About Connolly Consultants LLC
Connolly Consultants LLC was formed with a vision of bringing the power of data and analytics to everyone. To help organizations with an interest in “analytics” figure out how they can get started (right) and get value. To ultimately give them a way to spend less and get more of the business results they want, whether it’s growing the top line or optimizing overhead costs.
As the founder, I know from my many years in IT and working in large organizations there would be a lot more to being successful with data, analytics and dashboards than just buying software tools and treating the investment like another IT project. There must be Business Context that aligns your efforts with strategy and focuses on solving a material problem; otherwise, why do anything? Without a problem to solve and a question to answer, you’ll waste a lot of time and money looking through data without a clear business objective. There must be a plan for Change Management to proactively engage the people in your organization who will be directly impacted by the introduction of analytical tools like dashboards into the way they do their work. And there needs be a commitment to “Test and Learn” in order to maximize your success with data, analytics and dashboards. This idea is a key concept of the “Lean Startup”, and applies to organizations of any size that are either startups or established businesses.
The take home message: you cannot just go buy an “dashboarding tool” and expect to succeed.
About Gene Connolly
Gene Connolly, founder/owner of Connolly Consultants LLC, is a former IT executive with 25+ years experience in all aspects of software development, information management and knowledge management. During his last two years at MWH before founding Connolly Consultants LLC, he devoted many hours investigating predictive analytics, and developed a passion for data that has become his primary professional focus with Connolly Consultants LLC.
Gene is a California native and a long-time resident of Colorado, after living nine years in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Tucson, Arizona. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!). Gene enjoys investing, running 10K races and taking long road trips around the US. He is married and has two children.
You can read more about Gene’s professional background on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/ccllc.
You can see Gene’s resume here.