5 Best Practices for Building a program to become data-driven

There are organizational and technology components critical for a business to succeed in becoming data-driven. On the organizational side, a key component to succeeding with data and analytics is to create a culture that supports these efforts. Companies that succeed are typically goal-driven, transparent, empowering, and collaborative. They have strong leadership that believes in data … Continue reading 5 Best Practices for Building a program to become data-driven

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The Predictive Analytics Conundrum

  TDWI research indicates that if users stuck to their plans around predictive analytics, adoption would be at 75–80% versus the 35–40% we currently see.   Predictive analytics is on the cusp of widespread adoption. Many organizations are excited to make use of the power of predictive analytics (including machine learning) because they understand the … Continue reading The Predictive Analytics Conundrum

You guessed it – women still earn less in IT than men

Since joining TDWI about six years ago, I have been following and reporting on our salary survey. The report quantifies and interprets the compensation, roles, responsibilities, skills, and experience of individual BI and IT professionals. It also provides detailed profiles of the 10 most common BI and data warehousing roles, examining age, gender, education, salary … Continue reading You guessed it – women still earn less in IT than men

3 Best Practices for Becoming More Self-Sufficient with Self-Service Analytics

My colleague Dave Stodder and I recently lead a Webinar in conjunction with our best practices report about becoming a data-driven organization.  Audience questions included several about self-service. In particular, attendees were interested in how to make self-service more accessible to managers and leaders in their organization. Let me set the stage for self-service analytics … Continue reading 3 Best Practices for Becoming More Self-Sufficient with Self-Service Analytics

Three Organizational Best Practices for Becoming Data-Driven

Dave Stodder and I just finished writing our 4Q Best Practices Report on “What it Takes to Be Data-Driven: Technologies and Practices for Becoming a Smarter Organization.”  What struck me in analyzing the data for the report is that although organizations have embraced BI and analytics, they still have a journey in front of them … Continue reading Three Organizational Best Practices for Becoming Data-Driven

Two Big Data Resources Worth Exploring

It’s a good day.  Our new book, Big Data for Dummies, is being released today and I’m busy working on a Big Data Analytics maturity model at TDWI with Krish Krishnan.  Krish, a faculty member at TDWI, is actually presenting some of the model at the TDWI World Conference:  Big Data Tipping Point taking place … Continue reading Two Big Data Resources Worth Exploring

3 Takeaways from the IBM Big Data Event

Last week I attended the IBM Big Data at the Speed of Business event at IBM’s Research facility in Almaden.  At this analyst event IBM announced multiple capabilities around its big data initiative including its new BLU Acceleration and IBM PureData System for Hadoop.  Additionally, new versions of Infosphere Big Insights and Infosphere Streams (for data … Continue reading 3 Takeaways from the IBM Big Data Event

Five Best Practices for Text Analytics

It's been a while since I updated my blog and a lot has changed.  In January, I made the move to TDWI as Research Director for Advanced Analytics.  I'm excited to be there, although I miss Hurwitz & Associates.   One of the last projects I worked on while at Hurwitz & Associates was the … Continue reading Five Best Practices for Text Analytics

Hadoop + MapReduce + SQL + Big Data and Analytics: RainStor

As the volume and variety of data continues to increase, we’re going to see more companies entering the market with solutions to address big data and compliant retention and business analytics.  One such company is RainStor, which while not a new entrant (with over 150 end-customers through direct sales and partner channels) has recently started … Continue reading Hadoop + MapReduce + SQL + Big Data and Analytics: RainStor

Four Vendor Views on Big Data and Big Data Analytics Part 1: Attensity

I am often asked whether it is the vendors or the end users who are driving the Big Data market. I usually reply that both are. There are early adopters of any technology that push the vendors to evolve their own products and services. The vendors then show other companies what can be done with … Continue reading Four Vendor Views on Big Data and Big Data Analytics Part 1: Attensity