Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy

The Future of the Internet of Things and the Digital Economy: Lessons from the Closure of Revolv

10 Apr , 2016  

The Future of the Internet of Things and the Digital Economy: Lessons from the Closure of Revolv

Revolv is a warning about how the digital economy will operate in the future. Revolv, the innovative home automation hub, that was purchased by Google’s Nest, recently announced that they will stop supporting all devices in the coming weeks.[1] Revolv’s home automation used radio signals to communicate with light switches, garage door openers, home alarms, […]

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Career Advice, Leadership

Amazon’s Cloud, Future of CIOs, and Career Advice for All in IT

5 Apr , 2016  

Amazon’s Cloud, Future of CIOs, and Career Advice for All in IT

Amazon’s cloud services business (as part of Amazon Web Services – AWS) has been a great success and shows no sign of retreating. Amazon’s cloud computing business did exceptionally well in the fourth quarter of 2015, generating $687 million in profit on sales of $2.4 billion.[1] That is a business on track to generate $10 […]

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Digital Strategy, Innovation

Digital Lessons From Disney’s $1 Billion Experiment: Marketing and Operations Intertwined

30 Mar , 2016  

Digital Lessons From Disney’s $1 Billion Experiment: Marketing and Operations Intertwined

Disney Does Digital…Very Well! The Disney dive into digital has many looking for lessons from this business leader. Disney supplies customers with Disney MagicBands, wristbands equipped with RFID technology.[1] The wristbands enable customer-level tracking, creating lots of data on transactions, customer check-ins, and customer movements. It is estimated that deploying this technology has cost Disney […]

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Digital Strategy, Innovation

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

16 Mar , 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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Digital Strategy, Innovation

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

13 Mar , 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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Leadership, Risk Management

Business Strategy Lessons from the 2016 Presidential Election

9 Mar , 2016  

Business Strategy Lessons from the 2016 Presidential Election

The 2016 Presidential Election has offered surprises and intrigue. It has also offered excellent examples of strategy at work. These lessons are most applicable to business, too. These are 7 important business strategy lessons from the election: Lead with a Simple and Direct Message: Trump has a very simple and direct tagline, “Make America Great, […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Innovation

Harvard Business Review Webinar: From Big Data to Big Profits

29 Feb , 2016  

Harvard Business Review Webinar: From Big Data to Big Profits

Everywhere you look there is mention of “Big Data.” But what business people care most about is turning big data into big profits. This is the focus of Russell Walker’s book From Big Data to Big Profits:

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Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy

Lessons from Nest: Leveraging Big Data for Solving Big Problems – Managing Complex Systems

29 Feb , 2016  

Lessons from Nest: Leveraging Big Data for Solving Big Problems – Managing Complex Systems

Big Data and Big Profits: Nest Optimizes the Mechanical Realm 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 […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy

Airbnb: Lessons on Digital, Start-ups, Big Data and Disrupting Markets

13 Jan , 2016  

Airbnb: Lessons on Digital, Start-ups, Big Data and Disrupting Markets

When Airbnb began as a means for its founders to rent out their air mattress (hence the air in Airbnb) few predicted that it would transform the real estate rental market. By now, Airbnb is a legitimate means for selecting rooms or houses for rent in many markets. As an example of the success and […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Risk Management

Learning from Hurricanes: Big Data Analytics, Risk, & Data Visualization

27 Nov , 2015  

Learning from Hurricanes: Big Data Analytics, Risk, & Data Visualization

Learning from Hurricanes: Big Data Analytics, Risk, & Data Visualization With the destruction of hurricane Harvey in Houston, the memory of Katrina, Sandy, and Andrew hitting large metropolitan areas, it is worth considering the analytics and data behind hurricane risk. Data shows periods of high activity and then periods of low activity. In 2015, Florida […]

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