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Data Strategy

Data Strategy

How to Profit from a World of Big Data, Analytics and the Internet of Things

Bernard Marr

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Learn how to profit from an effective data strategy in a world of big data, analytics and the Internet of Things.

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Less than 0.5 per cent of all data is currently analyzed and used. However, business leaders and managers cannot afford to be unconcerned or sceptical about data. Data is revolutionizing the way we work and it is the companies that view data as a strategic asset that will survive and thrive. Bernard Marr's Data Strategy is a must-have guide to creating a robust data strategy. Explaining how to identify your strategic data needs, what methods to use to collect the data and, most importantly, how to translate your data into organizational insights for improved business decision-making and performance, this is essential reading for anyone aiming to leverage the value of their business data and gain competitive advantage.

Packed with case studies and real-world examples, advice on how to build data competencies in an organization and crucial coverage of how to ensure your data doesn't become a liability, Data Strategy will equip any organization with the tools and strategies it needs to profit from big data, analytics and the Internet of Things.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 01: Why Every Business is Now a Data Business;
    • Chapter - 02: Deciding Your Strategic Data Needs;
    • Chapter - 03: Using Data to Improve your Business Decisions;
    • Chapter - 04: Using Data to Improve your Business Operations;
    • Chapter - 05: Monetizing your Data;
    • Chapter - 06: Sourcing and Collecting Data;
    • Chapter - 07: Turning Data into Insights;
    • Chapter - 08: Creating the Technology and Data Infrastructure;
    • Chapter - 09: Building Data Competencies in Your Organisation;
    • Chapter - 10: Ensuring Your Data Doesn't Become a Liability: Data Governance;
    • Chapter - 11: Executing and Revisiting your Data Strategy


Algorithm will control every aspect of our lives. This book is the 2017 how-to-guide to take advantage of data to outthink, outcompete and outperform.
Henrik von Scheel, Advisory Board Member, Google

A clear, concise and exciting road map for maximizing value from data in today's hyper competitive business landscape
Ralph Blore, Leader Central Analytics, Visa

Data Strategy isn't just for data people: Bernard Marr shows that a Data Strategy deserves attention on the same level as a company's marketing, customer, product, and talent strategies. In my experience, a data strategy is critical to the success of all of these efforts. I believe Bernard's book is a valuable starting point for developing your data strategy. I found it brought together a number of lessons I've learned. If you've never developed a data strategy, it's worth reading twice.
David Purdy, Data Scientist, Uber

If you're a person in charge of data strategy for your company, but still struggle to articulate the size of the task and subsequent reward for building a data driven culture, this book can help provide a well rounded pulse on the change that is happening in business today, and arm you with the beginning of a structure to tackle it.
Jake Williams, Retail Strategy, Amazon

As we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution Marr tells us that it will be those companies that view data as a strategic asset that will survive and thrive. He helps us understand how data can improve decision making, improve operations and can be monetized in products or services. His latest book is both a reference manual for all aspects of understanding Big Data and a guide to how to use it to create value in any organisation. Whatever your view of the increasing use of data and automation, Marr's expertise will help you shape your own future using data.
Andy Rubin, Chairman, Pentland Brands

Bernard has a rare ability to make complex topics understandable for even the least technical among us. Bernard's insights in Data Strategy are invaluable because he truly understands how to create a comprehensive data strategy and importantly, how to explain it to others. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a practical guide to the world of big data.
Stuart B. Frankel, CEO, Narrative Science

Leveraging data to drive competitive advantage has shifted from being an option to a requirement, and Bernard provides a comprehensive roadmap for leaders focused on mapping and assessing their journey. His range of case examples, spanning the Digital Natives to small businesses, are engaging and informative, reinforcing the importance of starting from a business orientation. This should help readers accelerate business value as well as navigate the crowded landscape of technology, support and data options.
Andrew Salesky, SVP, Global Data Officer, Charles Schwab

Marr provides a sound, thorough overview of the key elements that shape data strategy, and he weaves in compelling real-world examples that highlight the importance of building a data-driven business to excel in today's data economy.
Brent Dykes, Director, Data Strategy, Domo

Bernard hits the pulse of one of the largest transformations impacting all businesses with this book. Having a robust data strategy and data science roadmap has become an essential part of every organization's DNA. This book provides a roadmap on how to get there with key insights from leaders in the space.
William Merchan, Chief Strategy Officer, DataScience

Bernard perfectly distils the need for well formulated business questions in a time when virtually anything can be measured and analyzed
Dan Morris, Sr. Director, Data Platform at Viacom


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Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749479855
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd April 2017
  • Paperback
  • Format: 216x140
  • 200 pages

About the Author

Bernard Marr is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, strategic performance consultant and analytics, KPI & Big Data guru. He has worked with and advised many of the world's best-known organizations including Accenture, Astra Zeneca, Bank of England, Barclays, BP, DHL, Fujitsu, Gartner, HSBC, Mars, the Ministry of Defence, Microsoft, Oracle, the Home Office, the NHS, Orange, Tetley, T-Mobile, Toyota, Royal Air Force, SAP and Shell, among many others on their business and data strategies. He writes on the topic of data and analytics for various publications including Forbes, HuffPost and LinkedIn Pulse.

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