Dean of Big Data

William Schmarzo

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This is a short blog with a harsh message for Big Data vendors. Camera fades in to Pastor Schmarzo heading to the pulpit… What does the future hold for today’s Big Data vendors?  Hundreds of startups are rushing into the Big Data market to stake their claim to a market that IDC predicts will reach $187 billion by 2019.  Dang, that’s a big market, especially considering that the Global Business Intelligence market will only reach a trifling $20.8 billion by 2018 or the long-running ERP applications market is expected to reach a trivial $84.1 billion by 2020.  Yes, the big data market opportunity is very exciting indeed! However, there is one little, teeny-weeny challenge for big data vendors trying to realize this financial bounty. The Gartner chart below summarizes this challenge very nicely (see Figure 1). Figure 1 Source: Gartner Many Big Data vendors are focused ... (more)

The #IoT and #Analytics | @ThingsExpo #BigData #BI #AI #MachineLearning

The Internet of Things (IoT) and Analytics at The Edge The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to change everything by enabling “smart” environments (homes, cities, hospitals, schools, stores, etc.) and smart products (cars, trucks, airplanes, trains, wind turbines, lawnmowers, etc.). I recently wrote about the importance of moving beyond “connected” to “smart” in a blog titled “Internet of Things: Connected Does Not Equal Smart”. The article discusses the importance of moving beyond just collecting the data, to transitioning to leveraging this new wealth of IoT data to improve th... (more)

Business #DigitalTransformation | @ThingsExpo #IoT #BigData #DigitalMarketing

How effective is your organization at leveraging data and analytics to power the business? This is the question that we pose at the beginning of our client conversations.  Gaining intimate insights about your customer, product, and operational behaviors, tendencies, trends and propensities is critical if organizations want to drive digital business transformation; optimizing key business processes, uncovering new monetization opportunities and creating a more compelling customer experience. Unfortunately, organizations are struggling to leverage big data to drive their digital ... (more)

IoT From Connected to Getting Smart | @ThingsExpo #BigData #IoT #M2M

Internet of Things: Getting from Connected to Smart I wanted to gather all of my Internet of Things (IOT) blogs into a single blog (that I could later use with my University of San Francisco (USF) Big Data “MBA” course). However as I started to pull these blogs together, I realized that my IOT discussion lacked a vision; it lacked an end point towards which an organization could drive their IOT envisioning, proof of value, app dev, data engineering and data science efforts. And I think that the IOT end point is really quite simple… Creating “Smart” Entities I believe that the end... (more)

Tips for Data Scientists | @CloudExpo #BigData #IoT #ML #AI #DataScience

I spend a lot of time helping organizations to “think like a data scientist.” My book “Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science” has several chapters devoted to helping business leaders to embrace the power of data scientist thinking. My Big Data MBA class at the University of San Francisco School of Management focuses on teaching tomorrow’s business executives the power of analytics and data science to optimize key business processes, uncover new monetization opportunities and create a more compelling, engaging customer and channel engagement. However in work... (more)