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 »

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

November 16, 2015

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 »

These 3 Questions are Like Kryptonite for Data Privacy Scandals

November 2, 2015

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 »