The concept and creation of data products isn’t a new phenomenon, but it is something that has started to gain an increasing amount of attention recently. A rising topic within the data industry, more and more organizations across the world are beginning to question what data products are and how to get started building them. There isn’t a ton of literature on the subject, but there are some emerging thought leaders who have been vocal on the subject and who Juice often turns to when looking for inspiration and guidance. If you’re looking for more information on data products, check out some of the people and organizations below.
Ok, so this one you’re probably already familiar with, but we say it still warrants a mention. If the data world had rockstars, DJ Patil would be right up there with Bono. He’s the U.S. Chief Data Scientist, and, among other accomplishments, created the definition of data products that was part of the inspiration for Juice CEO Zach Gemignani’s presentation at this year’s Nashville Analytics Summit, Data is the Bacon of Business. If you’re looking for information on data products, check out “Everything We Wish We’d Known About Building Data Products”, an article that covers a presentation he gave at First Round’s CTO Summit on the peaks and pitfalls of building data products (or you can follow him on Twitter).
Kevin Smith/Next Wave BI
Every time Kevin Smith of Next Wave BI posts a new blog post on data products, we get a warm, happy feeling inside. Kevin knows his stuff -- he’s been building data products for over a decade, and in that time has gained invaluable insight into what works and what doesn’t. Through his blog and social media accounts, he shares his unique perspective into data products, dashboards, analytics, and so much more. We recommend his post “The Five Biggest Mistakes in Building a Data Product” in particular; it’s a great piece on how the non-technical aspects of data products are likely to trip you up, and how to circumvent them.
Blue Hill Research
A research and advisory firm that focuses on enterprise technology, Blue Hill has become one of our go-to places for interesting articles on data products. They also cover subjects such as dashboards, big data, and analytics, and mix a unique view with a fresh voice. We’re partial to the post “Data’s New Role in the Enterprise: Build Data Products. Make Money”, but we admit we may be a bit biased. Check out their blog for more content on data products and data monetization.
It was the great Leslie Knope who once said, “I am big enough to admit that I am often inspired by myself.” While we may not go so far as to say we inspire ourselves, if you’re looking for more information on data products take a look at our entire collection of blog posts on the subject (and check back often, as we are constantly adding to it!).
Of course, these are just a few starting places to learn more about data products. If we missed your favorite data product resource, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message.