Are you distracted by shiny object syndrome? Does new technology for analytics or marketing distract you from foundational issues? It is all too common for our novelty bias to get the better of us. That is why so much is shared about tips to master digital distraction. Because this is such a pressing issue, I am delighted to welcome a new guest blogger, Simon Daniels. Simon has a wealth of.. Read More
Ever since completing our popular series, sharing resources from the #CityChain17 blockchain conference, I’ve been ruminating on some fundamental questions for blockchain. These are questions relevant to Data & Analytics leaders, especially if blockchain technologies are to fulfil their potential of moving beyond pilot stage. Each deals with a different aspect of the key challenges (facing data & analytics leaders today) and asks, could blockchain help achieve this? My three questions cover:.. Read More
This week, I had the pleasure of attending #CityChain17 (blockchain conference) at IBM’s SouthBank offices. Chaired by Paul Forrest (chairman of MBN Solutions), this was an opportunity to learn about Blockchain and how it is being applied. In the past, I viewed the hype about Blockchain (following excitement about Bitcoin its most famous user) as just another fad that might pass. However, as more businesses have got involved in piloting potential applications, it’s.. Read More
A couple of conversations with data leaders, this week, have reminded me of the data wrangling challenges a number of you are still facing. Despite the amount of media coverage for Deep Learning and other more advanced techniques, most Data Science teams are still struggling with more basic data problems. Even well established analytics teams can still lack the Single Customer View, or easily accessible Data Lake or analytical playpen, they.. Read More
In today’s search for bigger & bigger Big Data, I fear metadata is getting overlooked. Put that way it sounds ironic. Given many organisations are almost desperate to mine their data assets for advantage, why would anyone intentionally overlook metadata? But in fact this is nothing new. Thinking back to when I successfully led my first data warehouse project in the 1990s, it was an uphill struggle to make progress.. Read More
It’s going to take how much longer?! It’s going to cost how much more?!! If those sound like all too familiar expressions of frustration, in relation to your data journey (projects), you’re in good company. It seems most corporations these days struggle to make the progress they plan, with regards to building a Single Customer View (SCV), or providing the data needed by their analysts.