Using Data to Discover What’s Driving Hospital Readmissions
Leo Sadovy 1/3/2018 10 comments
As the healthcare industry looks to implement value-based care and reduce hospital readmissions, here's a quick application of analytics to surface the biggest factors impacting readmissions.
How to Make Your Pie Chart Worse
Leo Sadovy 2/7/2017 8 comments
Charts, graphs, maps, and diagrams transcend text and spoken languages in communicating data. But you have to do them well.
Big: Data, Model, Quality and Variety
Leo Sadovy 6/24/2016 7 comments
A fresh look at big data. It's time to apply "big" not just to the data, but to the model, quality, and variety.
Yelling Analytics in a Crowded Theater
Leo Sadovy 6/3/2016 8 comments
Leo Sadovy reflects on six years of writing his Value Alley blog for SAS and how analytics have matured over those same years.
Lifelong Learning and Analytics
Leo Sadovy 5/26/2016 19 comments
A mom can provide a lesson in life-long learning, and the growing number of analytics programs in universities help to support that need to learn.
The Year of Ambiguity
Leo Sadovy 4/13/2016 3 comments
Consider a new way of learning, and maybe an early introduction to statistics for young people.
Neural Networks Demystified
Leo Sadovy 3/29/2016 2 comments
To understand neural networks, picture three layers, input, a target/result, and lots of math in the middle.
CyberCrime – What Monsters Are Hiding Under Your Bed?
Leo Sadovy 3/9/2016 15 comments
Forget the scary children's tales about wolves in the woods and trolls under bridges, read to your kids about cybercrime. That will scare all of you.
Artificial Intelligence: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Leo Sadovy 3/1/2016 2 comments
Before rushing off into full panic mode over tech leaders' concerns about the future of artificial intelligence, some definitions and perspective would be in order.
Houston, We have a solution: Data Virtualization
Leo Sadovy 2/9/2016 Post a comment
To understand data virtualization, start by imagining the chatter across the multiple channels at NASA's mission control center.
Objectives That Drive Strategy: A Lesson in Strategic Planning from NASA and Kennedy Space Center
Leo Sadovy 1/14/2016 2 comments
Carefully communicated objectives and strategic goals help the Kennedy Space Center keep its team focused.
Automating Bad Decisions and the Ladder of Inference
Leo Sadovy 12/18/2015 13 comments
Revisiting the Ladder of Inference highlights the importance of a human role when decision making is otherwise turned over to machines.
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know
Leo Sadovy 12/1/2015 8 comments
Look back almost 70 years to find a definition for information, one that could guide today's analytics initiatives by focusing attention on data that resolves uncertainty or surprises.
How Steep is Your Learning Curve? On Analytics and Mentors
Leo Sadovy 11/11/2015 7 comments
Mentors, whether for young people, the experienced, or the organization itself can help you optimize a learning curve.
Your Information Supply Chain
Leo Sadovy 10/30/2015 19 comments
An end-to-end information supply chain approach, from sourcing/acquisition through transformation and storage, to end users, analytics and insights, allows you to keep your focus on the business problems to be solved, and avoid having that ‘big honking data cube’ become a bottleneck instead of an enabler.
Painting With Big Data Analytics
Leo Sadovy 10/16/2015 Post a comment
Big data analytics isn't just about gathering data; it's about utilizing the right tools on data that displays variety and volume.
Marketing Analytics Lessons From the KGB
Leo Sadovy 10/1/2015 9 comments
If a Cold War era intelligence agency knew how to identify western spies using key indicators, you probably have indicators that show what your customers are likely to do.
What Is it Like to Be a Customer?
Leo Sadovy 9/17/2015 18 comments
In establishing customer relationships, try to put yourself in the customer's shoes, understanding what is important to them, what they need, and how they view your company.
Big Model: The Necessary Complement to Big Data
Leo Sadovy 8/27/2015 11 comments
Matching the right model with the right data in a big data world requires a careful balancing act.
Visualization: Worth a Thousand Words
Leo Sadovy 8/11/2015 3 comments
There are times when words aren't the best way to convey a message, and visualization does the job.
Why build models?
Leo Sadovy 7/29/2015 7 comments
Effective use of models help us execute on our thoughts, and there are tools to enable each part of the process, except for what our imagination brings to the game.
Big Data Demands Big Quality
Leo Sadovy 7/16/2015 11 comments
When it comes to ensuring data quality, the concepts traditionally applied to structured data can provide benefits even with today's unstructured data.
Homo Habilis to Homo Sapiens: From Tool User to Data User
Leo Sadovy 6/30/2015 2 comments
Tech developments such as robotics don't mean we all lose our jobs. Rather, with analytics we can use our brains to make better use of such tools.
Data as an Asset? The Importance of the Metaphors We Use for Data
Leo Sadovy 6/16/2015 3 comments
How you describe your data depends greatly on how you use that data in the real world.
