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5 easy ways to run an LLM locally

InfoWorld

Chatbots like ChatGPT , Claude.ai , and phind can be quite helpful, but you might not always want your questions or sensitive data handled by an external application. That's especially true on platforms where your interactions may be reviewed by humans and otherwise used to help train future models. One solution is to download a large language model (LLM) and run it on your own machine.

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Henkel embraces gen AI as enabler and strategic disruptor

CIO

Four years ago, German multinational Henkel found itself at a crossroads. Like many incumbents in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, Henkel was slow to embrace digital technologies, resulting in a widening disconnect between the 147-year-old company and the changing needs of its customers. As Henkel CDIO Michael Nilles puts it, by 2019, Marc Andreessen’s pronouncement that “software is eating the world” had come true for the CPG sector, and Henkel was at risk of falling behind.

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Cellular Automata Using Rust: Part III

Xebia

In the second post of this three-part series, we explored entity-component-system (ECS) architecture and built a static user interface with Bevy. In this post, the finale of the three-part series, we implement the numerous systems that together drive the evolution of our elementary cellular automaton and support user interaction via the keyboard and mouse.

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4 ways to ensure CEO support for your digital strategy

CIO

In the age of digital transformation, the CIO’s role is increasingly central to business, focused on driving growth and establishing a new digital culture across the organization. But without the full support of the CEO, a CIO’s innovation and digital transformation agenda will only go so far. If the CEO doesn’t understand how the CIO role is evolving, or the CIO isn’t ready to make the leap to being a business leader in the C-suite, a company’s ability to innovate in a competitive and challengi

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Top 5 Challenges in Designing a Data Warehouse for Multi-Tenant Analytics

Multi-tenant architecture allows software vendors to realize tremendous efficiencies by maintaining a single application stack instead of separate database instances while meeting data privacy needs. When you use a data warehouse to power your multi-tenant analytics, the proper approach is vital. Multi-tenant analytics is NOT the primary use case with traditional data warehouses, causing data security challenges.

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The Shift Beyond the Hype: Transitioning from Vanity Metrics to Authentic Business Objectives

Xebia

Introduction Among the sea of metrics, vanity numbers have often taken the spotlight, leaving many organizations lost in a world of misleading indicators and superficial gains. The catch is that many of these metrics (Website views, Leads in Sales Funnel, Marketing spent, Revenue without profit etc.) are more like flashy billboards on a highway, catching your eye but not necessarily leading you to the best destination.

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Introducing Our New Blog Series: Holistic Horizons – Redefining Software Success

Xebia

In the dynamic realm of software development, success isn’t solely about constructing impeccable code. It’s about grasping the process flow that wraps around the entire software-business domain – a domain that holds many more challenges than what traditional “developmental problems” confine. Why dive into Holistic Horizons ? Working in the software domain is no easy feat.

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What Does Banning Short-Term Rentals Really Accomplish?

Harvard Business Review

Concerns that short-term rentals fueled by platforms like Airbnb have caused long-term rents to rise in major cities has caused some governments to place limits, including bans, on them. But research of New York City found that short-term rentals are not the biggest contributor to high rents, especially when it comes to the most vulnerable segments of a city’s residents.

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Deploy config rules across your organization

Xebia

In my previous blog I showed you how you can write your own config rules. But it will only bring you value if you deploy the rule in your AWS Accounts. In this blog we will dive into the distribution of these config rules. What are my options? There are many ways you can deploy these rules in your member accounts. In this blog I will only focus on the 2 real options: Deploy the rules using CloudFormation StackSets in each account.

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The Social Cost of Algorithmic Management

Harvard Business Review

To achieve efficiencies and reduce costs, more and more companies are managing their employees by algorithm. In this article, the authors present some of the first research findings concerning the effects of algorithmic management on workplace dynamics. One important finding is that employees managed by algorithm are less likely than colleagues managed by algorithm to help others.

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7 Pitfalls for Apache Cassandra in Production

Apache Cassandra is an open-source distributed database that boasts an architecture that delivers high scalability, near 100% availability, and powerful read-and-write performance required for many data-heavy use cases. However, many developers and administrators who are new to this NoSQL database often encounter several challenges that can impact its performance.

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Will Generative AI Succeed Where AIOps Failed?

DevOps.com

Generative AI can go so many places that AIOps could never, and provides a general-purpose approach that can be applied in many different ways.

