A2 Radio: Big-Data & the New Analytics Reality

I can't think of a better way to launch a new month than with a conversation on one of the hottest analytics topics around with one of the foremost business analytics thought leaders out there.

And so tomorrow, Feb. 1, we bring to you an audio chat program -- our first ever -- on big-data analytics. Our guest for this first A2 Radio program is Tom Davenport, a longtime go-to source for all things related to business intelligence and business analytics.

As a management and IT professor at Babson College and a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, Davenport's expertise extends across the business and IT realms. He has his hand in some of the foremost research and big thinking in analytics, too, being the research director and cofounder of the International Institute for Analytics. If you've been involved in analytics, business management, or IT for any length of time, you've probably encountered Davenport's words of wisdom here or there. He's a prolific author, with 14 books and more than 100 articles carrying his name. Some of his latest include the 2012 book Judgment Calls: 12 Stories of Big Decisions and the Teams That Got Them Right and a recent Harvard Business Review piece, "Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century." He even blogs for All Analytics periodically, too.

In this inaugural A2 Radio show, "Big-Data: The New Analytics Reality," we'll be talking about how to identify the big-data opportunity, how to approach analytics as your data morphs from the traditional to the "big," and how to reshape your analytics team to support big-data analytics. The show will take tomorrow, Feb. 1, at 1:00 p.m. ET. You can register for the show and listen in here.

Since this is our first A2 Radio program, let me tell you a bit about how it'll work.

When the show begins at 1:00 p.m. ET, an audio player will load automatically on our digital audio page, where you'll also see our traditional text chat message board. For the first half hour, you'll listen in as I interview Davenport on air. During this period, feel free to text-chat among yourselves about the points you're hearing or about big-data in general. You can also use this time to jot down questions you'd like to ask during the second half hour of the program, when Davenport and I will be joining the text chat for a Q&A with the audience. I already see quite a few folks have said their "Hellos" on the text chat message board -- so I'm hoping this will be a lively bunch with some great questions!

So set aside your winter blahs and get your February off to a fantastic, insight-filled start. If you haven't already, mark your calendar and register here for this first A2 Radio show, "Big-Data: The New Analytics Reality."

Beth Schultz, Editor in Chief

Beth Schultz has more than two decades of experience as an IT writer and editor.  Most recently, she brought her expertise to bear writing thought-provoking editorial and marketing materials on a variety of technology topics for leading IT publications and industry players.  Previously, she oversaw multimedia content development, writing and editing for special feature packages at Network World. In particular, she focused on advanced IT technology and its impact on business users and in so doing became a thought leader on the revolutionary changes remaking the corporate datacenter and enterprise IT architecture. Beth has a keen ability to identify business and technology trends, developing expertise through in-depth analysis and early adopter case studies. Over the years, she has earned more than a dozen national and regional editorial excellence awards for special issues from American Business Media, American Society of Business Press Editors, Folio.net, and others.

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  • 2/1/2013 6:26:37 PM

I want to give everybody who participated in today's radio show and text chat a big-data sized thanks. I hope if met your expectations!

Re: Join us!
  • 2/1/2013 8:25:15 AM

More options to interact. Nice!

Re: Join us!
  • 1/31/2013 5:40:11 PM

I am hoping I can sit in on this - it's a great format idea, and a great guest pick!

Join us!
  • 1/31/2013 2:27:16 PM

This is a great opportunity to chat with one of the leading thinkers on business analytics. I hope everybody can join us!