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Blog Posts by Tom Davenport

Organizations like Singularity University are focused on what they call “exponential technologies,” for which “the power and/or speed doubles each year, and/or the cost drops by half.” They classify AI…
If you want to hire students from universities with strong analytical skills, you need to know the landscape of available programs and skills. Some believe that universities move slowly, but…
One of the definitional debates that bedevils the artificial intelligence (AI) field is whether machine learning is an AI-based method or technology. Or is it just an analytics-based activity? After…
In my IIA post in May I wrote about the fact that automated machine learning (AML or, in deference to anti-money laundering, AutoML) has the potential to reduce demand for…
One of my typical activities in May is to teach the Analytics Academy, a short program offered to Harvard Ph.D. students and graduates from the School of Arts and Sciences.…
CIOs can help drive business value by following the lead of high-performing companies that use advanced analytical techniques and data-driven insights to rise above their competitors.Data analytics has helped rewrite…
Back in 2012 I wrote (with D.J. Patil, who went on to become the Chief Data Scientist in the White House) an article in Harvard Business Review called “Data Scientist.”…
Machine learning is a great way to extract maximum predictive or categorization value from a large volume of structured data. The idea (at least for “supervised learning,” by far the…
A few years ago a large insurance company decided to form a new data science group. The senior managers of the company were determined to find the best leader possible.…