Top 5 Reasons I’m excited about #SAPAribaLive!

I’m delighted to be attending SAP Ariba Live as a Cloud Influencer on 4th to 6th June in Barcelona. In case you missed it, it looks an extremely exciting conference with amazing conference. I’m going because it aligns with my interests in a number of key ways and I’m going to point you to a few of my must-dos for the conference. The theme of ethics, diversity and leadership is present in many sessions, which is something I’m passionate about! Also, there are many great conference sessions, and I’m excited about learning a lot of new things.

SAP Ariba have invited Amal Clooney to give the keynote and I cannot wait to hear how she believes businesses can make things better for human rights through ethics and leadership. Make sure you’re in the audience when human rights lawyer, professor, and international law expert Amal Clooney gives the keynote address, sharing her perspective on how businesses can promote human rights. I believe that businesses can do so much more than think about profits and I believe in the triple-bottom-line for my own company and I do think about the full cost of doing business, including ethics, environment and social responsibility. There is a good mix of male and female speakers and that’s a sign that the conference is welcoming. Having run conferences myself, I believe that a good mixed audience brings about a better atmosphere since people try harder, and it gives the conference a good ‘feel’.

Following on from that point, there is also a Diversity and Leadership Forum on the topic of ‘Creating Balanced Leadership’ and I’m looking forward to it immensely. I’m glad that it has a mix of male and female panelists because people often assume that diversity just means women, but it does not. Diversity means everybody; we all have diversity in common. I am looking forward to learning a lot during this session.

I am definitely attending a session with Yves Mulkers, whom I admire greatly. I was lucky enough to meet Yves very briefly in Belgium a few years ago. I’ve been learning from Yves for a long time on social media, and I think he has a lot of good things to say on many topics.

There is an interesting session entitled ‘Mind Your Bias and Shift from Advocacy to Action‘ with Etosha Thurman, Head of Global Business Network at SAP Ariba. I think that this sounds a thought-provoking session and I’m looking forward to it. I think it sounds a good investment of time since it will provide insights on building and maintaining better teams.

I’m interested to learn more about how artificial intelligence can drive service and procurement business processes with conversational Artificial Intelligence solutions such as chatbots and voice assistants. This is a very forward-thinking topic and I am keen to learn about how SAP Ariba solutions and chatbots can help manage procurement processes.

On the way back home from Belgium this evening, I was reading a book about Adlerian psychology, and I was focusing on a part that discussed how we can’t let our pasts dictate our future. Then, going through the SAP Ariba agenda, I find this topic: Don’t Let the Past Dictate Your Future: Transform the Procurement Mind-Set and I’m sure it was meant just for me! I am interested in digital transformation and I think that this is a key session.

There are many other great sessions to choose from, but these topics are personal highlights for me. If you’re attending SAP Ariba Live, which sessions will you attend? Leave a note in the comments! On Thursday 6th June, the focus is on The Agile and Intelligent Enterprise, and I’m interested in understanding more how businesses can adapt to master and be successful in an era of massive disruption with changes in society, politics, economy, environment, and technology. Organizations must be agile to adapt and take advantage of technologies to future proof the business and become an intelligent enterprise, and I think that there will be lots of great learning and conversation on this topic. There are different types of breakouts for different learning and engagement styles, so you can have a browse here.

See you there! I’m excited to meet other Cloud Influencer such as Ronald van Loom. Here is the full list below!

SAPAriba Jen Stirrup

#MSBuild Azure Open Datasets

Nearly three years ago, I complained bitterly about the demise of Windows Datamarket, which aimed to provide free, stock datasets for any and every purpose. I was a huge fan of the date dimension and  the geography dimension, since they really helped me to get started with data warehousing.

So I’m glad to say that the concept is back, revamped and rebuilt for the data scientists today. Azure Open Datasets will be useful to anyone who wants data for any reason: perhaps for learning, for demos, for improving machine learning accuracy, perhaps.

The purpose of Azure Open Datasets is to save data scientists time and increase productivity by saving the time normally spent on both data discovery and
preparation.

Azure Open Datasets is available in preview, so why not take a look? Datasets are cohosted with cloud compute in Azure making access and manipulation easier. They are contained in Notebooks, which is even better!

