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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

The Cost of Data Quality: One Night of Coding and an Energy Drink

by Doug Laney  |  August 2, 2017

In 1999, the $125 million Mars Climate Orbiter notoriously crashed due to the navigation team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory using the metric system in calculations while their colleagues at Lockheed Martin Astronautics provided acceleration data in inches, feet and pounds. Amazingly, nearly two decades later companies still suffer similar challenges, perhaps not costing them […]

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From Moneyball to Grand Slam Information-Based Business Models

by Doug Laney  |  July 24, 2017

In 2003, Michael Lewis published the best-seller, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, featuring the nouveau analytics-based approach to evaluating baseball players developed by the Oakland Athletics‘ general manager, Billy Beane. In general the approach dispensed with hindsight-oriented metrics such as batting averages, strikeouts and walks, in developing predictive metrics that could anticipate a […]

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Courts Restricting You Access to Your Own Data

by Doug Laney  |  February 23, 2017

In a recent UK case, the England and Wales High Court court ruled that the use of a vendor’s API to access and extract the customer’s own data constituted a use of, not just the API, but also the vendor’s underlying application. As a result, the customer is required to have a separate application license for […]

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Enterprise Information Management (EIM) Maturity Q&A

by Doug Laney  |  February 23, 2017

During my February 22, 2017 webinar The Gartner Enterprise Information Management Maturity Model (replay available), attendees asked a number of excellent questions. Not able to answer them all during the session, I promised to address them in my blog. We’re just starting on the EIM journey with a new CIO and Data & Analytics Leader. How […]

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Data and Analytics Strategy Predictions Through 2021

by Doug Laney  |  December 19, 2016

Several colleagues and I just published our strategy predictions for data and analytics leaders: Predicts 2017: Licensing, Legal and Language Lessons for Data and Analytics Leaders. These are not predictions on technology, but rather on the drivers of behavior behind organizations monetizing, managing and measuring the increasing wealth of information assets available. We believe that […]

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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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