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How Third Parties Can Hurt Your Marketing Analytics
Pierre DeBois  
2/16/2017   12 comments
Are your digital marketers creating gaps in customer privacy? They could be unless they vet tags and third-party app access.  Here's how to do the vetting.
Time for an Analytics Show and Tell
James M. Connolly  
2/2/2017   18 comments
The business-analytics disconnect remains a hurdle for adoption of data-driven decision making. Maybe it's time for the analytics team to hit the road and show employees what data can do for them.
Your data scientist hiring guide: Ask the right interview questions and compare your candidates to our data scientists
Resource Center  
2/1/2017  
If you’re dealing with large amounts of data and complex problems, you might be ready to hire a data scientist. But what will you ask in the interview, and how will you evaluate the candidates? In this e-book, we provide 20 interview questions, so you can walk right into the interview knowing what to ask.
Modernizing Your Analytics Environment
Resource Center  
2/1/2017  
In this whitepaper, learn the dramatic benefits of analytics modernization and hear case studies about the significant results companies have experienced by transforming their analytics platform, including simplified analytic modeling and faster customer insights.
Harvard Business Review: Leadership and Big Data Innovation
Resource Center  
2/1/2017  
Find out why data experimentation, governance and culture are part of the next leadership challenge for organizations in this key learning summary paper.
Customer loyalty blossoms with analytics
Resource Center  
1/31/2017  
Customer loyalty blossoms with analytics
Data Privacy Day: Balancing Protection, Convenience
Jessica Davis  
1/27/2017   35 comments
Data breaches can cost millions and end careers. Consumer identity theft can create huge personal life disruptions. Here's why both consumers and businesses must remember the importance of balancing convenience with protection on Data Privacy Day.
Harnessing Analytics' Disruptive Power
Lisa Morgan  
1/23/2017   13 comments
People in business and tech love to use the latest, popular buzzwords. "Disrupter" is one of them. But is your company really leveraging analytics' disruptive capabilities?
Learn About the McKinsey Data Science Update on A2 Radio
James M. Connolly  
1/18/2017   4 comments
You've heard all about the data science talent gap that McKinsey cited in 2011, but there's a lot more -- including new information -- that you need to know about McKinsey's ongoing research. Learn more Thursday on All Analytics Radio.
For 2017: Put Data, Big or Small, Into Action
James M. Connolly  
1/6/2017   14 comments
Still standing by a prediction that big data as a buzzword will die as we turn out focus to the analytics, not the scale of the data.
Why Recommendation Engines Still Aren't Accurate
Lisa Morgan  
12/28/2016   46 comments
Ever noticed that some recommendations from consumer websites tend to be a bit off base? Lisa Morgan takes a look at why those engines get confused.
In Search Of: Unicorns, Big Foot, and Data Privacy
Bryan Beverly  
12/20/2016   48 comments
Monster hunters may have spent years hunting for Big Foot, and unicorns may be popular ideas in fairy tales. But like data privacy, they don't really exist. Data protection is what we have instead.
The Amorphous CDO Role Takes Shape
James M. Connolly  
12/16/2016   28 comments
After being largely undefined for a few years the role of Chief Data Officer may finally be taking shape, as illustrated in a survey of federal agencies.
Most Analytics Opportunities Untapped, McKinsey
Jessica Davis  
12/13/2016   1 comment
McKinsey Global Institute has updated its research on data analytics and the opportunity it presents in a new report released this month.
Market Intelligence: Turn Information into Insights
Jim Schakenbach  
12/12/2016   Post a comment
Think beyond business intelligence; market intelligence helps you to understand your competitors, customers, and overall market trends.
Customer Analytics: Think Outside the Black Box
Suneel Grover  
12/11/2016   2 comments
Suneel Grover takes a look at how SAS Customer Intelligence 360 addresses issues such as predictive personalization, segmentation, real-time analytics, and machine learning.
Analytics Gets Big IT Investment in 2017
Jessica Davis  
12/9/2016   4 comments
The 37th annual SIM IT Trends Study found that analytics continues to be an important strategic investment for organizations.
Free Milk and Cookies, for a Price
James M. Connolly  
12/8/2016   4 comments
The new A2 cartoons highlights the big data privacy question that nothing comes for free.
 Retail Analytics: See Where Style Meets Statistics
Digital Audio  
12/6/2016   53 comments
The retail sector is learning that great products with consumer appeal aren't enough for success. They need great data strategies as well.
