Four reasons why the time is right for IBM to tackle Advanced Analytics

IBM has dominated a good deal of the news in the business analytics world, recently. On Friday, it completed the purchase of SPSS and solidified its position in predictive analytics.  This is certainly the biggest leg of a recent three-prong attack on the analytics market that also includes: Purchasing Red Pill.  Red Pill is a … Continue reading Four reasons why the time is right for IBM to tackle Advanced Analytics

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What is location intelligence and why is it important?

Visualization can change the way that we look at data and information.   If that data contains a geographic/geospatial component then utilizing location information can help provide a new layer of insight for certain kinds of analysis.  Location intelligence is the integration and analysis of visual geographic/geospatial information as part of the decision making process.  A … Continue reading What is location intelligence and why is it important?

2009 Text Analytics Survey

 Several weeks ago, in preparation for the Text Analytics Summit, I deployed a short survey about the state of text analytics.  I supplemented the end-user survey with vendor interviews.   Here are some of the end-user findings.  First, a few words about the survey itself and who responded to the survey. I wanted to make the … Continue reading 2009 Text Analytics Survey

The Brave New World of Text Analytics Applications

Attensity Corporation announced today that it is joining forces with two other text analytics/information management companies, Living e and Empolis, to form a new company called Attensity Group focused on creating business user applications on top of sophisticated data and semantic analytics technology.  According to Michelle de Haaff, CMO, the new combined company has software … Continue reading The Brave New World of Text Analytics Applications

IBM Business Analytics and Optimization – The Dawn of New Era

I attended the IBM Business Analytics and Optimization (BAO) briefing yesterday at the IBM Research facility in Hawthorne, NY.   At the meeting, IBM executives from Software, Global Business Services, and Research (yes, Research) announced its new consulting organization, which will be led by Fred Balboni.   The initiative includes 4000 GBS consultants working together with the … Continue reading IBM Business Analytics and Optimization – The Dawn of New Era

Text Analytics meets Enterprise Content Management ‘Round 2– IBM Content Analyzer

Why? How? These are key questions that business people ask a lot. Questions such as, “Why did our customer retention rate plummet?” or “How come our product quality has declined?” or even “How did we end up in this mess?” often cannot be answered using structured data alone. However, there is a lot of unstructured … Continue reading Text Analytics meets Enterprise Content Management ‘Round 2– IBM Content Analyzer

Data visualization and the dynamic dashboard

 I’m a big fan of data visualization because it really helps people understand information.  You can certainly derive a lot of insight from a report, but sometimes it helps to look at data in a different way.  Dashboards are one way to get information to people in an easily digestible format.  However, in order for … Continue reading Data visualization and the dynamic dashboard

Collaborative BI and Good Data

Collaborative BI is a trend that is beginning to gain momentum.  The idea behind it is to make it easier for people in a company (or even outside of the company) to work together to analyze data and share analysis.   There are several ways to accomplish this goal – from the simple to more complex..  … Continue reading Collaborative BI and Good Data

Leximancer – Concept Maps for Text Analytics and the Customer Insight Portal

I had the opportunity last week to learn more about Leximancer, a text analytics company with its roots in Australia. Leximancer recently moved some of its operations to the U.S. and I had a very interesting conversation with CEO Neil Hartley about the company. Leximancer was founded in 2005. Its technology is based on seven … Continue reading Leximancer – Concept Maps for Text Analytics and the Customer Insight Portal

Improving Sentiment Analysis in Text Analytics – Lexalytics merges with Infonic

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Jeff Caitlin, CEO of Lexalytics Ltd. about the Lexalytics/Infonic merger. Although the merger occurred several months ago, it was actually good timing, because Jeff could explain a bit more about what is happening with newly merged company, what the products look like, where the company is heading … Continue reading Improving Sentiment Analysis in Text Analytics – Lexalytics merges with Infonic