Research

Webinar: Supporting Data Literacy Efforts With Self-Service BI

Jun 18, 2021

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There are many wrong ways to drive data literacy and only one right way - in context. Data Literacy efforts are only effective when they enable people to actively use and apply their new data literacy which they do when you put these programs in context. Join IIA and Metric Insights together with two deeply experienced leaders in Data Literacy at large companies as we share practical techniques to improve understanding and use data in the context of the business, the roles, and the organization.

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Webinar: Racial Equality in Analytics

Jun 09, 2021

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In this webinar, the third in a series on Racial Equality in Analytics, Tamara DaCosta, HR Director, Reporting and Analytics HQ at Turner Construction Company, Diya Wynn, Sr Practice Manager, Emerging Technologies & Intelligent Platforms at Amazon Web Services, and Robert Cathey, Chief Data Officer/VP, Global Data Analytics Solutions, VSP Global will share their experiences as Black professionals who are leaders and practitioners in analytics. In addition to their experiences, they will share their thoughts on what companies need to do to improve the representation of Black analytics professionals through recruitment, retention and focused career development.

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Webinar: Closing the Analytical Talent Gap: An Executive’s Guide to Working with Universities

By Bill Franks, May 26, 2021

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After spending several years answering almost daily emails and telephone calls from business managers asking for staffing help and aiding fellow academics with their analytics teaching needs, Dr. Jennifer Priestley of Kennesaw State University and Dr. Robert McGrath of the University of New Hampshire have captured those learnings in a recently released book entitled: Closing the Analytics Talent Gap: An Executive’s Guide to Working with Universities. The book builds a bridge between university analytics programs and business organizations. It promotes a dialog that enables executives to learn how universities can help them find strategically important personnel and universities to learn how they can develop and educate this personnel.

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Webinar: Architecting a Modern Analytics Tech Stack

By Kenneth Sanford, Drew Smith, May 05, 2021

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Buy or build? Cloud or on-prem? Packaged analytics software of custom Python? These are false choices. No business can afford to think of these choices in a binary way. The challenges in terms of business opportunities, talent constraints, compute trade-offs and data availability are highly situational, and each company needs to architect its stack for its needs. Ken Sanford shares his deep experience, as well as some provocative and effective frameworks for making the best choices for your firm, informed by your needs, not by sales pitches and feverish hype.

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2021 Virtual Spring Analytics Symposium: Opening Remarks (Jack Phillips, Alistair Croll)

By Jack Phillips, Apr 26, 2021

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Jack Phillips and Alistair Croll will set the stage for the day’s agenda. Jack will kick off the event and share insights from season 1 and 2 of IIA’s Leading Analytics podcast. Alistair will provide a sneak peek at concepts from his new book (co-authored with Emily Ross) Just Evil Enough: How subversive thinking can deliver the results you need. Mixing behavioural psychology, game theory, and lessons from the world’s most iconic brands, Alistair will show you how to create the right attention to help your projects succeed.

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2021 Virtual Spring Analytics Symposium: You (and Your Customers) Are Not So Smart (David McRaney)

By David McRaney, Apr 26, 2021

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Enabling data-driven decision making and building a data-driven culture are critical for analytics success, yet these remain elusive and difficult-to-realize objectives. David will explain why overcoming the pitfalls of cognitive biases, logical fallacies, and faulty heuristics requires the recognition that reason and reasoning are different aspects of the human mind. Once you understand that, you can better navigate your constant need to rationalize and explain yourself to yourself and others so you can make better decisions and judgments, instead of what you usually do: make the choices that are easiest to justify instead of the ones that are more efficient, more productive, and generate more happiness. With a better apprehension of how human decision-making truly works, you will be equipped to face the challenges motivated reasoning and cognitive biases present to organizations striving to leverage data and advanced analytics.

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2021 Virtual Spring Analytics Symposium: Building a Data-Driven Culture… You Can Monetize (Shingai)

By Shingai Manjengwa, Apr 26, 2021

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Data science is a team sport – industry must rethink the Chuck Norris data scientist role and empower broader teams to solve problems and create value with data. This session will go through how to unlock value in non-technical business functions and move from dashboards and reports to cost reduction and revenue-generating opportunities.

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2021 Virtual Spring Analytics Symposium: A VC Perspective on Applied AI & Data Science (Margaret Wu)

By Margaret Wu, Apr 26, 2021

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The hype around AI and ML have corporations rushing to launch AI initiatives despite inadequate infrastructure, resource limitations and little connection to business value. Margaret will discuss AI and ML from a VC perspective including insights on critical leadership skills, talent evaluation, identifying market opportunities, building competitive advantage and the continuing evolution of the cloud ecosystem.

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Webinar: Data Culture & Data Literacy - Transformative Concepts or False Hope?

By Samir Sharma, Apr 07, 2021

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It seems every company is pursuing Data Culture and Data Literacy programs, but what exactly are they hoping to achieve? These topics get a lot of press, sound very inspirational, and a lot of really smart folks* are working on them. With all the other priorities that data professionals are chasing right now, how can they assess the real potential of these concepts and separate the hype from the value?

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Webinar: Modernizing The Roles In Your Analytics And Data Science Organization

By Bill Franks, Drew Smith, Mar 23, 2021

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A recurring theme among analytics and data science leaders is the concern of not being able to keep up with all of the rapid change taking place – both individually and as a team. In years past, it was possible to stand up an organization largely made up of analytics generalists who would handle initiatives end to end. In today’s world, it is necessary to utilize a range of specialists focused on either specific methods or specific points in the lifecycle of an analytics and data science initiative. This talk will discuss the trends driving the need to evolve your organization’s talent model, new roles you need to consider implementing, and how they all fit together.

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