3Q 2015 Intelligence Quarterly: How to lead the digital transformation

There it is, staring us in the face: the answer that will forever transform banking as we know it and propel the industry into the digital age.  As a leader of the bank, you now have two options: The first is to put big data into the liability or even [...]

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Cybersecurity and the doomsday case for analytics

Technology has brought the world a great deal of good, but the downside is that we’re increasingly vulnerable to some seriously scary stuff: Terrorists taking control of airplanes through the in-flight entertainment system. Governments breaking into secure systems and stealing identities. Thugs messing with the steering of self-driving cars. When [...]

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2Q 2015 Intelligence Quarterly: Digital marketing in the modern era

How well do you truly know your customers? Maybe you can identify them on multiple channels, and you know how to cross-sell products in various situations. But do you know your customers better than your competitors do? And do you know them well enough to keep their data safe? Truly [...]

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The best gift for retailers this season: analytics

It’s that time of year again, and I have retail on my mind. Not only because we’re reaching the peak of the holiday buying season, but because we at SAS are getting ready for one the biggest events on our calendar, the National Retail Federation tradeshow in January. As I’m [...]

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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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