These days I’m often asked to provide career advice when I speak at conferences. The questions usually run along the lines of, How can I do interesting things, and How can I make the most money? More often than not, my recommendation is to move to a career path that aligns with being a data... more
On the other hand, the need to understand customers better, to use analytics to deliver better business outcomes, and to either be a digital disruptor or head off digital disruption has never been greater. My take is that the broader analytics spending will continue to grow, and along with it, the Big Data projects that are connected to measurable business outcomes.
Earlier this year Informatica’s CEO introduced the concept of Data 3.0: A level of organizational maturity where data is the new control point, and will shape how applications are developed and deployed. At conferences and in private discussions I have been party to, the theme of ‘Data Powering Business’ is gaining strength. Many Life Science... more
Original article by the Author is on, TotalRetail “Why the Future of Retail Will Blow Your Mind” reads the title of an Entrepreneur article from nearly two years ago. The piece detailed how brick-and-mortar retailers were planning to leverage technology to improve the often mundane in-store experience and boost slowing store sales. A primary way in-store customers were going to be “mind blown” was... more
Somebody at a conference once said to me: “Nobody knows what the role of a Chief Data Officer is, and if they did, they would not take the job!” That was 18 months ago, and even though the definition of the CDO role has clarified a great deal, but the improved role clarity has not reduced the challenge one iota.
A new report from Forrester talks about the explosion of big data, with non-relational databases making up the bulk of the growth. The report, claimed to be a first of its kind from the analyst firm, is titled: Big Data Management Solutions Forecast 2016 to 2021. In essence, the report argues that NoSQL and Hadoop... more
I love cats and I guess millions of pet owners worldwide do everything to ensure their pets are happy, safe and fit. They want to their pets to live a long and healthy life. Health starts with high quality food. This is why pet owners request to make informed purchases when buying pet food. While the... more
With Dreamforce in full effect in San Francisco, innovative ways to integrate Salesforce and other SaaS apps with other critical business systems is a hot topic. To tame the data integration sprawl and rising costs that come as the number of connections from Salesforce and other SaaS apps to on-premises and other cloud systems proliferate,... more
Dreamforce 2016 is under way! For many attendees, this is the primary Cloud and Tech conference where they get to see all the latest innovations from Salesforce and their partner ecosystem. Informatica has been working with Salesforce for more than 10 years, starting with 2006 when Marc Benioff was the keynote speaker at Informatica World.... more
It’s October in the Silicon Valley and that can only mean one thing, Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce extravaganza is about to start. This event is part technology, part charitable giving, part entertainment and just an enormous amount of fun that takes over all of San Francisco. This year the excitement is about Salesforce’s introduction of Einstein... more