Research

Not long ago, the role of Data Scientist was what most companies wanted to discuss with me in terms of roles they needed to understand and add to their organizations. Then, the role of Data Engineer became a big topic of discussion. In the past year, there has been a massive increase of attention being paid to yet another role that is still new enough that its title hasn’t been standardized. This role is referred to by a range of names from Analytics Translator, to Analytics Catalyst, to Analytics Liaison, and more.

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The Questionable Analytics of Censorship

By Bill Franks, May 09, 2019

Historically, concerns about over-zealous censorship have focused on repressive governments. In recent times, however, a new path to censorship has arisen in the form of search engine and social media companies that are building analytically-based censorship algorithms. This post outlines why using analytics for centralized censorship is a steep and slippery slope and also lay out an alternative that will enable those same censorship analytics to provide people with a choice rather than a dictate.

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While there are many advantages to the cloud, it is also necessary to use caution to make sure that the risks of the cloud are mitigated while pursuing the advantages.

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Nearly 200 of IIA’s clients, analytics experts, and members of the analytics community gathered in Portland, Oregon this week for the spring Analytics Symposium. IIA also hosted its first Women in Analytics networking event, an interactive Analytics Workshop, and introduced two tracks of sessions to bring the most value to attendees. This blog covers key themes of the conference and highlights from each session.

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As data science and analytics teams continue to feel pressure to deliver more value from analytics, many organizations still struggle with the processes and technology required to deploy models into production and more rapidly make data-driven decisions. When evaluating how to best undertake these activities, organizations should consider an important distinction to determine the best path forward.

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Over the years, I’ve seen analytics professionals of all stripes blow their credibility and lessen their impact by falling into a common trap. I have to admit that I fell victim to the same trap early in my career. While our intentions are pure, our analytical minds and approaches can get the best of us and we explain too much. We’ll be better off if we learn to provide less detail and stop talking sooner than we are naturally inclined to.

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With the hype surrounding Artificial Intelligence (AI) today, almost everyone in the analytics and data science space has been asked about AI by their business partners. Unfortunately, during these conversations it often becomes apparent that the business person really doesn’t have a clue what AI really is or what AI is best able to solve.

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Will the Open Source Movement Backfire?

By Bill Franks, Dec 13, 2018

While open source software has been around for decades, its adoption level and breadth of focus have exploded in recent years. However, there is a potential downside to the open source explosion that may be heading our way. Is it possible that the open source movement will backfire on us? This blog will explore that possibility.

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The State of Analytics Degrees in Universities

By Thomas H. Davenport, Nov 15, 2018

If you want to hire students from universities with strong analytical skills, you need to know the landscape of available programs and skills. For companies hiring graduates of analytics master’s degrees in business schools, it’s important to be aware of the differences among programs. This blog discusses the skills you should consider when hiring analytics graduates.

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This article describes the potential for AI to augment risk estimation for both individual investors and financial market assets. AI processes vast amounts of a variety of data to identify patterns underpinning processes and metrics. Evolving data resources including digital touch points provide AI with attributes that can enhance risk estimation to ultimately augment elements of modern portfolio theory.

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