There is one question I get asked more than any other: Should I invest in best-of-breed products or an integrated portfolio?
Technology essentially provides the building blocks on which we can build solutions to deliver value to the business. Each of the individual building blocks needs to meet the design brief. However, key to project success is the ability for those building blocks to work together. So how do you choose?
Considered an “expert” in the realm of Business Analytics, I like to think my customers learn a thing or two from me. Equally so, I learn a lot from them.
“When I sit down with the business I don’t ask them what report they want me to write. I ask them what decision they want to make.”
Honest words spoken by an IT manager across the other side of the world – so profound the ripple effect has travelled across the Pacific Ocean to the land of Oz. Words that entirely make sense, and yet it got me thinking – how many of us are asking the right questions when it comes to analysing data?
Today I set myself a challenge: How much insight could I get from a data set that is foreign to me in under 10 minutes?
Would it be enough time to evaluate the physical data file, understand structures, formats, columns, names etc? Would it be enough time to rank, sort, group, slice? But most importantly, would I be able to not only understand the data, but draw conclusions about what it represents?
Imagine sitting behind the wheel of a car, blind-folded, and being asked to “just drive“. Which way do you turn? Do you drive forwards or put the vehicle in reverse? Whether you’re driving a racing car or tractor, the risk of driving straight into the path of oncoming traffic or down a ditch is equally daunting.
And yet that is how many companies still expect their decision makers to operate. Whether steering a vehicle or an organisation, the importance of having clear insight into everything around you is imperative to making the right decision.
The skies are blue, the sun is shining, and if that isn’t enough to make your smile, it also happens to be a public holiday today. In celebration of The Queen’s birthday, I am….cleaning the house?!
In a flurry of washing, tidying, organising, cleaning, wiping, toilet training (my two year old, not me), I stumbled across something which filled me with fear – the dreaded lone jigsaw puzzle piece! This is not just a single piece of a jigsaw puzzle, it’s the determining factor as to whether a quiet rainy afternoon spent indoors will end in giggles or tears, and therefore it must find a way back to its rightful location.
Herein lies the problem, what jigsaw puzzle does it belong to?