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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

KPI’s and the Lever’s We Use to Influence Them

by Andrew White  |  January 5, 2018

I read an interesting Brooking blog today that explained in simple layperson terms why the US Federal Reserve targets 2% inflation.  The blog is here: The Hutchins Center Explains: The framework for monetary policy.   The article links to lots of follow-up reading concerning the details.  The last section explores a range of alternative measures the […]

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2018 Won’t See a Massive Productivity Boost From AI – 2019 Might Show It

by Andrew White  |  January 4, 2018

I first want to note five different news articles and then show how they all connect: • Looking for a Productivity Miracle (Wall Street Journal, US print edition, Dec 12) • Technology-Driven Boon is Finally Coming (Wall Street Journal, US print edition, Dec 28) • Language Looms as the Next Big Frontier in AI (Financial Times, […]

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Are You Ready for MIFID II and GDPR?

by Andrew White  |  January 3, 2018

If you had missed the news concerning GDPR and the need to comply with new rules related to personally identifiable EU citizen data, have you heard the one about Mifid II and LEI?  Mifid II is another regulation, this one aimed at financial trading in Europe.  It seems the European authorities want more data about […]

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What News for IT in 2018?

by Andrew White  |  December 30, 2017

So what will 2018 hold for us in IT?  Soon Gartner will launch its annual ‘Predicts’ period whereby its best and brightest ideas are championed and formulated into statements that predict great and powerful change.  These tend to look out 4 or 5 years and are designed to be thought provoking.  No one really cares […]

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Book Review: ‘Goodbye, Great Britain’ – The 1976 IMF Crisis

by Andrew White  |  December 30, 2017

‘Goodbye, Great Britain’ – The 1976 IMF Crisis, Kathleen Burk and Alec Cairncross, Yale University Press, 1992. After reading Douglas Wass’s 2008 ‘Decline to Fall – The Making of British Macro-Economic Policy and the 1976 IMF Crisis’, I was a little worried I would not learn much new about this critical point in British economic […]

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Spotlight on Oracle: Data Preparation, IT Resilience Orchestration Automation and POS Apps for tier-1 Multichannel Retailers

by Andrew White  |  December 15, 2017

Spotlight on Oracle – Highlights new research that covers or relates to Oracle.  For an overall view of Oracle, check out the new Oracle Vendor Rating. Ehtisham Zaidi and colleagues just published the Market Guide for Data Preparation. Data preparation — the most time-consuming task in analytics and BI — is evolving from a self-service activity to an enterprise […]

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Spotlight on Oracle: Virtual Customer Assistants, Blockchain and ERP

by Andrew White  |  December 11, 2017

Spotlight on Oracle – Highlights new research that covers or relates to Oracle.  For an overall view of Oracle, check out the new Oracle Vendor Rating. Lynn Robison and Sanjeev Mohan just published Evaluating Blockchain for Enterprise Data and Decentralized Applications. Blockchain is potentially groundbreaking with its ability to record decentralized transactions across business boundaries. But technical professionals need […]

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How to Talk Cloud to Business Leaders

by Andrew White  |  December 7, 2017

  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 […]

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New Data and Analytics Research: Third Annual CDO Survey

by Andrew White  |  December 6, 2017

Valerie Logan and colleagues just published Survey Analysis: Third Gartner CDO Survey — How Chief Data Officers Are Driving Business Impact. Gartner’s third annual survey shows that CDOs are a sustaining executive role, delivering tangible business value and enabling a data-driven culture. Gaining critical mass globally, data and analytics leaders such as CDOs are proving to […]

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More on Data as an Asset and Ownership

by Andrew White  |  December 1, 2017

  We already know intuitively that data is an asset but that varying perspectives result in different ways in which such an asset is viewed.  For example, from a financial perspective data is not accounted for as an asset; though you may account for (intangible) good-will from a client-base, you are not allowed to put […]

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