10 Things That Smart Data-Analytics Teams Do

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-07-2014 Email Print this article Print

In prior slideshows, we've extensively illustrated the rising role of big data in the enterprise, especially with respect to how it's driving business decision-making. To perform up to the expectations of the C-suite, your data-analytics IT team must deliver on a wide range of technology needs while still demonstrating a command of critical soft skills. The latter skillset will help your team emerge as a strategic influencer as opposed to simply a collection of tech folks. A new book, Big Data at Work: Dispelling the Myths, Uncovering the Opportunities (Harvard Business Review Press), examines how top organizations exploit big data to its fullest potential. Using examples from UPS, GE, Amazon, Citigroup and other companies, author Tom Davenport cuts through theory overload and focuses on practical, value-focused insights. In one section, he offers the following checklist requirements for any high-performing data-analytics IT team. A senior advisor to Deloitte Analytics, Davenport is also a cofounder and director of research at the International Institute for Analytics. In addition, he is the President's Distinguished Professor for Information Technology and Management at Babson College, and a fellow at the MIT Center for Digital Business. For more about the book, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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