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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 [...]

Besides working on Real World Decision Modeling with DMN  I recently contributed a piece on the use of decision modeling for framing predictive analytics to The Big Analytics Book, a book being produced by the folks at AnalyticsWeek. AnalyticsWeek rounded up 60+ thought leaders in analytics, including yours truly, and got us all to write a [...]

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 [...]

I last got an update from Rapid Insight in 2014 and caught up again with them recently to discuss their 3.0 release. Rapid Insight was founded in 2003 and has over 200 client sites across education, healthcare and other companies. The product set is focused on predictive analytics, ad-hoc analysis and self-service data preparation. Rapid [...]

Jeff Ma, he of the book Bringing Down the House about winning at Blackjack, gave the closing keynote on advanced analytics. First he asked what can you learn from Blackjack Reduce the casino’s (or your competitor’s) edge For instance basic blackjack strategy executed perfectly reduces your losses by 50% Avoid omission bias People favor risk [...]

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 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 [...]

SAS has been focusing on in-memory analytics recently with its new Visual Analytics products for instance. Teradata and SAS have been working together to enable these in-memory products for Teradata customers and today announced a new appliance. The expansion to the Teradata Appliance for SAS, Model 750 now supports SAS High Performance Analytics (HPA) Products, [...]

I am giving a webinar on How to Succeed with Advanced Analytics at Scale on October 15 at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern Leading organizations today are looking to scale their advanced analytics capabilities, especially data mining and predictive analytics, to improve business performance, reduce fraud and improve customer responsiveness. However traditional analytic project approaches are hard [...]

First Look: Dataiku 2.0

I last got an update from Dataiku in November of 2014. Since then they have raised money and opened an office in New York. New features and capabilities have been added to the product and they are seeing good interest in the product from US customers as they expand here. The 2.0 version has been [...]

Teradata Listener #TD3PI

Continuing at the Teradata Influencers event with a discussion of Teradata Listener. Teradata Listener provides real time streaming data support., intending to make it easy to allow multiple projects in an enterprise to listen to streaming data, capture it and make it available for later analysis. It's based on open source and software only. It [...]

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 [...]

We have just posted a new white paper on Next Generation Claims Systems Decision Management delivers next generation claims systems that act immediately, increase agility, consistency and accuracy, improve customer satisfaction, speed response and reduce costs. Insurers can achieve significant speed-to-market gains, reduce fraud and create innovative new claims processes. Today’s insurance claims systems deliver [...]

I am giving a webinar on Advanced Analytics for the Business Professional 10am Pacific on May 28 Advanced Analytics is not just for data scientists anymore. Many businesses adopt their analytics by degree of complexity, limiting business professionals to reporting and dashboard views of their business. But recent research has found that with modern tools [...]

The 2015 Rexer Analytics Data Miner Survey has launched. This survey is a great asset for the analytic and data mining community. Like many who look forward to the results I would like to ensure that the survey reaches a large and diverse group of analytic professionals, students and academics. The survey is for all analytic [...]

One of my big focus areas right now is using decision requirements models to frame predictive analytic projects. We are working with a few insurance companies as well as a couple of manufacturing companies to apply decision requirements modeling in their analytic requirements process and I am excited by the potential. I recently wrote an article for [...]

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 [...]

Last week OpenText acquired Actuate and their CEO, Mark Barrenechea, blogged about the acquisition. As Mark says "analytics are a hot technology" so mergers and acquisitions in the analytic space are to be expected. With OpenText's focus on Enterprise Information Management and its strong content management capabilities, an analytics firm like Actuate makes good sense. OpenText already had content management, business process [...]

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, [...]