This one skill will make you a data science rockstar

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Want to be a data science rockstar? of course you do! Sorry for the clickbait headline, but I wanted to reach as many people as I can with this important piece of information. Want to know what the ‘one skill’ is? It isn’t python or R or Spark or some other new technology or platform.  … Read more This one skill will make you a data science rockstar

Data Mining – A Cautionary Tale

Beware Data Mining

For those of you that might be new to data, keep this small (but extremely important) thing in mind – beware data mining. What is data mining?  Data mining is the process of discovering information and patterns in data.  Data mining is the first step taken in the Data -> Information -> Knowledge -> Wisdom … Read more Data Mining – A Cautionary Tale

You Need a Chief Data Officer. Here’s Why.

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Big data has moved from buzzword to being a part of everyday life within enterprise organizations. An IDG survey reports that 75% of enterprise organizations have deployed or plan to deploy big data projects. The challenge now is capturing strategic value from that data and delivering high-impact business outcomes. That’s where a Chief Data Officer … Read more You Need a Chief Data Officer. Here’s Why.

Beware the Models

Beware the Models

“But….all of our models have accuracies above 90%…our system should be working perfectly!” Those were the words spoken by the CEO of a mid-sized manufacturing company. These comments were made during a conversation about their various forecasting models and the poor performance of those models. This CEO had spent about a million dollars over the … Read more Beware the Models

Big Data Roadmap – A roadmap for success with big data

Big Data Roadmap

I’m regularly asked about how to get started with big data. My response is always the same: I give them my big data roadmap for success.  Most organizations want to jump in a do something ‘cool’ with big data. They want to do a project that brings in new revenue or adds some new / … Read more Big Data Roadmap – A roadmap for success with big data