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Wayne Eckerson, a globally-known author, speaker, and consultant, formed Eckerson Group to help organizations get more value from their data. His goal was to provide organizations with expert guidance during every stage of their data and analytics journey.
Today, Eckerson Group helps organizations in three ways:
Eckerson Group is a global research and consulting firm that focuses solely on data analytics. Our experts have substantial experience in data analytics and specialize in data strategy, data architecture, data management, data governance, data science, and data analytics.
Our clients say we are hard-working, insightful, and humble. It all stems from our love of data and desire to help organizations optimize their data investments. We see ourselves as a family of continuous learners, interpreting the world of data and analytics for you.
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Wayne has been a thought leader in the business intelligence and analytics field since the early 1990s. He is a sought-after consultant, noted speaker and bestselling author who thinks critically, writes clearly and presents persuasively about complex topics. Eckerson has written two books: “The Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders” (2012) and “Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business” (2005/2010), as well as dozens of reports and hundreds of articles during his 25 years in the field.
Jim has over 30 years of experience in financial services, bank operations, and telecommunications management. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Eckerson Group and oversees the marketing, sales, consulting and production management teams.
Kevin Petrie is the VP of Research at Eckerson Group, where he manages the research agenda and writes about topics such as data integration, generative AI, data observability, machine learning, and cloud data platforms. For 25 years Kevin has deciphered what technology means to practitioners, as an industry analyst, instructor, marketer, services leader, and tech journalist. He launched a data analytics services team for EMC Pivotal in the Americas and EMEA and ran field training at the data integration software provider Attunity (now part of Qlik). A frequent public speaker and co-author of two books about data management, Kevin most loves helping startups educate their communities about emerging technologies.
Debra brings over 12 years experience in client services and project management at several technology and consulting companies. She has proven leadership and organizational skills that ensure successful completion of projects while meeting client expectations. She prides herself on the ability to think creatively and to come up with “outside the box” ideas no matter the size or scope of the project.
Jay has over 25 years of experience in data technologies including data warehousing, business intelligence, data quality, and data governance. He's worked with organizations in a wide variety of industries helping them plan and build their next generation data platforms. As a leader of many initiatives, Jay brings extensive experience in the nuts-and-bolts of implementing data solutions, as well as the organizational challenges that go with adopting new priorities, processes, and tools.
Fahad enjoys overseeing all marketing functions ranging from strategy to execution. His areas of expertise include social media, email marketing, online events, blogs, and graphic design. With more than seven years of experience in B2B marketing and data analytics, he is passionate about using data to understand customer needs and deliver value. He has played an instrumental role in driving web traffic, increasing social media followers, and boosting subscribers by implementing data-driven marketing campaigns and optimizing customer journeys. In his free time, he loves traveling, reading, and photography.
Julie has over 11 years of experience in professional, corporate and training events. Residing in Orlando, Florida, she's spent many years immersing herself in the travel & tourism industry for professional and personal adventures. Julie attended the University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management.
Dave Wells is an advisory consultant, educator, and industry analyst dedicated to building meaningful connections throughout the path from data to business value. He works at the intersection of information management and business management, driving business impact through analytics, business intelligence, and active data management.
Heidi Bowden handles Eckerson Group's accounts payables and receivables, monthly financial reporting, and all other financial matters. She has performed accounting work for a variety of organizations since 2005. She has a bachelors degree in accounting from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Solutions Review reports on the latest developments in enterprise technology and makes it easier for people to know what options are available when considering a new solution. It offers a resource-heavy site that cuts through the clutter of content and strips out the marketing hyperbole. Over 8 million IT professionals visits Solutions Review each year.
BARC is a leading enterprise software industry analyst and consulting firm delivering information to more than 1,000 customers each year. Along with CXP and Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC), BARC forms part of the CXP Group – the leading European IT research and consulting firm with 140 staff in eight countries including the UK, France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
BARC (Business Application Research Center) and Eckerson Group today published the results of the new topical survey “Strategies for Driving Adoption and Usage with BI and Analytics”. Based on a user survey of 214 companies, the study focuses specifically on the adoption, usage, and value of business intelligence (BI) and analytics tools, and generally on the effectiveness of data & analytics programs. The study is available for download free of charge thanks to sponsorship by insightsoftware, Logi Analytics, MicroStrategy, Tableau and Toucan Toco.
