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Doug Laney
VP Research, Business Analytics and Performance Management
1 years at Gartner
25 years IT industry

Doug Laney is a research vice president for Gartner Research, where he covers business analytics solutions and projects, information asset valuation and management, "big data" strategy, and data-governance-related issues. ...Read Full Bio

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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Big Data’s 10 Biggest Vision and Strategy Questions

by Doug Laney  |  January 20, 2015

At various Gartner events, particularly our Business Analytics and Information Management Summits and Gartner Symposium, we hear some common questions about big data among IT and business leaders. Even as organizations embark on big data initiatives, many still have several vision and strategy questions regarding how to drive the most value from these vital projects. As they incorporate big data assets, […]

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Gartner Shares Findings from North Pole Inc. Big Data Assessment

by Doug Laney  |  December 16, 2014

Going into the 2014 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, 2014— Over the past quarter, Gartner was again given exclusive access to the operations and information systems […]

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A Look Back on My Information and Analytics Strategy Research from 2014

by Doug Laney  |  December 2, 2014

As we at Gartner plan our research agendas for 2015 (and as you set your 2015 and beyond information and analytics strategies) it’s good to reflect on what we thought and wrote over the past year. So without further ado, here it is: In Agenda Overview for Information Innovation and Governance, 2014 I shared out that our research was going […]

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Countdown to Symposium: 30 Ways to Innovate with Information

by Doug Laney  |  September 5, 2014

The countdown to Gartner Symposium is on! So for each day over the next month in this space you will see a countdown of my favorite ways actual organizations are transforming business processes and inventing new business models and offerings using available information assets, big data and analytics. Don’t just be impressed, be inspired!  How […]

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The (Possible) Tax Advantages of Bartering with Information

by Doug Laney  |  August 10, 2014

As you swipe your loyalty card at the grocery store, the register automatically discounts certain items in your basket as they pass by the scanner. But is it really a discount? Of course the store advertises that you will receive discounts by signing up for and using a loyalty card. But is it really because […]

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Batman on Big Data

by Doug Laney  |  November 13, 2013

Many vendors and pundits have attempted to augment Gartner’s original “3Vs” from the late 1990s with clever(?) “V”s of their own. However, the 3Vs were intended to define the proportional dimensions and challenges specific to big data. Other “V”s like veracity, validity, value, viability, etc. are aspirational qualities of all data, not definitional qualities of […]

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To Twitter You’re worth $101.70

by Doug Laney  |  November 12, 2013

Prior to Facebook’s IPO, I published a piece in the Wall Street Journal suggesting what the economic value of one of its active users was at the time: To Facebook You’re Worth $80.95. So why not reprise the concept by exploring the infonomics of Twitter? Twitter’s S1 IPO filing reports that there are over 500 […]

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Twitter’s Secret Nest Egg is in Plain Sight

by Doug Laney  |  November 8, 2013

With all the chirping about Twitter’s ability or inability to generate sufficient revenue via advertising income, it is important to consider an alternative revenue potential even more significant: syndicating its content. Twitter’s own Terms of Service make it perfectly clear who has unlimited distribution rights to the content you post. Them. By submitting, posting or […]

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Back to School: Gartner’s Big Data Syllabus for 2013-14

by Doug Laney  |  August 19, 2013

As summer wanes and the kids are heading back to school, I got to thinking about what a Big Data university program might look like if taught by some of the top minds at Gartner. So if you are matriculating this year or just considering enrolling with Gartner, here are your syllabus and instructors for […]

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