Vodafone Idea taps IBM for big data management

Vodafone Idea selected IBM Services to manage its big data platform, seeking to streamline its analytics capabilities and reduce costs by using open source technologies.

In an expansion of an existing partnership, IBM explained it is leading the implementation, system integration and management of the platform on an open source Hadoop framework, to enable Vodafone Idea to more effectively optimise and analyse data points from more than 200 systems across the company.

IBM said the deal builds on its work to advance the Indian operator’s hybrid cloud transformation using open technologies.

Vishant Vora, Vodafone Idea’s CTO, said: “The open source approach has helped us in modernising infrastructure and network experience, helping our people and partners in quicker business decision making. The power of data will help transform our cloud and AI journey in the future.”

IBM India and South Asia MD Sandip Patel added the “data platform is helping Vodafone

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Biden addresses idea of high court packing: ‘I’m not a fan’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden says he is “not a fan” of adding seats to the Supreme Court, after weeks of avoiding questions about the idea that’s been pushed by progressives and used by Republicans to attack him.

“I’ve already spoken on — I’m not a fan of court packing, but I don’t want to get off on that whole issue. I want to keep focused,” the Democratic presidential nominee said in an interview Monday with Cincinnati’s WKRC.

Biden argued that the focus should remain on President Donald Trump and Republicans’ efforts to push through Amy Coney Barrett as a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the Nov. 3 election.

“That’s the court-packing the public should be focused on,” he said.

Biden has expressed opposition to the idea of expanding the Supreme Court before, but in recent weeks notably dodged multiple questions from the media about the proposal, insisting

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HBCU students’ Detroit mobile grocery idea lands them Ally internships

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Alabama A&M University students won the Ally Financial Moguls in the Making competition, each winning a $10,000 scholarship and an internship at the company. (Photo: Ally Financial)

Several historically Black colleges and universities students walked away with internships and thousands of dollars in scholarships after creating business plans that would solve Detroit-based problems in a competition. 

The second annual HBCU business plan pitch competition, called Moguls in the Making, was hosted Sunday by Ally Financial Inc., which is based in Detroit. Ally Financial partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Big Sean’s the Sean Anderson Foundation to host the event. 

Excitement was shared virtually Sunday evening as teams from 11 HBCUs had the opportunity to

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How to Find and Test a Great Business Idea

We asked the members of the 2020 Female Founders 100 for their best advice about coming up with, and testing, the idea that will form the foundation of your company. These are the highlights.

Malai
Question everyone about everything, and seek out reasons why you might be wrong. Then go with your gut.

SweetBio
If 90 percent of people think your idea is a good one, you’re already too late.

Anna Sheffield
It’s important to just take those bold leaps in the beginning, even if it is a little terrifying, and know that if you don’t make the perfect thing the first time, that’s OK. You’ll continue to improve. Starting on that path will lead you to where you need to go.

CQ Fluency
Think big, but choose wisely.

Everlywell
Remember that even some of the biggest companies didn’t realize, at the beginning, that they could address a global mass

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Vodafone Idea inks pact with IBM to implement a big data platform

Telecom major Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) on Tuesday announced that it has selected IBM Services to help it embrace open source at scale across the enterprise by implementing the big data platform on open source Hadoop framework.

The IBM big data platform helps businesses address the “full spectrum” of big data business challenges.

BM Services implements data transformation with open technologies to propel Vodafone Idea’s hybrid cloud strategy.

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Vodafone Idea has a need for large scale data transformation with a focus on architecture modernisation, open-source adoption and using predictive analytics for data modernisation.

By partnering on this implementation, IBM is helping VIL transform the way data is optimised and delivered to partners, employees and internal systems.

Fragmented, siloed data can now be streamlined for seamless data availability, the tech giant said.

