application process. So by tracking the number of NBI clearances that were issued, we can have an “idea/sense/approximation” of how many people were applying for jobs. Fortunately NBI has published their 2015 Clearance applications statistics over at data.gov.ph. Several things are noteworthy of this NBI dataset. It is published not in PDF format but in CSV so there is no need to redo data entry. In addition, NBI dataset also provides added details like Month, …

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Using Big Data for small business loans

Business understanding: The countryside’s potential is hampered by lack of credit. Startups and small business owners that need the capital are denied access simply because they have no prior banking or credit history. With inherent risk of lending to the “unbanked” AND the fact that loan amounts are typically smaller makes it uneconomical for lending institutions to service them. Things may be changing with the advent of social media, rising mobile usage and big data analytics. Lending institutions can leverage technology to service this large but overlooked segment. Innovative lenders are enjoying success by using big data analytics and unconventional data sets to assess credit worthiness -- at a higher lending rate too – enabling companies like Kabbage to be among the top three small business lender in the US with over …

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Big data in network security management

Your company’s system administrators are smart but too technical for top management to understand. The sys ads lack training in presenting their findings. Your managers on the other hand don’t have the time to learn about packets, protocols and vectors of attacks - but they are the ones that decide on how much money is allocated for security concerns. So how can your technical department present their findings that highlight the need to invest in more security? We will use Big Data Analytics technics to bridge this gap. Security related data can come from a variety of sources. Some of which include Syslog, SNMP (simple network Management protocol) and packet capture. For this article, let us use packet capture as the data source. A packet capture tool running on a PC like Wireshark …

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Fashion retail meets Big Data

 (Part 1 of 3)   Melissa gets an interview Melissa is ushered into Bea’s office, the HR of Zara, where she starts off with the usual greeting followed by the expected: “So tell me Melissa, why should we hire you?” Melissa’s competitive advantage “I am a newly minted marketing graduate from UST.  Aside from my numerous awards (UST- Best in Thesis Award, Quezon Leadership Award, Benavides Outstanding Achievement Award, Rank 7 Outstanding Thomasian Business Students Philippine Marketing Association: AGORA Youth Awardee - Marketing School of The Year AGORA Youth Service Award Philippine Junior Marketing Association - Director for Marketing). “I intend to bring fresh ideas and apply these to help Zara increase market share and provide exceptional customer experience.” “You should know Melissa, that I hear the same thing from countless other applicants, what makes you uniquely …

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