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The Best of 2021 (So Far)

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Below is a quick roundup of the most popular downloads, webinars, blogs, podcasts, and curated articles from the first half of 2021 based on number of content downloads, number of webinar registrations, website traffic, and social engagement.

Most Popular Resources

IIA provides insights, frameworks, and best practices derived from IIA’s experience working directly with clients (see Resources). Here are the most downloaded resources from the first half of 2021:

DELTA Plus Model and Five Stages of Analytics Maturity: A Primer

This research brief summarizes the key elements of DELTA Plus and five stages of analytics maturity frameworks and discusses how these two frameworks can be used to understand analytical maturity within your organization.

Creating A Data Strategy

This eBook summarizes IIA’s 10 step data strategy framework. The full research brief is available to IIA Research & Advisory Network (RAN) and Analytics Leadership Consortium (ALC) clients.

Analytics 4.0

The eBook explores the evolution of analytics from Analytics 1.0 (traditional analytics) to Analytics 4.0 (automated and embedded analytics).

Most Popular Webinars

IIA webinars feature in-depth presentations on topics that matter from IIA executives, experts, and thought leaders. Most webinar presenters are members of IIA’s expert network and are available for 1-on-1 conversations for clients of the Research and Advisory Network (RAN). Here are the most popular webinars from the first half of 2021:

How to Effectively Prioritize Analytics Projects

IIA Expert Kathleen Maley shares her proven approach to prioritizing analytics projects. This approach can enable firms to ensure that their analytics efforts are meeting the expectations of business leaders and empowering analytics teams, while reducing frustration across the enterprise.

Disciplined Self-Serve BI Enables Advanced Analytics

IIA and Metric Insights discuss IIA’s framework for Self-Service BI and shares some of the ways to think about and implement a self-service BI strategy.

Architecting a Modern Analytics Tech Stack

IIA Expert Ken Sanford shares his deep experience, as well as some provocative and effective frameworks for making the best choices for your firm, informed by your needs, not by sales pitches and feverish hype.

Most Popular Blogs

IIA’s blog features timely, relevant perspectives from IIA leaders and experts based on our experience with clients and our unique market perspective. Here are the most popular blogs from the first half of 2021:

Creating an Analytics Community of Practice

IIA’s Lise Massey explores best practices for creating an effective and engaging analytics community of practice.

Don't Believe the Hype

IIA’s Drew Smith shares insights and best practices for managing expectations for analytics and AI projects.

Results Are Not the Biggest Factor in Data Science Success

Bill Franks discusses the importance of effective communication in creating analytics success.

Most Popular Podcast Episodes

IIA’s Leading Analytics podcast features informative and engaging discussions with successful analytics executives from leading companies. Here are the most popular podcast episodes from the first half of 2021:

Cameron Davies – Yum! Brands

Cameron Davies, Chief Data Officer at Yum! Brands (LinkedIn), discusses his first year at Yum! Brands and lessons learned from a career that includes leadership roles at NBC Universal and The Walt Disney Company.

Bob Darin - CVS

Bob Darin, Chief Data Officer and Chief Analytics Officer at CVS (LinkedIn), explores the changing healthcare landscape and how the recent CVS-Aetna merger is enabling new analytics solutions for patients and providers.

Yatish Uchil – BNY Mellon

Yatish Uchil, Co-Head of Data and Analytics Services at BNY Mellon (LinkedIn), discusses his experience in both business-facing and technology teams and his analytics career in financial services.

Most Popular Curated Content

IIA reviews and curates hundreds of articles and resources for its community members and clients. This curated content is made available on IIA’s social channels, its ‘Best of the Month’ blog series and its client-only Analytics Leadership Consortium newsletter. Here are the most popular curated articles form the first half of 20201:

How CEOs Can Lead a Data-Driven Culture (Harvard Business Review)

Tom Davenport and Nitin Mittal highlight the importance of CEO leadership in creating a data driven culture.

Data Documentation Woes? Here’s a Framework (Toward Data Science)

Data documentation can yield great value, but it is difficult to institutionalize good practices. This article has some good insights on building a documentation-first culture.

Seven Legal Questions for Data Scientists (O’Reilly Radar)

While analytics can deliver significant business value, it can also cause reputation, legal, and regulatory challenges. This article poses seven legal question areas for any analytics solution including fairness, privacy, security, agency, negligence, transparency, and 3rd party access.

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