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28. September 2014 17:17


Plan B: Instant Karma and Lesson Learned

28. September 2014 17:17 by mike barlow | 1 Comments

Yesterday, I sent emails to several friends and asked them to post comments about my Culture of Big Data white paper. What happened next is either a case of instant karma or a life lesson learned. Or both at the same time. At any rate, I began receiving emails from my friends. They had downloaded the paper, written comments and then discovered the comments function wasn't working. My initial response was to blame the publisher. I wrote myself a note to contact them today.

When I woke up this morning, I realized that I should have simply shifted to Plan B. If I had accepted responsibility immediately, instead of "blaming" the publisher, I probably would have come up with a workaround yesterday. Instead, it took me until this morning to realize that I could have simply asked my friends to leave their comments right here, on the good old Cumulus Partners web site.  

So, friends and loyal readers, if you can remember the cool stuff you wrote yesterday, please scroll down and leave your comments here. As the great philosopher Dorothy Gale once remarked, "There's no place like home." Thank you.

Comments (1) -

A great solution, Mike! I really enjoyed your white paper “The Culture of Big Data” and delighted to share my thoughts here:

In this brilliant article, Mike Barlow offers a new perspective on big data and discusses what has seemingly - until now anyway - been ignored by practitioners and missing from the literature: the relationship of big data with its everyday surrounding context, the people, relationships, partnerships and culture in the everyday business environment. Heretofore, the focus had been on technology, techniques and tools.

The cultural aspect of the big data challenge is a key piece in our understanding of how to make big data work effectively. If we want the end result of the processes involved with big data to be successful, solve problems, have an impact on the P &L and generate revenue then we have to be concerned with how to integrate big data into existing organizational structures and how to make it work for internal teams and for the firm. Mike’s recipe, gleaned from many expert sources, is to get back to basics.
Ample citations from real world players offer guidelines and tips supporting clarity in communications, rigor and discipline in documentation and approach, workplace collaboration, avoiding silos and fiefdoms and setting clear objectives to which major energy and strategy can then be applied with good results.  

Bottom line, all this adds up to how the workplace and the firm’s culture can either enable a new technology’s success or bring us all to our knees in exasperation and defeat as we reinvent the proverbial wheel, fall victim to blind spots or fail to ignore basic rules of good management.  

Ideally, we need to focus on how big data can unleash the animal spirits within to make us more nimble, effective and competitive. Anything we can add in terms of process, discipline and structure as we operationalize big data will be extremely worthwhile. Importantly, we can’t ignore the human and cultural aspect. Per Mike Barlow, to do so is to proceed at our own risk.

-- Cornelia

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