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A BI canary turns up dead

BI Scorecard’s annual survey on business intelligence success has found a dead canary in the mine. In an April 7 post, “BI Adoption Remains Flat,” Cindi Howson reported that her broadly focused annual survey, fielded since 2006, found a drop in reported BI success. That score has been flat and low every year, but lastContinue Reading

Data served direct-to-exec with Napkyn

We’ve heard about shortage of data-analysis help, and about senior execs who pooh-pooh the influence of analysis in decision-making, and about the “dead” self-service analysis. So when a vendor tells me about a direct-to-exec service, featuring a sort of concierge of analytics, I pull up a chair to listen. Napkyn, five years old last monthContinue Reading

The value of wasted PR

A press release crossed the big-data desk at Datadoodle headquarters late last month from a “leading provider” I had never heard of. I tried to find the news in it, but after the third try I wondered who could have imagined any news there at all. The obvious question is how the client could beContinue ReadingContinue Reading

My latest in Information Management: “‘Sexy’” Data Science is a Team Sport”

The word got out last year: data scientist is the “sexiest job,” a late-2012 declaration by the renowned Tom Davenport of “Competing on Analytics” fame. Trouble is, “sexy” goes bad faster than fish. “Data scientist,” still fresh, is my word of the year. In 2013, the data analysis industry discovered it, many loved or hatedContinue Reading