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30+ years of data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics experience. Also teach at the University of San Francisco School of Management
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Analytics, BI, Big Data
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Years of Experience:
30+ years
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Dell EMC
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CTO Big Data Consulting Practice

Bill Schmarzo's Blog

Design Thinking: Future-proof Yourself from AI

Posted on August 31, 2017 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

It’s all over for us humans. It may not have been “The Matrix”[1], but the machines look like they are finally poised to take our jobs. Machines powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning process data faster, aren’t hindered by stupid human biases, don’t waste time with gossip on social media and don’t demand raises or more days…


Autonomous to Smart: Importance of Artificial Intelligence

Posted on July 22, 2017 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

On Saturday February 11, 2017, my daughter and her friend were driving from a basketball game in Chico back to our home in Palo Alto. Unfortunately, due to several days of heavier than normal rains, the Oroville Dam spillway broke and flooded many of the roads between Chico and Palo Alto. My daughter’s smartphone mapping application wasn’t aware of the sudden danger, and proceeded to send her into the heart of the flooding (see Figure 1).…


Embracing Conflict to Fuel Digital Innovation

Posted on July 12, 2017 at 11:30am 0 Comments

When talking to clients about their business goals, most business executives are pretty clear as to what they want to accomplish, such as reducing customer churn or reducing inventory costs or improving quality of care or improving product line profitability. But these “one dimensional” business initiatives really don’t push the organization’s innovative thinking. For example, I can easily reduce marketing costs if I significantly reduce advertising and promotional spending. Or I can easily…


Me, Myself and Digital Twins

Posted on July 10, 2017 at 6:30pm 2 Comments

It’s hard to get into the world of the Internet of Things (IOT) without eventually talking about Digital Twins. I was first exposed to the concept of Digital Twins when working with GE. Great concept. But are Digital Twins only relevant to physical machines such as wind turbines, jet engines, and locomotives? What can we learn about the concept of digital twins that we can apply more broadly – to other physical entities (like contracts and agreements) and even humans?…


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