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This is an unusual blog for me. Usually I talk about how organizations can more effectively leverage data and analytics to power their business. However, as I conduct more Big Data Vision Workshops, I have come to realize that a big part of the success of these engagements is the ability to “listen and comprehend.” Here are some observations and tips for “listening and comprehending” more effectively. I’ve classified this as “facilitation” because I seek to “facilitate” a dialogue with the client where I can learn enough about the client’s business to help them build the right Big Data business strategy. So this is Schmarzo’s “Keys to Facilitation Success” – the behaviors and characteristics that your team needs to exhibit if you want to do the best job of servicing your clients and building the “right” big data solution: Be Humble Come to the engagement eager t... (more)

Big Data Is About Getting Small | @BigDataExpo #IoT #IoE #M2M #API #BigData

Okay, okay, that seems like an odd thing to say. But at a recent keynote, that came out of my mouth. But that’s a confusing statement, so let me share the entirety of what I said: Big Data is about getting small; it’s about getting down to the level of the individual. Sometimes the Big Data conversation gets too fixated on the “big” part of the conversation: Is my data big enough? Is my company big enough? Is my analytics team big enough? Instead, let’s reorient the conversation to get “small,” to leverage the wealth of internal and external data sources to learn as much as poss... (more)

Big Data Business Model Maturity Index and IoT | @ThingsExpo #BigData #IoT #M2M #API #Wearables

Big Data Business Model Maturity Index and the Internet of Things (IoT) Antonio Figueiredo (@afigueiredo) recently challenged me on twitter with an interesting question: How would the Big Data Business Model Maturity Index (BDBMMI) change to support the Internet of Things (IoT)? My hope is that the BDBMMI would not need to change to support IoT. It is my hope that the BDBMMI could be used to guide any industry that is going through a data and analytics-driven transformation, such as what is happening to many industries due to IoT. Let’s see how one could use the BDBMMI to help or... (more)

Big Data Journey | @CloudExpo #BigData #IoT #M2M #DigitalTransformation

I love EMC World (though I can't say the same about Las Vega$). I get an opportunity to talk to customers who are at the dirty and grimy frontline of trying to derive value from all of this Big Data hoopla. They teach me tons! One theme that came up several times in our conversations was the following: "I can't get the Business to engage in an envisioning type of engagement. We have lost their trust. So we are forced to start our Big Data journey from the technology." This is a huge problem. It is hard to drive meaningful business impact and a compelling Return on Investment (ROI)... (more)

Big Data Dilemma: Save Money vs Make Money | @BigDataExpo #IoT #BigData #Analytics

Big Data Dilemma: Save Me Money Versus Make Me Money My friend Dan sent me this press release (since he knows that I like all things “Data Analytics” related). In the press release, “Boeing Announces Data Analytics Agreements with Six Airlines,” Boeing announces that they are providing advanced analytic solutions to several airline customers including: All Nippon Airways (ANA) signed a renewal contract for Airplane Health Management (AHM) on its entire future fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft. ANA uses AHM tools to monitor their aircraft in real time and proactively manage maintenan... (more)