Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Data: Your Scariest Corporate Asset

Thanks in part to McKinsey’s coining of the term “Big Data” last summer, company data have never had more visibility than they do now.  At the same time, they have never faced more scrutiny.  Most of this scrutiny takes the form of concerns about privacy, the consumer-facing threat of data.  However, the larger data discussion has not--so far--broached the aspect that makes them the scariest assets a company has.

Once the near-exclusive domain of direct marketers, data has become the secret weapon du jour in-store, online and just about everywhere else.  The New York Times reported in February on how Target developed data models so sensitive that it could tell whether a customer had become pregnant before she told anyone.  Brands such as Virgin America and Axe have used Klout to evaluate customers.

So what makes data so scary?  Intangibility.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

My Review of Swiss Army Paratrooper Tri-Fold Garment Bag

Originally submitted at Luggage Source

  • Dimensions: 21.75"w x 14"h x 9"d
  • Compact tri-fold construction allows bag to easily fit in the overhead compartments of airplanes
  • Main packing area features a hanger clamp and padded compression straps for securing several suits, shirts or dresses Organizationa...

My secret weapon for business travel

By Plannerben from NYC on 5/24/2012


4out of 5

Pros: High Quality, Easy To Carry, Easy To Access Items, Fits overhead bins well, Good Capacity

Best Uses: 1-2 biz travel

Describe Yourself: Career, Practical

Travel Frequency: 20+ Annual Trips

Primary use: Business

Was this a gift?: No

I owned a previous version of this bag that I had used for about 10 years. At the time, there were many other tri-fold garment bags, but now there aren't. Still I happily bought a new Swiss Army tri-fold bag because you can almost always wedge it into an airline overhead bin, even if you're not the first one on the plane.

My only complaint is that the older bag had slightly more outside storage, which I personally prefer to inside storage. Maybe you don't care or maybe I just need to pack more inside.

The bag is GREAT for one suit or 1 jacket/pants combo, but can also carry an extra pair of pants and the shirts you need. i wouldn't use it for a weeklong trip, but I've used it on plenty of 3-night trips.