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Analytics Capability Landscape: Decision-led

January 27, 2015

As part of my recently completed research on the analytic capability landscape, I introduced an approach to selecting analytic capability that is decision-led, role-centric and style-based. I go into the approach more in the research report but I wanted to highlight a few points in a series of blog posts. First decision-led:
Given the focus we saw earlier […]

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Conference Presentation: A New Approach to Defining BI Requirements

January 26, 2015

[ April 20, 2015 to April 22, 2015. ] I am speaking at PASS Business Analytics 2015, April 20-22 in Santa Clara CA,on A New Approach to Defining BI Requirements
Most organizations lack an approach that lets them specify their requirements for BI or for analytics more broadly. Their ability to find opportunities for, and successfully use, more advanced analytics is limited. In this session, […]

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First thoughts on the OpenText/Actuate acquisition

January 22, 2015

Last week OpenText acquired Actuate and their CEO, Mark Barrenechea, blogged about the acquisition. As Mark says “analytics are a hot technology” so mergers and acquisitions in the analytic space are to be expected. With OpenText‘s focus on Enterprise Information Management and its strong content management capabilities, an analytics firm like Actuate makes good sense. OpenText already had content management, business process […]

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Analytics Capability Landscape: The importance of decisions

January 22, 2015

It’s clear when you analyze analytic capabilities that there are three main reasons people use analytics:

A need to report on some aspect of the organization
A need to monitor the organization’s behavior or performance
A need for the organization to make data-driven decisions

As part of my recently completed research on the analytic capability landscape, we did an interesting […]

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New research on identifying the right analytic capabilities for success

January 20, 2015

I have recently completed some research on the increasingly broad portfolio of analytic capabilities available today. These capabilities range from traditional Business Intelligence (BI) capabilities like reporting and ad-hoc query to modern visualization and data discovery capabilities as well as data mining and advanced analytics. These capabilities are often presented as part of a maturity curve, where […]

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First Look: TIBCO Spotfire Recommendations

January 14, 2015

I got a quick update on TIBCO Spotfire recently having last been updated on TIBCO Spotfire 6.5. Since then TIBCO has acquired Jaspersoft and created their TIBCO Analytics group. In addition TIBCO has been taken private though no organizational or business strategy changes have resulted. The various analytic products continue to be fairly independent though […]

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#IBMInsight Powerful Analytics for Everyone

October 27, 2014

Pej Javaheri come on to talk about the use of analytics to “be essential”. Analytics, he said, has arrived across marketing, sales, finance, IT and more. The results from applying analytics are clear and powerful, with research showing very strong ROI. IBM, he says, is focused on putting analytics in the hands of everyone while making it easy […]

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Opening #IBMInsight Keynote: Seize This Moment: Envision Your Future

October 27, 2014

At IBM Insight 2014 this week to hear about IBM’s latest data and analytics offerings. Tomorrow I will be speaking myself on how event-centric decisions represent an inflection point in real-time decision making. For now though it’s going to be all IBM.
After some great rah-rah intro material from Jake Porway and Jeff Jonas, Bob Picciano came on […]

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Webinar: Analytics Maturity Curve or Landscape?

October 24, 2014

[ November 20, 2014; 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] I am giving a webinar November 20 [New Date] at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern with Information Management magazine on Analytics Maturity Curve or Landscape?

What’s the difference between the various analytic capabilities?
How do I map available analytic capabilities to my business needs?
What’s the right combination of capabilities for me now and in the future?
What should I look […]

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Webinar: Don’t Move Your Data: Deeper Analysis, Faster Results, Lower Cost

September 8, 2014

[ October 1, 2014; 10:00 am to 11:00 am. ] I am giving a webinar on October 1, 2014  at 1:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:00 a.m. Pacific with Teradata on Don’t Move Your Data: Deeper Analysis, Faster Results, Lower Cost
Are your analysts spending too much time and effort analyzing growing data volumes? Free your analysts from the limitations and restrictions of the traditional analytic architecture that […]

