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Bill Schmarzo's 2 blog posts were featured
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Defining AI Not as Important as Exploiting AI

Today’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) discussions remind me of a Steve Martin skit from the early Saturday Night Live days (1979). In the skit titled “What the Hell is that?”, Steve Martin, later joined by Bill Murray, is looking in the distance at something, repeatedly asking the question “What the hell is that?”  The skit reminds me of today’s AI discussions about “What the hell is AI?”, which distracts from the more important…See More
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Bill Schmarzo's blog post was featured

Defining AI Not as Important as Exploiting AI

Today’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) discussions remind me of a Steve Martin skit from the early Saturday Night Live days (1979). In the skit titled “What the Hell is that?”, Steve Martin, later joined by Bill Murray, is looking in the distance at something, repeatedly asking the question “What the hell is that?”  The skit reminds me of today’s AI discussions about “What the hell is AI?”, which distracts from the more important…See More
Thursday
Bill Schmarzo posted a blog post

Embracing Conflict to Fuel Digital Innovation

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…See More
Sep 13
Bill Schmarzo's blog post was featured

Embracing Conflict to Fuel Digital Innovation

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…See More
Sep 13
Mark Waller liked Bill Schmarzo's blog post Why Accept the Hype? Time to Transform How We Approach Emerging Technology
Sep 9
Bill Schmarzo posted a blog post

Why Accept the Hype? Time to Transform How We Approach Emerging Technology

It’s like a rite of passage – a new technology pops onto the scene and the “pundits,” analysts and venture capitalists (among others) immediately start to over-hype the technology:It’ll stop world hungerIt’ll cure cancerIt’ll end povertyIt’ll help the Cubs win the World Series (okay, that one was true)And the ultimate result? The technology is forced to traverse the infamous Gartner Hype Cycle, soaring to the Peak of Inflated and Totally Unrealistic Expectations and then traveling down the…See More
Sep 9
Bill Schmarzo's blog post was featured

Why Accept the Hype? Time to Transform How We Approach Emerging Technology

It’s like a rite of passage – a new technology pops onto the scene and the “pundits,” analysts and venture capitalists (among others) immediately start to over-hype the technology:It’ll stop world hungerIt’ll cure cancerIt’ll end povertyIt’ll help the Cubs win the World Series (okay, that one was true)And the ultimate result? The technology is forced to traverse the infamous Gartner Hype Cycle, soaring to the Peak of Inflated and Totally Unrealistic Expectations and then traveling down the…See More
Sep 9
Matthew Gierc liked Bill Schmarzo's blog post It's Not Digital Transformation; It’s “Intelligence Transformation” We Seek
Sep 6
Bill Schmarzo posted a blog post

Prioritization Matrix:  Aligning Business and IT On The Big Data Journey

One key challenge to a successful Big Data journey is gaining consensus and alignment between the business and IT stakeholders in identifying the initial big data business use cases that 1) deliver sufficient value to the business, while 2) possessing a high probability of success.  One can find multiple business use cases where big data and advanced analytics can deliver compelling business value.  However, many of these use cases have a low probability of execution success due to:Availability…See More
Aug 29
Bill Schmarzo's blog post was featured

Prioritization Matrix:  Aligning Business and IT On The Big Data Journey

One key challenge to a successful Big Data journey is gaining consensus and alignment between the business and IT stakeholders in identifying the initial big data business use cases that 1) deliver sufficient value to the business, while 2) possessing a high probability of success.  One can find multiple business use cases where big data and advanced analytics can deliver compelling business value.  However, many of these use cases have a low probability of execution success due to:Availability…See More
Aug 29
Bill Schmarzo posted a blog post

3 Stages of Creating Smart

“Tomorrow’s market winners will win with the smartest products.  It’s not enough to just build insanely great products; winners must have the smartest products!” – Bill SchmarzoOkay, that’s a pretty bold statement on my part (especially to challenge the famous Steve Jobs statement about building insanely great products), but then again I’m an analytics dude and think that analytics should be a part of every product and space – smart cities, smart cars, smart vacuums, smart hospitals, smart…See More
Aug 25
Bill Schmarzo's blog post was featured

3 Stages of Creating Smart

“Tomorrow’s market winners will win with the smartest products.  It’s not enough to just build insanely great products; winners must have the smartest products!” – Bill SchmarzoOkay, that’s a pretty bold statement on my part (especially to challenge the famous Steve Jobs statement about building insanely great products), but then again I’m an analytics dude and think that analytics should be a part of every product and space – smart cities, smart cars, smart vacuums, smart hospitals, smart…See More
Aug 25

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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
My Web Site Or LinkedIn Profile
http://https://infocus.emc.com/author/william_schmarzo/
Field of Expertise
Data Science, AI, Business Analytics, IoT
Professional Status
C-Level
Years of Experience:
30+ years
Your Company:
Hitachi Vantara
Industry:
Technology
Your Job Title:
CTO IoT and Analytics
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Bill Schmarzo's Blog

How do you know if you’re getting value from your data?

Posted on September 22, 2018 at 7:08am 0 Comments

Perhaps to no one’s surprise, the growth in companies implementing Big Data and Analytics projects continues to climb – as evidenced by the continued growth in data lakes.  As most companies begin to implement their Big Data and Analytics strategy, they struggle to show value for their efforts.  This can come from several areas:

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Aggregated Data Dilemma

Posted on September 18, 2018 at 9:29am 0 Comments

Okay, I am weird (tell me something that I don’t know, say most of my friends).  For Christmas I wanted a Nike Apple Watch to go with my existing FitBit and Garmin fitness trackers (I look sort of like a cyborg in the photo below…which is always cool). 

While I was intrigued…

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Defining AI Not as Important as Exploiting AI

Posted on September 18, 2018 at 4:30am 0 Comments

Today’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) discussions remind me of a Steve Martin skit from the early Saturday Night Live days (1979). In the skit titled “What the Hell is that?”, Steve Martin, later joined by Bill Murray, is looking in the distance at something, repeatedly asking the question “What the hell is that?”  The skit reminds me of today’s AI discussions about “What the hell is AI?”, which distracts from…

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Embracing Conflict to Fuel Digital Innovation

Posted on September 12, 2018 at 4:21am 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…

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