Research

A Crowning Moment on Pi Day in Palo Alto

By Jack Phillips, Mar 23, 2017

IIA’s Spring Analytics Symposium in Silicon Valley last week is in the books and marked a significant milestone for our company across a variety of fronts. The innovation-themed agenda revealed how many of IIA’s research clients (e.g., Ford, VMware, Lilly, Cleveland Clinic) are driving high performance when it comes to analytics and data. The program included speakers from Silicon Valley digital native companies who shared their perspectives as businesses that were built on data. The contrast between traditional firms trying to graft new technologies onto legacy systems, and the data scientist-led firms like Pandora and Netflix was stark and illuminating.

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March Madness at Strata + Hadoop World

By David Alles, Mar 21, 2017

The first week of March Madness is complete. 68 teams have been whittled down to 16 and the potential winners of many office pools have already been decided. It is estimated that Americans will play over 70 million brackets and wager over $10.4B on this year’s NCAA tournament. Given the interest, it is a great opportunity to show people the power of analytics in a context they will readily relate to (and potentially profit from).

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Three Paths for Aligning Analytics to Business Strategy

By Daniel Magestro, Jack Phillips, Feb 27, 2017

Available to Research & Advisory Network Clients Only

As organizations strive to build their analytics capabilities, an unexpected challenge has plagued many efforts: The activities of analytics teams and the investments made to support them aren’t in sync with what executives expect or desire. On the surface, it might have seemed straightforward for “business analytics” to be in sync with the business’s strategic needs. After all, the decision to invest in the first place was driven by the business’s needs, right?

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January was a busy month in the technology advisory industry with Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) acquiring Corporate Executive Board (CEB) (NYSE: CEB) for $3.3 billion and IDG (parent of IDC) being acquired by Japanese investment firm China Oceanwide Holdings Group for an amount just south of $1B. While these two deals are certainly of the “blockbuster” size within the research and advisory sector, IIA’s research clients should pay particular attention to the implications of the Gartner and CEB acquisition.

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Revisiting Common Obstacles to Analytics Success

By Robert Morison, Daniel Magestro, Feb 13, 2017

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In 2013, IIA published a popular and useful research brief in response to a client’s general question: What are the common hurdles encountered when putting analytics to work in a business, both in developing analytical models and applications and in building enterprise analytical capability? For us, this question is so central to IIA’s mission of helping organizations navigate the many challenges to achieving analytics maturity, that we decided it was time for an update and a re-evaluation of common obstacles faced by analytics leaders and practitioners. This update is informed by major forces and trends in play over the past few years.

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Last month, I wrote about why simply making predictions isn’t enough to drive value with analytics. I made the case that behind stories of failed analytic initiatives, there is often a lack of action to take the predictions and turn them into something valuable. It ends up that identifying and then taking the right action often leads to additional requirements for even more complex analyses beyond the initial effort to get to the predictions! Let’s explore what that means.

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Six Very Clear Signs That Your Job Is Due To Be Automated

By Thomas H. Davenport, Feb 07, 2017

In H. G. Wells’s classic The War of the Worlds, the narrator pauses a moment to rue the fact that he didn’t react sooner to the arrival of an “intelligence greater than man’s”—in his case, Martians landing on earth. Comparing himself to a comfortable dodo in its nest, he imagined those ill-fated birds also dithering as hungry sailors invaded their island: “We will peck them to death tomorrow, my dear.” And what about you? As intelligent technologies take over more and more of the decision-making territory once occupied by humans, are you taking any action? Are you sufficiently aware of the signs that you should? To help you get the head start you may need, here are the signs that it’s time to fly the nest. All of them are evidence that a knowledge worker’s job is on the path to automation.

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Technology-enabled innovation is not only disrupting the competitive landscape, it is redefining the user experience value proposition across a multitude of industries. It is also putting companies on notice that if you can’t successfully engage your customers in this new digitally mediated world you are on your way to being Uberized. The five waves of digital disruption (social, mobile, cloud, data analytics and connected devices) are completely altering how people connect, communicate and discover information. What these individuals are looking for are “friction-free” user experiences that delight and inspire them. These new tools affect how customers make decisions which affect their entire customer journey which ultimately affects their customer lifetime value. Simply put, it defines the differences between the traditional customer and the new connected customer.

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Amazon Web Services Moves Aggressively into Big Data, BI and Analytics Services

By David Alles, Jan 16, 2017

Available to Research & Advisory Network Clients and Professional Members

There were some significant big data and analytics anniversaries in 2016. The year marked the 10th anniversary of the release of Hadoop, which we recognized in our event summary “Strata + Hadoop World 2016: Developments in Analytics on the 10th Anniversary of Hadoop” (link). 2016 also marked the 10th anniversary of the launch of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the fifth anniversary of the first AWS re:Invent conference. IIA covered AWS re:Invent 2016 in Las Vegas Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2016. No other conference today is more associated with the rapid development and growing adoption of cloud computing. The first re:Invent conference in 2012 had 4,000 attendees. Five years later, this sold-out conference grew to 32,000 attendees spread across four of the largest properties in Las Vegas.

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Driving Corporate Performance in Retail Through Analytics

By Jack Phillips, David Alles, Jan 12, 2017

Available to Research & Advisory Network Clients and Professional Members

As much as any industry today, retail sits at the intersection of both technological and societal change. Web, mobile, cloud, and data technologies are colliding with social media and changing consumer habits to make today’s retailers and consumers unrecognizable to an observer even 10 years ago. Emerging technologies leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) will most certainly even further alter the retail experience. To keep pace with disruption, the most forward-thinking retailers are putting data and analytics to work to improve all facets of their business.

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