Enterprising Analytics Your technology suppliers provide a pipe, platform or other web-based application to enable their clients to do business over the Internet. Unless the client has stipulated their security requirements, the supplier is likely to only provide a basic security configuration to ensure they meet their availability obligations.
Enterprising Analytics Learning how to learn is becoming a critical executive skill and learning to think probabilistically will become table stakes.
Enterprising Analytics Data becomes information through communication. We want as many smart people to have easy access to rich data. Enterprise analytics is a control for leaders to avoid indulging in 'elaborate rubbish'. For every task there is a tool and this holds true for the data management market. This is about establishing the basic requirements for safe exploration and genuine discovery.
Enterprising Analytics Writing is evidence of thinking. We hire knowledge workers to think and then convert their thinking into action. People produce content that looks like work, based on what they think work should look like. An important part of content analytics is identifying how information gets shaped. The writing that emerges from dissonant areas of the enterprise points to a different set of possibilities.
Enterprising Analytics The digital part of transformation is only the technology element. Transformation happens when the enterprise mission changes. Once an organization is a certain size it becomes like a vertebrate: Everything needs to connect to the technology backbone. “Why are we doing this?” is the question the strategic CxO most wants to hear. It’s a question that leads to blood, sweat and tears but without it there won’t be mission transformation.
Enterprising Analytics As organizations evolve, or try to evolve, the matter of governance inevitably comes up. Elegant delegation and decision rules come undone at the first special case that requires a variation from the norm.
Enterprising Analytics The ease with which customer-facing business units obtain self-service analytics platforms is leading to a proliferation of analytics in the enterprise. But that proliferation of self-service analytics presents corporate IT with breakthrough opportunity. Governance of analytics is perhaps the only domain that the strategic CxO should be expected to have primary responsibility for.
Enterprising Analytics Consumerized analytics applications are everywhere, but their presence isn’t obvious. Managing this phenomenon at the executive level isn’t easy. People are always looking for the silver bullet, the single solution. It can’t all be known. Or, put another way, if it can all be known then it’s not changing, not evolving, not transforming.
Enterprising Analytics The creative economy is an entirely different beast from the industrial economy that preceded it. The shift to the creative economy is hard enough without our continued use of mass-production-era management techniques. It’s fashionable to criticize the management techniques of the mass-production era but we're better off being a bit more reflective. The strategic CxO must help the organization learn its way forward, and the means for doing that will be found in enterprise analytics.
Enterprising Analytics Analytics, like history, is about what facts mean. At the enterprise level, analytics is a negotiation about what facts mean. We ”mine data” but we don’t ”mine facts.” We employ ”data scientists” not ”fact scientists.” The strategic CxO is an arbiter of truth for the enterprise.
Enterprising Analytics Competitive advantage used to mean something. Competitive advantage is a core part of the sales pitch for analytics. But the strategic CxO is wary of buying into that. Because analytics isn't about competition
Enterprising Analytics Analytics is about measurement. And measurement is about explaining. But explanation isn’t about providing an answer. Analytics is about explanation because it helps us see things with greater clarity. It means moving past the measured world and bringing measurement to the unmeasured world.
Enterprising Analytics All business leaders labor under a paradigm, and it takes a great deal of blood, sweat and tears to overturn established thinking, but analytics investments should not be judged using logic developed for evaluating manufacturing investments. The value proposition of an enterprise analytics initiative is in how well it promotes and sustains organizational learning
Enterprising Analytics Enterprise analytics is a leadership challenge. That’s because enterprise analytics isn’t about explanation; it’s about exploration.The task for CxOs on digital transformation journeys is to set enterprise analytics limits far enough away to promote exploration behavior over explanation behavior.