Blogger: Andy Mccartney

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Andy McCartney is the director of product marketing at Information Builders, responsible for the development and delivery of WebFOCUS go-to-market strategies, establishing differentiation, positioning and messaging, and building demand and market awareness of the company’s BI and analytics products.
Andy is a fanatical marketing and analytics strategist and practitioner – with 25 years in the high tech industry with software vendors and marketing agencies in Europe and North America. Originally based in London, Andy started his career as an applications developer, before moving into pre-sales, product management and product marketing. For the last 20 years he has focused on marketing strategy, planning, execution and enablement with bases in New York and Atlanta, GA.
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Why Is BI and Analytics Adoption Still So Low?

August 11, 2017

I read a blog last week by Cindi Howson at Gartner, who was considering why business intelligence (BI) adoption is still so low at 32 percent of employees (Cindi's blog here.). Even after the...

What Do We Mean by 'Data Driven Business'?

July 19, 2017

We just finished work on a new video that introduces data-driven business.  It is a trending term for sure, sometimes misunderstood, often misused. In our industry we see it as how organizations...

5 Hot Trends in Business Intelligence and Big Data Analytics

June 13, 2017

Our industry is evolving and innovating at an astonishing rate as more data and ways to generate insight emerge. This post takes a look at 5 trends that we see out there in the world of business...

Ask the Experts Series: What Types of Users Does WebFOCUS Support?

May 02, 2017

By now you’re aware that our award-winning tool, WebFOCUS, is the industry's only business intelligence and analytics platform capable of catering to every analytical need. But exactly what types of...

Things to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving

November 22, 2016

Another Progressive Year in Our Industry I must say it has been a fascinating and dynamic year in the BI and analytics industry. As someone who's managed data and built dashboards since the early 90s...

Natural Language Generation: Analytics Replacement or Additional Layer?

November 21, 2016

Whether you realize it or not, you will have consumed content created by a computer running natural language generation algorithms and software. Have you ever wondered how some articles or reports...

Worst Practices in BI #5: Ignoring Important Data Sources

October 21, 2016

Avoiding Worst Practice #5: Ignoring Important Data Sources Our final worst practice is the failure to embrace all available information in your business intelligence (BI) and analytics strategy....

Worst Practices in BI #4: Using Tactical BI Tools to Support Broad BI Strategies

October 13, 2016

Avoiding Worst Practice #4: Using Tactical BI Tools to Support Broad BI Strategies Many organizations build enterprise-scale business intelligence (BI) strategies around a handful of core tactical...

Worst Practices in BI #3: Underestimating the Importance of Data Preparation

October 07, 2016

Avoiding Worst Practice #3: Underestimating the Importance of Data Preparation Our third worst practice focuses on the failure to take data integrity into account before embarking on your...

Worst Practices in BI #2: Expecting Self-Service BI to Address All Needs

September 29, 2016

Avoiding Worst Practice #2: Expecting Self-Service BI to Address All Needs My last post focused on the dependency on humans to operationalize insights, and the need to implement a BI...