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IDG Contributor Network: Robots aren't coming – they're already here

CIO.com - Business Analytics - June 15, 2017 - 2:35pm

If there is one thing the last year has shown me in my global travels and work, it’s this: now is the time for CDOs to determine their grand vision for artificial intelligence and machine learning and how it will shape their business strategy. Why? Because the robots are not coming. Right now, businesses are already leveraging the cognitive abilities of self-learning and self-correcting, software-driven robots. Their arrival is not a few years or months down the road. They are already in the workplace and in our lives. For businesses to compete, now is the critical moment to both explore how AI and machine learning can take their business to the next digital level and build a plan of action.

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IDG Contributor Network: Trailblazers: Notes from the new data frontier

CIO.com - Business Analytics - June 12, 2017 - 1:42pm

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting with the Podium Data Executive Advisory Council (EAC). The EAC is comprised of a group of senior executives and advisors from TD Bank, Cigna, the International Institute for Analytics (IIA) and several others. These companies are on the leading edge of transforming their businesses with agile analytics and self-serve data marketplaces. One attendee described the group as “trailblazers”; I could not agree more.

Yet they are not trailblazers because they are leading their peers in accelerating analytics and democratizing data (which they are), or that they are successfully putting big data technology into production (which many firms are not.) They are trailblazers because they have developed a completely new way to turn their data into a high-value business asset, which is incredibly disruptive to the status quo. They are in truly unchartered territory – where traditional organizational boundaries are being breached, long-standing customs and practices are changing, and well-accepted roles and responsibilities are getting redefined.

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USDA-RMA CIO: For digital transformation to succeed, remove fear

CIO.com - Business Analytics - June 8, 2017 - 7:18pm

In the 1930s, a combination of severe drought, over-plowing, wind erosion and unsustainable farming methods led to the massive dust storms—known as "black blizzards" or "dusters"—that defined the Dust Bowl. Congress authorized the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal to help sustain the agricultural sector by providing farmers with crop insurance.

Today, the FCIC is maintained under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency (USDA-RMA), and CIO Chad Sheridan acknowledges the historical legacy of the agency while working diligently to digitally transform for the future. 

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IDG Contributor Network: Strategic guidelines for CIOs to lead the digital age

CIO.com - Business Analytics - June 5, 2017 - 2:20pm

It’s safe to state that digital innovation has already paved the way for everyday technologies, such as the laptop computers, the Internet, mobile phones and tablets, social media and cloud computing, and it keeps bringing more new technologies, such as the most recent arrivals that include 3D printing, immersive computing, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), while Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics are beginning to reach their long-promised and over-hyped potential. Whenever it is stated that, from a technological perspective, such innovations are quite disruptive, it must be understood that the way digital innovation has transformed the way companies do business and the way is influencing every aspect of human activity is a true and ongoing revolution. The new digital world is drastically changing how people live, communicate, manufacture, produce, learn, collaborate and make decisions, even the most critical ones, in a way that is breaking down traditional barriers to entering markets, such as access to capital for innovation, distribution, customers, information and talent.

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Your digital initiative’s biggest test may be measuring its success

CIO.com - Business Analytics - May 30, 2017 - 11:05am

Digital transformation is a key initiative for many CIOs these days, but how do you know if your digital efforts are working?

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How QVC uses streaming analytics to drive revenue

CIO.com - Business Analytics - May 15, 2017 - 3:59pm

The idea of selling goods directly to consumers on television may seem quaint in the age of ecommerce, but not to QVC, which today provides televised home shopping to more than 350 million households in seven different countries. It may seem quaint, but it is in fact a sophisticated data-driven operation that leverages real-time streaming analytics to help it make decisions that it can act upon within moments.

Since 1986, QVC has been a fixture on American cable, broadcast TV and satellite TV networks, competing with rival Home Shopping Network to sell goods via television. It found its home on the internet with QVC.com in 1996, just two years after the launch of Amazon.com. The company has always been driven by real-time data.

