When it comes to big data, think these three words: analyze; contextualize; internalize

If you don’t know, I’m a bit of a data nerd.  I’ve been writing about big data, data science, machine learning and other ‘new’ stuff for years.  I believe in data science and I believe in big data. I’m a fan of machine learning (but think you probably don’t need it) for the majority of […]

Data and Culture go hand in hand

A few weeks ago, I spent an afternoon talking to the CEO of a mid-sized services company.  He’s interested in ‘big data’ and is interviewing consultants / companies to help his organization ‘take advantage of their data’.  In preparation for this meeting, I had spent the previous weeks talking to various managers throughout the company […]

11 years, 1400 blog posts…and a pretty graph

As part of a tutorial on Text Analytics and Visualization I just finished  over  on technical blog called Python Data (where I blog about using python for data analysis), I took a look at all 1400 posts over the last 11 years (11 years!).  The findings weren’t surprising but they are interesting (at least to me). […]

The Data Way

The world has become a world of data. According to Domo, the majority of the data (roughly 90% of it) that exists today has been created within the last two years. That’s a lot of data. Actually…that’s a LOT of data. And it’s your job to use that data to make better decisions and guide […]

Be pragmatic, not dogmatic

I’m currently reading Scott Brinker’s book Hacking Marketing: Agile Practices to Make Marketing Smarter, Faster, and More Innovative (awesome book – look for a much more complete review here soon) and came across a line in Chapter 7 that says “Be pragmatic, not dogmatic.” This really spoke to me. One of the things I dislike about […]

Data Quality – The most important data dimension?

In a recent article I wrote over on CIO.com titled Want to Speed Up Your Digital Transformation Initiatives? Take a Look at Your Data, I discuss the importance of data quality and data management in an organization’s digital transformation efforts.  That article can be summarized with the closing paragraph (but feel free to go read the […]

Driving Digital by Isaac Sacolick – a book review

I just finished Driving Digital: The Leader’s Guide to Business Transformation Through Technology by Isaac Sacolick. Note: I received a free copy of this book for review. The short review: Excellent…the best book I’ve read on the subject. Go buy it if you want/need to transform your business. The long review: I’ve read a number of […]

Technology can be a band-aid rather than a solution

  At least once per day, I’m reminded of the “I love technology” song from the wedding scene at the end of Napoleon Dynamite. You know the one.  Napoleon’s brother is getting married and sings a song to his bride. I’d link you to a video of that awesome song but none that I found seem […]

Don’t forget the “Science” in Data Science

Just a reminder to everyone out there: This isn’t Data Magic….it is Data Science.  The word ‘science’ is included there for a reason. I would LOVE for magic to be involved in data analytics. I could then whip up a couple of spells and say “abra cadabra’ and have my data tell me something meaningful. […]

Who Owns Risk?

This is a guest post from Christine Sato Proper risk management is vital to any project manager. Any big project is sure to have a great deal of risk, which needs to be identified and evaluated. The ability to accurately identify the risk factors and gauge the stakes of a given project is instrumental to proper […]