Happy New Year! Baby, it’s cold outside, but it’s hot in data in analytics!
I’m in New Jersey, a toasty -11 Fahrenheit today (that’s -23 in Celsius) so I already have visions of a Sydney beach dancing in my head. I hope you have registered for one of our global summits. The early bird registration for the U.S. ends on January 12.
I will be hosting Gartner’s fourth annual Analytics and BI Bake Off on Sunday, March 4th. Vendors participating live on this year’s panel include Microsoft, MicroStrategy, Qlik, and Tableau. It is a fun, informative, but stressful event for all of us. I mean, seriously, competitors showing you their goods in front of one another?
There is also another angle to this event in using data for good. I am also working on track session on this topic (Doing Good with Data: How to Impact Society and Create a “Data for Good” Culture) that is such a wonderful movement within our industry. So here is where I’d like your help. What data do you want to see used in this year’s bake off? In past years, we’ve analyzed:
There are so many interesting data sets, but the challenge is that we have to keep it somewhat upbeat, nonpolitical, and clean data. Is the Opioid crisis too depressing? I could happily analyze college football scores and stats, but that might bore some people. I suspect concussion data would be messy. If you have any good ideas, please let me know!
Also, just published today is an update review of Tableau, based on their 10.4 release. You might recall that Gartner is piloting more frequent updates to the Critical Capabilities notes across several coverage areas. Seeing this pilot launched was one of my 2017 New Year’s goals. I’m still ruminating on this year’s goals and resolutions.
In the meantime, I’m wishing everyone a happy, healthy, exciting 2018!
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