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August Jackson
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I've moved my Google+ presence here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113191368284662926533/posts

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There is a lot of discussion on the value of big data analytics, including this McKinsey Quarterly report referenced on the Mosi Systems blog: http://www.mosisys.com/blog/bid/55229/How-is-Your-Industry-Positioned-to-Benefit-from-Big-Data.

Deloitte takes a sober look at big data to question whether there is any there there. I think my bias is obvious, so I will let you read for yourself.
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Your business generates a tremendous and growing amount of data. If you could decode it all, you could be sitting on a significant competitive advantage. And yet there’s a growing chorus of business leaders who claim that by focusing on big data – datasets that are very large, highly complex, or both – companies could be missing out on other, more immediate opportunities.

Is big data just a big distraction? In the race to get more value from business information, is “big data” worth the trouble?
Does big data really hold the keys to breakout insights into the business, or is it just distracting from the real business at hand?
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This article by Kashmir Hill does a decent job of establishing the nuance between employees of companies establishing a professional identity/thought leadership and protecting firm information without necessarily hitting readers over the head with that. One question I have is if a general audience needs to be hit over the head with the notion of a balance. What do those assembled here think of the subject?

Nits to pick: I'm always wary that media conflate "corporate espionage" with "competitive intelligence;" they are not equivalent terms. Second nit is that I work for "Ernst & Young" as opposed to "Ernst Young."
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Thx August for your post and congrats for your new position!!

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Here are the slides from my presentation at the Marketing Research Association corporate practitioners conference.
Recently I had the chance to present to the Marketing Research Association corporate practitioners conference. As a competitive intelligence professional, I was particularly interested in how my pr......
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OK, the ability to search Google+ posts... is... NICE! Now, can I create RSS feeds of my searches, my stream, etc?
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Whatever Google+ changed they fracked with my ability to use multiple accounts. I have to trick my browser into letting me see my G+ stream.
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I know...it was working fine just the other day, and now the functionality's completely gone. I'm assuming it'll be back at some point. I hope.
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Look for the cloud to shake up industries beyond IT.
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Lots of people think that the Cloud will cause a competitive shakeup among enterprise IT vendors. Will it also shake up 'old economy' industries -- those that buy IT instead of selling it? In a new post, I argue that if history is any guide, this will in fact be the case.
I read recently that Rajan Anandan, Google’s managing director for India, says that his country will be a ‘Cloud-first’ market for computing. The companies there, in other words, will go from having v...
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Still waiting for the ability to post to Google+ from other apps. Just heard on This Week in Google that G+ API is read-only. Lame.
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I was wondering the same thing

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I love this post. In the last several years I've observed some very real bad behavior by sales reps:
- Blocking your originating phone number.
- Calling and leaving scripted voice mail messages again and again even after I've asked you not to do that multiple times. Note to sales reps: anyone under the age of 30 probably hates voice mail with a passion. Like me.
- Sending me unsolicited calendar invites for meetings.

However, as someone versed in the ways of the pivot table, I probably CAN make a spreadsheet that tells you you're being an ass.
From Andy Sernovitz's Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!: How what looks good on a spreadsheet can feel sleazy to your customers.
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I do not like how Mac OS X Lion opens all of the documents that were open when you last quit an app when you restart the app.
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I want to be able to migrate my Google+ over to my Google Apps ID and also have everything I share on Google Reader automatically shared here. Thank you.
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I'm with you totally on this, by the way.
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Competitive Intelligence and Strategy Professional, Tech Pundit, Social Software Evangelist and Bad Speller
Employment
  • Ernst & Young
    Associate Director, 2011 - present
  • Mosi Systems
    Business Guy, 2010 - present
  • Verizon
    2007 - 2011
  • Evidence Based Research, Inc.
    2004 - 2007
  • British Telecom
    2002 - 2004
  • Concert
    1997 - 2002
  • MCI
    1997 - 1997
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Currently
Sterling, VA
Previously
Harmon, IL - Washington, DC - Aurora, IL - Arlington, VA
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I no longer use this Google+ profile and have moved here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113191368284662926533/posts
Introduction
August Jackson is a competitive intelligence and strategy professional who focuses on the role of information and data as the basis for competitive advantage. He is an Associate Director of Strategic Market Intelligence at Ernst & Young LLP

Prior to joining Ernst & Young August spent over 10 years in the telecommunications industry at marketing and competitive intelligence roles with Verizon, British Telecom and AT&T's Concert joint venture. He has also worked with government agencies to help them apply commercial intelligence methods and technology to government intelligence challenges. 

Jackson cofounded Mosi Systems in 2010 to help organizations improve insight and foresight using cutting edge technologies to organize and analyze data and information. 

He blogs and also produces the Competitive Intelligence Podcast which can be found at . August can be reached by e-mail at august@augustjackson.net and you can follow him on Twitter @8of12.
Education
  • University of Maryland
    MBA, 2006 - 2008
  • George Washington University
    B.A. International Affairs, 1993 - 1997
  • Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
    1990 - 1993
  • Amboy High School
    1989 - 1993
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