Are you ready for IBM Watson?

This week marks the one year anniversary of the IBM Watson computer system succeeding at Jeopardy!. Since then, IBM has gotten a lot of interest in Watson.  Companies want one of those. But what exactly is Watson and what makes it unique?  What does it mean to have a Watson?  And, how is commercial Watson … Continue reading Are you ready for IBM Watson?

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EMC and Big Data- Observations from EMC World 2011

I attended EMC’s User Conference last week in Las Vegas. The theme of the event was Big Data meets the Cloud. So, what’s going on with Big Data and EMC? Does this new strategy make sense? EMC acquired Greenplum in 2010. At the time EMC described Greenplum as a “shared nothing, massively parallel processing (MPP) … Continue reading EMC and Big Data- Observations from EMC World 2011

Five Analytics Predictions for 2011

In 2011 analytics will take center stage as a key trend because companies are at a tipping point with the volume of data they have and their urgent need to do something about it. So, with 2010 now past and 2011 to look forward to, I wanted to take the opportunity to submit my predictions … Continue reading Five Analytics Predictions for 2011

Analyzing Big Data

The term “Big Data” has gained popularity over the past 12-24 months as a) amounts of data available to companies continually increase and b) technologies have emerged to more effectively manage this data. Of course, large volumes of data have been around for a long time. For example, I worked in the telecommunications industry for … Continue reading Analyzing Big Data

Metrics Matter

I had a very interesting conversation last week with Dyke Hensen, SVP of Product Strategy for PivotLink.  For those of you not familiar with PivotLink, the company is a SaaS BI provider that has been in business for about 10 years (before the term SaaS became popular). Historically, the company has worked with small to … Continue reading Metrics Matter

My Take on the SAS Analyst Conference

I just got back from the SAS analyst event that was held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.   It was a great meeting.  Here are some of the themes I heard over the few days I was there: SAS is a unique place to work. Consider the following:  SAS revenue per employee is somewhat lower than the … Continue reading My Take on the SAS Analyst Conference

Five Predictions for Advanced Analytics in 2010

With 2010 now upon us, I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about five advanced analytics technology trends that will take flight this year.  Some of these are up in the clouds, some down to earth. Text Analytics:  Analyzing unstructured text will continue to be a hot area for companies. Vendors in this space … Continue reading Five Predictions for Advanced Analytics in 2010

Top of Mind – Data in the Cloud

I attended Cloud Camp Boston yesterday. It was a great meeting with some good discussions.  Several hundred people attended.  What struck me about the general session (when all attendees were present) was that there was a lot of interest around data in the cloud.  For example, during the “unpanel” (where people become panelists in real … Continue reading Top of Mind – Data in the Cloud

Analyzing Data in the Cloud

I had an interesting chat with Roman Stanek, CEO of Good Data last week about the debate over data security and reliability in the cloud.  For those of you who are not familiar with Good Data, it provides a collaborative business analytics platform as a SaaS offering. The upshot of the discussion was something like … Continue reading Analyzing Data in the Cloud

Security and Reliability of Data in the Cloud

Over the past few days, I got a chance to speak to two different companies in the business analytics space about data in the cloud.  One was a SaaS provider, the other an enterprise software vendor.  Two vendors, two different stories that illustrate the jury is still very much out regarding how end users feel … Continue reading Security and Reliability of Data in the Cloud