When Analytics Don't Get Top Priority

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missed opportunities
  • 1/30/2017 2:30:16 PM
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Post-it notes and a desktop abacus seemed good enough to management...

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  • 1/30/2017 10:11:50 PM
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Post-it Notes.  The fore Father of Modern Analytics ?

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  • 1/31/2017 12:58:34 AM
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And to top it off his abcacus is missing a few beads. 

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  • 1/31/2017 10:06:55 AM
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At least he gets to keep the calculator for now. It may not survive the next round of cuts.

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  • 1/31/2017 12:38:50 PM
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Don't worry his smart phone can still google analytics!

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  • 1/31/2017 2:54:35 PM
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@ impactnow: Maybe this is to encourage employees to work from home and use their own resources.  

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  • 1/31/2017 6:25:09 PM
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@Sethbreedlove, not that far fetched. I've heard of companies that rely on employee home base resources to cut cost. Usually, startups.

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  • 1/31/2017 6:26:08 PM
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Think about the data security issues in working from home, more issues!

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  • 1/31/2017 7:23:11 PM
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Spending time troubleshooting issues or patching software can certainly take away from a productive schedule. Cost cutting on one end usually shifts the burden to another...

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  • 1/31/2017 1:48:29 PM
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Sold for parts!

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  • 1/31/2017 3:38:15 PM
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But look on the bright side, the company's green rating has just gone up as a result of huge reductions in energy consumption.

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  • 1/31/2017 7:29:55 PM
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Haha! I work in a "green" certified building and I think it causes more productivity slow downs than a regular building might. Temperature control is a major pain point for most. You're never really confortable in any room.

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  • 2/1/2017 11:43:22 AM
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In re "Never confortable in any room" in the office... Too cold year round, or the typical seasonal reversal with eco-conscious office managers: too cold in winter, too hot in summer?

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  • 2/1/2017 12:01:05 PM
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I can understand "too cold in the winter". Someone is saving energy.

What I experience, all too often, and don't understand in the least is "too hot in the winter, too cold in the summer" More is being spent on the utility bills and it's to make people uncomfortable. How is that still happening?

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  • 2/2/2017 1:40:35 PM
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@PC. The problem of too hot in the winter and too cold in the summer used to be much more common than it is today, now that many more buildings use more localized HVAC systems. Even 20 years ago the HVAC pumped out the same level of heat and cooling to every room in the building. Now more of the systems use local sensors to even out the temperature and zone systems deliver heat or cooling as a level where most people (not the really fussy ones) are comfortable.

My favorite (or least favorite to be more accurate) was how many buildings had thermostats spread throughtout the facility but they were disabled so nobody could change the temp. Some building managers went years letting employees think they actually were setting a new temperature.

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  • 2/5/2017 10:43:46 PM
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Jim writes


Now more of the systems use local sensors to even out the temperature and zone systems deliver heat or cooling as a level where most people (not the really fussy ones) are comfortable.


 

In some of my comments I've been disdainful of overuse of sensors (mainly in connection with IoT), but this seems one application where sensors defintely make a lotta sense ...

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  • 2/7/2017 2:36:23 AM
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@James: I'm aware of at least one "Climate-Control-as-a-Service" company that uses cloud-powered IoT sensors to only charge customers for when the building is in a particular temperature range (say, 68 to 72 degrees).

On top of providing better service and having greater accountability, the company also benefits in customer satisfaction by offering savings for times of day when nobody (or almost nobody) is in the building and the building is allowed to go outside of that range overnight.

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  • 2/7/2017 1:16:18 PM
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Electrical utilities are offering their own climate-control-as-a-service variation with the cycling of power they may do during periods of extremely high demand (usually weather related, usually the hottest parts of summer). While these aren't cloud-based per se, it wouldn't surprise me to see the utilities moving them to some sort of cloud-automation scheme in the next few years.

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  • 2/9/2017 8:39:06 AM
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@Terry: If it's weather-related, doesn't that automatically mean it's "cloud-based"?

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I'll show myself out.

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  • 2/7/2017 2:33:16 AM
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@PC: Tell me about it!  This is the story of my life in downtown Boston.

On the one hand, I think it's the older buildings/infrastructure that proliferate throughout Boston.

On the other hand, I dealt with this constantly during my three years of law school -- in a building that was built in 1999.

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  • 2/7/2017 3:28:37 PM
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Precisely!

I think it's actually a selling point for these "devices". You get to remind everyone of a building's "green" certification at the start of every season. :D

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  • 2/21/2017 3:39:19 PM
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Not only is an abacus a very green product, I think Google missed the boat when changed to Alphabet, and didn't elect Abacus as the new moniker.

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  • 2/21/2017 5:22:13 PM
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Yes and there is no worry about compromised data. The abacus is completely secure, and one shake erases everything!

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  • 3/2/2017 4:41:44 AM
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@kq4ym: Understandable.  Some quick Googling (ironically enough) indicates that "Abacus" appears to be taken by multiple software companies already.

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  • 3/15/2017 12:35:45 AM
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Yes, it is ironic but provides some good connotations simplicity being one of them and easily understood.

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  • 1/31/2017 4:12:25 PM
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@Seth   Talk about cost cutting.  That's what happens when you pick up an abacus at the local Thrift store, you get what you pay for......  

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  • 2/6/2017 9:10:38 AM
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That might be an interesting item for "Dollar Store" to stock. Put it the hands of some celebrity or feature it on a news show and you've got a hit that might have abacuses on every desk?

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  • 2/6/2017 4:49:46 PM
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@kq4ym: If the show was still running, I could certainly imagine an episode of 30 Rock where the B story involves, say, Jack's newfound obsession with an abacus and getting back to the roots of data.

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  • 2/7/2017 1:19:54 PM
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You've got to put an abacus in the hands of the right kind of celebrity, kq4ym... ideally, somebody from the tech sector like a Mark Zuckerberg or Sergey Brin to telegraph the point to all the fanboys and girls.

Lean and mean
  • 2/1/2017 7:32:53 AM
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..

This is actually how a lot of public transit agencies operate ...

 

Not so bad
  • 2/6/2017 4:48:16 PM
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Sometimes I think this sort of thing really would be for the best.  A lot of analytics people and data people really do need to go back to basics (especially the ones who work in marketing or social media and spout off a bunch of buzzwords to obfuscate their own complete lack of understanding of the concept of ROI and what the heck they're supposed to be doing).

Of course, how many Millennials would even recognize an abacus?  ;)

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