A list of my top five Gartner favorites could be top 25 but I decided to make it short (Gartner’s New Year resolution is to write shorter documents and fewer too). In the past year, prefix “un-“ was quite popular: un-learn, un-conference, un-remarkable. My un-analysis compares apples to oranges, and I love all five of them in no particular order.
Top speaker – Mark Beyer, a father of the Logical Data Warehouse. His presentation, a piece of art, “How will we survive without EDW?” at the Gartner BI Summits in London and the encore in Los Angeles — convincing, though-provoking and artistic. For those who can access BI Summit recordings, I recommend listening to Mark when they are lost in a maze of their data warehouse or just in need of inspiration. This is Mark’s latest predict, “Through 2014, 20% of enterprise warehouses will add distributed processes into their production like MapReduce to begin deploying the logical data warehouse.”
Top politician – Tina Nunno, who preaches to the silent choir that IT is about politics. Picture this:
Top overall content – by Mike Rollings who writes about organizational issues in the context of enterprise architecture. “The transformation from … to … cannot be purchased,” fill in the blanks, “it is a mindset change that demands new thinking and new practices.” The necessity of the mindset shift, often overlooked, and even denied, is the key to success to embracing big data in particular.
Top research agenda – 2013 Planning Guide: Data Management. This is our team agenda, hence, it is on my top five list. My future contributions are on the subjects of big data analytics, governance, enablement and monetization. And also on customer centricity (my spell checker prompts eccentricity instead, which is not far-fetched, given that every single customer is rational but aggregations turn them into an irrational crowd just to boomerang unforeseen insights as personalization). Combined, my research topics make up another top five list.
To finish, I’ll quote our 2013 Planning Guide’s bottom line, “There has never been a better time to be an information management professional.” For those who might not remember, this was the bottom line last year too, e.g. it’s a better and better time for information management professionals.
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