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We’re entering fall with a full schedule of events and opportunities! There’s been a great response to our virtual events thus far and we’d like to thank all of our attendees for joining and participating in the discussions. See below for what’s ahead and please take advantage of these free learning opportunities for your teams. Feel free to contact us for more information or check out our YouTube page for past presentations.
September 23
Azure DevOps: BYOToolchain: Webinar
September 24
Data Modernization Drives Digital Transformation
September 29
Analytics in a Day
October 1
Some Like it Hot…Data That is
October 1
Hartford Power BI User Group, Virtual
October 2
Water Utility Data Management 2.0
October 8
Analytics in a Day for State and Local Government
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Azure Mythbusters: Building ML Models Faster Than You Think

Amy Boyd, Microsoft Author & Cloud Advocate, recently shared a video offering valuable insight into machine learning…
Machine learning is hard. It’s experimental, we have to deal with really big data sets, and we have to choose all the different models and learn the theory behind all of the algorithms. Then you have to tune hyper-parameters and start deploying models. It feels like such a high barrier to entry to get into the machine learning space, but fortunately there’s a no-code machine learning experience that can lend us a hand. As part of the Azure Machine Learning Studio, you get access to the Azure Machine Learning Designer. This is a UI-based, machine learning module builder that lets you click and drag lots of different modules on your screen to build your own bespoke machine learning models. Check out this video, where we…

Classify Your Wardrobe Using Azure Custom Vision

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a technology that is used in our daily lives, but understanding how machine learning works is a completely different story. Typically, machine learning has been developed by people who are experts in the AI field and have access to high computing power. Microsoft has removed these barriers by providing Azure Cognitive Services. These services are available to anyone with an Azure cloud subscription and make it easy for developers to add AI features into their own applications. Today, I will be discussing Microsoft’s easy-to-use image classifier service Custom Vision.
I first came across Custom Vision while developing an application to generate fashionable outfits. The idea was to be able to upload an image of an outfit, (found on Pinterest or a fashion blog) and then have the application find similar items at a handful of websites…

State Management with Angular & Redux

Before the chaos of 2020, I was dealing with chaos in the form of application state.  I was working on an Angular reporting project and we were using dynamic components powered by ChartJS and dealt with data managed in ag-grid.  Very quickly I realized that state was going to be a huge issue, since a single dashboard of the application would be littered with charts that would all be filtered via slicers. Ultimately a user could click then through a chart to a grid of the underlying data; shades of a from-scratch PowerBI report or visual. I had heard of the Redux pattern and how it was a game changer for Facebook’s application state (technically FB’s pattern is FLUX, but Redux is inspired by it), so I decided to do some digging, and found that it would work great for…

Microsoft Healthcare Bot Service for COVID-19 Webinar Series

Last year, our AI team was invited to learn about Microsoft’s new Healthcare Bot. The ability to quickly develop and modify this technology was incredible. The cloud-based service was built specifically using AI to empower and scale the healthcare industry with compliance top of mind, and healthcare-centric language built-in to start.
Our team was already familiar with the Microsoft Bot Framework so we signed on very quickly to become a Certified Bot Partner. We saw the opportunity to help both hospitals and out-patient clinics and offices, we even have a pre-COVID webinar, titled Enabling and Enhancing Patient Engagement in Healthcare published on our Youtube channel that highlights the basic features and benefits of this technology.
At the time, the market was a bit behind the technology. Things like concern about elderly patients interacting with a Chatbot, and fear of change.
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CBIA Employment Law Conference: AI for HR Panel Recap

Last week, the Connecticut Business & Industry Association held its annual Employment Law Conference. Tallan’s SVP of Client Delivery, Doug Smith, spoke on a panel with Dan Schwartz, a Partner at Shipman & Goodwin and author of the CT Employment Law Blog.
Rather than pose questions to the panelists, Moderator Mark Soycher opted to poll the audience, and allow Doug and Dan to provide color commentary on Artificial Intelligence & Analytics for HR: Recruiting, Retention & Engagement.
This style panel allowed for continued audience engagement for a topic many seem to shy away from. I was pleasantly surprised by some of the answers I saw, and not all that surprised by others. The first two questions created a Word Cloud, so the audience was able to visualize what their peers were thinking. The very first question asked was, “What loathed HR task or responsibility would you love…

A Crash Course on Augmented Reality and Its Use Cases

AI

Augmented reality (AR) is the experience of having digital information applied to real-world environments. Unlike virtual reality (VR), which replaces our environment with a virtual world, the goal of AR is to enhance how we experience the real world. To achieve this, a device with a processor must retrieve input from many sources, such as cameras, GPS systems, and accelerometers. The most prominent AR devices for consumers are mobile phones and tablets, but there are also several companies developing monitors, smart glasses, and projectors for use with AR.
The list of use cases for AR is constantly growing as more companies invest in it. Here are some of the industries that AR developers are striving to improve today.
Retail/Commerce
Both brick and mortar stores and e-commerce websites can reap the benefits of AR technologies by providing customers with more information about their products….

Chatbots for Healthcare

The key to a successful provider/patient relationship in healthcare is patient engagement. Recently, hospitals and healthcare companies have expanded their efforts toward patient engagement in the form of Artificial Intelligence or AI. Chatbots are being used to improve the triage process, patient discharge planning, and follow-up.
The practice of utilizing the ER for both emergent and non-emergent conditions has become the primary driver for overcrowding and longer wait times. On average, a visit to the emergency room can take anywhere from one to three hours. In an extreme situation, that visit can last even longer. As a result, patients requiring immediate medical attention are choosing to put themselves at risk for future complications by avoiding the ER altogether. In an attempt to reduce inappropriate use of the ER, hospitals are deploying Health chatbots as a means for patients to triage or…

AI Trends Shaping the Retail Industry

The key to retail success in today’s digital world is for retailers to understand where their most significant opportunity exists. Retailers need to anticipate their customers’ needs and competitors’ capabilities by adopting a digital platform. By using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in customer-facing functions, the online retail world can enhance customer satisfaction, increase time efficiency and reduce customer churn.
There are many examples of AI technologies that can aid in this effort. Visual Search can help by detecting and displaying a more tailored array of products related directly to the consumers’ aesthetic guide. Online Personalized Storefronts can improve customer satisfaction by creating a custom shopping experience for each shopper. Conversational Support can streamline the process promptly with 24/7 available support. The backbone of digital transformation is AI. No matter which journey they chose to follow, AI-powered retail experiences will become essential for…

CMS

First Look: Microsoft Healthcare Bot

On February 7th, 2019, Microsoft announced the availability of a new SaaS chatbot offering designed for use in the healthcare industry.  They designed it to be a very fast-to-market conversational AI with built-in healthcare language models, terminology, and be compliant with security standards in the industry (HIPAA, ISO 27001, ISO 27018, CSA Gold, GDPR).
Mid-March I began my exploration into this offering and started building my first “Scenario.”  Once you have created a bot, you are delivered to a new portal and are quickly presented with a showing of pre-baked templates for you to modify and make your own. At the time there were three available and four listed as coming soon.

I decided to start with the Provider Lookup scenario.  Once I created the scenario, I was then taken to a well-designed CMS tool for building it.  The tool displays the…

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