Over 100 vendors, from Google to IBM, along with scores of startups are gearing up for the annual Big Data LDN conference, which kicks off Tuesday November 13. The conference comes as a report by Unravel Data found that 74 percent of businesses expect their big data stack to drive reliable, useful, and profitable business applications by the end of 2019, but only 12 per cent are seeing this value at present. "Most organisations have high hopes for what big data applications can do for them – and rightly so," said Kunal Agarwal, CEO, Unravel Data. "But reliable performance is still some way off, which could delay the benefits businesses hunger after. The challenge now is to ensure the big data stack performs reliably and efficiently, so the next generation of applications, across analytics, AI and Machine Learning, can deliver on those aspirations.
Also on the podcast: the rest of Associated Press racing writer Jenna Fryer's entertaining interview with Power; AP NBA writer Tim Reynolds weighs in on the hosts' continuing LeBron vs. MJ debate; AP tennis writer Howard Fendrich on Serena Williams' return to the French Open; plus, plenty about how the Golden Knights became the latest hit show in Las Vegas.
NASCAR celebrated its deal with Monster in a Las Vegas announcement, and has hitched its wagon to the hope that Monster can attract a younger demographic and raise the excitement level at all the events. But there was little signage around the track during Speedweeks, and one of the few indications Monster is the new sponsor were the scantily-clad women around for some of the pomp and circumstance. There's been no television advertising and NASCAR was even the subject of a critical examination in the Wall Street Journal.
Stock-car racing's top circuit is now called the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after energy drink maker Monster Beverage Corp. took over title sponsorship this year from Sprint Corp. The Auto Club 400 on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, which is 23 miles from Monster's headquarters in Corona, will be the fifth race of the Cup series' 36-race season. The winners so far this year are Kurt Busch, the 2004 Cup champion who won the season-opening Daytona 500, along with 2012 champion Brad Keselowski (Atlanta), Martin Truex Jr. (Las Vegas) and veteran Ryan Newman (Phoenix). That means drivers seeking their first season win include seven-time and defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, former champions Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch (Kurt's younger brother), and fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. Johnson also is the best NASCAR driver in the 20-year history of Auto Club Speedway, a two-mile, D-shaped oval originally called California Speedway that is 50 miles east of Los Angeles and seats 68,000. The El Cajon native holds the records for most wins, six, including last year's Auto Club 400 when a late caution enabled Johnson to outsprint Harvick in a two-lap overtime finish.
Kyle Busch made it a weekend sweep at ISM Raceway in the Arizona desert. Just like he nearly did last week at Las Vegas. Busch tracked down Ryan Blaney over a long green-flag run before passing his Team Penske rival for the lead with 16 laps to go, then made his fuel and tires last to the checkered flag to add a victory in the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday to his triumph in the Xfinity Series race. "We were going to be right on the verge," Busch said. "You have to go hard first and worry about fuel afterwards. After I got Blaney, I was able to save a little bit and take care of my tires for the rest of the lapped traffic I had to get through."