Defining the Big Data Revolution

Stories about revolution tend to look the same: an oppressed, disenfranchised population coalesces around an inspiring idea. They organize and overthrow their rulers to establish a new, hopefully better organization based on the ideas that inspired them in the first place. While the historical realities of revolutions are more complicated, there must be something to the mythologized version I outlined- that story has shown incredible longevity.

A lot has been said recently about the “big data revolution”. We’ve written books about it, and insightful articles about those books. We blog about it and teach it in our Universities. In June 2014 we learned “SNS Research estimates that Big Data investments will account for nearly $30 Billion in 2014 alone. These investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of 17% over the next 6 years.” But, I hold to the belief that if you cannot define something, it does not exist. So, like any current movement in technology or industry, we are still defining what the big data revolution is.Read more

Our First Big Win: The Ventana Research Innovation Awards

We are still reeling here at VisualCue. On October 21st our CEO, Kerry Gilger, was in San Francisco to accept the Ventana Research Information Technology Innovation Award in Business Intelligence. Being the first major award we have garnered as an organization, there  was much congratulatory hand-shaking and back-slapping as we placed it right in the middle of our Orlando offices. And we felt we deserved to celebrate; what was an interesting idea two years ago had grown from risky gamble to professionally recognized platform.

Then, an interesting transformation occurred: the glass statue started to grow. Pretty soon it dominated the entire room and was always on our minds.

Before long this is how it looked to all of us. An enormous, shining reminder that things around here have changed, but we couldn’t figure out how exactly. So we asked some hard questions, namely what does a win really mean and where do we go from here? After some reflection and research over the past weeks, here is what we came up with.Read more