The New Know : Innovation Powered by Analytics

  • 4h 33m
  • Thornton May
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2009

The big contemporary headline-grabbing news today is the aftershock and post-meltdown anguish regarding what senior executives did not know about this fraud or that risk, those employees, that cash flow, their carbon footprint, and, not surprisingly, all those customers.

The next big story, the headlines you and your team will be creating after reading premier IT communicator and futurist Thornton May's new book, The New Know, will be all about what can be known, what must be known, and, most important, what actions you will take because you know. This is the power of business analytics.

Revealing the analytics community as never before, May builds upon years of fieldwork to bring us a fascinating look at this community, which does important, exciting work affecting every aspect of your organization's life. This is a book about people you should know—and know about.

The first vernacular ethnographic and anthropological study of the analytics community, The New Know provides a map to the universe of analytics and puts the spotlight on the substantive and courageous work analysts do to make your company a better place.

This visionary book covers:

  • What the art, act, and science of knowing really is
  • The professionals at the beating heart of business analytics
  • How the rapid rise in data, the brisk expansion of tools, and maturation of information management processes are changing various vertical markets
  • How analytics creates measurable value
  • How innovation happens in complex organizations today

While data analysis has been used in business since the dawn of the industrial era, number crunching was left largely to the statisticians. Celebrating the tools, processes, people, and practices of business analytics, The New Know reveals how to create information-based competitive advantage.

About the Author

Thornton May knows knowing. His work on the complex intersection of the informational, knowledge, and behavioral components of organizational change includes teaching at distinguished business schools, writing for widely read technology magazines, futuring at think tanks, and keeping in monthly contact with more than 1,000 C-level executives.

May specializes in creating collaborative knowledge places, postindustrial campfires where the best and brightest convene to understand what they know, what they don't know, and what they can do about it. He currently engages executives at organizations such as the CIO Executive Summit (Evanta/DMG Group), the Multi-Channel Value Lab (Digital River), the Olin Innovation Lab (Olin College of Engineering), and the Value Studio at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

The editors at eWeek magazine acknowledged May as one of the "100 Most Influential People in IT." The editors at Fast Company consider him one of the "50 best brains in business."

Thornton May received his BA from Dartmouth College and his MSIA from Carnegie-Mellon University. He did doctoral work in Japanese studies at the University of Michigan and Keio University in Tokyo.

In this Book

  • Foreword—The Blending of Insight and Technology
  • Foreword—Are We at the Advent of Something Big?
  • Introduction—Standing at a Hinge of History
  • The Art, Act, and Science of Knowing
  • A Transformed World
  • The Analyst—A New Animal in the Organizational Forest
  • Where Analysts Live in the Organization
  • Relationships Betwixt and between
  • The Evolution of the Technologies of Analytics
  • Value of Analytics—Knowledge, Strategy, and Innovation
  • Where is All This Going?
  • The New Know—A Few Afterwordish Thoughts