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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

Chrome Browser Over Engineering?

by Andrew White  |  July 6, 2017

Have you noticed how your Chrome browser “settings” have just been “upgraded” or worse, “improved”?  I noticed last week – when I spent a few minutes looking for the settings I have to play with periodically.  You can tell when the engineers have taken over the head office when, after such an “improvement” has been […]

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The Ongoing Debate – Do Robots and AI Destroy Jobs?

by Andrew White  |  July 3, 2017

Last week there was an interesting Comment in the Financial Times (see weekend July 1-2, US print edition) by Tim Hartford (undercover economist) titled, “We are still waiting for the robot revolution“.  The piece explores the real concern, as old as we are, that machines replace people and that the new enthusiasm for AI and […]

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Governing Data to Improve Business Process and Outcome Integrity

by Andrew White  |  June 29, 2017

Increasingly I speak to clients from the perspective of line of business use of data.  As an old-time “MDM-er” this makes perfect sense.  I talk with leaders in supply chain, manufacturing, distribution, sales, marketing, procurement, operations, customer service, development, and so on.  Of course, master data sits at the center of business processes and the […]

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Gartner Webinar Available – Information as a Second Language

by Andrew White  |  June 22, 2017

Wednesday this week, our very own Valerie Logan hosted a webinar: Information as a Second Language: Enabling Data Literacy for Digital Society.  Here is the replay!

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McDonald’s Case Study (Data and Analytics Summit) Brazil – 10 out of 10

by Andrew White  |  June 21, 2017

I sat through an excellent case study at our Data and Analytics Summit in Sao Paulo today.  It was described as a Master Data Management (MDM) case study but, as those of us that know, a good MDM implementation is not really about data.   The case study was given by Thiago Suzano, head of […]

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The Case for Stewardship versus Governance

by Andrew White  |  June 20, 2017

This blog is written and focused on “information governance” – and not focused on “IT governance” (governance of technology), or “corporate governance”.  Our most recent effort at reconnecting what we mean by “information governance” and what IT does is captured nicely here in figure 2: Enterprise Digital Governance: Resetting Governance for the Digital Age.  In a […]

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Gartner Webinar – Information as a Second Language – Wednesday June 21st

by Andrew White  |  June 19, 2017

This Wednesday, our very own Valerie Logan will be hosting a webinar: Information as a Second Language: Enabling Data Literacy for Digital Society. Join us for 60 minutes: Wednesday June 21, 2017 at EDT: 10:00 a.m. | PDT: 7:00 a.m. | GMT: 14:00 To register, go here.  Enjoy this new, emotive, refreshing way to “stop talking […]

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Don’t You Need to Understand Your Business Information Architecture?

by Andrew White  |  June 8, 2017

  I sat down with an attendee at our Canadian CIO and IT Leaders’ Summit in Toronto today and between us we came up with a new name for what has been a problematic area for many organizations. The attendees question was this – and I paraphrase: We are an established retailer with a large, […]

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Spotlight on Oracle: Weekly Round up of Newly Published Research

by Andrew White  |  June 5, 2017

Spotlight on Oracle – Highlights new research that covers, relates to, or mentions Oracle. Kelsie Marian just published the Market Guide for CRM in Tier 1 Retail. Five main symbiotic processes are foundational as retailers transform to multichannel digital businesses. As retail CIOs select, upgrade or replace CRM applications, a focus on support of core customer […]

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New Research: How to Control Disengagement, Gain User Trust and Modernize BI and Analytics

by Andrew White  |  June 5, 2017

My colleague Joao Tapadinhas just published Five Steps to Control Disengagement, Gain User Trust, and Modernize BI and Analytics. Many data and analytics leaders supporting traditional BI struggle to deliver the benefits of ongoing investment. Follow these best practices to evolve to modern BI and analytics, collaborate with decentralized data and analytics teams, and increase […]

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