My Golf, Big Data and the Cloud

Monday July 25th, 2016

The reason why I’m blogging about this is because I see a strong similarity between my golf aspiration and the frenzy around big data, open source and cloud. My starting premise has always been – Enterprises with good information management practices will leverage data better, regardless of what technology comes before them. But like bad… Read More »

Mobile App Fishing For Retailers

Wednesday July 20th, 2016

Amazing, isn’t it. Back in December (when asked to write this blog) I was brimming with ideas. Now, all those great insights are just echoes and as soon as I put finger to keyboard, I’m lost. The fact is, I haven’t a clue where to start. Much the same could be said about the retail… Read More »

What You Need To Do To Get Big Data To Work For You

Wednesday July 13th, 2016

You probably don’t need to know that yet another report has been published about the benefits of big data. Tech giants like Google, Facebook and eBay are in on it, using a mix of bespoke, freeware and licensed technologies to monetize internal data assets by combining it with freely available big data. Even Dilbert has… Read More »

The current state of Predictive Analytics

Monday July 11th, 2016

During last Strata conference in London I had the pleasure to share some thoughts on the current state and the challenges of predictive analytics with Jenn Webb, O’Reilly Radar’s managing editor for Design, Hardware, Data, Business, and Emerging Tech spaces.  We touched on a number of subjects related to Data Science, Machine Learning and their applications:… Read More »

How Much Of Data Science Is Witchcraft?

Wednesday July 6th, 2016

Trying to explain what I do to friends and family can be difficult. They’re intrigued by the title. Data Scientist. But “what does it mean, exactly?”. Invariably, the mystery deepens as puzzlers wrestle with the idea of a data and science mash-up. And as conversations continue, the whole thing sounds more and more like witchcraft.… Read More »

Going Big with Small Data

Monday July 4th, 2016

I have to admit that when “Big Data” starting getting a lot of traction, I was not a fan of the phrase as I often work with organisations who do not think of themselves in terms of having a lot of data. We can talk all we want about the multiple dimensions of big data,… Read More »

Why Utilities Need Hipsters To Begin A New Chapter In Retail

Wednesday June 29th, 2016

I was recently at an IoT event at which I spoke with a heap of people, ranging from folks in suits through to the less conventional – think green hair, baseball caps (or a lid as American readers will know it by) occasionally worn at an ironic angle. And the near-ubiquitous hipster beard. I hear… Read More »