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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

New Research: Disruption and the Digital Value of Business — the Rise of Digital Economics

by Andrew White  |  September 27, 2016

My colleague Saul Judah just published: Disruption and the Digital Value of Business — the Rise of Digital Economics. The acceleration of digital business requires action to connect IT advances with emerging business models to drive growth in business value. CIOs and chief data officers should use “digital economics” to exploit these new value creation opportunities. […]

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In Search of Meaningful Metrics

by Andrew White  |  September 23, 2016

The use of leading indicators can help in presaging disaster or opportunity.  We all know this.  But it can be very difficult to select the right indicator.  Take the complex issue of market volatility. In today’s US print edition of the Wall Street Journal there is an article, “The ‘Ted-Spread’ Alarm is Muffled.”  The analytic […]

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Where Would You Put Your $100 (or $5 million) Dollars?

by Andrew White  |  September 22, 2016

I am not a betting man – despite my many opportunities to visit Las Vegas I only ever once played a slot machine (and won, about $5), but I have never played the tables.  Well I did one other time when on vacation, but I limited my “spend” to $100 a day “for entertainment” value […]

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Book Review: Britain, America and the War Debt Controversy, Robert Self, 2006.

by Andrew White  |  September 22, 2016

Britain, America and the War Debt Controversy – The economic diplomacy of an unspecial relationship, 1917-1941.  Robert Self, Routledge, 2006. Facts: at the conclusion of the Great War (1914-1918) Britain and US were net creditors in relationship to debts as a result of the War.  Britain had been bankrolling the allies for four years and was […]

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New Research: MDM Implementation Styles, Data Gravity and Big Data Priorities

by Andrew White  |  September 20, 2016

Several of my colleagues have just published a number of notes: Bill O’Kane and friends just published: Select the Best Master Data Management Implementation Styles for Your Needs. Choosing the right MDM implementation style(s) significantly improves an MDM program’s chances of success. Data and analytics leaders of MDM programs must know the characteristics of the various […]

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New Research: Web-scale IT and Enterprise Metadata Management

by Andrew White  |  September 19, 2016

My colleague, Nick Heudecker, just published Building Responsive Data Management for Web-Scale IT. Web-scale IT requires new models of development and deployment, which must be supported by data management practices that adapt to uncertain and changing conditions. Data management leaders must create and support continually evolving information infrastructure to meet the needs of web-scale IT. This […]

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New Research: Market Guide for Database Platform as a Service

by Andrew White  |  September 16, 2016

Donald Feinberg and friends just published: Market Guide for Database Platform as a Service. The database-platform-as-a-service market continues gaining momentum, driven by maturing products, reports of major resource savings, increased product choice and a general acceptance of the cloud. CIOs and data and analytics leaders should use dbPaaS to address core business requirements. This is in […]

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China Report: Roving Analyst Experience In China

by Andrew White  |  September 15, 2016

I spent 3 days in Singapore week before last and then all last week in China.  Here is a little “report” I compiled as I traveled around the place.  Firstly though an observation from Singapore.  18 months ago there were very few Chief Data Officers.  Now there are more, many in public sector but also […]

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New Research: Research Library: Fundamentals for Data Integration Initiatives

by Andrew White  |  September 14, 2016

Ehtisham Zaidi and friends just published Research Library: Fundamentals for Data Integration Initiatives. Data integration is central to a modern information infrastructure — but digital business, IoT data and big data bring new challenges in evolving key data integration initiatives. Data and analytics leaders should use this research to deliver a comprehensive data integration program. This […]

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving: More on Innovation

by Andrew White  |  September 14, 2016

  So is the smartphone an innovation that has run its course?  Is that it?  Have we maxed out the productivity improvements from our new-fangled friend that seems tethered to us, from the bedroom to the bathroom, to the car and the office?  Even at our most romantic moment at a cozy dinner for two? […]

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