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Doug Laney
VP and Distinguished Analyst, Chief Data Officer Research
10 years at Gartner
30 years in IT industry

Doug Laney is a research vice president and distinguished analyst with Gartner. He advises clients on data and analytics strategy, information innovation, and infonomics (measuring, managing and monetizing information as an actual corporate asset). Follow Doug on Twitter @Doug_Laney...Read Full Bio

Information Maturity (Waaaaaaah!!!)

by Doug Laney  |  December 7, 2016

OK, the state of information maturity—how well organizations monetize, manage and measure their information assets—may not be worth throwing a tantrum over (or “spitting the dummy” for those you Down Under). But when compared to the rigor and process and discipline with which other “balance sheet” assets are managed, measured and monetized, the attention paid to […]

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Failing to Monetize Data? You Can Bank on It.

by Doug Laney  |  November 22, 2016

A few years ago my family decided to move from one of the western suburbs of Chicago to one of the northern townships about 30 miles away. As with anyone who sells a house via a realtor in the U.S., the home listing in the MLS database is more-or-less public information available via realtors or real […]

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Go Cubs Go! Go Figure Rally Attendance and the Lost Art of Estimation

by Doug Laney  |  November 6, 2016

The turnout for the Chicago Cubs rally this past Friday following its World Series championship that ended a 107 year drought, was like nothing the city had ever seen. (Well not really, but I’ll get to that later.) Throngs of fans crowded Wrigleyville as the Cub caravan left the ballpark. Cars stopped along Lake Shore […]

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Algorithm Patents Increased 30x The Past Fifteen Years

by Doug Laney  |  October 24, 2016

Recently at Gartner we have been researching issues surrounding the ownership and legal protection of a company’s information assets and analytic models. Since information can be legally protected only via copyrights (in rare cases) or specific usage contracts, I was curious to see if patent applications for algorithms have ticked up over the years. Fortunately, one of […]

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Q&A Following “10 Ways CDOs Fail and How to Avoid the Traps” Webinar

by Doug Laney  |  October 7, 2016

During my October 06, 2016 webinar “Ten Ways CDOs Fail and How to Avoid the Traps” (replay available), attendees asked a number of great questions about how Gartner sees the role of the chief data officer (CDO). Pressed for time then, I promised to address them via social media, so here goes: Q1. What role should […]

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Monetizing Information is More Than Just Selling Your Data

by Doug Laney  |  July 26, 2016

According to various dictionary definitions, to monetize something is “to convert an asset into or establish something as money or legal tender.” But Investopedia goes on to suggest, “The term monetize has different meanings depending on the context. It can refer to methods utilized to generate profit, while it also can literally mean the conversion of […]

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Microsoft Links Into a Treasure Trove of Information

by Doug Laney  |  June 14, 2016

Contributing Gartner analysts: Merv Adrian and Jenny Sussin Throughout the day yesterday we listened to financial and market analysts speculate about the announced acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft. Their ruminations ranged from: “I don’t see how this service is worth $26B dollars,” to “Microsoft clearly wants LinkedIn cloud capabilities,” to “Microsoft is finally in the […]

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Gartner Shares Findings from North Pole Inc. Big Data Assessment

by Doug Laney  |  December 16, 2015

Going into the 2015 holiday season, North Pole Inc. (ticker: XMAS), the leading global distributor of presents to good girls and boys, called upon Gartner to assess and advise on its information related needs and opportunities.  STAMFORD, Conn., December 16, 2015— Over the past quarter, Gartner was again given exclusive access to the operations and information systems […]

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Applied Infonomics: Why and How to Value Your Information as an Asset

by Doug Laney  |  October 14, 2015

Use the Gartner Information Valuation Method to apply the same rigors to valuing your information assets as you do to other critical enterprise assets. Imagine a retail manager with no record of his store’s inventory and no way to gauge its value. Or consider a CFO who has no record of her company’s financial assets […]

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Keeping Busy with Data Strategy

by Doug Laney  |  May 27, 2015

Occasionally new or prospective clients inquire about how we analysts specifically are helping business and technology leaders accelerate and improve their information and analytics related capabilities. Well, as part of Gartner’s new Data Strategy research team, here are just some of the topics that have been keeping me busy researching, speaking on and advising clients: […]

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