How to Define Data Quality For Big Data Applications Resource Center 8/23/2013 Download this white paper to learn now raw and unstructured data can be a goldmine for details that reveal facts, relationships, clusters and anomalies, and how too much prep at the beginning of an analytical data project may destroy some of the “data nuggets” that fuel valuable insights.
Understanding Hadoop's Big Data Strengths and Weaknesses Resource Center 8/23/2013 Hadoop, as an open-source software framework for running applications on large clusters of commodity hardware, delivers enormous processing power at a remarkably low cost. Download this report to better understand the key role that Hadoop should play within a complete analytics solution to provide enterprise-class business decision support.
Integrating Hadoop Into Your Business Intelligence And Data Warehousing Resource Center 8/20/2013 Business intelligence (BI) professionals’ interest in Hadoop has been driven up in recent years because Hadoop has proved its usefulness with the toughest challenges in BI today, namely big data, advanced analytics, and multi-structured data. Is your organization prepared to leverage Hadoop in the next three years to stay competitive? Download this report today to understand the many new Hadoop-based products that have emerged in recent years.
10 Steps to an Effective Decision Management Process Resource Center 8/20/2013 Analytics-based processes are commonplace in organizations, but all too often are ad hoc or standalone applications. Would you like to learn how to get the results of analytics embedded into everyday decision making and operational environments? Download this white paper today to learn how you can deliver analytical results to the right people at the right time to deliver significant business value to your organization.
Analytics 3.0: Large Firms Merging Big Data with Traditional Analytics Resource Center 8/16/2013 Recent research into the big data activities of 20 large, well-established businesses, found that big data in those environments must be integrated with everything else that’s going on in the company. Download this white paper today to gain key insights for your enterprise's big data initiatives. A link to the full study is also included in this executive summary.
Using Big Data To Solve Real Business Problems Resource Center 8/16/2013 The promise of big data has tantalized the industry for years, but until recently, few organizations have been able to use the data they’ve collected to solve business problems. Download this white paper to receive concise findings of this research and gain unique insight into big data trends and how data management practices can be employed to solve real business problems.
The Practitioner’s Guide to Data Profiling Resource Center 8/16/2013 The power of data profiling lies in the ability to summarize details about large data sets from many angles. Yet the lure of undirected data analysis can drive the analyst on an almost never-ending quest to find yet one more undiscovered piece of knowledge. How can you best obtain value from data profiling, without ending up going down a rabbit hole? Download this valuable white paper to learn how to constrain your data profiling with a well-defined scope and specific goals.
Data Mining from A to Z: Better Insights, New Opportunities Resource Center 8/16/2013 Most organizations are awash in data. Smart firms have learned that success is based on discovering more meaningful and predictive insights from all the data you capture. How can you leverage predictive analytics and data mining in your company to your advantage? Download this white paper today to put predictive analytics and data mining to work on your company's critical data-based decisions.
How to Become an Analytical Innovator Resource Center 8/16/2013 Companies today have more data available than ever before, arriving at a volume and with a variety unparalleled in human history. Analytical Innovators are firms that believe data is a core asset, are using analytics to their advantage, and have the full support of senior management. What key steps can you take to transform your company? Download this research report today to start your company on the path to being an Analytical Innovator.
The Four Dimensions of Analytic Excellence Resource Center 2/5/2013 What do companies have to do to get their money’s worth out of their data assets and analytic investments? Download this white paper to employ the four dimensions of analytic excellence and foster collaboration between IT and the business.
How to Use Data Visualization to Succeed with Big Data Resource Center 2/5/2013 What enterprises need are tools to help them easily and effectively understand and analyze Big Data. Download this white paper to use big data to boost overall effectiveness and realize a greater return on investment.
How IT Executives Can Use Analytics to Create Innovation and Business Success Resource Center 2/5/2013 Many CIOs think that they are already “doing analytics” because they have implemented business intelligence and reporting tools. But analytics is distinct from BI and reporting, offering a whole new world of value to the business. Download this white paper to take the leap to advanced analytics, and take the strategic, customer-centric actions that are essential to capturing and retaining customers.
Big Data Analytics: Meeting Business Needs and Raising IT’s Profile Resource Center 2/5/2013 Big Data is here, and businesses are ready to uncover all it has to offer. As a result, enterprise IT organizations are feeling the pressure to provide Big Data analytics capabilities. Download this white paper to address upcoming business requirements before they become a pain point and consider elevates IT’s profile to make this happen.
How to Gain Insights from Your Data Faster than Ever Resource Center 2/5/2013 Organizations are inundated with data – terabytes and petabytes of it.Data pours in from every conceivable direction: from operational and transactional systems, from scanning and facilities management systems, from inbound and outbound customer contact points, from mobile media and the Web. Download this white paper to learn how you can use all data that is available to make more precise decisions and succeed even faster than before.
