Big data can be a very dull conversation. But extracting data value from verticals is a lot more interesting. Kerry Liu of Rubikloud told me why he's betting big on retail intelligence - and what he's learned about retail's data struggles. Spoiler: cloud, machine learning and personalization all factor in.
Welcome to your holiday highs-and-lows edition of hits and misses. It was a surprisingly terrific week as writers went all-in. Picks include Google and IBM versus AWS, and the low-code "business developer" debate. Your whiffs include Alexa-gone-wild, and selfies-gone-wrong - again.
In this informal, audio-only Hangout, Jon Reed of diginomica talks with two enterprise blockchain enthusiasts about the potential of blockchain in the enterprise. Fresh off a Hyperledger hackathon event, Clive Boulton and Greg Misiorek share what they've learned, and why a couple of enterprisey dudes think that the enterprise is due for some enterprisey disruption.
Jon boils down the event circus into his top themes, from the rise of the bots to how we got tricked into writing about Facebook for the enterprise. He also picks out some classic whiffs - and the piece he didn't write that inspired him the most.