Dean of Big Data - CTO, IoT and Analytics at Hitachi Vantara

William Schmarzo

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It takes years – sometimes a lifetime – to perfect certain skills in life: hitting a jump shot off the dribble, nailing that double high C on the trumpet, parallel parking a Ford Expedition. Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book, “Outliers,” discussing the amount of work – 10,000 hours – requi...
Consumerization is the design, marketing, and selling of products and services targeting the individual end consumer. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently promoted a $100-per-year iPhone app called Derm Expert. Derm Expert allows doctors to diagnose skin problems using only their iPhone.  Docto...
As we end 2017, I’m tired of writing “lecturing” blogs about what organizations should be doing to master data monetization in order to power their business models and achieve digital transformation. While the objective of every organization should be to master big data and data scienc...
Since releasing the University of San Francisco research paper on “How to Determine the Economic Value of Your Data” (EvD), I have had numerous conversations with senior executives about the business and technology ramifications of EvD. Now with the release of Doug Laney’s “Infonomics”...
Industry after industry is under siege as companies embrace digital transformation (DX) to disrupt existing business models and disintermediate their competitor’s customer relationships. But what do we mean by “Digital Transformation”? The coupling of granular, real-time data (e.g., sm...
I love it when I get feedback from a blog that I’ve written. I appreciate the different perspectives and insights that others bring to a topic of interest. And no blog that I’ve written has drawn more comments than my blog, “Isaac Asimov: The 4th Law of Robotics.” The section of the b...
“Why incur the expense of generating and collecting all of this IoT data if you’re not going to monetize it?” Organizations are racing to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) as the pundits create “visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads.” McKinsey Global Institute released thei...
Sometimes I write a blog just to formulate and organize a point of view, and I think it’s time that I pull together the bounty of excellent information about Machine Learning. This is a topic with which business leaders must become comfortable, especially tomorrow’s business leaders (t...
I was recently asked to conduct a 2-hour workshop for the State of California Senior Legislators on the topic of “Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Privacy.” Honored by the privilege of offering my perspective on these critical topics, I shared with my home-state legislators how si...
It’s Super Bowl LII week and the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots are on the precipice of a championship. One game to decide it all, where one decision could swing the fortunes of either team, depending on a single play call. What can Bill Belichick or Doug Pederson do to a...
To put us on the path for a successful and engaging 2018, here is a quick review of my top 10 blogs from 2017. #10. Is Data Science Really Science? Science works within systems of laws, such as the laws of physics, thermodynamics, mathematics, and many others. Scientists can apply thes...
To put us on the path for a successful and engaging 2018, here is a quick review of my top 10 blogs from 2017. #10. Is Data Science Really Science? Science works within systems of laws, such as the laws of physics, thermodynamics, mathematics, and many others. Scientists can apply thes...
Organizations looking for justification to move beyond legacy reporting should review this little ditty from the healthcare industry: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that the United States loses $750 billion annually to medical fraud, inefficiencies, and other siphons in the ...
Organizations looking for justification to move beyond legacy reporting should review this little ditty from the healthcare industry: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that the United States loses $750 billion annually to medical fraud, inefficiencies, and other siphons in the ...
“Big Data is dead.” “Big Data is passé.” “We no longer need Big Data; we need Machine Learning now.” As we end 2017 and look forward to big (data) things in 2018, the most important lessons of 2017 – in fact, maybe the most important lesson going forward – is that Big Data is NOT [R...
“Big Data is dead.” “Big Data is passé.” “We no longer need Big Data; we need Machine Learning now.” As we end 2017 and look forward to big (data) things in 2018, the most important lessons of 2017 – in fact, maybe the most important lesson going forward – is that Big Data is NOT [R...
I was recently a guest lecturer at the University of California Berkeley Extension in San Francisco. On a lovely Saturday afternoon, the classroom was crowded with students of all ages learning the tools of the modern economy. The craftspeople of the “Analytics Revolution” were b...
I was recently a guest lecturer at the University of California Berkeley Extension in San Francisco. On a lovely Saturday afternoon, the classroom was crowded with students of all ages learning the tools of the modern economy. The craftspeople of the “Analytics Revolution” were b...
This is the time of year when everyone makes his or her predictions for 2018. I have my predictions as well, but wanted to do something a bit more fun. So I thought I’d look backwards to the state of technology 50 years ago to gain some insights that we can use to make projections ab...
Most organizations’ ‪IOT Strategy look like a game of ‪‘Twister’ with progress across important IOT capabilities such as architecture, technology, data, ‪analytics and governance; variables comprising a series of random investments and decisions. There is something very different about...
