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Countdown to Symposium: 30 Ways to Innovate with Information

by Doug Laney  |  September 5, 2014  |  Submit a Comment

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  |  Comments Off

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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Gartner Shares Findings from North Pole Inc. Big Data Assessment

by Doug Laney  |  December 16, 2013  |  10 Comments

Going into the 2013 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, 2013— Over the past quarter, Gartner was given exclusive access to the operations and information systems [...]

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Batman on Big Data

by Doug Laney  |  November 13, 2013  |  Comments Off

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  |  Comments Off

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  |  Comments Off

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  |  Comments Off

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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The Indy 500: Big Race, Bigger Data

by Doug Laney  |  May 24, 2013  |  1 Comment

As we watch America’s greatest auto racing spectacle this Memorial Day weekend, what we won’t see is even bigger than the event itself, faster than the cars themselves, and more varied than the driver personalities. Of course I’m talking about the data. Racing teams now eat Big Data for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And for [...]

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Who Owns (really owns) “Big Data”

by Doug Laney  |  April 3, 2013  |  3 Comments

Given all the hype over Big Data and concerns of data ownership, I thought it would be interesting to explore who actually owns Big Data, no I mean really owns “big data.” Yes, the trademark. Next stop, the United States Patent and Trademark Office online database. Talk about Big Data. The database contains a treasure [...]

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New Year’s Resolution: Innovate with Information

by Doug Laney  |  December 26, 2012  |  2 Comments

2012 has seen an acknowledgement and mainstream awareness of the challenges of managing the burgeoning streams of information generated and available to organizations, particularly big data. In 2013, I expect the focus to shift to the challenges of developing and implementing enterprise strategies for making use of all this data. Opportunities abound for deploying information [...]

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