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IDG Contributor Network: United Airlines discovers the complexity of talent management

CIO.com - Business Analytics - May 4, 2017 - 5:17pm

On Sunday, April 9, 2017, passenger David Dao was forcibly removed from United Airlines flight 3411 after being randomly selected because the flight was overbooked. Videos of the incident went viral, causing immediate backlash. The public response was swift and voluminous: according to Google Trends, the number of Google searches for the term “United Airlines” spiked to a ten-fold level relative to normal.

In addition to the potential brand impact, this incident may have a substantial economic impact on United itself and on the entire airline industry: just one day after settling with the passenger for an undisclosed amount, on April 28 United CEO Oscar Munoz issued a letter to customers apologizing for the incident and indicating that United will increase incentives up to $10,000 for voluntary rebooking. Given that more than half a million passengers were bumped from U.S. airline flights in 2015, costs could skyrocket if the industry follows United’s example.

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IDG Contributor Network: Which deep learning network is best for you?

CIO.com - Business Analytics - May 4, 2017 - 5:00pm

In “Big data – a road map for smarter data,” I describe a set of machine learning architectures that will provide advanced capabilities to include image, handwriting, video, and speech recognition, natural language processing and object recognition. There is no perfect deep learning network that will solve all your business problems. Hopefully, the below table with the accommodating descriptive outline will provide you insights towards the best fit for purpose framework for your business problem.

The below figure, Deep Learning Frameworks, summarizes most of the popular open source deep network repositories in GitHub. The ranking is based on the number of stars awarded by developers in GitHub. The numbers were compiled at the beginning of May of 2017.

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42% off TurboTax Deluxe 2016 Tax Software Federal & State - Deal Alert

CIO.com - Business Analytics - April 11, 2017 - 8:07pm

TurboTax coaches you every step of the way and double checks your return as you go to handle even the toughest tax situations, so you can be confident you’re getting every dollar you deserve. Its typical list price of $59.99 has been reduced a generous 42% to $34.89, a deal that is exclusive to Amazon. Learn more, or take advantage of the deal now, on Amazon.

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10 steps for creating a single view of your business

CIO.com - Business Analytics - April 6, 2017 - 8:15pm

The modern enterprise is data-driven. The capability to quickly access and act upon information has become a key competitive advantage. But business data is often siloed and fragmented. To gain a competitive edge from your information, you need a single view of your data.

Most organizations today have a complicated process for managing their data, one that usually involves multiple data sources of variable structure, ingestion and transformation, loading into an operation database and supporting the business applications that need the data. Analytics, business intelligence (BI) and reporting tools require access to the data, which frequently requires a separate data warehouse or data lake. These layers all need to comply with security protocols, information governance standards and other operational requirements.

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3 paths to analytics leadership roles

CIO.com - Business Analytics - March 29, 2017 - 3:11pm

In the past couple of years, organizations in all kinds of industries have created hundreds of new executive roles in analytics. Employers are on the hunt for leaders who not only understand the massive amounts of data at their disposal, but also are able to identify the threats and opportunities that arise as the analytics landscape evolves.

According to research firm Gartner, the role of chief data officer (CDO) is new to most organizations — more than 80 percent added the role in the last two years, and 60 percent of current CDO positions were created in 2015. So who are the people who have taken charge of analytics initiatives, and how did their professional experiences lead them to their new roles?

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3 paths to analytics leadership roles

CIO.com - Business Analytics - March 29, 2017 - 3:11pm

In the past couple of years, organizations in all kinds of industries have created hundreds of new executive roles in analytics. Employers are on the hunt for leaders who not only understand the massive amounts of data at their disposal, but also are able to identify the threats and opportunities that arise as the analytics landscape evolves.

According to research firm Gartner, the role of chief data officer (CDO) is new to most organizations — more than 80 percent added the role in the last two years, and 60 percent of current CDO positions were created in 2015. So who are the people who have taken charge of analytics initiatives, and how did their professional experiences lead them to their new roles?

