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Blog Posts by Tom Davenport

I’ve been hearing interesting rumors about a hot new tech services startup—on the East Coast for a change. In fact, it’s in Washington, D.C., and it’s financed by really deep pockets—the U.S. government budget. Your national government may have had…
When I think of the data economy, I usually focus on either online firms like Google and LinkedIn, or large, established companies like GE and Monsanto that have invested in data and analytics-based products and services for their customers. These…
After reading the interesting story about Edward Snowden in Wired, and I can’t quite figure out what I think of the man. He seems neither the patriot that James Bamford (not surprisingly, given his background) portrays him to be, nor…
“You have zero privacy anyway…Get over it.” That was the harsh 1999 comment by Scott McNealy, then CEO of Sun Microsystems, to a group of reporters and analysts.According to one account of the remark, many were shocked at his candor…
Last year I spoke at GE’s “Minds + Machines” event in Chicago. The event was both a product-oriented conference from a leading vendor in the emerging “industrial internet” category, and a fascinating example of how a big company like GE…
I’ve been feeling that there is a sea change happening in what organizations do with data, and I now have confirmation of it at several financial companies. I heard, for example, that JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank by assets,…
My new book is called Big Data @ Work (get it?—the @ sign means the Internet and all that digital stuff), and it describes how large and small companies can get business advantage from big data. It’s got lots of…
Remember 2000? Everybody was very happy with the fact that Y2K had passed without nary a glitch, and the e-commerce revolution was in full flower. Most of the attention went to e-commerce startups, but IT-oriented people my age and older…
More than twenty years ago, consultants Stan Davis and Bill Davidson, in the book 2020 Vision, argued that a company’s “information exhaust” (information byproducts gathered in the course of its normal business) could be used to “informationalize” a business (develop…