Big Data, Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy

Batter Up – Who’s a Baseball Fan?

15 Aug , 2018  

I recently wrote about how social media, in particular, Facebook can map the fandom of college football and NFL fans. These examples show how social media and digital operators can leverage data to measure assets, like the value of teams, the size and location of college alumni, and even put a price on things like […]

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

Everyday Lessons from the Facebook Data Scandal

24 Jul , 2018  

Everyday Lessons from the Facebook Data Scandal As the facts come out slowly, there is convincing revelation that what Facebook did and did not do that was highly misguided. There are other realities of the nature of big data capture and digital surveillance in our lives that we must reconsider. Indeed, the notion of privacy […]

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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

4 Steps to Digital Dominance + Warren Buffett on Google

9 May , 2017  

The recent 2017 Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting offered some insights into how Warren Buffett thinks about stocks, especially those of large digital companies. I thought it important to explore these, given the rise of Digital Enterprises. When we think of Digital Enterprises, leaders like Google, Apple, Amazon, and even Microsoft come to mind. What do […]

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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, 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  

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  

Executive Education Course Big Data to Big Profits: Strategies for Monetizing Social, Mobile, and Digital Data with Data Science   This course, Big Data to Big Profits: Strategies for Monetizing Social, Mobile, and Digital Data with Data Science, led by professors Russell Walker and Edward Malthouse, will examine how firms can take big data to […]

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