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IoT Field Notes: How Do People Start?

When introducing the idea of “information as a product or service,” it’s fascinating to see how different companies want to start.I don’t mean start the conversation – that part of the process seems to take care of itself. I will send emails and...

Posted December 16, 2014    

The Next Next Big Thing

Part of my job has always dealt with looking into the future and trying to discern important trends that may impact our business. I think I see the next big thing on the way – folks are talking about it now, but I’m not sure enough people in digital...

Posted November 3, 2014    

Records Retention for Industrial Manufacturers

[Records Retention refers to] the practice of maintaining records for an organization from the time they are created to the time of their disposal. (source: Wikipedia)That last bit is the tricky part; every day at most corporations eMails,...

Posted October 28, 2013    

Marketing and IT Get Together: The Elephants in the Room

Disclaimer: I am (possibly unfairly) generalizing about two general classes of Business Professionals (Marketing and IT). Please don’t get offended; step back a bit and see the elements of truth in my silly little tale.This past week, I was at a...

Posted October 13, 2013    

Moving Beyond Smart Part Numbers

During a process review session this week, I got involved in a terrific conversation about Smart Part Numbers. You know what I’m talking about – those cryptic SKU identifiers so popular with the folks in the warehouse, on the shop floor, in...

Posted March 29, 2013    

Developing an IT Strategy: Timing

In some companies, IT struggles to find a voice amid the other functional areas of the business – Finance, Operations, Sales and Marketing, even Human Resources. “Business Alignment”, a regular item on lists of Top 5 IT Concerns each year, pops up...

Posted December 24, 2012    

Google+ is Active, not Passive, Social Networking

This past week saw the introduction of Google+, the search behemoth’s entry into the social networking fray. A slew of posts, articles, opinion pieces, etc. were sure to flow - and as I settled down with some time and a backlog of links to review,...

Posted July 4, 2011    

The Hegemony of Large Numbers – Ignoring Common Sense

Ok, maybe I’m stretching the meaning there, but that’s a cool sounding title, and what I see as an interesting phenomenon. People get excited about Large Numbers, and think they have meaning and importance simply because they are Large Numbers. The...

Posted February 28, 2011    

Data Darwinism: Market Driven Data Quality

Just trying a little contrarian thought this week … Have you ever noticed how much time and energy goes in to data validation?I think it stems from visual forms development and the wide variety of clever data entry controls that are available –...

Posted February 20, 2011    

Learning About Data Visualization

Even though there is an art to visualization design, it stands to reason that this is a skill that can be taught / learned. I remember going to campus visits with my daughter, and hearing about a textbook considered to be a timeless classic --...

Posted December 6, 2010    

Art and Science of Data Visualization (Part 2)

Just a little more theory and background on Data Visualization, to eat up the rest of your weekend. Unlike the McCandless video, this video will take some time investment – but well worth it, if you want to charge your batteries on this topic. (via...

Posted November 15, 2010    

Art and Science of Data Visualization

“Data Visualization” has been an extremely active and popular topic for a few years – we can use Google’s Timeline search feature to see the growth in interest since 1980: That local high in July of this year was due in no small part to David...

Posted November 7, 2010