Why Returning $1 Trillion to Shareholders is a Bad Idea
Commentary
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Commentary
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Why Returning $1 Trillion to Shareholders is a Bad Idea

paulbarsch - May 5, 2015

According to the Financial Times, companies are on record pace to return over one trillion dollars to shareholders this year via share buybacks and dividends.  With creaking…

Problems with the Language of Probability
Commentary
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Commentary
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Problems with the Language of Probability

paulbarsch - April 7, 2015

The language of probability to statisticians and most scientists is clear—they understand terms such as “correlation”, “statistically significant”, “confidence” and more. However, using probabilistic terminology to communicate…

Hygienic Hadoop Data Lakes Not Just Happenstance
Commentary
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Commentary
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Hygienic Hadoop Data Lakes Not Just Happenstance

paulbarsch - February 23, 2015

It is often thought that Apache® Hadoop based data lakes are a potential panacea to thorny data management issues long germane to relational databases. After all, the…

Is Your IT Architecture Ready for Big Data?
Analytics
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Analytics
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Is Your IT Architecture Ready for Big Data?

paulbarsch - January 6, 2015

Built in the 1950s, California’s aqueduct is an engineering marvel that transports water from Northern California mountain ranges into thirsty coastal communities.  But faced with a potentially…

Changing Your Mind About Big Data Isn’t Dumb
Best Practices
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Best Practices
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Changing Your Mind About Big Data Isn’t Dumb

paulbarsch - December 9, 2014

After all the hype about big data and its mental cousin Hadoop, some CIOs are getting skittish about investing additional money in a big data program without…

Storytelling with the Sounds of Big Data
Analytics
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Analytics
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Storytelling with the Sounds of Big Data

paulbarsch - November 10, 2014

Trying to internally “sell” the merits of a big data program to your executive team?  Of course, you will need your handy Solution Architect by your side,…

3 Tips to Make You a Genius Forecaster
Predictive Analytics
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Predictive Analytics
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3 Tips to Make You a Genius Forecaster

paulbarsch - October 13, 2014

Both Ben Bernanke and Edward John Smith got it wrong. They made terrible forecasts that either wrecked the economy, or in the instance of John Edward Smith…

CAPEX Deferred Eventually Makes the Company Sick
Big Data
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Big Data
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CAPEX Deferred Eventually Makes the Company Sick

paulbarsch - September 22, 2014

Wall Street analysts keep waiting for companies to spend money upgrading their infrastructures, but they shouldn’t hold their collective breath.  Instead of investments in IT, machinery, buildings…

Building Information Technology Liquidity
Analytics
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Analytics
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Building Information Technology Liquidity

paulbarsch - August 25, 2014

Turbulent markets offer companies both challenges and opportunities. But with rigid and aging IT infrastructures, it’s hard for companies to turn on a dime and respond to…

Adapting to Winds of Change
Big Data
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Big Data
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Adapting to Winds of Change

paulbarsch - August 7, 2014

Look around at global economic conditions. More than skirmishes—near flat out war—in Ukraine, Gaza, Iraq and Syria.  China pushing up GDP numbers by loading local provinces with…