Prediction, Explanation and the November Surprise
Fabian Pascal  
12/5/2016   7 comments
Those delving into data science have to learn the important difference between prediction and explanation, as we discovered in post-election discussions and finger-pointing.
Digital Transformation: Darwin Was Right
James M. Connolly  
11/30/2016   12 comments
While half of surveyed organizations say they are progressing with digital transformation, the other half are left to the fate of the DoDo Bird.
Connecting the Analytic Dots in IoT
Pierre DeBois  
11/28/2016   12 comments
The struggle to learn how customers engage with IoT devices as part of customer experience is real. Here is how marketers can approach strategies with analytics reporting that monitors related traffic in real time.
Yes, the IoT Does Matter to You
James M. Connolly  
11/27/2016   54 comments
Our upcoming All Analytics Radio programs look at the progress of the Internet of Things -- and why it matters to your business -- and how to find the right mix of experience and analytics in the retail sector. Tune in this Tuesday and again on December 6.
Your Boss Knows You Are Looking for a New Job
Maryam Donnelly  
11/23/2016   44 comments
A start-up is offering an online tool that cruises company systems and big data sources to identify how many employees are looking for a job, and which ones are looking.
 Will Data and Humans Become Friends in 2017?
Digital Audio  
11/22/2016   40 comments
As data plays a bigger role in our personal lives and business decisions, our experts look at how the human/data relationship shapes up in the year ahead
Let's Explore the Human-Data Relationship
James M. Connolly  
11/21/2016   32 comments
All Analytics bloggers join A2 Radio for a discussion about the evolving data-human relationship, and whether we truly are more welcoming when it comes to data entering our private and business lives.
Chief Data Officers: More Now Report to CEO
Jessica Davis  
11/15/2016   11 comments
Gartner's survey of chief data officers found that almost a third of them of them report to the CEO, and they have their own staff and responsibilities independent of IT.
Marketing Analytics: Driving Data to the Forefront
James M. Connolly  
11/14/2016   7 comments
Adele Sweetwood of SAS and author of the new book The Analytical Marketer: How to Transform Your Marketing Organization will appear on a Harvard Business Review webinar this week, discussing how analytics are reinventing the marketing department.
In Data Analytics We Trust?
Ariella Brown  
11/14/2016   16 comments
Organizations around the world still have plenty of work ahead of them in terms of building trust in their data and analytics strategies, according to a report by KPMG.
IoT: Pioneering New Technologies
James M. Connolly  
11/10/2016   28 comments
Despite all the criticisms of the Internet of Things concept, it's very real, but probably is going through a shakeout stage. What will emerge will be a model focused on efficiency and based on new compute models.
The Election Aftermath: Is Data Dead?
Tricia Aanderud  
11/9/2016   95 comments
Where did all the election predictions go so wrong? And, what does the failure of analytics to predict the Trump victory mean to the future of big data?
Surviving the Big Data HR Test
James M. Connolly  
11/4/2016   2 comments
Human resources professionals are starting to rely on big data in their hiring processes, but questions remain about how to do it fairly and quantify what their analysis reveals.
Spying Without Safeguards, the British Way
Jon Martindale  
11/2/2016   5 comments
A British tribunal has ruled that the UK government's snooping on citizens violates EU privacy rules, but the UK may be backing out of that privacy agreement anyway.
Why Mobile E-Commerce Requires Analytics & IoT
Scott Ferguson  
10/31/2016   4 comments
The amount of data generated by mobile e-commerce is posing new challenges for developers and IT departments. But analytics, IoT, and other tools can help make sense of all that data, according a report from Frost & Sullivan.
Data Privacy: It's Your Job
James M. Connolly  
10/28/2016   9 comments
It's easy to think that responsibility for data privacy is someone else's job. Really, it's everyone's job, as listeners will learn in the upcoming All Analytics Academy.
Analytics Pros, Speak Up Now & Get Paid
James M. Connolly  
10/21/2016   12 comments
Check out the Gartner list of technology trends for 2017 and see just how important you and your data analytics pros have become. Then go ask the boss for a raise.
 We Can Build Smarter Cities
Digital Audio  
10/20/2016   31 comments
With the emergence of IoT concepts, cities see opportunities to make their delivery of citizen services and use of resources more intelligent.
Learn What Smart Cities Mean to You
James M. Connolly  
10/18/2016   15 comments
Smart cities and their potential benefits are on the agenda when CompTIA's Tim Herbert joins All Analytics Radio on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 2 pm ET.
