Posts Tagged ‘analytics’

Interview: What does a career in Big Data Geo-Analytics look like?

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Get the scoop from Chandra Sekhar Saripaka, who is a Senior Data Engineer at DataSpark.

Chandra is an experienced software engineer with more than 10 years in the IT field that included stints in major banks.

Chandra is an experienced software engineer with more than 10 years in the IT field that included stints in major banks.

An aspiring Big Data scientist should look no further than Chandra Sekhar Saripaka.

As a Senior Data Engineer with DataSpark, he was one of two speakers from the company who participated in Strata + Hadoop World 2016 in Singapore, a conference which attracted the top minds around the world working on Big Data and analytics.

Chandra spoke on how to go “from telco data to spatial-temporal intelligence APIs”, by “architecting through microservices”.

He explained in detail the production architecture at DataSpark and how it works through terabytes of spatial-temporal telco data each day in PaaS mode.

Chandra also shared with fellow data scientists attending his talk how the platform operates in SaaS mode.

Chandra’s in-depth knowledge of Big Data makes him the best person to give pointers to an aspiring IT engineer in the field.

I’ve asked Chandra to share his valuable insights on carving a career in this intensely competitive arena.

What must today’s IT worker do to get a foothold in Big Data?

Chandra: There is a paradigm shift in the way traditional software is being transformed into data-driven software.

With the rise of many small and medium startups in the market, various cloud-ready tools – in terms of storage, compute, processing and visualisation – have emerged.

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Riding the Big Data wave: Interview with Ying Shao Wei, COO, DataSpark

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Ying Shao Wei – Chief Operating Officer, DataSpark – was one of the distinguished speakers in Strata + Hadoop World Singapore to helm a session attended by fellow data scientists and C-suite leaders as he shared his insights into the analysis of “mobility as a vital sign of people and the economy”.

Strata + Hadoop World Singapore 2016 saw the congregation, in Singapore, of thought leaders in the Big Data analytics and insights arena, enabling practitioners to learn through the sharing of experiences and exchange of ideas. It also provided participants the opportunity to network for future collaboration.

Strata + Hadoop World Singapore 2016 saw the congregation, in Singapore, of thought leaders in the Big Data analytics and insights arena, enabling practitioners to learn through the sharing of experiences and exchange of ideas. It also provided participants the opportunity to network for future collaboration.

To understand more about Big Data and where it is heading, I sat down with Ying to tap his insights into the trends and prospects of Big Data in this fast-paced sector.

Big Data is the buzz word in the world of Enterprise IT. However, to the man in the street, how does Big Data affect them in their daily lives?

Ying Shao Wei: There are significant ways in which Big Data is already benefiting the man in the street.

Big Data enables the huge amount of customer feedback – through online reviews and social media – to be processed so that companies have a better chance of responding to and acting quickly upon such feedback.

So with Big Data, customers are more likely to have their preferences addressed.

When you visit an e-commerce website, you will be provided more relevant recommended products and services, thanks to recommendation systems enabled by Big Data.

Because of Big Data, I am able to see and sense my surrounding environment with better clarity than ever before.

When I use online maps to navigate or plan for a journey, I am using Big Data to save tremendous time and effort in getting from one place to another.

With Big Data, mobile subscribers are also now getting better network experiences when they use their mobile broadband connections.

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DataSpark: Setting the stage for Big Data Analytics

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

DataSpark is a Big Data company that is part of Singtel, Asia’s leading communications group. The company participated in Strata + Hadoop World 2016 in Singapore with two speakers and an exhibition booth.

Strata + Hadoop World is one of the world’s leading conference on big data, featuring some of the most progressive leaders in the industry, delving into areas that include Big Data in telecommunications and finance; smart cities and urban automation; IoT and intelligent real-time applications; data science and advanced analytics; chat, machine learning, and AI; security, governance and ethics; as well as the issues involved in becoming a data-centric company. Other topics include design, visualisation, and VR, Hadoop use cases, Hadoop internals and development, production-ready Hadoop, Spark and beyond.

Strata + Hadoop World is one of the world’s leading conferences on big data, featuring some of the most progressive leaders in the industry.

