The culture of value measurement

November 29, 2017

“You cannot manage what you don’t measure.” You may have heard that before. Certainly this truism holds today. However, John Hauser, professor of marketing at MIT Sloan School of Management, takes it further: metrics influence the behaviour of the entire organisation, and affect both actions and decisions related to future strategies. According to Hauser, “you… Read More »

Q&A with Sri Raghavan: Applying Advanced Analytics to Health Care

November 28, 2017

Sri Raghavan, senior global product marketing manager at Teradata, answered a few questions on how analytics are impacting the field of health care, and approaches to dealing with privacy and false positives in that industry. It seems like there is a lot of excitement around health care and AI. Where do you see that field… Read More »

The 13 rules for measuring the Turing time of your AI

November 27, 2017

Last time we discussed how the Turing test, flawed as it is, still holds some relevance for AI development – especially when it comes to intelligent assistant applications. For more on that, read more here. However, consistently measuring the test is a methodological problem, as it focuses on psychological measurements. Because a human makes the… Read More »

It all Started with ‘CARE’ – Reasons to Pay it Forward

November 23, 2017

Tho H. Nguyen works for Teradata Global Alliances. Tho has many reasons to pay it forward because of his own personal story — and it all started with the CARE organization (humanitarian aid company). His family fled Vietnam in 1979 when he was just seven years old. “I was one of the boat people,” says… Read More »

Can We Trust Hadoop Benchmarks?

November 22, 2017

Over the last 7 years, there have been dozens of Hadoop and Spark benchmarks. A vast majority of them are a scam.  Sometimes the perpetrators are ignorant of how to do a benchmark correctly (i.e. Hanlon’s Razor.)  But too often, some zealot just wants to declare their product the winner.   They ignore or adjust the… Read More »

Building Trust in AI: How to Get Buy in for the Black Box

November 21, 2017

Maybe it’s something innate to human nature, or maybe we’ve all seen one too many sci-fi movies (I’m looking at you Hal and 2001: A Space Odyssey), but people tend to view new technology skeptically. This is especially true when it comes to technology that makes recommendations or tells us how to do something. A… Read More »

Put your AI to the test – it’s Turing time!

November 20, 2017

Whilst imitating a human is only a small part of what an AI can potentially do, the pursuit of human imitation has implications in a number of areas. For that reason, I’m proposing a contest. Everyone is invited. Bring your AI and see who can take on the Turing test. The goal: achieving the longest… Read More »

ETL is changing: How to transform a TLA*

November 16, 2017

*TLA = Three Letter Acronym. TLAs. The world is full of them. But as processes shift, so too does the language with which we describe them. The process of preparing data for analytical usage is transforming. Gone are the days of writing business requirements, mapping new data feeds from written specifications and handing off to… Read More »

Taking customer journey from mapping to guiding

November 15, 2017

I’ve recently gotten a lot of questions from colleagues about the need for software to create customer journey maps and this recent analyst report by Richard Snow, “Why All the Fuss about Customer Journey Maps?” confirms that it’s moving from interesting professional discussion to business trend. Yes, as Mr. Snow discusses, it’s progress to move… Read More »

Is the Turing test still relevant? How about Turing time?

November 14, 2017

If you’ve found your way to this blog, I have no doubt you’re aware of Alan Turing. In 1950, the father of modern computer science created a test designed to determine a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. Turing described his test as “The Imitation Game”… Read More »