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Frank Stein
Client Technical Manager, Analytics Solution Center, IBM

Frank is the IBM Client Technical Manager for the Analytics Solution Center

Information Alchemy: The Transmutation of bits and bytes into Knowledge

March 6, 2013 | by Frank Stein, Client Technical Manager, Analytics Solution Center, IBM
In medieval times, Alchemists hoped to convert base metals into the noble metal gold through the use of a Philosopher's Stone. Today, in the field of information science, we talk about Information Alchemy, converting data into information and then into knowledge.   Some people even add a 4th stage...

Big Weather, Big Data

August 9, 2012 | by Frank Stein, Client Technical Manager, Analytics Solution Center, IBM
Derechos, Droughts, Hottest July on Record, Shattered High Temp Records, Greenland Ice Sheet Melts.  Just what is going on with the weather these days?  Is this weather really abnormal or does it just seem to be that way? Is this part of a trend?  Does global climate change mean we’ll have more of...

CERN Finding - A Trimuph of Big DATA

July 5, 2012 | by Frank Stein, Client Technical Manager, Analytics Solution Center, IBM
On July 4th, CERN scientists announced that they observed a particle that strongly resembles the Higgs boson, a critical element of the standard model of particle physics.  This particle is thought to be responsible for the characteristic of mass, which gives objects weight when combined with...

How to Avoid Drowning in Big Data

June 21, 2012 | by Frank Stein, Client Technical Manager, Analytics Solution Center, IBM
In the 1980’s, John Naisbitt wrote, “We have for the first time an economy based on a key resource [information] that is not only renewable, but self-generating.  Running out of it is not a problem, but drowning in it is.[i][i]”  Little did Naisbitt know how much information we’d be creating 30...

Can Data Analytics Help Solve our Healthcare Crisis?

May 31, 2012 | by Frank Stein, Client Technical Manager, Analytics Solution Center, IBM
The US spends far more than any other nation on healthcare.  In 2009, health care costs reached $2.5 trillion dollars - - more than $8000/person and 17% of GDP, up from 13.4% in 2000.  Yet, as is widely cited in healthcare circles, the US fails to achieve acceptable results from all this spending,...