The Chief Analytics Officer’s Nightmare
Scene scenario: 10 am in a boardroom somewhere, second round of coffees
served, Danish and donuts untouched, a quiet hush settles.
"Well you know what guys? (and, by the use of the term guys I mean to include
both sexes here assembled) - the trouble that we have as a company is that we
are, to put it bluntly, just a little analytics-poor," said the newly
appointed Chief Analytics Officer.
That we should consider a firm to be analytically deficient or poor is a
profound comment on our modern age.
Does such a term even exist? It is very likely that it soon will, given the
weight of importance we are (arguably very correctly) placing upon data
analytics and the engines, tools, databases, developer programmes and
ancillary software that is a) already present and b) currently burgeoning in
The CAO cometh
The above fab... (more)
Embedded Analytics: Inside Apps, Inside Processes
Now is the age of information analytics. We have (very arguably) reached a
point where the insight arising from data analytics can be applied to almost
every aspect of a company, in every business vertical.
But what shape should that analytics be? Increasingly we talk about embedded
analytics, but what do we mean? Should we be embedding analytics inside a)
applications themselves, or should we b) look to embed analytics as business
rules inside complete corporate processes - or should it be both?
Embedded (application) analytics
What Kinds of People Live on Planet Hadoop?
Labor market analytics firm Wanted Analytics recently assessed the market for
technology professionals and found that demand for people with proficient
levels of Hadoop expertise had skyrocketed by around 33% since last year - it
is true, Hadoop is hard technology to master and the labor market is not
exactly flooded with an over-abundance of skilled practitioners.
Hadoop has been called a foundational technology, rather than ‘just' a
database by some commentators - this almost pushes it towards being an
‘environment' rather than it bei... (more)
The Digital Transformation Social Spectrum
Life is difficult. Business life is sometimes argued to be even more
difficult. If nothing else, business life is as socially complex as life
This truism obviously means that there are different business types - but
different in regard to what? Separating the old and the new is good way to
look at how the family tree breaks down.
At one end of the spectrum we find the old languid non-transformative company
(or user) who fails to grasp new digital information empowerment - and at the
other end we find the true digital native. But... (more)
Goodness there is a lot of talk about cloud computing. This ‘talk and
chatter' is part of the problem, i.e., we look at it, we prod it and we might
even test it out - but do we get down to practical implementation, deployment
and (if you happen to be a fan of the term) actual cloud ‘rollout' today?
Cloud offers the promise of a new era they say - and a new style of IT at
But this again is the problem and we know that cloud can only deliver on the
promises it makes if it is part of a well-coordinated eﬀort that brings
together both existing IT infrastructure and these new se... (more)