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Before dismissing the information booth as a primitive and outdated concept, stop to consider that advanced analytics are starting to give us the Information Booth 2.0. That’s right! The information booth is still a cutting edge idea!!! It provided just the right information, in the ri...
We often hear about aspirational best practices to leverage Hadoop to develop a world-class platform for big data and predictive analytics. But equally (or more) important is making sure that you avoid the most common pitfalls as you begin this journey to enabling digital transformatio...
We often hear about aspirational best practices to leverage Hadoop to develop a world-class platform for big data and predictive analytics. But equally (or more) important is making sure that you avoid the most common pitfalls as you begin this journey to enabling digital transformatio...
Gartner cited the #1 challenge in Big Data as “Determining how to get value from Big Data.” Did I read that right? And by no a small margin! How to get value from Big Data? Shouldn’t it be shocking that such a fundamental question persists while businesses are spending billions on dat...
Gartner cited the #1 challenge in Big Data as “Determining how to get value from big data.” Did I read that right? And by no a small margin! How to get value from big data? Shouldn’t it be shocking that such a fundamental question persists while businesses are spending billions on data...
You can call me bias, or out of touch, but over the past two years, I’ve been reading articles and blogs about how big data is going away, dying, or already dead. So what changed? Is Big Data falling into Gartner’s dreaded trough of disillusionment? Did someone discover that predictive...
Jeffrey Abbott Spoiler alert. Turns out Avatar was not filmed. That’s right. They used computers, not real aliens, and it was 100% digital. I watched this movie with my kids last week, and had the epiphany that the movie is strikingly similar to Dances with Wolves, but set in the futur...
Spoiler alert. Turns out Avatar was not filmed. That’s right. They used computers, not real aliens, and it was 100% digital. I watched this movie with my kids last week, and had the epiphany that the movie is strikingly similar to Dances with Wolves, but set in the future, and with rob...
Data science is a well-known practice – yet it’s poorly understood by most, outside of data scientists. Business leaders who want to maximize the value of their data can learn to think like data scientists and generate actionable analytic recommendations for data science teams. By inco...
Jeffrey Abbott Data science is a well-known practice – yet it’s poorly understood by most, outside of data scientists. Business leaders who want to maximize the value of their data can learn to think like data scientists and generate actionable analytic recommendations for data science...
Jeffrey Abbott I recently read an article about a guy named Doug DeMuro, who, like many of us, always wanted a Ferrari. That may not sound newsworthy, but he actually went out and bought one. And it was a big disappointment. Data Science would have told him to buy a Porsche. Doug wante...
I recently read an article about a guy named Doug DeMuro, who, like many of us, always wanted a Ferrari. That may not sound newsworthy, but he actually went out and bought one. And it was a big disappointment. Data Science would have told him to buy a Porsche. Doug wanted a car that wo...
I’m in hi-tech marketing. I live in a sea of buzzwords, business jargon, and acronyms (most of which are actually abbreviations, but I’ve learned to let that one slide). They spread faster than a virus in a daycare center. I hear people on conference calls saying things like “Dave, let...
Jeffrey Abbott Water, water everywhere and nothing to drink. Today I traveled from Boston to San Jose, CA. With stunningly clear weather and a window seat, I observed the transition from a frozen blanket of white covering the entire Northeast and Great Lakes, to the dry and rugged Rock...
Water, water everywhere and nothing to drink. Today I traveled from Boston to San Jose, CA. With stunningly clear weather and a window seat, I observed the transition from a frozen blanket of white covering the entire Northeast and Great Lakes, to the dry and rugged Rockies that are od...
Jeffrey Abbott Circa 1993, I was tired of looking through the couch for spare change and realized that my summer job had not produced enough income to cover my day to day expenses for the upcoming school year. Given that I had classes in the day, a night job serving food and drinks in ...
Circa 1993, I was tired of looking through the couch for spare change and realized that my summer job had not produced enough income to cover my day to day expenses for the upcoming school year. Given that I had classes in the day, a night job serving food and drinks in a bar or [̷...
Occasionally I see things. Fortunately, I don’t see dead people. But lately, around the board room, I see new people. I see IT diverging. I see “I” and “T” as decoupling into two separate business units. And technology vendors [that sell to IT] need to start treating IT as two differen...
Jeffrey Abbott Occasionally I see things. Fortunately, I don’t see dead people. But lately, around the board room, I see new people. I see IT diverging. I see “I” and “T” as decoupling into two separate business units. And technology vendors [that sell to IT] need to start treating IT ...