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

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

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

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 […]

Big Data + Big Analytics = Big Insights

In “Big Data, Big Analytics and You”, I wrote: “Big data is obviously important to most organizations. There’s plenty of data out there and even more data being generated every day. But big analytics is just as important. Without the ability to analyze the data you have at the speed and scale it is being […]

Is Big Data Worth It?

I just read an article titled “Marketers: Is Big Data Worth It?” In the article, the author, Larisa Bedgood, does a very good job of addressing the question of whether big data is important for organizations to focus on.  The author rites that: The moral of the story? It’s about the data, or rather the insights derived from […]

Big Data, Big Analytics and You

Big data has been a popular topic over the last few years.  Many organizations have been studying big data systems and processes as well as the science behind capturing, storing, analyzing and using large amounts of data within their businesses. Many organizations that I’ve worked with over the years have done a very thorough job […]