Tag Archives: sentient

Why “Unsupervised,” Autonomous Cars are Right Around the Corner

May 31, 2017

Autonomous drive – cars and trucks that pilot themselves – is perhaps the most rapidly maturing areas of technology today. I know a senior IT executive at a major car company who, in the late 2000’s, served on a team dedicated to safety electronics like braking assist and lane monitoring for drowsiness detection. After moving… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Will Data Anarchy Shut Down The Big Data Revolution?

June 4, 2015

I wrote in my previous post how companies should try to to cultivate a LinkedIn-style culture of collaboration around analytics so business users throughout the organization can stay engaged, energized and accountable when it comes to data. I included the caveat that this do-it-yourself urge among employees to innovate and experiment should be harnessed, but only if you can… Read More »

Is Your Enterprise ‘Sentient?’ Building A Smarter, More Agile Business

April 23, 2015

For me, the big data and analytic revolution is as much about psychology, culture and workforce dynamics, as it is about big data technology itself. I’ll be discussing a range of topics in posts to come, but many will relate to a new concept I’ve been calling “the Sentient Enterprise.” The Sentient Enterprise is an… Read More »