Agile Strategy, Revisited
Leo Sadovy 6/2/2015 3 comments
Defining your corporate strategy requires a clear understanding of elements such as your business's predictability and unpredictability.
Transparency and the Information Arms Race
Leo Sadovy 5/21/2015 6 comments
Our reliance on data and the threats that reliance brings to an organization or individual could mirror what happened back in the Cambrian explosion.
The New Map of Global Manufacturing
Leo Sadovy 5/5/2015 9 comments
The collaboration between SAS and the United Nations is opening up cloud-based access to key UN international trade data for companies of all sizes.
Ye Olde Information Overload
Leo Sadovy 4/22/2015 8 comments
From the time of Gutenberg, information overload has presented challenges and required filters. Today, analytics plays the role of filter.
Good Habits for Big Data
Leo Sadovy 4/7/2015 9 comments
The key to a big data strategy rests in understanding from which end you want to start.
Big Variety: The Real Value in Big Data
Leo Sadovy 3/26/2015 2 comments
When you think of big data, think less about big volume and more about big variety.
Relationship Status: Connected, Analytics for Agency
Leo Sadovy 3/10/2015 5 comments
We are approaching the point where connected devices act as agents between business and the consumer.
Charles (Dickens and Darwin) and Continuous Improvement
Leo Sadovy 2/25/2015 10 comments
By allowing a organization to steadily evolve under pressure, it can emerge holistically more fit to compete and perform than before.
Standard Cyborg: 3D Printing on the Brink
Leo Sadovy 2/12/2015 6 comments
Some marketing advice for startups offering leading edge technologies, and for those who are well beyond the startup phase.
Creating Value on the IoT: It Ain’t About You
Leo Sadovy 1/27/2015 2 comments
The value of the Internet of Things isn't in the connectivity or ease of control with a smart phone. The value is in the content.
Diagnosis: Your Data Is not 'Normal'
Leo Sadovy 1/16/2015 2 comments
There are well over a hundred different statistical distributions other than “normal” available to characterize your data.
Transformations: Personal & Organizational
Leo Sadovy 1/6/2015 1 comment
Any number of driving factors lead to transformation, whether personally or as an organization. You can be forced to change, or your transformation can be a more deliberate affair, part of a purposeful journey rather than a flight of necessity.
Getting Started With Supply Chain Segmentation
Leo Sadovy 12/17/2014 Post a comment
For manufacturing companies, moving from an undifferentiated to a segmented supply chain is almost an imperative, even though doing so adds a layer of complexity for which many manufacturing companies are not ready.
Big Silos: The Dark Side of Big Data
Leo Sadovy 12/3/2014 Post a comment
Data quality, the integration of data silos, and handling and extracting value from unstructured data are still the most fertile fields for making your data work for you.
Customer Relations by Walking Around
Leo Sadovy 11/18/2014 Post a comment
Advances in off-site manufacturing (OSM) techniques in the construction sector highlight the value of walking around to get to know what your customers really need.
Analogies, Mind-Mapping & New Product Forecasting
Leo Sadovy 11/5/2014 Post a comment
Analogies help us to learn, right from the time we are toddlers, and they can help us sell new products.
East Meets North: Integrated Business Planning for Efficiency & Alignment
Leo Sadovy 10/8/2014 Post a comment
Sales and operations planning and integrated business planning are not one and the same, as explained here.
The Cloud & Other Forces -- Climate Change, or Just the Weather?
Leo Sadovy 9/23/2014 Post a comment
Assessing major IT and business trends from a "what's in it for me?" perspective.
The Tragedy of Overcapacity
Leo Sadovy 9/9/2014 Post a comment
These are the principal ways in which most businesses attempt to address one iron law of economics -- overcapacity.
Why Analytic Forecasting?
Leo Sadovy 8/26/2014 Post a comment
Make analytic forecasting part of your data-driven processes.
Impending Crisis: Analytics for the Top-Line
Leo Sadovy 8/12/2014 Post a comment
In the market society toward which we're heading, companies need to take a far-sighted, disciplined, and analytic approach to workforce planning and management.
Cloud Encounters of the Fifth Kind
Leo Sadovy 7/29/2014 7 comments
When it comes to the Internet of Things, the future clearly belongs to the Things.
A Holistic View of Product Quality
Leo Sadovy 7/18/2014 Post a comment
Look to downstream data for insight that'll enable improved product quality and customer satisfaction.
Activity-Based Business Process Reengineering
Leo Sadovy 7/1/2014 Post a comment
SAS Cost and Profitability Management solution has a role to play in business process reengineering.
External Data: Radar for Your Business
Leo Sadovy 6/17/2014 1 comment
Look outside your organization and incorporate external data into your strategic decision making.
Analytics – Easy as One, Two, Tree
Leo Sadovy 6/3/2014 Post a comment
You don't always need complex analytics to solve business problems.