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H2O.ai Promises ‘Driverless AI’ to Help Organizations Harness their Data

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Software is eating the world. Data is the new driver of value. And Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the key drivers of digital transformation. Most enterprise leaders would undoubtedly agree with each of these three statements and that they need to be transforming their organizations accordingly. But when it comes to harnessing their data and turning it into actionable and value-driving insights, these same leaders are running headlong into a significant challenge: there just are not enough data scientists to go around.

H2O.ai wants to help organizations overcome this challenge and close this gap with what it calls its Driverless AI solution. The company provides an open source cognitive platform that works with data in-place and which offers both a flexible interface (allowing development in MapR, Python, etc.) and integration with big data frameworks such as Hadoop and Spark. Moreover, their platform is GPU-enabled, allowing organizations to leverage these specialized processors for increased performance.

The company’s real innovation, however, goes beyond enterprise scalability and performance to help organizations overcome the skills gap by automating the creation and maintenance of machine learning models. For organizations with data scientists on staff, this enables them to be more productive, letting the platform do a lot of the routine work — sort of like a pilot turning on autopilot while in the air. For organizations without a staff of data scientists, however, they can go completely ‘driverless’ and effectively get what the company calls a ‘data scientist in a box.’

As the company sees it, every organization is collecting a lot of data — but they don’t know what to do with it. It believes that with Driverless AI they can feed their data in and let it come up with insights for them. As organizations continue to find their way in this new data-fueled and AI-powered world, it could be a compelling approach.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).