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Review: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek My rating: 5 of 5 stars Perhaps a better subtitle might be: 'Start with Why: how Great leaders inspire others to focus' and succeed. Great leaders and organizations are good at seeing what most people can't see, which is the mindset… Continue reading Review: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

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Discussing Why not How – Digital Transformation for the CEO at MS Data Insights Summit

I'm delighted that I have been selected to speak at Microsoft Data Insights Summit in Seattle. The topic is Digital Transformation with Power BI for the CEO. In my session, we will look at essential metrics to measure the business health, and the key metrics that C-level executives find crucial to understand the business - and… Continue reading Discussing Why not How – Digital Transformation for the CEO at MS Data Insights Summit

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Jen’s PASS Diary: I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks; and ever thanks.

Thank you for electing me for a second term as a Director-At-Large for PASS! I'm delighted to serve alongside Tim Ford (t) again. I can't emphasise this enough: Tim does an awesome job of the SQLSaturday portfolio. That. Is. Hard. Work. I'd also like to welcome Ryan J. Adams (t) as the newly elected director.… Continue reading Jen’s PASS Diary: I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks; and ever thanks.

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PASS BA Speakers – here come the IBM Experts plus introducing Richard Lee’s articles on Data Privacy Day 2015

Here come the IBM experts! Here’s one our PASS BA Conference speakers, Richard Lee, sharing his expertise on the topic of data privacy. Richard is a well-respected influencer and strategist in data leadership, and we are delighted to have him join us at the event. Richard Lee is on of IBM’s Honours list as a Big Data and Analytics Hero, as well as on of their Champions.

Richard joins another IBM superstar, James Kobielus, who will be talking about Big Data. James G Kobielus is an industry veteran. He serves as IBM’s big data evangelist; as senior program director for product marketing in big data analytics, and as editor-in-chief of IBM Data Magazine. Kobielus spearheads IBM’s thought leadership activities in Big Data, Hadoop, cognitive computing, enterprise data warehousing, and advanced analytics. Basically, he is an expert in a variety of facets of big data.

Personally I cannot wait for their sessions. I’ve admired their work from afar and when we were selecting speakers, they went straight onto my wishlist. I have been lucky enough to meet Richard in person recently and we had a great conversation. I’m looking forward to meeting James as well; we’ve spoken on the phone. I learned things from conversing with both of them, and I’m sure that attendees will gain inspirational and practical advice from both of them.

Richard’s session is here: http://passbaconference.com/2015/Speakers/Details.aspx?spid=1639 and James’ session is here: http://passbaconference.com/2015/Speakers/Details.aspx?spid=1633

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I have written two articles for this year’s Data Privacy Day (#DPD15) endeavors . One will be published in the February issue of Information Age (www.information-age.com) and is online now (see link below) & the other is on the IBM Big Data Hub (www.ibmbigdatahub.com) going live on January 28th as a feature on DPD. I encourage all of you to visit these sites;

Information Age: “Personal Privacy, Internet Commerce and National Security: Can they co-exist?” (http://bit.ly/1JsRU6P)

IBM Big Data Hub: “Some Thoughts for Privacy Day 2015” (http://ibm.co/1z6RvUY)

2015 is going to be a critical year in determining the future of Personal Privacy in all respects e.g. Protecting Students Privacy, Reigning in Data Brokers, Thwarting Cyber Attacks, Curtailing Government Surveillance and Snooping, a Refresh of the EU Data Protection Act, President Obama’s “Privacy Bill of Rights”, etc. I believe that it is essential that everyone take an agressive role…

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Jen’s Diary: commentary on VC

Here is a record my commentary on CodeGumbo site. I put it here for reference and I look forward to your comments. Again, I don't speak for PASS, and I can't. These are just my personal thoughts. ================================================================================= Thank you for your post. I don't know if my efforts have been visible enough to you,… Continue reading Jen’s Diary: commentary on VC

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Jen’s Diary: Figuring it out this week, the Rubik’s Cube of data

“Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used.” Carl Sagan The endless cycle of idea and action, Endless invention, endless experiment, Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness; Knowledge of speech, but not of… Continue reading Jen’s Diary: Figuring it out this week, the Rubik’s Cube of data

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Steampunk costume? what are you wearing? Fancy a Steampunk ‘I love data’ tshirt from me?

There's been a lot of interest in the Steampunk theme this year for SQLBits. What is steampunk? I'm writing this blog for the people who have been asking me.According to the Wikipedia entry, Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during… Continue reading Steampunk costume? what are you wearing? Fancy a Steampunk ‘I love data’ tshirt from me?

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Reposted from Visually: Colours to Die For Infographic example

I liked this infographic, so I reposted here courtesy of Visually.It is beautiful and impactful. It is an infographic though: I would love access to the data so we can see it simply for ourselves. The main thing is that someone has put a lot of work into making this information impactful and easy to… Continue reading Reposted from Visually: Colours to Die For Infographic example