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Business Intelligence Analyst or Data Scientist? What’s the Difference?

Bill Schmarzo

Bill Schmarzo

Chief Technology Officer, Global Services Big Data Practice

Business AnalystI am a huge Thomas Davenport fan. His book “Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning” was the first book to make organizations aware of the business potential of analytics, even prior to the craziness brought on by Big Data. I happened upon a recent article of his titled “Looking Outward with Big Data: A Q&A with Tom Davenport” and one item from that article really jumped out at me:

“Initially, I didn’t see much of a distinction [between business analytics and big data], and I thought that I could kind of rest on my laurels and not write a book about big data—because the fact is that the analytical tools and approaches used are not all that different for big data. But when I started talking to companies and data scientists, I realized that there really were some fairly substantial differences—some that have yet to be fully articulated and some that are already in evidence.”

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Data Science: The More Data, the Better

Bill Schmarzo

Bill Schmarzo

Chief Technology Officer, Global Services Big Data Practice

Don’t tell my wife, but I think I’m in love. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen uses a dashboard of jobs data that doesn’t just rely upon a single measure (unemployment rate) to make economic and labor policy decisions. Instead, she uses a dozen different measures to provide a more holistic, more accurate, and hopefully more actionable view of the United States economic situation. She’s a data scientist at heart that realizes that a single measure of anything complex—whether it’s the U.S. economy or even things like customer satisfaction and predictive maintenance—is oversimplifying something to the point of not being useful or actionable.

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Strata Conference + Hadoop World – Reflections on Big Data Trends

Bill Schmarzo

Bill Schmarzo

Chief Technology Officer, Global Services Big Data Practice

As many people know, I love attending Strata events.  They’re always full of interesting and provocative topics for discussion and the exhibit hall has lots of new or updated products and product roadmaps.

I recently attended the Strata + Hadoop World event in New York City and picked up a plethora of highly interesting and valuable information.

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Data and the Human Spirit

Kathrin Winkler

Kathrin Winkler

Senior Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer
Kathrin Winkler

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Data: Cold, impersonal, intellectual, left-brained, inquiring.
Human spirit: Hot, personal, emotional, right-brained, inspiring.

What do they have to do with each other? Disparate though they may seem, nearly every important advance in the annals of human knowledge has arisen at the intersection of data and the human spirit.

There are countless examples throughout history of people who have exhibited incredible courage to collect, analyze, understand, and communicate the implications of new information. Just a few from the past include Galileo, Marie Curie, and Charles Darwin. From the present: Jane Goodall, Stephen Hawking, and Sylvia Earle. From the future: Who knows? Maybe Parker Liautaud will be one of them!

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