To learn more, join my Build session on Wednesday 8th May at 2pm in the Sheraton Grand Ballroom D. I’ll show you how it works.

Please head over and give it a try. I’m happy to see the concept is back.

#MSBuild Announcements: Making your AI Easier with updates to Azure Machine Learning, #MLOps, or #DevOps for Machine Learning

I’ve been using Azure Machine Learning for some time, and I’m excited about the new possibilities with the new updates to Azure Machine Learning to make it easier for AI novices to build, train and deploy machine learning models. I believe in the power of AI, and I believe that everyone should get a chance to use it.

Microsoft are helping businesses to have easy access to AI, from conception to modelling through to business value creation and sustainability by making it production-ready. Azure Machine Learning helps data scientists and developers build and train AI models faster, then easily deploy those models to the cloud or the edge. By simplifying AI, it makes it easier to derisk to get started with it.

Microsoft have announced a new automated machine learning user interface which is zero-cde, meaning that you create your models visually by dragging and dropping. I’m also pleased to be delivering a Build session on Wednesday at 2pm, where I get to show off the new machine learning notebooks for code-first model development.

Right now, these capabilities are available in preview, so why not head over and have a play?

There are also new capabilities to help you to transition your models to production, at scale. New MLOps, or DevOps for Machine Learning capabilities, simplifies the end-to-end lifecycle from model creation to deployment. In order to help make AI easier for the business to manage, it’s also possible to monitor it with Azure DevOps integration. If you want to know more about MLOps, check out this video with Seth Juarez (Twitter), who is fantastic at explaining things and the video is well worth checking out.

At Build, it was also announced that there is now high-speed inferencing from cloud to edge. This enables low-latency and lowcost inferencing with the general availability of hardware-accelerated models that run on FGPAs in Azure. This capability is also available in preview in Data Box edge. ONNX Runtime support for  NVIDIA TensorRT and Intel nGraph enables high-speed inferencing on NVIDIA and Intel chipsets.

To summarise, Microsoft are helping businesses to have easy access to AI, from conception to modelling through to business value creation and sustainability by making it production-ready. Azure Machine Learning helps data scientists and developers build and train AI models faster, then easily deploy those models to the cloud or the edge.
The updates in Azure Machine Learning are all currently available.

European Data Science & AI Awards 2019 Entry details

The European DatSci & AI Awards in collaboration with the BDVA & CeADAR are now accepting entries! 

 I’m delighted to announce that I am on the Judging Panel this year, along with people that I admire.

10 Awards to compete in The European DatSci _ AI Awards 2019

The Awards recognizes the gold standard for Data Science & AI in Industry, Education and Social Responsibility and connects the Data Science community across Europe.

The competition is open teams and individuals within the Data Science and AI community from across Europe.

Entry deadline for the competition is on the 24th May 2019.The competition is free to enter, so check out the criteria here and feel free to share. If you are interested in learning more sign up to the DatSci mailing list.

Check out the 2019 Categories

  • Data Scientist of the Year
  • Data Science Technology Innovation of the Year
  • Best Application of AI of the Year
  • Best use of Data Science/AI for Customer Experience
  • Best use of Data Science/AI for Health & Wellbeing
  • Best use of Data Science/AI for Industry 4.0
  • Best use of Data Science in SME/Start Up
  • Best use of Data to Achieve Social Impact
  • Best technical advance in the field of Data Science/AI from a research organisation either in academia or industry
  • Data Science Student of the Year

Important dates for this year’s Awards: 

  • March 2019 – 24th May 2019: Entry window open
  • June 2019: Judging & Finalists selected
  • July 2019 – Finalists announced
  • w/c 22nd July 2019: Finalists presentations
  • 5th September 2019: Awards Day & Winners announced

Business Analytics MSc Scholarship Available: 
A central initiative of the European DatSci & AI Awards is paying it forward to the next generation of Data Science Talent, each year proceeds of ticket sales fund a Scholarship for full-time fees for a Level 9 MSc Business Analytics Student at UCD Smurfit School, Dublin. Check out details here. 

Good luck!

10 Awards to compete in The European DatSci _ AI Awards 2019