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Blog Posts: Plans & Programs

When I talk with analytical professionals about artificial intelligence, many are reluctant to claim expertise in the area or bill themselves as AI practitioners. “I don’t want to appear to be just jumping on the bandwagon,” one told me recently.…
Profit and Loss (P&L) statements permeate businesses due to the need to track how a business is performing at overall, business unit, and even project-by-project levels. This blog raises a question: why shouldn’t an analytics plan be expected as…
As a person who has been involved with analytics for a long time, I have historically considered analytics to be a huge differentiator while data was more of a table-stakes enabler. Several trends have come together to make me…
With today’s rapidly changing mix of analytic techniques, toolsets, and platforms, it’s difficult for any organization to be confident it is keeping its analytic workforce and skillsets up to date.I often have clients ask if they need to consider turning…
Many people and companies seem to think of “cognitive computing” as a separate area from analytics. Most large organizations today have significant analytical initiatives underway, but they think of the cognitive space as being an exotic science project. One executive…
I have written here here and there about “Analytics 3.0,” an environment in which companies combine big and small data at significantly greater scope and scale of analytics. And even more recently I’ve been working on a book about the…
One of the legendary events in the history of analytics was the original Netflix prize. The event led to a terrific example of the need to focus on not only theoretical results, but also pragmatically achievable results, when developing analytic…
Shakespeare once wrote, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” But a more likely future is automation. The legal profession has been one of the least aggressive adopters of technology in the past, and in many ways…
Last year I spoke at GE’s “Minds + Machines” event in Chicago. The event was both a product-oriented conference from a leading vendor in the emerging “industrial internet” category, and a fascinating example of how a big company like GE…