Big Data needs architecture

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SD models offer a rigorous enterprise architecture for firms’ data. Pharmaceuticals firms are  blessed with huge amounts of data on just about everything. But a competitive war-gaming project just completed for one of the big players was surprising. Sure, we could get data on things needed to model the firm and its rivals, but this seemed to come from lots of different sources, in many different forms – mostly big spreadsheets and slide-decks.

The data was inconsistent ...

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Models improve culture?

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Smart folk can crack complex challenges if working in a supportive culture, but dynamic models may help with that.

A contact in New Zealand recently highlighted a case where an IT group in a big mess cracked the quite complex challenges they faced with my friend’s help in building a culturally supportive team environment, so maybe they didn’t need the kind of quant-modeling that SD can offer.

But … I recently had a high-tech start-up case where sales/service/tech-development were at each others’ throats about ...

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Integrated Reporting and tackling short-termism

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KPMG are amongst a large group of accounting firms and regulators involved in the International Integrated Reporting Council www.theiirc.org. The Council is working on guidelines for how companies should report information that more effectively explains to investors and other stakeholders how the business works. This, it is hoped, will enable better understanding of a firm’s performance and prospects, and tackle the issue of “short termism” amongst management and investors that is believed to be widespread and problematic. The guidelines ...

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