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Jim Harris

Jim Harris

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I am an independent consultant, speaker, and freelance writer for hire.

I am a recognized thought leader with 20 years of enterprise data management industry experience, specializing in data quality and data governance.

I am the Blogger-in-Chief at ocdqblog.com, an independent blog offering a vendor-neutral perspective on enterprise data management. I also host the popular audio podcast OCDQ Radio, syndicated on iTunes and Stitcher SmartRadio.

I have been an IBM Champion for Information Management since 2009, and I was selected as the IBM Champion Blogger of the Year for 2011.

I also contribute to Information-Management.com, DataRoundtable.com & EnterpriseCIOForum.com.

Articles by Jim Harris

Small Data is the Last Mile of Big Data

The era of big data, as Christina Donnelly and Geoff Simmons blogged, “threatens to create a deep divide between the have-datasand the have-no-datas.” This appears to be creating a data arms race of sorts with organizations of all sizes racing to stockpile as ...

Better Decisions in Less Time with Bigger Data and Smaller Egos

In their book Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work, Chip and Dan Heath described a decision-making process they called multitracking—considering several options simultaneously. The Heaths argued that if we consider more options, even if we ultimately choose not ...

Governing Big Data

I was a featured guest on the recent #BigDataMgmt Twitter chat about evolving governance for big data, which discussed that as the world becomes more interconnected and more data is gathered, the opportunity for gaffes in handling and using that data increases dramatically. ...

Driving a Data-Driven Connected Car

When tablets arrived, some joked they looked like super-sized smartphones.  While smart devices are also scaling down (e.g., smart watches), the super-sizing continues as analysts estimate that by 2020, 90 percent of the vehicles on the road will be smart devices ...

Parmesan, Parkas, and Predictive Analytics

  Parmesan, Parkas, and Predictive Analytics from Jim Harris on Vimeo. If you’re having trouble viewing this video, watch it on Vimeo via this link: Parmesan, Parkas, and Predictive Analytics   The following links are to content featured in this video, as ...

No matter where you go, there your business is

“No matter where you go, there you are,” explained Buckaroo Banzai.  Or maybe it was Confucius.  I get the two of them mixed up all the time.  And one thing that businesses are understandably getting mixed up about these days is where ...

Information Wants to Be Secure

Back in the 1980s, long before both the World Wide Web and Big Data, Stewart Brand uttered the iconic words: “On the one hand, information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable.  The right information in the right place just changes ...

The Customer-Activated Enterprise

  If you’re having trouble viewing this video, watch it on Vimeo via this link: The Customer-activated Enterprise The following links are to content featured in this video, as well as links to other related resources: IBM Midmarket Insights from the ...

Sentiment and Sensibility

“Engagement — like influence — is at heart an abstract,” Julie Hunt recently blogged.  “The overall picture comes from quantitative analytics results that are tempered by the understanding that customer engagement has a distinct and elusive qualitative side.  The qualitative side of digital ...

Secure the Engine to Your Business Future

People use mobile devices, as James Hailey Jr. blogged, “for almost everything they do in their day to day activities like listening to music, work, social applications, and calendar functions.  They allow people to immediately get information and access different resources.  In ...

Data Storage for Midsize Businesses

  If you’re having trouble viewing this video, watch it on Vimeo via this link: Data Storage for Midsize Businesses The following links are to the infographic featured in this video, as well as links to other related resources: The Top ...

The Symbiotic Relationship of Cloud and Mobile

“Although many people are calling for a cloud revolution in which everyone simultaneously migrates their systems to the cloud,” David Linthicum recently blogged, “that’s not going to happen.  While there will be no mass migration, there will be many one-off cloud migration ...

Caffeinated Thoughts on Technology for Midsize Businesses

If you are having trouble viewing this video, then you can watch it on Vimeo via this link: vimeo.com/71338997   The following links are to the resources featured in or related to the content of this video: IBM Coffee + ...

A Big Data Platform for Midsize Businesses

If you’re having trouble viewing this video, watch it on Vimeo via this link: A Big Data Platform for Midsize Businesses   The following links are to the infographics featured in this video, as well as links to other related resources: ...

Cloud Benefits for Midsize Businesses

If you’re having trouble viewing this video, watch it on Vimeo via this link: Cloud Benefits for Midsize Businesses on Vimeo The following links are to the infographics and eBook featured in this video, as well as other related resources: Private ...

Business Analytics for Midsize Businesses

As this growing list of definitions for big data attests, big data evangelist and IBM thought leader James Kobielus rightfully warns that big data is in danger of definitional overkill.  But most midsize business owners are less concerned about defining big data as ...

Business Intelligence for Midsize Businesses

Business intelligence is one of those phrases that everyone agrees is something all organizations, regardless of their size, should be doing.  After all, no organization would admit to doing business stupidity.  Nor, I presume, would any vendor admit to selling it. But ...

The Big Datastillery

If you’re having trouble viewing this video, you can watch it on Vimeo by clicking on this link: The Big Datastillery on Vimeo To view or download the infographic featured in the video, click on this direct link to its PDF: The ...

Smart Big Data Adoption for Midsize Businesses

In a previous post, I explained that big data is not just for big businesses.  During a recent interview Ed Abrams discussed howmobile, social, and cloud are driving big data adoption among midsize businesses. As Sharon Hurley Hall recently blogged, midsize businesses are adopting social for the simple ...

Big Data is not just for Big Businesses

“It is widely assumed that big data, which imbues a sense of grandiosity, is only for those large enterprises with enormous amounts of data and the dedicated IT staff to tackle it,” opens the recent article Big data: Why it ...

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