Svetlana Sicular

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Gartner’s Big Data Definition Plays Out in Sports

by Svetlana Sicular  |  August 28, 2014  |  3 Comments

As a Gartner analyst, I am fortunate to frequently meet amazing people. Qaizar Hassonjee from Adidas is not only one of them, but one of the most memorable ones among the amazing people. He is at the heart of miCoach, including miCoach Elite, the system developed in partnerships with the top soccer players, coaches and teams of the [...]

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Big Botched Data

by Svetlana Sicular  |  July 29, 2014  |  7 Comments

Everybody talks about successes in big data. And everybody is curious about failures.  Today, I want to illustrate some typical causes of big data project failures with real-life examples, no company logos to show, sorry.  I’ll give not necessarily “fail fast” scenarios, but also the uneventful and painful “fail slow.” Let’s start with the amazing [...]

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BYO Big Data Quality

by Svetlana Sicular  |  May 16, 2014  |  2 Comments

In the absence of best practices for big data quality, individual companies are coming up with their own solutions. Of course, these organizations first have problems.  Let’s look at the example from Paytronix, a cool company providing loyalty management for restaurant chains including my favorite Panera Bread. Paytronix is converging social, mobile, cloud and big data [...]

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Wall Street is Hiring for Big Data

by Svetlana Sicular  |  April 28, 2014  |  1 Comment

Big data finally reached Wall Street. Not for small science experiments, but seriously, in grand style, with exorbitant salaries, for production and DevOps. A couple of years ago, Silicon Valley companies were bragging to each other about hiring Wall Street quants for data scientists. Now Wall Street is happy to grab  — whom? No, not data scientists [...]

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How Many Degrees Are in the 360° View of the Customer?

by Svetlana Sicular  |  March 18, 2014  |  3 Comments

I’ve been watching the CRM space since the term CRM was coined. The view of the customer remained at invariable 360° while new ideas, methods and companies kept adding degree by degree to the full view.  Back in 2009, a CRM icon Tom Siebel was attacked by a charging elephant during an African safari. Ominously, [...]

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Word of the Next Year

by Svetlana Sicular  |  December 27, 2013  |  Comments Off

Selfie is the word of 2013. Or maybe, it isn’t. There are other winners: (data) science, privacy and geek.  The latter wins for acquiring a more positive image, together with hacker, I assume. These words signify growing people centricity as a result of convergence of four powerful forces — big data, mobility, cloud and social computing [...]

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The Illusions of Big Data

by Svetlana Sicular  |  July 24, 2013  |  1 Comment

I’m afraid that more data and more analytics will create an illusion of solutions while the problems still persist. Many problems are intrinsically not possible to solve. Thousands of years of philosophy testify to that.  Philosophy aside, people cannot agree on elementary things: some of us have firm reasons to vote for democrats, some of [...]

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Now Open

by Svetlana Sicular  |  June 11, 2013  |  Comments Off

The main obstacle to big data adoption is not technology but understanding how to seize opportunities from big data.  There is a lot to a movie other than the movie itself:  cut episodes, its creators, stories around the film and many more.  Here are the “cut episodes” from my recent research on big data opportunities. [...]

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Data Revolution, Part 2: Is it Industrial or Proletarian?

by Svetlana Sicular  |  March 1, 2013  |  Comments Off

I have a multiple choice question: What kind of data revolution are we in? Industrial Proletarian Social All of the above The industrial revolution of 18-19th century transitioned the world from hand production methods to machines.  The ability to affordably analyze data is similar: first-generation Internet companies, Amazons and Googles, publically performed data alchemy – [...]

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Data Revolution, Part 1: Is It a Revolution?

by Svetlana Sicular  |  February 12, 2013  |  1 Comment

Like Lilliputians from Gulliver’s Travels, divided over which end of a boiled egg to crack, modern technologists are debating whether big data is a revolution or an evolution.  Roughly 60% of the delegates at the last week’s Gartner BI Summit in Europe voted on evolution.  It looks more like an evolution to these BI and [...]

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