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“Data is the fuel of this new economy. In fact, I would venture to say that for almost any organization today, after its associates, data is the biggest asset.” -- Dev Ganguly, CIO, Jackson National Life Insurance Company (from...

How OSS Fuels Enterprise Innovation
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How OSS Fuels Enterprise Innovation

Reducing TCO While Increasing Speed and Collaboration

Your database is in the cloud. So why doesn’t it behave like it is?
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Your database is in the cloud. So why doesn’t it behave like it is?

Control soaring data costs without sacrificing performance

To ‘Always Be Closing,’ Always Be Listening
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To ‘Always Be Closing,’ Always Be Listening

As consumers, we take it for granted that the apps we count on will act intelligently on our behalf when we generate signals of intent. Target’s app lets me know if an item on my list is in-stock, in-store. My Peloton connects to...

Data-driven enterprises by the numbers
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Data-driven enterprises by the numbers

I’m enthusiastic about the science of finding “next best steps.” As a consumer, that includes applauding companies that aspire to deliver recommendations as consistently on-point as Spotify or Netflix.  As a strategist, I’m a fan...

It’s a good day to corral data sprawl
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It’s a good day to corral data sprawl

The dictionary definition of “Wild West” is “the western United States in its frontier period characterized by roughness and lawlessness.” In our latest survey,* respondents expressing the most confidence in their organization’s...

Three reasons for data-driven optimism
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Three reasons for data-driven optimism

Doing digital, data-driven business is a nearly universal goal. Ninety-five percent of U.S. companies we surveyed* in October were in some stage of digital transformation and intentional progress toward a data-driven...

You can do data strategy.
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You can do data strategy.

Everybody’s building a data strategy.In October, we surveyed 500 executives and technical practitioners in the United States. None reported that a data strategy was not a priority for their organization. The Home Depot motto is...

We should only get faster
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We should only get faster

In the last few months, executives and technical practitioners have told me more often than not that productivity at their company increased as a result of changes made to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. This is consistent...

Unhelpful Personalization Is Not a Winning Strategy
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Unhelpful Personalization Is Not a Winning Strategy

Throughout my career, I have both taken inspiration from and found practical guidance in a principle of servant leadership: “Make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served.” Discovering the next bingeable...

Keeping momentum doing less with less.
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Keeping momentum doing less with less.

It’s possible to be “correct, but unhelpful.” I had this experience while talking with an accomplished digital transformation leader just recently. He agreed with me that data-driven enterprises get compounding returns from the...

The Best (and Worst) Question to Ask About Your Data
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The Best (and Worst) Question to Ask About Your Data

Helpful advice from companies that were purposely built to be data-driven permeates our daily lives.

Why you need to “do more with more”
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Why you need to “do more with more”

The operating model of an organization is the bridge between its strategic intent and effective execution. It includes organizational structure, accountabilities, governance, and ways of working alongside people, process, and...

We’ve seen this movie before
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We’ve seen this movie before

In 2011, Marc Andreessen argued that “software was eating the world.” By 2013, Gartner executives told us “every company is a technology company.” “Digital transformation” exploded as a hot topic in 2014 and hasn’t slowed down...

Your Customers Want to Be Data-Driven Too
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Your Customers Want to Be Data-Driven Too

Every digital interaction produces data. And data is what economists call “non-rival”: It can be used simultaneously, without being diminished, by any number of consumers. It’s understandable that teams aiming to drive top-line...

Lean In to Differentiate with Data
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Lean In to Differentiate with Data

If we’ve accepted that the future of business is digital, then the future of digital business is data-driven. Here’s how the most advanced companies are turning data into business results.

Wheeling and Dealing with Data
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Wheeling and Dealing with Data

Is “dealing with data” oriented toward seeking opportunities or avoiding risk in your organization? FedEx and Microsoft provide an example of the former, tying up to bring data-driven services for supply chain management to...

Transformation: The Second Best Time Is Now
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Transformation: The Second Best Time Is Now

There’s no time like the present to embrace transformation. Equipping teams to act with urgency and aim high benefits customers when the stakes are highest.

Can the Data-Driven Enterprise Raise GDP?
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Can the Data-Driven Enterprise Raise GDP?

Transformation begins when leaders enroll everyone in a mission to overcome needless delay. These three patterns can inspire leaders to build a better, next normal.

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