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Inquiry Response: Tips for Prioritizing Strategic Data Analytics Projects

By IIA Faculty, Sep 18, 2017

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Inquiry:

Our analytics team is doing more analysis in the predictive space. What is the value of this work and how do we know we’re picking projects that will have an impact on the business?

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Inquiry Response: The Bridge Between Internal and External Reporting

By Adam Moore, Sep 11, 2017

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Inquiry:

We have an external reporting tool with a certified process and strong governance. Separately, we have management reporting data and analytics data, and for analytics we are standing up a data lake from disparate sources. My challenge is around the external tool and management reporting data. Right now we bridge the management reporting back to the externally reported figures, but I don’t see a need for this tie because the purposes are different. However, senior management has an emotional commitment to the bridge, so I’m wondering if that bridge is really important and whether you are seeing companies diverting from the need to build a bridge.

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Inquiry Response: Recommendations for Rolling out a new technical solution

By IIA Faculty, Sep 05, 2017

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Inquiry:

I’m interested to discuss a topic that I can best describe as ETL (extract, transform, load) as a service that can be deployed for the enterprise. I’m looking to see if other companies have successfully attempted this, and whether there are vendor platforms for this or if this is typically a capability that is built internally.

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Inquiry Response: Starting a Knowledge Management Program

By Mark Madsen, Aug 28, 2017

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Inquiry:

Our analytics department is starting a knowledge management program. What are some best practices of starting a program for our analytics department? We’re looking for lessons learned and anything that would help a knowledge management program be more successful for people doing analytics.

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Inquiry Response: Tips for Linking Retail Outlet Sales Back to Digital Marketing Efforts

By Greg Bonsib, Aug 21, 2017

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Inquiry:

A large part of our business is in consumer packaged goods sold through mass-channel outlets such as Wal-Mart. We’d like some insights into how we can use analytics to help us understand the marketing-driven revenue on the retail end. Is there a way we can link POS revenue back to our digital marketing efforts?

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Inquiry Response: Engaging for Digital Transformation

By Mark Molau, Aug 14, 2017

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Inquiry:

How can we approach structuring our digital transformation so they can get some real traction? We are a very analytically siloed organization, and struggle with data transparency/access across the enterprise. We are working to figure out how our analytics initiatives fit within the larger organization, and how to engage everyone, CIO and business units, in our digital transformation.

  • How can we approach structuring our digital transformation in a way to get some real traction and change the culture?
  • How can I best communicate why it’s necessary to directly align our analytics initiatives with the business?

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Inquiry Response: Approaching EDW and Analytics for Hospitals on Epic

By Gwen O’Keefe, Aug 07, 2017

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Inquiry:

We’re considering integrating Caboodle and would like to learn from other healthcare organizations using Caboodle if it is their core enterprise data warehouse (EDW), or if other solutions have been supplement to meet their needs.

  • What role does Caboodle play in your overall enterprise data strategy?
  • Does Caboodle operate as your core enterprise warehouse, or are supplemental solutions being used?
  • What data are you collecting in Caboodle as opposed to supplemental systems?

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Inquiry Response: Tips for Building Your Analytics Toolbox

By Mark Molau, Jul 31, 2017

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Inquiry:

We are considering having our analysts use the same set of tools and are considering MicroStrategy because it is readily accessible. What should we take into consideration when selecting analytics tools to support the business?

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Inquiry Response: Analytics Trends with an Eye on the Future

By Mark Madsen, Jul 24, 2017

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Inquiry:

I lead the technology delivery team for the international business intelligence (BI) division. We’re trying to build a strategy to ensure that we’re at the leading edge with our data and that we can continue to achieve competitive advantage out of our data. We would like your take on where you see analytics going and general trends regarding capabilities that organizations are going to need going forward.

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Inquiry Response: Suggestions for Getting Data Scientists to Embrace Agile Methods

By Mark Haseltine, Jul 17, 2017

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Inquiry:

Our company has recently adopted a Scrum/Agile framework, which has caused some hiccups with our data scientists, who are used to managing their projects themselves. They tend toward perfectionism, which takes longer. Our goal is to build model minimum viable products (MVPs) faster, using two-week sprints for testing/incrementing the models. Part of the problem is that the data scientists don’t fully trust the process because of the loss of control to the Scrum master and also because of the continued perception that they have to produce perfect models the first time out. How can we get our data scientists to embrace the Agile process?

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