IBM, Watson, and Cognitive Computing

What's The Big Data?

ThinkMagReacting to 10 quarters in a row of declining revenues and the abandonment of IBM’s profit target for 2015, UBS’s Steve Milunovich asked on the Q3 earnings call about IBM’s appeal to Silicon Valley startups. Giving voice to the rising conviction on Wall Street and beyond that the answer to the “disruption” of large companies is to “focus,” Milunovich stated that “they all argue of course they are going to disrupt the large companies, that the large companies basically have to break up.”

IBM’s CEO Ginni Rometty had a two-fold answer. The new areas of “higher value”–big data analytics, the cloud, social/mobile/security–grew almost 20%. IBM’s investments and offerings in these markets appeal to startups, argued Rometty, as evident by the 3,000 applications to join the Watson ecosystem. IBM can and will deliver the type of innovative, non-traditional IT infrastructure and solutions startups typically use.

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Datakind – Data4Good in Action – Results from the Nashville DataDive‏

Data-for-Good In Action

Don’t let the picture fool you – this was us just taking a breather from all the data-for-good action going on this month! We’ve been rolling up our sleeves, busting out our laptops and doing our favorite thing of all – pro bono data projects. New long-term DataCorps projects are underway and we just finished projects with four great organizations at our recent weekend DataDive in Nashville with Teradata Cares. We then celebrated Pro Bono Week by featuring perspectives from our volunteers and nonprofit partners.Arise from your bean bag chair and read on to see just how powerful data-for-good can be.

Nashville Teradata Cares DataDive

As we often say, what goes better with honky tonk and hush puppies than machine learning and text analysis? We just got back from a boot scootin’ DataDive ahead of the Teradata PARTNERS conference in Nashville where we had the chance to bring together teams of talented volunteers from around the world with four inspiring organizations – GlobalGiving, iCouldBe, the Cultural Data Project and HURIDOCS. From tracking human rights case law in Europe to improving an online mentoring program for at-risk youth, see what these amazing DataDivers accomplished in just two days!  read more >

Celebrating Pro Bono Week

Last week DataKind joined Taproot Foundation to celebrate Pro Bono Week, a global celebration of the pro bono ethic across all professions that use their talents to make a difference. It was perfect timing for our DC and San Francisco Chapters to host their launch events as well as do pro bono consulting at local nonprofit resource fairs. We also took the opportunity to demystify what pro bono data science and the Data-for-Good movement is all about – people! Check out the first of our four-part blog series where Hannah Underwood, CEO of The Key and DataKind UK Chapter Leader, explains why she thinks pro bono data science can change the world. Share yourexperiences in the comments! read more >

See you soon! The DataKind Team

Thank you for the nice Chocolate !

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You are right, our community is a success and it should be rewarded.

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Our community is doing good, thank you for engaging with us on twitter @datasciencebe , facebook and linkedin.

Here is a short update:

  • there is a huge waiting list for our hands-on about social network analysis
  • our next meetup about IoT has already 170 participants
  • Major companies are asking us to help to publish their job vacancies
  • We have been asked to present our activities at different events – SAS- Strata/Hadoop
  • We are planning a full day Innovation Summit in March !
  • We are close to 500 members , I’ll by the beers at our next meetup if we reach 500 by then. So don’t be nice to me, invite your friends to join. Make some noice !

 

Next Tuesday there is an interesting event that could interest you: Presenting the Agoria /TMAB event about bigdata and security. Ask Katleen for our ‘datascience’ reduction

 

Life is good to us, so let’s surf this wave as if it was the last one,  let’s build this community to something sustainable.I’m looking forward to meeting you in person again soon,

 

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Seminar – TMAB / Agoria – Big Data Where is the privacy – 04.11.2014 Meise

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De ontwikkeling van Big Data en haar toepassingen zet privacy op scherp. Big Data is een realiteit waar bijzonder veel economische waarde in zit, maar Big Data voedt ook het onbehagen inzake privacy; tussen organisaties en individuen moeten we hier een goede balans in zien te creëren.
Privacy in een Big Data-tijdperk biedt nieuwe uitdagingen maar ook kansen…

Doelgroep
Dit congres wordt georganiseerd voor iedereen die te maken heeft met het verwerken van grote en ongestructureerde datasets, voor zowel IT-professionals als management.

