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Blog Posts by Bill Franks

As I write this blog, we are deep into the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and lockdown. At IIA, we’ve been tracking the impacts that analytics and data science organizations have felt thus far. You can track our regular COVID-19 impact survey…
Clearly, we only want people who are competent being responsible for work that we rely on. This is true across fields, but certainly holds for analytics and data science. The newer a field is and the faster it is growing,…
I’m sure you’ve seen this scenario play out many times. You or someone you know has completed a very compelling analysis that has some very important findings. The project team is excited to present the findings to the stakeholders. However,…
Many would say that the most critical phase of any analytics endeavor is what happens at the very beginning. The way a project is defined and scoped has to be right or else everything that follows is irrelevant. Unfortunately, it…
Analytics and data science have been disrupting business processes and how companies compete for many years now. There has been a lot of focus on the challenges that business and technology organizations face when attempting to incorporate even more sophisticated…
I know that headline sounds totally off base at first glance, but if you stick with this post and read the context behind it, you’ll see that it isn’t a silly question. In fact, this blog was spurred by a…
The role of Citizen Data Scientist has been showing rapid growth, though not without some controversy. Many people are concerned that democratizing data science is about giving people capabilities way beyond what they are ready to handle and, therefore, ensuring…
The vast majority of people building analytics and data science processes have every intention of being good and ethical. As a result, most potentially unethical and evil processes arise in situations where that wasn’t the intention. The problem is typically…
Lately I’ve had a lot of conversations with clients about the intersection of ethics and analytics. I’ve also been presenting on the topic at a number of conferences. The interest in ethics has exploded recently, driven in large part by…