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The Decision Factor offers insightful comments and observations on analytics—from views on new technology approaches and market dynamics to the latest industry trends driving demand for faster, smarter information analysis. This blog contains personal views, thoughts, and opinions from SAP employees, mentors, and friends working in the area of analytics. It’s not endorsed by SAP nor does it constitute an official communication of SAP.


Need Help Selling Your Information Governance Initiative?

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If you’re one of the many who isn’t yet tracking metrics and constantly reporting business value achieved through your efforts, you can use the Gartner whitepaper statistic below to help you quantify results.

How many business initiatives did you undertake last year? How many delivered on time, on target, and have increasing adoption? How many do you plan to undertake next year?

Ask your CIO or program management office for these numbers—then have a discussion. If you’re normal, 40 percent of those projects will fail. Investing in the quality of the information feeding those initiatives is an imperative.

IT Priorities: Nothing Changes in the Face of New and Big Changes


Towards the end of the year, McKinsey releases its global survey on IT. In these surveys, they ask “executives across all functions, industries, and regions about their companies’ use of, expectations for, and spending on IT.” It’ll be interesting to see this year’s focus given how the big three new technology paradigms—mobility, cloud, and big data – are dominating IT mindshare.

Top of the list last year was the need for IT to continue improving both the effectiveness and efficiency of business processes, keeping a lid on costs while simultaneously serving up more information for decision making—unsurprisingly mundane tasks. However, …

Is 2011 the Year for Change?

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For 3 hours and 21 minutes, yesterday, I sat glued to the TV watching one of the most electrifying ATP men’s singles tennis finals, the Sony Ericsson Openstreaming live from Miami, where amazingly talented Novak Djokovic (world #2) took on the great Rafael Nadal (world #1) for the second time in the space of a few …