The Predictive Benefits of Analyzing Employees’ Communications Networks

In the wake of the destruction left by the Enron scandal and subsequent bankruptcy in the early 2000s, one of the more revelatory and instructive artifacts left behind was the massive trove of approximately 1,600,000 of the company’s corporate emails. Researchers from a variety of fields have performed all manner of extensive analyses on this […]

Watson, is That You? Yes, and I’ve Just Demo-ed My Analytics Skills at IBM’s New York Office

I don’t know if my heart can take this much excitement. Yesterday morning, on July 29, 2015, I attended a very compelling presentation and demo of IBM’s Watson technology. (This AI-driven platform has been previously covered in these five Subway Fold posts.) Just the night before, I saw I saw a demo of some ultra-cool […]

New Analytics Process Uses Patent Data to Predict Advancements in Specific Technologies

John Oliver did a brilliant and hilarious takedown of patent trolls on his April 19, 2015 edition of his Last Week Tonight show. He raved about the absurdity of such companies who buy up patents and yet produce nothing much themselves other than lawsuits to enforce theses patents. As he said, this is a form […]

Minting New Big Data Types and Analytics for Investors

Along with the exponential growth of big data in terms of its quantity, myriad of collection points, nearly limitless storage capabilities, and complex analytics, investors are keenly interested in discovering unique advantages from this phenomenon to be applied in the securities markets.* While financial institutions of all types have used sophisticated metrics and predictions to […]

Roundup of Some Recent Books on Big Data, Analytics and Intelligent Systems

I have recently read four books concerning big data, analytics and intelligent systems that I highly recommend to anyone interested in learning more about these rapidly growing fields. 1.  The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. An engaging and in depth analysis […]

Digital Smarts Everywhere: The Emergence of Ambient Intelligence

The Troggs were a legendary rock and roll band who were part of the British Invasion in the late 1960’s. They have always been best known for their iconic rocker Wild Thing. This was also the only Top 10 hit that ever had an ocarina solo. How cool is that! The band went on to […]

Facebook is Now Restricting Access to Certain Data About Its User Base to Third Parties

It is a simple and straight-forward basic business concept in any area of commerce: Do not become too overly reliant upon a single customer or supplier. Rather, try to build a diversified portfolio of business relationships to diligently avoid this possibility and, at the same time, assist in developing potential new business. Starting in May […]

A Compelling Case Study of Evidence Based Decision-Making

The amounts of ink and electrons expended on the topic of big data and predictive analytics appear to be nearly endless.* This is area also includes the evolving trends in evidence based management which posits that the best decisions can be made using the best scientific and numerical evidence available. Whenever I read a new […]

Text Analysis Systems Mine Workplace Emails to Measure Staff Sentiments

Have you ever been employed in a genuinely cooperative and productive environment where you looked forward each day to making your contribution to the enterprise and assisting your colleagues? Conversely, have you ever worked in a highly stressful and unsupportive atmosphere where you dreading going back there nearly every day?  Or perhaps you have found […]

I Can See for Miles: Using Augmented Reality to Analyze Business Data Sets

While one of The Who’s first hit singles, I Can See for Miles, was most certainly not about data visualization, it still might – – on a bit of a stretch – – find a fitting a new context in describing one of the latest dazzling new technologies in the opening stanza’s declaration “there’s magic in […]