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Introduction to Cognitive Services

Women in Big Data

By Regina Karson,

January 27, 2021


January 23, 2021
A discussion with Marie Smith, CIO, Data 360 and Mark Fister, Practice Lead Auticon

Marie Smith, CIO Data 360
Mark Fister, Practice Lead Auticon









If we take the broadest look at neurodiversity, meaning many diverse ways of neurologically functioning and the broadest look at artificial intelligence, can we design a system to learn how to close the gap, or provide a holistic view between people?

This discussion: Explore the wide and varied field of cognitive services, which does just that. And, how it is used in various companies such as those you know, like Google, Microsoft, BMC, with those that you don’t know as well, like Anegis, Progress, Teksun, Shaper and a new class of low-code, low impact startups like Data 360.

Learn how the world of cognitive services is turning the world into exactly what you need in the time that you need it; not just for work, but for play, love, life, exploration, learning, healthcare, everyday goods and services and much more. Discover why traditional, error prone, web-based, manually made software development, even within the field of AI, will soon be a thing of the past.

Mark Fister is a father and husband, executive, snowboarder, technologist, trail runner, speaker, canyoneer, author, investor, and chess player. Mark loves to see business and technology from as many perspectives as possible. He has held 20 different roles in the software industry at companies like Dell, IBM, eBay, PayPal, and even his own company. Mark recently has been learning the ways of the servant leader, having interviewed more than 100 people on the topic of servant leadership. Mark was serendipitously introduced to Auticon, a software and diversity and inclusion services company whose consultants are on the spectrum. There, he serves as Practice Director, where his mission is to do his part to end joblessness for those with autism.

Marie Smith, CIO Data 360: Marie’s ambitious entrepreneurial spirit has led her to be a founding contributor in her 20-year career to nearly 50 media, tech and wellness companies and projects, which have contributed to over $100 million in transactions. Data 360: sells a cloud-based, low code, low-cost platform as a service that utilizes a unique data modeling, reporting and messaging solution powered by AI and machine learning to reduce the operations costs of our clients by up to 90%. Customers use the platform as a service to augment or replace their existing SaaS, web, mobile or social media systems to save costs.

Event Materials from Marie’s insightful presentation:

Presentation and Accessibility Guide:


Cognitive Computing Tools:

Other Sample Companies in the Cognitive Computing Market

Click here to view the event recording.

Example from Marie’s Data 360 overview presentation on design principles to consider based on neurodiverse needs:

Thank you, Marie and Mark, for an inspiring presentation. I learned a lot and look forward to a continued dialogue.




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