Leveraging Modern Tools to Achieve Agile Analytics

Leveraging Modern Tools to Achieve Agile Analytics

Organizations have grown increasingly enthusiastic about the business insights and other benefits that big data analytics can deliver, and rightfully so. But as they pursue the promise of business analytics, companies often come face to face with some hard truths. One of the most problematic: following the traditional process of first creating a data warehouse and then analyzing the data...

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When Design Thinking Meets Data Science

When Design Thinking Meets Data Science

In the world of big data and predictive analytics the standard approach for gathering and analyzing data follows the CRISP-DM approach. While the CRISP-DM model has been a good approach on which to structure many projects, it suffers from the same issues waterfall-style requirements gathering approaches to software design have suffered from, including: Longer time to understand the...

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Simplifying the Data Scientist: Agile Analytics for Improved Data Science Productivity

Simplifying the Data Scientist: Agile Analytics for Improved Data Science Productivity

As companies incorporate data science and machine learning to help them push into the new AI frontier, some are finding it difficult to get data science operationalized. We know organizations have data, and lots of it, but not every organization achieves the same level of agility from its analytics and data science initiatives, meaning one organization may see the impact of data science more...

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Data Governance Guiding Principles

Data Governance Guiding Principles

Some form of data governance is necessary for all organizations, regardless of industry or size. Data governance accomplishes many goals, from meeting regulatory requirements to fueling strategic initiatives that depend on data. While most organizations recognize the importance of data governance, they have trouble keeping momentum after starting. One issue is that data governance models are...

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Three Utility Systems Integration Tips & Tricks

Three Utility Systems Integration Tips & Tricks

Does data have your head spinning? Here are a few tips and tricks for successful systems integration in the Utilities sector. As the West Monroe team gears up to attend DistribuTech this week (Booth #2761), we expect there to be plenty of buzz around enterprise data analytics solutions. Through enterprise data analytics initiatives, value is driven at the data intersections across...

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How to Build an Analytics Center of Excellence to Tackle Utility Problems

How to Build an Analytics Center of Excellence to Tackle Utility Problems

We recently attended the annual gathering of utility practitioners at Utility Analytics Week in San Antonio. A common theme discussed was “how do we get started?”, “where do we start?”, and “how do we justify the cost?”. Electric utilities are becoming increasingly digitally-oriented and data intensive with the adoption of AMI meters, deployment of SCADA systems across the grid, and...

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Lessons Learned in Vegas: Top Ten Takeaways from Tableau Conference

Lessons Learned in Vegas: Top Ten Takeaways from Tableau Conference

Everyone knows ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.’ While that may be true for some activities, after attending the Tableau Conference, #DATA17, we couldn’t help but share some of the key takeaways. Tableau, a data visualization platform, has been an industry leader in recent years (as recognized by Gartner and other organizations), and is known for its design-focused data visualizations...

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Tap into Actionable Data – 5 Considerations for Delivering Successful Reporting Implementations

Tap into Actionable Data – 5 Considerations for Delivering Successful Reporting Implementations

The marketplace for business intelligence and analytics tools becomes more saturated every day.  Between standardized reporting, ad hoc self-service visualizations, and predictive analytics, many managers and buyers are so overwhelmed by keeping up with product releases and understanding tool features that they do not have time to consider the pitfalls that can sabotage a successful...

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