The Analytical Insurer: Use analytics to gain greater insight into your business Resource Center 10/15/2012 The analytical insurer integrates analytics into daily business processes – exploring and exploiting reams of data for strategic business advantage. Using data proactively to reduce operational expenses, increase premium revenue and ensure regulatory compliance creates an undeniable opportunity for competitive advantage. Download this webinar to explore how analytics can help insurers reap significant benefits and gain greater insight into their businesses.
How to Use Analytics to Optimize Business Performance Resource Center 10/15/2012 Property and Casualty (P&C) insurers are integrating analytics into their daily business processes to gain competitive advantage – by reducing operational expenses, increasing premium revenue and ensuring regulatory compliance. Topics of focus include identifying ways to price more effectively, retain profitable customers, reduce claims fraud, integrate distribution channels and manage risk.
Profitable Analytic Strategies for Life and Annuity Carriers Resource Center 10/15/2012 Many diversified insurers rely on negotiated selling agreements with broker-dealer firms and banks to sell their product lineups. In fact, roughly 92 percent of life and protection products are sold through third-party distribution arrangements. Many insurers still see the business of wholesaling as an art, not a science, but a few innovators are introducing quantitative methods into qualitative sales practices.
How to Turn Data into Revenue Growth and Cost Savings Resource Center 10/15/2012 Manufacturers put an enormous amount of work into improving quality. Yet, for all of the effort, they still struggle. Thirty-eight percent of respondents to the "IW/SAS Enterprise Quality Survey" have seen the cost of quality as a percentage of cost-of-goods-sold increase over the past two years; and it stayed the same for 28 percent of respondents.
Overcoming 4 Critical Hospitality and Gaming Issues Resource Center 10/11/2012 Join experts and researchers from Cornell and SAS as they present their latest findings on four critical hospitality and gaming issues that could spell the difference between an organization thriving or simply surviving. Listen to this webcast to overcome key hospitality and gaming challenges and prepare your organization for success.
Customer-Focused Marketing for Hospitality and Gaming Resource Center 10/11/2012 Hospitality and gaming companies must make the most of each customer interaction. By focusing on ROI with integrated analytics, you can provide customers with a better experience. This webcast features a panel of industry and technology experts from the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research and SAS, and provides practical tips and approaches to marketing automation and optimization. View this webcast to learn how your organization can improve marketing ROI with integrated analytics.
How to Turn Big Data into Competitive Advantage in Banking Resource Center 10/11/2012 Big Data represents a significant opportunity for banks to enhance the customer experience and boost retention. But digging through massive amounts of data to find the right information about a customer also presents a great challenge to overextended IT organizations. Download this white paper to learn how big data and analytics can help you make good pricing strategies, and understand customers in a way that grows a business.
High-Performance Analytics Tackles Big Data Challenges in Banking Resource Center 10/11/2012 The dual impact of a slow global economic recovery combined with a significantly increased regulatory and compliance burden are causing banks to squeeze the last penny out of every dollar as they look to reduce cost-to-income ratios to around 40 percent. This could mean cost reductions of 30 percent or more for some banks. Download this white paper to boost operational efficiency, acquire and retain profitable customers.
Tackling the 3 Biggest Challenges in Hospitality and Gaming Resource Center 10/11/2012 Across the hospitality field, most organizations have a loyalty program of some sort or another, designed to stimulate frequent and repeat purchases from its customers. Fly a certain number of miles to get a free ticket or an upgrade. Stay at a brand’s properties a certain number of nights to earn a promotional rate or free night’s stay. But is your loyalty program doing what it should? Is it bringing in more new revenue than it is giving back in rewards?
Fundamentals of Customer Link Analysis Resource Center 10/11/2012 The power of customer link analysis stems from the unique view it takes on a customer, account or entity. This perspective makes customer link analysis particularly well-suited for business problems where connections are key, such as identifying spheres of influence – and where connections can be clearly identified, such as in subscriber call data.
Five Top Trends in Gaming and Hospitality for 2012 Resource Center 10/11/2012 What issues are keeping hospitality and gaming industry executives up at night? What will it take to keep motivating guests in 2012 and beyond? These questions have been nagging at hospitality and gaming management professionals for years. Download this white paper to learn how your organization can use integrated analytics to confidently forecast future conditions, simulate alternative scenarios and optimize results by choosing the best of all reasonable courses.
The Analytical Life Insurer Resource Center 10/3/2012 Life insurance executives are beginning to recognize the need to evaluate analytics as a way to innovate, differentiate and improve their organizations. This whitepaper uncovers business strategies enabled by analytics and provides examples of analytic innovation that insurers can introduce in their business processes.
