by Andrew White | October 22, 2019 | Comments Off on A Day in the Life of an Analyst at Gartner IT Symposium XPO 2019 USA – Day 1 Oct 21 2019
Awoke at 7.15am refreshed. Even my Oura ring app said I should be feeling great! I had a hard time getting to sleep. Maybe it was the pillow or hotel noises. But the late start certainly helped get a great sleep score of 90 and readiness score of 84.
Notice the trend? My mind started out relaxed but clearly, I am anticipating the new day as the session wore one.
8..20am Walked down stairs to check out the keynote overflow room and grab a cafe mocha.
8.45 Drafted 75% of a written response inquiry for a client: best practices for a data governance/MDM team working in a highly acquisitive (e.g. M&A) environment.
9.20 Head downstairs for the keynote. Awesome work. Greet job. I challenge anyone not to be enthused by the quality and breadth of practical and doable advice. Hype was kept to a minimum. I blogged in the experience: https://tinyurl.com/y5rnzjnz
10.20 Left keynote hall early to get a second cafe mocha and hobble (at work with insertional Achilles tendinitis) over to 1-1 area.
10.45 Set-up booth number 1 for first keynote. As with last year, I was number 1 and Mark Beyer was number 2. On Tuesday last year we reversed positions! I wonder what will happen tomorrow.
12.30 Had to phone BMW garage at home to complain about a car maintenance charge on my credit card.
1.20 Back to 1-1 area. 1-1’s all afternoon until about 5.30pm
5.20pm last 1-1 ended early with the client happy with the ideas and feedback offered.
All day and in almost all 1-1 handed out my cards that showed the newer best practices for modern D&A governance:
Figure 1: The Gartner Value Pyramid
Figure 2: Gartner’s Three Rings of Information Governance
Figure 3: Data and Analytics governance Organization and Roles
Figure 4: Connecting the Dots: Your Data Hub Strategy
Here is a summary of 1-1’s for day 1 (some sections score more than 100% due to multiple responses):
• Data Governance 6
• Cloud 2
• Rolls and Skills 1
• Vision 1
• Master Data Management (MDM) 4
• Getting Started 1
• D&A Strategy 4
• Data lake 1
• CIO 9
• Architecture 1
• Consumer/medical products 1
• Higher Ed 1
• Industrial (chemical, paint) 2
• Food and beverage 1
• Oil and Gas 1
• IT services 1
• Insurance 1
• Investment 1
• Biotech 1
• Manufacturing 3
• Distribution and Logistics 3
• Services 4
5.45pm headed out for dinner with a rep. We are to meet a client I recently completed an (EXP) briefing on D&A strategy and governance. These briefings are 3 or 4 hours long and tend to focus on best practices around key topics. As I walked to the front of the hotel, my Suunto 9 told me I had completed 10,000 steps today. Oh what joy!
8.30pm Back at the hotel. Met up with colleague Mark Beyer to explore the future of data management. Met a few other Gartner colleagues and ended up talking about books, sci-fi, and book authoring.
10.15pm off to room and right to bed. Tired.
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