Jim Cain

Posts by Jim Cain

If you’re still reading this series you seem to have bought into my illustration of the problem with why data projects fail in most businesses.  If no one owns data in the way I’ve described in previous posts (see a complete list at the end of this post) then any data initiative will get caught […]

If you missed Part 1 you can read it here. In Part 1 of this post I talked about the battle around data that is occurring between departments in almost every company – collecting it, accessing it, sharing it, governing it, etc.- in order to use it to transform the business. I explained the problems […]

Part 1: A 4 Cs Prologue Whether you’re a midsized company or a billion dollar enterprise, there’s a battle happening in your business that you may not be aware of, and you’d better understand it if you want to turn it into victory. As has been repeated ad nauseum over the last few years, data […]

In March I introduced my 4 C’s Framework in the article “The 4 C’s for Executives: Create, Connect, Control, Commercialize”. In this post, which is really a precursor to the last one, I’d like to talk about data democratization as it relates to this framework.  But let’s step back a bit first. For the last […]

Everything Old is New Again: Dealing with Data and Privacy It was the year 2013.  I remember it like it was yesterday (mostly because I’m still stuck in a pandemic time warp). Napkyn was two and a half years old, we’d gone from just me to a small team of 3 and most of our […]

We’ve reached a tipping point in data.  Not only is everyone talking about it (my mum confidently quotes stats on the pandemic and talks about trending), it’s everywhere (I just read a book about a supervillain data scientist, advanced stats rule my hockey news feeds, and the level of analysis of data around the 2020 […]

This will be the third and last (for now) in our Napkyn Classics: Smart Thinking Never Goes out of Style” series. All written 10 years ago, they all share not only a pop-culture reference, but have stood the passing of time. If you missed the previous posts you can find them here: “Alfred, Robin, and […]

Last week I posted “Alfred, Robin, and how to be a Great Analyst”, the first in our“ Napkyn Classics: Smart Thinking Never Goes out of Style” series. Like that one, this post was also written 10 years ago but I think it still holds true today.  We use way more pop culture references in the office […]

Recently, I came across some blog posts I’d written in 2011, it was a bit like opening a 10-year-old time capsule. Some of the topics were no longer relevant and somewhat amusing simply because of how far digital measurement has come since they were written, but I was pleased to see that several of them […]

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