Enterprise-wide Quality Platform: Growth and Savings for Manufacturers Resource Center 8/24/2012 Today's global manufacturers are looking to enterprise-wide quality platforms to turn existing data into substantial and sustainable revenue growth and cost savings. The objectives of a recent survey were to list concerns about quality among manufacturers, investigate the tools used to measure quality, and examine how using enterprise-wide analysis on quality data could improve performance.
3 Best-in-Class Actions for Effective Business Analytics Resource Center 8/24/2012 Best-in-class companies have prioritized three main activities that help them magnify the impact of business analytics and deliver more value to their organizations. Approximately 51 percent of best-in-class companies are actively engaged in business analytics on a weekly basis or more frequent basis.
How to Use Analytics Profitably in Your Organization Resource Center 8/24/2012 To understand how business analytics helps create competitive advantage, it helps to consider the role of the organization in the market and society. Because business analytics requires business relevancy, creating real competitive differentiation requires a strong comprehension of why organizations exist.
Big Data: Reliable Access to Massive Volumes of Data Resource Center 8/24/2012 In today's era of big data, organizations depend on increasingly sophisticated analysis of ever-growing volumes and varieties of data. They count on having reliable access to massive volumes of data, and they are performing advanced analytics for which traditional relational technology is unsuited and incapable.
Complementary Innovation: Grid Computing and In-Database Processing in Action Resource Center 8/24/2012 Corporations are collecting more data, dealing with more complex business issues and experiencing heightened global competition. There has never been a greater need to transform data assets into innovation and maximize the productivity of resources to drive sustainable growth.
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Analytics for All Resource Center 7/19/2012 Moving from gut-feel-based decision making to an analytics-driven approach isn’t easy, especially for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) that often face IT resource constraints, limited analytical talent, tight budgets and technology gaps. But implementing analytical solutions that promote fact-based decision making can be done in a lean SMB organization.
8 Essentials of BA Resource Center 6/11/2012 Find out what business analytics can do for your company, and next steps you should take to gain a competitive advantage.
Drive Your Business with Predictive Analytics Resource Center 5/14/2012 Predictive analytics is a blend of tools and techniques that enable organizations to identify patterns in data that can be used to make predictions of future outcomes. Predictive models can serve a variety of goals but should not drive the analysis: The best place to start is by asking what business problems you are trying to solve. Download this white paper to ensure you are asking the right questions and using predictive analytics to manage and grow your business.
Guide to Data Analytics Use in Your Organization Resource Center 5/14/2012 Data is the competitive weapon of the future. Organizations that define IT’s role in data analytics and learn how to exploit their data resources effectively will give themselves the greatest chance for success.
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Outlook 2012: The Hottest Trends and Issues for Hospitality and Gaming Resource Center 2/29/2012 How is your organization going to make the most of 2012? Join us for this webcast featuring industry executives, thought leaders and academics as they discuss the latest and most important trends, challenges and technologies affecting the hospitality and gaming industries.
Tech Marketing 360 The only event dedicated to technology marketers. Discover the most current and cutting-edge innovations and strategies to drive tech marketing success. Hear from and engage with companies like Mashable, SAS, Dun & Bradstreet, ExactTarget, Google+, IDC, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Oracle Eloqua, Leo Burnett, Young & Rubicam, Juniper Networks and more – all in an intimate, upscale setting. Register at http://www.techmarketing360.com with priority code CMANALYTICS14 to save $100.
SAS Global Forum Executive Conference 2014 The Executive Conference is held in conjunction with SAS Global Forum, a SAS users technology event. Investing in thought leadership and technical training are two of the best moves a successful company can make so take advantage of the world-class speakers, sessions and discussions around Analytics, Big data, Risk, Fraud and Data management.
LEADERS FROM THE BUSINESS AND IT COMMUNITIES DUEL OVER CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY ISSUES
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Visual Analytics: Who Carries the Onus? The Issue: Data visualization is an up-and-coming technology for businesses that want to deliver analytical results in a visual way, enabling analysts the ability to spot patterns more easily and business users to absorb the insight at a glance and better understand what questions to ask of the data. But does it make more sense to train everybody to handle the visualization mandate or bring on visualization expertise? Our experts are divided on the question. The Speakers: Hyoun Park, Principal Analyst, Nucleus Research; Jonathan Schwabish, US Economist & Data Visualizer
David Tishgart, senior director of marketing and alliances at security provider Gazzang, explains the importance of data encryption for companies that are rolling out Hadoop environments to leverage big data analytics.
At the Strata Conference / Hadoop World 2013, Samuel Kommu, technical marketing engineer at Cisco Systems, shares some of the benefits that Hadoop brings to analytics platforms that leverage next-generation hardware. Kommu looks at big data operations that required 3,500 nodes in 2009, 2,000 in 2011, and now require only 64 nodes.