Waarom mag u deze afspraak niet missen?

  • Een uiterst interessant conferentieprogramma met actuele onderwerpen en klantengetuigenissen
  • Big Data 2014 geeft u inzicht op deze snel veranderende markt.
  • Tijdens de pauzes en na de presentaties heeft u de mogelijkheid om te netwerken en de standen te bezoeken. Op deze standen maakt u kennis met de recentste producten & diensten.
  • Bovendien vlot bereikbaar en ruime parkeergelegenheid.

 

Agoria & TMAB kunnen u trots een uitgebreid & gevarieerd programma aanbieden op het
Big Data Congress op 4 november, met scherpe analyses en verrassende visies van volgende experts:

  • Ferdinand Casier, Business Development Manager, Agoria ICT
  • Keynote Mr Erik Valgaeren, Lawyer-Partner, Stibbe
  • Marcel Van Galen, Founder, Qiy Foundation
  • Peter Rakers, Strategist, Cropland
  • Gwellyn Daandels, Practice Director Benelux, Enterprise Information Management Cognizant
  • André De Locht, Benelux Information Integration & Master Data Management Segment, IBM
  • Tijmen Weddepohl, ‎Business Development, PEPITe
  • Paul Poelmans, Transformation Officer, Sogeti
  • Keynote closing Jo Coutuer, Public Sector Technology and Analytics – Partner, Deloitte

Case iTesla, gefinancierd door de EU, met datamining technieken op cijfergegevens van de voorbije jaren, voor opvolging van het electriciteitsnet
Wettelijke beperkingen bij data mining, BI en Big Data
Onafhankelijk Europees afsprakenstelsel voor meer privacy en meer online vertrouwen van de consument
Security – Unified Communication – e-Invoicing
Case WINTELL voor windturbines, combineert alle productie-, reliability- en weerdata voorpredictive maintenance.

Het zijn maar enkele van de onderwerpen die u er ongetwijfeld zullen interesseren.
Klik HIER voor het VOLLEDIGE PROGRAMMA

Datum: dinsdag 4 november 2014
Plaats
: Domein Terrassel Meise
Website: www.bigdatacongress.be
Deelname
: 195 EUR + BTW  (vergeet je speciale korting niet aan te vragen als lid van Brussels Data Science Community)
Bevestig uw registratie: klik HIER
Info
: Katleen De Coster, T 052 65 00 37 – katleen.decoster@tmab.be

Organisatie:
Agoria  

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Le développement de Big Data et de ses applications focalise la vie privée.
Big Data est une réalité où réside énormément de valeur économique, mais Big Data nourrit également le mécontentement en termes de vie privée; il faut trouver un bon équilibre entre les organisations et les individus. La confidentialité et l’ère du Big Data offrent des nouveaux défis mais aussi des opportunités.

Groupe cible
Ce congrès est organisé pour tout un chacun confronté avec le traitement d’ensembles de données conséquents et déstructurés, tant les professionnels de la gestion que de l’IT.

Plusieurs raisons pour ne pas rater ce congrès:

  • Un programme très intéressant avec des thèmes actuels et des témoignages de clients
  • Big Data 2014 vous donne une vue réaliste sur ce marché qui ne fait qu’évoluer.
  • Pendant les pauses et après les présentations, vous avez la possibilité de visiter les différents stands afin d’apprendre à connaître les nouveaux produits et services et de discuter avec les autres participants.
  • Non négligeable, accès aisé et facilités de parking.
  • Kroes va injecter 2,5 milliards d’euros dans les Big Data.
    Avec cet argent, Kroes entend investir dans des initiatives liées aux big data, en se focalisant spécifiquement sur la recherche et l’innovation dans les domaines de l’énergie, de la fabrication et de la santé.
    Telles étaient les informations dans les médias il y a une semaine.

