About William Schmarzo

Chief Technology Officer, EMC, @schmarzo. The moniker “Dean of Big Data” may have been applied in a light-hearted spirit, but Bill’s expertise around data analytics is no joke. After being deeply immersed in the world of big data for over 20 years, he shows no signs of coming up for air. Bill speaks frequently on the use of big data, with an engaging style that has gained him many accolades. See more of his posts at InFocus.emc.com.

William Schmarzo Posts (25)

  • Great Data Scientists Don’t Just Think Outside the Box, They Redefine the Box - 08 Mar 2018
    The best data scientists have strong imaginative skills for not just “thinking outside the box” – but actually redefining the box – in trying to find variables and metrics that might be better predictors of performance.
  • Democratizing Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Machine Learning with Dell EMC Ready Solutions - 11 Jan 2018
    Democratization is defined as the action/development of making something accessible to everyone, to the “common masses.” AI | ML | DL technology stacks are complicated systems to tune and maintain, expertise is limited, and one minimal change of the stack can lead to failure.
  • Back to the Future: 2018 Big Data and Data Science Prognostications - 03 Jan 2018
    It’s really hard to find predictions about the future made in the 1950’s. I decided to review the most popular sci-fi movies from 1950’s, and provide my perspective as to what these movies might tell us about 2018.
  • Lessons from Game of Thrones: Stopping the White Walkers of Data Monetization - 29 Dec 2017
    As I watched the impending battle between the White Walkers and humanity, I couldn’t help but identify a number of lessons that we can learn from Jon Snow’s battle with the leader of the White Walkers… and the power of Valyrian steel!
  • Why Use Data Analytics to Prevent, Not Just Report - 21 Dec 2017
    The best way to reduce operating and business costs and risks is to prevent them!
  • Asimov’s 4th Law of Robotics - 08 Sep 2017
    It seems Isaac Asimov didn’t envision needing a law to govern robots in these sorts of life-and-death situations where it isn’t the life of the robot versus the life of a human in debate, but it’s a choice between the lives of multiple humans!
  • Transforming from Autonomous to Smart: Reinforcement Learning Basics - 11 Aug 2017
    This blog introduces the basics of reinforcement learning. We are going to see how reinforcement learning might help us to address these challenges; to work smarter at the edge when brute force technology advances will not suffice.
  • The Key to Data Monetization - 31 Jul 2017
    While I have talked frequently about the concept of Analytic Profiles, I’ve never written a blog that details how Analytic Profiles work. So let’s create a “Day in the Life” of an Analytic Profile to explain how an Analytic Profile works to capture and “monetize” your analytic assets.
  • Golden State Warriors Analytics Exercise - 22 Jun 2017
    This post outlines a data analysis exercise undertaken by students in a recent University of San Francisco MBA class, in which they were forced to make difficult data science trade-offs between gathering data, preparing the data and performing the actual analysis.
  • Difference Between Big Data and Internet of Things - 21 Apr 2017
    If you cannot manage real-time streaming data and make real-time analytics and real-time decisions at the edge, then you are not doing IOT or IOT analytics, in my humble opinion. So what is required to support these IOT data management and analytic requirements?