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BIG DATA analytics >> big data ANALYTICS


There was a time when Big Data was being talked by everybody. It is even now but perhaps not with the same vim and vigour. At the recent NASSCOM Conference on Big Data Analytics, there was less talk on Big Data. In fact one of the speakers mentioned and I quote “Big Data is nothing … Continue reading

Managing Connectedness


In the earlier post I had introduced the next challenges that an organization would face. The challenges were Managing Chaos Managing Connectedness Managing Cascading Customers In this post I will discuss the second challenge. The word connected brings to mind for most people, an image of a handshake, number of LinkedIn connects, or friends in … Continue reading

Managing Chaos


In the earlier post I had introduced the next challenges that an organization would face. The challenges were Managing Chaos Managing Connectedness Managing Cascading Customers In this post I will discuss the first challenge. Organizations constantly strive to grow. They grow sometimes at the cost of profitability, sometimes at the cost of bad service and … Continue reading

Estimating – a needed skill


How would you estimate the number of operational bullock carts in India? You can look it up. You will probably see there will be about 10 estimates. One figure I encountered was 15 million. But how would you go about it? One way would be to sample 300 one square kilometers and count the number … Continue reading

Searching for causation


If you are an author, there are three things you worry about. How many have purchased the book? How many have read the book? How many have understood the book? If you have written the book with the aim of making money, then asking the first question is sufficient. If you believe that you have … Continue reading

Establishing, or for that matter losing, a context


In our school days we used have that nightmarish-for-some questions which went under the title ‘Reference to context’ questions. Usually from a poem best left unread or a horrible boring prose titled ‘नाखून क्यों बढ़ते हैं ? (Why do nail grow?) – Well acclaimed essay by Hazari Prasad Dwivedi – but enough to give me … Continue reading

What is Big Data?


A simple answer is – data that is big. Obviously the reader, viewer or the listener, if they are patient enough would pause to ask – “what is big?” In most cases they would have flipped the page or clicked the back button or changed the channel. This is an ever-changing phenomenon.  Depending on whom … Continue reading

Ask a silly question, get an interesting answer


Someone once remarked – “People with a predisposition to being plump are friendlier than those who are not”. I replied, “that is because fat people can’t run”. It may sound silly but that is a valid reason. If you are not friendly than there is a very good chance that you may be hit on … Continue reading

What is a good design?


If you were posed this question, the most probable answer would depend on the receiver of the question. “What do you mean by good?” – a process person “What do you mean by design” – a designer “Depends” – a management person A compelling attribute of a good design is perhaps simplicity. In that context … Continue reading

Are you paying attention to the Domain?


I was once asked which is better? A watch that won’t run or a watch that always shows the wrong time. The former is better because at least twice a day it would be showing the right time if you did look at it then! People in a manufacturing setup at least know their domain … Continue reading

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