Interactive Analytics – A Tool for Opening Up Your Data

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To be successful working with big data, organizations really need to get their data into the hands of the people that know the data the best. In the past, this has been rather difficult to do. Back in the ‘old’ days of business intelligence and data warehouses, many organizations were trying to get their employees […]

The Insurance Industry and Big Data

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How would you feel if you got a letter in the mail from your insurance company telling you that your insurance rates have increased due to your social media activity? Maybe they noticed an increase in your conversations about speeding or smoking or something even much more dangerous. How would you feel about getting a […]

Big Data, Icebergs and Janitor Work

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Welcome to the sexy world of big data. A world in which data scientists make bold predictions about the future of business. They make millions of dollars and spend their days jet-setting around the world answering the call of ‘big data’. So…maybe it really isn’t all that sexy. Data scientists might make decent money but […]

Losing Big with Big Data

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I help companies use big data to work better.  I love what I do and I love seeing companies and people succeed with big data. That said, I’ve seen my fair share of companies (and people) lose with big data too. Most of these ‘losses’ aren’t due to bad data or poor usage of analytical […]

Opening Up Your Data

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Data and data analytics have been an important part of organizations for many years. Companies have had data warehouses for as long as I can remember. Those data warehouses were generally well designed and well managed and was the final destination of most of an company’s structured data. Using the data stored within these warehouses, […]

Don’t Let Your Data Drive You

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I just read Jim Harris’ recent blog post titled “Data isn’t everything“. In the post, Jim provides some quotes from an article titled “Why Quants Don’t Know Everything“. One of the passages from Jim’s post that I wanted to share was the following: Quants have risen to prominence in fields as diverse as sports, politics, […]

Big Data – It’s not just for revenue

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If you spend any time reading about big data, you’ll find that most articles, blogs and stories refer to big data as a way to generate revenue.  Now, most times you won’t see the word “revenue” used but you’ll see plenty of references to ‘clients’, ‘customers’, ‘new products’ and the like.   I’m guilty of the […]

Before Jumping into Big Data, Know Where and How You’re Jumping

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The world of big data has been growing over the last few years. Everywhere you look today you see people talking about big data and discussing how their organization is doing (or planning to do) big data. While I’m all for organizations adopting big data and rolling out big data initiatives, I tend to cringe […]

Finding Value in Data

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If you ask 100 people to define the value that data brings an organization, you’ll most likely get 150 different answers. Yes…that’s right…150 answers. You’ll hear a few good succinct responses but most will give you a few different answers with examples of how their organization ‘uses’ data. There’s a problem with that response though. […]

What’s the difference between Business Intelligence and Big Data?

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I’m often asked the following question: What is the difference between Business Intelligence and Big Data? Before getting into my approach to answering that question, let’s be clear on what we’re talking about. When most people say “Business Intelligence” they’re talking about the class of products that have been implemented in most organizations, not the […]