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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, [...]

Stamatis Stefankos gave a presentation on his work with Sunrise Communications to forecast and reduce printing and mailing costs in a CRM context. Sunrise is the #2 telco in Switzerland with mobile and landline customers with 1.7 mobile customers (the majority). They have a typical data infrastructure with a data warehouse that pulls in data [...]

I am giving a tutorial and a presentation on putting predictive analytics to work at the forthcoming Predictive Analytics World show in Washington DC (October 20th-21st with tutorials on the 19th). I always like to illustrate my points with real examples and while I was preparing the presentation I had a chance to talk to [...]

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork I was attending IBM’s launch of its analytic appliances when it announced its intent to acquire SPSS. I did not get a chance to write much more at the time but I did not want to let the opportunity pass completely.I think the announcement represents a sea change in the decision management [...]

IBM Analytics Appliance

The scheduled announcements today were about a new analytics appliance. Steve Mills set the scene, pointing out that business optimization (a market in which IBM includes analytics projects) is getting client investment at 2x the general business automation market. Personally I think this is why decision management is going to be more and more important [...]


UPDATED BASED ON CALL – see below In NY for IBM’s Analytics announcements. The original agenda has been overtaken by events – IBM bought SPSS this morning. Ambuj Goyal came on to talk about SPSS and focused on their predictive analytics software. SPSS is very widely used – 250,000 customers in all sorts of industries [...]

First Look – IBM and SPSS

I got a chance to catch up with the folks from IBM/Cognos to discuss their (fairly) recent announcement of a formal OEM relationship with SPSS for PASW Statistics (briefly reviewed here). I discussed their original, less formal, partnership previously. IBM Cognos has a long alliance history with SPSS, often working with them to co-sell into [...]