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Forrester’s 2019 Business Intelligence Vendor Landscape

Boris Evelson March 26, 2019
Information technology keeps moving forward at an ever-increasing pace. Business intelligence (BI) technology isn’t falling behind and keeps constantly evolving. Gone are the days when vendors categorized themselves as: IT-focused and enterprise-scalable vs. business-user-focused BI platforms mostly going after departmental and line of business use cases. All legacy, formerly IT-focused BI vendors have moved squarely […]
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The Insights Beat: Future-Proof Your Insights Capability

Srividya Sridharan March 12, 2019
Last month, our featured research focused on building the foundation of an insights-driven business. This month, it’s time to start renovating, quickly. While every house needs a strong foundation, you also need to know when to start renovating to future-proof its value. Three ways to future-proof your insights capabilities? Commercialize data, adopt a cloud-enabled data […]
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AI Creates The CRISPR For Corporate DNA

Michele Goetz March 1, 2019
Every company has a specific DNA. You may think DNA is the brand or values. But corporate DNA is what makes a company tick, not what the company is. Talent, operations, technology, and data make up your base pairs. How those combine will have a specific outcome for the business, and even the overall sequence […]
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The Analytics Opportunity For Marketing And Sales Alignment: An Encore Presentation

Allison Snow February 28, 2019
I’m bringing this topic to the top of your inbox, so to speak, but not (just) because I’m self-promotional. Lack of alignment really does continue to plague B2B sales and marketing organizations. Last year, I began to explore this challenge with analytical methods front and center. My hypothesis: B2B marketers and sales can use a […]
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The Insights Beat: Quash The Groundhog Day Effect In Your Insights Journey

Srividya Sridharan February 7, 2019
It’s early February. Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring this year, and there is hope (and warmth) in the air.[i] But it’s not always rosy for you as a data, analytics, and insights leader. You tirelessly toil to get value from your enterprise data and try to apply those insights at scale to impact business […]
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Scoring Big With Data: The New Age Of Analytics In Sports

Brandon Purcell February 1, 2019
Sports: the games we know and love. We love to play and watch these games so much, in fact, that in the US, there are only two days during the year when the four major pro sports leagues aren’t playing a game (i.e., MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL).[i] One of the most anticipated games in […]
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The Billion-Dollar Healthcare Problem You Can’t Just Walk Off

Daniel Hong January 25, 2019
(Caleb Ewald contributed to this blog.) Super Bowl LIII is right around the corner, and we’ve begun reading the tea leaves and perusing injury reports to divine the future with precision. Will the Pats win another one? Will the Rams start a dynasty? While tea leaves are . . . well . . . tea […]
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Everything I Learned About Training A Machine-Learning Model That I Learned From My Kids

Kjell Carlsson, Ph.D. December 24, 2018
“You who are on the road must have a code that you can live by . . . teach your children well . . . and feed them on your dreams.” Graham Nash was spot-on — about machine-learning. Training a well-adjusted machine learning model that won’t get in trouble and embarrass you in public requires the […]
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The Forrester Wave™: Location Intelligence Platforms, Q4 2018 — Eight Key Players To Help Understand Customers In The Real World

James McCormick December 14, 2018
The relentless march of digital transformation has not left the physical world untouched — particularly when it comes to understanding and engaging with customers. First, customers digitally connected to brands via PCs, then mobile devices, and now via a continuous tidal wave of emerging owned IoT devices (e.g., wearables, connected cars, etc.) and non-owned IoT devices […]
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Advanced Analytics Is Required To Win, Serve, And Retain Healthcare Customers

Arielle Trzcinski November 27, 2018
There is an imminent market need to understand which analytics vendors truly help healthcare organizations (HCOs) make sense of their growing data assets and turn them into customer-level insights. HCOs need to better understand their customers, whether patient or member, so they can ensure they take the next best action that will lead to the […]
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Forrester’s First-Ever Data Strategy & Insights Forum — Don’t Miss It!

Noel Yuhanna November 15, 2018
Today, business users need trusted data fast to make better business decisions, while business technology needs require lowering costs, minimizing complexity, and improving efficiency. In addition, the proliferation of data, and the explosion of new data sources such as social media, IoT and mobile, further aggravate the issue. Poorly integrated business data often leads to […]
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Transform Your Organization From Data-Driven To Insights-Driven

Boris Evelson November 14, 2018
Over the last five years, most large enterprises have slowly but surely matured from being data-aware to data-driven. They all collect data from operational and transactional applications; process the data into data lakes, data hubs, data warehouses, and data marts; and build business intelligence (BI) and analytics applications to understand what the data is telling […]
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Data Strategy & Insights 2018 Forum Workshops Deliver Immediate Dividends

Gene Leganza October 24, 2018
I’m getting more and more psyched about our first-ever Data Strategy & Insights 2018 Forum as I work on the sessions with my colleagues here at Forrester and with our external speakers. The topics are spot on for what organizations need from data and analytics today, and the sessions are going to be inspirational and […]
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Spring Cleaning In December: Declutter Your Insights House

Srividya Sridharan October 11, 2018
Feeling overwhelmed with all the data that your teams must wrangle before even getting to data science? Feeling like you have more than enough dashboards and tools? Feeling like you don’t have any more room in your complex data and analytics environment for yet another platform? Feeling like you can’t keep up with the exploding […]
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Apptio Moves To Automate Enterprise Tech Optimization

James Staten October 3, 2018
Nearly all CIO organizations struggle to optimize cloud consumption. It’s helpful that there is a growing set of tools to help you learn how to best leverage cloud platform services and how to identify when your use is suboptimal and overly costly. But this guidance would be far more effective if it could give you […]
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A Use Case For Business Intelligence Vs. Text Analytics Tools

Boris Evelson July 26, 2018
I recently answered a client question regarding an application that could be based on either business intelligence (BI) or text analytics technology. Question: “We receive quarterly and yearly account statements for our investments. Each statement will contain key pieces of information, such as total contributions, expenses, interest income, etc. However, each vendor may format their […]
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Use Text Analytics Technologies To Handle Mountains Of Unstructured Data

Boris Evelson June 14, 2018
Enterprises are sitting on mountains of unstructured data — 61% have more than 100 terabytes, and 12% have more than five petabytes! Luckily, there are mature technologies out there that can help. First, enterprise information architects should consider general-purpose text analytics platforms. These are capable of handling most, if not all, text analytics use cases, both […]
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Five Best Practices To Scale Data Science Across The Enterprise

Kjell Carlsson, Ph.D. June 5, 2018
Nearly all firms want to do more with data science. However, executives and data scientists alike are frustrated by the difficulty of turning new initiatives into business impact at scale. Outside of well-established use cases — such as risk scoring or optimizing search results — data scientists regularly complain that their solutions can take months or even […]
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Risk Tech, Reg Tech — All The 2018 Tech

Nick Hayes June 4, 2018
The Forrester Tech Tide™: Risk And Compliance Management, Q2 2018 We recently published our Tech Tide™ report outlining 14 key risk and compliance technologies to track in 2018. One of the challenging parts of this research is setting the right scope. We found risk and compliance technology everywhere, covering every industry, region, and niche use case. […]
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Continued Convergence Of Analytics Products And Services

Boris Evelson May 17, 2018
I’ve been watching this trend with great curiosity (and first wrote about it in 2008). On the one hand, software product vendors are slowly but surely migrating from just selling products to selling solutions — and solutions always require professional services. IBM led the trend when it acquired PwC Consulting in 2002. For the last few […]
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