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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 [...]

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 [...]

Bill Fair, one of the founders of Fair Isaac, once said that to succeed with analytics you had to "grab the decision by the throat and don't let go". As Big Data and analytics become ever more central to organizations, and as more and more money is spent on analytics, this advice seems particularly timely. As [...]

I am giving a webinar with Sandy Kemsley on "Smarter Mobile Apps with Process and Decision Management", January 19th at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern Mobile devices have gained enough traction with consumers and employees to require mobile applications as a part of an enterprise strategy. However, these mobile apps must be more than mere information presenters. In [...]

I am speaking at this year's Deluxe Exchange Feb 8-10 in Boca Raton, Florida. I am presenting on "How to Create Big Data Opportunities" at 10:30am Eastern on the 9th: Many companies today are struggling to take advantage of “Big Data.” Join James Taylor as he defines just we mean by Big Data, what it [...]

Final session today focused on systems and architecture for Big Data Analytics. It began by talking about the friction between business and IT and how this is increasing, especially around information and analytics where business users want to be able to work with data without worrying about IT. This creates challenges for IT specifically: The [...]

#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 [...]

Karl Rexer sent me a few highlights from his 2015 Data Science Survey. This was formerly known as the Rexer Data Miner Survey but the term Data Scientist has surged in popularity so it has been renamed. I have blogged in the past about the survey and like many in the business I look forward to the [...]

John Boyd, author of the OODA Loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) once said Decisions without actions are pointless. Actions without decisions are reckless This seems to me to be a clarion call for Decision Management and its combination of operational and analytic systems into Decision Management Systems: A typical analytic system, a Business Intelligence or dashboard [...]

I am faculty member for the International Institute for Analytics (IIA) and recently completed a new research brief on Framing Requirements for Predictive Analytic Projects with Decision Modeling. The Research Brief is behind the paywall for IIA clients with an Enterprise Research Subscription. If you are interested in IIA membership and the research that IIA produces check out the site. IIA does a [...]

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 [...]

As part of my ongoing series of interviews with analytic practitioners I caught up recently with Matthew Kitching, Senior Data Scientist at Apption. I am giving a webinar with Matt Kitching, Senior Data Scientist at Apption at 10am Pacific, May 27 on The Value of Predictive Analytics and How Using Decision Modeling Helps You Succeed. Apption is [...]

Ray Wang of Constellation Research published a report early this year "The Elements of Business Architecture for Digital Transformation." In the report Ray identifies some interesting boardroom priorities (this is just some of them): Consistent Customer Experience Mass automation Insights-driven business models Cost-effective regulatory compliance All of these are reasons given by our clients as they invest [...]

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. Finally style-based: With a clear understanding of the [...]

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. Next up role-centric: Decision-making problems can be solved [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

#IBMInsight Internet of Things

Jake Porway came back to talk about the coming explosion of data. With the Internet of Things, drones and more sensors everywhere, our current view of "big data" is going to seem quaint in the not too distant future. So much more data is going to come flooding in we have to adopt new technologies and new [...]