Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The 2 Factors that Drive Big Data Success


At this point we all seem to know that the promise of Big Data is tremendously exciting with its three V's of volume, velocity, and variety.  We know we should be "doing it", even though we might not be sure where to start. We want to keep up with our competitors and extract the value that we know is locked inside our data. We believe--but we haven't done anything about it yet, have we?

The problem lies in the marketing of Big Data and the assumption that Big Data mandates a new way of thinking that is a step change from where we have been. This is not a step change, we are simply allowing ourselves to get distracted from our desired destination.

What is more important than Big Data is insight.  Great volumes and varieties of data do next to nothing on their own.  We need the context to turn the data into an asset that can drive better understanding. Insight depends on the ability to tell the difference between the signal and the noise within the context of the system.  A new insight can allow us to test conventional wisdom or test a new connection.

More important than big data or insight is a small action.  Data combined with context can become information that can lead to insight, but the value can only be realized when action is taken. Even if it is a small action. 

The good news is we have been in the extraction and action game for many years. We have been building algorithms to better understand and explain the world around us for centuries. Our brains are the original big data engine. We know that context can increase when we integrate more data sources, more inputs, and more test trials to drive deeper insights to take an even more appropriate action.

We can advance our thinking, planning, and execution of big data related efforts when we shift our focus to insights and action instead of the distraction of the data itself, its size, or the transient limitations of our current infrastructure.


What are your thoughts, insights, and actions on this Big Data challenge?  Please reach out to me at sean.mccall@parivedasolutions.com.  I welcome your feedback.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mobility Practice Kick-off

We formalized our Mobility Practice this January to address the growing need we were seeing from our clients as they were trending towards developing for mobile first rather than as an 'add-on/after-the-fact' to desktop applications.  We have been heavily involved with mobile technologies since 2008, but we felt like the time was right to provide a focused effort.  Our charter is to work with our offices to help grow their mobile capabilities while being a Center of Excellence for mobility throughout the company.  Stay tuned for more information to follow...

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pariveda Solutions Launches National Practices: The Business of IT® Strategic Services and Mobility

DALLASJan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Pariveda proudly announces the launch of national practices for Strategy and Mobility devoted to the delivery of innovative business solutions to its clients.
Pariveda's Strategy practice is led by Susan Paul, Vice President. Pariveda trademarked The Business of IT® to represent our philosophy of running IT as a business for the business.  The mission of the practice is to drive business value to clients through the effective use of technology via IT strategy and systems planning. 
The Mobility practice is led by Collins DeLoach, Vice President.  Focused on providing mobility strategy and accelerating mobility adoption within clients, Pariveda's Mobility practice leverages the deep experience developed in the past few years across many platforms on a national scale.
"We are pleased to launch national practices to help our clients meet the interesting challenges that lie ahead," says Bruce Ballengee, Pariveda CEO. "Susan has deep relationships with our clients and has for many years provided strategy expertise to align technology and business across the enterprise. Collins brings a wealth of leadership and knowledge in the field of mobility providing truly innovative solutions to our clients across the U.S. These are tremendous opportunities to strengthen our collaboration with our clients and within Pariveda." 
"Clients today see technology as integral to every activity in an organization and are looking to get the most from technology spend," comments Susan Paul. "Too often businesses struggle to gain the anticipated impact of technology investments because of existing structural and process challenges.  Pariveda's Strategy practice, The Business of IT® Strategic Services, provides actionable solutions to help organizations realize anticipated business value."
"Our clients are trending towards developing for mobile first rather than as an 'add-on/after-the-fact' to desktop applications," says Collins DeLoach.  "While we have provided enterprise mobile solutions for many years, we are now expanding our go-to-market approach to meet the growing demands of our clients. With this focused effort, the Mobility practice leverages our extensive knowledge of the enterprise to provide strategy and custom mobile solutions addressing our clients' current and future requirements."
Pariveda's Strategy and Mobility practices form the basis for an expanded approach supporting market pursuits and delivery frameworks.  Pariveda provides strategy and mobility services to many Fortune 500 clients and formalized the new practices to strengthen collaboration with clients leveraging skills, experience and problem solving expertise of Pariveda market teams throughout the U.S. including AtlantaChicagoDallasHoustonLos AngelesNew YorkSan FranciscoSeattle, and Washington D.C.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pariveda Published: Hear from our CEO on a relevant topic in the world today

SUBSCRIBER CONTENT: Dec 13, 2013, 5:00am CST UPDATED: Dec 12, 2013, 12:43pm CST
Immigration reform: A personal and professional case
Bruce Ballengee, Guest Column
No doubt our national leaders have a lot on their plates right now, but immigration reform still hasn’t been served up. We cannot afford to let it simmer on our back burner.

In Texas, we know our state has been a focal point for both legal and illegal immigration activity for decades, and Texas lawmakers have a critical role in shaping our immigration system. As a lifelong Texan and a businessman, I have both personal and professional experience with the fundamental impact of our immigration system on the lives and livelihoods of the people of our state and throughout the United States. Through the lens of this experience, the case for comprehensive immigration reform is extremely compelling.

On a personal level, my daughter-in-law is an immigrant from Colombia. As a top graduate from one of the most elite schools in Colombia, she brought a valuable breadth of skills and knowledge to our country that has allowed her to thrive throughout her Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt performing research supported by the U.S. Army. She is a chemical engineer researching and developing biomedical technologies to regenerate bone. These technologies will be applied to heal and regenerate the limbs of people who suffer devastating injuries, especially our soldiers. She is named on three patent applications, has published eight papers with two pending and is directly contributing to the defense of our country through her cutting-edge, specialty research. Such a highly qualified individual should be welcome to work here in the United States on the basis of merit alone.

