Building a Data-driven Organization Starts with Culture

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When I was in secondary school learning how to write essays, my teachers beat me over the head with the following adage about how to structure a paper: “tell them what you’re going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you told them.” Well, I’m about to tell you what I’m going to tell you, only what I’m going to tell you is going to take the form of 12 months of research content instead of a high school English paper.  And (mercifully) I’m not going to be the only one doing the telling.

Analytics: Why Are Organizations Lukewarm on Such a Hot Topic?

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APQC and other thought leaders have long touted the potential benefits of using analytics to become more data driven. And, for the most part, organizations seem to agree. In fact, more than three-quarters of respondents to a recent APQC poll report that their organization has invested in an analytics solution.

Which Data Analytics Solutions Are You Using?

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It’s hard to believe it’s only been ten months since my first data and analytics pilgrimage, but it’s true.

#Adulting with Analytics: Comparing Analytics Maturity across Business Functions

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What a strange phenomenon this concept of “adulting” is. Have you heard about this? Basically, avid social media users (read: millennials) are posting updates about or photos of themselves’ partaking in activities that are characteristic of adulthood and then tagging those posts with the term “adulting” (author’s note: on principle, I refuse to use that term without quotation marks).

Instagram: The World’s Most Popular Benchmarking Tool

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I have some breaking news for you. In case you were not aware, the photo sharing app Instagram is really, really popular. In fact, as of this summer, half a billion people worldwide use Instagram. As a lifelong, committed contrarian, I proudly confess (is that an oxymoron?) that I am not one of those people. However, I can certainly understand the app’s allure.

Whether It's Diet or Data, Change is Change

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I come from an Italian family. My mom, the undisputed matriarch of the family, was born in Italy and takes great pride in sharing her cultural heritage with my family, often in the form of delicious Italian food. Growing up, this made dinnertime a highlight of the day, as it was a golden opportunity to gorge on perfectly al dente pasta of every shape and size. All of this came to a screeching halt the day I decided to start a low-carbohydrate diet. 

It's an Analytics Block Party!

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How well do you know your neighbors? You may share a wall/fence with them, but do you even know their names?  Have you ever talked to them about anything more than the weather (or maybe that temperamental mail delivery guy)?