How to ruthlessly use data like a boss without becoming inhuman

How to ruthlessly use data like a boss without becoming inhuman

Through the power of predictive analytics, I can tell you when your employees are looking for new jobs, based on such factors as the timing of their sick leave requests, their word choice in company memos, and the number of emails that they send and to whom in your organization. If I want to outsource that responsibility, I can tell …

The five stages of machine learning implementation

The five stages of machine learning implementation

If you’ve stumbled upon this article, you may already be in this position. However, what’s more likely is that this is going to become your situation in near future, and learning from someone else’s experience is now needed to prepare. While there’s a plethora of theory around business applications for data analytics; there is a significant lack of practical, real-life …

Transforming the pyramid to an agile org

Transforming the pyramid to an agile org

I recently published a video exploring how an agile team based organization could look like. How does it look like under the hood? In the video I also discussed how you get there. I got tons of great feedback so I decided to provide the content of the video in the format of a blog. If you prefer to read instead of watching …

Business Intelligence ROI: 5 Critical Ways to Show BI Value

Business Intelligence ROI: 5 Critical Ways to Show BI Value

Are you constantly having to justify your businesses analytics program to business leaders? Or are you working at a corporation that recognizes the business intelligence ROI that an Analytics program delivers, and is constantly demanding more? For the majority of program managers the former is true and that means continuously promoting analytics to ensure that business users are leveraging the …

Your Journey Towards Big Data & Advanced Analytics

Your Journey Towards Big Data & Advanced Analytics

Big data, advanced analytics, machine learning, stream analytics… these are buzzwords that organizations believe will completely transform the way they do business. And they are right! The business value is somewhere locked behind the large volumes of structured and unstructured data coming from inside and outside the company. To unlock it, these organizations must be able to store this data, …

3 Ways IT Can Benefit from Self-Service Analytics

3 Ways IT Can Benefit from Self-Service Analytics

There are many natural enemies in the world. The Yankees and the Red Sox. Cats and dogs. IT managers and self-service analytics—right? According to Gartner, self-service analytics is a “form of business intelligence in which line-of-business professionals are enabled and encouraged to perform queries and generate reports on their own, with nominal IT support” (emphasis mine). For folks working in …

4 security measures that strengthen big data governance

4 security measures that strengthen big data governance

As companies continue to redefine IT processes to cope with the semi-structured and unstructured data that characterize big data, they are also recognizing that standard data security practices that grew up with fixed-record, transactional data no longer address every big data security concern. For starters, there are few controls on the mountains of big data that flow into companies on …

States Appear On The Frontier Of Your Car Privacy Protection

States Appear On The Frontier Of Your Car Privacy Protection

With the advancement in big data and cloud technologies, personal data privacy issue has become more urgent than ever. Traditionally privacy-sensitive industries, such as healthcare and finance, have long been relying on legislation in terms of data privacy protection. However, though, as we are on the cusp of a tectonic shift in the way we deal with the sensitive information, …

Your In-Store Customers Want More Privacy

Your In-Store Customers Want More Privacy

Maybe you’re eyeing a department store display when you begin to realize a sales associate is, in turn, eyeing you. Or perhaps you’re the sales associate yourself, trying to decide whether intervening will help make a sale. Regardless of which position you’re in, the relationship between shoppers and retail employees can have a direct impact on a customer’s decision to make a …

The carrot and stick of data breaches

The carrot and stick of data breaches

Data breaches are on the rise. Just recently we saw new reports confirming Yahoo! suffered another large, embarrassing breach (this time of more than one billion user accounts in August 2013). And the story continues to unfold around whether or not Russia breached United States cyber systems in hopes of influencing the 2016 presidential election. It seems like putting personal …