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Analytics on Fire

Analytics on Fire is your backstage pass inside the enteprise analytics and business intelligence world. Join your hosts, BI authors, speakers and founders, Mico Yuk (BI Brainz) and Ryan Goodman (Centigon Solutions) as they pull back the curtains on what’s actually working right now in the enterprise analytics/business intelligence space. You’ll hear the inside scoop from experienced business leaders on how to plan, implement and gain true business value from your analytics dollars. To help you gain more value from your analytics, take our BI Maturity Quiz at AnalyticsonFire.com.)
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May 31, 2016

Join us as Matt breaks down how GIS is becoming a sought after solution across a range of industries looking to make better decisions for strategic growth. Matt talks us through his four-step process, From WHERE to There, that businesses can use to reach a Location Intelligence solution.

Matt Sheehan paths to success with GIS and Analytics

In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • The shifts in the BI industry and how they relate and complement the changes in mapping with GIS
  • The power and value of GIS for those with BI but without a real location intelligence solution in place
  • How GIS can produce information to help businesses make strategic growth decisions
  • Maps vs. GIS - What is the difference?
  • Real world commercial applications for GIS
  • How to approach answering the “WHERE" questions with analytics and GIS
  • A starting point for those looking to implement a GIS solution
  • How to apply Matt's 4 step process "From WHERE to There" when it comes to analytics and GIS
  • Advice for approaching GIS professionals in your organization
  • The best way to incorporate GIS professionals into your organization

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://analyticsonfire.com/14

May 25, 2016

This week on Analytics on Fire, our very special guest is none other than our own Ryan Goodman. Ryan is the CEO of Centigon Solutions, co-founder of BI Brainz and the resident maps guy. Ryan has spent over 12 years designing business applications and helping business owners adopt maps services into their KPIs.

In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • How Ryan became known as “the map guy”.
  • The top pitfalls of map integration.
  • How to ask the right questions to find what you need.
  • Why should people care about maps or GIS? (What is the biggest barrier for folks?)
  • Ryan’s steps for mapifying KPIs.
  • His thoughts on how to determine the good and the bad of a potential map technology.
  • The past (and future) companies that have been bringing map technology to the world.
  • Ryan’s process to start exploring maps.
  • The three general steps to success with map integration.
  • Why you have to understand that it is not all about maps.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://analyticsonfire.com/13

May 17, 2016

This week, we have a special treat for you! On this episode of Analytics on Fire, we’re featuring an exclusive interview the man who coined the term “Business Intelligence” in 1989 – Howard Dresner.

In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • Howard’s background in analytics.
  • What "Collective Insights" concept is all about and how it came to be.
  • The process behind Dresner Advisory’s Collective Insights report.
  • Some of the biggest issues with collaboration within organizations.
  • Why email is likely the worst method for sharing information and insights.
  • How BI tools are currently lacking in the area of collaboration.
  • The main criteria Dresner Advisory uses to rate BI tool vendors.
  • Howard’s rant on the topic of the “reply all” button.
  • The top five features that users want to see in BI tools.
  • Howard’s concept of “Content Governance” and how it differs from data governance.
  • His thoughts on best practices of content governance.
  • How getting this right within your organization may affect user adoption.
  • The specific job roles that can help implement this process.   
  • Why and how transparency gives purpose to technology.
  • A potential pitfall companies might make while implementing this new approach.

Get full show notes and more information here: analyticsonfire.com/12

May 10, 2016

This week on the Analytics on Fire, we’re featuring an exciting interview with Andrew Brust (my personal Big Data go-to mentor), a 15 year Big Data veteran who not only is the Senior Director, at Datameer, but also is a highly sought-after influencer on the topic of Big Data and talks about the industry in his ZDNet column Big On Data.

I was luckily able to arrange an interview with Andrew and it couldn't have turned out better.

Andrew Brust Big Data Evangelist

In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • Why there’s a certain “fetish” around the size of Big Data projects (and the false bragging rights that go with 'data size').
  • Andrew’s rule of thumb on what big data really is... "If it’s too big, only then is it Big Data.”
  • The three V's of Big Data (and the recent fourth V) and how they pertain to you as a data-driven organization.
  • Andrew's distinction between BI and Big Data, and why they may become less useful in the future.
  • The ultimate soft skill that every ‘data-interested’ person should brush up on to get the most out of data.
  • What business intelligence professionals need to know before deciding to become a "data scientist".
  • What’s happening that makes basic data analysis more accessible to companies and people interested in harnessing the power of big data.
  • The five Big Data Myths and Andrew’s insights to where they are true (AND where they’re false).
  • How to get real ROI from big data.
  • Andrew's answer to the question: "Is the Internet Of Things a high-value opportunity or is it just a buzz word?"

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://analyticsonfire.com/11

May 3, 2016

Don’t miss this unique interview and this incredible opportunity to find out how after 25 years in BI field, Greg was completely open to rethinking his BI implementation approach and create a highly-successful dashboard for the government of South Australia.

In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • Greg’s extensive experience and background in BI space. (5:20)
  • How Greg was willing to change his mindset to achieve BI Success.
  • The step-by-step methods he used to make his BI Dashboard project successful. (11:38)
  • How he took his customer from classic reports to powerful BI Dashboards.
  • How to overcome the challenges of getting executive buy-in. (16:10)
  • How one change to this requirements-gathering workshop changed everything.
  • Why Word docs are no longer the right documentation.
  • What BI consultants need to embrace the new BI world.
  • Why empathy is a key factor to success.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://analyticsonfire.com/10

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