Founder & CEO
Global Head, Advanced Analytics and AI
Founder & CEO
story telling with data
Data & Analytics Innovation Fellow
In this episode, Cindi is joined by four authors and thought leaders who are writing the next chapter of our industry. Randy Bean, Founder and CEO of New Vantage Partners, shares the value of experimentation and failure. John Thompson, Global Head of Advanced Analytics and AI at CSL Behring, shares insights into building successful analytics teams; Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, Founder and CEO of storytelling with data, shares how leaders can better connect with audiences through story; and Doug Laney, Data and Analytics Innovation Fellow at West Monroe, shares how to monetize, manage and measure information as an asset and competitive advantage.
What data allows you to do, is to try new things and see if you can be more competitive, see where you can gain insights. It's very much an iterative process. So, all of those notions tied into this idea of ``fail fast, learn faster.
I really believe that you need the analytics organization reporting into a line of business function. People say, ‘Well, it could be the CIO.’ Yeah, but you need the person who's driving the initiatives to either have greater power, or peer level power to the senior executives, the SVPs and C-level executives. A lot of people don't understand that when you're doing analytics, you really are driving change in an organization. To really have value realization, you're going to bring forth insights and ideas and new ways of doing things, and that's going to drive change. If you don't have someone at the top supporting that, change isn't going to happen.
Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic
I often will teach [storytelling with data] through the narrative arc. There's a plot. Tension is introduced. That tension builds in the form of a rising action. It reaches a point of climax. There's a falling action, a resolution. People are hard wired to connect with information that is coming at them in roughly that form, because we've used stories for so much of our history. Just making that, really bringing that back to practical application, it means thinking about our audience and figuring out what is the tension in the scenario. The tension matters to them because if we can identify that, that's the piece that really can help us drive people to understanding and action.
The old adage is you can't manage what you don't measure. So I think because most organizations don't measure the value of their data, some don't even measure the quality of their data, they're in a really poor position to get the resources or budgets necessary to manage data as an actual asset.
Randy Bean is an industry thought leader, author, and speaker in the field of data-driven business leadership. He is known for his frequent columns in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and The Wall Street Journal.
His book, Fail Fast, Learn Faster: Lessons in Data-Driven Leadership in an Age of Disruption, Big Data, and AI, will be published on August 31, 2021.
Bean is founder and CEO of NewVantage Partners, a strategic advisory firm to Fortune 1000 companies which he founded in 2001.
Bean also serves as co-chair of the James Merrill House, an internationally acclaimed writers residency program. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and resides in Boston, MA and Stonington Borough, CT.
John is an international technology executive with over 30 years of experience in the data and advanced analytics fields. Currently, John is responsible for the global Advanced Analytics & Artificial Intelligence team and efforts at CSL Behring.
Prior to CSL, John was an Executive Partner at Gartner, where he was management consultant to market leading companies in the areas of digital transformation, data monetization and advanced analytics. Before Gartner, John was responsible for the advanced analytics business unit of the Dell Software Group.
John is the author of the bestselling book – Building Analytics Teams: Leveraging analytics and artificial intelligence for business improvement. Published in June 2020, the book details how to hire and manage high performance advanced analytics teams. The book remains a best seller for professionals seeking guidance and best practices as they are building and managing analytics teams.
John is co-author of the bestselling book – Analytics: How to win with Intelligence, which debuted on Amazon as the #1 new book in Analytics in 2017. Analytics is a book that guides non-technical executives through the journey of creating an analytics function, funding initiatives, and driving change in business operations through data and applied analytical applications.
Mr. Thompson’s technology expertise includes all aspects of advanced analytics and information management including – descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics, artificial intelligence, analytical applications, deep learning, cognitive computing, simulation, optimization, big data, and high performance computing.
Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Ferris State University and a MBA in Marketing from DePaul University.
Cole has always had a penchant for turning data into pictures and into stories. She is the author of the best-selling book, storytelling with data: a data visualization guide for business professionals and storytelling with data: let’s practice! For nearly a decade, Cole and her team have delivered interactive learning sessions highly sought after by data-minded individuals, companies, and philanthropic organizations all over the world. They also help people create graphs that make sense and weave them into a compelling story through the popular SWD blog, podcast, monthly #SWDchallenge , and live stream events and other resources.
Douglas Laney is the data & analytics strategy innovation fellow with the consultancy, West Monroe. Formerly he was a vice president and distinguished analyst with Gartner's Chief Data Officer (CDO) research and advisory practice. He is an accomplished practitioner and recognized authority on data and analytics strategy, and is a three-time recipient of Gartner's annual Thought Leadership Award, and is regularly considered one of the top global influencers on these topics. Mr. Laney specializes in and assists organizations with data monetization and valuation, open and syndicated data, data governance, and big-data based innovation. In 2001 he coined the "3Vs" of volume, velocity and variety, now commonly used in defining Big Data.
Today, Mr. Laney is also a visiting professor at the University of Illinois Gies School of Business and the Carnegie Mellon Heinz College of Business where he teaches graduate-level courses on analytics and infonomics, also available via Coursera.