Data is EVERYWHERE, but at what point does the amount of data we deal with everyday become TOO MUCH, so much that it is pretty irrelevant? There's a world of data swimming beneath the surface of our lives that hold dangers that we cannot always comprehend. Fins to the left, Fins to the right! As iWorkers, data is both friend and foe.
"Every company is a technology company" Several people have claimed to have penned this phrase and, to me, this notion is both overused and incorrect. There are technology companies, companies that use technology and non-tech companies. I watched a documentary last night that claimed that Domino's is a technology company that sells pizzas. NO! They brilliantly use technology to create, sell, deliver and market their product but at the end of the day they're a pizza company. But there's no denying that data plays a big role in their success as a company.
Since data is so prevalent in all we do, maybe a better notion is that all iWorkers need to be data analysts. The term I like to use is "collective intelligence". This means that ALL the data available is collected and analyzed to provide insights that have never been done before. This could be merely through 'spreadsheet' analysis, something more sophisticated using data analytics and visualization tools such as Tableau, Machine-Learning solutions such as AWS Sagemaker or Artificial Intelligence, such as Tensorflow.
So many choices, what's an iWorker to do? Start by realizing the value you can provide to your customers by understanding data, and educating yourself on tools available to accomplish this. There's a massive amount of free tutorials available from Amazon Web Services-https://aws.amazon.com/ai/, Microsoft-https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ai, Google https://ai.google/ and others. Or watch some videos- https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=artificial+intelligence. As an iWorker, you're used to keeping your skills updated, so this is simply an investment in yourself. Learn all you can and start making sense of all this data.
"He went like one that hath been stunned,
And is of sense forlorn:
A sadder and a wiser man,
He rose the morrow morn."
Apologies to the Ancient Mariner
About: Paul Czarnik problem-solves with code.
Paul is iWorker CTO where he focuses on developing solutions for Independent Workers. Paul served as Compuware CTO, using his technical expertise for product development, software excellence, M&A due-diligence, and Compuware Ventures investments. Paul lives on a 'connected farm' in Ortonville, Michigan.
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