Big Data to Big Profits

Telling Maps of America

I enjoy maps. Each tells a complex story. Here are some of my favorites to reveal realities about our country, its economy, people, prospects and nuances. Not much commentary from me. I'm letting the maps speak. Enjoy! Light Pollution Where Tornados Have Occurred Where We Don't Live... Continue reading Telling Maps of America

CRaP at Amazon and Advice for Amazon Sellers

Amazon recently made the news by publicly announcing that it is targeting hard to sell items, so called Can't Realize a Profit (CRaP) for removal from its all-powerful sales channel.  Such items are believed to be those that have a low revenue for the cost to ship. Essentially, the shipping ... Continue reading CRaP at Amazon and Advice for Amazon Sellers

Success Lessons from Digital Leaders and Their Followers

There is an open debate among economists and business leaders on why digitization leads to a near winner take-all business model. We see the dominance of one search tool in Google and Netflix over other movie providers. In decades past, it was common to have a movie theater in each community and ... Continue reading Success Lessons from Digital Leaders and Their Followers

Recession in 2019 or 2020? Yield Curve Might Say So!

By now, you have probably heard that the yield curve has got flatten and will likely invert in 2019. What does this mean? Specifically, economists and investors look at the yield of the 10 year treasury note and subtract that rate from that of the 2 year treasury note. Rationally, investors want ... Continue reading Recession in 2019 or 2020? Yield Curve Might Say So!

Growth in 2019? Look at US Housing Values

As the end of 2018 soon closes, all eyes are turning to the prospects for economic growth in 2019. As seemingly always, growth comes from the US housing market or results in reinvestment in the US housing market. In either case, we see growth in or through the US housing market. People make more and... Continue reading Growth in 2019? Look at US Housing Values

Values-Based Leadership from President George H.W. Bush

With the recent passing of President George H.W. Bush, a letter surfaced, which was sent from President Bush to the CEO of IBM, Sam Palmisano, a friend of the Bush family. I found it to be an excellent summary of how a leader should be guided by values and a great reminder of the humility and ... Continue reading Values-Based Leadership from President George H.W. Bush

Winning with Risk

Harvard Business Review Webinar: From Big Data to Big Profits

Everywhere you look there is mention of “Big Data.” But what business people care most about is turning big data into big profits. This is the focus of Russell Walker’s book From Big Data to Big Profits: Success with Data and Analytics. Walker examines the evolving nature of big data and how ...Continue reading Harvard Business Review Webinar: From Big Data to Big Profits

Risk Predictions for the New Year and Interesting Business Cases in 2016

Risk Predictions for the New Year and Interesting Business Cases in 2016 With 2016 just about a week old, I would like to share some risk issues that are interesting to consider in 2016. Federal Reserve Interest Rate Increase Although delayed many times, the Federal Reserve did finally increase the ...Continue reading Risk Predictions for the New Year and Interesting Business Cases in 2016

Lessons on Big Data, Risk, and the Vertical Integration of Wearables and Startups

Lessons on Big Data, Risk, and the Vertical Integration of Wearables and Startups It is amazing how quickly the world of health sensors and wearables has developed. In just a few years, we have seen the wearable market explode with Fitbit, Jawbone, and Apple commanding healthy shares of the overall ...Continue reading Lessons on Big Data, Risk, and the Vertical Integration of Wearables and Startups

Learning from Hurricanes: Big Data Analytics, Risk, & Data Visualization

Learning from Hurricanes: Big Data Analytics, Risk, & Data Visualization This year, Florida has experienced its 10th consecutive year without a hurricane. It is the longest period without a hurricane strike in modern times and one more remarkable considering that Florida’s more then 1200 miles...Continue reading Learning from Hurricanes: Big Data Analytics, Risk, & Data Visualization

Understanding China’s One-Child Policy Shift: Big Demographic and Economic Changes Ahead

Understanding China’s One-Child Policy Shift: Big Demographic and Economic Changes Ahead Today, China announced that it is abandoning its 35-year policy of limiting families to only one child. This policy has become a demographic experiment unmatched in the history of the world. Owing to this ...Continue reading Understanding China’s One-Child Policy Shift: Big Demographic and Economic Changes Ahead

Risk Management Leadership Lesson: The Value of Trust in Operations

Risk Management Leadership Lesson: The Value of Trust in Operations In business and life, we grow to expect certain things. Namely, our society expects companies to produce products that are safe and reliable. We go to Yelp and rail against restaurants that do not meet our expectation for service. ...Continue reading Risk Management Leadership Lesson: The Value of Trust in Operations

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