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How Analytics is Making Basketball a More Beautiful Game

The NBA is the #1 global sports league — and analytics is helping make it even better.The NBA London Global Games 2017 were held last week, accompanied by an NBA-sponsored Leaders Meet: Innovation technology event in London earlier in...

Posted January 20, 2017    

Predictions: A Cynic’s Guide to BI in 2017

I’ve been working in Business Intelligence and Analytics for over twenty-five years. With some confidence and a lot of cynicism, here are my predictions for 2017:Business PeopleBusiness people will be dissatisfied with their BI systems (...

Posted December 20, 2016    

Artificial Intelligence: The New Killer Feature

Artificial intelligence is gaining traction faster than anybody imagined — quickly knocking down the dominoes of complex tasks that computers have long struggled with.For example, in April this year Wired Magazine ran an article explaining why AI...

Posted December 5, 2016    

Do You Really Have To Migrate To The Cloud?

You will still always have some on-premise software (at least until internet access is free, instantly fast, and 100% ubiquitous — i.e. never.) But the bulk of your important business process are going to happen in the cloud. It’s inevitable,...

Posted November 28, 2016    

Are You Ready For Artificially-Intelligent Enterprise Applications?

We’re now clearly in an exponential technology world. Each year brings the same amount of innovation as the previous several years — and the human brain finds it hard to imagine the consequences.For perhaps the first time in history, technology is...

Posted November 18, 2016    

Information Is Now The Core Of Your Business

Data is at the very core of the business models of the future – and this means wrenching change for some organizations.We tend to think of our information systems as a foundation layer that supports the “real” business of the organization – for...

Posted November 14, 2016    

A Shortcut Guide to Machine Learning and AI in The Enterprise

Predictive analytics / machine learning / artificial intelligence is a hot topic – what it’s about?Using algorithms to help make better decisions has been the “next big thing in analytics” for over 25 years. It has been used in key areas...

Posted October 10, 2016    

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