Go Data Literate Or Go Home

Just as the changes brought about by data-driven work have made the news, data literacy is a pressing topic for leaders at the center of the data storm. In transportation ...

Big Data Predicts Your Death

This is the thing about Big Data…it allows us to see in data the things that we may surmise or instinctively understand but never fully visualized. Take our own deaths, ...

Too Much Profit Can Doom Your Company

By Brad Power and Rick Merrifield What defines success for a business? For most of the last century, it was profits. The leading enterprises of the world were ones that ...

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What’s In Your Transformational Toolbag?

Steve jobs tells a wonderful story about a Scientific American magazine article ...

Rock Climbing My Career

I’m a lifelong climber and at my “peak,” lived to have my ...

Chris Taylor’s IoT Interview at InterOp 2015 Las Vegas

Chris was recently interviewed at the close of the Internet Summit at ...

Surprising Ingredients of IoT Success

Cognitive science, business semantics, and human resources must come together to make ...

IoT Is About Analysis, Not Things

When we emphasize “things” in the Internet of Things, we obscure its ...

Love In The Time Of Images

“Too much love is as bad for this as no love at all.” ...

We Talk Value To The Customer, But…

If I had a dollar for every time I heard or read ...

Seth Godin and Random Numbers – The Other Argument

Seth Godin’s piece from this weekend, The tyranny of random numbers was interesting but it needs ...

Artificial Intelligence Is Almost Ready For Business

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an idea that has oscillated through many hype ...

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Hey, Sales Rep, Your Intentions are Transparent

Sales people are transparent and this translates to their greatest strength or their greatest weakness. Which one is it for you? Your customer recognizes your strengths and weaknesses the moment you arrive and either spend the time to ask great questions and listen to their responses or “show up and throw up.” Too often, it’s […]

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Without Startup Experience, Do You Qualify For Tech Work?

I’ve been in technology my entire career and it has been an excellent ride. Having startup experience later in my career, however, has been remarkably eye opening for this experienced techie. Just when I thought I had my industry figured out, I joined another startup, Alation, and a few new things caught my attention and […]

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Stop Looking At Big Data As The Problem (And Start Looking At Integration)

Big Data is the phrase that won’t die. It made sense when we first tried to wrap our heads around the idea that we could have more data than we previously imagined. Yes, it was a good way to describe, in a short phrase, the concept of having more data than our systems could manage. […]

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Workers need to survive digital business

While the world seizes the opportunities presented by an increasingly digital ecosystem, what happens to the humans stuck at the center of this technological transformation? A shift to ubiquitous digital data is causing rapid change in business models and how work gets done. The data that suffices today to solve a problem will be replaced […]

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Almost No One Is Going To Buy Your Products

As Seth Godin wrote last week, “There’s a huge difference between “no one” and “almost no one. Almost no one is going to hire you. Almost no one is going to become a true fan…” Reading his piece, you realize quickly that his seemingly negative piece is genius — it is a very healthy mindset and […]

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When Humor Makes You Rich – Aaron Levie And Box

Aaron Levie, the funniest CEO in America (and possibly the world), just became one of the richest comics never to appear on Saturday Night Live. His company, Box, went public last week and I couldn’t be happier for him (and them). In the Silicon Valley world of self importance and taking the absurd seriously, Levie […]

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Selling Isn’t For Everyone

Selling isn’t for everyone. It isn’t that people can’t be trained or that someone who wants it badly can’t figure it out, it’s that many people aren’t willing to do what it takes to sell once successfully, keep customers happy, and develop long-term and repeatable success. The short list of what stands in the way […]

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LA Wants Taxis To Be More Like Uber

San Francisco, the home of so many tech startups, has no choice but to support Uber, the ride sharing service that has been criticized in many places for its aggressive tactics and persistent habit of ignoring local laws. But outside of San Francisco, Uber has had a rocky road with governments that have at times […]

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Nanotechnology Makes Health Diagnosis Look Like Star Trek

Watching Star Trek growing up, the idea of having a device that could provide instant diagnosis of health seemed about as futuristic as the show itself. Bones would simply pass his tricorder over the patient and know instantly what was wrong with them. It seemed futuristic because in our daily lives, something as simple as […]

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Two Paths To The Dream Of Business Ownership

A record number of American adults, 13%, are involved in the startup economy.  Many more dream of participating and believe they can be successful.  The popularity of the hit series, The Profit, hosted by Marcus Lemonis, attests to the enduring popularity of this dream.  Each week, he helps struggling businesses with high potential “get it right” […]

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Personalization Attacks The Automotive Industry

The hottest trend in technology is personalization. The term usually gets applied to the ways data can be used to make the message, product, service and experience tailored to an individual. The focus on serving the “one” is the trend that will take us through the next decade of technology change. Another facet of change […]

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Tech And Life In A Personalized World

Watching technology advance amazes me. Tech rarely unfolds as a stunning breakthrough but instead arrives in tiny slices of change. How often is the world as fundamentally shifted as the day the original iPhone was announced? Rarely. Knowing this, there’s a real advantage as an individual or an organization in knowing the overriding trend that links […]

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Police Transparency, North Korea and Flight Tracking in 2015

Technology brings remarkable things to our lives that offer a chance to be safer, healthier and more social. It gives us new choices for how to live and just to know things. Technology can do even more and 2015 offers us a chance to tackle some of the biggest problems — those of transparency — that […]

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Are you personally ready for digital business?

There’s one thing that’s very clear from every headline and prediction about how work gets done — we’re moving rapidly to a digital business model. Digital business is far more than the latest round of applied technology. Digital business is also much more than Big Data, e-Commerce, Cloud, the Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Robotics […]

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