The IoT: Redefining industry, again.

Wednesday February 8th, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is much more than fitness tracking, AI toothbrushes and targeted discounts when you walk by a coffee shop. Put simply: the opportunities arising from ubiquitous connectivity and access to data will bring about the end of many of today’s industries as we know them. For some, this new IoT-enabled world… Read More »

Talking about real-time analytics? Be clear about what’s on offer

Tuesday January 17th, 2017

The inexorable increase in competition around the globe has led to an explosion of interest in real-time and near real-time systems. Yet despite all this understandable attention, many businesses still struggle to define what “real-time” actually means. A merchandiser at a big box retailer, for example, may want a sales dashboard that is updated several… Read More »

The Rise of AI: Nothing artificial about this intelligence

Thursday January 12th, 2017

Artificial Intelligence has seeped into the lives of everyone with an internet connection. Binge-watching television shows and online shopping carts full of suggested add-ons are commonplace, even though most consumers aren’t aware of what’s powering the recommendations. Algorithms are constantly hard at work, learning in real-time while users are sitting on the couch watching their… Read More »

Is Collaboration killing Creativity?

Tuesday December 20th, 2016

If collaboration is good, is more collaboration better? Project management methodologies that have been successful in production-centric environments, e.g., agile, dev-ops, lean are increasingly being deployed in big data projects. However, big data projects are a combination of production and creative work. Software engineering and development is arguably production-centric and well-suited to optimisation workflows. On… Read More »

Pooling data and analytics to power greater efficiency in water utilities

Monday December 19th, 2016

Although water and power utilities face very similar pressures, they have tackled them with very different levels of success. Both sets of utilities face a common battle to reduce network operating costs, beat off increased competition and meet the increasingly complicated requirements of the regulators. Yet it is the power sector organisations that so far… Read More »

Unique Paths to Understanding Customer Journeys

Tuesday December 13th, 2016

When it comes time to write my quarterly blog, I reflect back upon the focus of my work and interactions with our customers. Usually this leads to a new lens for which to discuss the potential for data and analytics to help organisations achieve business outcomes. What is interesting to me is to realise that… Read More »

Getting personal – how retailers must use data to make campaigns work

Thursday December 8th, 2016

E-commerce hands retailers bags of important data about customers, but there is always the nagging question about whether they are making the best use of it. We are not just talking about segmenting customers according to their age, gender and clothing size for marketing purposes, which is now pretty commonplace. No, retailers can really boost… Read More »

Is your DbFit?

Wednesday December 7th, 2016

In my previous blog I talked about modular design enabling continuous integration and automated testing through to delivery. Many customers I have worked with find the immediate challenge is how to do the testing, especially as it applies to a data warehouse or lake. In this blog I will look at how to setup simple,… Read More »

Banks are now part of the Internet of Things (IoT) and need the right tools to excel

Monday December 5th, 2016

In retail banking, as in other sectors, new types of data are emerging as banks shift shape to meet changes in consumer demand, head off threats from Fintech insurgents and adapt to the arrival of new payment mechanisms such as Apple Pay. Indeed, banks, have already entered the Internet of Things (IoT), as mobile devices… Read More »

“Internet of Things”: The off road drive to connectivity in India

Wednesday November 30th, 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) is now gaining traction, reshaping the way we engage with our world in our day to day lives. A recent report that came out from Gartner states that the number of connected units, relating to the IoT, will reach 26 billion by 2020-a 30-fold increase since 2009. Will India accept… Read More »