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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

Does Open Data Lead to Sleazy Data?

by Andrew White  |  July 1, 2015

The U.S. print edition of the Wall Street Journal carried an interesting article today called, “Doctors, Hospitals Got $6.49 Billion From Firms in ’14“.  The article reports on data made public (i.e. open data) concerning information gathered as part of the Sunshine Act.  This Act requires firms to disclose payments made to doctors and hospitals […]

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Russia and China – two foreign policy challenges

by Andrew White  |  June 30, 2015

I saw two interesting articles yesterday that wound up my foreign policy wheel: The Fearful foe that ought to unify Europe – Comment, Anne Applebaum, FT US Print Edition, June 26/27 Weekend edition New Bank to Test China’s Leadership – World News, Mark Maginier, WSJ US Print Edition, June 29th I have blogged on both topics […]

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Getting Back to Work

by Andrew White  |  June 26, 2015

I started my journey back to work today (Thursday).  I have been away for two weeks with no phone, TV, in fact nothing powered except my head-flash light.  I have been paddling and hiking through the Grand Canyon.  And for two weeks I have been devoid of regular civilization.  Two weeks in the wilderness with […]

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The Future of Global Data Synchronization (GDSN) 2.0…maybe

by Andrew White  |  June 4, 2015

Some years ago global data sync was conceived.  This was a retail/consumer good initiative that has since gone through dramatic changes.  It was born during the dot.com era and suffered from that era’s hubris.  The original design, known as UCCnet was for a massively large central data store for all rich product data for all […]

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IMF at odds with Mothers’ Good Advice

by Andrew White  |  June 3, 2015

Today’s US print edition of the Financial Times and in the Australian Financial Review there are reports (See IMF Warns of damage caused by needless austerity policies) on a discussion paper by the IMF published yesterday.  Apparently the IMF discussion paper suggests that countries that have high public debt as a result of the financial […]

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More on the unintended consequences of government regulation

by Andrew White  |  June 1, 2015

After my book review of By The People, by Charles Murray, you just have to read the article in this week’s US print edition of the Economist titled, Rating Agencies: Undue Credit.  Talk about bananas and how high minded well-to-dos messing it up for everyone. The rating agencies played a role in the engrossing financial […]

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Three reasons why the Internet of Things (IOT) will dwarf Big Data

by Andrew White  |  June 1, 2015

I blogged the other day about how I believe IOT will dwarf Big Data.  Over the weekend I was thinking about this more and three reasons why I think this is the case solidified in my mind.  They are as follows: Customers versus Everything: Big data is fixated on the customer, or more precisely, the consumer.  Whatever […]

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Mitigating the Budget for Mediocrity

by Andrew White  |  June 1, 2015

I read with great interest an article in this week’s US print edition of the Economist.  It was titled, North Sea Oil: Offshore Fog. The article was exploring the plight of profitability, or lack thereof, of this aged industrial sector.  The problem, so the article expands, is that during the heady days of high margins and […]

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The Battle of the BOM – Do We Even Understand the Terms of the Fight?

by Andrew White  |  May 29, 2015

A colleague of mine (Michael Moran) shared with me an interesting blog: The Next Big Boom in PLM and ERP and the Battle Over mBOM Ownership.  Though this blog is from last year, I hear of this ‘battle’ (and business challenge) in various circles all the time.  It comes up in inquiry from time to […]

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The real headline today: forget Blatter-think Beijing

by Andrew White  |  May 29, 2015

There was a lot to think about this morning, as I sipped my coffee reading the newspapers.  I was nearly moved to blog about a number of things: The idiocy of Sep Blatter.  As CEO he is responsible for knowing what goes on in his management team.  Either he did and he is as crooked as […]

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