Faculty Blog & Research

IIA Analytics Symposium: Chicago - April 13, 2016

By Daniel Magestro, Apr 29, 2016

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On April 13, the International Institute for Analytics hosted the first 2016 Analytics Symposium at the Gleacher Center in Chicago. The event brought together IIA clients, partners, and faculty for a day of open conversation, best-practice sharing, and lessons learned – all intended to provide fresh perspectives on the various aspects of building and strengthening the analytics capabilities of our member companies.

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Leveraging Biases in Visual Design

By Elliot Bendoly, Apr 29, 2016

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The theoretical virtues of strong visualization efforts are well documented (cf. Bendoly 2016). So too are the traps commonly encountered in their pursuit. The question confronting practice is how to safely plan a course for development and deployment of these visualization solutions.

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Humans tend to rely on available information while completing complex tasks. But what happens when information is presented by human and automated sources? And what happens if those information sources conflict?

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Much of the business world still operates using a “gut-based” approach rather than the “data-driven” approach to problem solving. But why, in this day and age, is this still the case? Let me offer three reasons.

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The following is the agenda used during the 2016 Analytics Symposium - Chicago, held at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago, IL.

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2016 Analytics Symposium Chicago Slides

Apr 25, 2016

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The 2016 Analytics Symposium - Chicago took place on April 13 at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago, IL. The event brought together IIA clients, faculty and experts to participate in moderated discussions on key analytics topics, including talent, technology, industry maturity, and more. The slides presented during this event are available to members of IIA’s Research and Advisory Network.

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The Intelligent Systems Eco-System

By Kris Hammond, Apr 21, 2016

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It is undeniable. A new renaissance of intelligent systems has begun. We now have systems that are labeled as Cognitive Computing, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Predictive Analytics, Recommendation Engines, and a half dozen other names. And one way or another, they are all embodiments of the idea that there are some types of very human reasoning that can now be done by machines.

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Approach Big Data Analytics Like A Lego Kit

By Bill Franks, Apr 14, 2016

When it comes to Lego’s pre-packaged building kits, there is one aspect that ties closely to the needs of big data analytics. Namely, Lego provides consumers kits that use a combination of both custom pieces and standard pieces to create awesome models which children (and some adults!) can’t wait to get their hands on.

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IoT in Retail: Engaging the Connected Customer

By Dan Mitchell, Robert Morison, Apr 04, 2016

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The Internet of Things enables retailers to do three basics better and faster: 1) Sensing who customers are and what they’re doing, 2) Understanding customer behavior and preferences, and 3) Acting on that insight to create a more engaging customer experience.

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Business Analytics: An Overrated Sham

By Gary Cokins, Apr 01, 2016

Gary Cokins offers his hot take on business analytics and big data, with an unexpected twist at the end.

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