Managing Your Data Vision

Dateline: August 19, 2016 Data-first companies represent the biggest competitive threat to more traditional players. Unlike their older counterparts, data is integrated into their DNA, so they think and operate differently. The disruptive effects of such companies are causing more mature businesses to redefine "business as usual." Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think … [Read more...]

The 5 Minds of Analytics Team Members

Dateline: August 12, 2016 The race is on in corporations everywhere to make sense of all the information flooding in. Knowing this, businesses that are investing in business intelligence, Big Data, analytics, and data science are hoping to gain a competitive edge. But technology is only one part of the challenge. You also need the right people and processes in place. Welcome to our Friday WRAP – … [Read more...]

Data Visualization for Story-Telling

Dateline: August 5, 2016 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Collecting data is one thing, but being able to make sense of what it is telling us and communicating those messages are quite another.  This month we are spending time looking at BI, analytics and data management topics.  Today our topic is about data visualization. Recently … [Read more...]

Secrets to Building a Data-Driven Culture

Dateline: July 29, 2016 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. The competitive landscape is shifting rapidly in virtually every industry, fueled by the intelligent application of technology and data. While nearly all companies have more data than they know what to do with, a powerful minority is discovering new ways of leveraging it. Companies … [Read more...]

Rethinking IT for Simplicity

Dateline: July 22, 2016 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Recently, well-known CIO advisor and recruiter, Martha Heller, published an interview with Rich Richardson, CIO of Spirit AeroSystems, about managing complexity in the information systems organization.  What caught my eye was the focus on reducing complexity and the value of … [Read more...]

Hiring for Digital Transformation

Dateline: July 15, 2016 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Does your organization have the right people to take your business to where it needs to be in this age of digital transformation?  According to a recent article in CIO Magazine, having the right people on the bus is a major problem for many companies. The article, IT Talent … [Read more...]

Intelligence for Management Learning

Dateline: July 8, 2016 Avoiding a $500 million mistake is surely just as valuable as launching a $500 million product. Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Recently, Harvard Business Review published a blog post about The Right Way to Use Competitive Intelligence.  The article, by Benjamin Gilad, author, entrepreneur and former associate … [Read more...]

Digital Ecosystems

Dateline: July 1, 2016 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Last week's idea was from MIT's recent CIO Symposium.  Today's idea also came from that event.  Professor Peter Weill, Director at CISR research center, moderated a panel session on Thriving Through Digital Ecosystems.  The research discussed in that session found that digital … [Read more...]

Building a Data Security Culture

Dateline: June 24, 2016 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. Last week's idea was from MIT's recent CIO Symposium.  Today's idea also came from that event.  Professor Sandy Pentland moderated a panel session on Big Data 2.0  that was summarized in Baseline Magazine.  One panelist, Anthony Christie, from Level 3 Communications was … [Read more...]

Managing IT Human Capital in the On-Demand Economy

Dateline: June 17, 2016 Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend. The on-demand economy (also called the Gig Economy) has created numerous unintended consequences for IT organizations and their business partners.  One impact is redefining the way work is done and who is doing it.  Recently MIT Sloan School held their annual CIO Symposium and … [Read more...]