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Fred Balboni came up next. Fred, of course, was early in IBM’s Business Analytics and Optimization service line with its unique focus on analytics. This service line has grown to 9,000 consultants and has conducted thousands of – 30,000 – analytics engagements. Fred began with a little history. ERP, he says, took about 20 years [...]

I listened in to IBM’s call about their recent analytics study conducted with MIT Sloan – The Widening Divide (available from www.ibm.com/thewideningdivide). This is the second year for the analytics study and surveyed 4,500 people from 30 industries and 120 countries – a very broad view. Three key results: The competitive advantage created by analytics [...]

Fred Balboni gave the Business Analytics and Optimization keynote. You can get a “faster planet” without analytics, just by automating processes, but you need analytics for a “smarter planet”. Fred began by introducing the results from the IBM Institute for Business Value study. The new survey had three interesting results: The gap between analytic leaders [...]

Opening Keynotes at #iod11

Jeff Jonas‘ great ad for analytics, talking about crossing a road as an analogy for the power of predictive analytics, kicked off the first real content of the keynote. Jeff talked about enterprise amnesia, the challenge of enterprises being unable to process all the data they have flowing in. Jeff uses a puzzle metaphor and [...]

IBM clearly realizes that people, process and technology all must go together to deliver value. This means that clients need both software and services and was the subject of this next session. Business Analytics and Optimization is a segment that crosses hardware, software and services at IBM. IBM is committed to growing this business from [...]

Rob Ashe and Fred Balboni kicked off the IBM Business Analytics Analyst Summit with a presentation on IBM’s overall strategy for analytics – product and consulting in an integrated view. Of course this is IBM so everything starts with Smarter Planet – and Smarter Planet begins with how to get insight to drive better performance, [...]

I recently spoke on analytics to IBM’s CIO Leadership Exchange and wrote a short piece about it for Smart Data Collective. Here are the videos IBM took. First, my presentation (about 12 minutes): (If this won’t play, try this link) Then the Q&A between me, the CTO of Bank of America and the CIO of [...]

SAS and Accenture

I got a chance to catch up with Russ Cobb, Vice President, Alliances and Product Marketing at SAS about the SAS/Accenture announcement recently. One of the first questions, of course, is whether this was just a “Barney” relationship (I love you, you love me) or if it had any meat. Russ understood completely and said [...]

Accenture and SAS announced today that they will jointly create an analytics group focused on financial services, healthcare and public service. They describe this as a “significant evolution of the existing relationship between the two companies”. The release is at  http://www.sas.com/news/preleases/AccentureSASAnalyticsGroup.html This is obviously an interesting announcement. Ever since IBM announced its new Business Analytics [...]

Recording of the Breakaway Breakout session where Fred Balboni and I discuss the new IBM research on using analytics to breakaway from competitors. Watch live streaming video from newintelligence at livestream.com