“Dad, if my character dies in the game, would I die in the real world?”
What a beautifully naive question that my son, Trevor, asked me during a
son-dad conversation about how games might change over the years.
Earlier last year, Mattel’s CEO, Bryan Stockton, was fired. After three
years, it was clear that Mattel was continuing to be challenged with sales
weakness, and lower gross margins, which drove down shareholder value.
As parents, we ALL know that it’s a very competitive toy aisle, and our
kids are much different than we were at their age.
Mattel’s toys haven’t been “good enough” at a time when peers like
Hasbro and Lego continue to report higher and higher sales. It’s not just
Mattel. Nintendo, the one-time market leader video games brand best known
for legendary characters like Super Mario, has been struggling to keep up
with the times as mobile gaming explode... (more)
Bynet Team Photo (left to right, top to bottom) Top Row: John Wright, Jim
(Hjerpe) Kaskade, Sumit Sharma, Dennis Russell, Bob McMillen, Bottom
Row: Paul Micheletti, Lawrence Ladao, Serdar Yilmaz, Bob Moussavi, Doug
Jack Shemer & David Hartke – True Legacies
Whenever Jack visited me, he used to leave sticky notes on my desk with
nuggets of wisdom. For example, “Keep people you trust close to
you.”…or, “Key values for Teradata where: Pride, Enthusiasm, Importance
of the Individual, Teamwork and Open Communications, Ethics, Dedication,
Quality, Support, Success, and Entr... (more)
Do you think they truly understood just how fast the data infrastructure
marketplace was going to change? That is the question that comes to mind when
I think about Donald Feinberg and Mark Beyer at Gartner who, last year,
wrote about how the data warehouse market is undergoing a transformation.
Did they, or anyone for that matter, understand the significant change
underway in the data center?
I describe it as Big Data 1.0 versus Big Data 2.0.
Big Data 1.0
I was recently talking to friends at one of our largest banks about their Big
Data projects under way. In less than one yea... (more)
My prediction for 2013 is that competitive advantage will translate into
enterprises using sophisticated Big Data analytics to create a new breed of
applications - Intelligent Applications.
"It's more than just insights from MapReduce", a CIO from a fortune 100 told
me, "It's about using data to make our customer touch points more engaging,
more interactive, more intelligent."
So when you hear about "Big Data solutions," you need to translate that into
a new category of "Intelligent Applications." At the end of the day, it's not
about people pouring through petabytes of data. It'... (more)
Lets assume that your entire organization had access to the following
Data: All sources of data from the enterprise (at rest and in motion)
Analytics: Queries, Algorithms, Machine Learning Models Application Business
Logic: Domain specific use-cases / business problems Actionable Insights:
Knowledge of how to apply analytics against data through the use of
application business logic to produce a positive impact to the business
Infrastructure Configuration: High scalable, distributed, enterprise-class
infrastructure capable of combining data, analytics, with app ... (more)