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Making big data analysis easier, IBM launches Project DataWorks

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Data analysis and Machine learning are arguably two of the most significant, rapidly developing technologies currently out there. Both of them are interconnected and are mutually inclusive to a certain extent. With a lot  of expert curated content already out there, IBM is now providing analysts with the tools they need to perform their data analysis processes. Enter Project DataWorks.

IBM has launched a brand new project that has been titled as Project DataWorks. While there are a lot of faucets to this tool, it can be summed up in a couple of lines. One, it can provide business with advanced decision making capabilities that are powered by AI, and two, the cloud-based platform will be able to integrate all sorts of data across different locations, and let you analyze them from a single dashboard.

DataWorks has been built using a wide mixture of cutting edge technologies. The end result is a first of its kind platform. IBM is basically aiming to let developers and data scientists focus on the analysis rather than spending their time on finding the relevant data and preparing it for analysis.

Speaking on the topic, Bob Picciano, Executive at IBM, said,

We are at an inflection point in the Big Data era. We know that users spend up to 80 percent of their time on data preparation, no matter the task, even when they are applying the most sophisticated AI. Project DataWorks helps transform this challenge by bringing together all data sources on one common platform, enabling users to get the data ready for insight and action, faster than ever before.

Along with Apache Spark and IBM Watson, the platform also deploys the IBM data science experience to make the process of hunting through the Petabytes, easier than ever. Simply speaking, once you integrate DataWorks with your own data libraries, it will chew up everything that is available and make it available to you via a single dashboard. The data ingestion process is pretty fast as well and IBM has mentioned speeds in excess of 100s of Gigabytes.

The Watson integrations means that the platform can aswer questions phrased in natural language. For example, you could ask the platform questions like “What has been the growth of users for this product?” A question like this may cause a severe headache for a data analyst, who may have to go through hundreds of data sets to find the answer. However, Project DataWorks has it covered.

According to Derek Schoettle, general manager of cloud data services for IBM Analytics, almost 3,000 developers are working on the Project DataWorks platform. What’s more, almost 500,000 users have been trained on the platform, while a million plus business analysts are using it through Watson Analytics.

The platform can be accessed through IBM’s Bluemix cloud platform. While the company is currently offering users the ability to pay-as-per-usage, it is also considering offering flat rate subscriptions on a monthly basis. Well, if the platform actually delivers everything that IBM promises it can, it could well change how corporations look at data analytics.


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