Business Intelligence

Is Your AI Project About Customer Experience or About Business Decisions?

Many organizations are investing in artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives these days. However, many are also lumping all of the uses of AI into the same program. This is a terrible idea because AI technologies are being used for two very different business outcomes. AI success relies on a clear focus on business outcomes rather than […]

Algorithms and Regulations: Tips for Success

Cathy O’Neill wrote an interesting piece on regulating automated decision making recently. I am not going to argue about whether use of algorithms should or should not be regulated because I think it is inevitable that they will be. The question is how companies should respond to these regulatory efforts as they are rolled out […]

Using Technology to Reduce Operating Costs in Insurance

In February, we published a blog post on “Using Technology to Add Value in Insurance”. That post, referenced Matt Josefowticz’s article – Technology May be the Answer for Insurers, but What Was the Question?, in which he states that there are only three levers of value in insurance: 1. Sell More, 2. Manage Risk Better, and 3. Cost Less […]

Using Technology to Better Manage Risk in Insurance

In February, we published a blog post on “Using Technology to Add Value in Insurance”. In that post, I referenced Matt Josefowticz’s article – Technology May be the Answer for Insurers, but What Was the Question?, in which he states there are only three levers of value in insurance: Sell More, Manage Risk Better (aka underwriting and adjusting), […]

Using Technology to Grow Relationship Value in Insurance

In February, we published a blog post on “Using Technology to Add Value in Insurance.” In that post, I referenced Matt Josefowticz’s recent article – Technology May be the Answer for Insurers, but What Was the Question?, in which he argues that there are only three levers of value in insurance: 1. Sell More 2. Manage Risk Better (aka […]

What is an Acceptable Analytic Failure?

Many speakers on predictive analytics, machine learning (ML) and AI talk about the need to allow data science teams to fail. Without failure, without a willingness to fail sometimes, it’s very hard to build a successful data science program. This is true and often a barrier for companies that find it hard to accept that not all analytics initiatives succeed.

Tips for Successful Data Science Implementation in Insurance

Nancy Casbarro and Deb Zawisa of Novarico recently published a new paper on Data Science in Insurance: Expansion and Key Issues subscription required) that was summarized in this nice little article on Dig-in  3 challenges facing insurers in data science implementation. These three challenges – getting business buy in, attracting talent, and strategic alignment are exactly […]

80% of insurance carriers aren’t delivering high impact analytics. Here’s how you can do better.

80% of data and analytics leaders with global life insurance and property & casualty carriers surveyed by McKinsey reported that their analytics investments are not delivering high impact. What’s stopping them from delivering high impact? 38% of those surveyed cited a failure to integrate analytics into workflows and frontline systems. This was the leading obstacle to […]

The Difference Between Decision Support Systems and Decision Management Systems for Decision Automation

I am often asked about the difference between decision support systems and decision management systems for decision automation. All decisions involve a choice, a selection of a course of action from a set of alternatives and generally result in an action being taken, not just knowledge being added to what’s known. Decision Management Systems, unlike […]

Harness Data-Driven Decisions with Decision Management

Get out of the reporting quagmire, be explicit about decision making with decision modeling and integrate analytics in BI and operational systems. We’re Not There Yet “The activities of analytics teams and the investments made to support them aren’t in sync with what executives expect or desire.” International Institute for Analytics, February 2017 “If analytics does […]