Analytics, Big Data, Big Data and Analytics, Career Advice, Digital Strategy, Innovation, Leadership

5 Career Tips & Outlooks for Analytics Professionals

14 May , 2017  

1.  Analytics has Moved from Manual to Machine-Driven – Don’t Become a Robot! Most people in the field of analytics can remember writing their own analytical code. Today, our Data Scientists in the MSiA program at Northwestern, can produce analytical models from regression, decision trees, support vector machines (and more) – all with more or […]

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Analytics, Big Data, Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy, Innovation, Uncategory

From Big Data to Big Profits

24 Apr , 2017  

Google, Apple, Amazon and Netflix are all successful companies with a seemingly infallible ability to choose the right product to develop, at the right time and for the right customer. The digital strategies are rooted in the use of Big Data and Analytics. How do they manage to stay ahead of the market, to set […]

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Analytics, Big Data, Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy, Innovation

Tony Soprano, The Supreme Court, and the “Big Picture” of Google Maps

22 Mar , 2017  

“Take out the GPS. I don’t want the FBI tracking us with it.” – Tony Soprano “That’s what I like about you, boss; you are always thinking of the big picture.” Paulie Walnuts Gualtieri. That is a cleaned-up and paraphrased exchanged between Tony Soprano and Paulie, when the mob crew got new Cadillac Escalades and […]

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Analytics, Big Data, Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy, Global Insights, Innovation, Leadership, Risk Management

Make 2017 a Year of Growth and Prosperity

9 Jan , 2017  

I hope this finds you off to a very Happy New Year! It is a natural time to plan for the coming year. The Angel Oak of Charleston, South Carolina has always inspired me. It has grown and prospered for over 500 years, reminding us that everyday can bring growth and prosperity. I wish you […]

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Analytics, Big Data, Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy, Innovation

Digital Dominance: Lessons from Zillow

3 Jan , 2017  

The real estate industry has gone through a massive transformation as new real estate websites such as Zillow (and Trulia now owned by Zillow, and Redfin) have brought together Big Data sets on available properties, home buyers, and home sellers. These firms have, in the process, showed us important lessons and best practices in monetizing […]

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Analytics, Big Data, Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy, Innovation

Digital Lessons from Netflix: When is a Customer a Fan?

25 Nov , 2016  

Mastering Digital & Other Lessons from Netflix: When is a Customer a Fan?

Netflix has long been heralded as a leader in the use of analytics and even the creation of novel big data. That is all true. Nobody knows more about movie tastes than Netflix, with its some 1 billion reviews in its database. The graphic above shows that Netflix can use such data and customer behavior […]

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Analytics, Big Data, Big Data and Analytics, Career Advice, Digital Strategy, Innovation

Big Data to Big Profits: Strategies for Monetizing Social, Mobile, and Digital Data with Data Science

16 Nov , 2016  

Join Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Analytics for an Executive Education Course Big Data to Big Profits: Strategies for Monetizing Social, Mobile, and Digital Data with Data Science Course Dates: March 23 – 24, 2017 Location: Northwestern University San Francisco Space, 44 Montgomery St. Suite 1800, San Francisco, CA Course Instructors: Russell Walker, Ph.D. […]

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Big Data, Big Data and Analytics, Career Advice, Digital Strategy, Innovation

Valuable Data Products: Answers to Career Questions & More

16 Oct , 2016  

Turning Data into Valuable Data Products The acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft raises many interesting and valuable business possibilities. LinkedIn is the first and largest repository of data on career paths for millions of people. It has deep and valuable information on firms, the path of careers, and even the best majors for specific careers. […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy, Innovation

Digitization Lessons from Google’s Nest

6 Oct , 2016  

By now, most of us have seen or are even using programmable thermostats. One of the recent and more interesting offerings in this space is from Nest. Nest sells a thermostat that captures data about human presence to self learn what heating and cooling decisions are best. Programming is not needed; it learns what is […]

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Digital Strategy, Innovation

Becoming a Digital Disruptor

4 Oct , 2016  

Become a Digital Disruptor: Lessons for Startups, Investors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs

A great focus for many startups, investors, and entrepreneurs is creating the next Uber or Airbnb. I have examined how both Uber and Airbnb have leverage data in powerful ways. A great deal of their success comes from their superior digital platforms, so let’s examine what principles are at work in becoming the next digital disruptor. […]

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