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Why Your Analytics of Things Aspirations Will Fail

Yes, everybody’s talking about analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT).  A recent Gartner hype cycle places the “Internet of Things” squarely at the top of the so-called “peak of inflated expectations.”  Nearby, just a little down the slope on either side,…

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Eight Data And Analytics Capabilities You’ll Need For The IoT

 Originally published by Tom Davenport in Teradata Perspectives at Forbes.com There is widespread agreement that the Internet of Things will be a transformative factor in the business use of information. The prospect of billions of connected devices promises to transform home activities, transportation,…

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Pax Analytica

 One of the leaders of First Analytics, Tom Davenport, has written about how to organize analytics professionals within companies. For example, in “Five Ways to Organize Your Data Scientists” he comments on organizational variations ranging between a fully decentralized organization with…

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When Will the Analytics of Things Grow Up?

Initially published by Tom Davenport on Data Informed. A few years ago, while working with DJ Patil (now the Chief Data Scientist of the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy) on an article about data scientists, he related to me a…

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When data prep turns into p-hacking

One might assume that data generated by sensors and event recorders would be clean because after all, these are precise instruments, right? Alas, the analytics of things suffers from the age-old challenge of data quality. This screenshot from SAS Visual Analytics show that for…

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Cognitive technologies all set to transform business processes

Originally published by Tom Davenport at Deloitte University Press Some cognitive technology vendors and customers are moving past the “science project” phase and using artificial intelligence (AI) to transform business processes. Now is the time for businesses to consider the areas…

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Benford’s Law at Lowe’s

I recently installed a replacement mailbox and post, so off I went to Lowe’s to shop for address number decals to affix to new mailbox. When I located the pegboard hooks holding the numbers, as a quant, I immediately noticed…

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