The Data For Good initiative is all about using data and analytics to improve the lives of citizens around the world – however most people wouldn’t immediately think about tax collection as a humanitarian effort. But that’s exactly how Courtney Kay-Decker, Executive Director of the Iowa Department of Revenue sees
It’s a story you’ve heard before: Large organization wrestling with many different data sources controlled by different business units, different formats, some monthly, some quarterly—analyzed in spreadsheets. This was the old world at Bank of America, as described by Senior VP Jessica Dunn, whose team was charged with evaluating the
Kevin Hofer, Director of Inventory Management for Sears Holdings, wins the award for best presentation analogy at The Premier Business Leadership Series. He compared the change management around Sears Holdings’ implementation of a merchandise planning system to his process for how he successfully potty trained his 18-month-old son…in one day.
The Premier Business Leadership Series in Orlando was the backdrop for a number of news announcements from SAS. Here's a rundown: 1. Big Data research A new survey has found that organizations with formal data management strategies derive more value from data assets and outperform competitors. The survey, Big Data:
Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell might have a distinguished set of credentials – former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser, four-star general, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – but at his core, he’s a great storyteller. As the keynote speaker for The Premier Business
Using social network analysis to predict churn is a hot topic at Analytics2011 and The Premier Business Leadership Series. Bart Baesens presented the academic perspective on the subject at Analytics2011, while down the hall one telco executive shared the story of his company’s efforts to apply the same technology
There’s no shortage at SAS’ analytics conference A2011 of discussions around statistical modeling and optimization techniques. Kevin Norwood from Procter & Gamble, for example, discussed his company’s use of clustering, optimization and data visualization to answer questions like, “How do we reformulate our detergents when faced with an ingredient shortage?
Yesterday was Media Preview day here at the SAS world headquarters in Cary, NC, during which my PR colleagues from around the world hosted journalists for a sneak peak at the news prior to SAS Global Forum in Las Vegas. Part of the day’s events included a panel of three
At the Premier Business Leadership Series today, Paul Arsego of Northeast Utilities offered up these ten steps to advancing business analytics adoption – to a packed house of attendees. Given the standing room only for his presentation – and the attendance at this conference -- it seems that people are
Dan Thorpe’s session at the M2010 data mining conference was not what I expected to find at a gathering of data analysts, statisticians and data mining professionals. No mentions of second order polynomial response functions, no mathematical formulas, just a straightforward discussion with a seasoned leader about how data mining