Innovation, Leadership

A Chicago Icon is No More – 5 Lessons for Retailers

4 Oct , 2018  

A few days ago, the Chicago chain of grocery stores, Treasure Island Foods, announced that it is closing. The store has been a Chicago institution for some 55 years, serving urban areas with mostly small format stores, filled with both common and hard to find items. Julia Childs once called Treasure Island Foods, “America’s most […]

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Analytics, Big Data, Big Data and Analytics, Innovation

College Football – Who’s a Fan?

12 Aug , 2018  

With the college football season about to begin, it is worth a look to see how the teams stack-up, not based on rankings, but based on fan loyalty. Big Data and Data Visualization help us with this and lead to some interesting insights. College football also offers us a great opportunity to look at the […]

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Global Insights, Innovation, Risk Management

8 Key Graphs on US Real Estate, Local Economies, and Migration

9 Aug , 2018  

By most conventional measures of the US economy, we are enjoying broad prosperity in the US. Unemployment is down, equity markets are up. However, salary growth is lagging for many. Analysis by the Pew Research Center shows that average real wages are essentially flat over the last 50 years. It shows that prosperity has not reached the middle class and, well, never did.

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Digital Strategy, Innovation

Big Food…Big Problems

21 May , 2018  

Big Food…Big Problems This week, the CEO of Campbell’s announced that she is stepping down. The storied firm of 149 years also announced a review of its portfolio, including soup, and its future as a stand-alone company. The challenges at Campbell’s are also being seen in other Big Food firms, like Kraft, Mondelez, PepsiCo, Coca […]

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Career Advice, Leadership, Risk Management

Learning from Bad Decision-Making at United Airlines

11 Apr , 2017  

By now, you have probably heard about the doctor that was dragged off a United flight from Chicago to Louisville. The video, taken by passengers, tells all. How do companies make such bad decisions? How can we learn to make better decisions and stay away from such self-infected and unnecessary damage? Identify Conflicts before Critical […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Innovation

College Football: Lessons in Data Science, Data Visualization & Big Data

8 Oct , 2015  

College Football: Lessons in Big Data and Data Visualization. Who’s Your Fan?

Things are a bit different this Fall at Northwestern University, and it feels great! The Wildcats are undefeated and ranked ahead of Michigan, who they will meet on Saturday in one of the biggest games for the Wildcats in recent memory. Yet, Michigan is favored in the game. Go figure.  College football offers us a […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Innovation

Data Visualization of the NFL and its Fan Base

6 Oct , 2015  

Data Visualization of the NFL and its Fan Base

With the NFL season in full swing, I thought I would share a graphic that impressed me. It shows how Data Visualization and the power of Data Science can help us understand more about our lives and things we enjoy. It was developed by Sean Taylor of the Facebook Data Science Team, and credits go […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy

The Importance of AI, Data Visualization, and Automation in the Realm of Big Data

24 Aug , 2015  

The Importance of Data Visualization and Automation in the Realm of Big Data

The Importance of AI, Data Visualization, and Automation in the Real of Big Data The heralded economist and Nobel Laureate Herbert Simon is known for saying, “A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.”[1] Indeed, our […]

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