Don’t focus on the data, focus on what the data tells you

In a recent post on O’Reilly Radar titled “Turning big data into actionable insights“, Ben Lorica provides some highlights of an interview with Evangelos Simoudis regarding big data. One of the highlights is extremely important. It relates to the importance of finding actionable insights from big data and sharing those insights in a way that the organization can […]

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 […]

Best practices aren’t enough

I’m currently reading Brett Steenbarger’s “Trading Psychology 2.0: From Best Practices to Best Processes.” I’m a fan of Dr. Steenbarger’s work and bought his new book as soon as it was released. While this book is targeted at traders and investors, there’s a great deal of knowledge that can be gleaned from it that can be […]

…and then what?

I just finished reading a great article titled “The Most Important Question You Can Ask: Then What?” In the article, the author writes: The great art of life is in balancing the short term and the long term, so that one can have enjoyment with integrity – pleasure with purpose. But in most areas of […]

Are you looking at all aspects of your business to identify cost savings?

I just read “Businesses prefer to cut in-house costs than challenge providers of outsourced services, survey finds” and just had to write a bit about the article. The article, which reports on a survey by Alsbridge, claims that many businesses today are focused on cutting internal costs rather than looking at outsourced providers and services […]

Losing Big with Big Data

I help companies use big data to work better.  I love what I do and I love seeing companies and people succeed with big data. That said, I’ve seen my fair share of companies (and people) lose with big data too. Most of these ‘losses’ aren’t due to bad data or poor usage of analytical […]

So you have big data…but do you have the Infrastructure to support it?

Big data is everywhere. Everyone wants to be doing big data. There’s one big data induced problem that many aren’t talking about or acknowledging.  That problem? Infrastructure. Where’s the infrastructure to support all the big data initiatives? Where’s the systems and storage to process and store all the data needed for all these ‘cool’ big […]

Do the Hard Work Today for an Easier Tomorrow

Originally published on Its All About Recovery as Do the Hard Work Today for an Easier Tomorrow. Two years ago, you and your team spent a great deal of time and a good deal of money on a new backup and recovery system. The system and vendor you selected hit all the check boxes in […]

CIO’s – will 2013 be different?

This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. It’s a new year and time for review of 2012.  This coming year is an important one for anyone, but especially for IT and the CIO. In 2012, we’ve seen many more people talking about ‘change’ and having more involvement in owning technology from non-IT pieces of the […]

Windows 8 Migration Tips for Small Businesses

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you’ve seen the announcement of the release of Windows 8 from Microsoft. For individuals purchasing a new computer you’ll most likely be forced to buy one that has Windows 8 installed.  This may cause some consternation at first with having to learn a […]