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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.

Big data projects designed to compute pay and raises, shines light on pay inequality for women

Now big data projects have put the pay disparity in a glaring spotlight. Big data can even be used to identify misogynists in background checks for employment, memberships, and other uses designed to filter out such behavior.

Microsoft's big idea: an algorithm and model store

Microsoft's idea of creating a data science marketplace takes best of show. It is the best idea in a sea of great ideas at Strata NY this year. 

Data scientists: Mobile analytics startups are looking for you

Another area where jobs are springing up for data scientists is in mobile analytics startups. Of course, mobile companies of all types are also searching high and low for more data scientists, too. 

Future workplace: AI bosses and an Algorithm Director?

IPSoft's Amelia, a "learning cognitive agent," is already gaining high-level work skills that its creators say will put it, or others like it, at the top C-level position one day. And a Hong Kong-based venture capital company has already appointed an algorithm to its board of directors. Will we all work for machines soon--if we can find work at all?

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!

IBM, Wharton partner for big data education program

As further evidence that big data is beginning to spread throughout organizations--aka data democratization--leading institutions of higher learning are beginning to teach big data skills to non-IT types. IBM and Wharton are a prime example with their new educational program for CMOs. 

HR's big data challenges for 2015 aren't what you think

By now, you've heard all about big data being used by HR for hiring. In all likelihood, you wondered just how much value big data could be in hiring people. It might be useful in finding and identifying good candidates in highly specialized fields, maybe, but for general HR purposes?

Big data cynicism runs amok, winners win anyway

Do your due diligence before buying big data tools and storage, by all means. But understand that whatever profits are to be had will be delivered by virtue of your mastery of them and not their mere presence in your organization.

Gartner and FBD on a big data myth-busting binge

Gartner released a new myth-busting report on big data last week. They are right that there is still a lot of hype, and most companies that are struggling with data now are unduly suffering from pressures generated by myths. Here are five of the myths they busted--plus a couple of my own after that.