SAS Decision Manager Product Review and More on Decision Management

Here is a useful set of Decision Management Assets on Modernizing Operational Decisions from SAS Software with Decision Management Solutions’ CEO James Taylor. The set includes two decision management videos – one aimed at business users and one at IT professionals: For Business Users the first video is an interview between Fiona McNeil of SAS and Jame […]

Bay Area SAS User Group: Improve analytic results with Decision Modeling

I am speaking at the Bay Area SAS User Group October 15 at 3pm on Improving Analytic Results with Decision Modeling Established analytic approaches like CRISP-DM stress the importance of understanding the project objectives and requirements from a business perspective, but to date there are few formal approaches to capturing this understanding in a repeatable, understandable […]

Marketing and Customer Analytics #sassb

Copyright © 2013 James Taylor Russ Cobb and Randy Guard came up to walk us through a day in the life of a marketing department: Problem identification by the CMO Discovery and segmentation by the marketing analyst Campaign design and execution by the campaign manager Optimization and social listening by the campaign manager and marketing […]

SAS Inside Intelligence 2013 – Kicking off #sassb

Copyright©2013http://jtonedm.comJamesTaylor JimDaviskickedofftheannualSASanalystevent.SASseestheirworkonin-memoryanalyticsinrecentyearsasanothermajorchangeinthewaycompanieshandledataanddevelopanalytics,especiallywhencombinedwiththeirworkontakingadvantageofthiswiththeirnewvisualanalyticsinterfaces.This,hesays,isgoingtobeathemethroughoutthedayandthroughout2013moregenerally. SASnumbersgoodagain–37yearsofprofitablegrowth–andtheyareclosinginon$3Binrevenue.Revenuecomes70%fromexistingsubscriptionrevenueandsplits47%Americas,41%EMEAand12%AsiaPacific.Newsalesgrowth(doubledigit,upto25%)camefromAsiaandsecondarilyfromtheUSwithEurochallengesandrecessionholdingbackEurope.FinancialServicesisstillnearly40%ofrevenuewithgovernmentandservicesfillingoutthetop3.13,500employeesnowworldwideandcontinuedpartnerimpact(abouthalfthetop50dealsand34%ofincrementalrevenue,aboutthesameaslastyear)withAccenturethetoppartner. ProductgrowthcameinanumberofareassuchasAdvancedAnalytics(8.8%growth,30%ofrevenue),MarketingAnalytics(14.7%growth),Risk(14.9%),SupplyChain(19.9%)andFraudwithawhopping22.4%growth. SASiscontinuingtodriveitshostedbusinesswithhostingfacilitiesaroundtheworld(US,Canada,Brazil,Amsterdam, France,Germany,Japan,India,Singapore,Australiaplanned). BusinessisgrowingrapidlyinthisgroupandSASisinvestingheavilyinboththehardwareandpeoplerequiredtosupportthesedealsaswellassoftwarefunctionality. Fromasalesperspectiveanalytics,datamanagementandfraudseemtohavebroadappealwhilefraudandcustomerintelligenceshowedstronggrowthintheUSforinstance.StrongSMBgrowth,lotsofnewinsidesalesteamswithafocusonanalytics,BIanddatamanagementformidsized. KeyGTMinitiativesintheUSincludefocusonvisualanalytics,informationmanagement,customerintelligence,fraud/financialcrimesandriskmanagement.SASseesastrongfunnelfor2013andfeelsstronglythatHighPerformanceAnalyticswilldriveextragrowthandempowerbetterindustrysolutionstoo. Lotsofnewreleasescomingin2013includingmanyreleasesofsolutionstotakeadvantageoftheHighPerformanceAnalyticsplatform,SAS9,4inQ2,criticalnewDecisionManagementandrulescapabilitiesinQ2/Q3.Moreonsomeofthecriticalreleasesastheconferencecontinues. JimtouchedonsomeofthecompetitorslikeSAPHANA(in-memorybutnotseenascompetitiveonadvancedanalytics),Microstrategy(goodmobileandreporting,notsomuchonadvancedanalytics),QlikView/Tableau/Spotfire(nicevisualizationinterfaces,notsomuchcompetitioninotherareas).EachonehefeelshassomeofwhatSAShasbutnonehaveallofit,especiallytheanalyticscomponentthattiesin-memorytovisualization.SASfeelsthatithasdifferentiationbecauseit’sanalytics supportlargeamountsoftraditionaldataaswellasBigDataanddeliverreactive(reporting,OLAP)aswellasproactiveanalytics(optimization,forecasting,predictiveanalytics).InparticularhefeelsthatSAS’focusonin-memoryanalyticsratherthananinmemorydatabasepositionsthemtodrivetheiradvancedanalyticsacrosslargerdatasetsandBigData. Onelastthing.SAShaslaunchedatrybeforeyoubuyforVisualAnalyticsandtheHighPerformanceAnalyticsserver,allrunningonAmazonwebservices. Verygoodresponse,lotsofinterestandthousandsoflegitimateprospects. DrGoodnightwrappeduptheintrosessionwithalivedemooftheVisualAnalyticsproduct, includingsomeoftheintegratedforecastingandpredictiveanalytics.

Big Data Analytics #sassb

Paul Kent, VP of Big Data, came up next and gave a white board talk with no slides. His initial focus was on parallel processing for analytics, something that SAS has been working on for a while and that is key to their HPA and Big Data approaches. He points out that some problems (min […]

SAS Data Management #sassb

Keith transitioned into talking about Data Management. He begun by pointing out that better business decisions rely on data – you need data in the right place, at the right time, in the right form to the right people (or, I would add, systems). As companies by more SaaS packages to run their business, this […]

SAS and Cloud #sassb

Copyright © 2013 James Taylor Keith Collins was up next to talk about Cloud. This is an area where I have done some research before – check out the results from our Predictive Analytics in the Cloud research. Keith presented the NIST definition of cloud with its 5 characteristics – one demand, broad network […]

How To Fix The Broken Links In The Analytics Value Chain

Here we see the classic challenge of analytics – 70% think it is very or extremely important but only 2% say their analytics efforts have a broad, positive impact. And like every other assessment of this problem, including ones we have conducted here at Decision Management Solutions, the problem is not in the data or in the analytics themselves! The problems are in framing the problem and operationalizing the results. Everyone seems to have the analytic technology they need but they just aren’t getting it to work for them.

Gartner Lists Decision Management Solutions as a Sample Vendor for Decision Management in its Hype Cycle for Business Process Management, 2015

Palo Alto, CA – August 18, 2015 Leading Decision Management consulting and decision modeling software provider, Decision Management Solutions, has been cited as a “Sample Vendor” in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Business Process Management, 2015. Gartner is one of the leading independent information technology, research and advisory companies in the world. The yearly “Hype […]

New Decision Management MarketScape from IDC

Brian McDonough has been writing (with Dan Vesset, Steve Hendrick, Henry Morris and others) on Decision Management at IDC for many years and he has recently published an IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Decision Management Software Platform 2014 Vendor Assessment. The report has an IDC MarketScape figure, IDC’s opinion on the Decision Management market, process and software as well as some […]