Data Science Consulting
We at WildFire help you with data science consulting and implementing data science use cases. We can analyze your data and help you come up with data science use cases.
There is a lot of hype in data science. We at WildFire reduce the hype and help you with best data science consulting services with immediate ROI.
- We are the #1 niche AI and data science consulting company in US.
- More than 100 use cases implemented since we started in 2013.
- In 3-6 months, we do end to end implementation of your use case including POC.
- We have the domain expertise in 20+ verticals which is critical to implement your use case.
- ROI focused implementation.
Data, data everywhere…but how can I use it?
Most every company has a collection of the so-called Big Data now. But what is Big Data exactly? By definition it is comprised of massive groups of data which are so large that conventional data handling techniques are in-capable of dealing with them—but what does that mean in practical terms?
Big Data is everything you know about every customer you have; it is all the transactions your company has ever planned, attempted, concluded, or failed at; it is the cost of your raw materials all through your company’s histo-ry; it is every employees’ wage, salary, commission, or earning of any type; it is how many units have been sold, and to whom, and even how those sales were affected by the weather that day; it is how much tax has been paid, the contributions made to retirement plans, the use of medical benefits, hirings, firings and layoffs; it is how consumers responded when you changed the col-or of your packaging in 1985, 1992, and even the “green & blue fiasco” of 2002 that made you switch to the plain white wrapper… In short, Big Data is everything you have ever recorded about anything even remotely related to your business.
How Much Data Exists?
In the late 80s, all the storage in the world amounted to only about 2.62 exabytes (one EB = 1018 bytes, or one billion gigabytes). That may sound like a lot, but at that point in history, 2.6 EB were analog storage (pa-per, vinyl, audio and video tape) and only 0.02 EB was digital.
By 1993 digital had tripled its share, and by the early 2000s, it com-prised one-quarter of all existing information. By 2007 it was 94% of the to-tal, far outstripping every single written word in history and all other forms of analog storage. At that point, all analog storage together amounted to just 19 EB, whereas digital storage had surpassed 280 EB.
How much in 2018?
Nowadays, analog storage is trivial in comparison. 2018 will see our to-tal information pass the 1,500 EB mark, or 1.5 Zettabytes (1021). In more understandable terms you might think of it as one-fifth or 20% of the total number of grains of sand on our whole planet. Imagine how much sand there is on just one beach, and then add in the seafloor, deserts, and all the sand grains mixed in with soil around the planet.
It is further compounded by the fact that with the Internet of Things (IoT), and AI systems supporting human research, we are now doubling the totality of human knowledge every 12 months. One year from now we will have gained as much information as everything every human being has ever learned since we first started to walk upright and could call ourselves human.
Impossible to Handle?
It sounds unmanageable, but there is some data we can safely ignore, or at least concatenate. For instance, although it is possible to know that on January 3rd at 19:36h your NEST thermostat recorded that your home’s tem-perature was 70ºF/21ºC, it is essentially disposable data. We might instead record that the temperature was within a comfortable range all that day. It is information and could be potentially useful, but by and large, it is eminently forgettable.
Is My Data Useful?
Some companies possess incomprehensibly large amounts of data, oth-ers next to none. Fortunately, not having your digital data store doesn’t mean you can’t play in the game. You can cull information from the internet, or hire private data collections that you can examine for crucial insights.
The latter is not surprising. Think of it as going to a library and signing out a book to read, study, learn from… You eventually return said book, but you retain selective portions that are or were meaningful to you and can apply what you’ve learned to other areas of your life.
I have lots of data
If your information collection is overwhelmingly huge, you need a plan for analyzing it and generating your extrapolations. That is where Wildfire en-ters the picture because we are the Number One AI Consulting Company in the United States. We’ll use our expertise to help you craft a system that col-lects the information you already know that you need, but it will also be ver-satile enough to obtain the information that you don’t know that you need yet…
I’ve just started building my data store
Our AI consulting services are here for you even if you have virtually no data of your own in a usable form. We can set you up to collect relevant data, or to convert (currently) unusable data into a format that can be inter-preted.
Building a Strategy
Every single business needs a strategy, or a roadmap, if you will, that shows you how to get from point “A” to points “B though Z+.” Companies have been known to leap into the game with no clear direction, and if they succeed in muddling through, it’s by sheer luck rather than design.
Virtually all unplanned AI ventures fail—they end up costing the com-pany a great deal of money—and they leave a bad taste in the mouth when-ever someone thinks about how it went awry… Don’t be that company—the C-Suite is the last line of defense against wasteful decisions, and should never be the source of them.