Strata + Hadoop World first came to Singapore in 2015 with DataSpark participating as an exhibitor.

The sold-out conference also featured two speakers from DataSpark covering how the telco landscape could be invigorated by using data assets to create new applications, as well as the use of telco data to monitor traffic in Singapore.

With the resounding response during the inaugural conference in Singapore, DataSpark participated again in this year’s Strata + Hadoop World 2016, as an exhibitor with a booth in the Sponsor Pavilion.

As a thought leader in its mobility intelligence, two speakers from DataSpark were also showcased in the conference.

Mobility as a vital sign of people and the economy

Ying Shao Wei, Chief Operating Officer, spoke on “mobility as a vital sign of people and the economy”.

The audience learnt how telco-enabled insights could provide deep, refreshing and actionable perspectives on the health of urban infrastructure such as road and train systems; the economy, in terms of trade activities and major tourism events; as well as the general well-being of the populace.

Ying Shao Wei, Chief Operating Officer, DataSpark, spoke on how real-time insights from DataSpark’s software help the organisers and public authorities better understand how crowds build up and disperse and detect anomalies in the flow of people, enabling a better marshalling of ground resources to ensure public safety.

Ying Shao Wei, Chief Operating Officer, DataSpark, spoke on how real-time insights from DataSpark’s software help the organisers and public authorities better understand how crowds build up and disperse and detect anomalies in the flow of people, enabling a better marshalling of ground resources to ensure public safety.

These telco-enabled insights were gleaned from the software platforms and data science engines that DataSpark has built to make sense of the interconnected world of digital devices and more than two hundred million users across Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, and Thailand.

The company has successfully applied data science methodologies and techniques, such as data mining and machine learning, to make discoveries about the interactions between users and their increasing number of devices, from mobile phones and tablets to TV set-top boxes and broadband devices.

With their expertise and developments in Big Data and analytics, DataSpark is well-positioned to ride the wave of Big Data adoption that the industry and governments are looking to embrace.

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Event: Singtel cheers for Team Singapore for SEA Games 2015

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Singtel is rallying support for Team Singapore by putting the spotlight on the people inspiring the athletes; providing 24/7 live coverage of the games; and Cheer Aggregator software to provide insights to the support from the public.

SEA Games athletes with their inspirations as well as staff from Singtel and the Singapore sports community. Photo credit: Wee Wu Neo, theneodimension.com.

SEA Games athletes with their inspirations as well as staff from Singtel and the Singapore sports community. Photo credit: Wee Wu Neo, theneodimension.com.

Singtel had earlier announced its commitment as the SEA Games’ Official Multimedia Partner, with sponsorship of over S$15 million worth of next-generation multimedia solutions and technology infrastructure.

Celebrating the Extraordinary

Singtel will shine the spotlight on our Team Singapore athletes and the people who have been their guiding lights, with a glimpse into these behind-the-scenes personalities.

Members of the public will hear the inspiring stories of the heroes behind each successful athlete.

Six Team Singapore athletes will share their stories about the people who have made personal sacrifices, and who have gone the extra mile to support them on their SEA Games quest.

Vera has nominated her physiotherapist Hwee Koon as her extraordinary person, touched by how she always takes time out to treat any injury she sustains, sometimes even long after the office has closed.

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Intel & Mitsubishi Electric collaborate to create Factory Automation Systems

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Intel and Mitsubishi Electric has announced a new collaboration to develop next-generation factory automation (FA) systems with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and a pilot program at Intel’s backend manufacturing facility in Malaysia.

“The collaboration between Mitsubishi Electric and Intel on this IoT project has enabled field data from semiconductor manufacturing lines to be collected and analyzed to improve operational performance, yet also contribute energy savings for a more sustainable society,” said Masayuki Yamamoto, group senior vice president, Factory Automation Systems, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

“The collaboration between Mitsubishi Electric and Intel on this IoT project has enabled field data from semiconductor manufacturing lines to be collected and analyzed to improve operational performance, yet also contribute energy savings for a more sustainable society,” said Masayuki Yamamoto, group senior vice president, Factory Automation Systems, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

The pilot demonstrates the benefits of IoT in a factory setting with a focus on delivering productivity enhancement through innovative functions, such as predictive failure, by combining Intel’s expertise in developing solutions for IoT and Mitsubishi Electric’s “e-F@ctory” automation capabilities.

