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How to Elevate Your Organization’s Use of Data Analytics

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How to Elevate Your Organization’s Use of Data Analytics

Enterprises from every industry and at every scale are working to leverage data to achieve their strategic objectives — whether those are to become more profitable, effective, risk tolerant, prepared, sustainable, and/or adaptable in an ever-changing world. Analytics must evolve with the business to ensure agility and resilience. It will become sluggish or unresponsive.

Too often, the technical debt that has been accumulated over years of working arounds and fixing gaps in existing processes is too costly and difficult to replace with better tools and processes. The demand for modern, mature data analytics is too great to ignore.

Here’s a list of best practices to increase your organization’s analytics use and achieve ROI with enterprise analytics programs:

1. Get all data under management

Enterprise information, which is the basis for analytics, can only be used by very specific interests if it’s not managed according to a standard. My experience has shown that enterprise data is not managed according to a standard I will call “under management”. This results in very little ROI.

Under Management means that the data is on a platform that can be leveraged. This platform was designed to be accessible by wide audiences, or interfaces with other platforms. The data is designed with the data warehouse(s), data lake(s), operational hub(s), and master data management hub(s). The data structure for an application might not be fully in one of these structures due to security reasons or specific data transformations. However, the leverageable platform should always be the first choice. Every enterprise data element should be stored on a platform that is accessible from all locations.

Besides leverage, data should be stored in a platform that is appropriate for its purpose and use. Data for post-operational analytics should be stored in columnar analytics databases with high nonfunctionalities (availability and performance, scalability. stability, durability. secure), at the highest granular level, according to data governance, and made available for self-service.

Having all company data and all third-party data under management at a fine level may seem like an overkill but it highlights the importance of data for company initiatives, drivers, strategies, and policies. Each element is valuable. If this is not obvious, activities should be coordinated with management activities in order to demonstrate the importance of data as well as how data can be made accessible to business interests.

2. Big data tooling for big data

In years past, we attempted to force-feed unstructured big data into relational warehouses. This was a costly and unsuccessful attempt. With the expectation that other data will be in good shape, the competitive horizon now is focused on analytics with big-data. It is crucial to use the right tools for this data. A different type of tooling is needed. These tools are primarily focused on big data ingestion.

This is the data platform for large data. It is cloud storage. We refer to a repository there by the name of a data lake. The enterprise’s common, centralized storage is the data lake. The data lake does not have a defined data model, so any data can be deposited there. Data lakes are primarily used for analytical data and can store historical data very well. Data scientists are the primary users of the data lake today, but this will change over time to include analysts.

3. Manage the change to an analytics culture

To get the best ROI from an analytics program, technology roles must be separated from the data architecture and users. Users should be empowered to access their data via self-service, rather than being asked for insights. A self-service approach will greatly enhance the interactivity users have with data in the small window they have. But not all users will want to make the necessary changes.

Managing the transition to self-service and analytics for all business functions requires management. Users will respond to any direction given by the executives. They may be open to change or not. Most late adopters just require space and time. They are looking for examples of fellow analysts who excel at analytics. They need to be reinforced in any data- and analytics-driven culture direction. Self-service analytics is an essential part of a company’s foundation today.

Managing all data, including big data, in big data tooling and managing the transition to an analytics culture, are two of the best ways to increase your company’s use analytics and achieve ROI with enterprise analytics programs.

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The Google Pixel Watch is incoming
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We’re expecting the Google Pixel Watch to make its full debut on Thursday, October 6 – alongside the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro – but in the meantime a major leak has revealed much more about the upcoming smartwatch.

Seasoned tipster @OnLeaks (opens in new tab) has posted the haul, which shows off some of the color options and band styles that we can look forward to next week. We also get a few shots of the watch interface and a picture of it being synced with a smartphone.

Watch faces are included in the leak too, covering a variety of different approaches to displaying the time – both in analog and digital formats. Another image shows the watch being used to take an ECG reading to assess heartbeat rate.

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If the leak is accurate, then we’ve got four silicone straps on the way: black, gray, white, and what seems to be a very pale green. Leather straps look to cover black, orange, green and white, while there’s also a fabric option in red, black and green.

We already know that the Pixel Watch is going to work in tandem with the Fitbit app for logging all your vital statistics, and included in the leaked pictures is an image of the Pixel Watch alongside the Fitbit app running on an Android phone.

There’s plenty of material to look through here if you can’t wait until the big day – and we will of course be bringing you all the news and announcements as the Google event unfolds. It gets underway at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm BST / 12am AEDT (October 7).


Analysis: a big moment for Google

It’s been a fair while since Google launched itself into a new hardware category, and you could argue that there’s more riding on the Pixel Watch than there is on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro – as Google has been making phones for years at this point.

While Wear OS has been around for a considerable amount of time, Google has been leaving it to third-party manufacturers and partners to make the actual hardware. Samsung recently made the switch back to Wear OS for the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, for example.

Deciding to go through with its own smartwatch is therefore a big step, and it’s clear that Google is envious of the success of the Apple Watch. It’s the obvious choice for a wearable for anyone who owns an iPhone, and Google will be hoping that Pixel phones and Pixel Watches will have a similar sort of relationship.

What’s intriguing is how Fitbit fits in – the company is now run by Google, but so far we haven’t seen many signs of the Fitbit and the Pixel lines merging, even if the Pixel Watch is going to come with support for the Fitbit app.

Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you’ll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.

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