5 Questions About The
Analytics of Things

September 1, 2016

We had a Q&A session with Bill Franks about the Analytics of Things, to get the scoop on what he’ll present at Teradata PARTNERS Conference, and here’s what we discovered – What is the biggest opportunity right now with IoT and Analytics? What I’m most excited about is all of the new data that’s becoming available… Read More »

Embrace Analytic Athleticism

August 17, 2016

With today’s rapidly changing mix of analytic techniques, toolsets, and platforms, it’s difficult for any organization to be confident it is keeping its analytic workforce and skillsets up to date. I often have clients ask if they need to consider turning over a large portion of their analytics organization in order to adapt to these… Read More »

Psssst – How Much Money For Your Personal Data

August 9, 2016

We’re all generating a lot of data about ourselves and how we live day to day. There are personal fitness devices, preferences and opinions expressed on social media, details on when we’ve come and gone from the house from our security systems, and more. It isn’t just data that companies are collecting from us, but… Read More »

Patterns Recur in Analytics Just Like in Nature

August 4, 2016

I have always loved science and math, and that’s why I got into statistics and focused on analytics for a career. One thing that has always fascinated me is how certain patterns show up again and again in different places across nature and mathematics. When looking at two seemingly unrelated topics, it suddenly becomes clear… Read More »

They Know What You’re Watching (And Why You’re Watching It)

August 2, 2016

It wasn’t long ago that the entertainment industry had virtually no information on the end consumers of its products. A studio would create a television show, which would then be transmitted over the airwaves or through a satellite or cable feed. Even the broadcasters had virtually no information on which consumers watched what content. Outside… Read More »

Approach Big Data Analytics Like A Lego Kit

May 9, 2016

A few months back I was having a conversation with a colleague of mine, Brad Elo. We were discussing the importance of operationalizing analytic processes and the need for the use of repeatable and standardized components to enable success. As part of the discussion, Brad brought up a terrific parallel between Legos and analytics that… Read More »

Without Things, There is No Analytics of Things (AOT)

March 21, 2016

I was recently having a discussion with Richard Hackathorn, an industry strategist & analyst and Dan Graham, a colleague who is deep into my company’s strategy for the Internet of Things (IoT). We were specifically talking about how to enable theAnalytics of Things (AoT) and what barriers and opportunities exist today. During the discussion, it… Read More »

Tracking All The Things You Need To Analyze

February 29, 2016

As the Internet of Things (IOT) continues to gain momentum, there is a critical component to success that is missing today. While I’ve written about the power of the Analytics of Things (AOT), without addressing some tactical issues regarding the registering, tracking, and retiring of the things we want to analyze, we won’t be able… Read More »

Avoiding Faulty Analytics: 3 Tips for Testing Assumptions Upfront

February 16, 2016

Anybody paying attention to big data has probably run across a certain powerful and exciting observation that’s often made: the one about how today’s vast ocean of diverse and multi-structured data allows analytics to discover unexpected patterns and insights for “answers to questions we never thought to ask”, etc. I hesitate to label this kind… Read More »

Q&A: How NCR Listens to the Heartbeat of IoT

December 14, 2015

Most consumers interact with consumer transaction technologies company NCR’s products nearly every day. Through thousands of consumer touch-points like bank ATMs, retail Point-of-Sale (POS) devices, self-checkout devices, airport check-in kiosks, and other pervasive tools, NCR handles a massive amount of transactions and data, more than 550 million transactions every day, or about 6,300 every second,… Read More »