Publications

  • Most CIOs Don't Think Their Companies Can Handle Big Data

    April 18, 2016 | Forbes.com

    Most companies can learn to become more like analytics leaders by creating tighter working relationships between IT and the business, and updating policies that may be limiting the value they get out of data.

  • Building IT Capabilities to Deliver Better Insights

    February 10, 2016 | Bain Brief

    We hear this sort of thing frequently, particularly from executives who have been talking with technology vendors that promise to solve their analytics problems with new technologies that glean business insights from vast amounts of data.

  • Tapping Cloud's Full Potential

    April 08, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Average companies put only 18% of their IT workload into the cloud, and even leaders put only about half. Most could get a lot more value from the cloud if they would put more work into it. But many IT departments hesitate because of outdated beliefs about the quality and security of cloud

  • Big Data: The organizational challenge

    March 11, 2014 | Organization | Business Day

    Industry analysts and media observers are hyping Big Data as the next big thing for every enterprise, and many companies have been rushing to climb on board. But is building an advanced analytics capability really worth the investment?

  • Big Data: The Organizational Challenge

    September 11, 2013 | Information Technology | Bain Brief

    Early adopters of Big Data are outperforming competitors on several dimensions. To catch up, other companies need the right people and tools—but they also need to embed Big Data in their organizations. That means spelling out their ambitions, developing analytics skills and mindsets throughout the

  • Overcoming the challenges of retail Wi-Fi

    January 28, 2013 | Information Technology | WSJ.com CIO Journal

    Putting Wi-Fi into a large commercial environment involves a series of complex design decisions and requires more planning and coordination than many IT departments realize. Only by investing time early in the process to understand the requirements can CIOs and their companies avoid unpleasant

  • Navigating the "big data" challenge

    November 14, 2012 | Technology | Bain Brief

    Today's decision makers have no trouble finding enough data to make good business decisions. Their challenge is knowing what to ask and how to find the answers. At most companies, the answer doesn't lie in an expensive big data solution, but in building the capabilities to ask good questions.