Intel realized a savings of US$9 million over the course of the pilot.

“We believe that other manufacturers can benefit from this joint Intel-Mitsubishi Electric solution, which combines big data analysis, optimized data capture and processing to deliver improved performance and optimized maintenance,” said Yamamoto san.

“We believe that other manufacturers can benefit from this joint Intel-Mitsubishi Electric solution, which combines big data analysis, optimized data capture and processing to deliver improved performance and optimized maintenance,” said Yamamoto.

IoT and Big Data in Action

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Extreme Sailing with SAP is Easy – 세일링은 쉽다

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

The Extreme Sailing Series has just completed the races at its first venue for 2014 in Singapore. There will be seven more venues coming up before the eventual winner is decided.

멀라이언쿠기 (Merlion Cookie) was invited to be the sixth sailor on the catamaran of the SAP Extreme Sailing Team during one of the races. She shares her experience and understanding of how SAP data analytics contribute towards the rigours of extreme racing.

* All the pictures in this article were provided by Merlion Cookie. This journal is dedicated to the Korean readers out there 🙂

A day out with SAP Extreme Sailing Team

A day out with SAP Extreme Sailing Team

세일링은 쉽다. 응? 세일링이 무엇인지도 잘 몰랐던 내가 이제 세일링이 쉽다. SAP Extreme Sailing팀과 경험한 세일링은 그렇다.

“We are committed to transforming the sport of sailing globally by developing tools that help sailors optimize their performance, bring fans closer to the action and enable media and broadcasters to provide better informed commentaries,” said Stefan Lacher, head of Technology, SAP Sponsorships.

2014년 2월 20일에서 23일까지 나흘동안 싱가폴 마리나베이를 배경으로 전세계에서 온 11개 팀의 카타마란 경주를 펼치는데, 경주는 하루에도 몇 개의 라운드를 걸쳐 진행되며 결과적으로 각라운드의 점수합이 가장 높은 팀이 승리를 하게 된다.

나는 이 중 세번째 라운드 경주에 직접승선하여 바람을 가르는 세일링의 짜릿함을 온몸으로 느끼고 돌아왔다. 카타마란이 뭔지도 모랐었던 내가 어떻게 세일링과 친한게 되었을까?

우선 카타마란이 무엇인지 알아야겠다. 카타마란은 두 개 선채가 연결된 모양을 하고 있으며 그 위에 세운 돛으로 풍력을 이용하여 진행하는 배를 말한다. 즉, 돛을 세우고 바람을 받아가는 배 인 것이다.

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SAP data analytics empowers teams in Extreme Sailing Series

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

The Extreme Sailing Series is in Singapore as the first of 8 international venues for some 260 races this year. 12 teams will be vying to be leaders over four days from today till 23 February, at the Marina Bay.

I joined the SAP Extreme Sailing Team as a guest in their 40 Catamaran during one of the races on the opening day to experience the thrills and challenges of extreme sailing.

The participating multihulls racing against the backdrop of the Singapore skyline at Marina Bay, as the sun sets at the end of a successful first day. Taken with a Samsung GALAXY Note 3. Photo credit: John Tan.

The participating multihulls racing against the backdrop of the Singapore skyline at Marina Bay, as the sun sets at the end of a successful first day. Taken with a Samsung GALAXY Note 3. Photo credit: John Tan.

With things happening so fast and with so many variables changing at the same time, it is easy to see how SAP’s data analytics is an invaluable tool in helping the teams and the coaches squeeze as much performance as possible out of every race.

As in other complex competitive sports such as Formula One racing, a multitude of factors contribute to the success of a participating team.

These variables can also make it confusing and daunting for the spectator to follow and fully appreciate how the race is unfolding.

This is because there is simply too much information assaulting the brain of anyone trying to fully understand why a team they support is falling behind or why a rival is pulling ahead.

The SAP Extreme Sailing Team, with the Singapore Marina Bay Sands hotel in the background. Taken with a Samsung GALAXY Note 3. Photo credit: John Tan.

