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When a contractor begins building a new house or starts a remodel, she doesn’t just start pulling in materials to build as she goes. She starts by hiring an architect, discussing requirements with the client, and getting blueprints that will give her team a plan for the final project. In the same vein, when a developer begins a software project involving big data, before any line of code is written, they bring on a data scientist who talks with the client about business needs and goals. From there, they then build a data model.

In the software and data world, a data model is the base for which everything is built. It’s the blueprint to your data project and the bones of your software. Without a solid data model, your software or data project could be underperforming and not delivering the data analytics you need. That’s why a data model is the most important component of every software and data project.


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What are you responsible for achieving in your role and in your organization? If you are a Chief Information Officer or other IT leader, the answer to this question most likely falls somewhere between “continuous improvement for my organization” and “putting out fires.” Modernizing your legacy systems can help you achieve both at the same time IF done right. But there are two large hurdles every IT leader faces when talking about modernization: resistance to change and cost. …


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“The biggest impediment to a company’s future success is its past success,” according to Dan Schulman, CEO of PayPal. In a business environment increasingly defined by big players with the ‘move fast and break things’ mindset, enterprises will need to continually reinvent and transform themselves to remain relevant. That’s the truth behind true digital transformation and why legacy software modernization is more than an update.

In our RTS Labs 101 guide to legacy systems modernization, we walk through why you may need software modernization and the basics of how to go about modernizing software and systems.

But an update on your legacy systems and software isn’t just about choosing a more efficient architecture or ripping and replacing software. In a business environment made up of both established enterprises and digital disruptors, modernizing is about transforming your organization to meet the demands of a rapidly expanding digital environment. And with modernization on the minds of most CIOs, it’s a pressing issue. …


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Artificial intelligence has a host of applications across industries. Finance, ecommerce, and retail are some of the most obvious industries leveraging the power of data and machine learning to make better decisions and automate processes. But what about the food industry? Is there opportunity in an industry so heavily reliant on manual labor and service standards? There sure is!

AI technology is making its way into the food and beverage industry in a big way. No, your favorite restaurants will not suddenly be run by robots. But the inner workings of everything from marketing, supply chain management, and research and development may start to look a bit different. Look out, diners and foodies — they’re coming for your data! …


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How many articles have you read lately about the wonders of data and how it can transform your business? (Maybe some of them have even been ours.) The stories are true. Harnessing your data and using it intelligently can be a game changer for your business. But not if you have crappy data. Or the wrong data. Just because you’ve been collecting massive amounts of data, doesn’t mean it’s going to benefit you. Because the fact of the matter is: Not all data is created equal — some data just plain sucks.

Unfortunately, a lot of businesses don’t know that. They take on huge projects to implement business intelligence or artificial intelligence expecting great insights and end up disappointed. …


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Remember back in 2016 when the streets were filled with people on the hunt, looking through their phone for Pokémon characters? Pokémon GO was all the rage and we were all so excited that kids — and entire families — were getting out of the house and actually getting some exercise. While Pokémon GO wasn’t the first software program to use augmented reality, it was one of the first uses of AR to go mainstream in a big way. It definitely spurred the use of this emerging technology in other commercial areas.

Since then, augmented reality (AR) games have been all the rage, and AR has been making its way into industries beyond gaming. For example, Google Lens lets you augment the world around you with search, shopping, and research features. ARuler and other apps like it allow you to measure objects from your phone. IKEA Place lets you virtually place products in your space to see how they will look. You’re probably familiar with Snapchat filters — you know, the funny bunny ears or dog faces you can add to your chats? Those are AR filters. …


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Navigating a website or app is usually a pretty standard process. You head to the URL or launch the app, do what you need to do, and get on with your day. But sometimes, you’re engaged in a way that you’ve never been before. You’re surprised, delighted, or affected in some other way that gives you a giggle or even makes you love the experience. That surprise-and-delight: That’s the secret weapon to user experience and design.

When that happens, it’s very deliberate. That’s a sign of a good UX designer. UX stands for user experience, an important piece of technology design. A well-designed app, website, or software doesn’t just work. It isn’t just pretty. It elicits a response from its users that makes them love using it time and time again. Want to know more? …


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If anything tells us how far artificial intelligence has come, it’s got to be this. A few weeks ago, the White House released an executive order signed by the president establishing the “American AI Initiative.” This initiative is designed to help maintain the United States’ position as a leader in artificial intelligence by designating federal funds for research and development (R&D) initiatives, workforce training programs, and the opening of government data to research projects.

According to the executive order, “Continued American leadership in AI is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States and to shaping the global evolution of AI in a manner consistent with our Nation’s values, policies, and priorities. The Federal Government plays an important role in facilitating AI R&D, promoting the trust of the American people in the development and deployment of AI-related technologies, training a workforce capable of using AI in their occupations, and protecting the American AI technology base from attempted acquisition by strategic competitors and adversarial nations.” …


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If anything tells us how far artificial intelligence has come, it’s got to be this. A few weeks ago, the White House released an executive order signed by the president establishing the “American AI Initiative.” This initiative is designed to help maintain the United States’ position as a leader in artificial intelligence by designating federal funds for research and development (R&D) initiatives, workforce training programs, and the opening of government data to research projects.

According to the executive order, “Continued American leadership in AI is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States and to shaping the global evolution of AI in a manner consistent with our Nation’s values, policies, and priorities. The Federal Government plays an important role in facilitating AI R&D, promoting the trust of the American people in the development and deployment of AI-related technologies, training a workforce capable of using AI in their occupations, and protecting the American AI technology base from attempted acquisition by strategic competitors and adversarial nations.” …


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Remember the days of visiting the doctor before patient portals and electronic health records? There was always a wall of files in the back. When it was time to check in, the nurse would pull your file and put it in the door. The doctor would look your file over and make the appropriate notes. When it was time to check out, your file went back to the huge wall of patient files. Patient portals have brought us a long way, haven’t they?

Thanks to electronic health records (EHR) and patient portals, data and information are much more manageable (and compact). Patient portals were designed to help centralize data, make the healthcare process more efficient, and engage patients. While not every healthcare provider uses one, the use of portals is definitely on the rise. …

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