Big data & IoT at work in the community

There’s a tendency, in conversations about big data and IoT, to only talk about examples from the extreme upper echelons: the biggest corporations with the largest amounts of data from the most sensors. In the excitement, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that most organizations aren’t multinational megacorps with petabytes of data. Most organizations operate at a much smaller scale: their reach is national or regional. And many…

Microsoft Ignite

Jordan Barrette and I have been in Chicago this week for the inaugural Microsoft Ignite conference. If I had to pick one word to summarize the experience at Ignite, it would be GIANT. What does giant look like? Monday’s opening keynote was a morning-long mega-show. Being Microsoft means you can have Common kick off your event with a spoken word performance meant to inspire all 23,000 people you’ve collected in one…