Research

The State of Hadoop Adoption

By Jack Phillips, Jun 29, 2015

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In this phone briefing, Jack Phillips shares IIA’s new findings from the recent research report, “The Current State of Hadoop Adoption”. In this briefing, Jack explores the pros and cons of using Hadoop, including examples of how companies get value from Hadoop and the key challenges organizations face when implementing a Hadoop solution.

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The Science of Data Visualization

By Lindy Ryan, Jun 29, 2015

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It’s a cognitive truth: our visual system is enormously influential in our brains. As an information learning and processing mechanism, our brains are our best tool in decoding and making sense of information presented visually. The best data visualizations are designed to properly take advantage of “pre-attentive features” – a limited set of visual properties that are detected very rapidly (typically 200 to 250 milliseconds) and accurately by our visual system, and are not constrained by display size.

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I will probably exaggerate, but here is my take on the skeptics of analytics. They are likely to be over the age of 50. When they took a statistics course in college, many of them probably just wanted to pass with a “D” or passing grade and get the course behind them.

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A Talent Playbook for Analytics 3.0: Shifting Your Talent Strategy to Make Great Gains in Analytics

By Emilie Harrington, Jun 25, 2015

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In the ‘Talent Playbook for Analytics 3.0,’ the focus is addressing the major challenges facing organizations when it comes to building a successful, diverse, and deeply-skilled talent pool. Strong talent is the foundation of any technology capability. As the analytics field evolves, the level and complexity of organizational demands and business requirements continues to rise. Within this Playbook, each play addresses a specific challenge. In order to effectively define a strategy, an organization must take a holistic approach to effectively:

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The Hot New Tech Startup Is Uncle Sam

By Thomas H. Davenport, Jun 24, 2015

I’ve been hearing interesting rumors about a hot new tech services startup—on the East Coast for a change. In fact, it’s in Washington, D.C., and it’s financed by really deep pockets—the U.S. government budget. Your national government may have had some problems with IT in the past—a range of disasters come to mind—but now the US seems to have some of the best IT people in the country.

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Developing A Talent Strategy

By IIA Faculty, Jun 17, 2015

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We are looking at how to develop the skills of our analysts. Does IIA have an opinion on hiring entry levels positions vs. hiring super stars? What are the pros and cons for each approach? The best approach to winning, what is known as the ‘War on Analytic Talent’, is to leverage both approaches. Organizations which plan to undergo significant hiring can benefit tremendously from a hybrid strategy of leveraging both sides of the equation – ‘recruit and grow’ and ‘attract the seasoned veterans’ – rather than relying solely on one or the other. The biggest challenge lies in determining how much to rely on one approach versus the other.

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You say you want Analytics, but…

By Cheryl Wiebe, Jun 16, 2015

I keep hearing manufacturers say they want to make data-driven decisions. They’ve read the news, they see the promise of the new sensor data, social sentiment, and behavioral data of their end consumers. But they are not doing it.

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Hadoop Adoption and Prediction

By IIA Faculty, Jun 15, 2015

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The IIA Faculty recently answered the question, “How would IIA characterize the state of Hadoop adoption? What does IIA anticipate to happen over the next 12-18 months?”

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A Surfeit of IT Chiefs Brings Execution Challenges

By Thomas H. Davenport, Jun 11, 2015

With the increased importance of information and technology to businesses, many firms have added a variety of new IT-oriented management roles. I’m participating in a research study on Chief Analytics Officers and Chief Data Officers for the International Institute of Analytics, and those roles are increasingly in evidence within large companies.

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What Angry Birds Can Teach Us About Analytics

By Bill Franks, Jun 11, 2015

As the complexity of your analytic ecosystem continues to grow, make sure that your organization is thinking ahead about how to simplify it for users. Personally, I like the Blockly concept and bet that your people will too.

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