Data Warehouses & ETL Pipelines

A data warehouse is a central data repository that is used for analytics within an organization. These are often referred to as Online Analytical Processing or ‘OLAP’ databases as distinguisehd from ‘OLTP’ or Online Transaction Processing databses. Instead of running analytical queries directly on an OLTP database many organizations use a process called ETL to […]

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Big Data Landscape [2017]

Big Data Landscape 2017 While no map or model is ever complete, these kinds of industry-ecosystem graphics are often worth taking a look at. This big data landscape diagram by the VC firm FirstMark, is one that seemed to be getting some attention last year. The infographic breaks the Big Data ecosystem/landscape into 8 broad […]

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Data as a Secret Weapon

Data can be a secret weapon when it’s used to challenge assumptions and fundamentally inform the decision-making process. As depicted in the movie Moneyball, player and data analytics (called sabermetrics) can be used to make counter-intuitive, but highly impactful decisions.  Overview Analytics seeks to help clients identify these counter-intuitive insights through data, in order to make more intelligent decisions. […]

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How the Rapidly Evolving Satellite & UAV Industry is Opening up a New Kind of Analytics

There’s something happening up there. Orbiting above us, quietly, but strategically, are a growing number of satellites that are capturing & transmitting exponentially more data than ever before. What’s different about the satellites that have been built and launched in the last 10 years, is that they are getting cheaper, smaller & easier to launch due […]

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GPU’s Are Taking Over

Recently, I’ve been watching tech conference keynote speeches by nVidia’s founder & CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang. What I’m realizing from watching these talks is just how important graphics cards (aka GPUs) are for enabling the next era of computing – an era that many are calling the “cognitive computing” era. GPU’s – Not Just for Graphics  Like […]

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DJI’s 2017 Drone Line-up

Shenzen, China-based DJI Innovations (DJI) is widely considered the leading manufacturer of consumer drones, and is increasingly grabbing market share in the commercial UAV industry. With Frost & Sullivan estimating a 70% market share by revenue in the consumer drone space, DJI is constantly releasing new hardware and software that pushes the entire drone industry forward.  Given it’s […]

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Sound Money & Sound Blockchains

Immutability & Consensus. These words are hotly debated in the bitcoin & blockchain world today, and I would argue in other monetary policy circles as well, perhaps by different names. With the recent decision of the Decentralized Autonomous Organization (or ‘DAO’) to ‘fork’ the Etherium blockchain, advocates of sound blockchains have spoken out in opposition. Anthony […]

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CB Insights – Game Changing Start-ups

CB Insights is widely considered a leading in deal analytics in the Private Equity & Venture Capital space. The embedded Slideshare presentation below looks at some of the most promising companies on CB Insights’ radar across a variety of technology domains such as aerospace, robotics, energy, healthcare, and agriculture.   Game Changing Startups de CB Insights Given […]

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Precision Agriculture

Here’s a video from PrecisionHawk painting their vision for how farmers will utilize drones for agricultural purposes. As the world population pushes 7.5 billion at the same time that global resources are under pressure, the need to improve crop yields, while minimizing inputs is growing with every year. Key Take Aways: Drones for commercial purposes are exploding […]

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Overview Analytics

“Once a photograph of Earth, taken from the outside, is available…a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose.” ~ Fred Hoyle, 1948 The Overview Effect is a term used to describe the psychological change that happens to astronauts when they see the Earth from the perspective of outer space. The effect is said to […]

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