Can analytics play a role in cybersecurity?

In the same week, my local newspaper ran a story about the hacking of celebrities’ cell phone photos and a separate story about a data breach at 216 neighborhood Jimmy John’s restaurants across the country. Meanwhile, some of our most trusted global retailers have been the victims of customer data leaks. […]

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Fighting fraudsters

You might assume that a battle-tested businessman with a gruff exterior and a taste for salty language lacks an inner child, but you’d be wrong. Exhibit A is this little-known fact: I have a soft spot for animated Disney movies. Now, I could try to bluff a bit and say […]

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How are analytics moving the world?

Over the past few years, I’ve talked a lot about analytics culture. In speeches, in conversations with customers and even in posts on this blog, it’s a topic that comes up again and again: How do you create a culture that encourages analytical thinking and data driven decisions? This is […]

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Energized about energy

I’ve been told I have rocks for brains before, but right now I have rocks on the brain – the kind that are millions of years old and contain precious stores of oil and gas. One reason I have petroleum on my mind is that I’ve just returned from Brazil, where […]

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Analytics: the prescription for health care

The US health care industry is always getting a bad rap. It takes heat for being too expensive or not efficient enough or just too complicated. We know we need it, and that living long and healthy lives requires it. But we also know we love to complain about it […]

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Baskets full of benefits from analytics

With as much as I travel, I have to confess that I’ve become a bit of a food snob. And for good reason, I might add. Two days in a Chilean hospital will make anyone stick with what they know and trust. After that experience, it was just me and […]

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From Santa to SAS, Macy’s delights customers

Rowland H. Macy was a shrewd businessman. Bearing a red star tattoo on his hand – the same iconic star that now adorns his chain of department stores – Mr. Macy was the first to usher Santa into his store as a way of luring Christmas shoppers back in 1862. […]

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These shoes were made for walking

As head of SAS Americas, I walk a lot. In and out of meetings, onto planes, sometimes over competitors and always into Jim Goodnight’s office whenever I’ve got good news to share. Plus I pace on stage. All that walking requires a good shoe. I’ve found the best shoe is […]

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Q4 2013 Intelligence Quarterly: It’s a big data world

Smart organizations have been analyzing data for years to increase profits and improve customer or citizen experiences. In the “big data” era, however, the most analytical organizations are moving beyond process improvements to find new levels of value in their data assets. They are anticipating needs. They are creating new […]

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Our desire to know

… there are rare occasions when history matches the complexity of the world with just the right technology, innovation and leadership … Do you think analytics is reserved solely for big businesses and data scientists? Or do you see it as something that can change the world? Do you realize […]

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