Keynote Articles

Keynote

There are many strengths of the blog format, however one weakness is its focus on the recent at the expense of the relevant. This section of the site seeks to remedy this problem by providing a grouped list of what I am going to call Keynote Articles.

There are a lot of different articles on this blog. Some are to do with new functionality that is available; some are brief notes about what I have been up to, or am planning to do; some link to news elsewhere on the Internet, most often with some commentary from me. Keynote Articles are what is left. That is original pieces written by me based on my own experience and expertise. These types of articles form the meat of this site.

I have tried to group these Keynote Articles into general areas, with some pieces appearing in more than one place. These areas are as follows:

  1. Business Intelligence & Analytics
  2. Cultural Transformation
  3. IT / Business Alignment and IT Strategy
  4. General Articles
  5. Industry Commentary
  6. Social Media
  7. Data Visualisation & Infographics
  8. Chief Data Officer
  9. Statistics & Modelling
  10. Interviews

Inside each area, the entries appear in chronological order, i.e. the reverse of the main blog.

 
1. Business Intelligence & Analytics
Business Intelligence and Transparency
Will the economic crisis actually be positive for BI?
Scaling-up Performance Management
Holistic vs Incremental approaches to BI
Pitching BI in difficult economic circumstances
BI implementations are like icebergs
BI and a different type of outsourcing
Using BI to drive improvements in data quality
Developing an international BI strategy
The confluence of BI and change management
“All that glisters is not gold” – some thoughts on dashboards
Measuring the benefits of Business Intelligence
Trends in Business Intelligence
Is outsourcing business intelligence a good idea?
A more appropriate metaphor for business intelligence projects
The specific benefits of business intelligence in Insurance
Tactical Meandering
Business Analytics vs Business Intelligence
A review of “The History of Business Intelligence” by Nic Smith
A business intelligence parable
The Apologists
The Dictatorship of the Analysts
The scope of IT’s responsibility when businesses go bad
The importance of feasibility studies in business intelligence
Business Intelligence Competency Centres
Maureen Clarry stresses the need for change skills in business intelligence on BeyeNetwork
Automating the business intelligence process?
Using multiple business intelligence tools in an implementation – Part I
Using multiple business intelligence tools in an implementation – Part II
“Why Business Intelligence projects fail”
Data – Information – Knowledge – Wisdom
“Does Business Intelligence Require Intelligent Business?” by George M. Tomko
Literary calculus?
“Involving users in business intelligence strategy key for success” – Christina Torode on SearchCio-Midmarket.com
A single version of the truth?
Accuracy
Is the time ripe for appointing a Chief Business Intelligence Officer?
A bad workman blames his [Business Intelligence] tools
Aphorism of the week
Who should be accountable for data quality?
Limitations of Business Intelligence
Patterns patterns everywhere
An informed decision
Trouble at the top
Using historical data to justify BI investments – Part I
Using historical data to justify BI investments – Part II
Using historical data to justify BI investments – Part III
Analogies
What should companies consider before investing in a Business Intelligence solution?
Business Intelligence, a maturing industry?
A Dictionary of the Business Intelligence Language
Ten Million Aliens – More musings on BI-ology
Forming an Information Strategy: Part I – General Strategy
Forming an Information Strategy: Part II – Situational Analysis
Forming an Information Strategy: Part III – Completing the Strategy
The need for collaboration between teams using the same data in different ways
Indiana Jones and The Anomalies of Data
20 Risks that Beset Data Programmes
Predictions about Prediction
Ideas for avoiding Big Data failures and for dealing with them if they happen
The peterjamesthomas.com Data and Analytics Dictionary
The impact of bad information on organisations
 
2. Cultural Transformation
A slight break from true chronological order here as the first three articles form a change-related trilogy.
Marketing Change
Education and cultural transformation
Sustaining Cultural Change
The remaining articles are in the order of publication.
Scaling-up Performance Management
The confluence of BI and change management
Perseverance
Maureen Clarry stresses the need for change skills in business intelligence on BeyeNetwork
Data – Information – Knowledge – Wisdom
Bumps in the Road
20 Risks that Beset Data Programmes
Ever tried? Ever failed?
 
3. IT / Business Alignment and IT Strategy
Business is from Mars and IT is from Venus
Scaling-up Performance Management
Problems associated with the IT cycle
Mitigating problems with the IT cycle
Developing an international BI strategy
“All that glisters is not gold” – some thoughts on dashboards
Trends in Business Intelligence
The specific benefits of business intelligence in Insurance
Some thoughts on IT-Business Alignment from the Chase Zander IT Director Forum
The latest and greatest versus the valuable
The scope of IT’s responsibility when businesses go bad
Two pictures paint a thousand words…
Mountain Biking and Systems Integration
“Involving users in business intelligence strategy key for success” – Christina Torode on SearchCio-Midmarket.com
Is the time ripe for appointing a Chief Business Intelligence Officer?
Business Sponsorship
Forming an Information Strategy: Part I – General Strategy
Forming an Information Strategy: Part II – Situational Analysis
Forming an Information Strategy: Part III – Completing the Strategy
 