Had my son, another Ph.D. chemical engineer whose fuel cell research was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, and his wife been unable to navigate the extraordinarily difficult and complex application process for her green card as a spouse of a U.S. citizen, (there is an even more byzantine bureaucracy established for people not married to citizens) they would have been forced to make a nearly impossible decision. Either relocate to another country and pray to be granted one of the incredibly scarce high-skill working visas allocated under our existing system, or permanently move their lives, and by implication future family, to a country with a functional immigration system, bringing with them their talent, skill and knowledge that we need here in the United States. The sad truth is this is only one story that is replicated across our country on a daily basis as a result of our current immigration system. So many highly skilled immigrants are not nearly as fortunate as my daughter-in-law, and our system continuously fails to retain talent that the technology industry desperately needs.

On the flipside of this issue are our businesses. When I co-founded Pariveda Solutions in Texas in 2003, I was in a dynamic and expanding market for technology. Between 2011 and 2012, Texas added more than 10,000 high-tech jobs. Wages in these positions are on average 85 percent higher than other private sector positions, reflecting high demand for these high-skilled workers. We boast nearly 500,000 high-tech jobs that employ 5.5 percent of private sector workers, ranking us second in the country in overall employment in high-tech industries. As the global technology industry expands, demand and shortages for highly skilled workers continues to grow.

These shortages contrast starkly with the consequences of our current immigration policies. Each year under the existing system, only 13 percent of immigration visas are issued in specialty fields. Simultaneously, our dearth of graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields has left unfilled nearly 100,000 critical U.S.-based positions in innovative high-tech firms despite our high level of national unemployment. Without reforms, this number will increase to 230,000 by 2018. Without qualified people in the United States to fill these positions, businesses will move these jobs and opportunities offshore to remain competitive in a global economy.

This doesn’t make sense to me as a father-in-law or businessman. In a knowledge-driven global economy our critical technology companies are demanding the very high-skilled workers our immigration system rejects. Our immigration laws exacerbate our high-skill shortage by preventing increases in our domestic supply, forcing the jobs themselves out of our country. Rather than correcting our labor market deficiencies, it reinforces them by making highly skilled and talented immigrants who hold the keys to unlocking the secrets of future breakthroughs in science, engineering and mathematics jump through hoops or wait in endless lines to have even a chance of legally joining our workforce and living here. This applies even to graduates who have been educated here in the United States with U.S. taxpayer dollars. In so doing, our system drives the most-talented, motivated and desirable individuals toward our foreign competitors rather than allowing them to build businesses, create jobs and drive economic growth and innovation here in the United States. While we can look for solutions in our domestic education systems to increase the supply of high-skilled workers, once implemented, such solutions will require decades to ease our growing shortages. We don’t have decades to dally at the dinner table. Immigration reform must be served up now.

The proposals before Congress address many of these issues by strengthening the security of our borders and setting up a contemporary, merit-based immigration system. By expanding the available number of high-skill working visas, the labor demands of our fast-growing, high-tech industries can be met by brilliant, well-educated graduates from around the world, allowing businesses to grow and communities to flourish, while fostering strong economic growth. Most importantly, it will allow those individuals and families that contribute to our economy and society to continue doing so in productive and valuable ways without fear of losing their legal status. To reach our full economic potential and modernize and strengthen our country, Congress must pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Many of our ancestors emigrated here from other countries. My children can trace back to England, France, Germany and Greece. Most readers of this column will have similar stories to share. This is an essential ingredient of our exceptional country. Emigration is central to our own state of Texas’ unique journey to statehood. Should not our immigration system align with our national heritage?

Bruce Ballengee is CEO of Pariveda Solutions, a technology consulting company based in Dallas.


See the article online here.  via Dallas Business Journal 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Direct Energy partners with Xamarin and Pariveda to create new mobile application

Check out the latest case study showcased Xamarin's website! 
Direct Energy, is one of the largest home service and energy providers in North America, serving electricity and natural gas to over six million active customers.
In September 2013, Direct Energy launched a new smartphone application that makes it much easier for customers who are increasingly using their phones as their primary computing device to manage their accounts, earn awards by referring friends, and to monitor energy usage.
“A growing portion of Direct Energy’s customer base live and die by their smartphones. We wanted to engage this growing audience in a way that is familiar to them, with a great, native app on multiple platforms. Pariveda and Xamarin made this possible.“
Monte Beck, CMO of Direct Energy.

The app was developed by Pariveda Solutions, a Xamarin Premier Consulting Partner. Pariveda worked with Direct Energy on a technology selection process, evaluating a wide range of solutions—from MEAPs to HTML5 frameworks—based on criteria co-developed by Direct Energy’s business and IT stakeholders. Xamarin emerged as the winner in the technology selection, as it was the perfect fit to meet both business and IT requirements.
View the full case study to learn how Pariveda was able to go from design to deployment in just six weeks, share 90% of source code across device platforms, and position Direct Energy for the future by making it easy to add any new device features and platforms.
“Xamarin is a critical part of Pariveda’s growing mobile success and expertise.We are able to deliver fully native apps very quickly—something not possible with any other solution.”
Brian Orrell, CTO at Pariveda.


View Full Case Study here.