Why Big Data Will Make Semantics Feasible … and Semantics Will Make Big Data Worthwhile

You’ve invested the money into a Hadoop stack, from Hortonworks or Cloudera or any of a half dozen other Hadoop solutions providers, trained up your Java developers, set up HBase and HFS, set up the requisite parallel process pipelines and worked up the algorithms, and now you have a potent grid computing system. You run […]

BPM Excuse Busters – Episode 2: “We tried Business Process Re-engineering already and failed.”

Anyone who was around the business world in the 1990s couldn’t escape the two big topics of the decade – the Y2K bug and Business Process Reengineering (BPR). The fear of the unknown drove huge investments to address Y2K and the result was…well, nothing really came of it. On the other side of the coin, the promise of efficiency and cost reduction drove many companies to undertake huge BPR efforts…

How to run a development project when you don’t know much about IT: 3 Truths for Success

As a creative director (who also happens to oversee the Web development projects) direct-marketing company, I am well aware that I am always the most technically challenged person on the project team. High school math and a journalism degree only get you so far. But, like the ancient Egyptians who relied upon big logs, sand, and clever ramps to create pyramids the size of office buildings, I’ve learned to make the most of my skill set…

BPM Excuse Busters – Episode 1: “We don’t need BPM because our business functions just fine today.”

Many businesses view Business Process Management as an un-needed luxury. Our natural tendency is to think, “BPM is yet another business fad that doesn’t really mean anything to my business. After all, I’ve managed to efficiently run and grow my business for years. I operate my business processes every day and do it well…