Tricia Aanderud
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Analytics Programs: Why They Fail, and How to Succeed
Tricia Aanderud  
10/5/2017   27 comments
What's to blame for the failure of some analytics programs, and how can organizations increase their rate of success? Here's a closer look.
Predicting Traffic in the Sunís Shadow
Tricia Aanderud  
8/24/2017   44 comments
How do you predict the popularity of a one-time event? A look at different ways to forecast road traffic along the path of the eclipse.
Where Sharks Attack in Florida
Tricia Aanderud  
7/18/2017   20 comments
As Shark Week approaches, we've got some data visualizations to help you determine where it's safe to get in the water and where you will need a bigger boat.
Essential Component of All Good Data Visualization: Simplicity
Tricia Aanderud  
7/6/2017   31 comments
Choosing the right data visualization for your information is the key to letting your data tell a story.
Persuading with Data: Mistakes to Avoid, Tips for Success
Tricia Aanderud  
4/6/2017   22 comments
How you present your data can make the difference between whether your recommended action is accepted and executed or not. Here's how to improve your rate of success.
Excel is Still Not an Enterprise Reporting Solution
Tricia Aanderud  
1/5/2017   25 comments
Using Excel as an enterprise reporting solution will always put you on a path to failure.
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?
Team Trump, Team Clinton: Enough Already!
Tricia Aanderud  
11/3/2016   82 comments
Election blather just might be turning people off from their social media use. Do you read? Do you turn off? Do you blather?
Eek! Thereís 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 Consumers Left Out in the Cold?
Tricia Aanderud  
6/20/2016   21 comments
While pretty pictures as reports look nice -- and easy to understand -- for an analyst, the consumer of that data might sit there and say, "Huh?"
Forget Peeple, I Want a Cranky Meter App
Tricia Aanderud  
10/9/2015   37 comments
Imagine the possibilities if something like the Peeple app actually let us know how cranky we appear to others and they could rate us.
Would Amazonís Culture Only Get One Star?
Tricia Aanderud  
8/25/2015   68 comments
When it comes to managing and motivating employees too much data might be a bad thing. Maybe the discussions about Amazon's focus on metrics and competitiveness highlights the need for balancing data and gut decisions.
Of Questioning Data Quality and Government
Tricia Aanderud  
6/3/2015   18 comments
What you can learn from reader comments about how data is collected and who people can trust with their data.
Professional Data Analyst/Artist/Engineer/Scientist For Hire
Tricia Aanderud  
3/2/2015   55 comments
Hiring and getting hired is pretty tricky in an era when data professionals don't even know what to call themselves.
Consumer Reviews: The Story Behind the Data
Tricia Aanderud  
1/19/2015   49 comments
Tricia Aanderud explores one data-packed consumer rating service that still falls short of telling the whole story.
Confessions of a Digital Dashboard Snob
Tricia Aanderud  
10/29/2014   15 comments
Whether it's paper stuck to a wall or a neat online display, the right dashboard is the one that works.
Pricing a House Is a Data Downer
Tricia Aanderud  
8/1/2014   22 comments
Many realtors and realty sites don't have enough data to help sellers really understand the value of their houses.
Two BI Roles Divided by a Common Tool
Tricia Aanderud  
3/12/2014   8 comments
IT administrators and business analysts often use the same tools but speak different languages. Dashboards can bring the two factions together and deliver business value, to boot.
A2 Academy: What, When & Why of Visual Data
Tricia Aanderud  
11/5/2013   8 comments
Join me for an A2 Academy lecture Wednesday, November 6, at 2:00 p.m. ET, and learn the difference between effective and ineffective data visualizations.
5 Design Tips for Making BI Mobile
Tricia Aanderud  
9/20/2013   19 comments
Here are five design points to keep in mind when going mobile with your business intelligence reports.
Mobile BI Is Arriving Soon... It Could Happen!
Tricia Aanderud  
8/9/2013   28 comments
You might not really believe the wild mobile BI market predictions, but they could well be true.
Power Off to Dumb Dashboards
Tricia Aanderud  
7/17/2013   31 comments
If you provide an indicator, make sure users know what you're measuring and how they can take action on what they see.
Power to the Purple People
Tricia Aanderud  
6/12/2013   12 comments
If IT people are red, and business people blue, then business intelligence professionals need to be purple.
Beware Metrics Gone Awry & Causing Bad Behavior
Tricia Aanderud  
10/30/2012   8 comments
Sometimes using a performance metric can cause unintended and undesired consequences, as this example shows.
Wanted: Managers With Data Know-How
Tricia Aanderud  
9/28/2012   25 comments
When managers make decisions without understanding the data, results can be disastrous.
1 Big Love Fest for Big-Data Here
Tricia Aanderud  
7/17/2012   15 comments
Text analysis of six months' worth of content shows few surprises about attitudes toward trends such as big-data, business intelligence, and social media.
3 Lessons Learned From One Dismal BI Failure
Tricia Aanderud  
6/12/2012   24 comments
Here's what not to do if you're trying to streamline your BI environment.
Watson Is Going to Take My Job!
Tricia Aanderud  
5/25/2012   86 comments
Some might think an intelligent, automated learning machine can fill the data scientist skills gap, but not me.
E-Chat Tomorrow: How to Get Users to Embrace Dashboards -- & Other Tips
Tricia Aanderud  
3/29/2012   20 comments
Stephen Harris, SVP of business performance reporting at Bank of America, will join us on Friday, March 30, at 3:00 p.m. ET to share his tips and take your questions on building dashboards and ensuring user adoption.
E-Chat Tomorrow: Fight Fraud With Social Network Analysis
Tricia Aanderud  
3/14/2012   5 comments
Angela Hall, a fraud solution architect, will lead an e-chat discussion Thursday, March 15, at 2:00 p.m. ET on how to detect and prevent fraud using social network analysis.
The Great Analytics Talent Disparity
Tricia Aanderud  
2/28/2012   30 comments
Can we find a fix that encourages analytics skills development on the job?