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Is Analytics-driven Innovation the Ultimate Oxymoron?

Sometimes it just takes a simple, provocative statement to kick-off the innovation process – to remove an everyday given like driving a car or possessing a landline phone or centralizing all of your data in the cloud – to fuel the innovation process. Henrik Christensen, director of University San Diego's Contractual Robotics Institute, issued such a provocative statement:

“My own prediction is that kids born today will never get to drive a car.”

I have recently been…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on January 23, 2020 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Why the Concept of “Citizen Data Scientist” Terrifies Me

Imagine this scenario:

You enter your dentist’s office as a follow-up visit to the 6-month checkup you had last week. You’re nervous because the checkup revealed bleeding in your gums and cracks in your fillings, all things that require your dentist’s repair on this occasion.

So, you’re there nervously fidgeting in the lobby waiting for your name to be called, envisioning all sorts of dentistry implements of torture that will soon be…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on January 17, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

2020 Challenge: Unlearn to Change Your Frame

Maybe the biggest challenge we face as a society is our ability to unlearn – to let go of – outdated concepts and beliefs in order to adopt new approaches. Our everyday lives are dominated by outdated concepts: change the oil every 3,000 miles, don’t wear white before Memorial Day, only senior management has the best ideas, don’t eat dessert until you’ve cleaned your plate, trade wars are easy to win, leeches work wonders on headaches, etc.

Well, I’m going to throw down the gauntlet…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on January 13, 2020 at 6:00am — No Comments

Will AI Force Humans to Become More Human?

Will Artificial Intelligence (AI) create an environment where design thinking skills are more valuable than data science skills? Will AI alter how we define human intelligence? Will AI actually force humans to become more human?

Okay, sounds questions one might expect from an episode of Rod Serling’s TV series “Twilight Zone” (which I preferred over the meaningless college football bowl games on New Year’s…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on January 6, 2020 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Schmarzo’s Favorite 10 Infographic Blogs for 2019

2019 was a year full of outstanding customer engagements and provocative teaching experiences across numerous universities.  My eyes were opened to many new opportunities to integrate economics, design thinking, big data and data science (AI / ML / DL) to further my case for a Nobel Prize in Economics (which I’d prefer not to be awarded posthumously).  That includes helping organizations:

  • Monetize a digital asset (data) that never wears out, never…
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Added by Bill Schmarzo on January 2, 2020 at 5:30am — No Comments

AI Ethics Challenge: Understanding Passive versus Proactive Ethics

Several of my friends have challenged me to get involved in the AI ethics discussion. I certainly do not have any special ethics training. But then again, maybe I do. I’ve been going to church most Sundays (and not just on Christmas Eve) since I was a kid and have been taught a multitude of “ethics” lessons from the Bible. So, respectively, let me take my best shot at sharing my thoughts about the critical importance of the AI Ethics topic.

What is AI…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on December 31, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Wanna Build an AI-powered Organization? Start by Getting EVERYONE to “Think Like A Data Scientist”

In a recent blog I stated that “Crossing the AI Chasm" is primarily an organizational and cultural challenge, not a technology challenge. That “Crossing the AI Chasm” not only requires organizational buy-in, but more importantly, necessitates creating a culture of adoption and continuous learning fueled at the front-lines of customer and/or operational engagement (see Figure 1).…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on December 27, 2019 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Schmarzo’s Big, Hairy, Audacious Data Analytics Predictions for 2020

Ah, it’s that time of year when everyone is making predictions about next year and extrapolating from the previous year’s trends to create logical, pragmatic predictions. I’ve already made my own predictions for 2020 in the article, “AI, Analytics, Machine Learning, Data Science, Deep Learning Technology Main Developments in 2019 and Key Trends for 2020,”where I predicted the following

Main 2019 Developments:

  • Growing "consumer proof points" with respect to AI…
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Added by Bill Schmarzo on December 19, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

Crossing the AI Chasm with Infographics

AI is a game changer. Period. And being a data and analytics guy, I could not be more excited about it.

The McKinsey research study “Notes from the AI frontier: Applications and value of deep learning” provided some valuable insights into where and how Artificial Intelligence (i.e., Deep Learning / Neural Networks (CNNs, RNNs, GANs), Reinforcement Learning and Deep Reinforcement Learning) will derive and drive new sources of customer, product and…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on December 15, 2019 at 11:58am — No Comments

Creating Assets that Appreciate, Not Depreciate, in Value Thru Continuous Learning – Part II

“If you buy a Tesla today, I believe you're buying an appreciating asset, not a depreciating asset” – Elon Musk

OK, I realize it’s on me for not explaining it well. Let me try again at explaining this game-changing concept of leveraging massive amounts of operational data with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Learning to create assets that appreciate, not depreciate, in value through usage.

