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What’s Stopping Cloud Analytics?

It turns out that what’s stopping people from moving to cloud analytics isn’t what I expected.I recently moderated a web seminar with a presentation from Dan Vesset of IDC talking about the Future of Cloud Business Analytics. The...

Posted September 28, 2016    

Beware Relying Too Much on Power Users

Every analytics team knows that it’s important to align with the needs of the business. But there’s a hidden danger: relying too much on power users.How not to do itIn the bad old days, analytics was treated like every other IT infrastructure...

Posted September 9, 2016    

Analytics Teams: Own The Business Problem, Not An Infrastructure

Analytics teams have devoted the last few decades building large and elaborate infrastructures that attempt to gather and harmonize essential business data.These systems are critically important to business. Yet a Forrester study found...

Posted August 30, 2016    

Four Key Steps For Enterprise IoT Security

There’s been a lot of press recently about the problems of IoT security: easily hackable smart locks, as many as 100M Volkswagens at risk, vulnerable light bulbs, and even sex toys that spy on you.Here are some key concepts for the future...

Posted August 26, 2016    

What Makes a BI Team World Class?

Some years ago, I was asked to do a presentation for a Nordic Telecom company. The company had grown rapidly through acquisitions around Europe and so had lots of different systems and silos of analytics tools throughout the company....

Posted August 25, 2016    

Explaining McLaren Technology Group’s 5-Step IT Strategy

McLaren has been pioneering and innovating in the competitive world of Formula 1 since 1963.In a recent web seminar sponsored by SAP, Eric Kavanagh, CEO of The Bloor Group, interviewed McLaren CIO Craig Charlton to understand the critical role...

Posted August 7, 2016    

What SAP Users Think About Digital Transformation

Last month, the US and German SAP user communities released a white paper on Digital Transformation: The SAP User Community Perspective.It’s a must-read, and speaks for itself, but here are a few highlights to give you a flavor [with my...

Posted June 13, 2016    

Why The Future of Analytics Is About More Than Self-Service

The latest edition of the Gartner BI Summit rolls out this week in Mumbai, India.It seems an appropriate time to talk about why it’s important for business people to have Modern BI tools that let them handle end-to-end business intelligence...

Posted June 6, 2016    

BI is Dead

Posted: April 1st, 2016 — but sadly, not really an April Fool’sIn 1989, Howard Dresner — later a Gartner Group analyst — proposed “business intelligence” as an umbrella term to describe “concepts and methods to improve business decision making...

Posted April 1, 2016    

Modern BI: From Reporting to Predictive

Over the last few months, I’ve seen more and more examples of organizations moving to modern analytics approaches based on real-time, actionable data, with greater use of predictive technology.For example, Julian Pimm-Smith of Pret a Manger gave a...

Posted March 22, 2016    

Reinventing the Analytics Experience, Sideways

Over the last quarter-century, the analytics industry has slowly gathered a lot of different technology options. Starting with simple reporting, there has been a steady increase in the number of different features available. These include data...

Posted October 21, 2015    

Could Data Science Have Saved Greece?

Whatever the right solution is for the current Greek crisis, many observers believe that the problems could have been avoided if Greece had not joined the Euro in the first place.It is no secret that Greece struggled to meet the official criteria...

Posted July 7, 2015