More tangible, less “smart”

First came the prediction: “The whole ‘smart’ thing is about to get real.” Really? What made this apparent insider say so? The prediction, given in a forum where other predictions flew in the breeze, was on the record. Then two months later, it had gone off the record. What happened? Apparently, there had been a …

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“Smart” starts with context

Imagine two marketing people sitting across a table from a data analyst. Marketing wants “simple numbers,” they say, and the analyst understands. The three of them know all the past conversations, the questions that arose and were answered, the points that got made, the conclusions or unresolved questions that remained. Easy enough. But now with …

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Tableau is the new Apple again

Fourteen thousand people looked on earlier this month as Tableau’s new CEO, Adam Selipsky plodded onto the stage. The stage was 10 times wider than at the first conference, an audience 70 times bigger — and a CEO not even a quarter as fiery as the first one. But he seems to be a good …

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Public sector CIOs have a tough job

Public sector CIOs have a tough job / San Jose’s winding road toward “smart” / Bill Schmarzo It’s hard to get things done in the public sector, says the data industry’s “Dean of Big Data,” Bill Schmarzo. That’s one big lesson he’s learned in his first six months on a Silicon Valley tech advisory board. …

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