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First Look – SAS Viya

Back when I was attending the SAS Inside Intelligence analyst day they briefed us under embargo about their new Viya platform. This was announced today from SAS Global Forum. Ultimately all the SAS products will be moving to the SAS Viya platform and the platform is designed to ensure that all SAS products have some common characteristics: All [...]

I am co-hosting TDWI's Solution Summit on Business Innovation through Analytics and Big Data Architectures with Philip Russom, April 10-12 in Savannah, GA Business, analytics, and big data are colliding to create new and innovative ways of running a business, regardless of organizational size or industry. From one direction, organizations are collecting data from new sources, [...]

Last session of the day is a freeform executive Q&A so I will just list bullet points as they come up: Open Source R is obviously a hot topic in analytics and SAS' focus on more open APIs that are broadly accessible and their renewed focus on academic partnerships are designed to "leave R in the [...]

Next up at the SAS Inside Intelligence event are some technology highlights, each based around a day in the life of a particular role. Much of this is under NDA of course. Ryan Schmiedl kicked off with a quick recap of last year's technology - 150 significant releases across the SAS focus areas. In analytics for instance Factory [...]

I am at the SAS Inside Intelligence event in Steamboat getting the annual update on all things SAS. First session of the day is the Executive Viewpoint. Jim Goodnight and Randy Guard kicked things off. Creating a single global organization was a big part of last year with legal, finance, sales, marketing and more becoming global [...]

Interested in Big Data Governance?

I got an email today from a doctoral student trying to complete their dissertation. They are looking for 10 or so participants to complete data collection for a study on The Role of Data Governance Mechanism in Managing the Big Data Environment. If you're interested, please contact Stephanie by email for more information: Stephanie Cutter sstreich@capellauniversity.edu

Sometimes Scott Adams just nails it and late last year I saw this great strip on The Generic Graph. Work with analytics long enough and you see something akin to this - something Mychelle Mollot of Klipfolio called Building a One-size-fits-all Dashboard - one of the 6 mistakes she talks about in this article that she pithily summarizes as the “this sucks for [...]

Mark Clare, the Global Head of Data/Information Management and CDO at HSBC, came up next to be interviewed by Jill Dyche of SAS. Mark has been a CDO previously and took his latest role in large part because it is a business role focused on driving data into the operations of several division. He and [...]

Jack Philips kicked off this year’s International Institute for Analytics Chief Analytics Officer Summit emphasizing the power and pervasiveness of analytics. Analytics, he says, is a classic disruptive innovation with most companies seeing a slow start and then a sudden inflexion point to rapid adoption and growth. Now the challenge is how to scale analytics, [...]

Next up at IBM Insights is the Advanced Analytics keynote with a focus on how to get insight out of all these new data sources and infrastructure. The session is focused on Spark, on hybrid cloud-on premise solutions and on trusted data. Companies are moving up maturity curve they say, moving from cost reduction to [...]

#IBMInsight IBM Watson Analytics

After a quick catch up with the IBM Operational Decision Manager (business rules) and IBM SPSS Modeler teams to talk about their cloud and Spark enhancements respectively, it’s time for more on Watson Analytics. I last blogged about Watson Analytics last year so it will be interesting to see what’s been going on since then. [...]

#IBMInsight 2015 Opening Keynotes

I am attending IBM Insight 2015 and will blog about a few of the sessions. First up, the opening keynote on the insight economy. IBM is focusing on the disruption caused by analytics and insight across all industries. Internal and external data and increasingly sophisticated analytics are changing how companies interact with customers, manage risk [...]

First Look: XMPro

I got a chance recently to catch up with the folks from XMPro. XMPro is a .NET-based Intelligent Business Operations Platform with headquarters in Dallas and offices in Denver, Sydney, London and South Africa. The folks from XMPro see the world as a very event-driven environment with work arriving in an increasingly dynamic fashion day [...]

Real Time Big Data #TD3PI

Another Think Big employee came up to talk about real-time big data especially around event analytics. Real-time, he says, is generally something happening in a second or so not minutes or hours. Might be push or pull but what matters is the time from data in to data out. Real-time responses, he pointed out,  need [...]

Next up at the Teradata Influencer event was a session on data lakes and related technology / approaches from the Think Big consulting team. Think Big sees a data lake as an approach to capturing, refining, storing and exploring any form of raw data at scale, enabled by low cost technologies and from which downstream [...]

Ron Bodkin of Think Big (founded in 2010 and acquired by Teradata in late 2014) came up next to talk about their consulting practice around hadoop and other big data infrastructure. They are now over 100 people (on shore and off shore) with a 100% focus on Big Data technology. They are run largely separately [...]

Day two of the Teradata Influencers event started with Hermann Wimmer, co-president. Hermann gave us an introduction to the overall company strategy. Teradata has two co-presidents, one focused on data and analytics and one focused on marketing applications with some shared services. This allows  them to focus on the three markets there see for their [...]

I am attending the Teradata Influencers Summit in lovely Del Mar, California. First up is Oliver Ratzesberger, Senior VP of Software, to talk about recent technology innovations and technology strategy. Oliver highlighted some of the key trends and themes for Teradata. He began with a maturity model for "the sentiment enterprise" (video here): Agile Data [...]

I am speaking on A New Approach to Defining BI Requirements at the Bay Area Microsoft BI User Group on July 2nd I will introduce the core concepts of DMN and show how it can be used to drive more effective requirements for BI, dashboard, and analytic projects.  You'll also see a demo of DecisionsFirst Modeler, a decision [...]

We just published a new white paper on Framing Analytic Requirements. This paper shows how you can achieve analytical, data-driven decisions by using decision modeling and the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard to frame your analytical requirements. The value proposition of analytics is almost always to improve decision-making. Whether you are data mining, building predictive analytic models, [...]