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

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 me expose to you the treasure trove of possibilities you’d discover…

  1. Imagine helping hospitals by more quickly pairing patients with appropriate caregivers respective to expertise in treatment. Or reducing hospital and physician strain caused by unplanned hospital re-admissions. Or saving lives by optimizing the operations of their emergency room. Or preventing staph infections and other hospital-acquired diseases.
  1. Imagine helping patients by detecting cancer or tumors more quickly, readily ascertaining the extent and severity of the cancer or tumor, and then prescribing a personalized plan of medications and treatments that increase that person’s chances of survival. Or prescribing a preventative care program that reduces the likelihood of cancer in high-risk patients.
  1. Imagine helping students by finding the right schools and the right majors and classes given their areas of interest and abilities, while providing connections and opportunities through serendipitous experiences to explore new areas of education. Or improving the student experience while ensuring that they graduate in four years. Or preempting those student situations that can lead to substance abuse and other dangerous outcomes.
  1. Imagine helping cities by reducing traffic congestion and deaths due to traffic accidents. Or reducing waste and carbon emissions. Or improving the predictability, reliability, and safety of public services. Or increasing the use of alternative means of earth-friendly transportation like walking, cycling, carpooling, ride-sharing, and public transportation.
  1. Imagine helping energy companies by increasing the yield on their oil and gas production. Or reducing carbon footprint and waste involved in those operations. Or reducing nonproductive time or unplanned operational downtime that causes costs to increase. Or increasing the availability and effectiveness of renewable energy.
  1. Imagine helping manufacturing companies by producing intelligent products with fewer resources, improving uptime and less waste that results in higher-quality, higher-reliability performance. Or retraining workers as technology advances change the nature of their work. Or reducing unnecessary costs associated with unplanned operational downtime and unnecessary procurement, inventory, and logistic costs.
  1. Imagine helping farmers and agricultural companies by spotting plant diseases more quickly and prescribing the precision mix of pesticides and herbicides to mitigate the damage. Or reducing the usage of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides to mitigate ecological damage. Or optimizing what crops are planted on what acreage in order to help address food shortages and worldwide hunger. Or creating autonomous farm equipment that removes the drudgery from farming while improving yield and reducing farming-related injuries.
  1. Imagine helping high-risk workers by creating autonomous robots that reduce injuries and fatalities associated with dangerous jobs in mining, shipping, farming, transportation, manufacturing, and oil exploration.
  1. Imagine helping worldwide health organizations by more quickly identifying, diagnosing, and prescribing creative actions to reduce the impact of influenza and other disease breakouts. Or ensuring that basic health services are available to everyone at an affordable price and convenient location.
  1. Imagine helping sports teams and athletes by optimizing training regiments and in-game play that reduce the possibilities of injuries and lost revenues associated with injury-shortened careers. Or improving the ability to predict the next million-dollar athlete. Or improve the fan experience with easier access to sporting events and more affordable pricing.

Yes, all of these possibilities – and much more – can happen with data analytics. No job of the future will be immune from data analytics, so embrace data analytics as a way to differentiate yourself and “Do good for your customers and the planet” in the process.

Love ya, Pops

This article originally appeared on LinkedIn and is republished by permission. Hitachi Vantara is an SAP global technology partner.


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.