Agoria et TMAB sont fiers de vous présenter un programme riche et varié au congrès Big Data le 4 novembre prochain, avec des analyses pointues et des visions surprenantes des experts suivants :

  • Ferdinand Casier, Business Development Manager, Agoria ICT
  • Keynote Mr Erik Valgaeren, Lawyer-Partner, Stibbe
  • Marcel Van Galen, Founder, Qiy Foundation
  • Peter Rakers, Strategist, Cropland
  • Gwellyn Daandels, Practice Director Benelux, Enterprise Information Management Cognizant
  • André De Locht, Benelux Information Integration & Master Data Management Segment, IBM
  • Tijmen Weddepohl, ‎Business Development, PEPITe
  • Paul Poelmans, Transformation Officer, Sogeti
  • Keynote closing Jo Coutuer, Public Sector Technology and Analytics – Partner, Deloitte

Le case iTesla, financé par l’UE, avec des techniques de datamining sur l’historique des mesures de réseau des dernières années pour le suivi du réseau européen d’électricité
Les limites juridiques dans le data mining, BI et Big Data
Un système européen indépendant de coordination pour davantage de privacy et une meilleure confiance du consommateur à l’égard du “en ligne”
Security – Unified Communication – e-Invoicing
Le case WINTELL pour les éoliennes, qui combine toutes les informations de production, de fiabilité et de données météorologiques pour une maintenance prédictive.

Ce ne sont que quelques exemples de sujets qui sans aucun doute vous intéresseront.
Cliquez ICI pour consulter le PROGRAMME COMPLET.

Date: Mardi 4 nov. 2014
Lieu: Terrassel Meise
Site webwww.bigdatacongress.be
Participation: 195 EUR + TVA (demandez votre réduction spéciale de membre Brussels Data Science Community )
Pour vous inscrire, cliquez ICI
Info: Katleen De Coster, T 052 65 00 37 – katleen.decoster@tmab.be

Organisation:
Agoria  

 

Job – P&V – Quantitative Analist ALM

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  • U beheert het kalibreren van de interne modellen wat betreft de investerings- en ALM politiek, conform de strategie die wordt beslist door de hiervoor bevoegde organen, en u levert de data aan voor de activa-portefeuilles. U werkt mee aan de transversale projecten om deze processen te automatiseren en betrouwbaar te maken.
  • U bent verantwoordelijk voor de recurrente testen en de functionele implementatietesten van de interne modellen voor het beheer van het markt- en ALM risico. U volgt hiervoor de methode en principes die beschreven zijn in de Modelpolitiek van de groep P&V. U brengt verslag aan de verantwoordelijke ALM, aan Risk Management en aan de betrokken directies.
  • U voert studies uit voor het analyseren van de optimale asset allocatie, en voor de analyse en indekking van intrest- en marktrisico in de verschillende maatschappijen van de groep binnen het kader van de bestaande Investerings- en ALM politiek.
  • U werkt mee aan de transversale rapportering en projecten in het kader van Solvency II.
  • U volgt de evolutie van de financiële markten en van de macro-economische context op. U verkrijgt kennis van en volgt de evolutie op van de reglementaire markt, en van de relevante fiscale en boekhoudkundige regelgeving met betrekking tot activa beheer, ALM beleid en financieel risk management.

 

Profiel

  • U beschikt over een Master in actuariaat en/of Wiskunde / Fysica / Toegepaste Wetenschappen.
  • U hebt 2 à 5 jaar ervaring met financiële of actuariële modellering, of in ALM.
  • U hebt een zeer goede kennis van Excel, VBA en SAS.
  • U hebt een goede kennis van de 2 landstalen en van het Engels.
  • U bent heel sterk op analytisch vlak, nauwkeurig en goed georganiseerd.
  • U werkt graag in teamverband maar bent ook zeer zelfstandig.

