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First Look: BusinessOptics

I got a briefing from a company that’s new to the US but that I have been aware of for a while – BusinessOptics. The company was founded in South Africa and started about four years ago. The product itself was first released about two years ago and the initial customers are primarily in South [...]

If you are a business analyst and a member of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) then, like me, you have been waiting for the new version of the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge or BABOK to be released. A little while back this wait was finally over and BABOK 3 was released (details here). If you [...]

I am giving a workshop tutorial at BBC 2015 on Business Analysis and Architecture with Decision Modeling Monday November 2, 1:30pm: The proven technique of decision modeling is fast becoming the go-to approach for extending business architectures and system requirements to include business decisions. Modeling business decisions as peers to business processes is central to accurately [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Join us at Decision Camp 2014, October 13-15, 2014 in beautiful San Jose, CA hosted by PayPal. Decision Camp is an event by decision management practitioners for practitioners – and registration is free! Practitioners are Business Analysts, Business Experts, Developers or Architects that use or consider using Decision Management technologies such as Business Rules, Predictive Analytics, Business Intelligence [...]

Dave Laverty kicked off IBM’s big Watson Analytics announcement event in New York.  The focus today, he says, is the reinvention of the analytic experience with a degree of simplicity that puts analytic power in the hands of everyone. Bob Picciano joined him to make the key announcements. Back in January IBM announced the Watson business unit, a vertically [...]

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 [...]

I am giving a webinar on Plugtree, on October 8 at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern: Drools is a technically strong, high performance Business Rules Management System (BRMS). Drools has editors that can be configured so business analysts and business users can maintain and update business rules but many organizations trying to engage their business users in this [...]

I am giving a webinar on Improve Your Process Models by Modeling Decisions for the IIBA on September 18 at 11am Eastern: Business analysts know that modeling business processes, rather than writing about them, defines them more accurately. Business process models make it easier to validate requirements, easier to see opportunities for improvement and easier to manage [...]

I am giving a webinar with Juergen Pitschke, our partner in Germany, on Getting Started with Decision Discovery September 9 at 10am Pacific. The path to a better bottom line is paved by large numbers of operational decisions made by people, by processes and by software applications. Systematically improving each operational decision – at scale – [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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). [...]

Some time back I participated in a large group of practitioners working on a new version of A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® . After months of consolidating feedback and updating this (vry thorough) document, the IIBA has announced a public review of version 3. As their own newsletter says: You can review [...]

I am giving a class at the TDWI World Conference “Evolving Your Requirements Approach to Advanced Analytics with Decision Management” in Boston, July 20-25. This is a new class for TDWI that builds on my successful class at the University of California Irvine Extension program. Big data makes it hard to scale human interpretation, forces [...]

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. [...]

Some Friday Data Analyst Humor

If you are a data analyst, data scientist, data miner or other analytics professional you should see this. Thanks to @jimsterne for sharing!

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, [...]

I am giving a webinar for the International Institute of Business Analysis on “Integrating Decision Modeling into your Requirements Process,” January 15 at 11am ET/8am PT [Note new date] A new generation of agile and analytic systems is delivering more accurate, more automated and more analytical decision-making to companies and organizations. Delivering consistent, and consistently [...]