Making 'management by walking around' more productive

The idea of "management by walking around" has been around for a while.  First brought to prominence in Tom Peters and Robert Waterman’s best-seller In Search of Excellence, the concept is that managers get out of their offices and meet employees in their work areas to get a sense of how […]

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Data visualization: first, prepare your data

We are in the age of big data. But just because modern software makes it easy to handle large data volumes, it's worth asking: do you always need all that data? In other words, if your analytics software can accommodate and even thrive in this big data environment, does that mean […]

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VirtualOil portfolio benchmarking and VaR backtesting

As a simulation exercise, SAS has created a fictitious oil portfolio, VirtualOil, which readers can use as a generic benchmark against their physical oil commodity book’s performance. Each month, we reflect on what the visual analytics can tell us about the portfolio’s movement, with additional commentary and granular chart views […]

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Yes, we have analytics: the brain game

Many vendors claim they have analytics, and a lot of users have embraced the belief that analytics is the way to go. But what does analytics really mean, especially to business users without statistics backgrounds, and how much do they need to know about analytics to be able to make […]

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Analytic benchmarking against a virtual oil portfolio

Volatility. It’s a business reality for energy market participants and it’s been a wild ride for the oil marketing business over the past few weeks. How has your energy risk data helped you navigate the recent increase in volatility and precipitous price drop? This month, we are launching a recurring […]

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Exploring athletic data down to the individual stroke

Since my opening blog post about our new partnership with British Rowing and the GB Rowing Team, I’ve had a deep dive into their data, and we’re now close to our first key milestone – having all the data about a rower in a single location, so we can then […]

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Full size visual analytics power for any size budget

Imagine that you’re a large retail firm, in need of projecting sales for the next few months. With the right analytical solution, it can literally take just seconds to have a forecast in place. You drag and drop some variables and can figure out exactly which ones are underlying factors […]

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Is big data really better?

Recently, I was reading an online article about predictive modeling and "big data."  Its premise was to determine whether the use of big data actually led to more accurate and meaningful predictive models and forecasts.  After citing numerous external examples and internal tests that the authors had compiled, it stated […]

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Path analysis with SAS Visual Analytics

Introduction Understanding the behavior of your customers is key to improving and maintaining revenue streams. It is a an important part when crafting successful marketing campaigns. With SAS Visual Analytics 7.1 you can analyze, explore and visualize user behavior, click paths and other event-based scenarios. Monitoring the customer journey by visualizing […]

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World Cup: Complete; Data visualizations: Endless

We’re not sure about you, but we just had the most thrilling, suspenseful, and fun month we’ve had in a while. The 2014 FIFA World Cup may be over, but we’re still amazed by not only the game outcomes and level of athleticism, but also by the wealth of interesting […]

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