“Build” or “Buy” – The Big Data Dilemma Facing Organizations Today


Finding the right people has always been a problem for IT organizations for many reasons. There’s always been a “build or buy” decision for organizations – do they hire and “build” people into what they need them to be or do they just go out and “buy” employees for that particular role and/or hire consultants […]

A look at Twitter messages in 2012 mentioning $SPY and S&P500 Symbols


Cross Posted at TradeTheSentiment.com While working up my data analysis chapter of my dissertation, I came across some interesting tidbits of information and thought I’d share. Nothing here is earth-shattering and there’s not much I (or you) can do with this…but I thought it interesting and hope someone else out there does too. I’ve shared […]

CIO 100 Awards – On Disrupting IT


In August, I attended the CIO 100 Symposium and Awards in Colorado Springs, CO.I was lucky enough to get an invite to the event and jumped at the chance to go. The event’s ‘tagline’ was “Thriving in an Age of Disruptive Innovation”, which fits the IT world perfectly these days I think. Forrester’s James McQuivey […]

Big Data won’t solve your problem (or maybe it will)


I just finished reading “Can big data technology be used to replace creative marketing?” and felt the need to vent a bit. This first part of this vent: I’m not real sure what the reason for that article was…it kind of bounced around a bit.   Apologies to the author but I was confused reading it […]

Big Data isn’t the answer

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I’m a fan of data. I love using data to solve problems and find answers. I love combining context and data to help organizations find identify issues and find solutions. I love seeing organizations using data to make decisions and manage their business and even more, I love seeing organizations searching for new ways to […]

Big Data, Small Data – or YOUR Data?


I just finished reading Big Data and Marketing: A Confused Relationship? over on Marketing Pilgrim. There’s some good stuff in the post – but what really caught my attention was a paragraph toward the end of the article. The paragraph is: Focus more on the data you have today versus getting caught up in trying […]

Building Teams…just like making Granola?


Ah Granola. That wonderful treat consisting of oats, nuts, honey and other assorted goodies like berries, bananas, chocolate chips, raisins etc etc. Additionally, granola can be a snack, a meal or a dessert…it truly is a force to be reckoned with. To make granola, you don’t need any special ‘tools’ or appliances. You just need […]

Tips for making good coffee (and building better teams)


There are many ways to make coffee.   You’ve got your pre-ground coffee. You’re pre-packaged coffee. Whole Bean coffee.  Self-roasted coffee.  Instant coffee. And as many types of coffee, there are just as many ways to make coffee.  Drip. French Press. Instant. Percolator. Etc etc. For the purposes of this post, let’s look at three ways […]

Always Learning. Or: my attempt to improve my (horrid) programming habits

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I’m the worlds worst developer. Really. I am. I don’t follow best practices and my coding style is the oft-chided “brute force” method. I owe (blame?) my coding style on the fact that the first language I learned was FORTRAN 77 and then quickly I picked up C.  Then…I spent 3 years teaching FORTRAN 77 […]

Context and Data


A few weeks ago I wrote about Big Data and Small Business. From that post, I wrote: As its defined, big data might be too big for small business, but the concepts behind big data – identifying, collecting, analyzing and using data – aren’t too big. Anyone can use do four steps regardless of business size and […]