Originally posted on Data Science Cental
Cloud giants like Amazon, Google, Azure and IBM have rushed into the big data analytics cloud market. They claim their tools will make developer tasks simple. For machine learning, they say their cloud products will free data scientists and developers from implementation details so they can focus on business logic.
The big companies have kicked off a race between machine learning platforms. Amazon ML, Azure ML, IBM Watson and Google Cloud Prediction are striving to fold data science workflows into their existing ecosystems. They want to drive the adoption of machine learning algorithms across software development teams and expand data science throughout the business.
But data scientists and big data platform engineers do not always want or need this one-size-fits-all approach. They understand first hand how powerful and flexible Apache Spark, R and Python are when it comes to machine learning. These people are experts who cannot be constr