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

Andrew White is a research vice president and agenda manager for MDM and Analytics at Gartner. His main research focus is master data management (MDM) and the drill-down topic of creating the "single view of the product" using MDM of product data. He was co-chair… Read Full Bio

What’s in Your Data and Analytics Strategy?

by Andrew White  |  February 24, 2018

Every day our team received requests from organizations to review their strategies.  Most often this starts with the submission of a ‘strategy’ document for us to read and inwardly digest.  Then we either send back a written response with detailed comments and ideas, often followed up with a real live telephone call; or just right […]

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How to Talk Cloud to Business Leaders, part 2

by Andrew White  |  February 13, 2018

As an old supply chain leader (professionally, pre-Gartner days) I was drawn to an article that appeared in my inbox, written to a supply chain user:  “Fundamentals of Cloud Computing – What is SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and How They Affect Your Business“.  I was drawn to this due to my focus on how firm’s can […]

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When is a Catalog No Longer a Catalog?

by Andrew White  |  February 7, 2018

When is a Catalog no longer a Catalog, and why does it matter? I was on a vendor briefing in conjunction with data gathering for an upcoming publication: Market Guide for Information stewardship solutions (which are very different from traditional metadata management tools sold to IT.  These newer solutions are designed for business users (not IT) […]

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The Maddening thing about Metrics

by Andrew White  |  February 5, 2018

  The Schumpeter article in this last week’s Economist was titled, The Fog of War: If they are to save the firm, General Electric’s bosses and board need far better information.  In a nutshell, the article argues that the firm’s leaders are not able to make effective decisions because they do not have useful data, at […]

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Build Your Digital Business Platform Around Data and Analytics

by Andrew White  |  February 1, 2018

Late last year a number of our data and analytics team worked together to build a presentation to share our collected research looking at how to relate data and analytics to an organizations’ digital business platform.   To be true this is new work, and it sits at the apex of all our data and analytics […]

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How to Tame, or to Blame, a Market? Get Data!

by Andrew White  |  January 25, 2018

The Economist’s Leader this week is both fascination and excellent.  It is called, The New Titans, and How to Tame Them.  As you may surmise, the article concerns Amazon, Facebook and Google. The article itself is written as a note from their imaginary (they surely have one or more, each) internal chief strategist.  The note […]

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The Data That Bind Us

by Andrew White  |  January 19, 2018

It’s been a fun week.  After reading several articles that drew me to blog, I sat down last evening and read an even more important article.  It was “Free Exchange-The Digital Proletariat” in this week’s US print edition of the Economist.  The article’s sub-title: Economists propose a radical solution to the problems posed by artificial […]

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New Ideas Why Productivity Growth Is Low

by Andrew White  |  January 18, 2018

This week’s US edition of the Economist reported (see Producing Ideas- Automation and Productivity) in the annual meeting of the American Economic Association that took place in Philadelphia January 7th. The article highlighted well known and popular beliefs in broad circles (the techno pessimists) about the causes of our recent cycle of slow productivity growth. […]

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Book Review: Capitalism without Capital – The Rise of the Intangible Economy

by Andrew White  |  January 18, 2018

Book Review: Capitalism without Capital – The Rise of the Intangible Economy.  Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake, 2018, Princeton University Press. A most interesting book which starts out by asserting that a shift in investing strategies by firms over the last 50+ years, from tangibles to intangibles, has largely gone unmeasured and as such helps […]

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Self-Service and its Drag on Productivity

by Andrew White  |  January 8, 2018

I spied Comment in this last weekend’s US print edition of the Financial Times, titled “Computers are making generalists of us all” that struck a huge chord with me.  The piece was written by Tim Hartford, the FT’s Undercover Economist.  Mr. Hartford starts by highlighting an observation I have blogged on in the past.  It […]

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