Old Dogs New Fix

I just love the way things cycle. The old ideas get pulled out of the trash, dusted off a bit, and stood up with a new name and loud fanfare. Instead of getting sucked in by the new round of marketing, we should be thinking hard about what trashed this thing the first time around. If we can address that, maybe we can make a go of it this time. Do you remember when every [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:04+00:00 May 4th, 2016|Big Data|0 Comments

What is the Business Value of Business Intelligence?

Maybe we should define Business Intelligence (BI). According to CIO magazine,“Business intelligence, or BI, is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of software applications used to analyze an organization’s raw data. BI as a discipline is made up of several related activities, including data mining, online analytical processing, querying and reporting. Companies use BI to improve decision making, cut costs and identify new business opportunities. BI is more than just corporate reporting [...]

By | 2017-10-23T16:00:15+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Big Data, Project Management|0 Comments

9 Things I Learned About Analytics Building a House

“What does building a house have to do with analytics?” you say. The technology is certainly different, but that’s the point. Putting analytics to work for you has more to do with the team, the process, and your own leadership than it does the technical details. What follows are nine things I learned while building a house and how each lesson applies to building an analytics capability in your organization.   1. Start by envisioning [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:05+00:00 August 18th, 2015|Big Data|0 Comments

Getting Started with Business Intelligence

Make no mistake, getting started with business intelligence means breaking some eggs.  Executives will see things they never saw before, and they may not like what they see. Some powerful stakeholders may have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the table because they are threatened. The entire organization will have to come up the learning curve on analytics. What’s an IT executive to do? We call the path forward the three W’s and it [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:05+00:00 March 18th, 2015|Big Data|0 Comments

Five Analytics Methods That Pay Off

No matter how much big talk we hear about big data, it’s still challenging to get started. How do we target the kinds of insights that are going to make an impact, create momentum, and make our stakeholders happy they spent their time and money on the effort? We have some suggestions to offer based on our many years of working with clients on business intelligence initiatives. Below are five types of analyses that helped [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:05+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Big Data|0 Comments

When Did Personal Computers Get So Personal?

I am sick. I understand the major laptop manufacturers have decided that no one wants the button mouse in the middle of the keyboard any longer. Well they are wrong; I want it. That touch pad thing drives me crazy because my fly-away thumb is always tapping me into la-la-land when I touch-type. Using a mouse means carrying an extra gizmo that runs out of batteries at the worst possible times. The button mouse works [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:27+00:00 December 21st, 2014|Big Data, Mobility|0 Comments