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Michael Lock
Vice President and Principal Analyst, Aberdeen

As a Vice President and Principal Analyst, Michael oversees two main research practice areas at Aberdeen: Business Analytics and Business Planning & Execution. Between these two areas of coverage, the team conducts cutting edge, user-driven research in some of the most critical and growing areas of the business world including business intelligence (BI), big data, enterprise resource planning (ERP), corporate performance management (CPM), financial management & GRC, and business process management (BPM).

Oversight, insight and execution: Is your data governance strategy working?

Oversight, insight and execution: Is your data governance strategy working?

November 20, 2017 | by Michael Lock, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Aberdeen
Allocating IT budget is a tricky business. Companies need to make choices and manage investment tradeoffs. However, recent Aberdeen research suggests that foundational activities to protect, oversee and manage the data environment through a unified approach to data governance can produce enticing...
Three “must-have” capabilities to unify data governance

Three “must-have” capabilities to unify data governance

October 26, 2017 | by Michael Lock, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Aberdeen
Today’s most successful companies think differently about data governance. Recent Aberdeen research suggests that top-performing companies are those that create a more holistic approach to data governance, incorporating the right technologies, processes, skill sets and internal capabilities.
Top companies seek out diverse data types

Top companies seek out diverse data types

October 5, 2017 | by Michael Lock, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Aberdeen
Over the past few years, two major trends have overtaken the world of analytics and data-driven decision-making.
Can data governance create user satisfaction?

Can data governance create user satisfaction?

October 3, 2017 | by Michael Lock, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Aberdeen
Companies have a choice when it comes to their strategy for data governance. Aberdeen research shows that it can be onerous and bureaucratic, or it can be liberating and empowering.
Companies that share data can’t ignore governance

Companies that share data can’t ignore governance

August 28, 2017 | by Michael Lock, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Aberdeen
Some people think of master data management (MDM) purely as a platform for organizing and mobilizing enterprise information. While this is true, leading companies view MDM more as a philosophy or a set of best practices, not just a suite of software tools.
Why data portability is practiced by Best-in-Class companies

Why data portability is practiced by Best-in-Class companies

July 5, 2017 | by Michael Lock, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Aberdeen
If you’re truly data-driven, how often do you make a critical decision based solely on information from one part of the company? At the organizational level, how valuable is data when decision makers have to rely on IT (not to mention a tangle of technical and bureaucratic red tape) just to access...
Rethinking the modern data warehouse: Passé or progressive?

Rethinking the modern data warehouse: Passé or progressive?

May 15, 2017 | by Michael Lock, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Aberdeen
It’s easy to be blinded (and impressed) with the rapid innovation and evolution in the arena of big data. Today’s most technically sophisticated companies have the opportunity to exploit big data tools to address mind-numbingly cool use cases and produce very enticing results. However, so many...

Intelligence accelerated: How cloud-based analytics is expediting business results

May 28, 2014 | by Michael Lock, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Aberdeen
Today’s data-driven organization is faced with magnified urgency around data volume, user needs and compressed decision time frames. In order to address these challenges while maintaining an effective analytical environment, many organizations are exploring cloud-based environments coupled with...