According to a new survey conducted by BARC and Eckerson Group, usage of BI/analytics tools is increasing while adoption rates remain stuck. “We’re puzzled by the persistently low adoption rates of BI/analytics tools,” said Wayne Eckerson, founder of Eckerson Group and co-author of the study. “On one hand, today’s organizations are hungry for data to fuel digital transformations, modernize supply chains, and create 360-degree views of customers. And the cloud has made BI and analytics tools easier to use, install, and maintain. Yet, the average adoption rate of tools designed to help business users query, visualize, and analyze data and share insights has been stuck around 20% for many years.”
Good news: Usage of BI/analytics output is growing, fueled by several trends
The picture gets rosier when we ask data & analytics professionals to describe trends in BI/analytics usage rather than count the number of employees and licensed users, which is how we calculate adoption rates. Almost all (92%) of respondents said usage of their BI/analytics tools has increased in the past five years, with a whopping 50% saying it has “increased a lot.” Clearly more users are using BI/analytics output, such as charts, tables, and dashboards, if not BI/analytics tools themselves (see Figure 1).
Figure 1: Has the usage of BI/analytics tools increased or decreased in the past five years?
© BARC and Eckerson Group
“Usage growth is primarily fueled by “off-license” usage from front-line workers using BI/analytics output embedded in operational applications as well as external users (e.g., customers and suppliers) using external-facing reports and dashboards,” said Dr. Carsten Bange, founder and managing director of BARC and co-author of the study.
North American companies adopt new technologies faster than their European counterparts
When we asked respondents to explain the growth in usage, a few clear winners rose to the surface. Self-service capabilities took the two top spots. Almost three-quarters (73%) of respondents cited “self-service authoring tools for reports and dashboards”, while almost a majority (48%) mentioned “data preparation features.” This was closely followed by “embedded BI/analytics capabilities” selected by 38% of respondents. Other choices included “semantic layers” (21%), “data catalogs and business glossaries” (21%), “natural language queries” (14%), and augmented BI features (13%) (see Figure 2).
Figure 2: Which technical features have contributed to an increase in usage and adoption of BI/analytics tools?
© BARC and Eckerson Group
North American and European respondents registered similar scores for all technical features except one: embedded BI/analytics. Here, 51% of North American respondents said embedded BI/analytics has increased usage compared to just 32% of Europeans. North Americans are much more likely to have a majority of their employees (i.e., between 51% and 75% of all employees) viewing embedded charts and tables than Europeans by a ratio of 23% to 15%. Many more European respondents said zero employees at their organizations used embedded BI/analytics output than North Americans (12% to 3%). We see other notable differences when we compare the usage of technical features of North American to European companies. For data catalogs, the usage ratio between North American and European companies is 29% to 17%; for natural language queries, 20% to 13%; and for augmented intelligence, 20% to 10%. These results reinforce the notion that North American companies adopt new technologies faster than their European counterparts.
About the survey
“Strategies for Driving Adoption and Usage with BI and Analytics” is a topical survey conducted by BARC and Eckerson Group, examining technical and organizational drivers of BI and analytics adoption as well as barriers to adoption. The report is based on a global survey of 214 data & analytics leaders. In the final section of the report, the authors use the survey as a springboard to generalize about the drivers and challenges of successful data & analytics programs using their combined 60+ years of experience in the field. The authors of the study are Dr. Carsten Bange, founder and managing director of BARC and Wayne Eckerson, founder of Eckerson Group.
Click here to view the infographic and download the full study from the sponsor’s website: https://barc-research.com/research/bi-analytics-adoption-strategies/
About Eckerson Group
Eckerson Group is a global research, consulting, and advisory firm that helps organizations get more value from data. Our experts think critically, write clearly, and present persuasively about data analytics. They specialize in data strategy, data architecture, self-service analytics, master data management, data governance, and data science. Organizations rely on us to demystify data and analytics and develop business-driven strategies that harness the power of data. Learn what Eckerson Group can do for you!
BARC (Business Application Research Center) is one of Europe’s leading analyst firms for business software, focusing on the areas of data, business intelligence (BI) and analytics, enterprise content management (ECM) and customer relationship management (CRM). The company was founded in 1999 as a spin-off of the Chair of Business Administration and Information Systems at the Julius-Maximilians-University in Würzburg. Today, BARC combines empirical and theoretical research, technical expertise and practical experience, including a constant exchange with all market participants.
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Most insurance companies operate in a vacuum when it comes to data and analytics. They can’t quantify the value, effectiveness, and maturity of their data and analytics programs, and they don’t know how they stack up against peers in the industry. But that is about to change.
