Article: Microsoft Build and the Hidden Benefits of Open Source

Innovation, Open Source, Open Space

Microsoft Build and the Hidden Benefits of Open Source

At Microsoft Build 2021, I was struck by how different the company was from when I first started covering it in 1994 during the ramp up to Windows 95.  Back then, Microsoft, just like Apple and IBM, was particularly proprietary and fiercely competitive.

But in the early 2000s, Microsoft started to change its external behavior. Instead of challenging interoperability, they embraced it. Instead of challenging open source and Linux, they became one of the biggest advocates. And last week at Microsoft Build, it was clear that this has also had a positive impact on the company.  Microsoft is a company folks want to work in tech.

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Article: Why A.I. needs to be open to all

API, Open Infrastructure

Why A.I. needs to be open to all

Businesses of all sizes across different sectors are exploring or deploying Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) today more than ever before. This is game-changing for companies, as they look to leverage automation, natural language processing, data-driven decision-making, and a host of other capabilities. They are using A.I. to drive enhanced customer experience, complement their knowledge workers, boost innovation, and become truly agile. In the Covid-19 era, A.I. has had a crucial role to play in improving business resiliency and continuity besides powering personalized customer service.

However, successful A.I. adoption is dependent on a few factors such as moving A.I. from prototype to scale and the availability of skilled talent. To realize A.I. at scale, it needs to be portable across clouds and not restricted to the tech platforms on which the prototype was built.

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Article: The Five Ways To Build Machine Learning Models

Free, Language, Libre, Open Data, Open Software

The Five Ways To Build Machine Learning Models

Machine learning is powering most of the recent advancements in AI, including computer vision, natural language processing, predictive analytics, autonomous systems, and a wide range of applications. Machine learning systems are core to enabling each of these seven patterns of AI.

In order to move up the data value chain from the information level  to the knowledge level, we need to apply machine learning that will enable systems to identify patterns in data and learn from those patterns to apply to new, never before seen data. Machine learning is not all of AI, but it is a big part of it.

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Article: Why AWS Could Own the Future of Quantum Computing

Hardware, Open Manufacturing

Why AWS Could Own the Future of Quantum Computing

We often talk about future leadership in quantum computing by way of hardware innovation but if (or when) the technology suddenly takes off, the real differentiator will be accessibility and service. That might take an approach that is multi-platform with a defined pricing, support, and security model and while quantum startups can handle physics, building global front-end services is a different ballgame.

Amazon Web Services already knows how this story goes from its experiences building a multi-platform mega-platform for machine learning and expects the same lessons could carry forward for early quantum computing.

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Article: Integrating open data, open source, cloud drives efficiency

Open Data, Open Governance, Standards

Integrating open data, open source, cloud drives efficiency

Better integration of three of the federal government’s main strategies — use of cloud, open source software (OSS) and open data – would collectively benefit their progress, a new report found.

“Integrating strategies around open government data, OSS, and cloud computing will help make government information more available to the American public, ensure that government decisions are driven by evidence, and increase the efficiency and lower the costs of government operations,” according to “Aligning Open Data, Open Source, and Hybrid Cloud Adoption in Government,” a report the IBM Center for The Business of Government released May 5 in collaboration with the Center for Open Data Enterprise.

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Article: Why Istio is winning the open source service mesh race [Q&A]

API, Open Infrastructure, Spectrum

Why Istio is winning the open source service mesh race [Q&A]

In recent years the use of microservices has helped to streamline development processes. But there’s still an issue with managing communication between services. Service mesh is a technology that adds uniform networking capabilities right across the program stack but is decoupled from the application code itself.

There are a number of competing options available to implement service mesh. We spoke to Lin Sun, director of open source at Solo.io to find out why she believes the IBM/Google open source project, Istio is the clear winner.

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Article: How Open-Source Projects Help Companies Scale

Free, Libre, Open Software

How Open-Source Projects Help Companies Scale

According to a recent survey, companies that use databases as a service have grown to 45%. Interestingly, half of the large companies employ more than one open-source database service.

Open-source projects such as Linux or Kubernetes come once in a decade and change the course of industries. Open-source software has launched many billion-dollar ventures. Open-source enables developers around the world to collaborate on a common goal. Benefits of the open-source market.

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Article: You Don’t Have To Be A Rocket (Or Quantum) Scientist To Design A Quantum Computer Chip Using IBM’s New Tool Called Qiskit Metal

Design, Materials, Open Manufacturing, Open Space

You Don’t Have To Be A Rocket (Or Quantum) Scientist To Design A Quantum Computer Chip Using IBM’s New Tool Called Qiskit Metal

Intuitively, almost everyone can appreciate how difficult and knowledge-intensive it is to design, develop, analyze, and simulate a quantum computer chip. Without years of education and training, it seems almost impossible to create such a complicated device. Until recently, even experienced researchers needed weeks or even months to design a simple quantum chip from start to finish.

After an initial soft launch in late 2020, IBM officially released its new open-source design automation software Qiskit Metal in March 2021.  Qiskit Metal is the first software to automate the design of superconducting devices. IBM is looking at eventually expanding its use from superconducting to other quantum technologies as well.

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Article: IBM, Red Hat and Cobuilder Develop OpenBuilt, a Platform for the Construction Industry

Hardware, Materials, Open Manufacturing

IBM, Red Hat and Cobuilder Develop OpenBuilt, a Platform for the Construction Industry

IBM, Red Hat and Cobuilder recently announced a collaboration to develop OpenBuilt, a platform for the construction industry supply chains built on the hybrid cloud platform Red Hat OpenShift and running on IBM Cloud.

OpenBuilt is designed with the goal to allow companies across the construction industry, architects, building material suppliers, manufacturers and engineering firms to connect their technology platforms to partners and suppliers in their supply chain relying on a common cloud platform and infrastructure. Using OpenBuilt, construction companies will then have access to different applications and services from technology providers.

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Article: Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Market to Cross $20 Bn by 2027; Global Market Insights, Inc.

Access, Innovation, Open Governance, Open Source, Open Space, Standards

Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Market to Cross $20 Bn by 2027; Global Market Insights, Inc.

Global Market Insights Inc. has recently added a new report on the open source intelligence market which estimates the market valuation for OSINT will cross US $20 billion by 2027. Increasing availability of open-source data, coupled with rising cyber threats, terrorism, and other illegal practices, is likely to drive the industry’s growth.

The growing adoption of open source intelligence among multiple organizations and the surge in demand for cloud-based OSINT among SMEs will drive the growth of the market. In addition, the increase in the need for OSINT by various industries to gain valuable insights for business decisions will fuel the growth of the open-source intelligence market. Social media analytics and text analytics will provide major opportunities for the expansion of the market in the future.

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