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I had a great conversation with Claudia Imhoff at the Teradata Partners conference recently on “Big Data in the Operational World Requires a Different Mind-Set.” BeyeNetwork has recently published the transcript of our conversation here and the original podcast is available here.  

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork A friend sent me a link to a webinar on “The End of BI as We Know It” that promised “A fresh look at what business analytics means”. It wasn’t clear who was speaking or what company was sponsoring but the title intrigued me (as it was meant to). But when I [...]

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork I was struck today by a short but effective Information Builders PowerPoint – Four Worst and Four Best Practices in Business Intelligence. I really liked the worst practices – especially the one about assuming that business people have the skills or time to learn to use a BI tool. I blogged not [...]

Gathering BI/DW requirements

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork There was a great article this week over on the Requirements Network – Data Warehouse / Business Intelligence Requirements Elicitation. Where do You Begin? I really liked the fact that early in the discussion the author said: After establishing these strategic objectives, make it a priority to get your users talking about [...]

The nice folks over at IDC let me take a look at IDC – Worldwide Application Development and Deployment: 2010 Predictions. I have a somewhat narrow focus (Decision Management) so only two are really in my zone. First, #10: 10. Decisioning Products Will Be Unified to Deliver a Decision Management Platform This is obviously right [...]

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork I have been working on some research with the BeyeNETWORK and we are pleased to announce the release of “Operational Analytics: Putting Analytics to Work in Operational Systems”. The basic premise for this report is the power of analytics to improve decision making has huge potential when applied to the large numbers [...]

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork Rexer Analytics, a data mining consulting firm, is conducting their fourth annual survey of the analytic behaviors, views and preferences of data mining professionals. This is a really interesting survey (I blogged about the results of the previous one here) and I encourage you to participate. The survey Link is www.RexerAnalytics.com/Data-Miner-Survey-2010-Intro2.html (you [...]

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork Karl Rexer just sent me this link – Oracle Data Mining on iPad – and I have to say it is pretty cute. I recently got a demo of the new Oracle Data Mining capabilities and will post a quick summary of it soon but this is new way to look at [...]

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork CNet had a nice story about UPS that caught my eye – UPS turns data analysis into big savings. What was interesting about this to me was not just the use of telemetry (which is interesting enough), but the way analytics acts as a massive value multiplier for this kind of data. [...]

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork I was doing some research the other day and found (re-found really) Kurt Thearling’s page of Data Mining Techniques. I had forgotten how useful this was and thought I should re-post it for those of you looking for a nice online summary of core data mining techniques.

New Rexer Analytics survey

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork I recently got the survey results from the annual data mining survey that Karl Rexer of Rexer Analytics runs. You can get the summary here or the full results from Karl but here are my thoughts: Data mining is everywhere. The most cited areas are CRM / Marketing and Financial Services with [...]

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork In a recent post, Big BI is Stuck: Illustrated by SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, Stephen Few took issue with the claims of SAP BusinessObjects Explorer. I have not spent any time with the product so I am not going to discuss his specific criticisms but I was struck by a caution he added [...]

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork In a great post on 8 things to keep in mind on predictive analytics, some folks from Diamond Management & Technology laid out some things to keep in mind that I really liked. Here they are with my comments – you can get more detail on each from the series of posts [...]

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork My co-author on Smart (Enough) Systems, Neil Raden, has written a great white paper on in-database analytics that is available from Sybase – Analytics from the start. This paper introduces the key concepts, discusses some of the key issues (our book contains more tips in this area) and describes some strong case [...]

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork Predictive Analytics World, February 16-17, 2010 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco is turning into the biggest yet. I am going to be speaking on analytic journeys and giving a workshop on putting predictive analytics to work and there are some great keynotes from Andreas Weigen (ex-amazon.com), Kim Larsen (Charles Schwab) [...]

Business Analytics in Operations

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork I am working with the folks at B-eye Network and sponsors Oracle, SAS, Aha!, Adaptive and Fuzzy Logix on some research – Business Analytics: Putting Analytics To Work.There is growing interest in the power of analytics, especially predictive analytics, to improve business operations. The use of data mining and analytic techniques in [...]

Operational Analytics survey

As part of some research on operational analytics I am doing for BeyeNetwork we have developed and posted a survey – please go to http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB22A3HRGXRBS and take it. It shouldn’t take you long and you can fill out a request to get the results.

Where to start with analytics?

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork One of my google alerts pointed me to this thread on Oracle’s discussion forums OTN Discussion Forums : Text Mining Dictionary …. I got the alert because one of friends at Oracle responded to the question “Where to Start?” by quoting the book (Smart (Enough) Systems) I wrote with Neil Raden: Wrong: [...]

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork James Kobielus had a nice list of Advanced Analytics Predictions For 2010 over on the Forrester blog. As usual James is thought provoking with some interesting predictions. Let’s start with the one’s with which I agree most strongly. Advanced analytics sinks deep roots in the data warehouse Absolutely. In database/in warehouse analytics [...]

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork Jeff Jonas had a great post on his blog recently, Your movements speak for themselves: Space-Time Travel Data is Analytic Super-Food! in which he made the point that: Mobile devices in America are generating something like 600 billion geo-spatially tagged transactions per day. With such huge volumes involved, this information is only [...]