Bill Schmarzo

CTO, IoT and Analytics at Hitachi Vantara (aka “Dean of Big Data”) Bill Schmarzo, author of “Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business” and “Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science”. He’s written white papers, is an avid blogger and is a frequent speaker on the use of Big Data and data science to power an organization’s key business initiatives. He is a University of San Francisco School of Management (SOM) Executive Fellow where he teaches the “Big Data MBA” course. Bill also just completed a research paper on “Determining The Economic Value of Data”. Onalytica recently ranked Bill as #4 Big Data Influencer worldwide. Bill has over three decades of experience in data warehousing, BI and analytics. Bill authored the Vision Workshop methodology that links an organization’s strategic business initiatives with their supporting data and analytic requirements. Bill serves on the City of San Jose’s Technology Innovation Board, and on the faculties of The Data Warehouse Institute and Strata. Previously, Bill was vice president of Analytics at Yahoo where he was responsible for the development of Yahoo’s Advertiser and Website analytics products, including the delivery of “actionable insights” through a holistic user experience. Before that, Bill oversaw the Analytic Applications business unit at Business Objects, including the development, marketing and sales of their industry-defining analytic applications. Bill holds a Masters Business Administration from University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Computer Science and Business Administration from Coe College.

Data Curation: Weaving Raw Data into Business Gold

By Bill Schmarzo | April 25, 2019

The Big Data craze caught fire with a provocative declaration that “Data is the New Oil”; that data will fuel the economic growth in the 21st century in much the same way that oil fueled the economic growth of the

Using the Digital Transformation Journey Workbook to Deliver “Smart” Spaces

By Bill Schmarzo | April 2, 2019

Key points of this blog include: Digital Transformation sweeps aside traditional industry borders to create new sources of customer and operational value Unfortunately, Digital Transformation and “smart” initiatives are struggling, and organizations will need a more pragmatic approach to successful

Using Data Science and Google Cloud to Win March Madness…Well, Not Really

By Bill Schmarzo | March 22, 2019

I suck at the NCAA March Madness® bracket selection process.  I let my personal biases get in the way of making decisions based upon the numbers.  I over-rate the well-known Big Ten conference and under-rate the lesser-known Mid Majors and fall in

Why Tomorrow’s Leaders MUST Embrace the Economics of Digital Transformation

By Bill Schmarzo | March 5, 2019

Embrace the Economics of Digital Transformation Why should companies care about Digital Transformation?  Yes, I know it appears as yet another technology-drunk buzzword, but what about Digital Transformation should make it EVERY organizations’ #1 strategic business initiative.  One word:  Economics. And your Digital Transformation

Optimizing Your Company Right Out of Business

By Bill Schmarzo | February 13, 2019

Optimizing Your Company Professional athletes know the importance of developing opposing or complementary muscles (quadriceps and hamstrings, biceps and triceps).  These complementary muscles are sets of muscles that “work together” to move your body in the most efficient ways. If these

Exploit the Economics of Artificial Intelligence with Design Thinking and Data Science

By Bill Schmarzo | January 29, 2019

Economics of Artificial Intelligence In my most recent blog “Design Thinking Humanizes Data Science”, I discussed how Design Thinking and Data Science complement each other.  They are not just two sides of the same coin, but the same side of the

What We Can Learn about AI and Creating Smart Products from “The Incredibles”

By Bill Schmarzo | January 14, 2019

Creating Smart Products from “The Incredibles” Nothing strikes terror into the hearts of humans more than the idea of an intelligent robot gone bad.  The fear is that a robot can acquire the ability to learn and adapt to the point

2019 Big Data and Data Science Predictions Through the Lens of Comedy Movies

By Bill Schmarzo | December 12, 2018

2019 Big Data and Data Science Predictions It’s that time of year again when I look into the Crystal Skull…er, ball, and make some predictions of the continuing challenges and new trends I foresee in Big Data and Data Science

The Power of Reframing and the Economics of Starting Pitching

By Bill Schmarzo | November 13, 2018

Economics of Starting Pitching I’m a big fan of Woody Allen’s earlier movies such as “Bananas”, “Sleeper” and especially the award winning “Annie Hall.”  One of the things that always impressed me about Woody Allen was his ability to reframe the

Data Science “Paint by the Numbers” with the Hypothesis Development Canvas

By Bill Schmarzo | October 26, 2018

When I was a kid, I use to love “Paint by the Numbers” sets.  Makes anyone who can paint or color between the lines a Rembrandt or Leonardo da Vinci (we can talk later about the long-term impact of forcing kids

Determining the Economic Value of Data

By Bill Schmarzo | September 20, 2018

[Note: I have been trying to write this blog for several years.  But instead of trying to perfect the concept, perhaps the best approach is to simply put the idea out there and let it percolate amongst my readers.  My University of

Why Accept the Hype? Time to Transform How We Approach Emerging Technology

By Bill Schmarzo | September 11, 2018

Time to Transform How We Approach Emerging Technology It’s like a rite of passage – a new technology pops onto the scene and the “pundits,” analysts and venture capitalists (among others) immediately start to over-hype the technology: It’ll stop world

Singapore updates guidelines on data breach notification, accountability

Singapore updates guidelines on data breach notification, accountability

Expected to be included as part of the upcoming amendment to the country's data protection law, the new guidelines state ...
Slack patches vulnerability in Windows client that could be used to hijack files

Slack patches vulnerability in Windows client that could be used to hijack files

On May 17, researchers at Tenable revealed that they had discovered a vulnerability in the Windows version of the desktop ...
Huawei blockade: do I need to stop using my Android phone?

Huawei blockade: do I need to stop using my Android phone?

Google has cut off Huawei from its Android services because of Trump’s blacklist, but what does that mean for your ...
Cloudflare architecture and how BPF eats the world

Cloudflare architecture and how BPF eats the world

Recently at Netdev 0x13, the Conference on Linux Networking in Prague, I gave a short talk titled "Linux at Cloudflare" ...
IT services giant HCL left employee passwords, other sensitive data exposed online

IT services giant HCL left employee passwords, other sensitive data exposed online

IT services giant HCL left employee passwords exposed online, as well as customer project details, and other sensitive information, all ...