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

William Schmarzo

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[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 in his head… [Poof! Suddenly Wizard Wei appears]: Hi, I’m your data science wizard to help alleviate your data science concerns. I don’t understand why folks try to make the data science discussion complicated. Let’s start simple with a simple definition of data science: Data science is a... (more)

Second Derivative: The Accelerating Rate of Change

In calculus, the second derivative is the measure of instantaneous acceleration or velocity of a function of a function f. For example, the second derivative of the position of a vehicle with respect to time is the instantaneous acceleration of the vehicle, or the rate at which the velocity of the vehicle is changing with respect to time. The second derivative is a measure of how fast things are changing and in Leibniz notation, it looks like this: Where the last term is the second derivative expression[1]. On a graph, the second derivative corresponds to the curvature or concavit... (more)

The #IoT and #Analytics | @ThingsExpo #BigData #BI #AI #DX #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)

Tips for Data Scientists | @CloudEXPO #BigData #Analytics #IoT #AI #DataScience #MachineLearning #DeepLearning

Establishing a Business Outcomes Framework Download session slides ▸ Here 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)

How to Achieve Digital Transformation | @CloudEXPO @HitachiVantara #AI #IoT #IIoT #FinTech #SmartCities #DigitalTransformation

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"? Digital Transformation The coupling of granular, real-time data (e.g., smartphones, connected devices, smart appliances, wearables, mobile commerce, video surveillance) with modern technologies (e.g., cloud native apps, Big Data architectures, hyper-converged technologies, artificial intelligence, blockchain) to enhance products, processes, and b... (more)