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Courtney Wilson

Courtney is Director of Marketing for CloudFactory.
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Meet the Humans Behind AI

Posted by Courtney Wilson

Feb 17, 2017

When most people think about artificial intelligence (AI), they envision high-tech robots and automated processes, or, in a more romantic sense, the promise of technology finally being realized. Hardly anyone thinks about the actual people behind the technology. However, for every game-changing technology and innovative product, there is a team of humans conceiving new ideas, powering them from behind the scenes, and collaborating alongside it.

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7 Ways CloudFactory is Different Than Crowdsourcing

Posted by Courtney Wilson

Jan 26, 2017

We often get asked how CloudFactory is different from crowdsourcing platforms like Amazon Mechanical Turk (mTurk). Simply put, while CloudFactory provides access to a talented workforce, we’re not a pure crowdsourcing model, we provide an enterprise alternative to crowdsourcing that is built to handle critical business processes that need to be done right.

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The Ugly Truth About Data Science

Posted by Courtney Wilson

Jan 16, 2017

Data Scientist is the Sexiest Job of the 21st Century...Just Don’t Tell Data Scientists

A few years ago, Harvard Business Review declared “Data Scientist” as the sexiest career of the 21st century. Today, data science in high demand. Glassdoor named it the “best job of 2016”, and LinkedIn has listed data analysis and mining as the second most in-demand skill of 2017. Companies are in fierce competition for skilled data professionals, and in many countries, demand is simply outpacing supply.

According to a McKinsey study, by 2018 the demand in the United States will be 50 to 60 percent greater than supply. That translates to an estimated shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 data professionals and 1.5 million managers and analysts.

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AI, Machine Learning and Data: What Businesses Need to Know

Posted by Courtney Wilson

Jan 6, 2017

Needless to say, artificial intelligence and machine learning are at the forefront of technical innovation. From autonomous driving vehicles to predictive analytics, robotic manufacturing to smart homes, how we live, work and play will be impacted in profound ways.

At CloudFactory, we specialize in combining brilliant tech with a talented global workforce. We use our own machine learning algorithms to augment worker productivity with the vision of creating 10X workers. And, we’ve worked with some of the most innovative companies to develop ML data and algorithms that improve business processes and user experiences.

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AI and Machine Learning Lead Gartner’s Top 10 Tech Trends for 2017

Posted by Courtney Wilson

Dec 22, 2016

According to Gartner’s recent analysis of the top tech trends for 2017 and beyond, the leading force driving innovation is the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning. It’s clear that everything from autonomous driving vehicles to virtual reality, robotic medical innovation to gaming will infiltrate and augment how we live, work and play.

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7 Truths Shaping the Future of Work

Posted by Courtney Wilson

Dec 14, 2016

At CloudFactory, we’re constantly thinking about the future of work, and how it will impact businesses and workers. No one disputes that the nature of work, and the workforce needed to support it, is shifting in fundamental ways. While we can’t predict the future, when we analyze the trends, seven truths stand out as powerful forces shaping the future of work.

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Top 10 Character Traits of On-Demand Workers

Posted by Courtney Wilson

Nov 4, 2016

We can all agree that technology has revolutionized how organizations hire workers and how people work. Over a third (34 percent) of the U.S. workforce is comprised of remote workers, according to the most recent Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report.

The gig economy and need for on-demand workers is knocking down global barriers and helping both businesses and people around the globe maximize their own inherent potential. A report in CIO Magazine stated that 95 percent of businesses believe this new global workforce is a key element in growing and managing a successful company.

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Should Your Culture Change As You Scale?

Posted by Courtney Wilson

Oct 24, 2016

As your startup grows, the one thing you can count on is change. You’ll likely have a larger workforce and a larger customer base. Many parts of your company will naturally evolve with growth. However, creating a clear and consistent company culture is one aspect that is hard for many growing companies to figure out as they scale.

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3 Questions to Ask Before Sourcing Cloud Labor

Posted by Courtney Wilson

Aug 30, 2016

The combination of humans and software is the secret sauce for today’s on-demand economy. Artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced machine learning have made software smarter than ever, but it’s significantly limited in processing unstructured data that doesn’t fit in its pre-defined models. For example, only humans can process data that requires identifying items in a photograph or deciphering handwritten text on a receipt.

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5 Ways B2B Companies are Winning By Leveraging the On-Demand Economy

Posted by Courtney Wilson

Aug 16, 2016

Technology has transformed how we work and get work done. Companies like Uber and TaskRabbit connect people with workers in real time, based on their expertise, location or availability — making it faster, cheaper and on-demand.

A similar model has emerged in business-to-business (B2B) services. Everyone from global enterprise companies to startups use labor they tap from the cloud, and in the process gain a significant competitive advantage. From marketing to product engineering and human resources to operations, companies are using on-demand workforces to scale smarter and faster while they reduce risk and control costs.

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