Data Privacy: A Corporate High-Wire Act
James M. Connolly  
10/17/2016   56 comments
Data privacy is all about balance, on one hand helping your organization innovate while, on the other, protecting the privacy of customers and employees. That will be a key message of presenters in the upcoming All Analytics Academy: Data Privacy for You, For All.
Eek! There’s a Human in Your Data
Tricia Aanderud  
10/14/2016   42 comments
When presenting data it's easy to stay focused on the number. But remember that there are real people with real concerns and emotions behind those numbers.
Data's Little Surprises Make You Wonder
James M. Connolly  
10/12/2016   5 comments
The results of our recent Quick Polls confirm that often the only sure thing with data is that you will be surprised.
Project Pitfalls
Quick Poll  
10/12/2016   3 comments
Big Data for Credit Scoring: Opportunities and Challenges
Bart Baesens  
10/11/2016   7 comments
Big data presents an opportunity to improve credit scoring, but it also presents some challenges.
A2 Radio: Deliver More Effective Visualizations
James M. Connolly  
10/10/2016   2 comments
All Analytics Radio features an interview with visualization expert and author Scott Berinato as we discuss best practices in effective visualization.
A2 Academy: Privacy in the Spotlight
James M. Connolly  
10/7/2016   4 comments
Our new All Analytics Academy program, airing in the first two weeks of November, will provide you with best practices and other advice for protecting the privacy of your customers, your company, and your employees.
AI: Doomed to Buzzword Status
James M. Connolly  
10/5/2016   24 comments
For all the good that artificial intelligence and machine learning promise the concepts are sure to get swamped by our love affair with buzzwords.
A New Look for Weather Reports
James M. Connolly  
10/4/2016   19 comments
The Dark Sky weather visualization site isn't nearly as ominous as it sounds, unless you are a TV meteorologist.
Looming Challenge: More Than Agile Management
Pierre DeBois  
10/3/2016   6 comments
Is an emphasis on encouraging managers to understanding technology masking a need to understand a management framework that mesh digital and real-world concerns?
Manufacturing Gets a Well-Deserved Day
James M. Connolly  
9/30/2016   4 comments
Manufacturing Day next week celebrates the role that manufacturing plays in the US and global economies but also highlights the way the manufacturing sector values and utilizes data.
Brother, Spare Me the Paradigm
Fabian Pascal  
9/26/2016   5 comments
Today's new data management paradigm seems more like a return to how things were done decades ago.
A Real-World Check on Big Data Myths
James M. Connolly  
9/23/2016   2 comments
Analytics professionals still encounter executives who live by misconceptions when it comes to big data and analytics. Here are six examples of big data myths.
Government: Analytics Help to Deal With Change
James M. Connolly  
9/21/2016   11 comments
The SAS Government Leadership Forum takes place in October with experts addressing issues ranging from fight fraud today to the societal, economic, and geopolitical changes that will shape the world two decades from now.
The Trouble with Data About Data
Lisa Morgan  
9/21/2016   22 comments
It's time to accept the fact that so much of the data we see is biased, whether intentionally or not. so what can you do about it?
Take the A2 Quick Poll: Citizen Data Scientists
James M. Connolly  
9/20/2016   6 comments
People are taking sides on the citizen data scientist concept. Have your say in the new All Analytics Quick Poll.
Those Citizen Data Scientists
Quick Poll  
9/19/2016   4 comments
The State Of Data Engineers
Jessica Davis  
9/19/2016   13 comments
Demand for data engineers is on the rise in enterprise, particularly in those organizations that aspire to be the next Uber or Airbnb. InformationWeek's Jessica Davis takes a look at this quickly growing job category within IT.
Data for the Greater Good: Tough to Say No
James M. Connolly  
9/16/2016   13 comments
The nonprofit Datakind, which matches data scientists with social agencies solving world problems, provides a lesson in how to put data into action with any type of organization.
SAS Analytics Experience: Viya and Cognitive Computing
James M. Connolly  
9/13/2016   3 comments
SAS added new tools based on it's Viya analytics platform and turned the focus to cognitive computing, where applications today are advancing their ability to draw conclusions, with many more uses for the concept coming in the future.
Beware of Being Unique in the EU
James M. Connolly  
9/12/2016   9 comments
The EU's fear of what it calls unique data is puzzling, particularly when viewed in the 2016 era of big data and global business.
