Is your data ready to help you make game-changing decisions?

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Organizations today are facing disruption on all fronts, which should viewed as a good thing as it allows organizations to redefine their strategies, their markets and re-create their organization to be better prepared for the future. This disruption is one of the driving factors behind digital transformation initiatives. In order to successfully complete these transformation … Read more Is your data ready to help you make game-changing decisions?

Opportunity Lost: Data Silos Continue to inhibit your Business

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According to some estimates, data scientists spend as much as 80% of their time getting data in a format that can be used. As a practicing data scientist, I’d say that is a fairly accurate estimate in many organizations. In the more sophisticated organizations that have implemented proper data integration and management systems, the amount … Read more Opportunity Lost: Data Silos Continue to inhibit your Business

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.

Data Quality – The most important data dimension?

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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 … Read more Data Quality – The most important data dimension?

You (probably) don’t need Machine Learning

Your company doesn't need Machine Learning (probably)

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 … Read more You (probably) don’t need Machine Learning

Where are we in the big data lifecycle?

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Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and Iron Mountain just released a report titled “How organizations can unlock value and insight from the information they hold“. Along with the report, they’ve released an infographic that I thought worth sharing but before the infographic, let me share a few of the highlights and offer some opinion on the results. A … Read more Where are we in the big data lifecycle?