Research

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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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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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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Inquiry Response: Tips for Prioritizing Ad-hoc Analytics Requests

By Adam McElhinney, Sep 25, 2017

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Inquiry:

Our company is taking a hard look at administrative cost structures, and for my department we’re trying to determine what kind of value we bring. How can we prioritize ad-hoc data analytics requests that come in along with the other projects we have in process?

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Inquiry Response: Tips for Prioritizing Strategic Data Analytics Projects

By IIA Faculty, Sep 18, 2017

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Inquiry:

Our analytics team is doing more analysis in the predictive space. What is the value of this work and how do we know we’re picking projects that will have an impact on the business?

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Inquiry Response: The Bridge Between Internal and External Reporting

By Adam Moore, Sep 11, 2017

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Inquiry:

We have an external reporting tool with a certified process and strong governance. Separately, we have management reporting data and analytics data, and for analytics we are standing up a data lake from disparate sources. My challenge is around the external tool and management reporting data. Right now we bridge the management reporting back to the externally reported figures, but I don’t see a need for this tie because the purposes are different. However, senior management has an emotional commitment to the bridge, so I’m wondering if that bridge is really important and whether you are seeing companies diverting from the need to build a bridge.

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Inquiry Response: Recommendations for Rolling out a new technical solution

By IIA Faculty, Sep 05, 2017

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Inquiry:

I’m interested to discuss a topic that I can best describe as ETL (extract, transform, load) as a service that can be deployed for the enterprise. I’m looking to see if other companies have successfully attempted this, and whether there are vendor platforms for this or if this is typically a capability that is built internally.

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Inquiry Response: Starting a Knowledge Management Program

By Mark Madsen, Aug 28, 2017

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Inquiry:

Our analytics department is starting a knowledge management program. What are some best practices of starting a program for our analytics department? We’re looking for lessons learned and anything that would help a knowledge management program be more successful for people doing analytics.

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Inquiry Response: Tips for Linking Retail Outlet Sales Back to Digital Marketing Efforts

By Greg Bonsib, Aug 21, 2017

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Inquiry:

A large part of our business is in consumer packaged goods sold through mass-channel outlets such as Wal-Mart. We’d like some insights into how we can use analytics to help us understand the marketing-driven revenue on the retail end. Is there a way we can link POS revenue back to our digital marketing efforts?

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Inquiry Response: Engaging for Digital Transformation

By Mark Molau, Aug 14, 2017

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Inquiry:

How can we approach structuring our digital transformation so they can get some real traction? We are a very analytically siloed organization, and struggle with data transparency/access across the enterprise. We are working to figure out how our analytics initiatives fit within the larger organization, and how to engage everyone, CIO and business units, in our digital transformation.

  • How can we approach structuring our digital transformation in a way to get some real traction and change the culture?
  • How can I best communicate why it’s necessary to directly align our analytics initiatives with the business?

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