Across the healthcare industry “engagement” has become a hot topic. Whether pharmaceutical or insurance or a hospital, all are examining ways to have a keener insight into the behavior, preferences and trends of those with whom they are working and across their ecosystem. Much of this discussion centers on keeping close track of preferences in... more
What the Heck’s in That (Open) Dataset? Here’s a No-Brainer Way to Find Out! Open data is just plain…awesome! If you need some inspiration or ideas for external data sources to analyze, you can start exploring open datasets for statistics about various topics ranging from agriculture to business, public safety, education, consumers, government, energy, finance,... more
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