ConocoPhillips taps the analytics motherlode to find Texas tea

Texas-based multinational ConocoPhillips doesn’t do anything on a small scale. When the energy company thinks about projects, those projects typically cost many billions of dollars. So when it comes to identifying where new sources of oil and gas reside, getting it wrong is not an option. The company also has […]

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New source for manufacturing best practices

Profitable growth is at the forefront of manufacturing executives’ minds¹.  The math is simple:  increase revenue and decrease costs.  Easy, right?  Unfortunately, getting there isn't that simple.  The good news is that analytics can help.  The better news is that there’s a new place for manufacturers to discover analytic best […]

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Using the power of analytics to understand the value of human capital

Analytics as it pertains to the employees and the workforce is taking the industry by storm.  Recently, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about how companies are harnessing the power of analytics to help them identify staff who are likely to leave.  In the past few weeks […]

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Oil benchmark back in the money, for now, with an eye on volatility

Oil is bouncing around the $50 range as the market adds and loses value with each new headline, from potential new Iranian exports after the nuclear talks to the slowest month of inventory builds at Cushing since Thanksgiving. The US rigcount is down nearly 23 percent year-over-year, but the rate […]

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Four lessons from the Data4Decisions conference

It’s great to get in on something on the ground floor. That’s what happened at the inaugural Data4Decisions Conference and Exhibition held in Raleigh, NC, in March. It brought together business people, academics and students to explore how organizations use data management and analytics technology to enhance business processes and […]

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Oilfield contextual analytics: Do you want to play a game?

In the Cold War techno-thriller WarGames, a marine monitoring a nuclear missile silo deep under the Nevada desert sees a red warning light blink on his console. “Just flick it with your finger,” his colleague tells him. He does, and the bulb goes out. Problem solved. But what will their […]

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Six analytics lessons from the automotive roundtable

Increasingly, automotive executives want to talk about the "Art of the Possible" in analytics. So we took the opportunity to invite leaders around the industry to an Automotive Analytics Executive Roundtable to share their stories and spark new ideas. A myriad of diverse speakers covered a variety of topics on big data/Hadoop, the […]

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When the going gets tough, the tough use analytics

When do analytics really provide value? All the time, of course. However, one of the best times for analytics to prove their value is when you are asked to do more with less.   Often, the reason we are asked to do more with less is because of an economic downturn […]

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It’s the Internet of connected life at Mobile World Congress

The Internet of Things is coming fast and furious. We clearly know what these “things” are, and were able to see prototypes at last week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) which hosted some 93,000 attendees. Things = connected life = cars, homes (thermostats, washer and dryers, vacuum cleaners, security systems, refrigerators, etc.), […]

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How do you measure up against an Olympic athlete?

You may be intrigued to know how the average person compares to a gold medal winning Olympic athlete when it comes to things like height, body mass, resting heart rate, arm span, body fat etc. Or, perhaps more frightening, how you measure up? I know this will resonate with my […]

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