Today, Eckerson Group in partnership with the Insurance Data Management Association (IDMA) launched an online benchmark assessment geared to enterprise data and analytics teams at insurance companies. The benchmark is overseen by a board of data & analytics experts from the insurance industry.
“Many insurance companies are keen to benchmark their data and analytics capabilities against peers,” said Farouk Yassine, Executive Director of IDMA. “This service makes that possible and companies won’t have to disclose proprietary or confidential information to participate.”
Free, Anonymous and Comprehensive
The benchmark assessment is free, anonymous, and comprehensive. It consists of 12 categories, 44 subcategories, and 248 questions that measure adoption of best practices as well as budgets, staffing, roles, and infrastructure.
“The assessment is ideal for companies that want to benchmark with peers, quantify their capabilities, identify gaps, and educate their team about best practices,” said Wayne Eckerson, an internationally recognized data & analytics thought leader who created the assessment. “The results are invaluable for data leaders and business executives who want an objective measure to guide their investments in data & analytics.”
The assessment is not a survey; it’s a team-based exercise geared to enterprise data & analytics teams. Team members work together to answer questions and submit a single response for their organization. Every participant receives a secure link to an online, interactive report where they can benchmark their capabilities against insurance peer groups by line of business, region, and organizational size.
To find out how your company can get involved, visit the Industry Data Benchmarks website or contact Wayne Eckerson, who is running the program. If you want to get started right away, schedule a 30-minute call with Wayne to receive your activation link.
About Eckerson Group. Eckerson Group is a global research and consulting firm that helps organizations get more value from data. Our experts think critically, write clearly, and present persuasively about data analytics. They specialize in data strategy, data architecture, self-service analytics, master data management, data governance, and data science. Organizations rely on them to demystify data and analytics and develop business-driven strategies that harness the power of data. Eckerson Group owns and operates the Industry Data Benchmarks program and Rate My Data benchmarking platform.
About IDMA. Founded in 1983, the Insurance Data Management Association (IDMA) is a global, independent, nonprofit professional association dedicated to increasing the level of professionalism, knowledge, and visibility of insurance data management through education, research, forums and educational seminars, local chapter meetings, news bulletins, and peer-to-peer networking. It serves individuals and organizations in every aspect of insurance data management. IDMA’s more than 4,000 members work in a variety of functionals within insurance companies, regulatory bodies, statistical/rating organizations, industry consulting firms, professional associations, academia and technology services providers.
Enterprise data and analytics teams in the insurance industry operate in a vacuum. Most don’t know how their staffing, budget, business impact, processes, capabilities, and culture compare to peers at other insurance companies or to an industry maturity model.
To address this problem, the Insurance Data Management Association (IDMA) has teamed up with Eckerson Group to offer a comprehensive benchmark assessment geared to enterprise data and analytics teams at property and casualty insurers.
“Many IDMA members are keen to benchmark their data and analytics capabilities against peers,” said Farouk Yassine, executive director of IDMA. “This service offered by Eckerson Group, one of our industry partners, will make that possible and companies won’t have to disclose proprietary or confidential information to participate.”
Free, Anonymous and Comprehensive
The benchmark assessment, which goes live May 1st, 2021, is free, anonymous, and comprehensive. It consists of 10 categories, 29 subcategories, and 195 questions. Participants can benchmark their program against other insurers by region, revenues, and lines of insurance. IDMA members who want more detailed benchmarks or data about budgets, staffing, teams, and roles can sign up for an optional workshop and receive a 25% discount.
“What’s unique about the assessment is that it’s a collaborative, team-based exercise, not a survey of individuals,” says Wayne Eckerson, head of Industry Data Benchmarks, the Eckerson Group service which offers the assessment. “Team members work together to answer the questions and submit a single response. In the process, they learn best practices, harmonize their knowledge, and develop shared goals.”
The assessment is governed by an Insurance Oversight Board, which consists of senior data and analytics professionals who have reviewed and endorsed the program.
For more information and for helpful tips on taking the assessment, contact Wayne Eckerson at email@example.com.
Founded in 1983, the Insurance Data Management Association (IDMA) is a global, independent, nonprofit professional association dedicated to increasing the level of professionalism, knowledge, and visibility of insurance data management through education, research, forums and educational seminars, local chapter meetings, news bulletins, and peer-to-peer networking. It serves individuals and organizations in every aspect of insurance data management. IDMA’s more than 4,000 members work in a variety of functionals within insurance companies, regulatory bodies, statistical/rating organizations, industry consulting firms, professional associations, academia and technology services providers.