Keeping Online Retail Legal
Pierre DeBois  
9/9/2016   54 comments
With more ways to engage customers there are more ways to cross legal boundaries. A look at how marketers can avoid pitfalls.
You and the 10 Stages of Data Readiness for Analytics
Daniel D. Gutierrez  
9/8/2016   10 comments
Put your organization through this data readiness evaluation and see how you score.
How Far We've Come With Analytics
Information Graphic  
9/8/2016   3 comments
You might be surprised by the progress that analytics have made in just the five years that All Analytics has been monitoring the field.
 How Colleges and Tech Are Grooming Analytics Talent
Digital Audio  
9/7/2016   56 comments
Learn how universities are working with tech leaders such as SAS to shape tomorrow's analytics workforce, and close the data science talent gap.
Can Tech Make the Call Center a Help Desk?
James M. Connolly  
9/7/2016   32 comments
There are promising new technologies coming for the call center. But the question remains about whether companies value a call center as a tool to improve customer relationships.
Big Data: A View From Germany
Charlotte Erdmann  
9/6/2016   9 comments
An executive committee member of TDWI in Germany shares his observations on the use of big data in his country and the impact of strict privacy regulations.
Data Pros Move to the Front of the Payroll Line
James M. Connolly  
8/31/2016   13 comments
If the analytics sector needs a virtual pat on the back, they can find it in the 2017 salary projections released by Robert Half Technology.
The Demand Signal Management Proposition...
Charlie Chase  
8/31/2016   2 comments
While the availability and collection of data are compelling companies to invest in demand signal management solutions to support their planning processes, many have not gotten the return on their investment. However, others are realizing that the real value is in visualization, exploration, and predictive analytics.
When Algorithms Go Astray
James M. Connolly  
8/30/2016   24 comments
The tale of a decade-old algorithm should raise concerns about how data and algorithms get reused in unexpected ways.
SAS 360 Engage: A/B testing and algorithmic segmentation
Suneel Grover  
8/29/2016   2 comments
A closer look at SAS 360 Engage, which enables organizations to interact with consumers by allowing them to create, manage and deliver digital content over web and mobile channels.
What You Should Know About Machine-Aided Analytics
Lisa Morgan  
8/29/2016   25 comments
It's a new world out there when it comes to analytics, and the old if/then model is no longer a sure thing.
Do You Make Music With Data?
James M. Connolly  
8/25/2016   18 comments
There are surprising similarities between a successful data strategy and the painful process of getting music published and on the air.
If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now
Ariella Brown  
8/24/2016   25 comments
A data-driven real estate application helps people find homes that are within a short commute to jobs that they might like.
Proof, There's Real Value in That Data
James M. Connolly  
8/22/2016   12 comments
All that conference talk about finding value in big data is being reflected in realworld results in corporate environments.
The Benefits of Artificial Intelligence
Polly Mitchell-Guthrie  
8/19/2016   21 comments
Learn how artificial intelligence is contributing to the good of society and making our lives better. Presentations at Analytics Experience.
Execs Get Creative in Grooming Data Science Talent
James M. Connolly  
8/19/2016   22 comments
Forget the unicorn, there are ways to groom data scientists without searching everywhere for the rare candidate who offers deep technical experience, an analytical mindset, and rich business experience. Listen to what these analytics executives have to say.
SAS Analytics Experience: No Barriers
James M. Connolly  
8/18/2016   2 comments
The upcoming SAS Analytics Experience in Las Vegas reflects some key changes in how analytics are positioned in an organization and data's role in many different job types.
Common Biases That Skew Analytics
Lisa Morgan  
8/17/2016   20 comments
Part of any analysis has to be a sanity check to understand where the data may reflect any number of different types of bias.
Big Data: Let's Stay Focused
James M. Connolly  
8/12/2016   9 comments
It seems that the tech and business sectors are drifting back toward an emphasis on the "big" in big data when they should be thinking "analytics."
Big Data: An Art Form in Itself?
Charlotte Erdmann  
8/11/2016   7 comments
When we hear the words ‘big data’, we tend to think of vast databases, complex algorithms and endless links between mountains of information. Interestingly, however, big data is also suitable for art, and vice versa.
Open Source Opens the Advancement of Analytics
Pierre DeBois  
8/9/2016   2 comments
O’Reilly Media’s OSCON featured how open source is influencing business operations at every level. Analytics practitioners looking to manage advance tactics should pay attention to the lessons learned.
