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Blog Posts by Bill Franks

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…
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…