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Multi-Model Databases: A Primer

By Daniel Graham, Jun 05, 2019

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Multi-model databases (MMDBMS) have been expanding the definition of database for several years. A multi-model database combines several data stores in one database. Those data storage services support distinct data models. Data models include relational, graph, documents, key-value, time-series, and object stores. But simply storing different kinds of data is insufficient to call it multi-model. Specialized programming services must exist for each data model. In the best MMDBMS, a single query can combine data from all data models.

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Portland 2019 Analytics Symposium Video: Mark Madsen

By Mark Madsen, Apr 17, 2019

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The Black Box: Interpretability, Reproducibility, and Responsibility

Historically, a model produced a result that was interpreted by a person who made a decision. In recent years, as the amount of data and number of decisions have grown, agency has been taken from humans and given to machines, which make decisions in a black box. Black boxes raise issues around explainability (or interpretability)—being able to explain how a decision was made—and reproducibility —being able to use the same data and model to make an identical decision.

The reality is that being able to explain complex decisions is extremely difficult, and may not be necessary. And, being able to reproduce decisions is also very challenging, as data, tools, software, models, and environments change. Any single change can have a ripple effect that changes everything. The real issues are trust, reliability, and repeatability, particularly in high-stakes decisions. Building trust starts with IT policies, governance, and infrastructure, to enable preserving history and allow for understanding and reproducing decisions. This is the key to gaining trust and scaling analytics.

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Inquiry Response: Moving Toward Real-Time Responsiveness

By IIA Expert, Sep 24, 2018

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Inquiry:

We’re in the digital entertainment industry, which requires high responsiveness to feedback so that we can continually improve the user experience. What investments can we make that will scale, particularly in terms of supporting real-time analytics?

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Sarmila Basu’s team of data scientists is using machine learning and modeling to save Microsoft millions of dollars on heating, cooling, and other facilities maintenance costs.

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Understanding Power in the Digital Economy

By Geoffrey Moore, May 09, 2017

We are all stakeholders in the economic systems within which we live and work, and the better we can understand their dynamics, the more likely we are to navigate them successfully. For the most developed economies of today, this means understanding the transition from an industrial to a digital economy, and specifically, how economic power is migrating from familiar to unfamiliar sites.

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IIA 2017 Spring Symposium Event Summary

By Jack Phillips, Apr 13, 2017

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IIA hosted its first client-only Symposium of 2017 on March 14, 2017 at the VMware campus in Palo Alto, CA. Over 100 of IIA’s research clients gathered for the Symposium featuring five keynotes and two panel discussions. Given the location in the heart of Silicon Valley, the theme of the Spring Symposium was innovation, disruption, and the growing role of technology in shaping how analytics and data management are executed inside enterprises today.

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Video: Innovation, Disruption, and Enterprise Analytics

By IIA Expert, Apr 13, 2017

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2017 Analytics Symposium - Silicon Valley

This presentation addresses how enterprises of all sizes can adopt a “start-up mentality” to transform their organizations and the industry. Featuring Geoffrey Moore, Author, Thought Leader.

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Video: Artificial Intelligence is Data Analytics

By IIA Expert, Apr 13, 2017

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2017 Analytics Symposium - Silicon Valley

Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence have little to do with intelligence, and a lot to do with data. Machine Learning, in fact, is little more than an automated form of analytics. Discover the surprising history of these ideas and why—after fifty years—they are suddenly the next big thing. Featuring Jerry Kaplan, Author, Thought Leader.

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Video: What is “Analytics” to a Digital Native?

By IIA Expert, Apr 13, 2017

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2017 Analytics Symposium - Silicon Valley

Leaders from Bay Area “digital natives” share perspectives on the inner workings of companies founded on data, and the symbiotic relationship of analytics and technology in data-driven companies. Panel featuring David Hardtke, Director of Advertising Science, Pandora; Todd Holloway, Director of Content Science, Netflix; David Andre, CEO, Cerebellum Capital; Matt Fernandez, CEO, Simple Emotion

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Video: Analytics in a Global Software Company

By IIA Expert, Apr 13, 2017

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2017 Analytics Symposium - Silicon Valley

What analytics means to the internal operations of a large software company, and how analytics is organized; how analytics internally has been a change agent and source of value. Featuring Sanjay Poonen, COO, VMware.

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