The High Value of Advanced Data Visualization

The High Value of Advanced Data Visualization September 3, 2014

  Successful business strategies are built not only on robust datasets and sophisticated analytics, but on compelling visualizations. According to our Digital IQ Survey of nearly 1,500 business and technology executives, only 31% of respondents are investing in data visualization. This could be the reason behind why 65% of respondents also agree that moving from […]

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What is Microservices Architecture? Think Ant Colonies, Beehives, or Termite Mounds

What is Microservices Architecture? Think Ant Colonies, Beehives, or Termite Mounds August 25, 2014

Humans are prone to believe any complex system must be designed and managed by super smart individuals manning a set of controls to keep everything running smoothly. And yet we see examples of complex systems in nature like ant hills, beehives, and termite mounds whose basic structures have survived for millions of years, across drastic […]

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Digital Spaghetti: What happens when emerging technology meets the hype cycle

Digital Spaghetti: What happens when emerging technology meets the hype cycle August 8, 2014

  dig•it•al spa•ghet•ti– the art of creating new words that describe something technical to educate your friends and co-workers; helpful when playing buzzword bingo in your next emerging technology discussion. Digital spaghetti terms share a characteristic of being relatively new and lack a universally agreed upon definition. With the evolution of anything – especially technology […]

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A Guide to the Internet of Things

A Guide to the Internet of Things July 31, 2014

  The Internet of Things (IoT) is making steady progress, as you can see from our recent report on sensor adoption. Every day, more and more ordinary objects are brought into the digital fold with the promise of enhancing the lives of consumers and improving business operations. In the near future, you’ll be surrounded—at home […]

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Smarter Business Intelligence Through Sensors

From PwC’s Emerging Technology Lab: Smartcooler July 24, 2014

  The Internet of Things is quickly becoming a household name. While consumer devices such as Nest, Hue, and Dropcam attract the majority of the media attention, sensors and embedded computing are quietly re-architecting the operations and business intelligence capabilities of companies across industries. Recently a global client asked us to help them leverage sensors […]

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The Future of Big Data: Data Lakes

The Future of Big Data: Data Lakes July 16, 2014

  What is the future of big data? Data lakes. As data piles up, the ability for organizations to store, integrate and access it goes down. That’s because traditional data warehousing methods are ill equipped to deal with today’s data deluge. Conforming every tidbit of data to a single data model to make sense and […]

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Is Enterprise Integration a Pipe Dream?

Is Enterprise Integration a Pipe Dream? June 24, 2014

  If you’re reading this blog, you probably have a data integration horror story you could share. The most recent one I’ve heard involved a bank director. He was provided with three different reports all trying to answer the same question. Each one gave a different answer. When the director asked the data analysts to […]

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One Simple Solution to Unite the CIO and CMO

One Simple Solution to Unite the CIO and CMO June 18, 2014

  Why can’t CIOs and CMOs just get along? Based on my experience, there is one primary reason why their relationship is adversarial: the CIO and CMO can’t agree on who is responsible for what, so they are perpetually trampling on each other’s toes. Our 6th Annual Digital IQ study identified a strong CIO-CMO partnership […]

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Finding a Home for the Chief Data Science Officer

Finding a Home for the Chief Data Science Officer May 28, 2014

  Where should the Chief Data Science Officer (CDSO) reside inside the enterprise? The short answer: it depends. Companies that are deadly serious about using analytics to transform their industry draw a direct line from the CDSO to the CEO. This is the ideal arrangement, but it’s rare. We predict the CDSO will rise up […]

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Engaging Employees for an Innovation Advantage

Engaging Employees for an Innovation Advantage May 16, 2014

  Wisdom of the crowds, co-creation, crowdsourcing – the innovation meme is abuzz with new approaches to innovate that invite employees to participate in the innovation process. Companies such as Honda, AT&T and Citi are finding ways to leverage their employees for fresh ideas while improving overall employee engagement. Unfortunately, the siloed nature of big organizations […]

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