Archive | December 2013

How Businesses Are Using Business Analytics

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Bloomberg recently conducted a survey of 930 businesses across the globe to provide insight into the state of business analytics in organisations today. The results brought back a focus on the basics:

Business analytics is still in the “emerging stage.” While analytics has gone main stream, most organisations still rely on traditional technology. Spreadsheets are the number-one tool used for business analytics.

• Enterprises – small, mid, large, mega — have been collecting tons of data. They are dying to get more insights from it because it’s too much of a pain to extract anything from the databases.

• Organisations are proceeding cautiously in their adoption of analytics. Use of business analytics within companies has grown over the past year, but at a moderate rate. Analytics also tend to be used narrowly within departments or business units, not integrated across the organisation.

• Intuition based on business experience is…

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Three entry points for big data initiatives

Fern Halper's data makes the world go 'round

The TDWI Big Data Maturity Model and Assessment is set to launch November 20th.  Krish Krishnan and I have been working on this for a while, and we’re very excited about it.  There are two parts to the Big Data Maturity Model and Assessment tool. The first is the actual TDWI Big Data Maturity Model Guide. This is a guide that walks you through the actual stages of maturity for big data initiatives and provides examples and characteristics of companies at different stages of maturity. In each of these stages, we look across various dimensions that are necessary for maturity. These include organizational issues, infrastructure, data management, analytics, and governance.

The second piece is the assessment tool. The tool allows respondents to answer a series of about 75 questions in the organization, infrastructure, data management, analytics, and governance dimensions. Once complete, the respondent receives a score in each dimension as…

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11 fascinating talks from TEDWomen

I’ll have to check these out.

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A dream analysis app creator. A fearless swimmer. The CEO of Campbell’s Soup. A spacesuit designer. These are the kinds of speakers who will take the stage when TEDWomen 2013 kicks off at San Francisco’s SFJAZZ Center tomorrow. With three sessions centered around the theme “Invented Here,” the event will be a global look at what drives local innovation, with 220 TEDxWomen events in 58 countries tuning in for a webcast.

To get you in the spirit, watch this selection of great talks given at TEDWomen and TEDxWomen events in past years.

[ted_talkteaser id=1646]Angela Patton: A father-daughter dance … in prison
“Are you crazy? Who is going to allow a bunch of little girls, dressed up, inside a jail?” This was the initial response Angela Patton got when she shared her idea to host a father-daughter dance inside a prison. Luckily, she found a sheriff just crazy enough to…

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