How to Encourage Team Collaboration in an Agile BI Team

How to Encourage Team Collaboration in an Agile BI Team

People often misunderstand what makes agile methodology in a business intelligence system implementation successful. Too often, there is a focus on process and tools, but its true strength lies in enabling group collaboration. While it is a simplified waterfall approach with a shorter cycle, what makes agile methodology truly powerful is the level of collaboration that is introduced between teams …

Embedded BI Changes the Strategic Role of the Business Analyst

Embedded BI Changes the Strategic Role of the Business Analyst

The world of business intelligence (BI) and data analytics has existed for decades; what started as simple Business Analysis reporting in the late 1980s has evolved to today’s near real-time querying. Departments rely on BI to make daily decisions, and at the highest-level organizations turn to BI and data analytics to make strategic business decisions that can dramatically affect a …

It's Not Clairvoyance

It’s Not Clairvoyance, It’s Data Science

We’re in a fierce era of ever-increasing competition for great, reliable data. Around a decade ago, at the start of the Big Data boom, businesses were just beginning to devise ways to capture and record data. Today, we’re asking, “How do we make our data stronger to deliver insights that are more meaningful?” For some companies, the answer has been …

3 Essential Ways To Use Data Strategically

3 Essential Ways To Use Data Strategically

While it’s very impressive that today’s technology allows us to gather incredible amounts of data, the reality is much of the data is currently collected before anyone answers: “What do we want to do with this data?” The result: Your organization has a lot of data that isn’t very useful for business. Before rushing to start collecting data, every business …

Using Big Data to Make Intellectual Property a Strategic Weapon

Using Big Data to Make Intellectual Property a Strategic Weapon

New technologies enabling predictive analysis of Big Data provide intellectual property (IP) professionals a platform for better decision-making and vastly improved efficiencies. As a result, companies across the world are looking to harness the power of information and analytics to make themselves more Agile, lean, and profitable. Ultimately, applying information to drive better insight is leading to more effective business …

High versus low-level data science

High versus low-level data science

Here I describe a case study: a solution based on high-level data science. By high level, I mean data science not done by statisticians, but by decision makers accessing, digging into, and understanding summary (dashboard) data to quickly make a business decision with immediate financial impact. There is also a section on smart imputation techniques, with patentable, open intellectual property …

Machine Learning Audits in the 'Big Data Age'

Machine Learning Audits in the ‘Big Data Age’

Machine learning—essentially a computer that recognizes patterns without having to be explicitly programmed—is revolutionizing many industries. Machine learning enables us to find answers and unexpected relationships in data that were impossible to find with the “cookbook recipe” style of programming that currently powers our software. However, there is a downfall to the use of machine learning: the “black box effect.” …

Converging IoT

Converging IoT, Cloud, and Big Data Technologies to Revolutionize the World

Have you heard of medical radio-telemetry? Up until very recently, it’s been the closest thing that the medical field has had to remote, cloud-based intel on the human body. But now, with the convergence of IoT, cloud, and big data technologies, the health-care industry is primed for a revolutionary influx of new life-saving results. In this article you’re going to …

Identifying Where and How to Start the Big Data Journey

Identifying Where and How to Start the Big Data Journey

The recent deluge of rains in Northern California have flooded streets, brought down trees and plugged storm sewers.  As I was trying to make my way around the neighborhood, I thought of a classroom exercise to help my MBA students to identify the use cases upon which they could focus data and analytics.  In this exercise, I’m going to ask …

Text Mining to Improve the Health of Millions of Citizens

Text Mining to Improve the Health of Millions of Citizens

Doctors face daily decisions about the best care for their patients, and their own clinical experience can be enhanced using evidence-based medicine, such as through clinical trial data. As David Tovey, Editor-in-Chief, Cochrane, explained, “Before evidence-based medicine came along, people were reliant on the expertise of a doctor, the level of knowledge or understanding that he or she had. And …