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 […]

Big Data, People and the SMB

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According to the  2014 IDG Enterprise Big Data survey, most large organizations today (almost 49% of survey respondents) claim to be well along the implementation path for big data initiatives and projects. Additionally, those large organizations are well ahead of their small and medium business (SMB) counterparts. There are a number of reasons for the […]

More on the Value of Big Data

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Last week I shared the real-world story of the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s use of data and analytics to change the way they managed and operated their business. This week, I want to share a similar story of a company using data to better understand their customers. This week’s data story finds us taking […]

The Value of Data

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I’m always on the look-out for stories of companies using data and analytics to manage their business. In a recent case study, IBM presented the story of the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s use of data and analytics to better predict visitor behavior. According to the story, prior to taking a data-driven management approach, the […]

Links for March 23 2014

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Midwest IT Survival » Evolution of Corporate IT and the Future Impact of Cloud Quote: All in all, corporate IT is in constant evolution. The rate of evolution appears on all counts to be accelerating with no signs of any slowdown in the future. Anyone who isn’t prepared to have to constantly re-invent themselves should […]

Big Data Starts with Data Management

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Over on the Obsessive-Compulsive Data Quality blog, Jim Harris recently wrote:  While organizations of all sizes are rightfully excited about the business potential of using big data, this excitement needs to be balanced by acknowledging the business risks associated with not governing the ways big data is used. Well said. Many organizations have been caught […]