Tag Archive: business strategy

Information and Analytics – is it a business hinderance?

In the Business Intelligence (BI) world, as BI experts, we tend to understand and think about the value of information and analytics slightly differently to the rest of an organisation – given we have a passion for data and the value it holds.  We also understand information and analytics to be a competitive driver – …

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Is the “New CIO” the Über-Data Scientist?

In the executive, IT, and especially BI worlds, there is a lot of talk about two new and fast-changing job positions. Coincidently, both are very interesting as well as demanding positions, namely that of the “New CIO” and that of the Data Scientist. In this post I investigate whether there are any parallels between these …

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The CIO as mini-CEO

Not so long ago, IT used to be the domain of an elite few nerdy types. Technology was an incomprehensible language to the uninitiated. No more. When last did you do something as mundane as book a flight by phoning the airline or using a travel agency? When last did you stand in a queue …

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The CIO as Business Leader

How can the CIO bring the organisation to a new direction? There is no doubt that BI and analytics are making an impact across all industries, especially when we incorporate emerging technologies such as big data, in-memory analytics and so on. The dilemma lies not in deciding to implement it or not, but in getting …

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Using Analytics to manage ROI

Although I have discussed analytics and ROI in previous posts, I remain passionate about this topic, especially as I watch analytics being used more and more to transform businesses and give them a stronger competitive advantage. Progressively organisations are realising the value that analytics actually can deliver, and the advantages it can really bring. So …

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Uplifting BI Capability to Business Strategy

In this post, I’m looking at approaches to lift BI up from a mere enabling IT function to an enterprise strategic business function. This is an elaboration on discussions that were recorded in TDWI’s BI Journal, Vol 18 No 4 (http://tdwi.org/research/2013/12/business-intelligence-journal-vol-18-no-4.aspx), around aligning BI with business strategy. I have previously also published a post on …

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Big Data Warehousing & Business Intelligence Summit

I have just returned from attending the 5th Annual Big Data Warehousing & Business Intelligence Summit, organised by Enterprise IQ, held in Sydney on 27 – 29 November 2012.  I participated in two panel sessions, firstly as a panelist on doing business in the Big Data age, and secondly moderating the session on the architectures …

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Changing Role of the CIO w.r.t. BI

With the more technical aspects of IT taken over by the CTO, the role of the CIO has changed to focus only on the sourcing, provisioning and delivery of information as a strategic organizational resource. The BI competency is the primary group that he uses to implement this. However there are some technologies such as …

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Measuring the Business-Alignment of BI

A BI capability is one of the most business-critical IT-related resources of an organisation. The degree of the BI capability’s alignment to the organisation’s strategic objectives can be measured by applying BI to the deployment of BI itself.

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