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Big Data & Machine Learning Juggernaut - I

Anil Vishnu Vaidya

Author: Anil Vishnu Vaidya

Date: Wed, 2018-06-13 14:15

Its phenomenal today that Machine Learning is taking a pole position almost in every arena. In the past couple of years it is becoming more and more apparent that all of us will some way experience machine learning capabilities or facets through usage of digital media. The ‘Clouds’ are coming in full strength offering services that have embedded the machine learning component. The likes of Microsoft and Google and Amazon are advocating use of ML in every way.

The most fascinating feature is the interplay amongst the desktop operating systems, programming languages, the Big Data and Machine learning. The landscape of the computer world is transforming to a completely new age, new era requiring newer specialists. It is vital that one recognizes the juggernaut that is coming our way. The businesses and the individuals alike have the start not only understanding significance but also imbibe newer ways of working in the field.

Its an astonishing fact the ‘Clouds’ are taking new avatars very very quickly, it’s a dancing landscape that the users and consumers are going to look at. As an instance just see the rise of Big Data and the tools required to make meaning out of it. There is tonnes of data getting created and with the skyrocketing deployment of IOT the Big Data is also ballooning. We will need different tooling to handle and manage such a tidal wave, more important we need expertise that we never had earlier to cope with it. The business graduates and engineers alike have to brace themselves for this new impact and move forward real quick. If not they are going to be left behind with no clue what hit them.

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I agree that machine learning and big data is gaining ground rapidly and will change the IT landscape in near future but don’t agree completely that it will make most of current IT workforce irrelevant. There will be still huge workforce required to maintain the traditional IT landscape. This revolution, similar to smart phone revolution few years back, will be enhancing the scope of IT to almost every field of real life. This revolution will also increase the size of IT landscape. Inclusion of IOT and big data technologies should be taken as opportunity since increased size of IT landscape will require more workforce to manage it. The basic Information Technology skills like hardware and operating system management, virtualization, databases and network management etc. will still be relevant for managing major part of IT landscape. Addition of IOT device management skills in their skill set will keep them relevant in changed scenario. The IT community which will be widely affected is developer’s community. Till now developers don’t think much about where do their codes will be executed? With invent of IOT, developers have to consider the characteristics of IOT device and incorporate it in their coding. IOT devices are going to be placed outside data canters. They may become soft target for hackers and security threat to complete IT landscape. Managing security of IOT devices will be major challenge for security administrators and developers. Security Administrators will need to develop skills to manage security of these devices spread across wide geography and developers need to include security controls in their coding to make it safe and secure.

I agree that machine learning and big data is gaining ground rapidly and will change the IT landscape in near future but don’t agree completely that it will make most of current IT workforce irrelevant. There will be still huge workforce required to maintain the traditional IT landscape. This revolution, similar to smart phone revolution few years back, will be enhancing the scope of IT to almost every field of real life. This revolution will also increase the size of IT landscape. Inclusion of IOT and big data technologies should be taken as opportunity since increased size of IT landscape will require more workforce to manage it. The basic Information Technology skills like hardware and operating system management, virtualization, databases and network management etc. will still be relevant for managing major part of IT landscape. Addition of IOT device management skill in their skill set will keep them relevant in changed scenario. The IT community which will be widely affected is developer’s community. Till now developers don’t think much about where do their codes will be executed? With invent of IOT, developers have to consider the characteristics of IOT device and incorporate it in their coding. IOT devices are going to be placed outside data canters. They may become soft target for hackers and security threat to complete IT landscape. Managing security of IOT devices will be major challenge for security administrators and developers. Security Administrators will need to develop skills to manage security of these devices spread across wide geography and developers need to include security controls in their coding to make it safe and secure.

I enjoyed a lot reading this article sir. It throws light on a very important aspect of the business world. Technology is not an enabler anymore. It is changing its role to a controller. Machines are learning fast and giving solutions within seconds. Businesses are implementing these to gain a strategic advantage. As graduates from a Business school, we need to have knowledge about the systems that are controlling decisions having a business impact at various phases. Only then we will be able to understand problems better and act on them. The rise of IOT looks like a recent phenomenon but I got perplexed seeing the progress companies have made in this field. IOT is collecting our previous thoughts and actions together, processing the data and suggesting future actions. It is collecting health data, shopping data, personal income and expenses data every second and storing it. Google, Amazon, Microsoft and numerous startups are in this race to up their game in this field. They are coming with various products and integrations. Google's AI has clearly mentioned in their vision statement that AI will have the greatest impact when everyone can access it, and when it’s built with everyone’s benefit in mind. Microsoft believes that when designed with people at the centre, AI can extend your capabilities, free you up for more creative and strategic endeavours, and help you or your organization achieve more. Two important breakthroughs led to the emergence of Machine Learning as the vehicle which is driving AI development forward with the speed it currently has. One of these was the realization – credited to Arthur Samuel in 1959 – that rather than teaching computers everything they need to know about the world and how to carry out tasks, it might be possible to teach them to learn for themselves. The second, more recently, was the emergence of the internet, and the huge increase in the amount of digital information being generated, stored and made available for analysis. It is imperative for each one of us to keep an eye on these emerging technologies. I agree with sir on the impending need to work to create expertise and workforce to handle the waves of AI and Cloud computing.

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