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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 the decisions that these smart environments and products need to make: to help these environments and products to self-monitor, self-diagnose and eventually, self-direct. But one of the key concepts in enabling this transition from connected to smart is the ability to perform “analytics at the ... (more)

Business Transformation Challenge | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData #DigitalTransformation

Business Transformation Challenge: Constantly Move Forward, or Die I’m a fan of Woody Allen movies, especially his earlier movies (can’t tell you how much I learned from the movie “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex…” but that’s a topic for a different blog). In the Woody Allen classic “Annie Hall,” Woody Allen’s character (Alvy Singer) makes the following statement: “A relationship, I think, is like a shark, you know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.” This is relevant to a business – either your busi... (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)

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)

MLB #DataLake… Play Ball! | @CloudExpo #BigData #IoT #ML #Analytics

DELL EMC’s Isilon division has been working with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) to create a data lake that provides a seamless process to add and maintain massive amounts of video data to serve their baseball fanatics (like me). Here is a cool 2-minute video that shows how they did it.  The company operates the official web site for the league and the thirty Major League Baseball club web sites via MLB.com, which draws four million hits per day. It also provides the backend-streaming infrastructure for WWE Network, HBO NOW, NHL etc. The data lake is a great reposit... (more)