Some see the infamous C-Suite as a bastion of resistance to change that jeopardizes a company’s future. Their real job is to guarantee that fu-ture, so don’t look on them as adversaries. By and large, they make evi-dence-based decisions that protect the long-term survival of an institution, so give them what they need to make the proper decision that will bring prosper-ity, new wealth, and a more competitive stance in the marketplace.
The Wildfire Difference
Our system helps you develop your plan, and then implement it. It’s not a cross-your-fingers plan either. Our complete plan usually takes from 3-6 months to reach fruition, but you have to remember that it comes complete with a Proof of Concept (POC) so that you know it will work. More important-ly, our POCs are designed to be scalable so it won’t collapse under its weight when you roll it out for your whole company.
Your C-suite is not going to respond to wishful thinking. You need evi-dence and solid numbers, as well as easily interpreted proof that the project is scalable.
Why We’re Better
We are undeniable experts in managing Big Data, connecting it all to the Cloud, and with the implementation of both Machine Learning (ML), and Deep Learning (DL). What sets us apart beyond this expertise is that our ser-vices provide a clear route to a tangible Return On Investment (ROI) in the shortest time frame possible—almost from the beginning of your AI develop-ment.
You Need a Plan
Even the oldest, stodgiest organizations have come to terms with the idea that they need Artificial Intelligence as part of their complete game plan. Unfortunately, those that were late to the party are now rushing to catch up—and that is a mistake.
Every single implementation of AI needs an applicable use case be-hind it. The director of an Art Museum can say “Get me an AI system,” but if he has no plan on how to use it, the money is wasted. If you have a use case with a definitive ROI, everything will be fine.
It Grows on you
Once the primary system is in place and showing a functional ROI, you will find countless additional uses for it, and each one will add exciting new possibilities. One of the best things about an AI system is how easily it can expand without adding significant costs.
Think of it as hiring an astute person to run your advertising depart-ment. S/he creates excellent campaigns, and suddenly business is boom-ing…but then you discover that this genius also has great insights about re-vamping your billing department. And they seem to know everything about collecting delinquent accounts, e-mail management, how to streamline the entire organization’s social media, which companies would make good acquisi-tions or partners, the financial status of potential customers…and it goes on and on.
The only limitation to how a correctly implemented AI system can serve you is being able to ask the right questions. Even if everyone had the same body of information, how you phrased your questions can elicit completely dif-ferent answers.
You may have had all this information for some time, but it has never been particularly useful. In the past, it may have been manually culled, and the occasional helpful insight might have been discovered. It’s not something that you can count on, however.
It’s akin to poking through a garbage dump looking for something valu-able. Sure, you might pick up a gem once in a while, but it hardly seems worth it when faced with a mountain of used diapers and potato peels. There is a much better way.
Winner by Design
Your Artificial Intelligence system is not picky about which information it uses. It’s not conscious and doesn’t have feelings. It just crunches data, all day, every day, without complaint. Its greatest strength is that it doesn’t get bored or tired; it doesn’t overlook things because “it’s getting close to quitting time.”
There is an old expression (often used to explain failure), which goes “Well, you can’t know everything” …but what if you could? If you had all the available data about a given subject, it would be child’s play to extrapolate the next step.
An AI, looking at all of the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle with computer vision techniques, could solve it in mere seconds. After all, there is the visual infor-mation on each piece, as well as an overall shape that has a limited number of possible locations.
In the same way, if you have never solved a Rubik’s Cube, it is mesmer-izing to watch experts solving what appears to be an insurmountable problem. Despite that, they can solve a randomized cube in just 5 seconds. Have a look here for a demonstration.
Imagine how quickly an AI-enhanced computer could accomplish the same task. It will be faced with the fundamental limitations of the mechani-cal system necessary to physically manipulate the cube, but other than that, on a human scale, the result would be instantaneous. Well imagine no more and have a look at a solution that occurred in just 0.38 seconds.
Our Broad Spectrum
There are very few (if any) limitations to the industries that we serve. We have had extensive experience in:
Food & Beverage
High Volume Consumer Goods
Non-Profit & Charitable Organizations
Oil and Gas
All that varied cross-domain experience (and much more) provides the capability to transfer the knowledge gained into virtually any other medium or business venture.
Single Point of AI Failure
You can have a discrete AI server of your own, in one location, entirely under your control. Your AI implementation can live there, as safe as your security can make it.
Of course, that makes it awkward and inconvenient for every executive, for every salesperson on the road, or for every company representative to have to connect through that single server. It means they have to deal with the intrinsic time lag just across the country, let alone around the world.
Your customers fare no better. People are so accustomed to an instant response that just a few years ago they would abandon a page after 10-30 seconds if it failed to load promptly. Nowadays impatience has risen to such a level that they move on if the page doesn’t appear immediately.
