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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 Realities of Multidomain MDM

by Andrew White  |  September 29, 2015

I spoke with a client that has a problem.  It’s a good problem to have: it has some significance since it is not an isolated case, and the decision for how this client moves forward, though sounding the same for all organizations, will result in a unique outcome.  Here is the situation: Implementing an ERP […]

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The Art and the Science of Retailing; The March of the Algorithm, and your Chief Data Officer

by Andrew White  |  September 23, 2015

Hidden in the Business and Technology section of the today’s US print edition of the Wall Street Journal, under Careers, there is a fascinating article, “Data Pushes Aside Chief Merchants“.  The article explains how continued and growing use of data, now big data and soon to be Internet-of-Things (IOT) created data (that will put big data […]

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The Power of Facebook’s “opt-in/opt-out” and the Value of Information

by Andrew White  |  September 22, 2015

The Business and Technology section of the US print edition of the Wall Street Journal carried an article today called, “Facebook Restricts Access to Its Data Trove“.  The article reports the ongoing ripples through the tech industry after Facebook changes rules concerning how it shares data locked up in its massive stores.  As Facebook’s membership grew, the […]

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Location, Location, Location: Not Relevant When it comes to Information Privacy?

by Andrew White  |  September 10, 2015

A court case is rattling along and it attracted a write up in today’s US print edition of the Wall Street Journal – see Microsoft, US, Argue over data privacy.  The article reports the latest twists in a case between Microsoft and US Justice Department.  What is at issue is that Microsoft is trying to […]

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A Data Lake without any information governance is a data cesspool

by Andrew White  |  September 9, 2015

I had the good fortune of speaking at two briefings last week – one in Dallas and the other in Houston.  The sun was out, the heat was on, and the conversations with clients was awesome.  I was presenting on sustaining and updating a business relevant digital information strategy. As part of the briefing the […]

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Book Review: Multi-Domain Master Data Management, Allen/Cervo, 2015

by Andrew White  |  August 31, 2015

Book Review: Multi-Domain Master Data Management, Mark Allen and Dalton Cervo, Morgan Kaufmann, 2015. Of course I had to get this book, given I have been following MDM since it formed.  Well, after reading it I can say that the definitive book on MDM has still not been written.  This book has some good parts, […]

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The end of Big Data. It’s all over now.

by Andrew White  |  August 20, 2015

So there you have it.  After just a few short years, “big data” is no more.  It’s gone.  Kaput.  All over.  I jest, of course. Gartner retired the big data hype cycle this year.  Many have wondered about the wisdom of such a move.  Surely Gartner would not “kill off” big data?  What does this […]

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Timing is not in the Fed’s Favor (for a rate rise in September)

by Andrew White  |  August 18, 2015

An article in yesterday’s US print edition of the FT and one in the Wall Street Journal calls into stark contrast the risks the US government is facing.  Just at a time that China, fully representative of one third of the positive pull through in global growth in the current expansion (note the US only accounts […]

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Metadata: the data ‘gold standard’

by Andrew White  |  August 17, 2015

During a long period of time up and until the outbreak of the Great War, a gold standard was in use.  This gold standard was used to relate the value of one national currency to another: governments agreed that a fixed amount of gold in one country using its currency would purchase the same amount […]

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Patent Infringement on the Digital Product Design Transmission, not just the Product

by Andrew White  |  August 12, 2015

I saw an interesting article today in the US print edition of the Wall Street Journal.  It was called, “Digital-Patent Case Faces Skeptics“.  It seems that last year the US International Trade Commission ordered a US based company to cease receiving digital models and data from a company in Pakistan that were being used to […]

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