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

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…
In The Beginning Was Analytics

In The Beginning Was Analytics

In the buzz around Big Data, it’s worth remembering that analytics is as old as business computing itself. In 1953, LEO (short for Lyons Electronic Office) was the first…
hadoop summit 2014

Hadoop Summit Amsterdam 2014: Crossing The Chasm [VIDEO]

This year’s Hadoop Summit in Amsterdam was even more interesting than last year’s, with more sponsors (including SAP), more functionality for enterprise use cases, and more enterprise examples. The conference was in the historic Beurs Van Berlage…
What You Need To Know About Cloud Analytics

What You Need To Know About Cloud Analytics

If you are an analytics professional, then cloud analytics is in your future — if you’re not already doing it. I’ve talked to lots of companies that claim that cloud…
Thoughts On The Future Of Hadoop In Enterprise Environments

Thoughts On The Future Of Hadoop In Enterprise Environments

Between answering questions this week at BI2014 in Orlando and preparing to ask some at Hadoop Summit in Amsterdam next week, here are some thoughts on where…
Are You Making The Most Of Your Dark Data?

Are You Making The Most Of Your Dark Data?

My favorite definition of ‘Dark Data’ comes from Matt Aslett of 451 Research: “Data that was previously ignored because of technology limitations.” I’ve recently talked to several big,…
Agile Analytics [VIDEO]

Agile Analytics [VIDEO]

One of the biggest and frustrating barriers to successful analytics projects is lack of agility. Analytics systems must be built for constant change. The whole point of analytics…