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I've been in IT for over twenty years. Most of my experience is in database development and analytics. I have managed projects from very small to some having more than 100 people worth more than $10 million. Currently, I’m an Assistant Professor at Hood College, and a Consultant for Innovative Element. I'm certified in project management and earned value management. I have two bachelor degrees (Math and Russian) from the University of Texas at Arlington. My MBA is from Frostburg State University. Recently, I completed the Doctor of Management program at UMUC. My dissertation was on data-driven decision-making.
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Dissertation Title

How Business Intelligence and Social Discourse Amplify Organizational Cognition

Doctor of Management

University of Maryland University College

August 2012

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Combining Employee Expertise with Big Data Technical Skills

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 10:20am 0 Comments

Using Big Data technology effectively, such as Map/Reduce or NoSQL, has two components: technical skills and high level expertise.  An article in Harvard Business Review, January 2013, entitled How IT Fumbles Analytics, stated "Improving how businesses extract value from data requires more than analytical tools. It involves creating an environment where people can use the company's data and their own knowledge to improve the firm's operational and strategic performance."




How to Avoid Political Blunders in Analytical Discussions

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 5:45am 7 Comments

A while back I was running a data mining project for a customer and made a conversational blunder. In one of the meetings, I mentioned seeing one interesting relationship in the data. Customers who purchased one particular product tended to buy and implement a second product at a later time. I did not realize that Everyone in the room INTUITIVELY knew that there is absolutely no relationship between the two products. A big blunder. After the meeting, two friends told me that my standing in…


How to Integrate the Work of the Data Scientist into the Company's Strategy

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 2:40am 2 Comments

This blog entry continues the topic of how a Data Scientist can convince colleagues to become more data driven.  The previous blog covered office politics.  This entry covers integration with the strategy and, more specifically, the process that creates the company's strategy.

Every company is unique and consequently so is its strategy process. At first glance, research on how companies develop strategies is complex and contradictory. There are simply too many ways to go about it:…


How the Data Scientist Should Navigate Office Politics

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 10:38am 0 Comments

Have you ever found yourself trying to convince a group of people to become more data driven and meeting a LOT of resistance?

First, understand that this is normal.  Second, understand that there are things you can do about it. This resistance exists because of factors at the personal and the organizational levels. People have existing plans based on their own assumptions.  People, including you and me, make decisions on incomplete information.  Without complete information,…


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