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Alan Duncan
Research Director
1 years at Gartner
22 years IT Industry

Alan Duncan is a Research Director within Gartner's Analytics and Business Intelligence research team. Major areas of interest include: the business value of analytics solutions and architectures, data governance and quality, culture of evidence-based decision making, and data-led organizational change. Read Full Bio

Social housing doesn’t just need to digitize. It needs to digitalize. Here’s why…

by Alan D. Duncan  |  November 29, 2016

I have been privileged to participate in several events organised by the UK National Housing Federation recently, and I will be part of a forthcoming a panel discussion at the NHF IT in Housing conference on Thursday 7th December, where the topic will be “Big data and the three Vs (volume, velocity and variety)”. There are some […]

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Is it time for text analytics in Financial Services?

by Alan D. Duncan  |  September 21, 2016

Lately, Gartner account teams have been highlighting an increasing interest in text and voice analytics within their financial services clients. This is sometimes characterised as the desire for “natural language processing” or NLP (although more completely, NLP covers a much broader set of language-related analytical processes that may also include Natural Language Question/Answering (NLQ), Natural Language Generation (NLG), […]

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The BICC is dead…

by Alan D. Duncan  |  March 11, 2016

There has been some chatter on social media following our Sydney and London Summits about Gartner declaring the Business Intelligence Competency Centre, or “BICC”, to be dead. Ahead of our next Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit in Dallas next week, it’s probably a good time to blog about this little nugget… The world of business intelligence […]

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“Outside for a square go in the car park!” An analyst’s view from the floor: Gartner BI & Analytics Summits, February 2016

by Alan D. Duncan  |  March 1, 2016

Last week, I was in Sydney for the first Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit of 2016. A great kick-off to the year, with a lot of engagement around the themes of business value of data. Typical of the Australian way of life, the overall environment was relaxed, easy-going and enthusiastic. A warm response to […]

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A Day In the Life of An Analyst at BI Summit, Munich – Day 2

by Alan D. Duncan  |  October 19, 2015

First up, I’m delighted to report that the FitBit thing is working…! There’s a combination of stimuli – showing how much I’m walking, how much I’m drinking, and the calorie counting function on the FitBit smartphone app. I’m already much more mindful of my activity and food intake, and I’ve lost just over 2lb/1 kilo this week […]

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A Day In the Life of an Analyst at Gartner BI Summit, Munich – Day 1

by Alan D. Duncan  |  October 15, 2015

Taking a prompt from my esteemed colleague Andrew White and his epic blog notes from the Gartner Symposium in Orlando, I thought it was time to put fingers to the blogging keyboard again and provide some on-the-ground updates from the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit here in Munich. The first thing to report is that I […]

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Tableau On Tour London

by Alan D. Duncan  |  July 9, 2015

It’s been a fair while since I was able to find time to write to my blog – having been at Gartner for nine months now, I think I’m getting the hang of things here! But the cadence of client inquiries, conference events and writing core research means that there’s really little time to do anything […]

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“We’re all doomed!” The Private Frazer Effect of Risk-based Information Governance

by Alan D. Duncan  |  December 16, 2014

The Wall Street Journal’s recent roundup of Information Governance surveys suggests that business is finally starting to pay Information Governance the attention it really needs. Not before time, and perhaps 2015 really will be the year the Information Governance comes into the mainstream of business practices. However, I can’t help but think that basing the premise on Risk and […]

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Show Me The Money! Thoughts on the O’Reilly Data Science Salary Survey

by Alan D. Duncan  |  December 4, 2014

Publisher O’Reilly Media recently released its 2014 Data Science Salary Survey. Whether you accept the specific details of the survey or not, It’s maybe not really too surprising that Hadoop/Hive/Python/R programmers are getting paid most – surely basic demand/supply rules apply. However, what’s interesting for me is the underlying dynamics that may be influencing the demand/supply. […]

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Getting the Goat: the “Gartner Predicts” Season, and Assessing Predictions Past…

by Alan D. Duncan  |  November 24, 2014

In the IT industry, this is the time of year for predictions. We’re all going prediction crazy, and at Gartner, things are no different. So it’s crystal balls and Tarot cards at the ready, and get ready to think about what is coming down the pipe in 2015.  (My own personal favourite method of divination is haruspicy, as I covered in […]

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