4. General Articles
Again a break from true chronological order here as the first three articles are all related to the Chase Zander IT Director Forum.
The Top Business Issues facing CIOs / IT Directors
The Top Business Issues facing CIOs / IT Directors – Results
Some thoughts on IT-Business Alignment from the Chase Zander IT Director Forum
The remaining articles are in the order of publication.
Vision vs Pragmatism
Some reasons why IT projects fail
Tactical Meandering
Perseverance
Pigeonholing – A tragedy
My approach to Management
Recipes for success?
Synthesis
Mountain Biking and Systems Integration
Jargon
A first for me…
Accuracy
Running before you can walk
The Big Picture
Presenting in public
Patterns patterns everywhere
Incremental Progress and Rock Climbing
Analogies
Toast
25 Indispensable Business Terms
A Nobel Laureate’s views on creating Meaning from Data
 
5. Industry Commentary
This is a new category, created given the number of articles I have written recently about SAS and the Oracle / Sun Microsystems link-up.
Article Vendor(s) / Area
Google mail problems Google
Business Analytics vs Business Intelligence SAS
A review of “The History of Business Intelligence” by Nic Smith Microsoft
A business intelligence parable SAS
The Apologists SAS
The Dictatorship of the Analysts SAS
Mergers and value Oracle,
Sun,
IBM
Combinatorics Oracle,
Sun,
IBM,
Microsoft
The Register’s take on Microsoft and Oracle / Sun Oracle,
Sun,
Microsoft
“Why do CFOs and CEOs hate IT? – ERP” – Thomas Wailgum at CIO.com ERP
More problems for Googlemail Google
Automating the business intelligence process? Balanced Insight
Using multiple business intelligence tools in an implementation Cognos
The Cloud Circle Forum – London Microsoft
Consider including… Google
A William Tell moment? Microsoft
The Great Divide – Worrying parallels between Windows 8 and the Xbox One Microsoft
The Big Data Universe Big Data
Do any technologies grow up or do they only come of age? Big Data
Elephants’ Graveyard? Big Data
Ideas for avoiding Big Data failures and for dealing with them if they happen Big Data
 
6. Social Media
The New Adventures in Wi-Fi series:
Track 1: Blogging
Track 2: Twitter
Track 3: LinkedIn
The remaining articles are in the order of publication.
A first for me…
A question of Twitter etiquette
A recording of me being interviewed by Brian Roger of SmartDataCollective.com
Accuracy
Inspiration
Independent Analysts and Social Media – a marriage made in heaven
How I write
Four [Social Media] Failures and a Success
LinkedIn does what it says on the can
Wager
LinkedIn does what it says on the can
The Kindness of Strangers
Solve if u r a genius
 
7. Data Visualisation & Infographics
“All that glisters is not gold” – some thoughts on dashboards
Data Visualisation – A Scientific Treatment
Showing uncertainty in a Data Visualisation
A Tale of Two [Brexit] Data Visualisations
How Age was a Critical Factor in Brexit
Metamorphosis
Nucleosynthesis and Data Visualisation
Hurricanes and Data Visualisation: Part I – Rainbow’s Gravity
Hurricanes and Data Visualisation: Part I(b) – The Mona Lisa
 
8. Chief Data Officer
Is the time ripe for appointing a Chief Business Intelligence Officer?
Wanted – Chief Data Officer
5 Themes from a Chief Data Officer Forum
5 More Themes from a Chief Data Officer Forum
Data Management as part of the Data to Action Journey
Themes from a Chief Data Officer Forum – the 180 day perspective
The Chief Data Officer “Sweet Spot”
Alphabet Soup
A Sweeter Spot for the CDO?
A truth universally acknowledged…
 
9. Statistics & Modelling
Patterns patterns everywhere
Medical malpractice
Using historical data to justify BI investments – Part III
An Inconvenient Truth
Curiouser and Curiouser – The Limits of Brexit Voting Analysis
More Statistics and Medicine
Toast
How to be Surprisingly Popular
Bigger and Better (Data)?
Knowing what you do not Know
A Nobel Laureate’s views on creating Meaning from Data
 
10. Interviews
An in-depth Interview with Blockchain luminary Gary Nuttall
An in-depth Interview with Allan Engelhardt about Analytics

 
I will attempt to keep this page up-to-date as I post new content.
 

25 thoughts on “Keynote Articles

  1. […] Beyond the previous point, I would go further and say that it is crucial that you are truly passionate about at least one thing that you write about and ideally several. Expressing strong opinions is fine, assuming that you have some reason for holding them and that you remain open to the ideas of other people. For me, these areas of passion are Business Intelligence, its intimate connection with Cultural Transformation and the related area of IT / Business Alignment. […]

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  3. […] I have also introduced the alternative path from Data to Insight; the one that passes through Statistical Analysis. Data Management is equally critical to the success of this type of approach. I believe that the schematic suggests some of the fluidity that is a major part of effective Data Management in my experience. I also hope that the exhibit supports my assertion that Data Management is not an end in itself, but instead needs to be considered in terms of the outputs that it helps to generate. Pristine data is of little use to an organisation if it is not then exploited to form insights and drive actions. As ever, this need to drive action necessitates a focus on cultural transformation, an area that is covered in many other parts of this site. […]

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