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Making Analytics Elementary with Watson

By Jim Harris on Sep 30, 2014
IBM recently announced that Watson, the groundbreaking technology that most of us first saw outsmarting humans on the television game show Jeopardy! in 2011 (the journey to which was chronicled in the excellent Stephen Baker book Final Jeopardy: Man vs. ...

Analytics Across the Enterprise

By Jim Harris on Sep 5, 2014
Analytics Across the Enterprise: How IBM Realizes Business Value from Big Data and Analytics is an excellent new book written by three pioneering IBM analytics practitioners: Brenda Dietrich, Emily Plachy, and Maureen Norton. The book demystifies the big data and ...

Big Data and Analytics in Three Verbs

By Jim Harris on Sep 5, 2014
A new infographic and white paper summarizes a study performed by the IBM Institute for Business Value about how leading midsize businesses are converting big data and analytics into results using nine levers of differentiation. These levers collectively create an ...

IBM, Apple, and the Next Level of Enterprise Mobility

By Jim Harris on Jul 31, 2014
The enterprise world and the mobility world have been frenemies (a portmanteau of friends and enemies) for decades since mobility made maddeningly moving targets of enterprise data management, application deployment, and especially security. The frenemy frenzy reached a fever pitch ...
Topic: Mobile

Heading to the Clouds

By Jim Harris on Jun 3, 2014
The popular idiom “head in the clouds” is used to describe a person guided by whim or known for thinking impractically. Early adopters of cloud computing, for example, were often accused of having their head in the clouds. Nowadays, however, ...

A Foggy Marketplace of Clouds

By Jim Harris on May 22, 2014
Businesses of all sizes are successful when they can focus on their core competencies, and for most businesses information technology (IT) is not a core competency. Small and medium businesses (SMBs) also face the added challenge of limited budgets and ...

Getting Messy with Big Data

By Jim Harris on Apr 28, 2014
William McKnight recently blogged about the need to throw out the old adage of garbage in, garbage out (GIGO), especially on analytics projects where data is sourced from operational systems. “Operational systems have a different sense of quality than an ...

Living and Working in a Digital World

By Jim Harris on Apr 17, 2014
I have previously blogged about how our world is becoming not just more data-driven, but increasingly data-constructed as more physical tools (e.g., alarm clocks, calendars, and radios) transform into apps on our mobile devices, and more aspects of our life ...

Small Data is the Last Mile of Big Data

By Jim Harris on Mar 28, 2014
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 ...