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Storytelling with the Sounds of Big Data

Trying to internally “sell” the merits of a big data program to your executive team?  Of course, you will need your handy Solution Architect by your side, and a hard hitting financial analysis vetted by the CFO’s office. But numbers and facts...

Posted November 10, 2014    

3 Tips to Make You a Genius Forecaster

Both Ben Bernanke and Edward John Smith got it wrong. They made terrible forecasts that either wrecked the economy, or in the instance of John Edward Smith (his ship).  Forecasting is hard, and even those who sometimes get it right, often fail...

Posted October 13, 2014    

CAPEX Deferred Eventually Makes the Company Sick

Wall Street analysts keep waiting for companies to spend money upgrading their infrastructures, but they shouldn’t hold their collective breath.  Instead of investments in IT, machinery, buildings and more, CEOs and CFOs are content to...

Posted September 22, 2014    

Building Information Technology Liquidity

Turbulent markets offer companies both challenges and opportunities. But with rigid and aging IT infrastructures, it’s hard for companies to turn on a dime and respond to fluctuations in supplies and consumer demand. A corporate culture built on...

Posted August 25, 2014    

Adapting to Winds of Change

Look around at global economic conditions. More than skirmishes—near flat out war—in Ukraine, Gaza, Iraq and Syria.  China pushing up GDP numbers by loading local provinces with more debt. European economies are on the mend, but not yet turning...

Posted August 6, 2014    

The Rule of Three Works for IT

If you’re a presenter, or simply someone wanting to convey information in a memorable way, you have probably inadvertently or intentionally used the rule of three.  The rule of three is a teaching, writing or presenting device where a key...

Posted July 14, 2014    

Beware of Big Data Technology Zealotry

Undoubtedly you’ve heard it all before: “Hadoop is the next big thing, why waste your time with a relational database?” or “Hadoop is really only good for the following things” or “Our NoSQL database scales, other solutions don’t.” Invariably, there...

Posted June 23, 2014    

When Ideology Reigns Over Data

Increasingly, the mantra of “let the data speak for themselves” is falling by the wayside and ideology promotion is zooming down the fast lane. There are dangers to reputations, companies and global economies when researchers and/or statisticians...

Posted June 2, 2014    

Ramifications of IT Infrastructure Everywhere

Most people don’t notice that information technology pervades our daily lives. Granted, some IT infrastructure is in the open and easy to spot, such as the computer and router on your desk hooked up via network cables. However, plenty of IT...

Posted May 20, 2014    

The High Cost of Low Quality IT

 In times of tight corporate budgets, everyone wants “a deal.” But there is often a price to be paid for low quality, especially when IT and purchasing managers aren’t comparing apples to apples in terms of technology capability or experienced...

Posted April 25, 2014    

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