10 Best Quotes of 2012
Here are 10 of the best quotes from our blogs, columns, features and news items during 2012.
"No large, global, heterogeneous, multi-business- and product-line enterprise can ever hope to clean up all of its data - it's always a continuous journey. The key is knowing what data sources feed your BI applications and how confident you are about the accuracy of data coming from each source."
Boris Evelson, Forrester Research analyst, Make a Data Confidence Index Part of Your BI Architecture
"When you actually go into the business world and you look at the data, half of the data is missing, some of it doesnt make any sense, but you still have to use it. You cant say, I quit."
Dr. Goutam Chakraborty, professor in the department of marketing at Oklahoma State University, Want Prepared Data Managers? Give Them Dirt
"[I]f BI can be defined as the process of making better decisions, it strikes me as odd that a lot of your phones personal productivity apps arent already counted in the tools and process workflow. The intersections are plain, your CRM flows to your contacts and email and messaging to your calendaring and maps et cetera, et cetera. And, increasingly, the analytics are embedded where and when you need them."
Jim Ericson, Information-Management.com Editorial Director, Mobile is BIs Big Stick"
"A different way to think about this is that ESNs represent a new way to communicate and form relationships and because of that, can bridge gaps that exist in terms of information sharing and decision-making processes. To better understand these use cases, we found that they boil down to four different types of gaps in the organization tough problems that cant be addressed by the current technology, process, or culture."
Altimeter Group Researcher Charlene Li, Enterprises Like Social Networks, Dont Love the Results
"We can augment our human capital with predictive analytics. Let's automate the mindless tasks."
Roger Craig, CEO and co-founder of predictive analytics consultancy Cotinga, and renowned Jeopardy! champ, Dispatches from Predictive Analytics World 2012 Chicago
"It is going to be puzzling a lot of people, how big data and analytics relate to each other. In a lot of organizations, we had parallel silos in 2012, and I hope thats not the case in 2013."
Thomas Davenport, analytics expert and author, Analytics in 2013: Smarter Business Uses and Some Big Data Deaths
"I kind of have to be a master of cleaning, extracting and trusting my data before I do anything with it."
Scott Nicholson, data scientist, Accretive Health, Data Scientists Driving Business Advantage, Data Scientists Driving Business Advantage
"Theres an expectation out there that the cloud is a panacea and its not."
CIO and EVP Rich Roseman of News Corp, Managing Cloud for the Enterprise
"Something I am a big fan of is rapid virtualization strategy where you can build a BI solution on a virtual layer, deploy it immediately and then decide, if its still around in a few weeks, whether you need to move that data to a data warehouse. It may be that we find a lot of things we never need to put into a data warehouse because they are short-term uses or lose their usefulness. You dont want to spend more on a data warehouse than makes sense."
Stacey Jones, UPS Lead System Architect, 25 Top Information Managers 2012
"As available data becomes more complex and extensive, weaving it into a visualization that invites engagement, understanding and decision-making is a bigger challenge, with a bigger opportunity for payoff."
Ryan Bell, EffectiveUI interface developer, Eight Principles of Data Visualization
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Enterprise information management thought leaders certainly didnt hold back with their assessments and opinions over the past year. We combed through the hundreds of published articles at Information-Management.com over the past year for gems that summed up some of the biggest topics and debates in the industry.