Dean of Big Data

William Schmarzo

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Decisions Exercise: Identifying Where and How to Start the Big Data Journey The recent deluge of rains in Northern California have flooded streets, brought down trees and plugged storm sewers.  As I was trying to make my way around the neighborhood, I thought of a classroom exercise to help my MBA students to identify the use cases upon which they could focus data and analytics.  In this exercise, I’m going to ask my students to pretend that they have been hired by the city to “Optimize Street Maintenance” after these rainstorms. In particular, the students need to address the following questions: Where and how do you start to address this initiative? What data might you need to support this initiative? These are classic questions that I hear all the time when I meet with clients about their big data journeys.  Let’s walk through how I’ll teach my students to addres... (more)

Demystifying #DataScience | @CloudExpo #BigData #AI #ArtificialIntelligence

[Opening Scene]: Billy Dean is pacing the office. He’s struggling to keep his delivery trucks at full capacity and on the road. Random breakdowns, unexpected employee absences, and unscheduled truck maintenance are impacting bookings, revenues and ultimately customer satisfaction. He keeps hearing from his business customers how they are leveraging data science to improve their business operations. Billy Dean starts to wonder if data science can help him. As he contemplates what data science can do for him, he slowly drifts off to sleep, and visions of Data Science starts dancing... (more)

Data Science Monetization: Focus on Innovation, Not Effectiveness | @BigDataExpo #BigData #Analytics

Data Science Monetization: Focus on Innovation, Not Effectiveness “I have over 1,200 Data Analysts, so we have it nailed.” When I heard this being uttered by the head of their “analytics” group, I knew the meeting was over. I knew that I could safely close my laptop, put away my notebook, and gracefully thank them for their time. It didn’t matter that others in the room didn’t agree with that assessment.  It didn’t matter that others could see the benefit of a “think differently” collaborative engagement with key business stakeholders in envisioning how to broaden the organization... (more)

What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur? | @BigDataExpo #BigData #BusinessIntelligence

My daughter is taking a class on entrepreneurship in her senior year of high school (yep, that’s the Silicon Valley for you). She loves the class, the energy of the teacher, and the creativity associated with the subject. As a result, we have had several conversations about what does it mean to be an entrepreneur. While I am sure there are folks more qualified than me to define what it means to be an entrepreneur, I’ve run into enough of those folks over the years to believe that I have a pretty decent perspective. So honey, this blog is for you! Entrepreneur Characteristics I r... (more)

Natural Language Processing | @BigDataExpo #BigData #Analytics #DataScience

“Apophenia is the propensity to see patterns in random data.”  We encounter it all the time in the real world. Examples include gamblers who see patterns in how the cards are being dealt or investors who imagine patterns in the movement of certain stocks, or basketball fans who believe that their favorite player has the “hot hand.” But apophenia has no place in the world of data science, especially when data science is trying to help us make better decisions about critical things such as the quality of healthcare, where to allocate police resources, ensuring that our airplanes ... (more)