Research

Inquiry Response: Creating The Business Case For R&D

Jul 19, 2021

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Inquiry:

We have a new centralized R&D team. We’re still in the developmental stage, and we want to build a centralized platform to promote collaboration. We have a new leader and we’re concerned about positioning ourselves for continued support and funding.

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Value and Opportunity: An Executive Guide to Procurement Integrity

By JEN DUNHAM, Laurent Colombant, Robert Morison, 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: Scaling A NLP Model To The Enterprise

Nov 09, 2020

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Inquiry:

We’ve developed a successful natural language processing (NLP) algorithm and think it would be applicable to other areas of the business too. How should we deploy something like this so we can share it more broadly?

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2020 ANALYTICS PREDICTIONS AND PRIORITIES

By Thomas H. Davenport, Bill Franks, Drew Smith, Robert Morison, Dec 19, 2019

Each year, the International Institute for Analytics ends the year with a look at the latest analytics trends and the most pressing analytics challenges currently facing organizations. Our predictions are based upon our day-to-day work supporting and advising analytics leaders and organizations. We take advantage of the breadth of expertise and cross-industry perspectives we encounter every day from our clients, partners, and members of the IIA expert network. This is our 10th annual look toward the upcoming year, and our annual Predictions and Priority research brief and the associated webinar have become among IIA’s most popular content of the year. This year, we’ve stuck with our approach of augmenting each of our predictions with a specific priority for leaders to focus on as they attempt to address that prediction. As a result, each priority provides specific guidance as to how to best prepare for, and adapt to, its corresponding prediction.

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The Fuzzy Line Between Good and Evil Data Science

By Bill Franks, Sep 12, 2019

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The vast majority of people building analytics and data science processes have every intention of being good and ethical. As a result, most potentially unethical and evil processes arise in situations where that wasn’t the intention. The problem is typically that proper focus and governance is not in place to keep analytics and data science processes on the side of good. On top of that, what is good and what is evil isn’t nearly as clear cut as we’d wish it to be.

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Mapping an Information Economy

By Doug Mirsky, Aug 16, 2019

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The data warehouse revolution began in 1991 when Bill Inmon published Building the Data Warehouse. Inmon observed, early in that book, that every organization has a naturally occurring information economy, and that most naturally occurring information economies were inefficient, duplicative and prone to produce suboptimal decisions.

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Creating A Data Engineering Culture: What it is, why it’s important, and how, and how not, to build

By Jesse Anderson, Jul 31, 2019

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Why do some analytics projects succeed while so many fail? According to Gartner analyst Nick Heudecker, as many as 85% of big data projects fail. However, the ROI from the other 15% that succeed is incredibly promising. With such a clearly high barrier to competency in executing big data strategies, there remains significant opportunity for first-mover advantage for enterprises that can crack the code to improving their outcomes. So, what can organizations do to increase their chances of big data success? Part of the answer lies in creating a data engineering culture. This is the necessary foundation underpinning a big data analytics proficiency and enables companies to outperform the competition.

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Graph Analytics Use Cases

Jul 10, 2019

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In 1996, two computer science students — Larry and Sergei — were enthralled by the emerging internet. But finding anything on the undeveloped web was horribly difficult. Then came the “Aha!” discovery that academic web page citations (URLs) are a proxy for popularity. If many websites “like” the same web page, that page value is probably higher to researchers. So Larry and Sergei designed an algorithm called PageRank. It measured “link juice” — the strength between web pages. Google emerged from PageRank, web URLs and an advertising business model. This article explores the incredible value of “link juice.” Graph analysis turns the relational model on its side. It focuses on the network between “things” instead of the things themselves. The main strength of graphs is to measure the influence things have on each other. It also analyzes communities.

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Sanford Health Becomes Data-Driven

By Robert Morison, Jun 26, 2019

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Sanford Health is a major health system with over 49,000 employees, 187,000 health plan members, and $6.1B in annual revenue. The organization has been pursuing a growth strategy for the last two decades. Milestones include: merging with a series of regional health providers, incorporating the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System (NDPRS) members into its health plan, and most recently the 2019 merger with Good Samaritan Society, the largest not-for-profit provider of senior housing and services in the United States.

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Consultative Analytics at VSP Global

By Robert Morison, Dec 06, 2018

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VSP established a central analytics group three years ago with the mission of empowering and enabling data management and analytics across the enterprise. That didn’t mean performing analytics for the entire organization, but rather shaping how analytics are performed by managing data more centrally, migrating to consistent technology platforms, promoting best practices, and scaling up analytics talent.

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