I was reading an interview with John Krafcik, CEO of Google’s Self-driving
Car Project, in the August 8th issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The article
referenced a survey by AlixPartners where they found that 73% of people
wanted autonomous vehicles. But when people had the option to have a
steering wheel in the car, allowing optional full control to the driver, the
acceptance rate jumped to 90%. This finding, that people are much more
accepting of automation and new ideas when they have the option of control,
is totally consistent with what we found with respect to how to deliver big
The big data engagements we run for EMC focus on applying predictive and
prescriptive analytics to deliver recommendations to help key decision makers
become more effective at at their jobs. For example, delivering
recommendations to teachers in how to best group th... (more)
The Big Data Intellectual Capital Rubik's Cube
This is another topic that has taken me a long time to write, but several
conversations with Peter Burris(@plburris) from Wikibon finally helped me to
pull this together. Thanks Peter!
I’ve struggled to understand and define the Intellectual Capital (IC)
components – or dimensions – of the new, Big Data organization; that is,
what are the new Big Data assets that an organization needs to collect,
enrich and apply to drive business differentiation and competitive advantage?
These assets form the basis of the modern “collaborative valu... (more)
We developed the Big Data Business Model Maturity Index to help organizations
measure how effective they were at leveraging data and analytics to power
their business models (see Figure 1).
What we hadn’t done until now, though, was to translate this index into a
set of recommendations or actions to help organizations advance from one
stage to the next. That’s the objective of this blog (and maybe my next
book…God forbid!!!): to give our clients a checklist of actions to
facilitate progressing along the Big Data Business Model Maturity Index.
Figure 1: Big Data Business Model ... (more)
By Alan Kessler
In my blog from September 2014, I wrote “encryption and access controls are
your front-line defenses for defending data-at-rest. Given today’s threat
environment, encrypt everything possible, everywhere possible.” While lots
of things change in 6 months – the projected World Series Champion, the
Super Bowl front-runner, Taylor Swift going from tweeting about dating to
tweeting about hacking – this recommendation remains constant.
Data-at-rest is susceptible to many forces, not least of which are malicious
and non-malicious insiders. As we noted in our recent 2015... (more)
Facebook’s value has dropped $3.5 billion since May.
Russian investment house Digital Sky Technologies, which put $200 million in
the social networking outfit two months ago in exchange for preferred shares,
now wants to buy $100 million worth of common stock from current and former
It’s offering $14.77 a share.
That price values Facebook at $6.5 billion. In May the valuation was $10
But Reuters says Facebook’s common stock has been valued lately at around
$4.7 billion by secondary markets that deal in private shares and other
The price Digi... (more)
I have worked in sales for the past fourteen years and have seen fads come
and go. The latest is CRM that, my company has forced upon me. Isn’t CRM
just another way for my company to act like BIG BROTHER to watch and monitor
my every move?
Would you board a commercial airline if you knew, 1) the plane was lacking a
navigational system, 2) you would be flying to the busiest airport in the
world without the aid of an air traffic controller or radar, and 3) the
pilots would not have any radio contact to direct their take off or landing
approach? Most ... (more)