How To Plan a Successful Big                 Data Pilot                 ++ Michael Gold                  Chief Operating O...
topics++ what is a big data pilot++ what are the challenges to a big data pilot and how do you overcome them++ big data pi...
what is a big data pilot?A big data pilot is: Doing predictive analytics on a mashup oflarge data to help solve a business...
what are the goals of a big data pilot?To generate internal support for larger big datainitiatives by defining success and...
big data projects should be easy, right?There has been a lot of press about big   Yet adoption of big data projects within...
big data projects should be easy, right?It’s not easy because so much is new                This new environment requires-...
big data’s big challenges: a people first strategy (doers)what kind of internal team shouldexecute a big data pilot?++ Ope...
big data’s big challenges: a people first strategy (executives)how do you manage executive                                ...
big data’s big challenges: business use casewhere can you find a good business usecase?++ Clearly communicated ROI potenti...
big data’s big challenges: datahow do you get the data you need?++ Know who owns the data++ Don’t choose a project that re...
big data’s big challenges: technologywhat technologies are required for a bigdata pilot?++ None! (maybe) - don’t introduce...
big data’s big challenges: scalinghow do you scale your big data pilot?++ Plan people resources and training++ Think throu...
use case: national retailer++ People: business analysts in customer  insights and strategy++ Executives: SVP Strategy, CFO...
surveyPlease take a moment to complete ourPilot Project Survey++ we will discuss the results at the end of our  session  b...
topics++ what is a big data pilot++ what are the challenges to a big data pilot and how do you overcome them++ big data pi...
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Big data initiatives often begin with a pilot project. This can generate internal support to invest in larger big data initiatives. Nevertheless, executing pilot projects can be difficult, and many pilots don’t convert into larger big data projects. In this session we’ll explore the challenges of big data pilots and suggest ways to plan and execute a successful pilot.

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  1. 1. How To Plan a Successful Big Data Pilot ++ Michael Gold Chief Operating Officer - farsite ++ Ryan McClarren Chief Science Officer - farsite copyright farsite group llcdata in focus. copyright farsite group llc
  2. 2. topics++ what is a big data pilot++ what are the challenges to a big data pilot and how do you overcome them++ big data pilot use case copyright farsite group llcdata in focus.
  3. 3. what is a big data pilot?A big data pilot is: Doing predictive analytics on a mashup oflarge data to help solve a business problem in a new way new types of data new sizes and velocities of data new technology platforms and tools new types of analysis copyright farsite group llcdata in focus.
  4. 4. what are the goals of a big data pilot?To generate internal support for larger big datainitiatives by defining success and achieving itWhat might success look like for an organization? demonstrate ROI of big data science for a business use case show that your group has the skills and ability to execute offer a detailed plan to operationalize need to be sensitive to current protocol and organizational culture copyright farsite group llcdata in focus.
  5. 5. big data projects should be easy, right?There has been a lot of press about big Yet adoption of big data projects withindata in the last year organizations is far from universal So many articles in WSJ, McKinsey, HBR, and many more! credit: IBM copyright farsite group llcdata in focus.
  6. 6. big data projects should be easy, right?It’s not easy because so much is new This new environment requires- new consumer behaviors thoughtful experimentation and trial &- data types and size error- storage mechanisms- skills required- ways of making decisions within an organization copyright farsite group llcdata in focus.
  7. 7. big data’s big challenges: a people first strategy (doers)what kind of internal team shouldexecute a big data pilot?++ Open to trying new things++ Interested in solving problems IT++ Organizational influence++ Bandwidth to engage meaningfully with the project++ Skills to execute a data-driven approach to HR decision-making marketing copyright farsite group llcdata in focus.
  8. 8. big data’s big challenges: a people first strategy (executives)how do you manage executive department sales by variableinvolvement?++ Be a patient teacher++ Represent methodologies and results with visual aids++ Schedule regular status update meetings++ Suggest that old and new methodologies run in parallel for a period of time - then a a bake- off between the methods to get stakeholders Total Effect of Variables on Sales comfortable using the new method copyright farsite group llcdata in focus.
  9. 9. big data’s big challenges: business use casewhere can you find a good business usecase?++ Clearly communicated ROI potential++ Opportunity to make an important but not company-altering decision whose results can be measured within two months of project completion++ Small enough for a pilot but large enough that people care about the results++ Be able to complete in 10 weeks++ Sufficient data availability copyright farsite group llcdata in focus.
  10. 10. big data’s big challenges: datahow do you get the data you need?++ Know who owns the data++ Don’t choose a project that requires a data purchase++ Communicate why you need the data and in what format(s)++ Allocate sufficient time in project planning for data retrieval++ Create security and governance protocols copyright farsite group llcdata in focus.
  11. 11. big data’s big challenges: technologywhat technologies are required for a bigdata pilot?++ None! (maybe) - don’t introduce too many new elements at once++ Applications that perform ETL, statistical analysis, and reporting/visualization copyright farsite group llcdata in focus.
  12. 12. big data’s big challenges: scalinghow do you scale your big data pilot?++ Plan people resources and training++ Think through technology requirements++ Prepare budgets++ Develop short and long term goals++ Manage the organizational impact++ Recognize that others may be working on similar projects - support each other copyright farsite group llcdata in focus.
  13. 13. use case: national retailer++ People: business analysts in customer insights and strategy++ Executives: SVP Strategy, CFO++ Business use case: understanding the different merchandise categories and how they relate to each other by transactions++ Data: billions of transactions by SKU++ Technology: R statistical package, Perl scripts++ Scaling: Larger project about customer behavior operationalized within BI and datawarehousing platforms, shared across functional units, continuous improvement ongoing copyright farsite group llcdata in focus.
  14. 14. surveyPlease take a moment to complete ourPilot Project Survey++ we will discuss the results at the end of our session bit.ly/pilotproject copyright farsite group llcdata in focus.
  15. 15. topics++ what is a big data pilot++ what are the challenges to a big data pilot and how do you overcome them++ big data pilot use case++ WHAT QUESTIONS DO YOU HAVE? Join us tomorrow for our office hours Wednesday - 10:50 am - 11:30 am Rhinelander North (Table A)++ CONTACT-- Michael Gold michael@farsitegroup.com copyright farsite group llcdata in focus.
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