The analytics of things ... and sports

Who cares about sports and data? Not just athletes, coaches and fans. It turns out that many companies outside of sporting organisations are also associated with the sports industry.  For example, financial services organisations are actively involved in sports sponsorships. Retailers sell fan merchandise. Telcos build social engagement strategies around […]

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Data, data everywhere…

It was John Allen Paulos who said, “Data, data everywhere, but not a thought to think.” That rings true more than ever before. Companies are struggling with the deluge of data coming at them from multiple channels. But traditional data channels are just the beginning. Companies also are facing an […]

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Decisions first!

I moved to Australia from Belgium two months ago for a short-term assignment. I am very concerned by the exchange rate. My dollars have lost over 15% of their value in euros and I share my frustration around me. People tell me, "Just wait, it cannot stay so low, the […]

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Are you missing out when it comes to data monetization?

After doing some recent research with IDC®, I got to thinking again about the reasons that organizations of all sizes in all industries are so slow at adopting analytics as part of their ‘business as usual’ operations. While I have no hard statistics on who is and who isn’t adopting […]

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Putting predictive analytics to work.

Insurance relies on the ability to predict future claims or loss exposure based on historical information and experience. However, insurers face an uncertain future due to spiraling operational costs, escalating regulatory pressures, increasing competition and greater customer expectations. More than ever, insurance companies need to optimize their business processes. But […]

Big data lessons learned from visualizing 27 years of international trade data

In my last blog post, I introduced SAS Visual Analytics for UN Comtrade, which helps anyone glean answers from the most comprehensive collection of international trade data in the world. I’d like to share some of what we learned in the development process as it pertains to big data, high […]

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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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Big data meets open standards

Imagine choosing one application for Linux that worked on the version you currently use. You choose another program but find that it doesn’t work on that version of Linux. A third application? It works with another version of Linux. Luckily, that rarely happens. In 2001, the Linux Foundation established Linux Standard […]

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Internet of Things: A game changer for insurance

~ This article is co-authored by Binod Jha, Global Product Manager for Insurance Solutions at SAS, and Amol Kokane, Senior Development Manager for Insurance & Risk Management Solutions at SAS ~ How might insurance policies change if sensor data could be automatically transmitted and analyzed from your car, your home and even your […]

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Winning arguments to convince your boss about Hadoop

Getting universal buy in for Hadoop needn’t be an uphill struggle. In many cases, it only takes one pilot project to realize the benefits of low cost storage combined with powerful analytics. The Hadoop topic provoked passionate conversatoin at a recent roundtable discussion attended by over 25 people from a range […]

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