Most organizations’ ‪IOT Strategy look like a game of ‪‘Twister’ with progress across important IOT capabilities such as architecture, technology, data, ‪analytics and governance; variables comprising a series of random investments and decisions. There is something very different about...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the perfect prescription for revitalizing the political poster child for the Manufacturing industry. I mean, what could be more exciting than to couple IoT (e.g., sensors, beacons, geographical positioning) with artificial intelligence to create manufact...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the perfect prescription for revitalizing the political poster child for the Manufacturing industry. I mean, what could be more exciting than to couple IoT (e.g., sensors, beacons, geographical positioning) with artificial intelligence to create manufact...
Premise: How will the traditional car industry create and extract customer value in the future when the source of that value is no longer the vehicle itself? An increasingly digital economy is overwhelming every industry, and no business, from the largest legacy institutions to plucky ...
Premise: How will the traditional car industry create and extract customer value in the future when the source of that value is no longer the vehicle itself? An increasingly digital economy is overwhelming every industry, and no business, from the largest legacy institutions to plucky ...
We don’t need “citizen data scientists”; we need “citizens of data science.” I’ve written several blogs and conducted numerous student and executive training sessions associated with getting business stakeholders to “think like a data scientist.” We are not trying to turn the business ...
Data Monetization! Data Monetization! Data Monetization! It’s the new mantra of many organizations. But what does “data monetization” really mean, how do you do it, and more importantly, who in the organization owns the job of “data monetization”? The role of Chief Data Officer (CDO)...
My good friend Vinnie participates in an automobile insurance program that rewards him for good driving behaviors; the better driving behaviors he exhibits, the more money he saves on insurance. You stick a device into the vehicle’s diagnostic port (usually under the steering whe...
I recently had another client conversation about optimizing their data warehouse and Business Intelligence (BI) environment. The client had lots of pride in their existing data warehouse and business intelligence accomplishments, and rightfully so. The heart of the conversation was abo...
Will I ever understand the nuances of the advanced analytics landscape? Well, maybe the better question is will the advanced analytics landscape ever stop changing? The advanced analytics landscape, into which I include Deep Learning (DL), Machine Learning (ML), Reinforcement Learning ...
Special thanks to Brandon Kaier (@bkaier) for his research and thoughts on the Digital Twins concept. Unilever, one of the Consumer Package Goods (CPG) industry’s titans with over 400 brands and annual sales greater than $60B, recently bought Dollar Shave Club for $1B. Now normally ...
In an attempt to put the patient first in healthcare, Congress and President Obama in 2015 approved a bipartisan bill for United States healthcare reform. The bill is known as “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015,” or MACRA. Among the major provisions of MACRA is the Q...
The research firm Technology Business Research (TBR) recently came out with a report titled, “Winning The Business Of Digital Transformation Services Requires A Process-Led Approach” authored by Sebastian Lagana and Jennifer Hamel. The report is full of good nuggets, but I especially l...
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning (AI | ML | DL) are at the heart of digital transformation by enabling organizations to exploit their growing wealth of big data to optimize key business and operational use cases. AI (Artificial Intelligence) is the ...
This blog is written in collaboration with the witting and insightful Matt Maccaux and his leading edge work around our elastic data platform and data lake. “Our organization is abuzz with the concept of data lakes!” a customer recently told me. And rightfully so, as the data lake hold...
You can’t get to the “What” and the “Why” by focusing on the “How” In the gold rush to “monetize” IOT, organizations are frantically installing sensors on everything that moves (and some things that should not move), hoping that someone in the business will figure out a way to get fina...
Okay, so my vacations don’t necessary seem like other folks’ vacations. Yes, we relax. Yes, we spend too much money. Yes, we eat too much food. But for some reason, unusual learning opportunities pop up during our vacations, and this year’s vacation was no different. This year’s vacati...
Nobody does it better, Makes me feel sad for the rest. Nobody does it half as good as you, Baby, you’re the best. –Sung by Carly Simon in the James Bond movie, “The Spy Who Loved Me” Actually, that’s a movie (“The Spy that Loved Me”) that Netflix recommends for me sin...
“The problem is that, in many cases, big data is not used well. Companies are better at collecting data – about their customers, about their products, about competitors – than analyzing that data and designing strategy around it.”  – “Companies Love Big Data but Lack ...
I’ve gotten several requests to share all of my work and research behind the Economic Value of Data research work that I did with the University of San Francisco. Given my lazy nature, I thought it would just be easier to create a blog, where I can place all my current and future resea...