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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Q3 2012 Intelligence Quarterly: Fraud is everyone's problem

We have yet to recover from the economic crisis. But the turmoil seen in the struggling global market could yet be dwarfed by the utter devastation a cyber-crisis could unleash. As a company, SAS is frequently asked to support compliance efforts, such as FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), but […]

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Q2 2012 Intelligence Quarterly: High-performance analytics

Big data. Hyperconnectivity. Speed to intelligence. These central themes have served as common threads in previous issues of Intelligence Quarterly, a journal that examines the many ways analytics transform the world. Taken separately, these elements could be seen as just added complexities, but the convergence of the three is where […]

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Q1 2012 Intelligence Quarterly: Energy transformation 2.0

In this year's first issue of Intelligence Quarterly, we examine the role of analytics in the energy sector of today – and the transformations it could bring to bear for the future. Although news headlines as of late have centered on the economic crisis, the energy discussion is not one […]

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Q4 2011 Intelligence Quarterly: Battleground for the future

In the latest edition of Intelligence Quarterly, we explore big data, the transformational influence of analytics – and the implications of both in today’s hyperconnected world. While we live and work in an environment of free-flowing information, we are also exposed to new dangers. Globalization has removed geographical boundaries, and […]

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Do or die: Analytics key to survival

What difference can one letter make? A lot, if you consider the recent downgrade of the US credit rating. And even more when it’s combined with the euro’s inability to use currency adjustments to balance fiscal conditions in Europe. We started this year worrying about the shape of the economic […]

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Five tips for introducing analytics into your organization

What is the best way to become an analytic organization? Is there a tipping point of acceptance when funding opens up for analytic projects and leaders start making more decisions based on data instead of gut feel? How can you help introduce analytics into your organization? I enjoyed discussing these […]

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