About Timo Elliott

Timo Elliott is an innovation evangelist and international conference speaker who has presented to business and IT audiences in over forty countries around the world. A 23-year veteran of SAP BusinessObjects, Elliott works closely with SAP development and innovation centers around the world on new technology directions. His popular Business Analytics blog at timoelliott.com tracks innovation in analytics and social media, including topics such as big data, collaborative decision-making, and social analytics. Prior to Business Objects, Elliott was a computer consultant in Hong Kong and led analytics projects for Shell in New Zealand. He holds a first-class honors degree in Economics with Statistics from Bristol University, England.

Recent Stories

Combatting Data Puddles

Combatting Data Puddles

Since the dawn of analytics organizations have struggled to provide fast, flexible analytics for business users while also ensuring that there’s a common view of…
What Is HTAP?

What Is HTAP?

HTAP stands for Hybrid Transaction / Analytical Processing — and it’s the future of business applications. The term was coined in early 2014 by analyst firm Gartner to describe a new generation of in-memory data
From Data Lakes To Data Swamps

From Data Lakes To Data Swamps

Data lakes may be overhyped, but they clearly represent a new opportunity for enterprise analytics. The danger is that: “By its definition, a data lake accepts any data, without oversight or…
On The Nature Of Reported Truth

On The Nature Of Reported Truth

I find it painful that despite all the amazing data available at our fingertips, it’s sometimes still so hard to get at the “truth.” Just one recent example: recent unemployment figures in…
big data at work

My Big Data Inspiration Day Presentation [VIDEO]

I recently presented at the Big Data Inspiration Day in the Netherlands, talking about real-life organizations that are using Big Data to get closer to customers, inspire employees, and optimize resources in real time. Here’s an edited-down version of my…
Data Privacy Needs You

Data Privacy Needs You

The United Nations just adopted a new resolution “urging all countries to protect the right to privacy in digital communications and to…
Branding Isn’t About Being Cool On Social Media

Branding Isn’t About Being Cool On Social Media

I’m deeply cynical about most brands — and the odds are that you are, too. According to a survey last year most people say they wouldn’t care if more than 73% of brands disappeared tomorrow. And although strong brands can outperform the…
Agile Analytics Organization

5 Top Tips For Agile Analytics Organizations

Good business intelligence needs a good team: a BI competency center (BICC). A BICC is a cross-functional organizational team that has defined tasks, roles, responsibilities and processes for supporting and promoting the effective use of analytics across an organization. Over the last decade…
innovation

What’s The Biggest Barrier To Innovation? The Answer Is Simple

What’s the biggest barrier to business innovation in today’s world? It’s not lack of opportunity Big changes in the world mean big opportunities for the companies that can take advantage of them. Consumer expectations are rising. 72% of
data governance

Data Democracy Vs. Data Anarchy: Governed Data Discovery

Successful business intelligence has always been about negotiating the right tradeoffs between the needs of individual business people and the needs of the organization as a whole. In 2001, Bernard Liautaud, founder of self-service BI pioneer BusinessObjects  wrote…