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Mike Szymanski's blog

Forrester's Evelson on ROI for BI

Forrester BI superstar Boris Evelson writes about several topics that we deal with consistently with our clients. A common question we get involves estimating ROI for BI initiatives.

Retail BI's "Slowest Common Denominator"

I stumbled on the transcript of a panel discussing business intelligence applications in a retail setting. The panelists, senior analytics executives at PETCO, Carter's & Ascena, had some great answers to how their BI initiatives are providing business value. Here are some of the highlights: 

Q: How do each of you actually use BI and analytics in your company?

Math Nerd Party Tricks, Portuguese and SQL

My uncle, a former seminarian who has two masters' degrees (one in English Literature and one in Business Administration) and has been running his own company for nearly fifty years, once told me that it isn't enough to be good at just one thing. It isn't enough just to be great at sales. You need to be great at sales and operations. One dimensional resources abound and the way to stand above the crowd is to be great at many things. 

Don't Call It a Comeback

Ted Cuzillo over at Information Management finds three tools that he wouldn't "call BI" 'cause... they focus on distinctly non-BI aspects of analytics: visualization, collaboration & search.

Billboards and Business Intelligence

The Wall Street Journal's Health Blog shares the story of an Ohio health system that publishes its Emergency Room wait times on highway billboards: 

Steve Perlman bends time and space with his DIDO wireless technology

Dean Takahashi over at VentureBeat reports on a white paper released today by Steve Perlman & his Rearden Companies that claims to solve problems with wireless bandwidth: 

How Grouponomics Makes the Case for Business Intelligence

There's been a lot of talk about Groupon lately in advance of its Initial Public Offering (IPO). This recent post by Felix Salmon on "Grouponomics" led me to think about how small businesses who use Groupon are prime examples of the need for some form of business intelligence. Small businesses have a reputation of being run by people who are very good at making pizza, driving limos, or frosting cupcakes.

1. How Grouponomics is used to smooth out demand cycles:

"Algorithms Rule the Day"

Is a revolution coming to business intelligence? If so, where is it coming from?  MSDN caught up with Tim O'Reilly at StrataFor in February for his thoughts on the future of business intelligence.

Balancing Analysis & Intuition

Peter Dorrington recalls a discussion on the the age-old battle between those who operate on analysis and those who operate on intuition. In this case, the contestants were best selling author Malcolm Gladwell (Blink, Tipping Point, Outliers) and Tom Davenport (Competing on Analytics, Analytics at Work).