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Blog Posts by Bill Franks

Getting too fancy by using complex and layered data science approaches can magnify the issues in data instead of controlling them. This blog will explain why and illustrate with a real-world example that I also discussed in The Analytics Revolution…
The rise of analytics and data science executives has received a lot of attention in recent years. Similarly, there has been substantial focus on the analysts and data scientists who get the work done. Both types of roles are required…
Every now and then an opportunity comes along that you just can’t pass up. One such opportunity that fell into my lap was when O’Reilly media reached out to me to see if I was interested in partnering on a…
That title probably got your attention and now you think I have some explaining to do! The key word in the title is the word “A”. Self-service analytics isn’t a thing if “a thing” means a single, distinct corporate initiative…
In last quarter’s Advisory Insights blog, I introduced IIA’s Checkpoints offerings. In my regular Analytics Matters blog in June, I talked about several pitfalls that can occur as you try to measure and track progress in your analytics maturity over…
One way to explore what trends may be emerging is to talk to people about what has them most excited or worried about the future. In the analytics and data science space, a recurring theme among experienced leaders is the…
Organizations today are navigating the long and difficult journey of becoming truly data and analytics-driven. As an analytics-oriented professional undertaking your own journey, you’re focused on building stronger teams, more confident leadership and having a bigger impact on organizational decisions.…
There are many factors that go into making an enterprise analytics and data science program a success. At IIA, the application of our Analytics Maturity Assessment methodology to hundreds of companies over the past several years has allowed us to…
The general population is not used to interacting with data and analytics and interpreting results. With the COVID-19 crisis, millions of people are now becoming armchair analysts and they have plenty of time on their hands to practice their newfound…