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Guest Podcast from Best Innovation Group: Becoming Data-Driven

I had the great pleasure of having a podcast discussion with John Best of the Best Innovation Group through the BigCast podcast. During this conversation we cover a few major topics: The six characteristics of a data-driven organization. Using data warehouses to improve the question-and-answer process while analyzing data. Why data warehouses can sometimes be […]

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5 Reasons to Invest in Data Analytics in 2017

2016 was a great year for analytics throughout many industries. The financial industry seemed to especially embrace analytics and take the necessary first steps towards becoming a more data-driven industry. Back in the beginning of 2016, I published an article titled “5 Reasons to Invest in Data and Analytics in 2016”. Most (if not all) […]

Second Stage of Analytics Maturity: Localized Analytics

In my last post, I talked about some of the defining traits of an organization at the lowest, first, stage of the “Analytics Maturity Curve”. The second stage of the “Analytics Maturity Curve” is what Tom Davenport refers to as the “Localized Analytics” stage. Common Traits of This Stage The “Localized Analytics” stage is a […]

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First Stage of Analytics Maturity: Analytically Impaired

Where does your organization lie on the analytics maturity curve? This question is functionally equivalent to: What is the state of data analytics at your organization? How do we compare to others in the areas of business intelligence, data, and analytics? With regards to analytics, what the heck are we doing right and wrong? If […]

A:360 Podcast #14 – What is a Report Inventory?

Today’s A:360 answers the questions “what is a report inventory, and why does one matter?”. A report inventory is integral to identifying opportunities for quick wins and short-term ROI for your analytics initiatives. Listen, watch or read below to learn more! Watch and Listen Click to Watch on YouTube. Listen to the Podcast Click to […]

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A:360 Podcast #13 – Common Pushbacks for Analytics

Today’s A:360 discusses some of the common pushbacks that I often hear surrounding data, analytics, and becoming a data-driven organization. In this podcast, I’ll dispell some of these common pushbacks and explain how you can overcome these misconceptions and challenges. Watch and Listen Click to Watch on YouTube. Listen to the Podcast Click to Listen […]

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A:360 Podcast #12 – What is Big Data?

Today’s A:360 discusses what the term big data really means. There are many interpretations and misconceptions about big data. In this podcast, we will provide a solid definition of big data and discuss what most people are referring to when they say the term “big data”. Watch and Listen Click to Watch on YouTube. Listen […]

A:360 Podcast #11 – BI Tools Alone Are Not Enough

Today’s A:360 discusses why BI software alone is not enough to accomplish your analytics objectives. BI tools are an integral (and necessary!) part of your analytics strategy. However, they alone will not solve all of your objectives for data and analytics. Learn why this true and how you can properly leverage these technologies. Watch and […]

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A:360 Podcast #10 – What is a Data Inventory?

Today’s A:360 discusses the significance of a data inventory when beginning your data and analytics program. From understanding what data sources and applications your organization possesses to understanding in what format each data source is stored, a data inventory is a critical first step towards building a sustainable analytics program. Watch and Listen Click to […]

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A:360 Podcast #9 – Why Analytics Requires a Top-Down Approach

Today’s A:360 discusses why analytics requires a top-down approach. A top-down approach enables you to create a blueprint for your analytics program before getting started with development. Would you build a house without a blueprint? Of course not! Don’t make that mistake when building out your analytics program. Watch and Listen Click to Watch on […]