Doug Laney

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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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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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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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Tobin’s Q & A: Evidence of Information’s Real Market Value

by Doug Laney  |  August 15, 2012  |  4 Comments

Tobin’s q is a simple ratio first posited by Nobel-winning American economist James Tobin in the 1960s to understand the relationship between a company’s market value and the replacement value of its assets. Analysis shows that this quotient has been growing since financial statements were standardized following the Great Depression. Smoothing economic boom and bust [...]

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Blunderfunding: How Organizations Use Failure as a Basis for Budgeting

by Doug Laney  |  January 17, 2012  |  3 Comments

A major Wall Street securities ratings firm ignores the recommendations of a consultant report it paid for on rating collateralized debt obligations (CDOs)–contributing to the collapse of the mortgage industry, near-collapse of the banking industry and a multi-year global recession requiring $trillions in government (tax payer) dollars to avoid a full-blown Depression. A major video [...]

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