Timo Elliott


About Timo Elliott

Timo Elliott is an Innovation Evangelist for SAP and a passionate advocate of innovation, digital business, analytics, and artificial intelligence. He was the eighth employee of BusinessObjects and for the last 25 years he has worked closely with SAP customers around the world on new technology directions and their impact on real-world organizations. His articles have appeared in articles such as Harvard Business Review, Forbes, ZDNet, The Guardian, and Digitalist Magazine. He has worked in the UK, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Silicon Valley, and currently lives in Paris, France. He has a degree in Econometrics and a patent in mobile analytics. 

Study: Digital Transformation Is About How, Not What

13-Jul-2017 | Timo Elliott

A new Digital Transformation study from SAP, supported by Oxford Economics, was released today at the SAP Leonardo Live event in Frankfurt. The survey of more than 3,000 executives in 17 regions arou

retail, digital disruption, customer service

Digital Disruption Is About Customer Centricity

4-Jul-2017 | Timo Elliott

The quote in the image above is from Alberto Brea, and I believe the photo is from Roberto Aiello, via Linda Campbell and Lyndsay Wise. Here’s the text if you can’t read it: Amazon didn’t

AI, artificial intelligence, machine learning

What Is Artificial Intelligence Called?!

29-Jun-2017 | Timo Elliott

I know it’s a strange question. But as with any hot topic, there are many different terms thrown around that can mean slightly different things and lead to confusion. Here is my attempt to cle

In The Future, All Products Will Automatically Improve As People Use Them

27-Jun-2017 | Timo Elliott

This is the Tesla autopilot in action – and it’s a great analogy for the future of digital business. As every Tesla car equipped with autopilot drives down the street, it’s using sensors

Disruption Ahead: The Big Trends In Business Intelligence Analytics

24-May-2017 | Timo Elliott

I had the honor of presenting an Americas SAP User Group (ASUG) session on the latest big trends in BI & Analytics at the SAPPHIRE NOW SAP User Conference this week in Orlando, Florida. It was a p

Analytics: The Most Important Business Process in Your Organization

30-Mar-2017 | Timo Elliott

It’s time to take analytics seriously! That might sound strange – after all, analytics has been at the top of Gartner’s CIO technology priorities for decades. But despite that, analytics i

Analytics Innovation, Disruption, And Transformation

9-Mar-2017 | Timo Elliott

I’ll be presenting a session on Analytics Innovation, Disruption, and Transformation at the BI2017 conference in Orlando next week. This post is an introduction to some of the themes I’ll be cove

digital transformation, leadership

Who’s In Charge of Digital Transformation? You Are!

7-Mar-2017 | Timo Elliott

Each year, I present at about 50 conferences around the world, talking to business and IT audiences about the impact of the latest technologies. I’ve been doing this for a long time, but I’ve rec

Who Will Win AI For The Enterprise?

17-Jan-2017 | Timo Elliott

When it comes to getting the most out of artificial intelligence, large quantities of high-quality data are essential. For example, thanks to their massive data sets, Google’s algorithms have lea

Predictions: A Cynic’s Guide To BI In 2017

27-Dec-2016 | Timo Elliott

I’ve been working in business intelligence and analytics for more than 25 years. With some confidence and a lot of cynicism, here are my predictions for 2017: Businesspeople Businesspeople w