Wij bieden

Wij bieden een interessant salarispakket met tal van extralegale voordelen, permanente opleidingsmogelijkheden en een aangename werkomgeving (voordelig bedrijfsrestaurant, toffe en open sfeer, soepel uurrooster, groepsverzekering, hospitalisatieverzekering …)

Contactpersonen:
Hardy Christine
tel.: +32 02/250.95.35

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Job – Amandis – IT analyst Data science

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For an international company active in the R&D sector, we are looking for an IT analyst who can become the liaison between the business needs and operational development team. Technical aspects remain key in this position, along with the ability to communicate and negotiate with the business owners.

job function: Accountabilities

  • Define user requirements accurately and clearly in order to design software development that is matching customer needs
  • Perform extensive user testing and give training for the selected information systems in order to stimulate colleagues to work efficiently with the designed and proposed systems
  • Effectively consult and liaise with system stakeholders, members of the IT team and outsourcing partners in order to propose and implement solutions that are bringing value to all stakeholders
  • Conceive, design, test and maintain business process automations to bring value to the business and by ensuring integration and compatibility with the rest of the IT infrastructure
  • Provide user and support documentation, test logs and other relevant documents to facilitate release to production
  • Challenge existing business processes to discover better ways of doing business
  • Implement automated acceptance test using the most appropriate testing framework in order to minimize the manual work and error rate in test results
  • Support, consult and coach users to apply information technology in order to improve their and the organization’s effectiveness
  • Evangelize and coach end-users about software development methods.


job requirements: Competencies

  • Ability to use models as effective representations of reality (UML, DFD, Lists, mind maps, Rich Pictures, …)
  • Ability to detect, point out and clarify ambiguity
  • Ability to logically and systematically approach complex problems and effectively advocate sound solutions to complex problems
  • Knowledge of Database management systems (Cassandra, Hadoop, Redis, HBase,…)
  • Knowledge of software development with Java, JEE
  • Good knowledge of scripting languages (Perl, Groovy, Python, Ruby, …) for automated and ad hoc data handling
  • Good knowledge on software testing methods and practices
  • Knowledge and ability to apply and implement Project Management and Service Management processes. (ITIL, PMI, Scrum, …).
  • Understanding of the business’ mission, strategic imperatives and values and ability to translate them into the day to day work
  • Constantly search for customer information and feedback to ensure that current and planned work activities, products and services promote customer satisfaction and loyalty
  • Ability to implement action plans, processes and guidelines in the day to day work

Requirements

  • Masters or Bachelor degree in Information Technology or equivalent
  • Languages: Java, Ruby, Python. Knowledge of C++ will be a benefit
  • Databases and transactional systems: Oracle, SQL
  • Knowledge of Business intelligence, DWH, data science, Big data, data transformation, … are strong assets
  • Systems knowledge: Windows, Linux, Unix
  • Hardware: LAN equipment (servers, hubs, routers, etc.)
  • Experience with automated unit, integration and functional tests
  • Practical knowledge of Project Management
  • English language.


job offer:

A chance to do a data management system redesign and the opportunity to set up an entire big data system. Next to this, the international context of this organisation makes it easy to grow as a technical expert.
Amandis 

AMANDIS – GENT OFFICE
Xavier De Cocklaan 72
9831 Sint-Martens-Latem
Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)9 240 0070
info@amandis.be

Job – ING – HR Intelligence Analyst

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Are you looking for an analytical position in the heart of the organisation? 
Are you also someone who is … 
  • An excellent communicator: you have strong developed communication skills, written and spoken
  • A real team player and flexible
  • A master in translating complex matters into easy language
  • A fast learner
  • An “eagle” eye for detail
  • Able to manage stakeholders at different levels in the organisation
  • Diplomatic and discrete
  • Excellent problem-solving capabilities and superior analytical skills
  • Intellectual curiosity and creativity
  • Excellent planning skills
 
