On the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Wash., on Jan. 21.

Microsoft’s Revolution deal is the latest proof the company is serious about open source

A significant percentage of Microsoft’s revenue comes from the sale of proprietary software like Office and a little thing called Windows. Despite that legacy, though, the technology giant in the past year has made a point of championing free, open-source software, and yesterday’s acquisition of Revolutions Analytics shows the strategy is still firmly in place.

Offices Steve Davidson Flickr

How big data has become accessible to everyone

It’s been the narrative of technology since the wheel was invented. Something is new, exciting … and expensive. Then we find a way to mass produce it (or something similar). Processes get better, and equipment gets cheaper. Consumers save big. Then something new comes out.

LinkedIn employees work at the company's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters.

Why LinkedIn's data science reorg actually makes a lot of sense

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Yes, it’s true that some data scientists have left LinkedIn following a recent reorganization of these highly prized workers inside the company. But a few people holding these roles believe the moves have sped up decision-making, benefited the hiring process, and brought together people who perform similar functions.

Human brain chip Nixx Photography Shutterstock

3 reasons your sales team needs data science

Sorry, folks. There’s no longer a place for wishful thinking in sales forecasts. Cloud-based tools that use data science make sense for all kinds of reasons.