Accident Explorer: Machine learning with traffic accident data

One evening I went out to the curling club for a few hours and, according to the electronic sign over the highway, three people died on Wisconsin roads while I was there. There are more than 4 million miles of roads in the United States, and 210 million licensed drivers. That’s a lot of opportunities for things to go wrong. And they do: from 2010 through 2013, there were more…

MIOsoft breaks into the literature space

We’re embarking on a new project today: MIOsoft’s first book! Other companies usually focus on working professionals as their target audience, but we’re so confident our technology will come out on top that we decided to go off the beaten path and appeal directly to the next generation. Today’s third-graders are tomorrow’s database administrators, and we want them to be prepared for the context-based technology landscape of 2035. Our new…

2015 Wisconsin Tech Summit Recap

  MIOsoft recently attended the second annual Wisconsin Tech Summit at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha, WI. According to the Wisconsin Technology Council (WTC), the goal of the event is “to bring together major companies and emerging firms in a setting that allows them to meet and explore likely business relationships around technology needs and innovation.” For the many startups in the mix, the opportunity to connect with interested…

Data First (Part 2): The Spec Is In The Data 

If you’re getting ready to start a new integration, application, or analysis project, you’re probably doing all kinds of requirements gathering. Unfortunately, unless you’re considering data first, the copy books are probably wrong, the state diagrams are probably incomplete, and the business processes are probably too simplistic. These problems are extremely prevalent in data-centric projects. Traditionally, you use a data last method—you build up the specification a priori, and only…

MIOsoft Recognized by Gartner for Data Quality Tools

We’re always excited when we can add to our list of Recognitions by industry analysts. In the last few months, MIOsoft has appeared in a couple of important Gartner reports: MIOsoft received the highest product score of all vendors rated in the Data Migration (4.47 out of 5), Information Governance Initiatives (4.38 out of 5), and Big Data (4.46 out of 5) use cases in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Data Quality…

The Nexus of Big Data: Context

  Big data has a big problem. You know that data lake you recently started filling? Its data ecosystem is already well on its way to a catastrophic tipping point. Has a platform vendor convinced you to dive in with visions of a serene data-lake-side cabin in the woods? They probably forgot to mention how many horror stories have the same setting. Don’t hold a grudge. Vendors were just responding…

Snap: Programming for everyone

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You took a class in high school or college because you had to. Or because your first choice class was already full. Or because your crush was taking it. But then that class changed your life. Maybe in a small way, where you’re interested in that subject as a hobby now, and maybe in a big way, where that subject is your career now.…

Data First: Never Trust A Dashboard

A friend of mine recently asked me for advice on interviewing a data scientist. We had a fairly lengthy discussion on the topic, but I didn’t feel like I really provided any insight. What I should have said is: “Ask them what they think of dashboards.” Summary tools like dashboards are great. They make it easy for us to consume and extract meaning from large amounts of data. They are…

Consumer IoT we talked about in 2014

Here at MIOsoft we’re very excited about how our technology can contextualize input from Internet of Things devices at large scales. 100 door alarms on your campus? 5,000 air quality sensors in your hospital? 100,000 sensors in your fleet of trucks? No problem. But we don’t spend all our time at work, so we’re also excited about some of the new consumer-targeted IoT. Here are 4 of the personal IoT…

Hello, (Big Data) World.

If you were to ask me in conversation what MIOsoft does, I’m sure I would include the term “big data” by accident. I’ve avoided the term “big data” in my own lexicon recently because of its overuse in marketing and media, but there’s actually an impressive degree of accuracy in describing MIOsoft as a big data company. In 1998, MIOsoft’s goal was to create the technology necessary to efficiently combine…