Bill Schmarzo


Bill Schmarzo

About Bill Schmarzo

Bill Schmarzo is CTO, IoT and Analytics at Hitachi Vantara. Bill drives Hitachi Vantara’s “co-creation” efforts with select customers to leverage IoT and analytics to power digital business transformations. Bill is an avid blogger and frequent speaker on the application of big data and advanced analytics to drive an organization’s key business initiatives. Bill authored a series of articles on analytic applications, and is on the faculty of TDWI teaching a course on "Thinking Like A Data Scientist." Bill is the author of “Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business” and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science." Bill is also an Executive Fellow at the University of San Francisco School of Management, and Honorary Professor at NUI Galway at NUI Galway J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics.

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Healthcare Or The Economy? It’s Healthcare And The Economy!

20-Apr-2020 | Bill Schmarzo

We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to address one of modern society’s biggest challenges – the choice between healthcare or the economy. For the past several decades, we have treated this as

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Will AI Force Humans To Become More Human? (Part 2)

28-Jan-2020 | Bill Schmarzo

Part 2 of a 2-part series exploring the following questions. Read Part 1. Will artificial intelligence (AI) create an environment where design thinking skills are more valuable than data science sk

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Will AI Force Humans To Become More Human? (Part 1)

21-Jan-2020 | Bill Schmarzo

Part 1 of a 2-part series exploring the intersection between AI and humanity. Read Part 2. Will artificial intelligence (AI) create an environment where design thinking skills are more valuable tha

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Recessions, Big Data, Data Science, And The Liberating Power Of “Own It”

10-Dec-2019 | Bill Schmarzo

There, I said it. I said the “R” word. And no, I’m not talking the political “R” word. I’m talking about the potential of a… r-e-c-e-s-s-i-o-n. There are many indicators pointing to the

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Digital Transformation: Preparing Your Organization For A World Of Constant Change

12-Nov-2019 | Bill Schmarzo

“It is hard to teach an old dog new tricks. They've only been in business for 155 years.” – Anonymous The Pullman Co (1867), Allied Corp (1920), Heinz (1869), Hughes Tool (1908), Ford Aerospa

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Executive Mandate #1: Become Value-Driven, Not Data-Driven

17-Oct-2019 | Bill Schmarzo

I hate it when I hear senior executives state that they want to become data-driven, as if somehow having data is value in of itself. Now, one can hardly blame the unenlightened executive whose only pe

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10 Ways Our College Kids Will Change The World Leveraging Data Analytics

19-Sep-2019 | Bill Schmarzo

Here's a copy of a letter I recently sent to my daughter: Dear Amelia, So, you are entering your junior year in college, and you think that taking a class in data analytics is boring. Well, let

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Value Engineering: Secret Sauce For Data Science Success

27-Aug-2019 | Bill Schmarzo

The business, economic, and social good that can be delivered courtesy of data science is almost unbounded; it has the potential to improve healthcare, public safety, transportation, education, enviro

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Scaling Innovation: Whiteboards Versus Maps (Part 2)

6-Aug-2019 | Bill Schmarzo

Part 2 of a two-part series. Read Part 1 In the first blog in this series, we explored how organizations can create dynamic business strategies rather than get stuck in cement. Here, we’ll look a

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Scaling Innovation: Whiteboards Versus Maps (Part 1)

30-Jul-2019 | Bill Schmarzo

Part 1 of a 2-part series. Read Part 2. I love watching the NBA’s Golden State Warriors play basketball. Their offensive “improvisation” is a thing of beauty, with constant ball movement in o