Tag Archives: decision management

The Janus Imperative: Bridging Business Silos via Analytics

December 17, 2014

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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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Tell me… how ugly is your bad data?

August 14, 2014

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Ugly data

The adage ‘garbage-in-garbage-out’ is an analytics mantra so ingrained it has its own shorthand: GIGO. Yet, in the mad, blind rush toward all things ‘big data’, there is the danger of sidelining the crucial-but-dreary topic of data quality, to which GIGO refers. While data quality is not as ‘sexy’ as big data, anyone who wants […]

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When analytics fails: fueled by randomness

July 15, 2014

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Fueled by randomness

As an analytics professional, it may perhaps be no surprise that I believe in a world which is susceptible to analysis – a world which yields to scientific inquiry. Further, I believe that if we invest effort, if we exert what Kahneman would call our System 2, we can improve decisions and overcome our tendency […]

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Business analytics e-learning courses from SARK7

July 14, 2014

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The Organizational Brain

Business Analytics E-Learning Courses Developed by SARK7 for Accenture Academy I.  Introduction to Business Analytics FREE ONLINE NOW! ————————————————————— II. Defining the Business Analytics Process Business analytics is a process that transforms data into insights to drive value-creating decisions. It connects organizational problems to data that is analyzed using various methods, software tools, systems, and experts. […]

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Business Analytics as a Decision Process

April 5, 2014

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A Lighthouse in the Fog: Navigating Stormy Seas Using Business Analytics The amount of data generated globally doubles every two years. In 2012, the world created a staggering 2.7 zettabytes of data, and this figure is expected to surmount 86 zettabytes by 2022. Meanwhile, businesses struggle to maintain their competitiveness in a shifting world of […]

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Analytics and Belief: The Struggle for Truth

September 8, 2013

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Increasingly sophisticated analytics tools and methods are available to derive business insight from data.  However, as a discipline which drives insight from data, the crucial ‘last step’ in the analytics process is about organizational decision making.  A sophisticated, intensive analysis may all be for naught if the crucial last step, framing and committing to a decision, misses the […]

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Data science as an experimental process: unsupervised and supervised learning

August 17, 2013

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Data Science

As a companion to my recent post “Correlation versus Causation: The Science, Art, and Magic of Experimental Design”, I wanted to offer a more technical exposition concerning data science approaches to focused causal model development. A fundamental question faced by business analytics professionals and data scientists is whether they have a working correlative and causal […]

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Correlation versus Causation: The Science, Art, and Magic of Experimental Design

August 17, 2013

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Venus

Recently I was chastised for being ‘unnecessarily obscure’ for reacting to a specious conclusion by suggesting that it risked ‘conflating correlation with causation’. Guilty as charged!  I apologize:  the expression is quite a mouthful and requires unraveling for those unfamiliar with the nuances of the applied experimental method.  However, I feel passionately that this concept […]

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Business Analytics Model Risk Working Group

June 19, 2013

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BAMRWG

  This is a review committee working group for practitioners and academics to establish a formal definition and set of classification criteria regarding business analytics model risk. This group has been established based upon interest and feedback concerning a recent set of posts regarding business analytics model risk: http://tinyurl.com/ktabt3q For those interested, you can join the […]

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Adopting Analytics Culture: 6. What information is gained from social network analysis? (6 of 7)

June 17, 2013

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social network

PART 6 OF 7 IN A SERIES ON ADOPTING ANALYTICS CULTURE LINK TO HEADER ARTICLE LINK TO PREVIOUS ARTICLE (5 of 7) 6.    What particular information is gained from social network analysis and how is it interpreted? To recap, we have established that adopting analytics culture requires organizational change management.  Beyond analytics technology and expertise, […]

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