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Stoppers and cogs in the big data wheel

Quite a bit of attention is given to improving data management and analysis at the data scientist level. But I submit for your consideration today an often overlooked area that needs our utmost attention: the cogs and wedges in both data entry and action execution.

How to correct common big data marketing fails

When it comes to the math, there just doesn't seem to be any call for the messy, touchy, feely side of humans in the equation. This is a mistake. Why? Because no matter how well you analyze the hard facts, the chaotic, nonsensical, and sometimes totally illogical decisions your customers will make will totally trash your outcomes somewhere along the way. 

Splintered data and cloud data connectors

Company data is scattered around all over the place, including in the cloud, and this disorganization is negatively affecting big data projects. Fortunately, there are a few vendors working now to at least partially resolve some of these issues.

Big data may kill higher education as we know it

The days of expecting all students in a classroom to memorize and regurgitate the same information on the same tests are numbered. In the not so distant future, real-world project results will be the prime scoring mechanism instead. 

Your cash cow is dying. Now what?

Many conservative business leaders got confused over what they were to conserve. Somehow they came to think they should protect the cash cow rather than the cash. However, it is a fact of life that no matter how well you tend to that cash cow, that sucker is going to die one day. Then what are you going to do?

Was the government's big data shopping list written in vain?

There's been a lot of talk about big data use in government, but government purchases of big data tools and services have been slow to flat. This mismatch between enthusiasm and actual purchases by government agencies is bewildering to many in the industry. 

84% of enterprises say big data will completely reshape industries within a year

According to a new Accenture/GE study, 87 percent of enterprises believe big data analytics will completely reshape their industry's competitive landscape within three years. Eighty-four percent believe that reshaping will happen in the next year.

How to spur adoption of user-friendly analytics in your organization

The hottest trend in big data right now is to loosen the grasp of data geeks and move analytics to the fingertips of end users. But it's pure folly to think that all business users will be interested in using these new tools. Therefore, adoption cannot be left to chance but instead must be proactively instigated and nurtured.

News from Strata: Business users crash the party and big data turns a new corner

One of the most important things I noted at the conference: a considerable uptick in attendance of business people at an event previously thought to be a geek thing. There were a number of interesting announcements and achievements at Strata and you'll find many of them here. But if you were to ask me for a single winner in the battle of big data ideas, I would say it was...

Meet with me at Strata?

I'm hoping to see many of you at Strata this week, on the floor, in the sessions, at the parties, or just milling about. You can also find me at the "Meet the Author of 'Data Divination: Big Data Strategies'" events on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. at MetaScale's booth #439. Drop by and say hello!