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Ron Powell

Thanks for visiting my blog. As co-founder of the BeyeNETWORK, acquired by TechTarget in 2010, I am privileged to participate in many industry-related activities as a BeyeNETWORK expert covering business intelligence and analytics. These events provide me with a unique insider perspective into the business intelligence ecosystem, its products and the vendors that provide those products. I'll be sharing that invaluable information with you through this blog, which will also be a reflection my business philosophy. And, just to make this interesting, I'll be sure to include my personal point of view on a wide range of topics and share some of the stories of people I meet in my travels.

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Ron is an independent analyst, consultant and editorial expert with extensive knowledge and experience in business intelligence, big data, analytics and data warehousing. Currently president of Powell Interactive Media, which specializes in consulting and podcast services, he is also Executive Producer of The World Transformed Fast Forward series. In 2004, Ron founded the BeyeNETWORK, which was acquired by Tech Target in 2010.  Prior to the founding of the BeyeNETWORK, Ron was cofounder, publisher and editorial director of DM Review (now Information Management). He maintains an expert channel and blog on the BeyeNETWORK and may be contacted by email at rpowell@powellinteractivemedia.com. 

More articles and Ron's blog can be found in his BeyeNETWORK expert channel.

Surviving and thriving in this tough economy is all about strategic decision making and analytics - and, of course, having the tools to analyze the information available in order to make those strategic decisions. IBM recently studied the role information-based decision making is playing in successful business strategies. They learned that businesses that applied analytics-derived insights outperformed their peers.

"A critical part of this success is that these organizations were able to drive change by having the right management systems, tools, and culture in place - creating, in effect, an organization that seeks and evaluates, and is ready to act on new opportunity," said Steve LaValle, author of the study and Strategy Leader, Business Analytics and Optimization, IBM Global Business Services.

Not surprisingly, data governance was also found to be a major factor contributing to the successful use of analytics in the top-performing organizations.

You can read the full study here.

Posted December 9, 2009 9:25 AM
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