Big Data
1154 views

The Next Next Big Thing

Jim MacLennan - November 4, 2014

Part of my job has always dealt with looking into the future and trying to discern important trends that may impact our business. I think I see…

Uncategorized
841 views

Records Retention for Industrial Manufacturers

Jim MacLennan - October 28, 2013

[Records Retention refers to] the practice of maintaining records for an organization from the time they are created to the time of their disposal. (source: Wikipedia) [Records…

Business Intelligence
1190 views

Marketing and IT Get Together: The Elephants in the Room

Jim MacLennan - October 13, 2013

Disclaimer: I am (possibly unfairly) generalizing about two general classes of Business Professionals (Marketing and IT). Please don’t get offended; step back a bit and see the…

Best Practices
987 views

Moving Beyond Smart Part Numbers

Jim MacLennan - March 29, 2013

During a process review session this week, I got involved in a terrific conversation about Smart Part Numbers. You know what I’m talking about – those cryptic…

Cloud Computing
827 views

Developing an IT Strategy: Timing

Jim MacLennan - December 24, 2012

In some companies, IT struggles to find a voice amid the other functional areas of the business – Finance, Operations, Sales and Marketing, even Human Resources. “Business…

Cloud Computing
1022 views

Google+ is Active, not Passive, Social Networking

Jim MacLennan - July 4, 2011

This past week saw the introduction of Google+, the search behemoth’s entry into the social networking fray. A slew of posts, articles, opinion pieces, etc. were sure…

Analytics
925 views

The Hegemony of Large Numbers – Ignoring Common Sense

Jim MacLennan - March 1, 2011

Ok, maybe I’m stretching the meaning there, but that’s a cool sounding title, and what I see as an interesting phenomenon. People get excited about Large Numbers,…

Data Quality
684 views

Data Darwinism: Market Driven Data Quality

Jim MacLennan - February 20, 2011

Just trying a little contrarian thought this week … Have you ever noticed how much time and energy goes in to data validation?I think it stems from…

Data Visualization
837 views

Learning About Data Visualization

Jim MacLennan - December 6, 2010

Even though there is an art to visualization design, it stands to reason that this is a skill that can be taught / learned. I remember going…

Data Visualization
718 views

Art and Science of Data Visualization (Part 2)

Jim MacLennan - November 15, 2010

Just a little more theory and background on Data Visualization, to eat up the rest of your weekend. Unlike the McCandless video, this video will take some…