Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with two promising new(ish) data analytics companies that are worth exploring: NGDATA and Podium Data. Both have established and tested products, clear value propositions, and a strong list of initial customers.

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On the Road: Data Down Under

By Jack Phillips, May 25, 2017

As the leader of a world-class service organization, I’m on the road a lot meeting with research clients and prospective customers alike. Each week I try to meet or speak with at least one team at IIA’s ever-growing group of high-performing research clients. I thought it was time to start sharing some field notes of what I’m seeing and hearing. Last week I finished a trip to New Zealand and Australia, visiting with 10 companies from four distinct sectors in three major cities.

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IIA 2017 Spring Symposium Event Summary

By Jack Phillips, Apr 13, 2017

Available to Research & Advisory Network Clients Only

IIA hosted its first client-only Symposium of 2017 on March 14, 2017 at the VMware campus in Palo Alto, CA. Over 100 of IIA’s research clients gathered for the Symposium featuring five keynotes and two panel discussions. Given the location in the heart of Silicon Valley, the theme of the Spring Symposium was innovation, disruption, and the growing role of technology in shaping how analytics and data management are executed inside enterprises today.

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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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Agenda: 2017 Analytics Symposium - Silicon Valley

By Jack Phillips, Mar 17, 2017

Full agenda for the 2017 Analytics Symposium - Silicon Valley

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Three Paths for Aligning Analytics to Business Strategy

By Daniel Magestro, 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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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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AWS re:Invent

By Jack Phillips, Nov 29, 2016

Can’t make it to AWS Reinvent in Las Vegas this week, but want to keep up with what’s going on? A quick reminder that IIA will be covering AWS Reinvent for our research clients, as we did for O’Reilly’s Strata conference in New York earlier this year. This coverage of the major analytics technology events is a new feature of IIA’s flagship Research and Advisory Network (RAN) service in 2016 and includes access to both a written “Cliff’s Notes” summary and a hosted phone discussion around the most important trends, announcements and new technologies being showcased at each event.

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Thanksgiving Reflection

By Jack Phillips, Nov 24, 2016

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’d like to reflect on the past year.

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Scoring Goals with Sports Analytics

By Jack Phillips, Oct 07, 2016

The IIA team is always on the lookout for the increasingly varied applications of analytics. An athlete and longtime sports fan myself, I must admit I am particularly enthused when analytics intersects with sports and was excited to learn about the new Sports Biometrics Conference launching in San Francisco November 15 and 16.

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