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Blog Posts: Methods & Practices

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…
While open source software has been around for decades, its adoption level and breadth of focus have exploded in recent years. Most companies now make regular use of open source software - and that usage is increasing. However, there…
Portland, Ore. (Dec. 11, 2018) – International Institute for Analytics (IIA) leaders Bill Franks, Tom Davenport and Bob Morison revealed their list of 2019 analytics predictions and priorities for data-driven enterprises. Pressing topics include ethics, unique data, artificial intelligence, security,…
In a previous blog, I discussed how Artificial Intelligence (AI) today merely has specific intelligence as opposed to generalized intelligence. This means that an AI process can appear quite intelligent within very specific bounds yet fall apart if the…
It goes without saying that the analytics and data science space is undergoing change at an unprecedented pace. At the same time, many organizations have a lot of people who are still working in the same way using the…