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Always Encrypted Data Security and Competitive Advantage 

As data becomes the center of digital business, your organization’s ability to secure data is crucial for compliance and confidentiality. But data security is so important that it can also be a competitive differentiator. Indeed, Forrester Research reports a focus on data security can help drive customer loyalty and retention, create opportunities for premium offers...Read more

Are you encouraging data professionals to move from doing repairs to being innovators? 

If you’re a business or IT decision-maker, when you send IT staff to a technical conference you’re probably thinking about the value of having well-trained technologists to make sure your infrastructure keeps running smoothly. But an interesting point came to light during a recent conversation with some database experts who were preparing to speak at...Read more

Business Intelligence: Beyond Dashboards and Charts 

The term “business intelligence” (BI) tends to elicit visions of dashboards with red, yellow, and green indicators representing targets met (or not) or perhaps various types of charts and graphs. But the potential of BI can be much more interesting and significant in what it can help organizations accomplish. To illustrate this point, you can...Read more

Mature Data Management: Key to Business Success 

Data is at the center of today’s business strategy in successful organizations. In his report, “Does Data Growth Imply Company Health,” Michael Lock, Aberdeen Group’s vice president and principal analyst analytics and business intelligence, says, “I believe in the concept that clean and relevant business data is the most critical input to just about every...Read more

Determining Data Platform Value: Leveraging the asset of an expert community 

As discussed in the previous blog in this series, an Ernst and Young study, CFO-CIO: a growing collaboration, finds that “To succeed, organizations must make bold technology investment decisions that are driven by corporate strategy.” To achieve this goal, CIOs and CFOs need to work together with business leadership to ensure that, beyond cost effectiveness,...Read more

Avoiding technical debtor’s prison with the right data platform 

“Technical debtor’s prison” is a term I recently came across in a Forrester Research report, “CIOs’ Top Five Career-Ending Digital Transformation Challenges” by Bobby Cameron with Peter Burris, Rachael Klehm, and Rachel Birrell. The idea is that CIOs sometimes feel indebted to the specific technology that has a history of serving the organization well over...Read more

Capturing the $1.6 trillion data dividend 

Knowing your data means knowing your business. Your data platform is what gains you that knowledge. Data has become one of the most valuable assets for organizations and is increasingly the focus for understanding customers, the market, and future opportunities. What may come as a surprise, however, is that the use of data in driving...Read more