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Generation D

Generation D: Data-rich and analytically driven

There is a new generational gap emerging in the world of business, driven by a group of organisations we fondly refer to as “Generation D” — for data, which sits at the very heart of how these organisations think and act.

The bad news is, according to the statistics, chances are you’re not working for one of them.  The good news is, unlike many generational trends this is not related to age, so there is hope yet.

We know that data and analytics has the potential to impact how we work each and every day, and is already being used to transform entire industries for the better.  Generation D organisations are data-rich, analytically driven, and setting new benchmarks in business performance.

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Predicting Pro Players

Predicting Pro Players

Normally I write about what I know.  Today I’m writing about what I wonder.

In case you haven’t already noticed from previous posts, I’m really passionate about sport.  Born and raised in Melbourne, the home of Australian Sport, it really isn’t a surprise.  Which is why I’m so interested in how analytics is being used to transform the world of sport.

In previous posts I’ve talked about how analytics is helping the Leicester Tigers better predict and prevent injury in players, and how social media is determining a whole new dimension of “winner” in the Grand Slam Tennis tournaments.

But I wonder, can analytics help us to identify junior and amateur players that have the greatest potential to turn pro?

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Business Analytics Design Outcomes Not Solutions

Business Analytics: Design Outcomes, Not Solutions

The title “Solution Architect” is one I’ve carried proudly for some time.  After listening to a TED presentation on the way to work this morning, I’m thinking of changing it to “Outcome Architect”.  I don’t design solutions, I design outcomes.  And here’s why.

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Best-of-breed vs Integrated Portfolio

Best-of-breed vs Integrated Portfolio: The building blocks of success

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?

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Driving Student Success

Driving Student Success with Analytics in Education

Watching the finale of MasterChef last night I was amazed at how in the space of 12 weeks Andy had completely changed the course of his career.  From sparky to chef he’s done what many are too afraid to attempt – throwing out years of training and experience and starting from scratch.  Of course, he’s had the good fortune of  MasterChef to help him get a kick start on his new career.

For others wanting to change careers, it’s not that simple.  Gaining qualifications in another area of expertise takes time – and with bills to pay and families to feed, leaving your job to return to University is simply not an option.  Fortunately, providers such as Open Universities Australia (OUA) are helping students achieve their education and career goals through online programs where they can study anytime, anywhere, and at a pace that suits them.

In order to deliver flexible, quality courses, OUA needs a comprehensive understanding of its students – what they’re interested in learning and identifying students who require additional academic support or services to complete their education.  Enter the role of Business Analytics.

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Tackling the Tender

Tackling the Tender: The 5 questions you need to ask


A tender known by any other name would sound just as painful.  Hours, days, weeks, months are invested into the tender process by both customers and vendors alike, but do they ever achieve what they are designed for?

Tenders range from short and sweet capability statements, to a comprehensive list of detailed technical requirements – all of which often fail to ask the questions that really need to be asked.  A tender will most often ask the right questions, but do they ever ask the real questions that will determine success?

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