Research & Insights

Cognitive on the Continent

By Thomas H. Davenport, Oct 19, 2017

There is little doubt that the United States is the most active market for cognitive technologies, but it is hardly the only one. There is also considerable interest in the technology in Europe, and a number of projects are underway in relatively sophisticated organizations.

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A New Approach to Technology Tool Selection at Steelcase

By Robert Morison, Oct 16, 2017

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As part of an effort to increase analytics aptitude and usage across the enterprise, Steelcase is implementing an enterprise data visualization tool. Inspired by over 100 years of insight, Steelcase leverages the power of place to offer a comprehensive portfolio of workplace, healthcare, and education products, furnishings and services to serve the world’s leading organizations. Founded in 1912, Steelcase is the global leader in enhancing how people work, heal, and learn.

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Inquiry Response: Start At The Beginning and Keep It Simple

By IIA Faculty, Oct 16, 2017

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Inquiry:

How sophisticated should our techniques and capabilities be at the outset? Where do others like to start? From the business view (demand): How complex are the strategic problems we seek to support and enable with data science insights? From the analytic view (capability): How sophisticated should our core techniques be?

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The breadth of analytics has certainly increased in recent years. So, too, has the pool of people who dip their toe into creating analytics of one sort or the other. The trends toward democratization of data and self-service analytical capabilities are powerful and both have driven a lot of value for organizations in recent years. At the same time, it is possible to go too far.

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Inquiry Response: Considering User Experience in a Terminal Server Environment

By IIA Faculty, Oct 09, 2017

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Inquiry:

We’ve invested a lot of time and money into our on-premises Microsoft products, with a core of Excel and the PowerPivot add-on for data analysis and modeling in a Windows Terminal Server environment. We’re trying to create a better user experience, especially when it comes to latency for our remote users. We’ve started to use SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) to that end. When should we look beyond the Microsoft universe to meet our data needs? Also, is there anything we can do to improve latency?

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Phone Briefing: Learnings from Strata New York 2017

By David Alles, Oct 06, 2017

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The Strata Conferences have built notoriety for sharing the latest insights on advanced analytics methods, emerging technologies, and impressive case studies on advancing analytics practices. During the Strata New York Conference, IIA’s VP David Alles attended several sessions and brought back a number of key takeaways.

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Analytics and ARTful Leadership

By Eric McNulty, Oct 05, 2017

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Data and analytics leaders are increasingly called upon to interpret an ever-more complex competitive and global landscape for their firms. This brief introduces the VUCAST framework for addressing this complex landscape and provides an overview of ARTful leadership principles.

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Resuscitating a lifelong dream with data science

By Sarmila Basu, Oct 05, 2017

Thousands of people die every year from a common infection that you can get when you go to the hospital. It’s called Clostridium Difficile 101 (or CDIFF for short), and people get infected with it 500,000 times per year, and devastatingly, it kills 29,000 people per year in the U.S. How are data scientists like those on my Data and Decision Sciences team in Microsoft IT able to help?

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Disintegrating Castles & Category Kings

By Geoffrey Moore, Oct 03, 2017

The most prevalent impact of digitalization on the structure of markets has been to reduce the barriers to entry for a whole raft of established categories—as it has, for example in media, retail, consumer packaged goods, fast food, and transportation. A flood of small but numerous new entrants, individually nothing more than minor nuisances, become collectively a real presence. This shows up in market-share pie charts where the catch-all category Other is growing faster than the market as a whole. The result in each case is category fragmentation, and the big loser in each case is the currently reigning category king.

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Inquiry Response: Getting Started with Tableau Server

By IIA Faculty, Oct 02, 2017

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Inquiry:

What should we consider as we approach our Tableau Server implementation? How have others initiated the roll out, encourage user adoption, and managed permissions?

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