You Need New Metrics

You Need New Metrics

In the data world, one of the big takeaways from 2020 was the need to reassess existing metrics. With businesses seeing their revenue fall off a cliff, the analysis shifted from performance trend to performance recovery. Looking Back After the fallout, the focus was on both damages and recovery. Below are some questions you might see with each focus. Damage analysis How did business change […]

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“Is anyone using this?” – Usage Tracking is Timeless

“Is anyone using this?” – Usage Tracking is Timeless

Even before mainframe computing became an enterprise standard, system managers had to monitor resource usage to control costs, govern processing loads and make decisions about system capacity. Granted, this topic today seems so 1960’s… only to be discussed in the smoking lounge at NASA, but these concerns still exist in both mainframes and cloud computing environments. Today the concerns have shifted somewhat from processing costs […]

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Five Data Resolutions for the New Year

Five Data Resolutions for the New Year

My first post on “data resolutions” for the new year was in 2017, and that list was designed to help improve how you manage and use your data. I’ve been able to continue applying some resolutions in 2018, but I let some slip too. It’s not all-or-nothing when it comes to keeping these resolutions. You will get payback for your efforts, even if they only […]

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Maximizing Returns Series Part 3: Made to Order

Maximizing Returns Series Part 3: Made to Order

In Part 2 of my series on Maximizing Returns on your data investments, I highlighted the need to involve data subject matter experts or data stewards throughout the process. Data Stewards and SME’s help you determine if the goals of your investment are realistic. They can safely guide you toward the data of value which is the core of what you are after. In Part […]

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Maximizing Returns Series Part 2: Who are the Zookeepers?

Maximizing Returns Series Part 2: Who are the Zookeepers?

In Part 1 of my series on Maximizing Returns with your data investments, I covered the importance of getting to know the data that flows through your organization. This should not be a cursory exercise. The time spent will enable you to focus on the right places for your investment. In this second part of this series, I will discuss a resource that is critical […]

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Maximizing Returns Series Part 1: Know Your Data

Maximizing Returns Series Part 1: Know Your Data

Current technology vendors have doubled down on getting you faster access to insights and results from your data projects. Newer approaches to data management and analytics have made it possible to target specific data and shorten development cycles. Despite these advancements, maximizing your data investment returns will depend on your ability to know your data, not the advancements being offered. In this three-part series, I […]

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Shadow IT Is Taking Charge Over Business and Operational Intelligence

Shadow IT Is Taking Charge Over Business and Operational Intelligence

Originally posted: on LinkedIn As productivity tools and technologies have matured over the decades, business units have learned to deploy their own information-technology solutions without the use of a traditional “IT” organization. This stealthy concept of “shadow IT” is nothing new. Business subject matter experts have been operating under the radar long before Microsoft Access became a core CRM solution for corporate marketing departments (that […]

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