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First Look: SAP Advanced Analytics Update

April 23, 2014

SAP recently summarized their Advanced Analytic solution stack, putting all their various advanced analytic components into a single solution stack. SAP sees advanced analytics as important as being competitive in the future will rely on an ability to leverage all kinds of data. They see Big Data, the Internet of Things, the need for increasingly [...]

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SV Forum BI SIG Event: Decisions First: How to stop wasting money on Big Data

March 31, 2014

[ April 15, 2014; 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. ] I am speaking at the SV Forum Business Intelligence SIG on Decisions First: How to stop wasting money on Big Data - April 15 at 6:30pm at SAP’s Palo Alto location.
Big Data is hot. Organizations are dealing with greater volumes of data, more variety of data and data that arrives with increasing velocity. These “Big Data” [...]

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Analytic practitioners speak – an interview with Lee Feinberg of DecisionViz

March 27, 2014

Please describe your current role and title
DecisionViz is a management consultant that helps companies build leadership in the processes, people, and culture around data visualization. We work with senior management to elevate visualization from the activity of reporting and making charts to being integrated with their daily decision-making. I founded the company in 2012.
What’s your [...]

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Decision-centric dashboards and application lifecycle management with Assure

March 24, 2014

We have become increasingly convinced that decision modeling, especially decision modeling using the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard and DecisionsFirst Modeler, is a great way to design dashboards. Building a decision model focuses on the decisions that must be made by the user of the dashboard, on how they make that decision and on [...]

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Survey on the business value of business analytics

February 28, 2014

An associate professor at NEOMA Business School, Rouen, France is conducting a survey on how the quality of analytics influences business value, satisfaction and continuance/firm performance:
Business Analytics is expected to create huge operational and strategic benefits. In this study we look at how quality of analytics influences business value, satisfaction and continuance/firm performance. The results will [...]

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Live Event: TDWI Solution Summit on Advanced Analytics

February 24, 2014

[ June 1, 2014 to June 3, 2014. ] I am co-chair, with Fern Halper,of the TDWI Solution Summit: Beyond BI to Advanced Analytics for Business Advantage in San Diego, June 1-3.
Business analytics has become an important new trend for companies that want to be competitive—and stay that way. While certain kinds of advanced analytics have been on the market for decades, adoption is finally [...]

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First Look: SQLstream 4.0

February 12, 2014

I last wrote about SQLstream back in 2012 and got an update from them recently. Recent news includes a partnership with Oracle and new performance benchmarks (against Hadoop Storm for instance), and their latest SQLstream 4.0 release. New 4.0 features include

Performance optimization of the streaming integration layer and the UDX mechanism for SQL extensions
Support for [...]

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Another analytic practitioner speaks – an interview with Tracy Altman

January 22, 2014

Last year I interested Andrea Scarso, CEO of MoneyFarm, about analytics. This was a hugely popular post so I thought I would continue the series this year by interviewing some other analytic practitioners. The first in this continuing series is an interview with Tracy Allison Altman, co-founder of Ugly Research. Ugly Research are developing PepperSlice, [...]

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Oracle BIWA Summit: Big Data, Little Decisions: Using Decision Management to improve operations

December 9, 2013

[ January 14, 2014; 8:45 am to 9:45 am. ] I am giving the opening keynote at the Oracle BIWA Summit 2014 in Redwood Shores, California. I will be speaking on “Big Data, Little Decisions: Using Decision Management Systems to improve day to day operations” at 8:45am on January 14.
As companies invest in Big Data infrastructure they are looking for ways to show a return [...]

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JSON support in Teradata

October 22, 2013

In the second quarter of 2014 Teradata will add support for JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) –  “fat free” XML focused on name value pairs – in its data warehouse. The key focus of this addition is on the Internet of Things because many of these produce data in JSON formats. For instance telematics, geospatial, manufacturing [...]

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First Look: Tibco Spotfire 6

October 10, 2013

I got an update from Tibco recently having last heard from them when I got an update on Spotfire 4. Since then they have partnered with Attivio for supporting unstructured data (4.5), added a new in-memory engine and support for in-database analytics as well as native support for R – the Tibco Enterprise Runtime for [...]

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Webinar: Dispelling the top 3 myths for utilizing business analytics to improve organizational processes

September 5, 2013

[ September 26, 2013; 10:00 am to 11:00 am. ] I am giving a webinar with Anuj Marfatia of IBM on September 26 at 1pm ET on Dispelling the top 3 myths for utilizing business analytics to improve organizational processes.
Many organizations are focusing on their Operations to reduce costs. Operations aligns processes, an organization’s lifeblood, to ensure customer expectations are met. In order to excel [...]

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First Look: Alteryx

August 29, 2013

I recently caught up with Alteryx,Inc.,  a company focused on democratizing Big Data – on how to get better decision making and data management at scale in an era of Big Data. Alteryx was founded in 2010 (and came from the origins of a company called SRC) and has 130 employees in North America.
When it [...]

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First Look: Datameer

August 26, 2013

As part of an ongoing expansion of our ecosystem mapping to include more Hadoop-based products I recently got an update from Datameer. Datameer was founded back in 2009 by Stefan Groschupf, who was one of the original contributors to Nutch, the open source project that spun off Hadoop. Prior to starting Datameer, he and the [...]

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First Look: Adaptive Planning Adaptive Discovery

August 6, 2013

Adaptive Planning was founded just over 10 years ago to deliver cloud financial planning solutions. They have about 1,600 customers across all industries in 80 countries with about 400 partners worldwide. Focused on management planning, reporting, consolidation and analysis they are increasingly in use beyond the finance organization, moving into sales and other operational areas. [...]

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Here’s one effective way to avoid screwing up predictive analytic projects

July 30, 2013

There’s a great article over on Computerworld - 12 predictive analytics screw-ups. They asked some of my favorite data miners (John Elder and Jeff Deal of Elder Research, Eric Siegel of Prediction Impact and Dean Abbott of Abbott Analytics) what they saw as the top ways to screw up predictive analytic projects. The list of 12 [...]

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Webinar: 4 Ways Decision Modeling Creates a Data-Driven Culture

July 8, 2013

[ August 1, 2013; 10:30 am to 11:00 am. ] I am giving a 30 minute webinar at 10:30am Pacific/1:30pm Eastern on August 1 on the 4 Ways Decision Modeling Creates a Data-Driven Culture.
Decision modeling plays a key role as organizations transition to a data-driven culture. A recent Harvard Business Review survey revealed that data-driven decision-making is taking root in leading organizations and showing a positive [...]

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Another tip for creating useful visualizations

June 21, 2013

The folks at Tableau have a nice little white paper 10 Tips to Create Useful & Beautiful Visualizations (registration required). Many of these are pretty straightforward, if still valuable reminders of best practice. I particularly liked Tip #1 – “tell a story” – as this is obviously critical for a powerful visualization. But I have one more [...]

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Closing thoughts on IBM Big Data Analytics #BDA13

June 6, 2013

Well that’s a wrap for the IBM Big Data Analytics Analyst Insight 2013 event. I’ve blogged 13 sessions and attended a couple of others plus had dinner at the Hockey Hall of Fame and seen the Stanley Cup. A few closing thoughts:

Like IBM I believe that the power of Big Data lies in its ability [...]

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Speed of Analytics: Why Infrastructure and Platforms Matter #BDA13

June 6, 2013

Next up is a session on the new infrastructure and platforms for analytics. IBM’s view (and I would agree) is that use cases for analytics are evolving to increasingly combine traditional structured data and newer unstructured, more dynamic, “Big Data” sources. As customers change the time frames in which they need to make decisions (more [...]

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