AI: Government Ventures Into AI. The Army has enlisted artificial intelligence to help mechanics predict problems in Stryker armored vehicles before they happen. IBM’s Watson system analyzed data from the vehicles’ onboard sensors and 15 years of maintenance logs to create a comprehensive maintenance picture. Watson demonstrated its abilities on 350 Stryker vehicles during a field test that began in mid-2016. The Army is one of a handful of early AI adopters in the federal government, and several other agencies are looking into using AI, machine learning and related technologies. AI experts cite dozens of potential government uses, including cognitive chatbots that answer common questions from the public and complex AIs that search for patterns that could signal Medicaid fraud, tax cheating or criminal activity. Read more
ERP: The Coming Federal ERP Systems Battle. Across government, agencies can expect their legacy IT business systems to fall behind at an accelerating rate. Vendors are aiming many of their advances in business analytics, big data and artificial intelligence at their cloud platforms and not at on-premises systems. That approach will hit enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems hard. Chatbots, for instance, now use texting and voice in human-like, conversational formats to interface with applications. They are gaining artificial intelligence capabilities and could fundamentally change how people interact with computers. Read the rest
FLASH: A Foolish Petition to Open Source Adobe Flash. In 2020, Adobe promises us that Adobe Flash will finally be put in its grave. Thank God! But now developer Juha Lindsted wants to open-source Flash. Oh please! Not just no, but hell no! Find out more
MANAGEMENT: Active Management of Open Source Components Delivers Measurable Improvements Claims Sonatype Report. Sonatype has released their third annual State of the Software Supply Chain report concluding that when organisations actively manage the quality of open source components in software applications they see a 28% improvement in developer productivity (through reduction in manual governance), a 30% reduction in overall development costs, and a 48% increase in application quality (as application vulnerabilities are removed early reducing their incidence in production). Analysis also showed that applications built by teams utilising automated governance tools reduced the percentage of defective components by 63%. Read more
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