Moneyball’s Real Lesson? You Owe a Debt to the Unlucky

I was nervous.  No, I was terrified.  Despite countless public speaking engagements every year and thousands of business presentations, I watched as the cup of coffee shook in my hand.  I had met plenty of famous people before. What was so unusual this time around?  Deep down, I knew. I was about to meet Michael […]

How to Save a Life: Big Data and Little Babies

I wish I spent the entire workday focused on how technology can help those who need it the most. We have endless opportunity to change the world, if only we could magically create the right collaborative relationships. Bringing together different communities, with varied experiences, often allows us to solve the most challenging issues. Just a […]

Hemorrhoids and Big Data

“Why are there so many hemorrhoid claims in this region?” Several years ago, the vice president of a mid-sized insurance company was telling me the story of a struggling data warehouse implementation. His technology team spent months building a system to aggregate all their claims information across multiple geographies. While reviewing the initial reports, he […]

ESPN Tennis Analytics: Behind the Scenes

Entering the ESPN studio a few years ago, our consultant Kenneth Jensen brimmed with excitement. We were introducing a new tennis analytics solution to the U.S. Open broadcast team. Brad Gilbert, a former professional tennis player and coach to stars like Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, expressed the most interest. In fact, the topic of conversation was […]

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