Topic "Solution"

Cloud Data Management: Transformation starts with putting value on your data

Executive support is vital to any digital transformation. My last few posts have noted this as we’ve covered the vision, strategy, and roadmapping for a transformative cloud journey. “Executive support” is a vague phrase, so let’s look at it more closely: The business buys into a plan because the plan is good for business—it has... more

The 7 Qualities of Inspired Data Analytics Cultures

Many pundits and analysts alike are extolling the virtues of a data analytics-driven culture. An organization illuminated in the glow of data analytics is sure to outpace all competitors, while devising the next wave of cool products and services. But, what, exactly, should a data analytics-driven culture look like? It’s important to be able to... more

It Takes Data to Delight Your Customers

Digital transformation is what everybody wants, but there are many views on what constitutes a “digital transformation.” Is it online services? Is it a social enterprise? Is it legacy transformation? Is it an analytics-driven enterprise? The definition of digital enterprise may be all of the above, or maybe one of the above. What really matters... more

The Cloud Roadmap: Where Your Vision Gets Real

In recent posts, I’ve discussed the process of establishing an organizational vision and strategy for cloud technology. Once you’ve established a solid, supported, long-term strategy it’s time to get tactical and the bridge between strategy and tactical implementation is your roadmap. Everyone gets roadmaps as a metaphor and that a roadmap is a detailed guide... more

The Deepening Mystery of Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making

More and more parts of our business engagements are being driven by algorithms, and lately, there’s been a surprising revelation about these algorithms. Even the most astute data scientists among us really don’t know how many algorithms are generating the results they are issuing. This deepening mystery of Artificial Intelligence Decision-Making was recently explored by... more

Artificial Intelligence, So Mom Can Understand

Dear Mom,   Even though my work often mystified you, you and Dad have been my biggest fans throughout my over 25-year data management career. Not surprising, as you were both dental professionals, not data professionals! But as you started hearing about data in the media more and more, your interest piqued to better understand... more

Unleash the Disruptive Power of Data

The business world is at a major inflection point due to the disruptive power of data. From smart phones to smart homes, the number of connected devices is exponentially increasing. By 2020, we expect to see 20 billion connected devices, each continually creating new data. The rapid growth of Cloud, Big Data and machine learning... more

Governed or Self-Service? Centralized or Distributed? Get Ready to Deal With Today’s Vexing Data Dilemmas

We’ve certainly come a long way when it comes to business intelligence (BI) and analytics, Organizations have become very adept and taking data from multiple sources and packaging it into formats for consumption by analytics engines and algorithms. While we have addressed the technical aspects of BI and analytics, the organizational challenges and data dilemmas... more

Learning to Love Artificial Intelligence

In March, I attended the WSJ CIO conference in San Francisco and the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) ignited the most passionate discussions. I was surprised how many people were in the Steve Wozniak (“the future is scary and very bad for people”) and Elon Musk (“the biggest existential threat to mankind”) camps. I think... more