Category Archives: Big Data Analytics

AI is Red Hot. But Where Is All This Innovation Pointing Us?

April 26, 2017

It’s hard to overstate just how quickly Artificial Intelligence (AI) is evolving. Driven by a combination of cheaper and more powerful cloud infrastructure, richer data sets, and new analytic techniques, each new year seems to be a banner one for AI innovation. Advances in tasks like image and sound recognition, improvisational thinking and deep learning,… Read More »

The Analytics and Leadership Mandate for Digital Transformation

October 25, 2016

“Digital Transformation” is lodged in every corporate and IT lexicon today – a “hot term,” as IDG InfoWorld Executive Editor Galen Gruman explains, that’s mentioned far more often than it’s understood. So, to boost that understanding, let’s do a bit of linguistic sleuthing and isolate just the word transformation: Look it up and you find… Read More »

Teradata Aster makes it Easy to Unlock New Insights from Hadoop Data

August 24, 2016

Hadoop requires specialized skills. It is relative of course, but in the last couple of years, as many companies have deployed significant Hadoop infrastructure, there has been a lot said and written on this point. It takes substantial time and technical resources to get Hadoop up and running at most companies. An article in the… Read More »

Digital Transformation: Are You Winning Battles, Yet Losing the War?

July 22, 2016

Is it possible to win battles yet lose the war? Absolutely. And, it happens more often than you’d think. History (and business) is littered with many such examples. The most famous one in history is the classic example of Hannibal, who won a string of impressive victories from 218-201 BC for Carthage against Rome yet… Read More »

Analyzing your Analytics

January 26, 2016

In all my travels to hundreds of customer meetings, one theme pulses through them all like ocean waves: scalability.   Every corporation I visit is challenged by the increasing scale of data and their ability to wrench value from it.  New kinds of data arrive every month and analytics have entered the board room as a… Read More »

Data-Driven Insights Are All Around Us – Are You Listening?

October 19, 2015

Every single business on the planet is in the position to generate and collect absurd amounts of data. There are dozens of great stats about the explosion of digital information. The one that I like, from analyst firm IDC, published in its Digital Universe study, claims that digital data produced will exceed 44 zettabytes in… Read More »

Is Your Business Agile? These Three Ways Can Help You Find The Answer

September 2, 2015

I dedicated a recent blog post on the definition of the word “agility,” and for good reason. Finding ways for your business, and the analytics it runs on, to become and remain agile, even at global scale, is no small task; but the payoff is huge in terms of gaining competitive advantage in existing markets and leveraging… Read More »

Three Ways to Run Your Global Business With Startup Agility

August 12, 2015

My whole job is about helping big companies fully leverage big data analytics, and I’ve written specifically about a new Sentient Enterprise capability model to help businesses scale their analytic architectures and insights as they continue to grow. In doing so, even large firms can preserve the agile and opportunity-driven playbook you’ll find at the heart of… Read More »

Is Your Data Lying to You?

August 6, 2015

As companies strive to become more agile in today’s ever-changing business world, a common theme is getting data faster and, in turn, getting insights from data faster. That’s where the notion of schema-free queries often comes in, where all sorts of unstructured data goes into files in Hadoop (Hadoop Distributed File System w/ e.g. HIVE or Drill… Read More »

The Secret to Big Data Analytics Success Comes Down to One Word

July 1, 2015

Those of you who follow me know I am always evangelizing on the “Sentient Enterprise” capability maturity model for analytics that I co-developed with the Kellogg School of Management’s Dr. Mohanbir Sawhney. I tell anyone who will listen how one word – agility – is key to getting an enterprise to the “sentient” point where… Read More »