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Constructing An Analytics Road Map

By Doug Mirsky, Oct 12, 2020

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An analytics capability road map (ACR) defines the development of competencies and technologies over time to address known and expected business needs in a future state.

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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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Fusion Centers: Evolving Roles, Expanding Capabilities,  Continuing Challenges

By Juan Colon, John Gillon, Gretchen Stewart, Robert Morison, Aug 24, 2020

Fusion centers have evolved far beyond their original role in counter-terrorism to safeguarding and serving the public on many fronts. They continue to evolve rapidly as they opportunistically and, in the COVID-19 pandemic, necessarily make their operations more virtual. The core challenges are also changing, but they still revolve around the three imperatives of integrating data, deploying technology, and building trust. Three experts – Juan Colon, National Director of Opioids and Illegal Drug Solutions, SAS Institute, John Gillon, Industry Expert, Public Security, SAS Institute, and Gretchen Stewart, Public Sector Data Science Director, Intel Corporation – share their experience and perspectives on how fusion centers succeed in their missions today and tomorrow.

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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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CAO Perspectives: Analytics Team Actions in Response to COVID-19

By Doug Hague, Mar 25, 2020

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My Immediate Response:

  1. ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR OPERATIONAL REPORTING
    There will be new reporting needs and the frequency of information will need to speed up. Look for options and data that will be impacted by the current crisis. You will need to figure out how to quickly deliver information even if not perfect. Do the best you can, provide any glaring risks. Executives are starving for information. Make sure to provide the information to the most senior people first. Analytics teams can assist operations teams, data science people should even jump in as they have some of the best skills even if they are not using their modeling skills. Work with IT to pull information more quickly. Accept that you will be reporting off of sandboxes that are not production quality, get the exceptions from Risk and IT. You may need to time shift your team to earlier in the day as the executives will want things first thing when they come in if possible. Blend new data sets together to provide insights. Make sure to grab the customer feedback as even simple things like a word cloud may help.

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Law and Data in an Emerging AI World: An AI Legal Risk Matrix for Responsible Innovation

By Carole Piovesan, Mar 17, 2020

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As we move rapidly toward an AI-first world, laws and regulations are not keeping pace. Laws were made to govern human interactions, and as such, the legal system is playing catch up to figure out how to oversee autonomous systems. However, even in the absence of clear laws upon which to manage responsible applications of AI and autonomous use of data, organizations must still take action against their considerable liability and risk.

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Analytics Applications Lifecycle Framework

By Doug Mirsky, Mar 02, 2020

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Most analytics organizations at large companies do not own the entire lifecycle of their analytics applications. Instead, often-distributed analytical applications teams have to work with their partners in IT/IS organizations, as well as seek requirements, advice and consent from legal, compliance and governance functions within their organization. The essentially distributed nature of these work streams frequently results in inefficiencies or even full-on breakdowns in progressing an analytics application from proof of concept (PoC) to production. Success in distributed environments requires an overt, agreed-upon, stepwise plan along with the emotional intelligence to navigate the necessary conversations with your colleagues to build that plan.

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Competing on Analytics by Industry

By David Alles, Feb 17, 2020

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Organizations today face an increasingly challenging business environment. Across industries, new companies and nimble competitors are taking advantage of analytics and leveraging the full potential of the internet, disrupting traditional business models and markets. Cloud computing and open source have caused fundamental changes in analytics infrastructure, enabling the introduction of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. The most nimble, innovative companies have quickly taken advantage of these new technologies — and the analytics they enable — to gain a competitive advantage. Traditional companies are struggling to deal with this complexity and effectively compete on analytics. Though many top executives realize that high-quality data, analytics and AI are critical to the future success of their companies, up to 70 percent of analytics initiatives and projects fail to meet their objectives.

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How Alternative Data Is Redefining Capital Markets

By Abraham Thomas, Feb 11, 2020

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Since the dawn of Wall Street, investors have sought an edge: an advantage they can leverage to beat the market. Gaining some type of edge is the only way to win in the brutally competitive, zero-sum game of capital markets. Today, that edge can come from insights gleaned from information found in the exabytes of data created in the real world — on websites, from smartphones and sensors, through supply chains, and from countless other types of real-world data. Collectively, these sources of unstructured and large nontraditional data are called “alternative data.”

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Tilt The Windmill: Managing Innovation Portfolios

By Alistair Croll, Feb 03, 2020

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The life expectancy of large companies is declining more quickly today than ever. The leading reason for this diminished lifespan is in their persistence to combat challenges that do not alter the company’s success or failure — they are tilting at windmills in a way not too dissimilar to Don Quixote fighting imaginary giants. An incredible amount of resource can be wasted fighting the wrong problem; instead, I propose that large companies methodically chase innovation and move to new business models to survive and succeed.

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