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Back in May of last year, Wayne Eckerson published “Making Predictive Analytics Pervasive“. It’s a great report with some really useful data but one of the key headline result is that implementation rates are not rising – in fact fewer organizations are reporting successful implementation of predictive analytics (from 21% to 18%). This despite the [...]

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 [...]

I am giving a webinar for the International Institute for Analytics at 2:00pm ET on February 19 “Making the Best Decisions Possible with Enterprise Decision Management” We all make tactical and strategic decisions every day. With the presence of big data, are we making the right or the best decisions possible as data volume, velocity [...]

I recently published a new article in the Teradata Magazine – Get Closer to Your Data If data holds the secrets to better business decisions, then advanced analytics is the means to getting data to reveal that information. That’s why organizations striving to be more data driven are adopting advanced analytics. New and improved techniques offer solutions [...]

#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 [...]

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 [...]

Shanker Ramamurthy kicked off the session, describing how, as the world’s economy is digitized, the use of Big Data and analytics to compete in the new real-time economy becomes essential. The latency with which enterprises much develop and implement solutions is collapsing to zero. Customers are demanding more value for money at the same time, requiring not just faster [...]

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 [...]

Steve Gold came up to talk about how IBM Watson. Watson, of course, started with the focus on analyzing unstructured data to present hypotheses and learn from the results. Watson brought together lots of IBM projects and technology and Watson Analytics is similar – a combination of various technologies and projects to solve a new problem. [...]

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 [...]

First Look: WebAction

I got an update from WebAction recently. WebAction was founded in 2012, is backed by Summit Partners and is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. The founders come from working together at GoldenGate and some prior companies, such as WebLogic. WebAction’s focus is on what they call “Data Driven Apps” – on moving from data presentation [...]

I recently did some research on the requirements for enterprise-scale analytics and the challenges of using open source R in this context. In this first post I wanted to outline some of the requirements I see for enterprise scale analytics and in a second post I will discuss the challenges of R in that context. As advanced [...]

Gregory over at KDNuggets had an interesting post with some Top Analytics and Big Data trends ahead of Strata Hadoop NYC Conference based on input from their readers. Three trends struck me: The challenge of communicating complex analyses to non-technical clients/partners We are having increasing success using logical decision models to show how data and analytics drive better [...]

Check out this article – Business leaders need Rs not Vs: The 5 Rs of Big Data. I met Merritt,the author, at the TDWI Solution Summit on Advanced Analytics this spring. In the post, and in his subsequent work, he makes some great points. I really like his 5Rs and think they illustrate the power of [...]

Actian has recently released its new Actian Analytics Platform (blogged about here) to deliver scale, parallelism, advanced analytics etc. Following on from this they announced a new offering, Clear Path. The Clear Path Program is designed to provide blueprints to help customers adopt this platform and deliver “transformational value”. Clear Path Analytics Blueprints package up [...]

There was a fascinating piece in the Economist last week – Little things that mean a lot. This piece really resonated with me – even the title sounds a lot like my mantra of “Big Data, Little Decisions” (you can see a selection of the articles and webinars I have given on this topic here). So what were [...]

Webinar: Up Your R Game

I am giving a webinar Up Your R Game with Bill Franks of Teradata on July 29th at 1pm Eastern time: Open source R is no longer a fad or a tool used in the academic world. According to the Rexer survey,* R is the analytic software of choice for data scientists, business analysts, and data [...]

I am giving a webinar with FICO on How Global Leaders are Achieving Success with Predictive Analytics in the Cloud, July 24th at 2pm Eastern. Analyst James Taylor answers the question: Are Companies Adopting Predictive Analytics in the Cloud? And, if so, how are they approaching it and overcoming obstacles to success? Mr. Taylor recently surveyed [...]

First Look: Teradata Aster R

While R has become very popular in recent years the fact remains that as an open source product it has some scalability and performance issues (discussed in our paper on Standards in Predictive Analytics for instance). Base open source R is not really designed for the kind of large data volumes, Big Data, that are [...]

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 [...]