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Google’s Acquisition Spree

October 30, 2015 by Nilesh Jethwa

There is a history of partnerships and acquisitions which has made Google a truly successful technology company. Using the list of all Google acquired companies and kpi dashboard tool we illustrate Google's acquisition journey.[read more]


Wasted Breath: Data Alone Won’t Convince

October 19, 2015 by Paul Barsch

As more organizations adopt fact-based decision making, the mantra of “show me the data” is increasingly prevalent. That’s too bad though, because in trying to persuade an audience regarding your point of view (POV), you will need more than data to convince.[read more]


Less Dogma Equals Better Decision Making

August 17, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Some of the biggest breakthroughs come as a result of challenging assumptions; especially those that are commonly accepted. But first you'll need to put processes, systems and people in place to continually overcome preconceived notions.[read more]


A Day Late and Big Data Architecture Short

June 29, 2015 by Paul Barsch

In the mad-dash to “do something” in big data without a strategy, IT managers and business users alike seem to continuously jump on the latest technology (today it’s Spark) and thus become inevitable case studies for Gartner’s well documented hype cycle.[read more]

Top 5 Data Science Masters Programs

June 4, 2015 by Sudhanshu Ahuja

Which top Masters Courses should you consider for a great career in data-science? A frequently cited study by McKinsey predicts that by 2018, the United States could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 "people with deep analytic skills" as well as 1.5 million "managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions."[read more]


Why Returning $1 Trillion to Shareholders is a Bad Idea

May 4, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

With creaking IT infrastructures and under-investment in other areas such as plants, equipment, employee training and more, excessive share buybacks aren't just a flawed strategy; they are a dangerous one for the future health of companies across the globe.[read more]

When the Right People Correlate the Right Information, Expect a Masterpiece

April 14, 2015 by Mike Urbonas

Arthur Aufderheide.

Organizations with genuine passion for its mission have a substantial innate advantage when developing and/or utilizing BI technology. They will uncover more/better/faster new data correlations revealing new business answers drawn from new big data, information management, data analytics and other technologies. This is because they will relentlessly ask more new, piercing questions about their business.[read more]


HD Voice and the Future of Voice Communication

April 8, 2015 by Anand Srinivasan

According to a recent study published by MarketsAndMarkets, the high definition voice market is expected to be worth $2.29 billion by 2019. In comparison, this was just $815.5 million big in 2014. This is a pretty dramatic growth projection for a technology that not even new. HD Voice is basically the marketing buzzword for wideband audio which has been around for nearly three decades. So what exactly is HD voice and what is the reason behind this dramatic growth story?[read more]


Problems with the Language of Probability

April 6, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Using probabilistic terminology to communicate the “likelihood” of an event occurring to those untrained in understanding such terms, can in some instances lead to the ruin of careers, companies and in worst cases—loss of life.[read more]


Smart Data Collective Honored as a Top Data Science Resource

March 5, 2015 by SDC Staff

Smart Data Collective honored.

Smart Data Collective was selected as one of the Top 50 Data Science Resources by NGDATA. Smart Data Collective was ranked eighth in the category of best data science blogs.[read more]


Hygienic Hadoop Data Lakes Not Just Happenstance

February 23, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

If you work with Hadoop on a daily basis you already know that data cannot simply be dumped into Hadoop’s file system and be of high value to rank and file business users. To be sure, data management is crucial if you’re planning on Hadoop serving as a true lake or “hub” for all your organization’s data.[read more]


Is Your IT Architecture Ready for Big Data?

January 5, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Companies desperately need to assess their current situation and future business needs, and then design and deliver on a IT architecture that will deliver insights from all data types.[read more]


Changing Your Mind About Big Data Isn’t Dumb

December 8, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

While big data technologies have enjoyed plenty of hype, there’s a new reality setting in regarding getting more value from big data investments. With this in mind, it's OK to step back for a moment, pause your programs for a time if necessary, and—yes, even change your mind about big data.[read more]


Storytelling with the Sounds of Big Data

November 10, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Trying to internally “sell” the merits of a big data program to your executive team? Numbers and facts probably won’t make the sales pitch complete. You will also need to appeal to the emotional side of the sale by incorporating the sounds of big data.[read more]


CAPEX Deferred Eventually Makes the Company Sick

September 22, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Instead of investments in IT, machinery, buildings and more, CEOs and CFOs are content to predominantly spend cash on stock buy-backs and/or dividends. Deferring CAPEX spend, or “sweating the assets” will work for a little while, but it’s not a strategy for long-term success.[read more]