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Live Tutorial: Decision Modeling with DMN: Extending BPMN to Decisions, Business Rules and Analytics

June 30, 2014

[ November 2, 2014; 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. ] I am giving a tutorial on Decision Modeling with DMN: Extending BPMN to Decisions, Business Rules and Analytics at this year’s Building Business Capability conference in the afternoon of Sunday November 2.
Decision Modeling has recently been added to the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge® Guide v3 while a new standard, the Decision Model and Notation standard, […]

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Alteryx Inspire 14 Influencer Summit – Product General Session

June 18, 2014

My final session of the event is George Mathew’s General Session on the product and its roadmap. George recapped Alteryx’s laser focus on data analysts – who make up a big chunk of the audience here – and their focus on making the next best decision. It’s great to see the focus on decision-making not just […]

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Alteryx Inspire 14 Influencer Summit – A panel of experts

June 17, 2014

The summit continued with a group of newly certified Alteryx Analytic Certified Experts – ACEs. As always with a panel I will just try and capture a few nuggets in no particular order or structure:

The combination of Tableau and Alteryx, in geospatial analysis for instance, is more powerful than either independently. In particular Tableau benefits from […]

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Alteryx Inspire 14 Influencer Summit – Partner Strategy

June 17, 2014

Next up at the Alteryx Influencer Summit a discussion of their partner program and strategy. This strategy has three parts:

Enable technology partner ecosystem and engage their user base

Extensibility partners like Qlik, Tableau, Revolution, Salesforce
Big Data infrastructure partners like Teradata, cloudera, Pivotal, Hortonworks etc.
Some of these are go to market partners – Qlik, Tableau, Datasift and Revolution […]

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Alteryx Inspire 14 Influencer Summit – Growth Strategy

June 17, 2014

Next up at the Alteryx Influencer Summit was a discussion of the overall growth strategy from Rick Schultz and Paul Evans (Marketing and Sales). Most of this is under NDA, as you would expect, but Alteryx was willing to discuss how they have been improving their customer acquisition approach:

A laser focus on the business analyst as their #1 […]

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Alteryx Inspire 14 Influencer Summit – Alteryx 9 and beyond

June 17, 2014

Paul Ross kicked off the Alteryx Influencer Summit by reiterating Alteryx’s focus on their core audience – analysts in the line of business. Alteryx wants to empower these analysts and is investing in its tools and strategy with this in mind. First up was George Matthew talking about market and product strategy (mostly under NDA).
Alteryx […]

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IBM Big Data & Analytics: Internet of Things and Predictive Maintenance

June 12, 2014

Last breakout session at the IBM Big Data and Analytics day in on the Internet of Things and Predictive Asset Maintenance. The IoT is creating new opportunities in all sorts of industries from route optimization to border control, power management in buildings to managing ATM infrastructure. Increasingly organizations want to respond in real-time to things being detected […]

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IBM Big Data & Analytics: Transform adoption with cloud

June 11, 2014

Cloud, says IBM, is changing people’s expectations – they want the same kind of pricing, time to value, flexible access, ease of install for analytics that they get from other cloud applications. IBM is therefore very focused on delivering analytics in the cloud through a mixture of private, public and hybrid clouds. They are going to use […]

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IBM Big Data & Analytics: Redefine the experience

June 11, 2014

Alistair Rennie came up next to talking about how IBM is redefining the analytic experience. Some of this is “in the labs” and so may or may not show up in future products. From an experience point of view IBM sees some tension between the IT and business folks in an organization – the business […]

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IBM Big Data & Analytics: Transforming Industries with Data

June 11, 2014

Beth Smith and Fred Balboni kicked things off at the IBM Big Data & Analytics Summit. IBM has been making big investments in data, Big Data and analytics. Increasingly they see customers using data for competitive advantage in new ways, taking advantage of the cloud for development and deployment. In particular they see their customers using […]

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