Recently, Upside (upside.tdwi.org) asked me to share my thoughts on being a CTO, over-hyped trends, and the use of analytics. Regarding the latter: the real opportunity for data analytics and data science is in moving from real-time decision making to future-state modeling by way of advances in AI and machine learning. The future also holds increased value derived by accessing and incorporating a larger volume of external data sources so as to more accurately predict market and competitive shifts. Whether Big Data or “little data” (aka, enterprise data), there’s much value to be gained. For more perspectives, visit the Upside Q&A. And by all means, jump into the conversation – I’d appreciate your thoughts.