About Eckerson Group
Eckerson Group is a global research and consulting firm that helps organizations get more value from data. Our experts think critically, write clearly, and present persuasively about data analytics. They specialize in data strategy, data architecture, self-service analytics, master data management, data governance, and data science. Organizations rely on them to demystify data and analytics and develop business-driven strategies that harness the power of data.
Hingham, MA: Kevin Petrie joins Eckerson Group as Vice President of Research. Petrie, an industry veteran software marketer in data and analytics, most recently with Qlik (formerly Attunity), is an expert in data ingestion, data integration, and data management technologies. He will help Eckerson Group clients understand best practices in these areas while helping them develop strategies to optimize their use of data and analytics.
The addition of Petrie will accelerate Eckerson Group’s mission to provide top-quality thought leadership to enterprise organizations and data analytics vendors. His experience on both the client and vendor sides of the business will enable Eckerson Group to continue to provide unique perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in the data and analytics field.
Wayne Eckerson, President of Eckerson Group, said, "Kevin is a perfect fit for Eckerson Group: he is extremely knowledgeable about data and analytics with 25 years in the technology field. He is a superb communicator both as a writer and speaker, and easy to work with. He will add tremendous value to our organization."
Petrie will focus on data integration and data management topics. His upcoming reports are:
View Eckerson Group’s complete 2020 research calendar.
About Kevin Petrie
For 25 years Kevin has served as an industry analyst, writer, instructor, product marketer, and services leader where he has deciphered what technology means to business leaders and practitioners. He launched, built, and led a profitable data services team for EMC Pivotal in the Americas and EMEA, implementing data warehouse and data lake platforms for Fortune 2000 enterprises. More recently he ran field training at the data integration software provider Attunity, now part of Qlik.
Kevin has co-authored two books, Streaming Change Data Capture: A Foundation for Modern Data Architectures, OReilly 2018, and Apache Kafka Transaction Data Streaming for Dummies, Wiley 2019. He also serves as a data management instructor at eLearningCurve. Kevin has a B.A. from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. A bookworm and outdoor fitness nut, Kevin enjoys kayaking, mountain biking and skiing with his wife and three boys.
About Eckerson Group
Eckerson Group helps organizations get more value from their data through strategic consulting, thought leadership, and educational workshops. Our experts each have more than 25+ years of experience in the field, specializing in business intelligence, data architecture, data governance, analytics, and data management. Our goal is to provide organizations with a cocoon of support during every step of their data and analytics journey.
HINGHAM, MA –Eckerson Group has released the first podcasts in their new “Secrets of Data Analytics Leaders” podcast series. In each podcast, an Eckerson Group expert interviews a data analytics consultant, vendor, or practitioner to unearth the secrets of their success and discuss best practices, trends, and technologies.
You can listen to the 30-minute podcasts on the Eckerson Group website, SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play, and other popular podcast sites. The Eckerson Group site also provides a transcript of the conversation. Eckerson Group plans to release two podcast interviews a month.
“I learned so much from talking to successful data analytics leaders for my last book that I wanted to continue that process and make it available for everyone in our community,” says Wayne Eckerson founder and principal consultant of Eckerson Group. “In these changing times, with so much new technology and approaches, it’s important to hear insights from practitioners on the leading edge.”
Eckerson Group takes pride in having interviewed:
Eckerson Group is a research and consulting firm focused on serving the needs of business intelligence (BI) and analytic leaders in Fortune 2000 organizations worldwide. Our consultants and researchers each have more than 20 years of experience in the field and are uniquely qualified to help business and technical leaders use data and technology to drive better insights and actions.
Eckerson Group consists of three lines of business, which work synergistically to provide complete support for BI and analytic leaders who want to succeed in with business intelligence, data governance, advanced analytics, data warehousing, performance management, and big data.
Eckerson Group and Bloor Group have established a partnership to bring high-quality research, content, and new media expertise to solutions providers in the data analytics market and beyond.
The partnership agreement covers content exchange and promotion, joint sales and marketing initiatives, and the creation of two new Webcast series that will help data analytics vendors engage key decision makers in the space.
The first Webcast series is dubbed â€œSynthesisâ€ and it will tackle key themes in computing and high technology with a set of thematic Webcasts designed with a point-counterpoint-resolution methodology. The first theme will be â€œModern Data Warehousingâ€ and consist of three to five Webcasts slated for this fall and winter.
The other Webcast series will provide Eckerson Group researchers a forum to summarize and analyze research findings. Eckerson Group produces six major reports a year in the data analytics field. See Eckerson Group's sponsor site for more details.
