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Leveraging Organizational Knowledge with Decision Modeling

Organizational decisions are not as effective as they could be because organizational knowledge is not directly connected to the decisions that impact business performance. Decision modeling helps deploy existing knowledge and highlights knowledge gaps that need to be filled. Knowledge is diffused across the organization How do we know if we are making good decisions? […]

Decisions, Decision Management and an architecture for digital transformation

Ray Wang of Constellation Research published a report early this year “The Elements of Business Architecture for Digital Transformation.” In the report Ray identifies some interesting boardroom priorities (this is just some of them): Consistent Customer Experience Mass automation Insights-driven business models Cost-effective regulatory compliance All of these are reasons given by our clients as […]

Using Decision Modeling to make Predictive Analytics more pervasive

  Back in May of last year, Wayne Eckerson published “Making Predictive Analytics Pervasive“. It’s a great report with some really useful data but one of the key headline result is that implementation rates are not rising – in fact fewer organizations are reporting successful implementation of predictive analytics (from 21% to 18%). This despite […]

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

First Look: TIBCO Spotfire 6.5

TIBCO Spotfire 6.5 (announced last month) has new capabilities around easier access to data, location analytics and R. To support effective data discovery and visualization, TIBCO believes it is essential to allow users easy access to analytics against the increasingly wide range of data sources that are available. It’s not enough that the visualization tools are easy to use – it must also be easy to bring in new data sources and to leverage the full capabilities of those data sources. With Spotfire 6.5 TIBCO has focused heavily on making it easier for a user to bring in new data sources to the visualization environment including Hadoop-based sources, and to easily interact with that data. In particular Spotfire 6.5 allows parameterized SQL driven by UI elements that is then optimized for the particular back-end data source so that users can take advantage of the power of each of these data sources.<

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

A Practitioner Speaks: Top challenges for analytic professionals

One of the questions I asked Andrea Scarso co-founder and COO of MoneyFarm when I interviewed him was “In your experience what are some of the top challenges for analytic professionals in terms of maximizing the business impact of what they do?” In this post I’ll take a couple of his comments and expand on them […]

New column – Performance management or just performance monitoring?

Information Management just published my latest column – Performance Management or Just Performance Monitoring? I am often struck by the investments companies make in monitoring their performance without any matching investment in being able to manage the systems that drive that performance. Decision Management and Performance Management should be a pair, driving true business cockpits. Enjoy.

The role of decision requirements in the analytical life cycle

Earlier this week I posted on the value of decision requirements modeling in analytic projects when it comes to coping with some of the analytic skills shortages people face. But this is not the only reason to focus on decision requirements if you are focused on predictive analytics and data mining.  In fact decision requirements modeling […]

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