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The 10 Biggest Big Data News Stories Of 2019

From major acquisitions like Salesforce-Tableau, to the exploding use of AI and machine learning technologies, to increased consumer demands for data protection regulations, the headlines in the big data world in 2019 were, well, big.

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10. SAS Goes All-In On AI With $1-Billion Spending Plan

Artificial intelligence and machine learning were hot in 2019, especially in the big data and business analytics space. But the industry sat up and took notice when business analytics software leader SAS announced in March that the company would invest $1 billion in AI over the next three years.

Specifically, SAS said it would spend the $1 billion on AI research and development, educational initiatives to address customer needs and help them better understand and benefit from AI, and expert services to optimize customer return on AI projects.

SAS is already working with AI in such areas as advanced analytics, machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing and computer vision. The company is building AI capabilities into the core SAS platform and other applications for data management, customer intelligence, fraud and security intelligence, and risk management, as well as within applications for such industries as financial services, government, health care, manufacturing and retail.

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