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First Look: Blue Yonder

Blue Yonder is based in Germany (Karlsruhe) and was founded in 2008 by an ex-CERN researcher, Prof. Michael Feindt and focusing on solving big data problems such as demand estimation. Several solutions targeted at retail were released over subsequent years. In 2013 they launched their Data Science Academy. The Blue Yonder platform for predictive applications […]

The Economist: Big Data, Little Decisions

There was a fascinating piece in the Economist last week – Little things that mean a lot. This piece really resonated with me – even the title sounds a lot like my mantra of “Big Data, Little Decisions” (you can see a selection of the articles and webinars I have given on this topic here). So what were the critical points Schumpeter made?

First the point that constant experimentation and rapid iteration is critical when trying to get value from all this data. Experimentation is often the skill we tell clients they most need to develop and we regularly stress the importance of putting in place the infrastructure and processes for ongoing decision results analysis. To maximize the value of big data and beco

First Look: 11 Ants Analytics Update

Since I last wrote about 11 Ants they have increasingly focused on retail analytics to help retailers make the most of their transactional data and loyalty program data. 11 Ants new Retail Analytics Platform is designed to address a number of initiatives in retail – integrating customer behavior deeply into metrics, being consistently customer-centric across marketing and store management, being more quantifiable in decision-making generally, and supporting test and learn approaches to experimentation and improvement.

11 Ants RAP is a cloud-hosted retail platform that consumes a retailer’s transactions, customer data, merchandizing and other data. The platform is designed to leverage this data to help retailers go from product-centric to product AND customer-centric. This change of focus is increasingly important in retail and yet breaks the way retailers have traditionally handled analy

Analytic practitioners speak – an interview with author Nauman Sheikh

I have been interviewing analytic practitioners periodically – last year I interested Andrea Scarso, CEO of MoneyFarm and more recently I interviewed Tracy Allison Altman, co-founder of Ugly Research.  Next up is Nauman Sheikh, a seasoned professional of Data & Analytics. Nauman was introduced to me by a client who really liked his book Implementing Analytics: A Blueprint […]

Analytic practitioners speak – an interview with author Nauman Sheikh

I have been interviewing analytic practitioners periodically – last year I interested Andrea Scarso, CEO of MoneyFarm and more recently I interviewed Tracy Allison Altman, co-founder of Ugly Research.  Next up is Nauman Sheikh, a seasoned professional of Data & Analytics. Nauman was introduced to me by a client who really liked his book Implementing Analytics: A Blueprint for Design, Development, and Adoption (as do I). Nauman and I share a passion for making sure that analytics are not just developed, but deployed into decision making systems and processes.

What’s your background, how did you come to be working in analytics?

My background is purely in computer science and Started in software development with Object oriented

Nice article on A/B Testing

Matt Gershoff, CEO of Conductrics (a product we reviewed here) wrote a nice piece on A/B Testig over at the Analyzing Media blog – It’s all One Big Decision: Testing, Analytics, & Targeting. Matt discusses the role of A/B testing, of predictive analytics and of optimization in a nice, straightforward piece. Well worth reading. I wrote […]

Silverlink – an update

Several years ago I did some work with Silverlink – speaking at a series of roadshows for their product – and I got an update recently. Silverlink focuses on helping healthcare organizations engage their members more effectively with personalized, multi-channel outreach. Silverlink works with health plans and pharmacy benefit managers to get their members to […]

Analytics and ending the tyranny of the anecdotal

I was chatting with our VP of business development today and she shared a great phrase that she had heard recently – “the tyranny of the anecdotal.” This refers, of course, to the terrible tendency of people to use anecdotes and stories to make decisions. The regrettable tendency for a doctor to ignore data about […]

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