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Five Reasons Your Social Analytics Are (Probably) All Wrong

by Martin Kihn  |  October 21st, 2014

It hurts me more than it hurts you for me to say this, amigos: Your social marketing measurement may be downright antisocial. First, let me ask you a question: Does this look familiar? Hold that thought. Now, social marketing measurement here means information pulled from common social media listening tools...

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Wasting Time - The Bane of Buying and Selling

by Hank Barnes  |  October 21st, 2014

Nothing bugs me more than wasting time.    I don't like being on time for meetings and waiting several minutes for others to join.   I don't like reading about a product that seems interesting, only to find nothing of real value as I read on.    And I don't...

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Docker is the New Java

by David M. Smith  |  October 21st, 2014

Microsoft and Docker's recent partnership reminded me of how the world has changed. I'm thinking about the introduction of Java back in the 1990s. Back then I was extremely skeptical of Microsoft's motivations for their "support" of Java. This time I am not skeptical of their motivations with Docker. The...

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Fairy-tale Castles, Mad Kings and Business Analytics: the Gartner BI Summit

by Alan D. Duncan  |  October 20th, 2014

Those of you who have been follow me for a while will know that  my blogging can sometimes be as much travelogue as it is about data and analytics. ("Holding the Law In Our Hearts", "Winning With Big Data" and "Context is Crucial, but People are Paramount" are all such examples.) This week has seen me back on my travels,...

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Welcome to the Gartner Careers blog!

by Rafael Sachakov  |  October 20th, 2014

Stay tuned for some cool posts about working at Gartner....

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Hadoop Is A Recursive Acronym

by Merv Adrian  |  October 13th, 2014

Hopefully, that title got your attention. A recursive acronym - the term first appeared in the book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid and is likely more familiar to tech folks who know Gnu - is self-referential (as in "Gnu's not Unix.") So how did I conclude Hadoop, whose name origin...

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Ebola Virus Workplace Preparedness and Response Best Practices

by Roberta J. Witty  |  October 17th, 2014

Note: Gartner does not normally post detailed solutions via its publicly available blogs. After all, we are in business to provide solutions to our clients. However, issues of public safety deserve broad distribution in the public interest. Therefore, occasional exceptions are made to our normal blog policy. This post is...

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Data Quality Improvement

by Saul Judah  |  October 17th, 2014

Several discussions I have recently had indicate that people continue to have challenges with getting their enterprise data quality towards a more mature state. I am seeing organizations continue to struggle with securing resources to improve the quality of their critical data.   Often this is because they are unable to...

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"Forward Guidance" versus the Peril and Pleasure of Ignorance

by Andrew White  |  October 17th, 2014

I was dismayed after reading two articles.  One in yesterday’s US print edition of the Financial Times, the other from today's Wall Street Journal. Bank of Canada turns sceptical on forward guidance The Bank of Canada was an early adopter and pioneer of "forward guidance".  This practice has become popular...

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10 Proof Points - Why Customer Experience Is the Next Big Thing

by Laura McLellan  |  October 17th, 2014

If you’re bombarded as much as most marketers are with pushed content, then you’re probably skeptical of one more claim for the “next big thing”. Every marketing technology and service provider, every specialized association and publication, and every “independent” pundit has at one time or another proclaimed the “next big thing”...

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CEOs and CIOs - what's your "techquisition" strategy?

by Mark Raskino  |  October 16th, 2014

I am intrigued when I see a company in a traditional industry, acquire some kind of digital or information technology business. It's a very modern M&A sub-trend I'll call  "techquisitioning". We did not see much of it during the original dot com and e-business boom of the early 2000's. However, there...

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