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Jethro automates data engineering tasks for BI on Hadoop

CIO.com - Business Analytics - March 28, 2017 - 7:50pm

Eli Singer, CEO of Jethro, provider of an acceleration solution for interactive business intelligence (BI) on big data, says that despite its promise, BI on big data is fundamentally broken because SQL-on-Hadoop remains too slow.

"Today's approach to BI on big data is not working," Singer said in a statement Tuesday. "Under the SQL-on-Hadoop hype lies monumental failure rates with existing approaches."

Meet Jethro

Singer's answer is Jethro 3.0, the newest version of Jethro's enterprise solution, a SQL query engine for Hadoop that combines indexing architecture with "auto-cubes," aggregated cubes generated from usage patterns. Data engineering tasks — like pre-aggregating tables, manually building cubes and keeping up with new and changing applications — tend to be costly and labor-intensive.

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Why SMBs need to get project management right from the start

CIO.com - Business Analytics - March 27, 2017 - 12:37pm

IDC's Top 10 Predictions for Worldwide SMB, 2017-2020 study reports that "what has been the relatively fragmented and improvisational nature of SMB IT spending will begin to echo the coordinated and managed approaches seen among larger firms." That said, if small and midsize business spending is to mimic larger firms, so too should their project management practices.

IDC goes on to say that in 2017 small business IT spending will top $20 billion, with both traditional 2nd Platform (PC, server, network) and 3rd Platform (social, mobile, cloud, big data) spending continuing to grow, as well. And that SMB IT leaders will need to develop "IT staff skill sets that are both domain specific and consultative."

Today, SMB's are increasingly positioned to adopt affordable project management solutions, making it easier to successfully execute projects on time, within budget and within anticipated quality standards.

Adopting a project management solution at the beginning

In 7 project management tools any business can afford, I discussed some of the benefits of web-based PM solutions that can make light work of collaboration and manual tracking of project tasks, time and budgets for any business. But don't just take my word for it, here are some SMB owners who have first-hand experience adopting project management solutions from day one.

Adam Broetje, CEO of Odd Dog Media says for his company, "It was essential for scale and for work quality. We are a blend of a technology and a service company, so to keep on top of all the moving pieces we had to have something that organizes our team's work as we grow. Along with growth comes the inevitable loss in quality, so in order to keep our service top-notch we had to have a way to monitor project progress."

[ Related story: Comparing agile project management frameworks ]

Mark Tuchscherer, president of Geeks Chicago says, "when we started Geeks, all of us worked from home and we didn't have an office, but the first purchase we made was a cloud-based project management system. The reason for this was the [number] of tasks deadlines, and projects we had to manage was astronomical, and the old spreadsheet way of managing things didn't work."

What are the benefits of this approach?

Broetje says in leveraging "dashboards that we provide for our clients, we have to-do lists that we would keep for each client. Trouble was we had to log into each client's account separately to see what was on the list. Ensuring our team was logging into over 75 different clients monthly was hard and managing the progress was even harder."

Here are just some of the key benefits of early PM solution adoption for SMBs that I listed in my previous article.

  • Web-based anytime, anywhere access
  • Scalable to any number of users
  • Employee/team time and tracking
  • Gantt charts
  • Task management
  • User permissions customization
  • Team communication/collaboration/file sharing
  • Budgeting capabilities
  • Standardized workflows/processes
  • Centralize data storage/document management
  • Other apps integration
  • Company branding
How does it help meet project and strategic goals?

At Odd Dog Media, Broetje says that finding the right project management system, slowed them to centralize their to-do lists while also integrating them into the client portals. "Our execution on deliverables saw immediate efficiency improvements (over 30 percent) and our management team now has a high-level overview of progress so our quality has improved as well… We must have tried to implement over 20 different project management systems over the past five years. The biggest lesson learned is that the right mix of features & simplicity is really hard to find but so worth the time to get it right," says Broetje.