Wayne Thompson, manager of SAS Data Sciences Technologies, delivers a fascinating preview demonstration of SAS Visual Statistics, a tool that enables fast and flexible modeling against massive datasets on the fly. Visual Statistics will be made generally available in March, but you can see it here first.
At Strata/Hadoop World 2013, Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly discusses the new Enterprise Data Hub offering, explaining how it works with Hadoop, how it creates a single repository of full-history and full-fidelity data, and how it exposes that data to all users interested in exploratory analytics.
At this year's Strata Conference/Hadoop World 2013, SAS big data vice president Paul Kent presented a session on setting up Hadoop clusters for advanced analytics. We caught up with several audience members and recorded their impressions of the presentation.
In hearing directly from a doctorate-level Hadoop specialist, a healthcare data analyst, and a marketing executive, it's clear that big data analytics is a burgeoning field that cutting-edge companies are eager to explore.
At this year's Strata Conference/Hadoop World 2013 event, SAS VP of Big Data Paul Kent presented several sessions about modernizing and deploying advanced data analytics infrastructures based on Hadoop. In this video, he talks about the state of Hadoop adoption among enterprises today and looks out to the big data-driven applications of the future.
Companies that use SAS analytics tools for their traditional databases are looking to derive even more value by mining unstructured data. Data management platforms like Hortonworks enable that relationship by delivering an enterprise-ready Hadoop framework.
In this video, Shaun Connolly, vice president of corporate strategy at Hortonworks, explains how companies can incorporate Hadoop into their data analytics streams.
At the SAS Premier Business Leadership Series in Orlando, Manuel Sanchez, CRM Manager for Club Premier Aeromexico, explains the challenges and opportunities of transaction data. Using dozens of data sources among participating airlines and merchants, Club Premier creates robust customer profiles and works to maximize benefits for members and business partners alike while protecting individual privacy.
At SAS's October Premier Business Leadership Series (PBLS) in Orlando, attendees from the corporate and academic worlds joined thought leaders and analytics professionals to share insights and strategies around big data.
Will Hakes, CEO and co-founder of Link Analytics and keynote speaker at the SAS Analytics 2013 conference in Orlando, Fla., last month, talks candidly about the challenges that large enterprises face as they explore advanced analytics solutions. He also shares some practical tips for smoothing the transition.
At the SAS Analytics 2013 conference in Orlando, Bob Gladden, vice president for decision support and informatics at the Ohio nonprofit health insurance provider CareSource, explains how his company uses advanced analytics to keep administrative costs down and to identify at-risk patients for targeted healthcare initiatives.
At the Analytics 2013 conference in Orlando, Fla., two analytics experts from Dell -- global decision sciences manager Natalie Kortum and senior credit risk consultant Jack Chen -- share their real-world advice for analysts who want to sell their project ideas to business executives.
At the SAS Premier Business Leadership Series in Orlando, Fla., Lousiana State Representative Chris Broadwater outlined the state's success with analytics-driven fraud detection and shared his vision for streamlined processes at the DMV, the healthcare system, and even the department of corrections -- all delivered via a centralized repository of rich customer data.
Organizations that are ready to leverage big data need to move beyond buzzwords and approach the challenges with a business focus. Peter Guerra, principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, shares his insight and experience in helping clients transition to Hadoop and embrace new decision support platforms.
At this year's Strata Conference / Hadoop World 2013, Michael Steinhart chats with Rackspace Product Marketing Manager Sean Anderson about Hadoop, cloud computing, and how the two come together for companies that want to undertake a "proof of value" project.
With today's advanced visual analytics tools, you can stream data into memory for real-time processing, provide users the ability to explore and manipulate the data, and bring your data to life for the business.
Dynamic data visualizations let analysts and business users interact with the data, changing variables or drilling down into data points, and see results in a flash. Advance your use of data visualization with tools that support features like auto-charting, explanatory pop-ups, and mobile sharing.
No doubt your enterprise is amassing loads of data for fact-based decision-making. Hand in hand with all that data comes big computational requirements. Can traditional IT infrastructure handle the increasing number and complexity of your analytical work? Probably not, which is why you need a backend rethink. Big data calls for a high-performance analytics infrastructure, as Fern Halper, a partner at the IT consulting and research firm, Hurwitz & Associates, discusses here.
Redbox's bright-red DVD kiosks are all but ubiquitous these days, located in more than 28,000 spots across the country. Jayson Tipp, Redbox VP of Analytics and CRM, provides an insider's look at how the company has accomplished its phenomenal nine-year growth.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a seven-brand global hotelier, has woven analytics into the fabric of its operations. David Schmitt, director of performance strategy and planning, shares IHG's analytics story and his lessons learned.