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How CEOs Can Keep Their Analytics Programs from Being a Waste of Time

Despite billions of dollars invested in big data and analytics, the simple truth is that most projects and programs fail to meet expectations. And we have figured out why: analytics forces changes on the C-suite that the CEO has to anticipate and manage, but many don’t.<p>From how we choose presidents …

Big Data

75% of Cross-Functional Teams Are Dysfunctional

When I was in the midst of researching what caused cross-functional teams to succeed — and finding that many of them failed — I discovered a deeply dysfunctional development project in a huge multinational IT company. The company had invested $100 million in the project, which involved three …

Management

Competing on Analytics

We all know the power of the killer app. Over the years, groundbreaking systems from companies such as American Airlines (electronic reservations), Otis Elevator (predictive maintenance), and American Hospital Supply (online ordering) have dramatically boosted their creators’ revenues and …

Big Data

Big Data and Dark Data for Health

There's a growing trend in health care for providers and payors to look beyond traditional medical claims at the data that captures what we're doing in our daily lives -- "for our own good." The objectives, they say: to provide better health care sooner so that we can prevent illness, avert …

The big-data revolution in US health care: Accelerating value and innovation

Big data could transform the health-care sector, but the industry must undergo fundamental changes before stakeholders can capture its full value.<p><b>A</b> …

Health Care

These big data companies are ones to watch

It’s hard enough staying on top of the latest developments in the technology industry. That’s doubly true in the fast-growing area known as big data, …

Cloudera's Strategy for Conquering Big Data In The Enterprise

Late last year I had a long talk with Amr Awadallah, CTO of Cloudera about the strategy his company was pursuing to dominate the arrival of big data in the enterprise. Since then, in mid-March, Cloudera raised $160 million and followed up that announcement that Intel was investing $740 million …

An Introduction to Data-Driven Decisions for Managers Who Don’t Like Math

Not a week goes by without us publishing something here at HBR about the value of data in business. Big data, small data, internal, external, experimental, observational — everywhere we look, information is being captured, quantified, and used to make business decisions.<p>Not everyone needs to become …

A Simple Tool for Making Better Forecasts

One of the most basic keys to good decision-making is accurate forecasting of the future. In order to bring about the best outcomes, a company must correctly anticipate the most likely future states of the world. Yet despite its importance, companies not only routinely make basic forecasting …

What does Verizon’s report on data breaches reveal about healthcare?

One of the healthcare industry’s biggest issues is a lack of visibility and it seems to be an impediment to improving security. That was one of the …