Digital Transformation – Are CEO’s and CIO’s aligned?

Digital Transformation

I just read “Digital transformation will shape 2016” over on and was a a passage caught my eye. Before I give you the passage, let me put the sentence into context.  The CIO article is discussing a recent IDC report titled ‘IDC FutureScape: Worldside CIO Agenda 2016 Predictions.’ This report provides some predictions on what […]

Foto Friday – Fog over Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park

Fog over Swiftcurrent Lake - Glacier National Park

This was an iPhone snap while riding the ferry across Swiftcurrent Lake during a trip to Glacier a few months ago.

IDC Forecasting Continued Growth in Big Data


Earlier this week, I wrote “Where are we in the big data lifecycle?” where I said that we are currently somewhere between the ‘technology trigger’ and ‘peak of inflated expectations’ on Gartner’s Hype Cycle for big data. A newly released report from IDC titled “Worldwide Big Data Technology and Services Forecast, 2015–2019” predicts that we will continue […]

Where are we in the big data lifecycle?

Gartner's Hype Cycle

Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and Iron Mountain just released a report titled “How organizations can unlock value and insight from the information they hold“. Along with the report, they’ve released an infographic that I thought worth sharing but before the infographic, let me share a few of the highlights and offer some opinion on the results. A […]

Foto Friday – Avalanche Creek Gorge

Avalance Creek Gorge

This is Avalanche Creek Gorge on the Trail of the Cedars in Glacier National Park. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II and Sigma 8-16mm.

Don’t focus on the data, focus on what the data tells you

Should we stop talking about big data, and start talking about insights?

In a recent post on O’Reilly Radar titled “Turning big data into actionable insights“, Ben Lorica provides some highlights of an interview with Evangelos Simoudis regarding big data. One of the highlights is extremely important. It relates to the importance of finding actionable insights from big data and sharing those insights in a way that the organization can […]

Start small with Big Data

Start small with big data

Big data doesn’t have to be used to solve big problems. Big data sure makes it easier to solve big problems, but you can just as easily use big data and data analytics to solve ‘smaller’ issues. In fact, if your organization is just getting started in the world of big data, it makes sense […]

Foto Friday – Hummingbird with Tongue Out

Hummingbird with Tongue Out

I caught this hummingbird outside my office window today. He seems to really like getting his photo taken. Taken with Canon 7D Mark II and Canon 300mm f/4 L with 1.4x extender.

Foto Friday – Bald Eagle at Rest

Bald Eagle at Rest

I captured this Bald Eagle perched on a tree across the creek from our rental near Glacier National Park. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II and Sigma 150-600 S handheld.

To have a great analytics culture, you need a great communications culture


When you read about big data and/or data analytics projects and systems, it is rare that you also read bout communicating the outcome of those projects. Without the ability to communicate the results of any analysis to the broader business, most big data / analytics projects are doomed to mediocrity…or even failure. The quantitative mind […]