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The folks at Tableau have a nice little white paper 10 Tips to Create Useful & Beautiful Visualizations (registration required). Many of these are pretty straightforward, if still valuable reminders of best practice. I particularly liked Tip #1 – “tell a story” – as this is obviously critical for a powerful visualization. But I have one more [...]

First Look: Via Science

I got a chance to catch up with Via Science recently [Post updated June 2014 to reflect some changes in terminology]. Via Science is focused on “Big Math” for “big data.” They see big data companies spanning from data collection to search/storage to analysis/visualization. Big Math – the category in which they like to put [...]

Now time for a panel of IBMers focused on innovation moderated by John Hagerty. Some topics from the panel: IBM Research A big part of innovation at IBM is their focus on research. IBM research creates strategic initiatives driven by a Global Technology Outlook. This same technology outlook drives some “big bets” on things like [...]

Bob Picciano and Les Rechan came up next to discuss Big Data and Analytics: Fueling Competitive Advantage in the New Era of Smart. Five years ago IBM launched the Smarter Planet initiative. On a smarter planet, they say, everything is connected and instrumented and this is reflected in the explosion of Big Data. To drive value [...]

Stuart Wells, the CTO of FICO, came up to give the keynote and talk about FICO’s big cloud announcements: FICO Cloud-based Decision Management Platform (announcement here) FICO Analytic Cloud (announcement here and sign up here) Customer engagement applications  on this cloud platform announcement here (discussed also in this blog post). Stuart began with a couple of stories. [...]

IBM has a portfolio of decision optimization products that are integral to their smarter analytics strategy, aimed at both the hard-core optimization experts as well as targeting line of business markets. IBM sees optimization expanding, expanding from the traditional optimization technology market to a more mainstream decision optimization platform with an increasing focus on specific [...]

Syndicated from my blog on the International Institute for Analytics Site IIA is talking about analytics entering a new era, Analytics 3.0, The Era of Impact. What is Analytics 3.0? According to IIA, Analytics 3.0 marks the stage of maturity where leading organizations realize measurable business impact from the combination of traditional analytics and big data. High-performing companies [...]

It has been a while since I was updated on IBM SPSS Modeler and I got an update from IBM recently. IBM SPSS Modeler is, of course, IBM’s primary data mining and predictive analytics workbench. It uses a standard workflow metaphor, letting you string together nodes that process data, run algorithms, score data, etc. Both [...]

I have been following the Data 2.0 Summit folks recently – the Third Annual Data 2.0 Summit 2013 in San Francisco is a one-day conference and speakers include Anthony Goldbloom, CEO of Kaggle, who is always worth listening to and you can get 20% off your Data 2.0 Summit pass by clicking this link. Anyway, the theme this year is that [...]

Les Rechan came up to discuss “realizing the value” with analytics for big data. Les reminds us that analytic organizations out perform others so its about using analytics not just data. Again he’s focused on time to insight (where I think the focus should  be time to action, not insight). Anyway he is focused on [...]

Phil Francisco came up to talk about the new PureData System for Hadoop. He began by pointing out that just because something is open source does not mean there are not real costs involved. To make Hadoop adoptable and usable for enterprises, easier consumption is needed. Hence the PureData Hadoop appliance designed to simplify building, [...]

I got an update from the folks at Teradata on the Teradata Aster platform recently. I have been briefed on various partnerships around Teradata before – they are very active working with analytics providers on making sure that in-database analytic engines work on Teradata – but had not been briefed specifically on Teradata Aster. Aster [...]

First Look: Angoss 8.5

I got an update on release 8.0 from Angoss last year and they subsequently released 8.5 in November 2012 with new functionality in KnowledgeSTUDIO and KnowledgeSEEKER. Particular improvements came in their additive scorecard interface with the addition of reject inference. Data visualization and reporting got an update too and they added the ability to import [...]

UPDATE: I wrote this review back in March but as part of the series on Marketing Decision Management I am writing about products such as the Portrait Suite so I have added it into the series. I got briefed by the Portrait folks back when they first became part of Pitney Bowes Software but it [...]

Jim Davis kicked off the annual SAS analyst event. SAS sees their work on in-memory analytics in recent years as another major change in the way companies handle data and develop analytics, especially when combined with their work on taking advantage of this with their new visual analytics interfaces. This, he says, is going to [...]

SAP has recently announcement some new predictive analytic offerings. At the core are in-database predictive analytics and R integration based on SAP HANA and a new predictive modeling tool, SAP Predictive Analysis. The latter is aimed to close the gap between “pure” data miners/modelers and the business analysts that might typically use tools like SAP [...]

I am often asked about the difference between decision support systems and decision management systems. This is an interesting topic and one that is central to the value proposition of decision management systems so I thought I would revisit it. All decisions involve a choice, a selection of a course of action from a set [...]

I am giving the opening session for the Oracle Business Intelligence, Warehousing and Analytics SIG on August 15th at 11am ET/8am PT The data you have, the way you analyze it, and the way you act on this analysis drives better business outcomes.  James Taylor, CEO of Decision Management Solutions, Faculty Member at International Institute [...]

Experian has recently renovated their decision management platform – now called PowerCurve™. Experian’s clients generally need to achieve one of four goals – increase revenue through market share growth; controlling risk to manage exposure and reduce losses; increased operational efficiency; or compliance. These goals obviously drive you to using Decision Management Systems and to use [...]

Rexer Analytics have just released the results of their 2011 survey – the 5th annual one, answered by over 1,300 data miners from 60 countries in the first have of 2011. The survey continued to show that CRM/Marketing, Financial and Insurance are the major commercial focus areas for data mining. It also reiterated the top [...]