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Unlock new business insights through data fabrics

Seeing as I’m currently working at large for a federated organisation with significantly different and siloed business streams that are managed through a plethora of different systems – ranging from 30-year-old mainframes to modern in-cloud platforms – the topic of data fabrics is very interesting to me. Even more so given how I’m coming from …

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Debunking data analysis myths – Part 2

There are many myths surrounding data analysis, especially when it comes to identifying the best ways to drive business growth and competitive advantage. Last month, I mentioned this Forbes article that examines 14 myths in this regard, with my discussion turning to six of them. In my blog article this month, I will examine the …

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Debunking data analytics myths – Part 1

Experts in the data space know the importance of data and its analysis to help drive business growth and competitive advantage. Of course, data analytics is not something that can just be switched on and happen overnight. It does come with challenges, and overcoming those challenges are instrumental to a project’s success.

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A new world – a new way of upskilling

As the world continues to transform digitally, there is also a growing concern around how to retain the skills needed for the workforce of the future. While some believe technology and robotics may be the answer to the current skills gap, the reality is that human expertise is still needed to program machines.

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What a Chief Data Officer should be – part I

In an age where the role of a Chief Data Officer (CDO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) are used interchangeably, it is easy to get them confused. In my personal experience in the Business Intelligence (BI) space, I have learnt to ‘accept’ the confusion. Though, I say ‘accept’ here lightly, because the hype and confusion …

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The data science strategy – part II

The eagerness of how data science can help businesses ‘achieve’ still seems be high on the agenda amongst business and IT leaders that are looking for ways to leverage their data. In fact, many are of the view that ‘if this process can help solve our business challenges and create new opportunities, let’s definitely hire …

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Using business goals to identify data analysts

The value of data has transformed many organisations today. In my view, organisations now have a better understanding that if data is used correctly, it can add great value to overall business and bottom line. In fact, according to recent research I came across, 46 percent of organisations have said that they are increasing their …

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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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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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