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Katrina Dunkley liked Bill Schmarzo's blog post Dean of Big Data Driving the Snakes of Data Science Out of Ireland
Jun 16
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Digital Strategy Series Part 2: Creating an Agile and Adaptive Business Strategy Courtesy of AI

While Strategy may not be dead, the importance of the traditional strategy function will be greatly reduced by the emergence of AI. In my previous blog “Strategy Series Part 1: "Creating a Data Strategy that Delivers Value,"  I asked:  How does one develop data and AI strategies in a world of continuous change and transformation?  Tesla provides an interesting poster child for that question: What is Tesla’s business strategy?  Is Tesla an automotive company or a transportation company or a…See More
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Digital Strategy Series Part 2: Creating an Agile and Adaptive Business Strategy Courtesy of AI

While Strategy may not be dead, the importance of the traditional strategy function will be greatly reduced by the emergence of AI. In my previous blog “Strategy Series Part 1: "Creating a Data Strategy that Delivers Value,"  I asked:  How does one develop data and AI strategies in a world of continuous change and transformation?  Tesla provides an interesting poster child for that question: What is Tesla’s business strategy?  Is Tesla an automotive company or a transportation company or a…See More
Jun 11
Simone Manche liked Bill Schmarzo's blog post Digital Strategy Series Part I: Creating a Data Strategy that Delivers Value
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Anthony Fiedler liked Bill Schmarzo's blog post Digital Strategy Series Part I: Creating a Data Strategy that Delivers Value
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Digital Strategy Series Part I: Creating a Data Strategy that Delivers Value

Oh, the strategy pundits hate me! It’s not because I’m tall, good looking and from Iowa (well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad), it’s because I think Strategy as a “Discipline” is way overblown.  I won’t go as far as the Harvard Business Review to state that “Strategy is Dead”, but the importance of carefully defining a strategy (typically done in the ivory towers of the puzzle palace) and then commanding all the little soldiers to follow the strategy script are over!Former World Heavyweight Boxing…See More
May 26
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Leveraging Data Science to Create a COVID-19 At-Risk Score

Everyone wants to restart the economy safely.  Everyone.  The question isn’t “if”, it’s “when” and “how” and somehow that’s when politics gets involved.  So, let’s stop pointing fingers at “others” and blaming them for the world’s woes.  Now is the time to work together and create a plan to address the “when” and “how” questions.  And here’s a plan for doing that.Step 1: No More Blanket MandatesBlanket mandates only work for everyone who is average, and most people are not average.  Like most…See More
May 20
Derek Christensen liked Bill Schmarzo's blog post A Winning Game Plan For Building Your Data Science Team
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Derek Christensen liked Bill Schmarzo's blog post Schmarzo’s Economic Digital Asset Valuation Theorem Formulas
May 12
Bill Schmarzo's blog post was featured

COVID-19 Lesson: Digital Transformation Is an Essential Service

The COVID-19 crisis has hammered home the importance for organizations to become more digital.  And I suspect that most organizations are thinking that just means being able to support remote customer engagements and business operations.  But that’s not nearly sufficient.  Organizations that are thriving during COVID-19 are those that have gone beyond just “digitalizing” their engagements and operations, but are actively leveraging granular customer, product and operational data to build…See More
May 3
William Vorhies liked Bill Schmarzo's blog post The Art of Thinking Like a Data Scientist: The Movie
Apr 30
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The Art of Thinking Like a Data Scientist: The Movie

The Covid19 pandemic has given me a chance to catch up on some reading. One of the books I recently finished reading is called “Building a Story Brand” by Donald Miller. It’s a short and very effective read (which all books should be). The premise of the book is that all sales and marketing messages should be structured like a movie, and successful movies have a standard approach for telling an engaging story (see Figure 1).…See More
Apr 29
Bill Schmarzo's blog post was featured

5 Ways to Empower Your Team and Scale Innovation

Martin Hughes, MBA Director for J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at the National University of Ireland Galway, recently asked me to present to his MBA class on Team Empowerment.  I was excited for two reasons:First, it was a topic I had never covered in the past, so it pushed me intellectually out of my comfort zone. It forced me to contemplate my personal experiences in empowering a high-functioning, diverse team in this age of digital transformation. Second, it forced me to…See More
Apr 19
Shankar S liked Bill Schmarzo's blog post COVID-19 and the Importance of “Obsolete” Data
Apr 19
Mahesh Samaradiwakara liked Bill Schmarzo's blog post How the Use of Design Thinking Prevents Rushing into Solution Mode
Apr 17
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How Organizations Can Leverage Design Thinking to Avoid “Least Worst” Options

Trying to gain organizational alignment on the best path forward on a critical product or organizational decision is overly difficult.  Product-centric, inside-out organizations use “wear them down” decision-making techniques that leads to the “Least Worst” option because that option offends the fewest stakeholders.This “lowest common denominator” approach leads to sub-optimal decisions from the perspective of what’s important to the customers.  That’s like having LeBron James on your…See More
Apr 16

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Company:
Hitachi Vantara
Job Title:
CTO IoT and Analytics
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C-Level
Job Function:
Data Science, AI, Business Analytics, IoT
Industry:
Technology
Short Bio:
Currently, CTO, IoT & Analytics Hitachi Vantara. 30+ years of data and analytics experience. Write, speak and lecture frequently on Data Science, Digital Transformation and the Economic Value of Data.

Also teach at the University of San Francisco School of Management and National University of Ireland-Galway.
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http://https://infocus.emc.com/author/william_schmarzo/
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Digital Strategy Series Part 2: Creating an Agile and Adaptive Business Strategy Courtesy of AI

Posted on June 8, 2020 at 5:30am 0 Comments

While Strategy may not be dead, the importance of the traditional strategy function will be greatly reduced by the emergence of AI. In my previous blog “Strategy Series Part 1: "Creating a Data Strategy that Delivers Value,"  I asked:  How does one develop data and AI strategies in a world of continuous change and transformation?  Tesla provides an interesting poster child for that question: What is Tesla’s business strategy?  Is Tesla an automotive…

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Digital Strategy Series Part I: Creating a Data Strategy that Delivers Value

Posted on May 24, 2020 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Oh, the strategy pundits hate me! It’s not because I’m tall, good looking and from Iowa (well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad), it’s because I think Strategy as a “Discipline” is way overblown.  I won’t go as far as the Harvard Business Review to state that “Strategy is Dead”, but the importance of carefully defining a strategy (typically done in the ivory towers of the puzzle palace) and then commanding all the little soldiers to follow the strategy script are over!

Former World…

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Leveraging Data Science to Create a COVID-19 At-Risk Score

Posted on May 17, 2020 at 5:43pm 0 Comments

Everyone wants to restart the economy safely.  Everyone.  The question isn’t “if”, it’s “when” and “how” and somehow that’s when politics gets involved.  So, let’s stop pointing fingers at “others” and blaming them for the world’s woes.  Now is the time to work together and create a plan to address the “when” and “how” questions.  And here’s a…

Continue

COVID-19 Lesson: Digital Transformation Is an Essential Service

Posted on April 30, 2020 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

The COVID-19 crisis has hammered home the importance for organizations to become more digital.  And I suspect that most organizations are thinking that just means being able to support remote customer engagements and business operations.  But that’s not nearly sufficient.  Organizations that are thriving during COVID-19 are those that have gone beyond just “digitalizing” their engagements and operations, but are actively leveraging granular customer,…

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