Making Big Data *Actionable*


We all know the 2015 buzzwords: “Big Data”, “Analytics”, “Data Lake”, “Internet of Things”. All well and good.

But for every industry and business, there’s a wise Big Data saying that goes like this:

  1. (Big) Data + Analytics = Information
  2. Information + Context = Insight
  3. Insight + Actionable Systems = Desired Outcomes

You’ll notice that in the game of Big Data, the accumulation of (valuable new technology-driven) data (about your customers, about your internal efficiencies) is only the first step.

Innovation, business competitive advantage and results, only comes out of Big Data if you have Actionable Systems that can create Desired Outcomes.

The real trick, therefore, is creating within your business, actionable systems and processes that know how to take the right accumulated insights (derived from data), and put that right data into right actions at right time.

Make sure you add this 2nd step to any of your conversations around business competitiveness in today’s hyper-rich innovation, data-rich, internet-scale environment.

In researching this short post, I could find literally millions of Big Data word clouds on Google Images. But word clouds that combine “Big Data” and “Actionable Systems” or similar? Nada. Nothing. I think there’s a message there.

Interested in learning more?  I explore this 3-step concept in more detail here in a – a fully downloadable PowerPoint presentation for you to use any way you see fit. Just give me credit as the author, and go for it for yourself.

If you’re in Southwest Florida, the Suncoast Technology Forum April 21st, 2015 Healthcare Technology Executive Panel discussion luncheon in Sarasota,“Emerging Technologies Impacting Suncoast Florida Healthcare”, is entirely about this idea of how to make data actionable. I’m the moderator, see more here.

Whether is it is healthcare or any other industry, remember:

  1. (Big) Data + Analytics = Information
  2. Information + Context = Insight
  3. Insight + Actionable Systems = Desired Outcomes

I hope you find this helpful. If you do, connect with me, find me on Twitter:

Sources: IBM is who I’ve seen as a major propagator of this concept:


John Sing, Offering Evangelist, IBM Spectrum Scale, ESS, DeepFlash


My favorite internet sources of IT industry research

It’s not easy to keep 1000’s of daily IT industry internet-based research information and URLs organized and retrievable.   Every day, the number of URL and links I’ve felt worthwhile to save for future reference, keeps on growing and growing.  And, how to *find* them later when I need to?

To solve that, several years ago, I started using social bookmarking tools to organize and make easily keyword retrievable for myself, for any links that I found worth saving.   I currently use ; there’s many good ones out there.

The really cool thing is, if you want follow along and benefit from my daily IT industry research, all you have to do is click on this URL , or the screenshot below, and see what I’ve found today, or yesterday, or the day before, or ……    Click this screen shot to see my bookmarks:

Every link has commentary to help you decide if it’s useful to you.

Great thing is, the entries are keyword tagged (that’s how I find the link later when I look for it).   In other words, when I want find my research later, all I (or you) have to do is just append the desired keyword to the URL in the browser window.   For example, this link will show everything I’ve bookmarked and tagged with the keywords “Google” and “Apple”:,Apple

You’re welcome to use any of my links and information however you wish – it’s purposely shared publically to help you take advantage of it for your own purposes.

I hope this is helpful.

All the best,

John Sing

Looking to the Future – Together

It’s rather obvious we live in a hyper-changing world.

Adapting and thriving in today’s world is, in my humble opinion, a social affair.  No one can keep up with today’s technology by yourself.

“It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see” – Winston Churchill

Yet imagine – if you have 5, 10, 25, 50, 100s or more of your IT professional friends, all watching out for each other in terms of IT and business knowledge, happenings, developments… then we’d all not only keep up, we’d all move ahead quickly, together.   Today’s social media tools provide the mechanism to do exactly that – which is why, IMHO, that 2015 is the year in which we as individuals and as businesses, will see our digital and social media expertise, become a major differentiator.


Via this blog and it’s contents, it’s my hope to play my part in contributing to your professional IT skills, knowledge, and career success.   While I will focus on IT technology, interleaved I believe you’ll find noteworthy information about business and life as well.

Pick and choose from among the topics on this blog as you wish – if you find something of value, I trust you’ll not only benefit, you’ll also share it with your professional friends via your own social media channels … and I welcome you to return and visit here in the future.

All the best,

John Sing