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Blog Posts by Tom Davenport

A company to which I’m an advisor just released its second annual survey of big data use in large companies. Most of the companies (75%) participating in the survey were large financial firms, but 20% were in healthcare and life…
With 2014 rapidly approaching, we’re calling on you to aid our world-class faculty of analytics experts and help predict what is in store for next year. Each year, IIA gathers its faculty and leadership to look at the evidence and…
While doing some research recently on companies that are incorporating big data into their products and key processes, I noticed that that a disproportionate number seem to be more than a century old. What’s going on with this phenomenon? Here…
Once a week or so I hear from vendors who are creating the “data scientist in a box.” They say they can use software and hardware to get rid of those pesky human data scientists. Somewhat less frequently I hear…
INTRODUCTIONBig-thinking gurus often argue that we have moved from the agricultural economy to the industrial economy to the data economy. It is certainly true that more and more of our economy is coordinated through data and information systems. However, outside…
Last week in the IIA we did a webcast for our Retail Analytics Research Council on “next best offers.” I’ve been doing some research on this issue with John Lucker and Leandro DalleMule from Deloitte. I don’t want to give…
Last week I described five types of analytical organization structures. This week I will describe some research on which ones seem to function best.Last year, my co-author Jeanne Harris and her colleagues performed a survey of quantitative analysts within large…
One issue that organizations are often interested in is how to organize analytics. In this post I’ll describe five different organizational models; surely one of them will fit your organization.First there is the totally centralized model, in which a group…
In the last several months I’ve been subjecting much of the world to my spoken thoughts on analytics. I’ve been to Europe (twice), Brazil (twice), Mexico, Argentina, Hong Kong, Chile, Canada, and various places in the US. One thing that…