BigML News, Issue #24, January 2017
BigML - Machine learning made easy
2016 has proven a whirlwind year for BigML with substantial growth in users, customers and the team riding on the realization by businesses and experts that Machine Learning has transformational power in the new economy where data is in abundance but actionable insights have not been able to keep pace with improvements in storage, computational power and lowered costs. Please read below to discover what made 2016 a special year for BigML.
 
Releases and Product Updates
 
In 2016, BigML users were greeted by many new capabilities that they were asking for. As a result, the platform is now more mature and versatile than ever. Logistic Regression (Summer 2016 Release) and Topic Modeling (Fall 2016 Release) techniques beefed up existing supervised and unsupervised learning resources, while Workflow Automation with WhizzML (Spring 2016 Release) gave the platform a whole new dimension that can deliver huge productivity boosts to any analytics team in the form of reduced solution maintenance and mitigated model management risks. Aside from those, we made many smaller but noteworthy improvements to the toolset including but not limited to: ScriptifyObjective-C bindingsSwift SDK and BigML for Alexa.

 
Events, Certifications and Awards 

2016 has seen BigML being represented at many industry events around the world with flattering reception, such as 4YFN 2016Machine Learning PraguePAPIs 2016 and PAPIs ConnectLegal Management ForumIEEE Rock Stars of Emerging TechWIREDMobey DayData Wrangling Automation, among others. Additionally, after conducting the Second Valencian Summer School in Machine Learning, BigML gave its first Brazilian Summer School in Machine Learning in São Paulo, and joined forces with CICE in Madrid to take its educational efforts to the next level to capitalize on the great hunger for Machine Learning from developers, analysts and scientists. 

Most notably, we have created a new and very hands-on BigML Certification program that teaches participants how to solve practical real-life Machine Learning problems.

Although the biggest award for us are the compliments we receive from our users and customers, in 2016, we were also pleased to be recognized by DIA Barcelona and Zapier for best advanced analytics for insurance companies and BigML for Google Sheets respectively.
 

Popular Posts of 2016

Some of the Machine Learning veterans on our team, also were able to make time in sharing their career experiences over multiple posts that were well-received. For reprise, here is a good selection to revisit for those who would like to gain new perspectives on the current market landscape and what has worked in real life situations right from the horses mouth.
Looking Forward to 2017

Now that the awareness of Machine Learning in general, and cloud-born Machine Learning platforms in particular, have reached a critical threshold, our go-to-market strategy will double up on communicating positive examples to the entire community. In 2017, we intend to intensify our educational efforts that promote learning by doing, while expanding the breadth and depth of capabilities to enable Agile Machine Learning at any organization in any industry.

A big part of this will manifest itself through our active participation in technology events, such as FiturtechY in Madrid, Spain; Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing in Portland, Oregon, US; or 4YFN, in Barcelona, Spain, among many others to come in 2017. We will also celebrate the usual Machine Learning Schools and events organized or co-organized by BigML, like PAPIs 2017 and PAPIs Connect, the third edition of our Machine Learning Summer School in Valencia, Spain; the second edition of the Machine Learning School in São Paulo, Brazil, and a few more ML Schools spread around the world that will be announced later in the year. 

Additionally, we are preparing a business-oriented event for the second quarter of the year in Madrid, Spain, and we also intend to put together the first BigML User Conference. So stay tuned for further event updates!
 

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