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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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

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, 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, Digital Strategy

The Importance of Automation in your Big Data Strategy

9 Aug , 2015  

The Importance of Automation in your Big Data Strategy

Big Data and the Value of Automated Data Capture The development of analytics that can process data and lead to automation and the removal of workers is very much discussion today. We read about artificial intelligence concerns from technology leaders like Bill Gates and economic leaders like Larry Summers. In fact, the use of data […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Innovation

LinkingIn to Data Products

24 Jul , 2015  

LinkingIn to Data Products

Every so often we notice an interesting infographic using LinkedIn Corp. data. What universities, for example, are the primary feeders for tech employers like Apple Inc. (turns out it’s San Jose State) and Microsoft Corp. (University of Washington by a landslide)? What company internships lead to good jobs in different industries? (most are predictable, but […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Innovation

New Book: From Big Data to Big Profits – Success with Data and Analytics

9 Jul , 2015  

New Book: From Big Data to Big Profits – Success with Data and Analytics"

From Big Data to Big Profits: Success with Data and Analytics I am pleased to announce the release of my second book, From Big Data to Big Profits: Success with Data and Analytics, which investigates the use of Big Data to stimulate innovation, enhance operational effectiveness and further business growth. The book examines the evolving […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy

Digital Platforms and Big Data Creation

11 Apr , 2015  

Digital Platforms and Big Data Creation

Digital platforms are all around us. We used many each day. These platforms serve our needs but also create realms of Big Data – about or lives, media, shopping, health, and interest. LinkedIn is a great example of a powerful and successful digital platform. Parties interface digitally. Data is openly shared, transmitted, created, and then […]

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