And you have as well …    
  • Minimum 3 years relevant working experience in Data Modelling or in an advisory role with corporate stakeholders
  • A relevant Masters degree in Economics, Mathematics, Engineering, …
  • Strong experience with Microsoft Excel and statistical packages (SAS, SPSS or others)
  • A natural interest in Human Resources
  • Profound knowledge of English, Dutch and French
 
… then you are our new HR Intelligence Analyst  
 
Your role …
  • Develop people metrics and dashboards
  • Support the business in the implementation of future workforce planning, co-design the process and tools.
  • Build the case for change and business assumptions (together with all stakeholders) and assure full alignment
  • HR analytics models and conduct data analysis
  • Support the HR Consultants in building maturity on the field of analytics
  • Communicate findings and recommendations in an easy way and influence leaders to take action
 
Your work environment at ING …  
ING Belgium is, as the first universal direct bank, a strong player on the Belgian market. The bank provides its customers with a wide rang of financial products and services via the distribution channel of their choice (click and face). Customers of ING Belgium are as well retail and private banking clients, as well as small, medium and large enterprises.
 
ING is a top employer and would like to stay one. Human Resources play a key role in that ambition. Only with HR experts we will succeed in building an organization where employees can excel and maximal develop. As well via its HR-teams, ING is an organization with a focus on human capital, attracting new and experienced professionals.
 
 
The HR Planning & Analytics team is a small team part of Organisational Effectiveness. Within Planning & Analytics we build maturity in the analytical capability of Human Resources by providing in depth insights and information to drive effective strategic decision making.

 

Job – Accenture – Digital & Marketing Analytics Consultant

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PAtrick Smitz - Accenture

Digital & Marketing Analytics Consultant

Job Location:Brussels

Job Number:00267178

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Job DescriptionQualifications

Schedule: Full-time

Join Accenture and help transform leading organizations and communities around the world.  The sheer scale of our capabilities and client engagements and the way we collaborate, operate and deliver value provides an unparalleled opportunity to grow and advance.  Choose Accenture, and make delivering innovative work part of your extraordinary career.

Accenture people build careers in four different areas of our business: Consulting, Technology, Operations and internal Corporate Functions.  Each area offers a unique career experience and a compelling mix of work and training opportunities, work environment and structure for career progression.

Our Department…

Accenture Digital drives high performance for our clients by enabling interactions with digital customers, channels, and markets, and applying digital technologies across the enterprise to create new value.  Leveraging our unmatched breadth and depth of digital services (cloud, mobility, analytics, interactive, social, technology and business) you’ll develop the transformational strategies and implement the new technologies that our clients need to win in the marketplace.

When you join Accenture, you will be an integral part of a forward-looking digital community as you work alongside and share ideas with a world-class, global network of 28,000+ digital professionals who innovate and develop new ways to deliver results for clients every day.

What are we looking for?

Analytics & Big Data is booming and Accenture is currently looking for outstanding Data Scientist to complete the Digital & Analytics team. Accenture strongly believes that high performance hinges on the ability to gain insights from data — insights that allow for better decision making and strengthen customer relationships. From strategy to execution, Accenture works with organizations to develop their Analytics & Digital capabilities — from accessing data onto predictive modeling and taking the appropriate business actions — to outperform the competition.

Applying Analytics to marketing and sales involves the use of advanced statistical modeling techniques across the customer lifecycle (Acquisition, Retention, Development) leading to state-of-the-art insight-driven actions.

