B23 Guest on ‘CFTC Talks’ Podcast

November 2, 2018   David Hirko from B23 was a guest on CFTC Talks Podcast to discuss data engineering and machine learning. Here’s the show in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cftc-talks/id1267337360?mt=2#episodeGuid=fb7729d109750fd06e9b1445962e73a5 Here’s the show on CFTC website: https://www.cftc.gov/Media/Podcast/index.htm

B23 COVER STORY – ANALYTICS MAGAZINE: Predictive Analytics in the Cloud: It’s all about the Data

During the 1992 Presidential election, the Clinton team coined the phrase “the economy, stupid,” as an easy way to remember one of the most important platforms of the campaign. For the cloud – and especially predictive analytics in the cloud – it’s not the economy, but the data, that makes all the difference. These days, as the cloud is making storage of enterprise data easier and more affordable for companies of any size, every business is now a data business, whether they know it or not. And that will be truer still as the Internet of Things begins to collect and contribute data to enterprise systems from nearly every household and business device or appliance. You have to assume that the volume of enterprise data will increase (possibly exponentially) every year. Most organizations already are overwhelmed with data and can’t process it fast enough. Enter the cloud. There’s a natural synergy between the cloud and analytics. The cloud allows you to scale out horizontally easily and quickly, which in turn enables you to look across silos of data to identify developing trends. Most companies that are struggling with a move to the cloud are concerned in particular with how to migrate data to this new computing environment – and that’s where they’re going wrong. New technology makes it much more practical to scratch-build their data repositories in the cloud rather than migrate data to the cloud. After that, complex data analysis can be underway in minutes rather than months (if at all). Let’s look back at the cloud, and ways to make the best use of the technology when putting predictive analytics to work on an enterprise scale. “Power Company” of the Internet Age In the past, on-premise data collection and management was limited because IT resources were finite and expensive. That has changed with the cloud. Think of it as analogous to the power company at the turn of the 20thcentury. In the late 1880s when electricity was just coming on the scene in industry, every business built its own generating capacity at great expense to the...

30 Must-Have Tools to Support DevOps

9. AUTOMATION The single most important tool for DevOps success is an automation tool that is capable of supporting a variety of technologies. Our customer base needs a complete big data stack automation tool that speeds the creation of big data clusters for hard-to-system-engineer, distributed processing applications. With this type of tool developers can gain access to a Hadoop cluster almost immediately – as opposed to the weeks or months it might take through conventional channels. This allows developers and data scientists to experiment and innovate rapidly….   http://www.devopsdigest.com/30-devops-tools-2

Information security: It takes an ecosystem

The top 10 data breaches of 2015 included government agencies, healthcare organizations, retailers and security software vendors, according to information available through the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a non-profit corporation focused on privacy issues. The well-known breach at the federalOffice of Personnel Management (OPM) affected more than 20 million individuals, revealing detailed personal data used in background checks. Even credit service provider Experian was not immune, with applicant information for one of its services hacked, potentially revealing personally identifiable information (PII) such as social security numbers and birth dates….   http://www.kmworld.com/Articles/Editorial/Features/Information-security-It-takes-an-ecosystem-109336.aspx

Big Data and Cloud Problems Are an Employment Problem

Regardless of the industry, we are finding these days all businesses are becoming data businesses. To keep up with competition, companies need to collect and analyze data, gain insight on that data and act on that insight. That’s easier said than done. At the moment, many companies can’t keep up with their data, let alone their competition. That’s not a technology problem; it’s an employee skillset problem…. http://www.devopsdigest.com/big-data-and-cloud-problems-are-an-employment-problem


Bisnow has started a series profiling interesting, yet under-the-radar tech companies in the DC region. A little-known company called B23, which was started by two of the original employees at Amazon Web Services, kicks off our series. Send other suggestions for this column to Bisnow’s tech editor, Tania Anderson…. https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc/news/tech/under-the-radar-b23-54644