March 3, 2019
Why digital transformation is easiest when you're still a small business
There's an insidious trap that many small business owners fall into when they hear the buzzword “digital transformation.” They often think this doesn't apply to me, I'm not big enough to pour expensive resources into new technology. This is the pitfall that many fall into who stumble with digital transformation: the belief that it's about technology.
January 24, 2019
How many digital transformation advocates does it take to change a lightbulb?
Digital transformation is in part about understanding your customer's pain points and eliminating them. Technology without empathy for your customers is worthless. To illustrate this, let's take a look at a recent real-life experience for residents of a Californian townhouse community.
November 16, 2018
Lessons from Big Data London: All your employees should speak data
There were 150 seminars given at Big Data London, and lots of buzzwords and on-trend topics flying between the event theaters. But one theme kept coming up, from the technical talks to the business overviews and panel discussions: leaders should encourage data access and interaction across their entire organizations.
October 15, 2018
It's not all about size: the value of new data sets
Companies in the data space — which leaders are realizing is every company — can follow a tried and tested formula for success. Strip away all the complexities of digital transformation: technical architecture, data pipelines, change management, and there is one golden egg that is repeatedly proving its value: brand new data.
September 10, 2018
Think you're done with digital transformation? You're not
There is much being written about why companies are failing at digital transformation.
May 10, 2018
If you're so smart as a leader, you'll keep it to yourself
A team in the AI field recently made a hire: a machine learning expert who is a recent computer science graduate who interviewed brilliantly and has a track record of impressive research projects and demonstrations. The candidate seemed to the team a great fit to join a group of mostly hardware experts, expanding the nascent software group. It’s not easy hiring developers with data science and machine learning algorithm skills, as the practical application of new research is still in its infancy with skills centered in academia or at powerhouses like Google and Microsoft.
April 19, 2018
Like it or not, your business model speaks to your ethics
Business is about exchanging value. Crime is about taking value. Somewhere in between is a value exchange that lies in the gray area; legal but sordid. The gray area is where sleep is lost, or at least should be.
April 3, 2018
Business planning and the 85% rule
Understand at least 85% of the problem before you begin your work.