Examining the Importance of Context for Every Story

You’ve heard it said, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” While there is some truth to that, a picture or even a thousand words doesn’t always tell the whole story. Stories need context—a description of the situation in which something happens. Everything we do in life is informed by context. So, why don’t we use context very well in business?

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Examining if Big Data is Worth all of the Hype

I’ve never liked the term “big data.” It feels like a contrived term, born from opportunistic vendors anxious to sell more hardware and software. Certainly, we have seen an enormous growth in the sheer volume of data being produced today, and yes, that is what most people think about when they hear the term big data. However, when I think about big data, I think more broadly about its potential.

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Exploring the ROI on Lessons from Failure vs. Success

Where I am from, we have a saying about the value of failing. Although it doesn’t translate well, it basically means that the tuition of failure has the best return on investment. I was fortunate to have been born and raised in a very supportive, community-based culture. Friends and family were always around and the atmosphere was always very social. The one thing about my culture is that we are very accepting and non-judgmental of each other.

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Building the Next Generation of Business Intelligence

The other day, I was thinking about BI and its adoption rate by the business. For the past couple decades, business intelligence has been one of the top enterprise initiatives, often one of the top three. Still, though there have been innovations in technology, the way companies use data hasn’t changed much. I sense that is about to change in a big way, which made me wonder whether organizations are ready.

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