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Internet of Things: Getting from Connected to Smart I wanted to gather all of my Internet of Things (IOT) blogs into a single blog (that I could later use with my University of San Francisco (USF) Big Data “MBA” course). However as I started to pull these blogs together, I realized that my IOT discussion lacked a vision; it lacked an end point towards which an organization could drive their IOT envisioning, proof of value, app dev, data engineering and data science efforts. And I think that the IOT end point is really quite simple… Creating “Smart” Entities I believe that the end point for many IoT initiatives is to create “smart” entities – smart cities, smart hospitals, smart cars, smart universities, smart schools, smart blogs, smart lawnmowers, etc. Creating a “smart” entity is an outcome of optimizing the decisions and business initiatives that support an entity... (more)

The 'Thinking' Part of 'Thinking Like a Data Scientist' | @BigDataExpo #BigData

Imagine my surprise when reading the March 28, 2016 issue of BusinessWeek and stumbling across the article titled “Lies, Damned Lies, and More Statistics.” In the article, "BusinessWeek" warned readers to beware of “p-hacking,” which is the statistical practice of tweaking data in ways that generate low p-values but actually undermine the test (see p-value definition below). One of the results of “p-hacking” is that absurd results can be made to pass the p-value test, and important findings can be overlooked. For example… A study from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in... (more)

Tips for Data Scientists | @CloudExpo #BigData #IoT #DigitalTransformation

I spend a lot of time helping organizations to “think like a data scientist.” My book “Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science” has several chapters devoted to helping business leaders to embrace the power of data scientist thinking. My Big Data MBA class at the University of San Francisco School of Management focuses on teaching tomorrow’s business executives the power of analytics and data science to optimize key business processes, uncover new monetization opportunities and create a more compelling, engaging customer and channel engagement. However in work... (more)

Big Data Business Model Maturity Index and IoT | @ThingsExpo #BigData #IoT #M2M #API #Wearables

Big Data Business Model Maturity Index and the Internet of Things (IoT) Antonio Figueiredo (@afigueiredo) recently challenged me on twitter with an interesting question: How would the Big Data Business Model Maturity Index (BDBMMI) change to support the Internet of Things (IoT)? My hope is that the BDBMMI would not need to change to support IoT. It is my hope that the BDBMMI could be used to guide any industry that is going through a data and analytics-driven transformation, such as what is happening to many industries due to IoT. Let’s see how one could use the BDBMMI to help or... (more)

Netflix – Microservices Continuous Deployment | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Microservices

In a VentureBeat article the author describes ‘the future of enterprise tech‘, describing how pioneering organizations like Netflix are entirely embracing a Cloud paradigm for their business, moving away from the traditional approach of owning and operating your own data centre populated by EMC, Oracle and VMware. Instead they are moving to ‘web scale IT’ via on demand rental of containers, commodity hardware and NoSQL databases, but critically it’s not just about swapping out the infrastructure components. The Cloud Native Enterprise This approach to IT has also come to be known... (more)

Why the Pivotal Initiative’s Fate Will Mirror VMware’s

An Enterprise PaaS must truly be agnostic to the underlying elastic infrastructure, and fully support open standards. So the big question is whether the Pivotal Initiative will be able to break away from its roots with EMC and VMware and the associated ties to VSphere? Let's itemize just a few of the major components of the stack from top to bottom: Pivotal Labs: Besides the source of Paul Maritz‘s new company name, this is an agile software development consulting firm focused on Ruby on Rails, pair programming, test-driven development and behavior driven development. It is kno... (more)