Three Things I Learned at Strata+Hadoop World

Michael Sims's picture

As I mentioned a little over a month ago, I was pretty excited about the chance I was given to attend the Strata+Hadoop World conference in San Jose. It turns out that that anticipation was justified.

Build-A-Bear CEO Shares Her Secret to Turnaround Success

Haley Carroll's picture

Turning a struggling organization around is a daunting challenge that many people would run from.  Sharon Price John, however, runs toward tough jobs and has a successful track record of turning around unstable brands and unprofitable businesses.

How Organizations Manage Product Costs

Becky Partida's picture

Anyone involved in designing and producing products knows that there are multiple priorities when releasing something new. You not only have to make sure your development project launches on time and on budget, but you also have to make sure that the manufacturing of the product is as cost efficient as possible. That’s why many organizations are adopting a design-to-cost approach for their product development efforts. 

Analytics Maturity: Getting the Intersections Right

Mary Driscoll's picture

In any organization, during the early stages of building analytical muscle, there will be competing views on what the maturity ladder looks like. To sort out what’s what, start with a common language for describing how analytics will serve strategic aims of the enterprise as a whole. Avoid being fenced in by groups of skunk works going after radical but narrow innovations. Beware as well that some people speak only in the dialects favored by the IT profession.

Eagerly Anticipating My First Data and Analytics Pilgrimage

Michael Sims's picture

As part of my professional plan this year, one of my goals is to increase my expertise in the area of analytics. That’s why I decided to ask my manager to send me to an analytics conference. What better way to bolster my analytics knowledge than to surround myself for 48 hours with world-renowned analytics experts from every industry?

Process Management Fails Because Of Bad Language

John Tesmer's picture

Around here, lots of process conversations start with, “Hey! Got a minute?”

When someone around APQC comes to me with one of those, I immediately cringe a little bit – rarely is the request something that I can actually handle in “a minute”. This is especially true if the request has something to do with how my department (Open Standards Benchmarking®) works with other departments (like marketing, research, finance, HR, etc.). But I have a secret weapon in my arsenal: MosaiQ™.

Cognitive Computing and Analytics Will Bring Big Changes

Carla O'Dell's picture

Cognitive computing will be as disruptive to organizations in the next decade as social media was in the last. Maybe more. 

Cognitive computing, along with its engines machine learning and predictive analytics, will radically transform the way we interact with content and each other in our digital lives. Content management, collaboration and the entire search experience will change and become more personal, more customized, and more automated.

So “Algorithm” Is NOT a Musical Term? The New Vocabulary of Analytics

Michael Sims's picture

What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the phrase “data and analytics”? For me, it’s numbers. Numbers being crunched, twisted, and spit out by a large mainframe computer in a heavily air-conditioned room.

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How to Make Running Your Business Look Easy: Analytics at Netflix

Michael Sims's picture

I confess that I have a burning passion for movies.  I constantly seek out new movies to watch and I am always at least somewhat (and often very) distracted if a movie happens to be playing wherever I am.  My girlfriend knows this and, quite kindly, acts as a second set of eyes out there for me, helping me make sure that I don’t miss out on any great films.

Why Organizations Should Focus on Nex’perts

Becky Partida's picture

Much has been written about the need to get younger generations interested in STEM fields.