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Mobile: It's Still a Big Deal

With visions of four legged robots rambling through the forest, a pair of virtual reality goggles for every person, and drones flying overhead beaming cyberspace access, the internet giants are infatuated with “the next big thing.”  However,...

Posted March 31, 2014    

It's Time to Ditch Scarcity Thinking

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” Smaug the magnificent dragon sits on his nearly unlimited hoard of treasure and coins and tells “burglar” Bilbo Baggins to “help (himself) again, there’s plenty and to spare.” While it’s certainly true there are...

Posted March 19, 2014    

Technology Training Needs a Hands-On Approach

Many technology companies begin training by handing employees binders of technical manuals, topics and user guides.  Employees are expected to plow through reams of text and diagrams to learn what they need to know to succeed on the job....

Posted March 4, 2014    

When is CAPEX Coming Back?

Since 2008, many companies have stockpiled cash on their balance sheets instead of spending it on upgrading and/or building new facilities or buying new equipment. This of course, is a strategy that can only last so long, as eventually things fall...

Posted February 17, 2014    

IT Doesn’t Matter... Until It Does

While most business leaders equate the Information Technology (IT) department with simply “keeping the lights on,” IT does much more than administer and operate business systems. In fact, with how quickly technology is changing the game in retail,...

Posted January 29, 2014    

Debunking Five Cloud Computing Myths

For the third year in a row, cloud computing is one of the top three technology investments for CIOs. However, there are many misconceptions of “the cloud”. Indeed, in my travels through public speaking sessions and corporate training seminars on...

Posted January 6, 2014    

Be Wary of the Science of Hiring

Like it or not, “people analytics” are here to stay. But that doesn’t mean companies should put all their eggs in one basket and turn hiring and people management over to the algorithms. In fact, while reliance on experience/intuition to hire “the...

Posted December 10, 2013    

Text Analytics for Tracking Executive Hubris?

The next audacious “off the cuff” statement your CEO makes could tank your company’s stock price in minutes. That’s because machines are increasingly analyzing press conferences, earnings calls and more for “linguistic biomarkers” and possibly...

Posted November 18, 2013    

When Big Data Loses to the Anecdote

It’s highly possible that in your next business meeting, you may have data; you may have a solid analysis and even your best recommendations based on a given set of facts, and still lose out to a competing presentation littered with personal...

Posted November 5, 2013    

Science Needs to Be Less Certain

A disturbing trend is afoot, where key topics in science are increasingly considered beyond debate—or in other words settled. However, good science isn’t without question, discovery and even a bit of “humility”—something that scientists of all...

Posted October 21, 2013    

The Dirty (Not so Secret) Secret of IT Budgets

Some business users believe that every year IT is handed a budget, which is then fully used to drive new and productive ways to enable more business. This is, however, far from reality. In fact, in most instances the lion’s share of the IT budget is...

Posted September 30, 2013    

The Math Says Yes, But Human Behavior Says No

Data scientists are busy writing algorithms to optimize employee productivity, improve trucking routes, and update retail prices on the fly. But those pesky humans and their demands for a reasonable schedule and consistent pricing keep getting in...

Posted September 10, 2013