Category Archive: Business analytics

Information Management in 2017

They say that information is the oil of the 21st Century, and analytics the combustion engine. This infamous quote, by Peter Sondergaard, is often shared at industry events, to remind BI experts of the importance of enterprise wide information management.  While I completely agree with this sentiment, I still find that far too many organisations view …

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HR Analytics

“I want HR analytics for my HR department!” In my experience of consulting to clients at various stages of analytics maturity, across different industries in different countries, I have noticed that on a strategic level very few organisations are really implementing HR BI, never mind HR analytics. These are typically the organisations that have realised …

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Evolving into a Data-Centric Healthcare Organisation

In a previous post I reasoned why healthcare organisations should become more data centric. In this post I suggest a fluid and adaptable approach to mature the organisation with respect to data-centricity, in the process motivating why I would not utilise an approach recently suggested by IBM. In this post I focus my attention on …

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Seven Tips to Improve Data Storytelling

Data analysis and exploration can answer many of the questions that decision makers have, and even generate questions that some businesses have not yet even figured out. Of course it also sparks curiosity around the value that data brings. Data has purpose and meaning – but not all organisations understand this – which is what …

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The Elastic Data Warehouse

Some days I get really flexed out of shape about the rate at which new terms become spontaneously combusted in the BI and analytics industry. The latest I came across is the term “elastic data warehouse.” So what are we doing here – bending the rules, stretching the imagination or flexing our muscles here? Now …

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Developing a Data-Centric Leadership Culture

Despite the fact that they may have the appropriate technology in place, and even suitably skilled people to drive it, a lot of businesses are still struggling to extract business value from the investments they have made in their data. Data-centric organisations tend to place a focus from top level management on developing the data …

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Using a Modern Analytics Platform

The increased use of analytics, coupled with an exponential growth in the volume and complexity of data, has changed the business intelligence landscape forever. Business users’ sophistication has extended beyond descriptive reports and dashboards into data exploration, predictive modelling and aspects of cognitive computing. Traditional requirements-driven ETL, data warehouse and reporting approaches do not meet …

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Technologies to improve Customer Centricity

With all the talk and hype around technology and the benefits it provides, which supposedly must be capitalised on for organisations to remain competitive, organisations have to focus even more on the customer to stay competitive. How many organisations really utilise their tech to be more customer centric?

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The CIO’s role in Customer Analytics

Are CIOs paying enough attention to capitalise on customer analytics? Is the new digitised CIO driving the customer analytics initiative? Are they going about it in an appropriate way in order to get the required ROI?

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