Big data needs people, leaders and real-time analytics: A Structure:Data 2013 recap


In the afterglow of GigaOM’s Structure:Data conference this week, a few big-picture trends and surprising quotes stuck with us. (Check out our live coverage here.)

Data needs people, my friend

Despite the much-discussed power of data, there are roles for people to play in big data projects. Data increasingly influences companies’ decision making processes, but several speakers hit on the notion that people should be involved in big data storage and analysis.

It all starts with a human question. Before machines generate answers, employees from many departments should feel empowered to ask good questions of data, said John Sotham, vice president of finance at BuildDirect.

Beyond questions, humans need to decide which algorithms to employ and which data to use to answer questions, said Scott Brave, founder and chief technology officer of Baynote.

In data science, machine use algorithms to make decisions with clean data for the sake…

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EMC’s Paul Maritz: it takes leadership to move companies toward a data-driven future


It would be easy to think that moving companies toward a future in data would be a technological challenge, but Paul Maritz, EMC’s chief strategist and a key member of its Pivotal Initiative spin-off, took a different approach: it’s about human leadership.

Speaking with Om Malik on Wednesday in New York for GigaOM’s Structure:Data conference, Maritz talked about the two potential courses a company might take in heading toward a data-driven future:

“I think there’s two ways. One way is, unfortunately, Darwinian evolutions,” he said. “But others will change and change always comes through leadership, where someone in the organization has to really step up and drive change.”

Maritz said when he was at VMWare, he was fascinated that in looking at different companies in the same businesses, he could see that some would be fifty percent virtualized, and others only ten percent virtualized, simply because of the mindset at the…

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On Leadership and Effective Communication

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Poor Communications

For leaders in today’s business world, effective communication is a really big differentiator.

And yet time and time again I’ve heard the excuse, “Communicating effectively is just too tough.”

The Real World

With so much information flying around from so many places, the ability to ensure you’re understood and employees are prepared to take action on your path forward is critical to your individual and organizational success.

In a perfect world, communicating with other people would be as simple as saying what we mean.

But in the real world, saying what we mean…just isn’t always very simple.

And while some things are out of your control, when it comes to communication there’s a great deal you can control.

Communication Basics

Communication comes down to creating a conversation by expressing thoughts and emotions through the rather limited vehicle of language. Our preferred modes of communication—speech and writing—are limiting by their very…

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10 Signs You Might Be an Arrogant Leader | workplace MOJO

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All of us are arrogant to some degree sometimes. I know I am. Some of us are better at fighting it than others. Some of us are better at hiding it. Some folks are lucky in that they just don’t struggle with it as much. But all of us have struggled with pride, ego, or arrogance at one point or another. And if you’re thinking to yourself that you never have, well, you just did.

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De andere kant van Leiderschap

Leiderschap. Het is een hype geworden. Mijn twitter timeline staat vol met berichten van bedrijven, organisaties en adviseurs die in een onvoorstelbare hoeveelheid artikelen proberen aan te geven wat leiderschap is, hoe goed leiderschap ingevuld moet worden, welke regels leiders moeten volgen om succesvol te zijn en hoe dat door middel van trainingen geleerd kan worden. Of door boeken te kopen. Bij Managementboek bestaat bijna de helft van het aantal boeken inmiddels uit boeken over leiderschap.

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