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Blog Posts by Bill Franks

You think big data is big today? Just wait until next year…or the year after that…or the year after that. It is growing exponentially. Whatever seems big now will likely seem relatively small just a short time from now. My…
Over the past year, I have seen a very positive and encouraging shift in my discussions with organizations about the analytic talent that they employ. More and more discussions are about how to best structure an analytics organization as many…
I’ve written in the past about the hype that surrounds big data. Perhaps one of the most ridiculous urban legends out there today is that working with big data is cheap. This myth is largely driven by the fact that…
Throughout my career, one of the primary ways to classify a company has been its industry. Knowing a company’s industry gave you a solid start on understanding the company. From an analytics perspective, you could make highly accurate assumptions about…
To many, big data feels like the wild west; little or no structure or standards and an unclear picture of how to use the data for analysis. Will there ever be a day when big data will become easier to…
Any new analytic process will include assumptions about a wide range of areas including what actions will realistically be considered based upon the results, what metrics or methodologies will be best to utilize, and also what initial values to set…
One of the most discussed concerns surrounding big data today is privacy. While many powerful analytics are possible with the detailed data that is now collected on each of us, the sensitive nature of much of that data requires rethinking…
It is challenging to make big data simple to access and easy to analyze. While there are many reasons for this, the one I want to focus on here is that handling big data, given how big data projects are…
There are many challenges to incorporating big data into analytic processes - technical, skill set, and cultural challenges for example. But you must also consider the challenge of thinking differently about the analytics you need to do and how you…