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Building an Analytical Culture

Terry Leahy, former CEO of Tesco

The CEO has to lead the focus on data


Former Tesco CEO Sir Terry Leahy will share management lessons at this year’s The Premier Business Leadership Series in Orlando. Here’s a sneak peek at what he has to say.

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How do you extract big knowledge from big data?

Jay Liebowitz, Orkand Endowed Chair in Management and Technology, University of Maryland University College

Partly through analytics, according to this article. Read more on the new data scientist, business analyst and movements in academia to support data-intensive industries like cybersecurity, finance, healthcare and others.

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Your data flock needs a shepherd

Thought leader, SAS Best Practices

One of the most influential factors on human behavior is culture. In the context of data management, far too many organizations have cultures that support secrecy, individual ownership of data, and a willingness to step around formal data management processes. In light of these bad cultural norms, what can you do to improve your data quality?

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Don’t confuse a data scientist with a rocket scientist

Martine George, Head of Marketing Analytics and Research, BNP Paribas Fortis

Companies that want to increase their use of analytics are always looking for talent – but the hunt is full of difficulties. Here are some suggestions that will work if you are staffing a Center of Excellence or building an analytical group within a business unit.

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What is predictive analytics?

What is predictive analytics

In the age of big data, organizations are moving from traditional analytics/reporting solutions that provide a snapshot of the past (hindsight) to solutions that provide an accurate picture of the present and a prediction of future trends (foresight). Enter predictive analytics. Read more about the approach in this article.

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Who cares about data?

Who cares about data

“Providing analytical services is somewhat like being a professional translator, helping to convert numbers and trends into something the business can understand and act upon,” says authors of Win With Advanced Business Analytics. They explain an approach that guides analysts to become insightful business partners.

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Avoid pitfalls to ensure analytics success

Avoid pitfalls to ensure analytics success

Putting analytics to work effectively in an organization can be an overwhelming challenge. Jean Paul Isson, Monster Worldwide, Inc. and Jesse Harriott, Chief Analytics Officer, Constant Contact, share reasons analytics initiatives fail as uncovered during research for their book, Win With Advanced Business Analytics.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department converts to a culture of analytics

Alejandro Farias, Financial Analyst, TPWD

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department uses analytics to better understand how to market to customers and make the most of resources. Getting to that point though, wasn’t easy. Read about how a very traditional branch of state government bought into analytics.

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Leading the analytics charge: A call for talent

Candace Inscoe, Principal Product Marketing Manager, SAS

According to a recent survey conducted by SAS and Accenture, 45 percent of businesses increased their analytics spending in 2011 and even more, 65 percent—planned to increase this year. The major focus? Talent upgrade.


The culture gap holds companies back

Candace Inscoe, Principal Product Marketing Manager, SAS

Company culture plays a big part in analytical success as a lack of collaboration across an organization can predestine lack luster results. Collaboration, particularly in the area of data management, is essential in an effective analytics strategy.


How does a center of excellence really work?

Brett Starr, Director of the Business Intelligence Competency Center, The Cincinnati Insurance Companies

A “center of excellence” serves an important role: it promotes collaboration and defines best practices for a specific focus area to improve business results. But how does it really work? Brett Star of The Cincinnati Insurance Companies explains.