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20 of Our Favorite Quotes on Data Collaboration

Publication date: 17 March 2021

Small sparks of inspiration come and go. However, thought-provoking words can stand the test of time. The same can be said for collaboration.

Nowadays, data is essential for making intelligent business decisions and it allows businesses to reduce wasted time, money, and other resources. Throw some real-time data collaboration tools in there and you’ve got yourself a winning combo! With an aim to motivate and drive intrigue, we created a collection of our favorite quotes on data collaboration. Twenty of them, to be exact.

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“BI is about providing the right data at the right time to the right people so they can make the right decisions.”

Nic Smith, Microsoft BI Solutions Marketing

“Without data, you are just another person with an opinion.”

W. Edwards Deming, leading thinker in quality management

“Marketing without data is like driving with your eyes closed.”

Dan Zarella, social media scientist

“Data will talk if you’re willing to listen to it.”

Jim Bergeson, BI Worldwide

“Knowledge has become the key economic resource and the dominant, if not the only, source of competitive advantage.”

Peter F. Drucker, management consultant, educator, and author

Without big data analytics, companies are blind and deaf, wandering out onto the Web like deer on a freeway.”

Geoffrey Moore, author

“I never guess. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes stories

“Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.”

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web

“If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.”

Jim Barksdale, former Netscape CEO

“You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data.”

Daniel Keys Moran, an American computer programmer and science fiction writer

“When we have all data online it will be great for humanity. It is a prerequisite to solving many problems that humankind faces.”

Robert Cailliau, informatics engineer, co-inventor of the World Wide Web

“Data are just summaries of thousands of stories – tell a few of those stories to help make the data meaningful.”

Chip & Dan Heath, authors of Made to Stick, Switch

“Data is the new oil.”

Clive Humby OBE

“No great marketing decisions have ever been made on qualitative data.”

John Sculley, former Apple CEO

“Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all.”

Charles Babbage, mathematician, engineer, inventor, and philosopher

“Things get done only if the data we gather can inform and inspire those in a position to make a difference.”

Mike Schmoker, author

“Without a systematic way to start and keep data clean, bad data will happen.”

Donato Diori, CEO at Broadlook Technologies

“Data really powers everything that we do.”

Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

“Data that is loved tends to survive.”

Kurt Bollacker, American computer scientist

“Where there is data smoke, there is business fire.”

Thomas Redman aka “The Data Doc”, Founder of Data Quality Solutions.

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