Our deep knowledge of technology and market trends and Bloorâ€™s extensive marketing reach and new media expertise adds great value to our clients,â€ says Wayne Eckerson, founder and principal consultant of Eckerson Group, a research and consulting firm that helps business analytics leaders use data and technology to drive better insights and actions.
"I've known Wayne for nearly 20 years, and have always been impressed by his objective approach to conducting industry research in the fast-moving industry of data analytics," says Bloor Group CEO Eric Kavanagh. "What's more, he has now assembled a remarkable array of seasoned analysts who can help our growing audience better understand what's happening in this market, and thereby make more informed decisions."
ABOUT ECKERSON GROUP: Through its reports and advisory services, Eckerson Group helps companies maximize their investments in data and analytics. Its researchers and consultants each have more than 25 years of experience in the field and are uniquely qualified to help business and technical leaders succeed with business intelligence, analytics, data management, data governance, performance management, and data science.
ABOUT BLOOR GROUP: Experts in New Media, The Bloor Group focuses on educating its audience about the benefits and challenges of using enterprise software. With an omni-channel approach for conducting and promoting industry research, the US-based firm serves to galvanize independent analysts via an array of innovative webcast programs, including The Briefing Room, DM Radio, Inside Analysis and Hot Technologies.
Eckerson Group has launched three sponsored assessments that use Rate My Data, Eckerson Group's new online benchmarking and lead generation platform:
Participants who complete an online assessment receive a personalized report with scores, benchmarks, and recommendations, along with an interactive dashboard to slice and dice the aggregate data.
Rate My Data sponsors receive high value, self-qualified leads with in-depth profile information, along with a novel and thoughtful way to engage customers and prospects.
Contact Brad Morrison, if you like to discuss how Rate My Data can benefit your organization.
David Loshin is a globally-recognized thought leader and expert consultant in the areas of analytics, big data, information utilization and business intelligence. He’s authored over 50 white papers and 9 books on information management and high-performance computing.
Abie Reifer has over 25 years of experience in technology strategy, steering global organizational decisions and adoption of emerging technology in areas such as telecommunications, mobile applications, Health IT, customer centricity, and government agency consulting.
“We are very excited to have these well-known industry thought leaders working with Eckerson Group to advance knowledge and insights into the innovations powering the data infrastructure in this age of data-driven organizations,” says Wayne Eckerson, founder and principal consultant at Eckerson Group.
“Data-driven organizations need a modern, agile, adaptable data infrastructure that scales seamlessly with the business and provides exceptional performance for variable workloads,” says Eckerson. “David and Abie will explore and articulate how modern technologies support the data architecture of the future.”
Alpine Data, DataRobot, Domino Data Lab, FICO, Informatica, Nutonian, RapidMiner, and SAS are selected for their innovations in data science
Eckerson Group, a data analytics research and consulting firm, published a new report today that recognizes eight of the most innovative features in the field of data science.
Eckerson Eight: Innovations In Data Science is authored by Stephen Smith, a data science visionary who led the creation of the first data science toolkit to run on a massively parallel processing system while at Thinking Machines in the 1990s, and Henry Eckerson, a research analyst specializing in artificial intelligence. Both work in the data science practice at Eckerson Group.
“The most innovative advances in data science today focus not on algorithms but on ways to simplify and automate the end-to-end process of creating and deploying predictive models,” says Smith. “The leading vendors are operationalizing data science to make it faster, safer and easier for both the expert and the less technical business user.”
The innovations cited in the report are:
The Eckerson Eight is a new report series from Eckerson Group that highlights innovative products or technologies in different segments of the data analytics market.
Hingham, MA — Eckerson Group has made two hires that position the company to deliver the industry’s best research, analysis, and consulting services.
Dave Wells - Practice Director, Data Management - Dave has literally written the book on data analytics. As TDWI’s director of education, he created the curriculum and wrote most of TDWI’s courses with amazing acumen. A former DW practitioner, Dave is a veteran consultant, compelling speaker and educator, and exceptional writer.
Stephen J. Smith - Practice Director, Data Science - Steve has deep credentials in advanced analytics: he co-wrote the first commercial data mining software while at Thinking Machines, led the first group to embed data mining algorithms into an OLAP tool at Pilot Software, and co-authored several books on data mining. Steve has also helped start and run two software companies, one in pharma and the other in education.
Wells is currently working on a report on the rise of internal data marketplaces, while Smithis focusing on self-service predictive analytics. Wayne Eckerson runs the Business Analytics practice and is working on a report on data monetization.