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Blog Posts: Methods & Practices

My name is Brian T. O’Neill, and when I’m not getting paid to strike percussion instruments in musically appealing ways, I run an independent design and UX consultancy called Designing for Analytics that specializes in custom enterprise data products and…
Analytics, we have often assumed, is all about modeling, statistics, and algorithms. The more generous explainers of the field would admit that it is also about data—the integration, cleaning, and massaging of it. Few, however, think first of “deployment” when…
Nearly 200 of International Institute for Analytics’ clients, analytics experts, and members of the analytics community gathered in Portland, Oregon this week for the spring Analytics Symposium. International Institute for Analytics (IIA) also hosted its first Women in Analytics…
As data science and analytics teams continue to feel pressure to deliver more value from analytics, many organizations still struggle with the processes and technology required to deploy models into production and more rapidly make data-driven decisions. When evaluating how…
Over the years, I’ve seen analytics professionals of all stripes blow their credibility and lessen their impact by falling into a common trap. I have to admit that I fell victim to the same trap early in my career. While…
The New Job Description for Data Scientists, an InformationWeek article by Rich Wagner, outlines important trends about the future of data scientists and their role in analytics functions. This blog covers key takeaways from Wagner’s article and three recommendations for…
There are a lot of skills necessary to be a successful analytics or AI leader within an organization. You’re probably familiar with them; you need quantitative skills, business acumen, tech and programming capabilities, yadda, yadda, yadda. You have heard these…
We’re excited to host the semi-annual Analytics Symposium in IIA’s hometown: Portland, Oregon on March 12-13 at the historic Sentinel Hotel. Come hear top analytics leaders share their experiences in executing successful programs within their organization, trends they see…
With the hype surrounding Artificial Intelligence (AI) today, almost everyone in the analytics and data science space has been asked about AI by their business partners. Unfortunately, during these conversations it often becomes apparent that the business person really doesn’t…