Broetje says SMBs should write down the most critical items their system needs to do for their business and advises they keep those items at the forefront of your search. "It's easy to get sidetracked by shiny features and the time/energy it takes to implement the wrong system is back-breaking," he says.

Mark notes that at Geeks Chicago, in addition to having the right project management solution, "We also quickly adopted the agile Scrum methodology with all of our projects. As soon as we started with Scrum, we almost completely eliminated scope creep and 96 percent of our projects launched on time."

[ Related story: IT project success rates finally improving ]

Advice from the experts

To become contenders in already highly saturated markets, it's becoming an imperative for small businesses to ensure they have the right tools, right out of the gate, for successful project management collaboration, documentation, execution and communication. Here is what our experts wish they did more of at the start of their journey.

Don't rush into any project management solution

"If in doubt, you can get by with Google Sheets as a hold-over while you're taking the time to do your software search & vetting properly," says Adam.

Tuchscherer agrees adding: "The one thing I think we would do differently would conduct more research on the software we wanted to implement for our projects. At the start, we did test out three-four systems before we landed on the one we use today."

The bottom line is to make sure you do your due diligence on the tools you go with. Ensure they have the features necessary to succeed and the ability to scale with your business.

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AI, machine learning blossom in agriculture and pest control

CIO.com - Business Analytics - March 22, 2017 - 8:38pm

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rising in prominence with the proliferation of chatbots, virtual assistants and other conversational tools that companies are using to improve customer service, productivity and operational efficiency. But AI is also helping to automate and streamline tasks in data-intensive industries traditionally ruled by rigorous science and good old-fashioned human analysis.

Seed retailers, for example, are using AI products to churn through terabytes of precision agricultural data to create the best corn crops, while pest control companies are using AI-based image-recognition technology to identify and treat various types of bugs and vermin. Such markedly different scenarios underscore how AI has evolved from science fiction to practical solutions that can potentially help companies get a leg up on their competition.

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IDG Contributor Network: Why your small business needs a mobile app

CIO.com - Business Analytics - March 20, 2017 - 12:21pm

Are you app-solutely missing the boat?

These days, we carry our smartphones everywhere. People are using them to play, order food, make purchases, do research, communicate, check reviews, read books, find love and generally get by day to day. Some people are even running their business from their phone! In fact, many of you probably prefer using apps over your desktop when it comes to things like checking emails, updating your social media accounts or checking your online banking.

Smartphones have already revolutionized the way brands can market to consumers through branded apps that connect businesses to their customers 24/7. Brands are already using apps successfully to connect with their customers, think of Dominoes and Starbucks, Ebay and Amazon they are using apps really successfully. Apps offer a far more direct marketing channel now than ever in the past, from an push notification that offers you a personalized offer  when smart geolocation technology detects a customer is near their store, to in-app offers that offer a 10 percent discount if you purchase those 3 items that have been sitting in your basket for the past 3 days.

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Why the subscription economy is the future of business

CIO.com - Business Analytics - March 14, 2017 - 2:09pm

Zuora aims to win the next IT stack war – but it’s probably not the stack war that’s comes most readily to your mind. Tien Tzuo, CEO and co-founder of Zuora, wants to own the application stack that drives your subscription business and he believes that virtually every company will be a subscription business before long.

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IDG Contributor Network: Data science is a contact sport

CIO.com - Business Analytics - March 9, 2017 - 9:09pm

Key to success in an A.I. or IoT or data strategy is data scientist productivity. Data scientist productivity is defined as the volume of business-critical results driven through data science. The difference between successful data-driven companies and not so successful ones is the productivity and throughput of the data science team. Increasing data scientist productivity and throughput leads to positive side effects, including standardization of data science processes, tooling and data science methodology, as well as an increase in the availability of case studies and foundational data science that can trigger and speed up other data science efforts.

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