Opinion

Operation Crossbow – wartime London saved by Big Data

Finding myself amazed and humbled, recently, by a feat of human ingenuity and endurance from World War II was not, in itself, unusual.  After all, I was born only 20 years after the war ended and grew up amongst family deeply affected by the bombing raids that passed over East Anglia on their way to […]

Why Big Data needs to think about material efficiency now

A couple of weeks ago the business media, including the BBC’s excellent Roger Harrabin, was buzzing with ideas about Material Efficiency*, accompanied by the usual dire warnings for our futures.  The basic premise goes like this:  because historically the cost of materials has been significantly cheaper than the cost of labour, it pays to be […]

Are you in the queue for Self-Service Analytics?

Self-service analytics is, in many ways, a powerful approach to delivering greater intelligence into your organization.  At face value, it’s also a very attractive one.  Little wonder it’s top of the 2013 BI to-do list for many businesses.* Giving end users direct access to centralised corporate data seems at first sight nothing but win-win. Once […]

Unlock your analytics talent, if you want Big Data to work

Last week, this blog looked at my fears that a continued chronic shortage of highly skilled analytics professionals would hold back our hopes for the long term success of Big Data initiatives. Without enough analytics experts building up experience we cannot expect to see the list of proven success stories begin to grow, allowing industry […]

Is Anyone Winning the Big Data Arms Race?

It seems pretty clear by now that Big Data represents another technology arms race – at the last temperature check, it’s getting a lot hotter. To win is simple isn’t it? Gain a competitive edge by being better at exploiting data than the rest. With the explosion in the use of intelligent devices, we are […]

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