Digital Transformation has a Big Data complex

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Digital Transformation is real and is here. McKinsey & Co. has some excellent survey results on digital trends. Incredibly good insights. Exhibit 4 shows how the investment stacks up for digital initiatives. Not surprising that Big Data came in last. In and of it self it’s too nebulous to be a stand out. But Big Data is […]

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This Transformation Feels Different. Disruptively So.

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Digital Transformation is here. Consider this: Travelocity changed how we purchase a hotel room. AirBnB is changing the very definition of a hotel room altogether. Taxi Medallions have been great investments. Until now, that is.  Uber is changing the very definition of a cab. Starbucks now deprives your bank of float altogether with its loyalty card that hangs on […]

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More Needles, Less Haystacks

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This is a lovely article over at the Wall Street Journal by Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkell B/ Rasmussen about what they characterize as “Thick Data”. Here is the basic premise: In fact, companies that rely too much on the numbers, graphs and factoids of Big Data risk insulating themselves from the rich, qualitative reality of their customers’ everyday […]

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Is Big Data all that? Consider the source.

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A seriously content rich debate ensued in the past 24 hours on the validity of big data and accompanying algorithms that govern them. The central hypothesis we’re debating is MIT Professor Andrew McAfee’s assertion that algorithms are smarter than human judgement. Three sources you want to peruse if you want to play: Professor McAfee’s original […]

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Tiny Insights. #bigdata

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The carbon footprint of a beef burrito is 5 times that of a chicken burrito. That’s per Eugene Cordero, Professor at San Jose State University, and came my way via my pal, Frank Scavo, a few weeks ago. You want to take massive causes or opportunities and humanize them down to a single unit of […]

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Rypple and Salesforce.com: It’s about Identity.

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Salesforce.com announced that it has acquired Toronto-based Rypple – a social performance management provider. Given my preference for fix-a-problem social software, I’ve always appreciated that Rypple injected the needed context to illustrate why collaborative approaches and in turn, social software mattered to core enterprise process.  No head scratching on use cases when you saw the […]

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Why I’m Optimistic about 2012

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TechCrunch quotes a warning of sorts by Venture Capitalist Josh Kopelman who basically says 2012 will be more like a correcting 2008, as opposed to a euphoric 2011. Lots of good for and against arguments on the VC investing front by the likes of Dave McClure and others in the comments on TC. Regardless of […]

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