Machine learning is the new face of enterprise data

While the complexity of the searching and result-ranking technology behind Apple’s Siri would likely elude most of its users, the value of a context-sensitive personal assistant certainly has not. Yet while Siri spawned a new generation of anthropomorphic digital assistants, researchers in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are taking the concept much further to help enterprises catch up to the growth of data. Industrial products distributor Coventry Group is among the latest companies to jump onto the trend. The company, whose fasteners, fluid systems, gasket and hardware divisions collectively employ around 650 people, is working with Adelaide-based data-analytics specialist Complexica to apply that company’s AI technology – personified as Larry, the Digital Analyst – to guide decisions around sales and pricing strategies. Introducing Larry – a collection of algorithms…


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