Be proactive. Be a trailblazer with data.

For many industries, big data analytics have opened numerous doors for more employees to be groundbreaking and to challenge the corporate status quo. Prior to big data technologies, risk taking behaviors were primarily reserved for provocative souls who stretched organizational boundaries to disrupt industries, such as airline revenue management. There were winners and losers […]

Post a Comment

Patent trolls threaten all industries, not just tech

Patent trolls, aka Non-Practicing Entities (NPE), assert patents against companies in an attempt to collect license fees, but do not otherwise manufacture products or provide services themselves. They use the cost of the litigation as leverage to force settlements from the operating companies. For small companies, it could mean closing their doors.

Post a Comment

Retailers: “The more experiments you make the better”*

The No. 1 retail trend for 2014 will be innovation powered by advanced analytics. Why? Because retailers with the ability to surface and validate new ideas from customer data will be able to test new ideas faster, launch them faster in stores, and roll out profitable programs faster. Transformation today […]

Post a Comment

Where do you allow for crazy ideas in your company?

"The day before something is truly a break through, it's a crazy idea," says Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of XPRIZE Foundation. At XPrize, Diamandis is championing innovations in areas as diverse as robotics, life sciences, education and health care. What can you do in your company to create a similar culture of […]

Post a Comment

Innovation, 5 monkeys, and SAS High-Performance Analytics

At the beginning of a recent customer meeting I was involved in, I mentioned how easy it is to shut down idea generation by judging too soon or too harshly, to which a CIO at the meeting shared this story about five monkeys in a cage. You may have heard […]

Post a Comment

This week in blogs: abbreviations, innovation and the holidays

Really, the hardest part of writing these weekly recaps is narrowing down the great list of SAS blog posts we publish every week and picking just a few to highlight. This is a bit of an estimate, but I've been telling people that we publish an average of eight posts […]

Post a Comment

Strategy is innovation

When companies launch innovation initiatives, they typically focus all of their time and energy on a feverish quest for the big breakthrough idea. But that initial spark of inspiration is merely a starting point. The real innovation challenge lies beyond the idea, in a long, complex journey from imagination to […]

Post a Comment

Doing your own thing reaps innovative results in SAS R&D

Contributed by Bruce Kitto, Director, SAS R&D We recently introduced a concept called “Do Your Own Thing” day in the Customer Intelligence Division of SAS R&D, and I wanted to tell you a little about it. Like most R&D divisions at most companies, our employees are focused most of the […]

Post a Comment

Four drivers for innovation and how IT will get you there

“It is the dawning of the age of the digital, age of the digital!” I couldn’t help humming the 1969 tune after attending Erik Brynjolfsson’s presentation at the SAS Global Forum Executive Conference 2011 in Las Vegas. As Director for the MIT Center for Digital Business, Erik lives and breathes […]

Post a Comment

Need help being innovative? Stick a flower in your shoe!

A common question from customers is, “How do we become more innovative?” In response, Teradata’s Bill Franks and Emdeon’s Kyle Cheek simplified the innovation process on Tuesday at SAS Global Forum by breaking it down into three steps: Break out of the box. Ride the ripple effects. Align all eyes […]

Post a Comment