What Elon Musk is saying is that Tesla…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on December 8, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments

2020 Forecast: Turning IT into a Profit Center

Data is a unique economic asset; it never depletes, never wears out and can be used across an unlimited number of use cases at near zero marginal cost. Data in the hands of management and operational leadership can be used to drive material, financial, operational and customer impact.  And maybe the best part of this winning data equation? You already own the data! But unfortunately, data is the Rodney Dangerfield of corporate assets – it gets no respect!

To exploit the…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on December 6, 2019 at 5:30am — No Comments

Industry Averages, Benchmarks and the Death of Innovation

Sustaining industry averages and benchmarks are the antithesis of innovation and a great way to ensure average performance. Doing whatever everyone else is doing is a “paving the cow path" management mentality, lacking aspirational goals which are critical for organizations to fuel innovation and create customer and market differentiation. Which brings me to why I teach.

As my students and I work through their “Thinking Like a Data Scientist” exercises together, I always learn…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on November 30, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

How AI Is Manipulating Economics to Create Appreciating Assets

“If you buy a Tesla today, I believe you're buying an appreciating asset, not a depreciating asset.” – Elon Musk

 

Think about that statement for a second…you’re buying an appreciating asset, not a depreciating asset. And what is driving the appreciation of that asset?  It’s likely courtesy of Tesla’s FSD (Full Self-Driving) Deep…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on November 23, 2019 at 6:42pm — No Comments

Recessions, Big Data, Data Science and Liberating Power of “Own It”

There, I said it.  I said the “R” word.  And no, I’m not talking the political “R” word.  I’m talking about the potential of a… r-e-c-e-s-s-i-o-n.  There are many indicators pointing to the potential of a worldwide recession, and unfortunately during a recession, many organizations hunker down, cut spending, and try to ride it out – all the wrong things to do if you want to actually avoid a recession.…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on November 14, 2019 at 6:10am — No Comments

Exploit Economics of Autonomous to Transform Your Organization

One of the biggest threats to our world economy (outside of climate change, social inequality, unregulated proliferation of weapons and the rise of Terminators), is the retirement of the technician and engineering expertise that is necessary to keep our factories, hospitals, cities, trains, airports and other operational entities running effectively.  Deloitte’s 2018 skills gap in manufacturing study found that the skills gap may leave an estimated 2.4 million positions unfilled…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on November 11, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Creating Autonomous Entities: Optimizing Systems of Subsystems

I continue to be infatuated with the potential of autonomous entities that self-monitor, self-diagnose, self-fix and self-learn without human intervention.  The vision of leveraging new digital technologies, growing reams of customer, product and operational data, and advanced analytics to create autonomous entities – farms, oil fields, factories, airports, theme parks, vehicles, ships, trains, etc. – seems like science fiction. 

Fortunately, the “3 Horizons of…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on November 4, 2019 at 9:03am — No Comments

Digital Transformation Horizon 1 to Horizon 3:  When Is Innovation Really Innovation?

In the early 2000’s, IBM Deep Blue was on the lookout for its next Grand Challenge.  It had achieved an exhilarating win over chess grand master Garry Kasparov in 1997.  But that was a game with deterministic outcomes where superior processing power gave Deep Blue a significant advantage over even a human grand champion.  IBM needed a challenge commiserate with its Artificial Intelligence aspirations, and the wildly popular TV game show…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on October 26, 2019 at 2:17am — No Comments

Why Utility Determination Is Critical to Defining AI Success

There seem to be countless articles projecting the incredible economic and social growth that will be driven by AI.  For example, PwC predicts that AI technologies and applications will increase global GDP by up to 14% between now and 2030 (see Figure 1).

Figure 1:…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on October 21, 2019 at 4:41am — No Comments

Does Your Hypothesis Development Canvas Tell a Story?

As Kevin Lynch, CTO of The Information Lab in Dublin, was describing how his organization uses the Hypothesis Development Canvas, it occurred to me that Kevin was actually using the canvas to tell a story about how his organization uses data science to uncover new sources of value (see Figure 1).…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on October 14, 2019 at 5:00am — No Comments

Leverage AI to Create Autonomous Policies that Adapts without Human Intervention

Leverage AI to Create Autonomous Policies that Adapts without Human Intervention

Policies are the foundation for any successful organization.  Policies are the rules, or laws, of an organization.  Policies document the principles, best practices and compliance guidelines that aid decision-making in supporting the consistent and repeatable operations of the business. Heck, one could argue that an organization’s culture is better defined by its policies than it…

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Added by Bill Schmarzo on October 6, 2019 at 1:52pm — No Comments

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