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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

The New Industrial Revolution – According to the WSJ

by Andrew White  |  November 13, 2018

The insert in today’s US print edition of the Wall Street Journal is called The New Industrial Revolution. The paper updates and adds new data to the promise, made by Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, that in 2016 were were entering the fourth industrial revolution. The first revolution was driven by coal […]

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Book Review: Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy 1887-1941

by Andrew White  |  November 12, 2018

Book Review: Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy 1887-1941, David C Evans and Mark R Peattie, Naval Institute Press, 1997. This is the most comprehensive book I will likely read concerning the background (not the battles) of the Japanese Imperial Navy. At over 660 pages with notes it’s the longest I […]

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Data over Substance – For Now

by Andrew White  |  November 8, 2018

There was an interesting article in today’s US print edition of the Wall Street Journal. It was titled, Wall Street Analysts Are Selling More Data. The article explains how increasingly investment firms are collecting more data streams, much from new and even unconventional sources, and packaging the data up and selling it on to their […]

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A Data Hub is not the same as a Data Lake or Data Warehouse

by Andrew White  |  November 7, 2018

Despite our best efforts we still receive lots of inquiries from organizations that confuse and conflate data hubs with data lakes and data warehouses.  In truth, the term “data hub” is the where the issue has come from.  About two years ago a couple of us were looking at a number of topics and research […]

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How IT Drives Business Growth – Your Guess is as good as mine. Perhaps.

by Andrew White  |  October 28, 2018

My fascination with the implied relationship between IT and how it drives value, how we account for how IT drives business value and growth, continues apace.  Readers of this blog will know this well. Some time ago I had read McKinsey’s paper, How IT Enables Productivity Growth, from 2002.  The paper did a really nice […]

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Yet More on Where You Spend Your Firms’ Capital Matters

by Andrew White  |  October 24, 2018

I blogged in May about Where You Spend Your Firms’ Capital Matters.  I blogged again the other day too: More on How Firms Make Capital Decisions.  I am exploring an idea that intrigues me.  Some firms are more successful than other firms; more and more businesses and parts of our economy use information and technology (I&T, […]

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More on How Firms Make Capital Decisions

by Andrew White  |  October 17, 2018

I was stuck up the mountains (willingly, I might add) and watching the early morning mists roll back and a dark orange sun slowly emerge from the gloom, as I sat with a coffee and engaged my September’s copy of The American Economic Review. I spied a particularly interesting paper among the offerings: How Do […]

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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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