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Andrew White
Research VP
8 years at Gartner
22 years IT industry

Andrew White is a Distinguished Analyst and VP. His roles include Chief of Research and Content Lead for Data and Analytics. His main research focus is data and analytics strategy, platforms, and governance. Read Full Bio

Are You Spending Enough on Training and Education?

by Andrew White  |  August 21, 2018

I suspect not. I was reading an interesting article in last week’s Economist titled, “Time to Get in Training: Companies Must Overcome Skills Shortages”. The article calls out a data point I found fascinating. It was a point made by IBM’s Diane Gherson, Head of HR. She says that employee skills stay relevant for three […]

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Do You Want to Be Data Driven? I Don’t Think So…

by Andrew White  |  August 20, 2018

I was once asked by a CIO to help him present to his board, on why they wanted to become data-driven. After 5 minutes of my planned 10 minute presentation (that lasted about 30 mins) a board member and I concluded that based on what we had heard outside that meeting, they didn’t want to […]

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What is a Data Hub? Shucks – Piccadilly Circus!

by Andrew White  |  August 16, 2018

It seems that introducing a data hub strategy a couple of years ago was both good and bad.  For some clients we put a name to something that makes total sense and something they had been working on for years.  For other clients we have just opened up Pandora’s Box and introduced more complexity.  For […]

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Of Corporate Giants, Superstars, and Frontier Firms

by Andrew White  |  August 16, 2018

It seems a trend has recently become headline worthy and fashionable. For a number of years industry concentration has been growing and a number of research papers have explored the causes and implications, mostly in economic circles. Needless to say there are many ideas in both sides of an array of arguments. But the topic […]

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Intangibles Now Drive More Productivity Than Tangibles – Perhaps

by Andrew White  |  August 10, 2018

I recently read Capitalism without Capital which I thought was a great book.  Here is my review.  It turns out that I have read a number of research papers and books over the last few years on the same kind of thread: how intangibles are becoming more valuable to organizations than tangibles are when it […]

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Struggling to Account for the Benefits of Digitization

by Andrew White  |  August 10, 2018

  There is much afoot about how we measure our economy. Classically since the ‘40s we have used GDP and related measures to describe how well we are doing. See GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History and my book review.  Over the last number of years there is growing recognition that GDP as a proxy for our […]

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The Difference between Decision Making and AI

by Andrew White  |  August 8, 2018

  I was reading a fascinating new paper by Richard Thaler titled, “From Cashews to Nudges: The Evolution of Behavioral Economics” (and slide-show), when it dawned on me that in dialog with clients (and some analysts) there could be a misunderstanding about the differences between AI, machine learning and decision making.  The article is not […]

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Small Organizations May Innovate, But Larger Firms are More Productive?

by Andrew White  |  August 7, 2018

It so happens that I was reading another article about productivity and this actually suggested that firm size and resulting complexity actually helps drive productivity-inducing change….. An argument for why larger firms specialize more and so create more productivity-inducing opportunities as a result of increased size and complexity. “The idea is that as the menu […]

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Special Report Helps Prepare You for Increased Business Value from AI

by Andrew White  |  July 26, 2018

If you have read my blog in the last year or so you would have noticed a couple of themes on which I have mused: In general, any technology only adds increased productivity or repeatable business value for wide swathes of an industry (Productivity Limits and the Impact of Innovation – How to Beat Amazon) […]

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A Little Data Governance Goes a Long Way

by Andrew White  |  July 16, 2018

In today’s US print edition of the Financial Times I saw an article titled, Bank’s approach to risk data is deeply inadequate. The article reviews the current situation regarding bank preparations and work to comply with bank regulations, specially Basel data standards. It seems, according to the article, banks are in a bad way. They […]

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