If you only have a single data connection, when that fails, your compa-ny vanishes from the face of the internet. Customers that cannot connect won’t wait for service to be restored—they’ll move on to your competitor for what they need.
In case of an environmental tragedy (storm, flood, earthquake, etc.), or a local disaster such as a fire, you could ultimately lose your corporate identity in one fell swoop. It would be as if you never existed. Restoring from backups might be possible, but that could take days, weeks, months, or never happen at all.
Living on a Cloud
The “Cloud” is sometimes thought of as a single massive entity that is “out there” on the internet somewhere. In truth, it is somewhat more banal.
The cloud is merely an extensive collection of servers, in thousands upon thousands of locations, controlled by many different organizations. It is comprised of extremely powerful servers with massive speed and multiple broadband connections to the internet.
If one connection dies, they automatically switch to a different one, and no one even notices. The same happens with the electrical supply. They have battery banks, multiple power providers, and diesel generators that can fire up long before their battery capability expires.
Your company server is positively Stone Age compared to modern offsite service providers. And their redundancy protects your data because it exists in multiple remote locations so that even if one is lost, it can be restored from many different sites. Ask any company that has been hacked by ransomware if they paid the ransom. Nowadays the answer is almost always “no” because it’s faster, safer and cheaper to format the affected server and bring in a fresh copy from Australia, France, Canada, or anywhere there is a clean copy to re-place it.
What it isn’t
It is most certainly not a single entity that any one person or organiza-tion can control. Hackers cannot take control of “the cloud” any more than they can control “the Internet.” That’s why most people stopped calling it “The Cloud.” Someone attending a sporting event is a member of the crowd, but there are millions of other groups around the world, in the same way.
Such things are so decentralized that though someone might hijack a tiny fragment, the whole thing is beyond malicious human control. That is why the Cloud is safe. Your data is vulnerable anywhere, but security tech-niques have improved so much (because they simply had to) that your server may be less secure than a cloud server.
Proving it Works
Open Source tools give you plenty of options, and a minimal cost to boot! When you are testing your ideas for POCs, say with A/B comparisons, or significantly different styles, it is nice to have the tools at hand and get some use out of your internal infrastructure, if you still have any.
Once you commit to going large scale, it’s probably a good time to put the load on a big offsite server. You can keep tied to a local copy if you like, but don’t make your customers struggle, too.
Your copies at home, in Brazil, or Switzerland, are identical, give or take a few milliseconds for background updates. Your Swiss or South African cus-tomers see the same thing at the same time because a good Cloud provider has nodes all over the world (if that is your market) or redundant servers all over the country.
The Future has Arrived
More importantly, now that many C-suite teams are convinced that human speech AIs are Ready-for-Prime-Time, multi-second delays in a “con-versation” between a paying customer and the AI would be incredibly noticea-ble and annoying.
AIs function better on the Cloud than they do from a single source. Head Office based AIs may be useful for proving, but that does not mean it is suitable for using.
A single AI can conduct hundreds or thousands of simultaneous con-versations with customers in ChatBot mode. There is absolutely no reason to believe that it will not be the same with speaking AIs unless you force your customers in Israel and Japan to use an AI located in your New Jersey Head Office.
Many people are getting fed up with all the hyperbole surrounding Data Science and AI today. Many don’t understand it and consequently, fear it. It is a complicated subject, and there are many opportunities by some promot-ers to engage in bafflegab as a way to hide their lack of knowledge.
Wildfire has never been a participant in that sort of activity. We’re an AI consulting company with a goal because it is of vital importance that you do understand what AI is all about.
AI is no longer a “someday” technology. It may be in its infancy, but it is here now; it is powerful; it will change the way the world does business. It is most definitely a force to be reckoned with, and it will be a costly error if someone chooses to ignore its potential.
AI will make you immune to hackers; it will allow you to maximize the power of all the data that you hold. It will show you where exciting new op-portunities exist, what companies to buy or merge with, and eliminate mind-numbing scut work that stifles creativity, causes employee burnout, and in-creases your churn rate.
It will provide you with more effective advertising, customized right down to the individual e-mail, addressing client’s individual needs and desires. It will help you develop new products by observing social trends before they even become recognizable as such to ordinary people.
Every day, and in every way, AI is getting better and better. Now is the time to engage with an AI consulting service (we recommend Wildfire!) to as-sure that you get to where you need to be to succeed.
We are the best AI Service Company in the United States, and we deliv-er value by understanding your specific use-case, developing a clear roadmap, and then implementing it so that your custom-designed AI system meets all of your challenges. We’re not going to “sell you a program” and then van-ish—we’re going to see it through right to the end. We want to provide you with the best possible AI System because your success is our success.
We look forward to hearing from you!