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Andrew White
Research VP
8 years at Gartner
22 years IT industry

Andrew White is a research vice president and agenda manager for MDM and Analytics at Gartner. His main research focus is master data management (MDM) and the drill-down topic of creating the "single view of the product" using MDM of product data. He was co-chair… Read Full Bio

The Inexorable Rise of Self Service Data Integration

by Andrew White  |  May 22, 2015

let’s keep this simple: “self-service”, the art of moving work from supplier to customer, tends to reduce costs for a supplier and increase costs for the customer.  At the same time it can also sometimes improve service and choice for the customer if the evolved service is re-designed effectively.  Not all are. Every new application […]

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Internet of Things (IoT) will Dwarf Big Data

by Andrew White  |  May 21, 2015

This “ah ha”, that IoT will dwarf big data, is slowly forming in my mind.  You might think that I am comparing apples to trees, but I am comparing them as innovations.  Right now we are running full steam ahead with our 2015 Hype Cycle’s so I thought it apropos I explore the idea. Two weeks ago I […]

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Putting out a (financial crisis) fire with a bottle of water?

by Andrew White  |  May 21, 2015

I am torn between two positions, and it’s not often I am or even admit it.   In this week’s Economist there is an article, “The Federal Reserve: Railing against bailing” that reports on a bill that seeks to limit the lending capacity of the Federal Reserve in times of financial crisis.  The bill is […]

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Starbucks and Spotify Partnership – The Information Economy just got into Second Gear

by Andrew White  |  May 18, 2015

Starbucks has thousands, if not millions, of customers of its smart phone application.  Whenever I travel I use the Starbucks app several times each trip.  And I travel on average just under once a week.  The Spotify partnership, just announced, is just amazing on so many levels: Monetization of a mobile infrastructure Collaborating on new business development […]

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U.S. Productivity grew by more than 16% in the last quarter, up from 11% in previous (newspaper headlines, April 28, 2024)

by Andrew White  |  May 15, 2015

The newspaper article continues….”cost of living index down….standard of living up….Reduction in poverty….but income inequality appears to widen after 20 years of narrowing”. If ever you wanted a long bet, there it is in my mock newspaper headline. As you know I have great interest in productivity.  It is through productivity that we improve our […]

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The Information Orphan: Governance

by Andrew White  |  May 14, 2015

No one wants to ‘do’ or own information governance.  Business users the world over don’t want it.  They don’t want as it seems to get in the way of business.   This perception exposes the long standing misunderstanding of the work and focus of information governance.  It also exposes the idea that most business users […]

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Informatica World 2015 May 12th – First Impressions

by Andrew White  |  May 13, 2015

Well we are just about to wind up Day 1 at Informatica World 2015.  It’s been a fun day with some keynotes, some executive 1-1’s and some end-user case studies.  All sessions threw up some predictable spin/content, some new ideas, and some thought provoking thoughts. Sohaib led the keynote.  There was an emphasis on growth […]

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UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron: Now Down to Work

by Andrew White  |  May 9, 2015

On Thursday the UK delivered a stunning victory to the Conservative Party.  Not since 1992 has the Conservative’s had a clear majority.  By now the Champagne has probably lots its fizz and the realization of what is ahead will be setting in.  In year’s past such razor thin majorities have proven to be difficult to manage […]

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Inefficient Economic Recovery – But Opportunities Abound

by Andrew White  |  May 7, 2015

I have a real interest in trade and government debt and how same impacts economic growth through global imbalances.  At a micro level however I look at productively data as the leading indicator for an economy’s health indicator.  Productivity is the source of growing prosperity.  What we are seeing in the current US recovery is […]

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Single view of Employee – Zenefits – A new MDM-like specialist vendor valued $4.5bn

by Andrew White  |  May 6, 2015

CEO and co-founder Parker Conrad of Zenefits was interviewed on CNBC just now.  The vendor has just closed some funding and the company is not valued at $4.5bn.  Parker Conrad said his company seeks to be the system of record for employee data.  He talked about all the different HR-related systems that stores employee data.  He […]

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