FinTech Startups: Unbundling Wells Fargo, Citi and Bank of America

CB Insights has published its excellent graphical overview on how FinTech is “unbundling” or disaggregating American Banks. The graphic illustrates the intense FinTech activity in the traditional banking space: In November, Tom Loverro of RRE Ventures wrote that “banks are under attack” and showed a few of the major players leading this trend. Inspired by his post and Alexander Pease’s, we […]

Amazon’s Cloud (Profitably!) Power’s Major Brands

The Atlantic recently had an excellent overview of “The Unbelievable Power of Amazon’s Cloud” The article highlights the extent to which Amazon underpins increasingly ‘mission critical’ (definitely healthcare…although many consider Netflix critical as well) web services: The company’s Web Services—which undergird Netflix,, and Spotify—might be the single most important piece of technology to the […]

Watch the Cloud for Next Generation Analytics

This was a big week for Business Analytics solutions. CIO’s and CDO’s struggling to deliver insights on demand with their existing business intelligence tools had some great news. First, Tableau announced a major upgrade to Tableau 9.0.  Bringing a new user experience they call Analytics in the Flow, Tableau released their new user experience of its on-premise […]

How Square Marketing Delivers Customer Analytics and Powers Customer Growth

With Square Marketing, Square just elevated its innovative offering to a whole new level with new customer engagement tools. I’ve written previously that data is the real story of Square when Square first launched. Building on the sales data collected by its innovative Square Register,  Square Capital and Square’s recent acquisition of Canadian innovator Kili Technology, […]

Why your CDO’s Business Intelligence Roadmap Needs an Enterprise Decision Inventory

In a previous post, I recommended a new approach to Business Intelligence that I called Decision Intelligence. Decision Intelligence directly connects the insights from analytics to decisions.  Decision Intelligence improves the quality of the decisions.  The business, and every decision, then becomes more “data-driven”. Simply put: data fuels decisions; better quality data results in better […]