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VIL will also be able to combine insights from the Big Data Platform and better leverage cloud
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This Nobel-Winning Idea Has Failed India

(Bloomberg Opinion) — Economists like to think of themselves as mathematicians — or, if feeling momentarily humbler, as physicists. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics, however, seem to conceive of themselves more as engineers. Like Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley, who won the prize in 2012, Paul Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson are specialists in “market design,” a field which, as Roth wrote in a famous paper, calls for “an engineering approach.”

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Roth argued that market designers should take bridge-builders as their exemplars: “Engineering is often less elegant than the simple underlying physics, but it allows bridges designed on the same basic model to be built longer and stronger over time, as the complexities and how to deal with them become better understood.”

The bridge that Milgrom and Wilson built was the 1994 auction of telecommunications spectrum by the Federal Communications Commission, later called “the

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The $120 Billion Idea Behind This Year’s Nobel Prize in Economics

(Bloomberg Businessweek) — You know that feeling of elation when you win an auction—say, a bidding war for a house—and how it’s immediately followed by that sinking feeling that you overpaid? That’s the winner’s curse. It’s a real thing. Once you stop to think, you realize there’s probably a good reason other people weren’t willing to pay as much as you did. By winning, you just lost.

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Understanding the winner’s curse, and how to avoid it, is part of the reason Stanford University economists Robert Wilson and Paul Milgrom won this year’s Nobel Prize in economics—formally called the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (PDF).

Wilson’s and Milgrom’s work is unusual in that it’s both theoretical and highly practical. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission raised more than $120 billion for taxpayers from 1994 through 2014 by selling off wireless frequencies using an auction

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How this founder birthed a new idea to keep his medical device startup afloat amidst COVID-19

The COVID-19 tsunami has caused many ships to sink. But the beauty of a bootstrapped, revenue-generating startup boat is that it can quickly steer and ride the wave.

When Vikram Rajput, Founder of medical device startup Subhag HealthTech, felt the rising tide threaten to drown his fledgeling startup, he did what all hustle-happy founders do. He pivoted.

The startup that was set to take off in India this year with its low-cost, home-based IUI (Intrauterine insemination) treatment solution, temporarily shifted gears and started manufacturing face masks — the frontline defence against the dreaded virus.

But it is no ordinary face mask. The copper-infused face mask, named VSafe, is one step ahead in its protection promise as copper is considered a naturally antimicrobial material and is believed to be more resistant to the coronavirus.

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 Co-founder and CTO JI Kwang Jeong wearing VSafe.

“We had started offering our IUI solution in Bangalore

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The Maine Idea: Beyond the kooks and cranks, a certain reassurance

If you just watch the news and the ads – and the social media posts – you could be forgiven the impression that the American political system has gone, well, nuts.

We have a president who realized in February that coronavirus was a huge threat, told the public the opposite, then in late September contracted the often-fatal illness through his own heedlessness – without ever changing his tune. We have a U.S. Senate majority leader who has dropped all pretense of legislating to concentrate on his single paramount goal: packing one more justice onto the Supreme Court.

It’s not that all this doesn’t have an effect on state politics, too. There is, for instance, Dr. Jay Allen, the Republicans’ latest challenger to 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree.

The title, which appears on all his signs, is genuine. He’s a family physician with a practice in Waldoboro, affiliated with Maine Health

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How the region is responding to Singapore’s idea of air travel bubbles, SE Asia News & Top Stories

Singapore is looking to form air travel bubbles with countries and territories that have managed the Covid-19 pandemic well. While most of them have some form of arrangement for business and official travel, especially within their own borders, many are reluctant to open up for mass travel as nations battle a resurgence of the coronavirus. Straits Times correspondents Elizabeth Law, Katherine Wei, Jonathan Pearlman, Chang May Choon, Claire Huang, Tan Hui Yee, Walter Sim and Eileen Ng report on how the region has responded to Singapore’s proposal to form air travel bubbles.

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China is the first country with which Singapore established a reciprocal green lane arrangement – to facilitate essential business and official travel between both countries – in late May. While the world’s second-largest economy has gradually relaxed rules to allow certain business travellers and foreigners with residential permits back into the country, it has stopped short of

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