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Is 1% Improvement Boring, Or A Breakthrough?
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Laurianne
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10/30/2014 | 12:57:39 PM
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A good reminder of how analytics and data analysis gurus are needed outside of Silicon Valley -- and as one recruiter recently noted to me, you can have much more impact at some of these companies outside of the Valley. Do you want to be one of X at facebook or the star at the packaged goods or manufacturing company?
ChrisMurphy
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10/31/2014 | 9:30:19 AM
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I wonder what do those 'mediating companies' might look like. Are they big consulting companies like Accenture, or small, digital  development groups, or innovation consultants, or some new breed? They need to really understand business needs on an operational and technical level, and also get what Silicon Valley is up to on the cutting edge. It might be more like a new kind of in-house innovation lab -- where they're more researcher and match-maker, combing the company for unmet needs and possible external fixes, rather than hands-on emerging tech tinkerer.  
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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10/31/2014 | 11:26:04 AM
Re: 1% Improvement?
I'm guessing it's innovation labs that make an impact here. this is an interesting statement: "...wouldn't have tackled Hadoop for big data analysis of industrial systems without a push from its Silicon Valley culture." Is your company open to the idea when that push happens? Also, lots of people far from the valley are pushing for agile and speedy operational models. Talk to people in the Boston big data community and you'll hear the same urgency.
ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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10/31/2014 | 2:54:02 PM
Re: 1% Improvement?
Interesting that you honed in on that Hadoop statement, Laurie. I pushed Mr. Carpenter on that, because I know GE software has been looking at these big data analytics concepts and tactics for awhile. But one thing this S. Valley mindset brings, and one thing GE felt it needed to add, is an emphasis on speed -- do it sooner, do it now.


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