A2 Radio: The Changing Landscape of Data Science
James M. Connolly  
8/8/2016   1 comment
All Analytics Radio looks at what universities are doing to help stem the projected shortage of data scientists, and to help prepare young people for careers in the analytics field.
SAS 360 Engage: Delivering Blue-Box Predictive Personalization
Suneel Grover  
8/8/2016   1 comment
The promises of cloud-based marketing analytics suppliers raise the question of whether a data scientist is necessary for personalization and, if so, what their role should be.
Privacy Vs Security In A Big Data World
Tamara Dull  
8/5/2016   1 comment
The issues surrounding data privacy and security, as illustrated by the Snowden incident, highlight why there is still work to be done in defining the boundaries of privacy.
Why the Elephants in the Room Quash Analytics
Lisa Morgan  
8/2/2016   19 comments
A PwC survey highlights the confusion and resistance that surround analytics initiatives in the executive offices.
Data Prep and Data Quality
Daniel D. Gutierrez  
8/1/2016   12 comments
Yes, there are ways to minimize the amount of time that data scientists spend on data preparation.
Analytics Roundtable Video: Data Gains Support
James M. Connolly  
8/1/2016   Post a comment
In the All Analytics CIO Roundtable participants described how business leaders in their organizations are steadily gaining an appreciation for the benefits from analytics. However, the support for analytics projects isn't uniform across industries.
Data Science, Coding, the Automation Paradox, and the Silicon Valley State
Fabian Pascal  
7/29/2016   21 comments
One of the failings of education stems from the lack of separation of academia from the private sector, with a revolving door between the two and university resources resulting in curricula that are entrepreneurial and vocational.
Analytics Power QIAGEN’s Digital Strategy
Ariella Brown  
7/27/2016   15 comments
Pharmaceutical and laboratory company QIAGEN has deployed a set of algorithms designed to tap into big data sources and highlight new customers and sales opportunities.
Detect Advanced Cyberthreats with Security Analytics
Information Graphic  
7/26/2016   1 comment
Find out the five essential characteristics to look for in a security analytics solution.
When A City Gets Behind IoT Development
Pierre DeBois  
7/25/2016   9 comments
Chicago’s push for improving civic services through data is leading to IoT innovations, a robust developer community, and an intriguing new seminar demonstrating best practices for analytics practitioners and tech managers
 Analytics and the Making of a President
Digital Audio  
7/21/2016   76 comments
Analytics aren't just a factor in this year's presidential election. Use of data is shaping the campaigns and your opinion.
Big Data Aims to Cure Cancer
Jessica Davis  
7/21/2016   11 comments
While big data and analytics hold promise in finding cures for cancer, for some who are working on that research the challenge is very personal.
Election 2016: The Analytics Behind the Fireworks
James M. Connolly  
7/19/2016   6 comments
All Analytics Radio takes a closer look at how analytics are shaping our selection of the next president, as well as a few hundred congressmen, senators, and governors.
Three Ways You Can Compete in the Collaborative Economy
Alison Bolen  
7/19/2016   10 comments
When anyone can open an app to borrow money from a crowd, order a gourmet dinner from a neighbor, or rent an oceanfront bungalow from a stranger, where does this leave more established businesses? Analytics Experience keynoter Jeremiah Owyang will share some thoughts.
Analytics Reach the 'Now What' Stage
James M. Connolly  
7/13/2016   11 comments
The "now what" stage of tech adoption is when everyone knows what they want to accomplish but wonders how to get there. That might be where analytics stand today.
 Analytics: Where We've Been, Where We're Going
Digital Audio  
7/12/2016   48 comments
Analytics experts discuss the evolution of analytics over the past five years, and look at changes that shape business and our lives moving forward.
A2 Radio: Analytics Progress and the Road Ahead
James M. Connolly  
7/11/2016   9 comments
All Analytics Radio is hosting a discussion with our expert bloggers as we look back at the remarkable progress in the analytics field in recent years, and look ahead to what work still remains.
NoSQL, Big Data Analytics, and the Loss of Knowledge and Reason
Fabian Pascal  
7/7/2016   4 comments
The data science behind big data analytics lacks a core attribute of real science, forethought.
Predictive Analytics and Wearables Data Driving EHR Growth
Jessica Davis  
7/6/2016   4 comments
Electronic health records may not be new, but they are gaining strong adoption. That adoption is driven by trends such as integration with predictive analytics systems and telemedicine.




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