For CDOs and aspiring CDOs looking to make a big business impact with data.

The Elephant in the Room: The Hidden Cost of BI

Anyone who has ever been involved in implementing a Business Intelligence (BI) solution has also been involved in understanding the costs of that solution. In my time at Disney and AOL, I built,...
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Seven Secrets CDOs Should Know about Data-Driven

Today’s stakes are higher Data has never been more central to the world of marketing than it is today. CMO budgets are rising fast, and with them rises the...
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Machine Learning Is the New Hadoop

Although I took statistics classes in college, my first real introduction to practical advanced analytics was in 2008 when Netezza purchased NuTech Solutions to...
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3 More Secrets of Successful Data Strategies

A few weeks ago we talked about the top 3 factors of a successful data strategy.     I’ve had a number of people ask me for more—it’s a broad topic that...
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Destroy the competition with these data strategies

In the movie Moneyball, Peter Brand fundamentally changes the way baseball players are scouted and evaluated.     Statistics in baseball aren’t new, in fact...
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3 Secrets of Successful Data Strategies

Don’t you hate it when the big strategic project you’ve invested time, money, and other resources in ends in failure?   How do you prevent that? You’ve...
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5 Ways Machine Learning Can Make Your BI Better

Everyone seems to be discussing machine learning and artificial intelligence, but few people really know how to take advantage of the new technology. Did you...
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Building a Team with an Analytic Mindset

You just got the job you’ve been working for—Chief Data Officer. Congratulations!  It seems like everyone has ideas about what you should do. The CTO knows...
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The Future of Analytics: Answering the “Next”

If you had to guess, what percentage of your organization is happy with the amount of data they have to do their jobs? 50%? 30%? I bet it’s less than 10%. And...
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It’s Time to Think Different About BI

The pace of business change is higher than it has ever been. A big influence is the emergence of digital channels and disruptions in every industry from...
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The Analytics Battle: Agility vs. Governance

Despite the recent rise in data analytics as a “topic du jour” the concept has been around for over a century. “BI” as we think of it really gained...
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The #1 Lesson BI Should Steal From Consumer

The BI industry has seen a slow, shallow evolution over the last few decades. Sure, a few things have improved. But reporting today looks pretty similar to what...
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