Research

Value and Opportunity: An Executive Guide to Procurement Integrity

By Robert Morison, JEN DUNHAM, Laurent Colombant, Jan 13, 2021

Procurement Integrity (PI) represents a broader problem and bigger opportunity than most businesses recognize. Comprehensive PI programs continuously validate purchasing transactions, using data and analytics to trace patterns, spot anomalies, and reduce fraud, waste, and abuse. The problems uncovered range from occasional opportunistic fraud to ongoing organized fraud, from duplicate invoices and other improper payments to regular kickbacks, from conflicts of interest to ongoing collusion with suppliers. Continuous monitoring of anomalies in procurement and supplier due diligence processes reveal potential problems, including data issues and process breaches, and help focus the efforts of audit and other investigative staff.

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Inquiry Response: Preparing IoT Data For Advanced Analytics

By IIA Expert, Adam McElhinney, Dec 14, 2020

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Inquiry:

We’re in the process of gathering our IoT data into an enterprise data lake to facilitate our advanced analytics efforts. Our main challenges are dealing with proprietary file formats and getting the data ready for the data science team. What would you suggest?

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Inquiry Response: Bridging The Gap Between Analytics And Traditional IT

By IIA Expert, Mo Chaara, Nov 30, 2020

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Inquiry:

Our analytics organization is in a bind because we’re ready to scale up a proof-of-concept, but we don’t have the IT structure in place to help with the data mapping, cleansing, and conforming. What can we do?

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Webinar: Discussing Racial Equality in Analytics

By Brandeis Marshall, Robert Cathey, Drew Smith, Nov 17, 2020

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In this first discussion, Dr Brandeis Marshall, Chief Executive Officer at dataedX, and Robert Cathey, Chief Data Officer/Vice President, Global Data Analytics Solutions at VSP Global will discuss how es analytics, which is now so pervasive in everyday life, impacts Black communities and individuals.

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Inquiry Response: A/B Testing For Mobile Applications

By IIA Expert, Oct 12, 2020

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Inquiry:

How do other companies perform A/B testing at scale for their mobile apps? We’d like to work on optimizing user experience performance.

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Inquiry Response: Making The Case For A Data Catalogue

By IIA Expert, Sep 21, 2020

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Inquiry:

We’re considering buying a data catalog but struggle with the value proposition. What’s the best way to build a business case around purchasing a data catalog? Which vendors should we look at? For implementation, what are we looking at from a time-work effort standpoint?

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A Framework For Establishing A Self-Service Program

By Doug Mirsky, Drew Smith, Aug 31, 2020

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As with many terms in the analytics space, “self-service” tends to have many meanings, depending on the vendor using the term. Self-service is used to describe both business intelligence and (advanced) analytics, and is frequently co-mingled with a number of other terms, including “data democratization,” “citizen data scientist” and, more recently, “data literacy.”

In general, this collection of terms points in the direction of a conscious strategy to have more employees in an organization, with broader and deeper access to data, use those data sets to make better, more timely data-driven decisions with little or no intervention from a centralized BI or analytics function, or IT professionals.

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Inquiry Response: Tips For Successful Data Consolidation

By IIA Expert, Eddie Satterly, Jul 13, 2020

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Inquiry:

We are working on a data consolidation project in which we’re replacing four old ERP systems with a new ERP system. We’re concerned with managing customer data from the different systems and prepping ourselves for advanced analytics in the future.

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Inquiry Response: Feedback on Data Platform Architecture

By IIA Expert, Jun 22, 2020

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Inquiry:

We’re working on a new centralized data platform so that we can perform effective analytics with a quicker turnaround. We’d like to verify some aspects of a new architecture that we’re considering. Can you provide feedback?

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Creating A Data Strategy: A Framework

By Doug Mirsky, Jun 15, 2020

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There is a tendency to jump into something called a “data strategy” without understanding what it is at its core. In IIA’s view, at the center of a data strategy is a schematic of an entity’s information economy1 with in-depth awareness of the constituent needs on the demand side of the economy — the data consumers. Because ultimately the primary purpose of a data strategy is to solve questions about how to improve the availability, timeliness and quality of data, in that order of priority, for the constituencies demanding it.

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