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

Improvements from Artificial Intelligence and (More) Robots in Our Lives

10 Dec , 2017  

Improvements from Artificial Intelligence and (More) Robots in Our Lives With the Christmas season upon us, it is anticipated that some 22 million units of Amazon echo will be purchased and installed. Building on the 11 million sold in 2016, north of 30 million units will soon be deployed. It is perhaps as rapid a […]

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Innovation, Leadership

Product Branding Challenges in Winner Take All Business: Products As Services

11 Sep , 2017  

Product Branding Challenges in Winner Take All Business: Products As Services At the turn of the past century, the dominant retailer was Sears Roebuck and Company of Chicago, Illinois. Their famous catalog advertised virtually everything an American family would need. Sears also owned many factories that made the products and branded products as Sears, including […]

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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

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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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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Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy

Big Data Monetization Strategies: Yahoo! and LinkedIn Purchases Show the Importance of User Data

25 Jul , 2016  

Big Data Monetization Strategies: Yahoo! and LinkedIn Purchases Show the Importance of User Data

This weekend, we learned that Verizon has agreed to purchase Yahoo! for $4.83 billion dollars. Recently, Salesforce.com CEO, Mark Benioff announced that it would have paid more than the $26.2 billion paid by Microsoft for LinkedIn. With Verizon’s $4.4 billion purchase of AOL last year, these mega transactions raise some questions about what is a […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Digital Strategy

What is Your Data Worth? More on LinkedIn, Microsoft, & the Value of User Data

16 Jun , 2016  

What is Your Data Worth? More on LinkedIn, Microsoft, & the Value of User Data

The recent announcement of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn has raised many questions about how Microsoft will monetize this data. In my recent article of how Microsoft can create value from this transactions, many people rightfully raised the point that data contributed to LinkedIn is given in exchange for networking. LinkedIn, like all social media and […]

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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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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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