Q2 2014 Intelligence Quarterly: Big data and the power of prediction

Business leaders have always made predictions about the future of their organizations. The difference today is that our predictions no longer have to be based on gut feel and inexact analyses of the past. With big data and predictive analytics, we have the ability to leverage collective knowledge and larger […]

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Q1 2014 Intelligence Quarterly: Set your data free for the big data world

Have you been keeping up with the total amount of data being generated over the last few years? We’re moving from petabytes and exabytes to zetabytes and yottabytes faster than anyone ever imagined. And most of our systems were designed for a terabyte world. Eighty percent of the world’s data […]

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Is it time for a big data reality check?

It’s been more than a year since I asked the question, “Is big data overhyped?” My answer today is the same as it was then: No. Big data is not overhyped. It’s real and it’s growing. Do we need a reality check, though? Do we need to talk about how […]

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Q4 2013 Intelligence Quarterly: It’s a big data world

Smart organizations have been analyzing data for years to increase profits and improve customer or citizen experiences. In the “big data” era, however, the most analytical organizations are moving beyond process improvements to find new levels of value in their data assets. They are anticipating needs. They are creating new […]

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5 things executives are saying about big data

Everybody wants to become a high-performance organization. Why?  Because we’re all experiencing the same data pains. Regardless of industry or location, these are five things I’ve been hearing consistently from executives when they talk about their data: The way we use data is different than it was five years ago. […]

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Q3 2013 Intelligence Quarterly: Marketing in an always on world

Roadside billboards that advertise local restaurants. Incessant commercial breaks for new hybrid vehicles during your favorite primetime shows. The merry jingle of the ice cream truck approaching from down the block. What do these things have in common? They are classic examples of intrusion-based marketing. They intrude on your daily […]

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Q2 2013 Intelligence Quarterly: Bring big data to life with visual analytics

We are shifting from a world in which we think we know into a world in which we know and we can prove it. This paradigm shift was made possible by our newest and most important asset class – data. Consider that 90 percent of the world’s data has been […]

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The little engine that could

“I think I can, I think I can ...” Chances are, you’ve heard this phrase before. Popularized in the children’s book, “The Little Engine That Could,” the iconic phrase is repeated throughout the story by the small engine as it struggles to tow a heavy train over a mountain. In […]

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Q1 2013 Intelligence Quarterly: Big analytics brings big opportunities

Our world is changing at an unprecedented pace. Just look at the accelerated level of complexity surrounding the social, political, financial and environmental issues we are all faced with today. Daunting, perhaps, but with that comes the digital era that will turn these challenges into bright new opportunities. Welcome to […]

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Here’s to more questions – and answers – in 2013

I’m sensing a theme as I look over my posts on this blog from the last year. The top five posts give you a good taste of what we were thinking about as an industry this year: Is big data over hyped? What kind of big data problem do you […]

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