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Blog Posts by Bill Franks

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…
In the past few months, in addition to my usual travel around the United States, I have had the pleasure of visiting both Europe and Asia to meet with customers and discuss analytics and big data. It was very interesting…
One of the best ways to improve the power of your analytics is to include some totally new information. The use of new information can enable huge leaps in the effectiveness, predictive power, and accuracy of your analytics. Most of…
I am going to go out on a limb, put a prediction in writing, and hope that I’m not eating serious humble pie in 12 months! I predict that in 2013, the big data bubble will begin to spring some…
One thing that has struck me recently is that most of the focus when discussing big data is upon the technologies involved. The consensus seems to be that the biggest challenge with big data is a technological one, yet I…
I wrote a blog for Harvard Business Review recently titled To Succeed With Big Data, Start Small. I argued for the need to take small steps with big data rather than going big (pun intended) from the start. I want…
It is good to remember in today’s hype-filled big data world that there is no “easy” button for big data. In fact, in many ways, big data is quite difficult to deal with. Many organizations seem to be falling for…
Companies are scrambling today to understand what big data is and what they should do with it. Many have also come to believe that they’ll need to develop a strategy for big data, which is absolutely true. However, there is…