July 3, 2015

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Reblog: HBR ‘Simplify Your Analytics Strategy’

SARK7: I often deal with companies interested in big data and analytics, but who are struggling to develop a strategy, especially the looming challenge of ‘where to start’.  This is good guidance on HBR on setting a foundation for your analytics strategy… Originally posted at Harvard Business Review by Narendra Mulani on June 15, 2015 […]

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February 23, 2015

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Does organic food cause autism? Could Nicolas Cage movies make you more likely to drown? Six ways to misuse statistics

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Back in the 1940s before the polio vaccine was invented, the disease caused a lot of anxiety among parents of small children. How could you reduce your child’s risk of contracting this nasty illness? Some misguided public health experts apparently recommended avoiding ice cream, thanks to a study…

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February 23, 2015

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Free Big Data Analytics Handbook

Originally posted on Data Science 101:
Brian Liou from Leada was kind enough to provide a guest post about their latest handbook, The Data Analytics Handbook: Big Data Edition. Data Analytics Handbook Have you ever wondered what the deal was behind all the hype of “big data”? Well, so did we. In 2014, data science hit…

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January 13, 2015

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Reblog: How to use phone calls and network analysis to identify criminals

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An excellent, hands-on demonstration of the power of social network analysis (SNA) via graph analytics to detect criminality from colleagues at Linkurious and a U.S.-based police detective: http://linkurio.us/how-to-use-phone-calls-and-network-analysis-to-identify-criminals/ SNA at times can seem too theoretical to stakeholders – this is an excellent example of a hands-on, engineering focused application with real practical value.  Applies Neo4J graph […]

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January 1, 2015

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HBR: The Discipline of Business Experimentation

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Link to Harvard Business Review article on experimentation and analytics in business settings https://hbr.org/2014/12/the-discipline-of-business-experimentation Soon after Ron Johnson left Apple to become the CEO of J.C. Penney, in 2011, his team implemented a bold plan that eliminated coupons and clearance racks, filled stores with branded boutiques, and used technology to eliminate cashiers, cash registers, and […]

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December 17, 2014

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The Janus Imperative: Bridging Business Silos via Analytics

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Analytics professionals should keep a persistent eye open for opportunities to create cross-functional insights from data. Insights can frequently be leveraged across multiple business domains. However, business silos can restrict ‘forest for the trees’ visibility. To the degree analytics has cross-functional exposure in the organization, for instance via a C-level champion and an Analytics Center […]

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October 13, 2014

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Do You Know Who Owns Analytics at Your Company?

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network – Harvard Business Review:
At a corporate level, who has ultimate responsibility for analytics within your organization? The answers I most often get are “Nobody” or “I don’t know.” When I do get a name, it often differs depending on who I asked—a marketing executive points to one person, while…

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October 12, 2014

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How AIG Moved Toward Evidence-Based Decision Making

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Originally posted on HBR Blog Network – Harvard Business Review:
New developments in data science offer a tremendous opportunity to improve decision-making. Machine learning, pattern recognition, and other predictive analytics tools can constitute a source of competitive advantage for those companies that adopt them early on; but like any new capability, there is an enormous…

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October 10, 2014

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Anti money laundering (AML): the network graph analytics approach

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The fight against fraud and AML often hits a ‘brick wall’ when encountering labyrinthian international, corporate structures. Even well-known brands such as Google and Starbucks, use controversial, though currently accepted, international structures to optimize capital flows and to reduce tax liabilities, for instance the so-called Double Irish or Dutch Sandwich. Due to this complexity, increasingly […]

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October 7, 2014

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Manager-machine: analytics, artificial intelligence, and the uncertain future of management

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As many traditional industrial age business functions become subject to disintermediation by automation and expert analytics systems, new industries and value propositions will need to be framed by an emerging generation of leaders.

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