Data Quality – The most important data dimension?

In a recent article I wrote over on CIO.com titled Want to Speed Up Your Digital Transformation Initiatives? Take a Look at Your Data, I discuss the importance of data quality and data management in an organization’s digital transformation efforts.  That article can be summarized with the closing paragraph (but feel free to go read the […]

A tale of two employees

I was recently talking to a CIO friend of mine.  She has a really good team of people working for her and has recently gone through a hiring spell where she has six new-ish employees on her staff. All six have been at the company from anywhere between 1 month to 7 months. While talking […]

You (probably) don’t need Machine Learning

Statistically speaking, you and/or your company really don’t need machine learning. By ‘statistically speaking’, I mean that most companies today have no absolutely no need for machine learning (ML). The majority of problems that companies want to throw at machine learning are fairly straightforward problems that can be ‘solved’ with a form of regression.  They may not be […]

Five things the CEO wants to know about Big Data

I spend a lot of time talking to companies about big data and data science. Many conversations are with people at the CxO level (CEO’s, COO’s, CFO’s, etc etc) and usually revolve around basic discussions of big data and data analytics.   One of the things that has surprised me a little from these discussions […]

Will marketing continue to grow their share of the technology budget?

If you are involved with marketing and/or technology in any large organization, you most likely are hearing a lot about marketing technology (MarTech) and the ‘explosion’ of MarTech people, technology, projects….and budgets. There are some folks out there who claim that within a few years, marketing will be spending more on IT than the CIO but […]

The three roadblocks to big data success

Anne Fisher just published a nice piece titled “Why Big Data Isn’t Paying Off for Companies (Yet)” where she describes research from the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA) regarding big data initiatives within organizations around the world. You can jump over to the study itself but Anne does a very good job describing the findings in […]

Innovation and the CIO – Survey Results

Michael Krigsman just published a piece titled “What do business people think of their CIO?” that shares some output of a research report put out by Tech Pro Research regarding the perception of the CIO within the business,  including some results related to innovation and the CIO. I’ll leave you to go read Michael’s write-up on […]

Digital Transformation – Are CEO’s and CIO’s aligned?

I just read “Digital transformation will shape 2016” over on CIO.com and was a a passage caught my eye. Before I give you the passage, let me put the sentence into context.  The CIO article is discussing a recent IDC report titled ‘IDC FutureScape: Worldside CIO Agenda 2016 Predictions.’ This report provides some predictions on what […]

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 […]