A couple of weeks ago I published a series of tweets with the hash tag #AnalyticalThoughts. As I mentioned in the first of these tweets I’m a real fan of Forbes Thoughts which each day publishes great and inspiring quotes from thought leaders, writers, politicians and significant others. I’ve found that many of these quotes are thought provoking when it comes to how we should think about and use analytics. This week’s inaugural Qlik World Conference here in Orlando inspired me to pull them into a short blog to share with you again.
While I'm relatively new to Qlik, I have over recent years published a number of blogs on how we should use analytics and in particular on the value analytics and data visualization solutions can bring to an organization when great technology and great people come together to turn previously innate data into something that drives real business value. The quotes I published say, in my humble opinion, a great deal about the opportunity we have ahead of us – we being Qlik, our customers and partners. Over the last couple of days here in Orlando we have heard from many on a similar theme, I was particularly inspired by Adam Savage and Mark Cuban, both in their own and albeit very different ways highlighted the importance of asking a question, challenging what we think we know and just how that can become the basis to do and think differently.
Let me know what you think but I think these quotes challenge our thinking in the same way… if you have other quotes that you think do the same please feel free to share.
"Knowledge comes by taking things apart: analysis. But wisdom comes by putting things together" - John A. Morrison
"Things don't turn up in this world until somebody turns them up” - James Garfield
"No man ever made a great discovery without the exercise of the imagination" - George Henry Lewes
"Greater even than the greatest discovery is to keep open the way to future discovery” - John Jacob Abel
"A great discovery is a fact whose appearance in science gives rise to shining ideas…" - Claude Bernard
"Discoveries are often made by not following instructions; by going off the main road, by trying the untried" - Frank Tyger
"Only a change of viewpoint is needed to convert a tiresome duty into an interesting opportunity” - A. Flanders
"A business man’s judgment is no better than his information" - R. P. Lamont
“Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge" - Daniel Boorstin
“I attribute the little I know to my not having been ashamed to ask for information" - John Locke