Category Archives: Cloud

Good Bye Microsoft!

After nearly 7 years at Microsoft, I have decided to leave the company.  I’m moving back to the Silicon Valley to pursue my lifelong passion: “Make Business Intelligence a Reality for Everyone”.

The Valley has changed a lot since I left it after my stints at Business Objects, Apple and a few other Software Start-Ups. And, I will miss my Microsoft friends dearly.

The company I’ve decided to join focuses on helping organizations take advantage of the latest advances in Software AND Hardware for Business Intelligence and Analytics.

The space has evolved quickly, new opportunities have risen, and start-ups are well position to take advantage of the below 3 trends:

  • Big Data – Not a new issue…but the mainstream market is now paying attention: WikiBon’s predicts that the Big Data market to hit the $50 billion mark worldwide within the next five years (see more here).
  • Talent Gap – Our system cannot produce Data Scientists fast enough: see Doug Henschen’s piece on this here.  The Wall Street Journal pointed it at it again last week here.  Point is new solutions are required here.  These new solutions need to be smarter than anything available today in architecture and in approach.
  • BI and IT is a four-letter word: the last 30 years have been punctuated by ownership discussions.  We need to evolve: Should IT own “BI”?  Should The business own “Business Analytics”?  I won’t pretend I have the answer, but after 30 years, results speak for themselves: 70% deployment failure rates and sub-30% adoption rate.  The space needs a new approach.  One that empowers Business Users, Data Scientists and IT to work better together to build and deploy solutions faster…without having to set up a large infrastructure.

I am delighted and honored to be able to work on the above!

I’ll also be continuing my videos so Ping me at future-bi.tv if you want to be part of this new adventure!

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Silicon Valley Forum on Big Data

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to keynote the “Silicon Valley Big Data Analytics Conference” in San Francisco.

The event is brilliantly organized by SVForum, an organization which gathers technologists, entrepreneurs and start-up leaders in the Bay Area.  The session was recorded and last 38mins.  To avoid you the hassle to watch the entire keynote, I thought I’d highlight a few sections you might find interesting:

  • How a European Railroad leader comes upon the Big Data challenge here
  • Why “Data” in “Big Data” isn’t the point here (the story of Klout).
  • How the AC Milan Football Club finds out about Big Data here.
  • Why Data is the cheapest commodity on Earth here.
  • Why the “Data Scientist Issue” is not about scarcity but rather about accessibility here.
  • Why Marketing matters in the world of Data – I’m not just talking infographics here.

I hope you’ll enjoy it.  Let me know!

 

Preview of our Twitter Analytics Solution (via @Scobleizer)

I had the honor of being interviewed by Robert Scoble on the work our team has done to let anyone get access to great analytics from twitter. Check it out below and let us know what you think!

 

 

What Does MC Hammer Have To Do With Analytics?

In this special episode of BITV, I share thoughts on the upcoming trends in information management and their adoption into mainstream thinking.

I talk about Cloud, Social Media and Data Mashups….and of course M.C. Hammer!