Your Role…

 

As Digital & Marketing Analytics Consultant, you will be involved in the following key tasks:

  1. Data Modelling & Analyses
  • Execute the full data mining steps from data preparation, modelling & interpretation (data mining, predictive analytics and reporting by using advanced tools such as SAS, SPSS, KXEN or others or any related ETL tool)
  • Leverage Accenture’s international network and knowledge capital for Analytics by using proven assets and methodologies
  1. Business Insight generation – Turning insights to action
  • Engage in the delivery of customer analytics assignments for Accenture clients including business interpretation to models and turning insights into actions
  • Typically, you will be involved in segmentation projects, targeting, churn prediction, cross & up sell, retention initiatives, forecasting, optimization where you contribute to workshops/interviews bridging the gap between data analytics and business outcome
  • Provide strategic and tactical advice to clients by translating analytical solution into out-of-the-box execution recommendations addressing business objectives and impacting bottom line results
  1. Business Development
  • Participate in business development work efforts
  • Build case for analytics through need analyses and business case (quantify likely benefits)

 

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Job – UA – Research position (PhD student or postdoc) in the field of Transmission Tomography Reconstruction on GPU Architecture (m/f)

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Research position (PhD student or postdoc) in the field of Transmission Tomography Reconstruction on GPU Architecture (m/f)

Description:

The Vision Lab at the University of Antwerp (http://www.visielab.ua.ac.be/) has an open position for a PhD student/postdoc to work on image reconstruction in X-ray tomography for scanning of food. Tomography is an image reconstruction technique that leans strongly on large-scale numerical mathematics, particularly linear algebra. It has a wide range of applications in medicine (CT-scans), industry (nondestructive testing) and science (3D imaging of nanomaterials). This project focuses on the development of new computational techniques for combining image reconstruction and segmentation in a single step. Compared to the state-of-the-art, such methods are expected to yield far more accurate segmented reconstructions.
The current position involves the development of GPU based computed tomography algorithms for Metrology applications.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants need tο hаνе a M.Sc. degree іn thе fields οf physics, engineering οr computer science.
  • Gοοd communication skills аnd ехсеllеnt English аrе requested.
  • Expertise іn thе following field іѕ desirable: GPU programming (CUDA), C/C++ programming, image processing οr image reconstruction οr medical imaging.
  • Sοmе others skills wіll bе appreciated bυt nοt required: tomographic reconstruction, Python programming, аnd Monte Carlo simulation.

Labs involved:

The Vision Lab is a research group of the physics department at the University of Antwerp. The Vision Lab has unique expertise in the development of algorithms for reconstruction, processing and analysis of tomographic imaging data. Application domains are X-ray Computed Tomography (CT), SPECT and Electron Tomography. The working environment is strongly interdisciplinary, combining techniques and insights from Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science. The group has a broad range of national and international collaborations with both academic and industrial partners. Recent iMinds – Vision Lab publications on tomography can be found on http://www.visielab.ua.ac.be/research/tomography.

Our offer:

  • An exciting research trajectory towards a PhD
  • Multidisciplinary research: cooperation with excellent academic research groups and industrial partners
  • a world-class research environment with state-of-the-art instrumentation
  • Starting date: As soon as possible

Applications:

Interested candidates are invited to send

  • A motivation letter
  • A detailed CV (including followed courses, honours, grades, previous work, publications, …)
  • Contact info of at least two references

to both: Dr. Jan De Beenhouwer (jan.debeenhouwer@uantwerpen.be) and Prof. Dr. Jan Sijbers (jan.sijbers@uantwerpen.be)

Job – Stepstone – Part-Time Junior Linguist for Semantic Search (French/German)

Your responsibilities

Responsible for the quality of French or German linguistic resources (taxonomies, dictionaries, grammars)

Our requirements

  • Degree in Linguistics, Translation or Computational Linguistics (recent graduates are welcome to apply)
  • Experience with applying concepts from morphology, syntax and semantics to data
  • Native French or German speaker. You speak and write fluently in English (working language).
  • Comfortable working with data-oriented software applications (databases, spreadsheets etc.)
  • Quality-focused and detail-oriented
  • Able to work without day-to-day supervision
  • For home-working a reliable Internet connection is a must and you must be available to travel to meetings to one of our offices every two weeks

Interested?

Here is the link

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