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

Posted on: December 14th, 2015 by Bill Franks No Comments

 

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…

Netflix Asked The Wrong Analytics Question

Posted on: December 10th, 2015 by Bill Franks No Comments

 

One of the legendary events in the history of analytics was the original Netflix prize. The event led to a terrific example of the need to focus on not only theoretical results, but also pragmatically achievable results, when developing analytic processes. For those who aren’t familiar with the story, not quite 10 years ago, Netflix         Read More…

When You Fuse Old Tech with New Tech You Get Better Analytics

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 by Bill Franks No Comments

 

By Claudia Imhoff, Guest Contributor I get asked all the time, is the data warehouse dead? Not only is this relatively old idea not dead, it’s more robust than ever and it plays an important role with new technology in delivering better analytics. Is the Enterprise Data Warehouse dead? No, it’s alive and well and         Read More…

All-Channel Marketing Is NOT Omni-Channel Marketing

Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Bill Franks No Comments

 

I was on a panel for the news media community at the Teradata Partners conference a few weeks back. Our discussion centered upon how marketing is changing in today’s big data world As the discussion started, something hit me like a ton of bricks. Namely, doing marketing across all channels is not at all the         Read More…

 

Simply follow the news on any given week and you’ll see how data privacy is an issue that’s not going away anytime soon. Retail breaches continue with troubling regularity, along with revelations about digital surveillance. Government and private sector standards on personal data, meanwhile, keep colliding as policy debates (like the “Right to be Forgotten”)         Read More…

Analyzing the Internet of Things

Posted on: October 8th, 2015 by Bill Franks No Comments

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a topic that is continuing to rise in buzz and interest. The IoT has been rapidly arriving around us whether we realize it or not. However, the sensor technology behind the IoT and the data it generates is outpacing our ability to consume, analyze, and drive value with it.         Read More…

Ants, Padlocks, & Cyber Security

Posted on: September 10th, 2015 by Bill Franks No Comments

 

If you’ve followed the news recently, I don’t need to tell you that cyber security is a topic of major importance today. It seems that every week there is another revelation of a security breach at an organization thought by many to be a leader in data and network security. The breaches span governmental agencies         Read More…

Q&A: Building a Data-Driven Culture at Cabela’s

Posted on: August 31st, 2015 by Bill Franks 1 Comment

 

You’ve probably heard of the retailer Cabela’s, but you probably don’t realize what a data-driven organization it is. That’s because Cabela’s began in 1961 with founder Dick Cabela and his wife selling fishing flies through classified ads and mimeographed catalogs. Today, Cabela’s is the largest direct marketer in the sporting goods industry, with assets that include         Read More…

Need New Business Insights? Listen to your “Things.”

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by Bill Franks No Comments

 

I often argue, as I did in a previous post, that new sources of data are far more valuable than simply cooking up new algorithms for data you already have.  When I tell people this, I never have to wait long for the logical next question:  “So where is all this new data coming from,         Read More…

 

It’s a classic scenario. Two people meet at a party. They chat and then exchange information. However, they never speak or meet again. It is as though the contact information was never exchanged. So, what happened? Was there never intent to follow up? Or, did the information get lost, forgotten, or placed in a pile         Read More…