Big Data

July 2017

The Industrial Research Institute Report on Big Data and the Future of R&D Management

The Industrial Research Institute Report on Big Data and the Future of R&D Management

Diego Klabjan Partner
We had the chance to participate in a group at IRI analyzing the impact of Big Data on R&D. The group included people from Cargill, Kraft (prev...
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June 2017

The Digital World – Competing with Silicon Valley Startups

The Digital World – Competing with Silicon Valley Startups

Kristen Daihes Partner
There was a fantastic article in the Wall Street Journal recently – Wall Street to CEOs: Disrupt Your Industry, or Else. A key message from the art...
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February 2017

Self Driving Trucks May Create New Roles and New Types of Jobs

Self Driving Trucks May Create New Roles and New Types of Jobs

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
The above picture is one I took while on vacation in Costa Rica.  We were going to a remote beach at the end of a 3-mile pothole and rut-stricken d...
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March 2016

Discovery vs Production with Big Data

Discovery vs Production with Big Data

Diego Klabjan Partner
It has been noted that big data technologies are predominantly used for ETL and data discovery. The former has been around for decades and is well ...
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January 2016

5 Ways Sensors Will Change The World- According to Andy Kessler

5 Ways Sensors Will Change The World- According to Andy Kessler

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
  The Wall Street Journal recently published an Op-Ed piece by Andy Kessler (author of Eat People and Running Money, and other books) on what ...
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Bringing Analytics to the CFO

Bringing Analytics to the CFO

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlighted the rising need for analytics on the CFO’s team. The article highlighted how CFO crea...
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MH&L’s Top 10 Advanced Technologies that will Shape Manufacturing’s Future

MH&L’s Top 10 Advanced Technologies that will Shape Manufacturing’s Future

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
  MH&L recently published an article on the Top 10 advanced technologies that will shape manufacturing’s future.  The research was d...
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NPR’s Planet Money Podcast Explain A/B Testing in 15 Minutes

NPR’s Planet Money Podcast Explain A/B Testing in 15 Minutes

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
NPR’s Planet Money recently did a podcast on A/B testing.  It is worth a listen if you are new to the topic.  A/B testing is a key part of th...
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November 2015

Podcast:  Big Data Analytics with Aster R

Podcast: Big Data Analytics with Aster R

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
The popularity of R continues to grow.  However, it can be difficult to use R with large data sets. Diego recently recorded a 6-minute podcast on t...
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October 2015

Truckload Market Innovations– A Real Time Index and Uber for Trucks

Truckload Market Innovations– A Real Time Index and Uber for Trucks

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Alex Scott recently published an article on real-time index for truckload rates.  (The article is here but you may need to do a free registration t...
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Quick Overview of Theano:  A Popular New Python Library for Deep Learning

Quick Overview of Theano: A Popular New Python Library for Deep Learning

Sam Hillis Data Scientist
In a recent engagement, we were tasked with evaluating sets of time series data at many intervals to determine the health of the system (essentiall...
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NFL Fans on Facebook

NFL Fans on Facebook

Cario Lullo
In 2013, Facebook conducted an exploration of the number of Likes received by each NFL team in every U.S. county for each day of the season. The st...
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July 2015

CSV to Spark SQL tables

CSV to Spark SQL tables

Diego Klabjan Partner
Recently we were involved in a project that required reading and importing more than 30 csv files into Spark SQL. We started writing scala code to ...
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City of Chicago and Allstate:  Case Study in Predictive Analytics

City of Chicago and Allstate: Case Study in Predictive Analytics

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Yesterday’s Chicago Tribune ran an article on how All State and the City of Chicago are combining existing data sets with predictive analytic...
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May 2015

Caesars Entertainment’s Customer Data is Worth $1B.  How Much is Your Supply Chain Data Worth?

Caesars Entertainment’s Customer Data is Worth $1B. How Much is Your Supply Chain Data Worth?

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
(Note:  This article first appeared in Supply Chain Digest). A few months back, the Wall Street Journal reported that Ceasar’s “big-data customer l...
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Using Spark to improve performance of large-scale machine learning problems

Using Spark to improve performance of large-scale machine learning problems

Diego Klabjan Partner
One of the biggest hurdles in MapReduce is model calibration for machine learning models such as the logistic regression and SVM (Support Vector Ma...
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February 2015

How can Airlines Use Big Data to Better Match Supply and Demand

How can Airlines Use Big Data to Better Match Supply and Demand

Diego Klabjan Partner
Airlines have been one of the first industries to use advanced analytics in areas such as revenue management. “Should a request for a seat be grant...
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November 2014

CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly:  Three things you should know about Big Data and Analytics

CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly: Three things you should know about Big Data and Analytics

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
We’ve recently published an article in CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly on the three things that a supply chain manager should know about...
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April 2014

WSJ Article on the Importance of Analytics to Your Career

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Yesterday’s WSJ ran an article on the importance of analytics (“Get Familiar With Big Data Now—or Face ‘Permanent Pink Slip’...
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Our On-Going Analytics Project with the NFL– Winning More Games

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
The use of analytics in sports is quite well known.  The Oakland A’s popularized analytics by using it to build winning teams with a minimal ...
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December 2013

Saving Money by Applying Data Science to Equipment Leasing

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Many businesses lease equipment rather than purchase it.  This has tax and finance advantages since the assets are not listed on the books of the l...
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August 2013

What is a Data Scientist?

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
With the rise of Big Data and data in general (see here for a definition of Big Data), there is an increased need for people to analyze that data t...
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Three Definitions of Big Data for the Supply Chain Manager

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
I recently wrote a blog post on SCDigest about the three definitions of Big Data. It is worth a read.  More managers are under pressure to do somet...
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