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Startups Roll Out More Services For Growing Ranks Of Self-Employed And Gig Workers

Crunchbase News

Whether by choice or necessity, the share of workers who are self-employed or toiling in the gig economy continues to grow. And with it, tools to manage all the attendant accounting and job-finding burdens have been scaling up too. Startups are taking a leading role. Over the past few quarters, venture investors have poured hundreds of millions into companies with offerings aimed at freelance and gig workers.

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Can OpenAI create superintelligence before it runs out of cash?

Ooda Loop

On the morning of November 18, during a tech conference in Tokyo, Ting Cai received a news alert about OpenAI’s Sam Altman, who had been ousted in a boardroom coup. Cai, chief data officer of Japanese tech giant Rakuten, was caught off guard.

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7 Strategies to Get Your Employees On Board with GenAI

Harvard Business Review

As with any aspect of digital transformation, the effective deployment of generative AI will depend less on technological capability than on human adaptability. Indeed, the human factor — people and culture — will drive the adoption of AI, or lack thereof. Looking at scientific research and real-world case studies, there are seven generalizable lessons for improving your ability to adopt GenAI, and any novel technology, at an organizational level: innovation boosts your organization’s immunity,

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How Embedded Analytics Helps Product Managers Exceed Their KPIs

Embedded analytics can help you deliver cutting-edge analytics experiences to your end-users that align with KPIs that are critical to the growth and success of your business. Read this eBook to learn how an embedded analytics platform, like Qrvey, can help PMs exceed the following KPIs: Growing revenue while improving customer retention rate Delivering rapid time to value Earning a high net-promoter score Increasing Gross Margin / Profitability Conversion rate from trial to paid Don’t just meet

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Repurposing wastewater could help stop the planet from circling the drain

The Hustle

Every day, millions of people in the US wash their hands, flush toilets, and take showers. All of that water — ~34B gallons worth — goes down the drain and through the pipes before being processed at a treatment facility and released into nature. But with water becoming an increasingly scarce resource , a company called Epic Cleantec is rethinking how wastewater gets recycled, per Wired.

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Dialogflow Integration in Spring Boot : A Developer’s Guide

InnovationM

In the ever-evolving landscape of software development, Google’s Dialogflow is a powerful tool that enables developers to build conversational interfaces form applications, and integrating it with a Spring Boot backend can provide a seamless and efficient user experience. In this guide, we will explore the steps to integrate Dialogflow into a Spring Boot application, empowering developers to create intelligent and user-friendly conversational applications. 1.

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Pilot or Telephone Operator? Forecasts of Software Developer Demise Are Absurd

DevOps.com

AI will profoundly change the software engineering profession, but those changes will mostly drive inventive and capable developers to greater innovation.

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Embracing API-First Development: Building the Future of Software

Dzone - DevOps

In the fast-changing world of software development, a disruptive technique has acquired significant traction: API-First Development. This strategy substantially transforms the old application development paradigms, putting Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) at the center of the development lifecycle. Understanding API-First Development API-First Development is more than a development approach; it’s a concept that changes the way we think about, create, and implement software.

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How to Migrate From DataStax Enterprise to Instaclustr Managed Apache Cassandra

If you’re considering migrating from DataStax Enterprise (DSE) to open source Apache Cassandra®, our comprehensive guide is tailored for architects, engineers, and IT directors. Whether you’re motivated by cost savings, avoiding vendor lock-in, or embracing the vibrant open-source community, Apache Cassandra offers robust value. Transition seamlessly to Instaclustr Managed Cassandra with our expert insights, ensuring zero downtime during migration.

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Deep Tech Investments Down, But Maybe Not As Much As You Think

Crunchbase News

The venture market was down 38% last year as investors continued to reel back their funding with money becoming more expensive and liquidity options drying up. In such an environment, most would think the tech sector most greatly affected by the pullback would be deep tech — casually defined as cutting-edge scientific innovation that can create brand-new industries.

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Scaling Redis Without Clustering

Dzone - DevOps

Redis is a popular in-memory data store known for its speed and flexibility. It operates efficiently when a particular workload's memory and computational demands can be managed within a single node. However, scaling beyond a single node often leads to the consideration of the Redis Cluster. There's a common assumption that transitioning to the Redis Cluster is straightforward and existing applications will behave the same, but that's not the case in reality.

