Analytics: Start on the Right Foot

There's always doubt when we step into untested waters, so it's natural that organizations considering a big move to analytics might tense up more than a bit. Trust us, it can be done, and our All Analytics Academy can help to guide you to a great start with analytics.

Claudia Imhoff
Claudia Imhoff

We're getting the Academy program itself off on the right foot on Tuesday, when highly respected business intelligence and analytics expert Claudia Imhoff presents the first session, Creating an Analytically-Driven Organization.

Analytics have become the darling of software and service providers, consultants, and the press. Yet, the adoption rate for analytics and BI hasn't been universal. There are are lots of organizations that haven't made a commitment to analytics. Plus, lots of companies that have taken a first step into analytics are wondering how they can stay on the right track when they expand their initiative with more advanced analytics tools.

We have designed our Academy as a guide for all types of organizations, even those that don't have unlimited staff and financial resources to advance their analytics plans. Our expert presenters have deep experience in helping organizations do analytics the right way, and they are ready to share their best practices.

In our first session Claudia Imhoff will examine considerations such as how to recognize which business issues require use of analytics, how to nurture an analytics culture that encourages senior management and staff-level employees to embrace data as a tool, the elements of an analytics architecture, and how to make great use of data discovery and data storytelling.

So, join us Tuesday at 2 pm (EDT) for our first of five sessions. Then, on Thursday at 2 pm, data scientist Daniel Gutierrez of Amulet Analytics will discuss some of the ways that you can identify and utilize the right data for your business challenges. View the whole program lineup and sign up for your events now. If you cannot listen on one of the scheduled days, be sure to return and review the streaming audio and slide presentation on an on-demand basis.

I look forward to seeing your comments and questions in the text chat that accompanies each presentation.

James M. Connolly, Editor of All Analytics

Jim Connolly is a versatile and experienced technology journalist who has reported on IT trends for more than two decades. As editor of All Analytics he writes about the move to big data analytics and data-driven decision making. Over the years he has covered enterprise computing, the PC revolution, client/server, the evolution of the Internet, the rise of web-based business, and IT management. He has covered breaking industry news and has led teams focused on product reviews and technology trends. Throughout his tech journalism career, he has concentrated on serving the information needs of IT decision-makers in large organizations and has worked with those managers to help them learn from their peers and share their experiences in implementing leading-edge technologies through publications including Computerworld. Jim also has helped to launch a technology-focused startup, as one of the founding editors at TechTarget, and has served as editor of an established news organization focused on technology startups and the Boston-area venture capital sector at MassHighTech. A former crime reporter for the Boston Herald, he majored in journalism at Northeastern University.

Why You Should Remember Equifax

The Equifax breach raises multiple concerns about how companies respond to hacks, but also how they handle third-party consumer data.

The Innovative Enterprise: Losing Sight of the Job?

I've been rethinking the theme of so many tech and management events: Innovation is everyone's job.