Analytics Improves Your Vision in All Directions

“Without big data analytics, companies are blind and deaf, wandering out onto the Web like deer on a freeway.” – Geoffrey Moore, author of Crossing the Chasm and Inside the Tornado Collecting data is the first step in a company’s ability to make informed...

Spikes, Slopes, and SQL

You have data you’re tracking every day. Maybe a lot of data. And maybe you’re tracking it a lot of different ways. You even create graphs of the data over time, so that you can spot trends and anomalies. And then one day you realize that you have too many graphs…...

The Flaws of Predictive Analytics

As I write this post, I’m listening to a streaming internet radio station that picks songs for me based on my past listening sessions and preferences. I generally enjoy this. The more songs I tell the station I like, the better it gets at finding other songs that I...

An Intelligent Approach to Business Intelligence: Part Two

In part one of “An Intelligent Approach to Business Intelligence” we shared some insight into the challenges of capturing, understanding and leveraging data. Now, let’s take a look at a business intelligence approach that uses the latest reliable infrastructure...

Making Data Meaningful in Major League Baseball

My father played professional baseball for the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians in the 1920’s and 1930’s. This was in the days of Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, and long before anyone ever heard of computers or even the word, data. However, that did not mean the...