Research

Inquiry Response: Beginning Considerations for Global Supply Chain Analytics

By Mark Molau, IIA Expert, Dec 23, 2019

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Inquiry:

We’re a consumer products multinational, and we need to expand our supply chain analytics efforts. What should we be thinking about?

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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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We’ve had technical people focused on the ingestion and management of data for decades. But, only recently has data engineering become a critical, widespread role. Why is that? This post will outline a somewhat contrarian view as to why data engineering has become a critical function and how we might expect the role to evolve over time.

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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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Mastering the Art & Science of Storytelling

By Brent Dykes, Jul 26, 2019

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Analytics experts love data. But just presenting raw data or even insights derived from data isn’t good enough. To create business value from data requires that analytics professionals develop skills at data storytelling. This entails telling persuasive stories, tailored to a specific audience, that combine data, narrative, and visuals effectively. Why Storytelling? Human beings love stories. In fact, author Philip Pullman has written, “After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need the most in the world.” And scriptwriting expert Robert McKee has said, “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.”

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Inquiry Response: Where Machine Learning Can Help with Decision Making

By Blake Johnson, Jun 10, 2019

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Inquiry:

What are use cases where machine learning (ML) delivers the best decisions and performance? Vendors are peddling their ML solutions, and because it’s sexy right now, they’re gaining traction with executives being told outside ML algorithms will outperform on every data problem.

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Portland 2019 Analytics Symposium Video: Marc Demarest

By Marc Demarest, Apr 17, 2019

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Information Economy Mapping

Every organization has a naturally occurring information economy. The rules of other economies hold: there is supply and demand, supplier and buyer power, competitive alternatives, infrastructure, regulation, taxation, and more. Two important rules of thumb: demand always finds a way to get its needs met, and there are legitimate, necessary restrictions on freedom. Roughly 80% of organizations have a Soviet-style, state-controlled information economy. In the other 20% it is a laissez-faire, demand-style information economy. In every organization it is important to know where you are and where you want to go. The right answer is always something other than a command economy or an unfettered laissez faire economy. It is analytics professionals’ job to figure out the optimal state by balancing those requirements and brokering solutions that are palatable to all.

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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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