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Blog Posts by Bill Franks

Thanks to all who joined IIA’s annual Prediction and Priorities led by Bill Franks with co-panelists, Kathleen Maley, Eric Siegal and Drew Smith. If you’d like to give it another, or a first look, please go here to register for…
Less than two years ago, data literacy was not something I heard many people in the business world talking about. Recently, it is something that comes up in more conversations than not. In this post, I’ll address a few misconceptions…
A few weeks back, I was in a discussion with some analytics executives when one gentleman made a point that sounded odd at first. He suggested that in many cases we actually want the predictions we make with our models…
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…