Grappling with Real-Time Analytics (Ep. 14)

January 25, 2017 Jeff Kelly

When a CEO or other C-level exec wants answers, he or she typically wants them yesterday. Since we can’t change the properties of space or time, the next-best-solution, so many of us believe, is to develop real-time analytics tools, such as real-time dashboards, to keep executives and other VIPs up-to-date on how the business is performing. This way, executives don’t even have to ask. The data required is displayed on their laptops, whizzing by at real-time speed.

But are such real-time analytics tools really the best way to provide executives and others with actionable intelligence? How much information can someone absorb by watching a stream of high-velocity data? Executives say they want real-time analytics, but they may be better served by, for example, event-oriented insights that surface only when action is required. In fact, there are a number of considerations to real-time analytics - including just defining what the business means by “real-time.” In this episode of Pivotal Insights, Jeff Kelly and Dormain Drewitz grapple with the thorny issue of real-time analytics and how to make the right business and architectural decisions to support your organization's analytics needs.

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Jeff Kelly

Jeff Kelly is a Principal Product Marketing Manager at Pivotal Software. He spends his time learning and writing about how leading enterprises are tapping the cloud, data and modern application development to transform how the world builds software. Prior to joining Pivotal, Jeff was the lead industry analyst covering Big Data analytics at Wikibon, an open source research and advisory firm. Before that, Jeff covered data warehousing, business analytics and other IT topics as a reporter and editor at TechTarget. He received his B.A. in American studies from Providence College and his M.A. in journalism from Northeastern University.

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