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The Top Old (and Most Reliable) Trends in Data and Analytics

by Andrew White  |  September 2, 2020  |  Comments Off on The Top Old (and Most Reliable) Trends in Data and Analytics

We are obsessed with new.  It may be a trait of our species – we just can’t not look for, and seek the new, the shiny, the innovation.  In fact I was inspired by a new book I ordered this morning.  The book is called The Innovators Delusion, which does seem to be a bit of a play-on the Innovators Dilemma. The overview of the book made total sense to me.  Even at Gartner we follow the new, the hot, the fancy stuff.  We publish hype cycles to expose what is hyped and we struggle with understanding what it is the market sees.  We write about the new, coolest vendors.  We write about the top trends and we risk renaming old, solid ideas with a new coat of paint.

While we do need innovation to drive growth, old and solid ideas, technologies and practices keep the place moving.  The old ideas need to pay the bills, freeing up time and money to innovate for the next wave.  But some of those old ideas are re-connected, re-born, or re-hashed.  So I thought, what might be the top old trends across D&A that just keep on giving, whatever the weather?  Here is my first pass – see what you think.  What might you add or change?

Top Old Ideas across D&A that Still Make Sense and Add Value (in no order of importance):

  1. Strategy alignment with business
  2. Program Mgt
  3. ROI/business case and value definition
  4. Engagement Techniques
  5. Prioritizing what matters most (to business leaders)
  6. Collaboration and teams
  7. Breathing time
  8. Planning compared to the plan itself
  9. People over tools
  10. Change Mgt and buy-in
  11. Root cause analysts and problem solving
  12. Customer is king (not data)
  13. Analysis paralysis
  14. Understanding how decisions are taken
  15. Informal versus formal systems and processes
  16. Investment sustainability through governance
  17. Proof of Concepts/Exploration Business Value for Money Testing
  18. Training and Education of our staff

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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

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