Data Deliberation

Thinking and ideas from me, my associates, and curated from other sources.

Is your business data-driven, or just data-busy?

Is your business data-driven, or just data-busy?

In today’s digital world, businesses are understandably taking strides to become ‘data-driven’. But some businesses unwillingly end up in another situation which I call ‘data-busy’. I'll tell you what that means... Quite simply, a data-driven business is one that uses...

Part 2: Measure What Matters

This is the second article in a four-part series about how to ensure that your BI efforts don’t just create reports and dashboards, but generate truly beneficial outcomes for your business. Part 2: Measure What Matters In part 1, ‘Results Before Reports’, I...

Part 1: Results Before Reports

This is the first in a series of four articles about how to ensure that your BI efforts don’t just create reports and dashboards, but generate truly beneficial outcomes for your business. Part 1: Results Before Reports There’s an art to implementing business...

Exploiting Data: Don’t Forget To Ask ‘Should We?’

Exploiting Data: Don’t Forget To Ask ‘Should We?’

If you’re an organisation that sells products or services, you’ve probably already looked at exploiting your data in some way. Maybe you’re analysing customer demographics to better inform your campaign targeting. Or looking at customers’ buying histories to identify...

The Key to Creating Truly High Value BI Dashboards

The Key to Creating Truly High Value BI Dashboards

This article is part of a series being developed jointly between Saltare and Bloor Research (a leading independent research and analysis house that helps companies to intelligently evolve) to promote the use of analytics and make enterprises ready to make better...

Don’t Get Seduced by the BI Development Honeymoon Period

Don’t Get Seduced by the BI Development Honeymoon Period

We all know about ‘honeymoon periods’ – those times when everything is going wonderfully and we don’t have a care or worry in the world. They happen at the start of something new, whilst the novelty is still there, and any negative aspects have yet to make themselves...

Can Your Business Really Handle a Single Version of the Truth?

Can Your Business Really Handle a Single Version of the Truth?

A 'single version of truth’ is a scenario where conflicting data from multiple disparate sources, is consolidated into one single source that conforms to agreed data standards. It's a long-standing business intelligence goal which makes sense to all businesses, yet it...

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, a new book published this month, author Daniel Pink shows how timing is everything, and how it's a science not an art. The Daily 'When' The first part of the book looks at the best times of the day to perform...

Using Goodhart’s Law to Ensure Your KPIs Are Not Misused

Using Goodhart’s Law to Ensure Your KPIs Are Not Misused

Back in the 1970s, economist Charles Goodhart popularised a saying which has become known as Goodhart's Law: "When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure." * The law warns against the natural human tendency to 'game the system'. A popular example...