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 […]

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 […]

Don’t Ask if you Can’t Act

In a recent Harvard Business Review article titled “Don’t Ask for New Ideas If You’re Not Ready to Act on Them”, Ron Ashkenas provides an example of a company wanting to do the ‘right’ thing but not having the processes or systems in place to pull it off. The example provided by Ashkenas is one […]

Opening Up Your Data

Data and data analytics have been an important part of organizations for many years. Companies have had data warehouses for as long as I can remember. Those data warehouses were generally well designed and well managed and was the final destination of most of an company’s structured data. Using the data stored within these warehouses, […]

Links for June 1 2014

On Being Present And Engaged Quote: Catching peoples’ time, capturing their attention is a huge challenge for all of us.  When we finally do, we need to make sure we are totally present and engaged.  If we aren’t it’s a huge missed opportunity, it’s a waste of time on everyone’s part, and getting that next […]

The Value of Data

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]