The SAP Extreme Sailing Team, with the Singapore Marina Bay Sands hotel in the background. Taken with a Samsung GALAXY Note 3. Photo credit: John Tan.

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Red Hat signs MOU with A*STAR BATC on Data Analytics Development

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

A*STAR’s Business Analytics Translational Centre (BATC) collaborates with Red Hat to Use open source solutions for data analytic applications development.

Witnesses and signing parties of the MOU collaboration between Red Hat and A*STAR’s Business Analytics Translational Centre. From L-R: Ang Wee Tiong, Director, Technology, BATC; Dr. Tan Geok Leng, Executive Director, Science & Engineering Research Council, A*STAR & Chairman, BATC Management Committee; Damien Wong, General Manager, ASEAN, Red Hat; Suresh Sachi, Deputy Managing Director (Corporate & Legal), General Counsel, A*STAR; Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat; Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources; Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director, IDA; Shankha Sen, Chief Financial Officer, Red Hat Asia Pacific.

Witnesses and signing parties of the MOU collaboration between Red Hat and A*STAR’s Business Analytics Translational Centre. From L-R: Ang Wee Tiong, Director, Technology, BATC; Dr. Tan Geok Leng, Executive Director, Science & Engineering Research Council, A*STAR & Chairman, BATC Management Committee; Damien Wong, General Manager, ASEAN, Red Hat; Suresh Sachi, Deputy Managing Director (Corporate & Legal), General Counsel, A*STAR; Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat; Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources; Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director, IDA; Shankha Sen, Chief Financial Officer, Red Hat Asia Pacific.

Red Hat, Inc., a leading provider of open source solutions, today announced plans for a new collaboration with A*STAR’s Business Analytics Translational Centre (BATC) to help accelerate innovation and drive adoption of business analytics with open source solutions from Red Hat.

“Open source has evolved to become a foundation for innovation. As technology continues to become more of a commodity, the standardization of parts can help spur more rapid innovation,” said Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat.

Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat, was present for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today in Singapore with Dr Tan Geok Leng, Chairman of BATC Management Committee and Executive Director for the Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC), A*STAR.

Red Hat will be collaborating with BATC in areas of big data, middleware, Platform-as-a-service (PaaS), cloud and storage, for the innovation and development of current and upcoming analytics projects.

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SAP HANA powers McLaren’s F1 real time race strategy

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

The Formula 1 Grand Prix is again in Singapore for the only night race in the F1 circuit.

I had the opportunity to take a peek at how SAP’s HANA in-memory computing system helps McLaren to harness the Big Data streaming in from their cars’ onboard sensors to fine-tune – in real time – the team’s race strategy.

SAP HANA provides McLaren with a dashboard for comprehensive awareness and decision making.

SAP HANA provides McLaren with a dashboard for comprehensive awareness and real time decision making during a Formula 1 race or practice.

In this digital age of high performance computing, pertinent telemetry data is constantly being captured and transmitted by on-board sensors on the car for modelling and analysis by the team management back in the control room – be it during test practices, qualification runs, or the actual race itself.

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Dell, Intel & Revolution Analytics launch Big Data Innovation Center in Singapore

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

The Big Data Innovation Center is equipped with advanced analytic infrastructure and software – to speed solutions development for Big Data market in Asia.

The changing marketplace is encouraging enterprises to harness the promise of Big Data and associated tools such as predictive analytics.

The changing marketplace is encouraging enterprises to harness the promise of Big Data and associated tools such as predictive analytics. Click to view enlarged view of the details.

The new Big Data Innovation Center is a collaborative effort by Dell, Intel and Revolution Analytics and is located in the Dell Solutions Center in Singapore.

“The global market for big data analytics is growing at a rapid pace, and businesses in Singapore are uniquely suited to capitalize on this trend,” said Laurence Liew, Managing Director of Revolution Analytics Asia-Pacific.

The center brings together expertise across all three organisations to provide extensive training programs, proof-of-concept capabilities and solution development support on big data and predictive analytic innovations for Asia market.

In a world where analytics, big data and cloud are converging, the need to manage, monitor and predict business outcomes and market readiness is also changing.

The prevalence of tablets, smart phones and social media also increase the urgency to mine intelligence from the tons of raw data

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