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When to use classes, structs, or records in C#

InfoWorld

Classes, structs, and records are fundamental concepts in C# programming. Each is a different kind of type, with different features, capabilities, and limitations. To make matters more confusing, they have features and characteristics in common. Classes are reference types that provide support for useful object-oriented concepts such as encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism.

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Automate JBoss Web Server 6 Deployment With the Red Hat Ansible Certified Content Collection for JWS

Dzone - DevOps

When it comes to Java web servers, Apache Tomcat remains a strong favorite. Some of these instances have been containerized over the years, but many still run in the traditional setup of a Linux -based virtual machine or even on bare metal. Red Hat JBoss Web Server (JWS) combines the servlet engine (Apache Tomcat) with the web server (Apache HTTPD), and modules for load balancing (mod_jk and mod_cluster).

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Entity Resolution Checklist: What to Consider When Evaluating Options

Are you trying to decide which entity resolution capabilities you need? It can be confusing to determine which features are most important for your project. And sometimes key features are overlooked. Get the Entity Resolution Evaluation Checklist to make sure you’ve thought of everything to make your project a success! The list was created by Senzing’s team of leading entity resolution experts, based on their real-world experience.

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Oracle Autonomous Database adds AI conversation support

InfoWorld

Oracle has updated its Autonomous Database offering in an effort to maintain its lead over competing cloud-based database services from rivals such as AWS, Google Cloud, IBM, and Snowflake. Oracle Autonomous Database is an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) service. Oracle Autonomous Database, which is based on Oracle’s proprietary relational database management system (RDBMS), currently Oracle Database 23c , supports both transactional and analytical workloads.

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AI Compute Startup Lambda Hits $1.5B Valuation After Massive $320M Raise

Crunchbase News

Nvidia ’s AI success is definitely having a trickle-down effect. Lambda hit unicorn status after a $320 million Series C at a $1.5 billion valuation. The company offers cloud computing services and hardware for training artificial intelligence software. The startup is a provider of Nvidia’s latest GPUs, which are highly sought after by AI developers.

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Visual Studio adds AI-generated Git commits, previews AI chat

InfoWorld

Microsoft has made Visual Studio 2022 17.9 generally available, and introduced a preview of Visual Studio 2022 17.10. Visual Studio 17.9 adds AI-generated Git commits and enhances extensibility, while Visual Studio 17.10 brings AI-powered chat into the IDE. Announced February 13 , Visual Studio 17.9 can be downloaded from the Visual Studio website. The update features AI-generated Git commit messages using GitHub Copilot.

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Back to the Financial Regulatory Future

Cloudera

It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since the global financial crisis of 2007/2008. While this might be a blast from the past we’d rather leave in the proverbial rear-view mirror, in March of 2023 we were back to the future with the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the largest US bank to fail since 2008. While there are clear reasons SVB collapsed, which can be reviewed here , my purpose in this post isn’t to rehash the past but to present some of the regulatory and compliance c

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How To Package & Price Embedded Analytics

Just by embedding analytics, app owners can charge 24% more for their product. How much value could you add? This framework from Software Pricing Partners explains how application enhancements can extend your product offerings. You’ll learn: How to take a disciplined approach to pricing The three elements of the Packaging Decision Framework Ways to structure your new embedded analytics offering Download the White Paper to learn about How To Package & Price Embedded Analytics.

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How to run R in Visual Studio Code

InfoWorld

If you’re a happy RStudio user like me, you may never have felt the urge to try another editor for R (or even Python ). But if you want the best experience when using GitHub Copilot generative AI, especially Copilot Chat, it’s worth giving Visual Studio Code a try to compare. While Copilot is available in the RStudio IDE and you can ask questions of it by prefixing your queries with # q , I find the new Copilot Chat interface in VS Code is more helpful.

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Cloud Migration: Azure Blob Storage Static Website

Dzone - DevOps

Problem Statement: Legacy Front-End Applications On-Premises Architecture Currently, a lot of front-end applications are built and deployed using on-prem Docker Kubernetes container images, which are hosted on web servers (Apache/NGINX/IIS, etc.) The problem with this approach is that the workload container cluster must run constantly, which increases the compute and replication cost, infrastructure maintenance, and lack of recovery.

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FlyteInteractive: Interactive development for machine learning models

InfoWorld

Machine learning (ML) is becoming an increasingly important part of the modern application stack. Whether it’s large-scale, public large language models (LLM) like GPT or small-scale, private models trained on company content, developers need to find ways of including those models in their code. That means finding ways to test that code, without pushing it to production servers.