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ML & Data Trends: Wrapping up 2020 and looking into 2021 & beyond

2020 brought a digitalization explosion across the world. Microsoft estimates that the first two months of the pandemic (March & April) drove two years’ worth of digitalization. Throughout the rest of the year, the pandemic accelerated a wake-up call to the markets, which had been a long time coming: every successful modern company will need to be not only a software company, but also a data company.

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1. MLOps crosses the chasm

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2. Data quality steps from the sideroom into the boardroom

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3. A unified data infrastructure and the new data layer emerges

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4. The battle of the modern data cloud (warehouse vs data lake vs lakehouse) heats up for real

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5. The rise of the data engineer



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Oliver Molander

Co-founder at Validio and early-stage tech investor at J12 Ventures. Preaching about the realities & possibilities of Data & ML.