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3 Big Data Developments No One Is Talking About

When it comes to big data and analytics, many of us get stuck in a quagmire of buzzwords and platitudes that have emerged around them. But amid uncertainty, the development of analytics has continued all the same, some of which is finally cutting through the haze. In an article for InformationWeek, Nick Elprin and Philip Levinson identify three particular developments you should be aware of: Big data’s diminishing returns: De-emphasizing the size of the data …

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How to Integrate Data and Analytics into Every Part of Your Organization

Analytics spending is anticipated to top $200 billion by 2020, so organizations better make sure they are spending that money in the right ways. It is not enough to just toss money at new technology, but it is certainly not enough to just trust people to figure it out for themselves either. In an article for Harvard Business Review, KPMG’s Carl Carande, Paul Lipinski, and Traci Gusher discuss how to apply analytics strategically across the …

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CIOs Will Shape IT’s Future Value Proposition

According to McKinsey, businesses agree on the strategic value of IT and technology to improve performance, but they do not trust their IT leaders to get them there. They have shared the results of a study of 709 executives, 395 of whom are technology-centric, and it shows that IT has a bright future if CIOs can just live up to what the business wants from them. Withholding the Future Right now, executives believe that IT …

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The State of IT on Process Maturity, Business Alignment, and Digital Transformation

IT-business alignment is an enabler of great things. How prevalent is it truly in businesses though? Research from HDI and Atlassian seeks to quantify this and other aspects of today’s IT organizations. They collected 184 verified responses from a survey and determined that, ultimately, IT still has a ways to go toward alignment in most organizations. Align and Conquer For the purpose of the survey, HDI defined “alignment” according to several specific qualities. Included in …

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5 Pitfalls of Benchmarking Big Data Systems

Benchmarking can be valuable in virtually any circumstance, but it is especially important when it comes to big data systems, where speed is everything. You should thus be striving for as much accuracy as possible with measuring. In an article for Cloud Data Architect, Justin Kestelyn highlights five pitfalls to avoid to get more reliable results: Comparing apples to oranges Not testing at scale Believing in miracles Using unrealistic benchmarks Communicating results poorly Data Deception …

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Are You Managing the IT Skills Gap?

The IT skills gap is real, prevalent, and your business is probably feeling it already. A survey of 600 professionals in the United States conducted by CompTIA has yielded new data on what the gap looks like and how well (or poorly) businesses are addressing it. Does your business have a viable strategy to close the gap? The Only Gap Closing Is the Retailer Incidentally, one reason the skills gap is so problematic is because …

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How to Select Dashboards That Improve KPI Tracking and Project Success Rates

We make decisions based on what we know. When we think we know what is going on and we actually do not, we are more likely to make the wrong decisions. Thus, something as “simple” as a dashboard can make a dramatic difference to decision-making and project success in the business. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander shares some tips to select the best dashboard for your operations. The Dash for Knowledge Dashboards must …

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How Managers Drive Results and Employee Engagement Simultaneously

A team can tenaciously pursue business goals while still having a sense of comfort and fun. The problem is not many managers know how to lead in such a way as to get this best-of-both-worlds scenario. However, in an article for Harvard Business Review, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman use their data collected from over 60,000 leaders to pinpoints six traits of the managers who really do achieve both: Communicates clear strategy and direction Inspires …

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If Technology Isn’t Holding Back Your Analytics, What Is?

Failing to adhere to the fundamentals is the cause of too many problems in business. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Todd Clark and Dan Wiesenfeld find that this phenomenon even applies to business analytics. When it comes to floundering data strategy—organizational structure, culture, or methodology may be to blame. The Balanced Strategy Obviously, the structure of the analytics department will have a significant effect on their ultimate success. For instance, if the department …

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4 Factors Driving IT Forward in 2017

In their second annual “State of IT” report, Salesforce has surveyed over 2,200 global IT leaders. They received leaders’ insights on the subjects of IT’s changing role, new technologies, and the traits that define top IT teams. From the data, four big takeaways were identified: Lines are blurring between IT and business units. Innovation is becoming the major imperative for IT. IT is exploring app-building capabilities for users to increase speed. The business is eager …

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