Business analytics, jam and social media – an eclectic but interesting mix

TweetjamHappy Monday everyone. I spent an hour on Friday attending the Gartner Business Intelligence Tweetjam. You may be disappointed to hear it wasn’t a 140 character discussion of the merits of strawberry vs. apricot or the right amount of sugar and fruit.  The Tweetjam took the format of a high-speed Q & A session around Business Intelligence with Gartner analysts and people interested in the topic.

What I found most valuable was the breadth of topics we managed to get through in an hour. Also, the obvious limitation in terms of what you could write meant that answers were thought through, concise and captured the key points very well. You can go back and see the full conversation by looking for #GartnerBI on Twitter.


The term BI seems to be going through a bit of a change at the moment with new technologies around big data, analytics, data visualization, operational intelligence, IoT and machine data all influencing what business intelligence means in 2014.

I was keen to see Gartner’s point of view and other people’s perspective. You can see the parts of the conversation I was involved in through the Storify below. We covered a lot from machine data to data scientists, integration and BI in IT Ops through to the big data skills gap (thanks to Andy Jordan and Amelia Mango for putting it together)

I’ll try and make sure I’m on the next set of Tweetjams – hopefully see you there. It is a good return on the hour spent discussing a topic.

In case you’re interested I’m a strawberry jam with no added sugar kind of person.

As always – thanks for reading.

Matt Davies
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Matt is Splunk's VP, Customer Marketing (and part time Chief Colouring-In Officer). He's working closely with Splunk customers to help them understand the value that new insights from machine data can deliver to their business. Matt is also one of Splunk's technical evangelists and communicates Splunk's go to market strategy in the region. Previously Matt has worked at Cordys, Oracle/BEA, Elata, Broadquay Consulting, iPlanet/Sun, Netscape and IBM. With nearly 25 years in the software industry, Matt has extensive knowledge of enterprise IT systems.

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