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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Benefits of Open Data Within an Organization

Open Data

A recent article by Christian McMahon titled “Open Data – How Far Do We Go?” got me thinking about the idea of ‘open data.’  Christian’s article discusses the idea of open data in general where entire data sets are freely available to anyone that wants to access and use that data for whatever reason. Christian’s […]

Data Ownership within an Organization

data ownership in an organization

Recently, I was having a conversation with an IT VP about data management, data access, reporting and analytical approaches to the data stored within the organization.  The conversation was a long and frustrating one. I started working with this company to help them open up access to all their data repositories to allow people within the company […]

Today’s Data Challenge is Yesterday’s Data Challenge


If you spend any amount of time reading or talking about big data, you’ll often find that one of the challenges facing an organizations use of big data today is the same as problem that these organizations faced just a few years ago: using the data to actually do something. Before the popularity of big […]

Data is only as good as you make it

data is only as good as you make it

I’m currently working with a client who is very immature when it comes to data analysis.  This particular client has no history of analyzing data and barely any history of reporting. Their idea of analysis is looking at a few finance reports to see how the business is doing. Now, if this particular client was […]

The Dichotomy of Data Access and Data Privacy


In order to use data within your business, you must first collect that data. Seems simple enough right?  You capture some data, store it somewhere and the use that data at a later time in your analysis. What about data privacy concerns? Where are you collecting your data? How are you protecting that data?  Are […]