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The Due Diligence Question You're Not Expecting | Inc.com

No one would sell their company without consulting their CFO and general counsel. Historically, very few companies have included the chief information officer (CIO) in this process. The obvious information technology issues are usually covered, such as intellectual property, proprietary software …

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Unlocking the Potential for Big Data in 2014

<i>Martina King is the CEO of Featurespace where she is responsible for the strategic direction and corporate vision at the company.</i><p>A popular internet meme goes something like this: ‘It’s 2013: where’s my flying car?’ The question, asked on t-shirts and coffee mugs around the world, debated on …

Doug Mack: How do you attract talent?

“The second big way to attract talent is, from my view, is build from the top down. Find your key executives early on, who are going to lead certain functions, and they will bring a network of great employees from other walks of life in their career with them. In contrast, if you build from the …

5 lessons we learned about data science in 2013

Most people know what marketing executives do every day. They try to catch people’s attention through email, ads, tweets, and press releases. As for data scientists, well, their work is not nearly as well understood.<p>That’s been slowly changing this year as companies slowly loosen up about letting …

Are You Ready for a Chief Data Officer?

By now, everyone knows that there is huge potential in data. From reducing costs by improving quality, to enriching existing products and services by informationalizing them, to innovating by bringing big data and analytics to bear, data are showing themselves worthy across the board. Still, data …

Employee Engagement Drives Health Care Quality and Financial Returns

Hospital systems in the U.S. are at a crisis point. Among the many changes ushered in with the new health care law is the shift to value-based purchasing, which ties a system’s Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements to the quality of the services it provides. For many systems, the mandate will now be …

Constraints on Health Care Budgets Can Drive Quality

In 1980, the national expenditure on health care in the United States was just over 9% of Gross Domestic Product. Today it accounts for nearly twice that — close to 18%. This increase has come at a high price, hitting home most obviously in workers’ pay. According to data published by the Kaiser …

What Makes Strategic Decisions Different

Photography: Stephen Petegorsky<p>Artwork: Matt Phillips, Prop, 2012, oil on canvas, 20″ x 24″<p>The past decade has seen a wealth of research on decision making, much of it not only useful but also fascinating to read. At the same time, a growing chorus has noted that business executives, in particular, …

Delivering World-Class Health Care, Affordably

India might be the last place on earth where you’d expect to find health care innovation. Government programs have finally brought some infectious diseases under control, but the nation’s ability to meet the basic medical needs of its citizens remains abysmal. Despite robust economic growth over …

Analytics 3.0: Measurable Business Impact From Analytics & Big Data

Analytics has rapidly become a competitive differentiator and is now entering a new stage of maturity: Analytics 3.0.<p>Analytics 1.0 is marked by enterprises assembling business intelligence systems and expertise to drive reporting and descriptive analytics.<p>Analytics 2.0 involves the emergence of …

Hired by the Data, Fired by the Data

And That's a Good Thing<p>They're Watching You At Work<p>The Atlantic<p>The term Big Data, admits writer Don Peck, “has quickly grown tiresome.” But the power of analytics as a mechanism for making decisions about hiring and firing is still growing, and the “application of predictive analytics to people’s …

You’ve Got the Information But What Does It Mean? Welcome to “From Data to Action”

“The numbers don’t lie.”<p>You hear that all the time. Even if it’s mostly true, the numbers can be slippery, cryptic, and, at times, two-faced. Whether they represent findings about your customers, products, or employees, they can be maddeningly open to interpretation.<p>With big data getting ever …

Designing a Learning Organization (SSIR)

Anyone who regularly attends professional conferences or tries to keep up with the overwhelming volume of relevant published work available in the …

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Managing Complexity: The Battle Between Emergence And Entropy

The business news continues to be full of stories of large companies getting into trouble in part because of their complexity. JP Morgan has been getting most of the headlines, but many other banks are also investigation, and companies from other sectors, from Siemens to GSK to Sony, are all under …

Healthcare.gov and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

Back in the mid-1990s, I did a lot of web work for traditional media. That often meant figuring out what the client was already doing on the web, and …

Who’s Managing Your Company’s Network Effects?

Much as war is too important to be left to the generals, the business of network effects is too valuable to be entrusted to the CMOs and CIOs. Network effects make Google Google, Facebook Facebook, Twitter Twitter, Netflix Netflix and Pinterest Pinterest. Network effects are the not-so-secret sauce …

How to Get More Value Out of Your Data Analysts

Organizations succeed with analytics only when good data and insightful models are put to regular and productive use by business people in their decisions and their work. We don’t declare victory when a great model or application is developed – only when it’s being used to improve business …

Hiring and Big Data: Those Who Could Be Left Behind

Recruiters, HR managers, and investors have always sought better ways of identifying who fits and has potential, and how to allocate opportunities to them. Big data holds the promise of not only vastly improved efficiencies but also bringing greater objectivity to our very unconsciously biased …

How to Start Thinking Like a Data Scientist

Slowly but steadily, data are forcing their way into every nook and cranny of every industry, company, and job. Managers who aren’t data savvy, who can’t conduct basic analyses, interpret more complex ones, and interact with data scientists are already at a disadvantage. Companies without a large …

You May Not Need Big Data After All

Artwork: Chad Hagen, Graphic Composition No. 2, 2009, digital<p>Companies are investing like crazy in data scientists, data warehouses, and data analytics software. But many of them don’t have much to show for their efforts. It’s possible they never will.<p>What’s the problem? To begin with, big data has …

How is Big Data Transforming Your 80/20 Analytics?

Even today, most organizations technically struggle to answer even the simplest 80/20 analytics questions: Which 20% of customers generate 80% of the profits? Which 20% of suppliers are responsible for 80% of customer UX complaints? What 20% of customers facilitate 80% of the most helpful …

Data’s Credibility Problem

Artwork: Chad Hagen, Nonsensical Infographic No. 7, 2009, digital<p>As a rising product-management executive prepares for an important presentation to her firm’s senior team, she notices that something looks off in the market share numbers. She immediately asks her assistant to verify the figures. He …

Analytics 3.0

Artwork: Chad Hagen, Nonsensical Infographic No. 5, 2009, digital<p>Those of us who have spent years studying “data smart” companies believe we’ve already lived through two eras in the use of analytics. We might call them BBD and ABD—before big data and after big data. Or, to use a naming convention …

The Metrics Sales Leaders Should Be Tracking

As an executive vice president for sales, I spent countless hours reviewing, examining, and analyzing the sales forecast for my company. I required the managers who reported to me to do the same. And that’s what they asked their reps to do, too. We weren’t alone. Conversations between sales …

Get the Strategy You Need — Now

Two uncomfortable strategic truths face the vast majority of executives and companies – and probably you, too. First, you don’t have a powerful strategy. And second, you aren’t doing much about it.<p>Though both statements may sound extreme, they are the clear implication of new McKinsey research on …

Setting Your Camera for Ultimate Image Quality

Those of you that have recently joined the mass ranks of photographic enthusiasts will, most probably, not have thought too much about the way you …

What Your Camera’s Auto Bracketing Feature Can Do and How to Use It

Cameras today are a marvel of modern technology, giving us beautifully exposed, wonderfully sharp images much of the time. There are times however …

9 Fantastic Tutorials on Skin Retouching in Photoshop

One of the issues with photographing people is that cameras tend to pick up every imperfection and blemish on people's faces – far more than we tend …

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5 Essential Edits That Will Improve Almost any Photograph

As photographers, we strive to take a perfect photograph. We compose carefully within our frame, properly expose our image, and make sure our white …

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