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Today’s applications are central to decision-making at all levels of society – whether it’s helping municipal governments monitor critical infrastructure using smart sensor data, or helping consumers find the nearest store to buy their favorite brand of cereal. The New Builders podcast features interviews with the innovators behind these apps, in which they reveal their best practices, latest projects and favorite tools.
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Jul 28, 2016

Dustin Kirkland (@dustinkirkland), Ubuntu Product and Strategy, Canonical Ltd. joins the New Builders podcast to talk about Canonical's mission to bring "Ubuntu everywhere," and how the pervasive OS can now be found on IoT devices, in the cloud and on IBM mainframes. The conversation covers the gamut of open source, cloud and data topics, including: the increasingly converged ecosystem of open source communities and Ubuntu's place in it (5:51); how Canonical is playing a leading role in container management (7:46); the Ubuntu Juju tool and how it simplifies microservices (16:02); how machine learning is becoming the new must-have technology (24:16); and how Big Software is democratizing technology access for developers (27:47).

The New Builders podcast listeners can obtain special discounts for the upcoming CloudNativeDay (Toronto, Aug. 25) and CloudNativeCon (Seattle, Nov. 8-9) events:

  • For a discounted CloudNativeDay pass, register here with code CND16IBMDW.
  • For a discounted CloudNativeCon pass, register here with code CNC16IBMDW.

You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com).

The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

Jul 14, 2016

As the CTO of LodgIQ, Somnath Banerjee is bringing dynamic data science and machine learning to an industry that understands the importance of data to their business, but often uses manual practices to collect and analyze this information - the hospitality industry.

Many of the factors that go into determining a hotel room rate - whether there's a major event nearby, flight costs, weather conditions, what competitors are charging - are constantly in flux. It's impossible to keep up through manual rate shopping and following static competitor intelligence reports.

In this episode of The New Builders, Somnath explains how LodgIQ applies data science and machine learning to enable more intelligent revenue management (6:55), the types of data that have the most influence on room rates (8:17), the role of Apache® Spark™ and Python in the LodgIQ platform (11:05), why LodgIQ built its data layer using a relational database and a MongoDB NoSQL database (13:08), how reviews on Yelp can predict whether a guest will stay again (15:44), and how elastic computing enables hotels of any size to deploy machine learning (21:52).

The New Builders podcast listeners can obtain special discounts for the upcoming CloudNativeDay (Toronto, Aug. 25) and CloudNativeCon (Seattle, Nov. 8-9) events:

  • For a discounted CloudNativeDay pass, register here with code CND16IBMDW.
  • For a discounted CloudNativeCon pass, register here with code CNC16IBMDW.

You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com).

The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

Jul 7, 2016

Graphs are taking the database world by storm, thanks to accessible open source tools like Apache TinkerPop and Gremlin. IBM Master Inventor Alaa Mahmoud (@alaa_mahmoud) joins Episode 12 of The New Builders Podcast to share how his team used TinkerPop to deploy a fully fledged enterprise graph service on the cloud: IBM Graph.

Alaa discusses what separates graph databases from other NoSQL data stores (6:00), how graph databases can be used for both OLAP and OLTP systems (7:38), how graphs work with other technologies to build smarter applications (12:10), the skill sets developers should have (or be prepared to learn) when picking up a graph DB (14:30), the merits and challenges in bringing open source technology into an enterprise cloud service (16:28) and much more!

Developers can sign up for the free beta version of IBM Graph today by heading over to ibm.biz/graphbeta.

You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com).

The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

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