Beth Schultz

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Phoenix
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The future
Phoenix   10/18/2013 12:59:07 PM
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There is always something new to learn, no matter who you are or what sort of a career path you have selected. So if I had my way I would have attended all three of the events. The most interesting learning experiences would be the futuristic ideas and developments presented at such events.

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Re: The future
SethBreedlove   10/18/2013 8:05:49 PM
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One could say that if you are not at first overwhelmed with an analtyical project, you're probally not doing it right.  It takes a lot of thought and insight to narrow down and make things managable.  No two projects are alike and there is always some interesting twist to the story the data is telling. 

Also, there are so many new analytical programs popping up all the time. A/B testing, text analysis, new types of data storage and the list goes on and on.  Who can learn them all?

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WaqasAltaf   10/19/2013 3:18:34 AM
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Sethbreedlove

"One could say that if you are not at first overwhelmed with an analtyical project, you're probally not doing it right."

True. Many might not understand what the output of analytics can be used for and how this can result in competitive advantage if a possibility is discovered which is not known to your competitors. The other side is the internal side of organization where effectiveness of many functions can be enhanced if all the processes and results are re-evaluated through analytics.

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tomsg   10/21/2013 9:33:56 AM
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I agree. It also seems that the further you get into any project, the more you realize that you don't know. What sometimes looks straightforward on the surface, often is not.

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louisw900   10/25/2013 12:07:59 AM
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" What sometimes looks straightforward on the surface, often is not."

@tomsg     Could this be a sign of the times ?    Probably not.  IMO things have always been more complicated than they initially appear.

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tomsg   10/25/2013 2:37:03 AM
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It may well be. Maybe we just think we know more than we do.

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louisw900   10/25/2013 3:06:42 AM
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Good point,  I think that is probably the case more often than not.

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Zimana   10/31/2013 10:58:01 PM
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More than likely true, plus with the latest solutions increasingly in place, we are seeing and understanding how much more complex the answers can be.  In marketing, we were concerned about attribution to one channel, today its multichannel  and attributing conversion to the right channel. That question was always existed in one form, we just have better ways of measuring and seeking the answers.

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Zimana   10/31/2013 11:00:08 PM
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I'll add it is also a challenge in properly managing a project to conclusion.  Believing in something as straightforward overlooks the complications in which good project management can address (or maange, at least).

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Hospice_Houngbo   10/23/2013 8:13:05 AM
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@Seth,

" It takes a lot of thought and insight to narrow down and make things managable."

When we have the right tools, all projects become easily manageable. But finding that right tools is not always an easy task. Talking with experts can help you pin down what you need for your project.

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louisw900   10/24/2013 11:58:25 PM
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@Hospice   I agree but what do you do when there are no experts around ?

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louisw900   10/25/2013 12:05:30 AM
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" Also, there are so many new analytical programs popping up all the time."

@Seth  Good point.  It is getting to the point that you spend more time trying to find the right tool or package than you do trying to answer the questions you have in the first place.

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Zimana   10/31/2013 11:01:03 PM
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I also wonder if that confusion is from too many vendors and too many options that result from vendors trying to "engage" customers. ;-)

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Hospice_Houngbo   10/23/2013 8:03:04 AM
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@Phoenix,

" if I had my way I would have attended all three of the events."

Conferences are venues for interesting learning experiments, expecially when the keynote speakers include experts in the domain. I would have atttended the Analytics 2013 conference as well, If I could. 

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For their organizations
WaqasAltaf   10/19/2013 3:13:47 AM
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It is interesting to see these learning events taking place on analytics. This shows how people are interested in learning about new possibilities and implementing systems at their organizations to enhance performance.

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Good stuff
kicheko   10/20/2013 4:08:27 AM
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I love technology conferences. Not just because i get to travel but nearly every conference i go to serves me an epiphany moment at some point. That moment that stirs you again out of your newest comfort zone when you see what others have been working on. Never to old to learn..

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BethSchultz   10/20/2013 3:55:43 PM
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@kicheko -- I love the idea of having "epiphany" moments at conferences. It's so important to keep an open mind and be willing to embrace what you hear and think about how it might apply for you and your organization. Do you have any examples to share of those aha! moments you've had at conferences?

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louisw900   10/25/2013 12:02:09 AM
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@kicheko   I agree conferences have the potential to be eye opening.  I must be going to the wrong ones though, because it just seems like the ones I have attended have a ulterior motive - the selling of their product.

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