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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 ‘Silver bullet’ index

by Andrew White  |  July 28, 2015

The Economist has the Big Mac Index.  The Big Mac index is a system that uses the price of an ever day item (a Big Mac) as a means to compare prices in different countries to gauge purchasing power parity.  The PPP is what you use to compare currency value differences and how they may, or […]

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Electronic Health Record (EHR) Interoperability – Why is it so hard?

by Andrew White  |  July 27, 2015

I just had to read an article that dropped into my inbox this morning.  It was titled, “5 Tips for Providers to Advance EHR Interoperability“.  Though written by a vendor/research firm (Chilmark Research) I felt I had to read the thing.  After all, interoperability is a hot topic – and I feel also a misunderstood […]

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Book Review: Go Set a Watchman – Recommended

by Andrew White  |  July 27, 2015

Go set a watchman, Harper Lee, Harper Collins, 2015.  Some reviews have suggested that Watchman conflicts with Mockingbird.  Some other reviewers suggest that Watchman, written before Mockingbird, is not the literary masterpiece that Harper Lee’s second book became.  After reading Watchman over the weekend I have to disagree on both counts.  If I had been […]

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Maximize Business Value With Your Digital Information Strategy

by Andrew White  |  July 22, 2015

In my travels I am often asked for the details of our Enterprise Information and Master Data Management Summit key notes. The work we put into this years’ Summit Keynote meant that we had a ‘read made’ note to publish as follow up.  So, for those that wanted the details, here is the details behind […]

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Once More with Feeling: What’s Wrong with Productivity?

by Andrew White  |  July 17, 2015

The front page of today’s print edition of the US Wall Street journal included an article exploring one of my favorite topics: productivity, and why it is flagging.  The article is called, “U.S. Productivity: Missing or In Hiding?”  First some facts, then some assumptions, and then a proposal. Facts Increased productivity leads to growing GDP, […]

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) does NOT manage customer-facing product information – true or false?

by Andrew White  |  July 16, 2015

I just heard this from a client while on an inquiry: “I have to go to my users and now tell them that we need another ‘P underscore M‘ solution since our PLM system doesn’t do this?”  YES! It has happened again.  I was talking with an end-user client that admitted they had just “spent a whole […]

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The Business Case for Master Data Management (MDM) and Application Data Management (ADM) are different

by Andrew White  |  July 16, 2015

It came to me, as I wrote a response to a client inquiry: the business case for master data management (MDM) is very different to the business case for application data management (ADM). In testing this thought with my colleagues Saul Judah, Bill O’Kane and Michael Moran, we came up with the following.  First, let’s […]

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Greece’s financial troubles just got much, much worse.

by Andrew White  |  July 16, 2015

Just before the recent agreement between Greece and its EU creditors was made, the IMF published a new report.  This report suggested that any new debt program that did not include significant haircuts (that means write offs, to you and me) would result in a worsening situation for Greece.  In a nutshell the country would […]

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A Glimpse into the Future with Global Data Excellence?

by Andrew White  |  July 15, 2015

I don’t, as a rule, blog about vendor briefings.  As you can imaging there are many, many vendors that want to brief Gartner analyst.  They all want to influence us, get their message into our heads etc.  I remember when I worked for a software vendor – I had the same ideas.  If I were […]

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What is the IMF thinking, by attacking the EU over Greek bail-out?

by Andrew White  |  July 15, 2015

Late last night I saw this headline on the BBC news site (see Greece debt crisis: IMF attacks EU over bailout) – and I could not believe my eyes.  The very organization that is meant to facilitate coordinated, global, central bank collaboration is trying (it seems) to appear “holier than thou” in some strange way…. […]

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