What is the difference between Shared Services today and Shared Services in 2007?


In 2007 I was asked to produce an event around shared services. I was awe struck at how many developments there were in the industry at that time. There was all this talk about significant cost benefits, enhanced service quality and manageable challenges. This was an exciting time. Companies were challenging common business models as they had to restructure their business due to decreasing customer loyalty and margin erosion.

Rethink Web Analytics: Introducing Web Analytics 2.0

Occam's Razor

On Sept 5th I had the distinct pleasure of being invited to present as a part of the Authors@Google series. As the author of a new book it was such a thrill to be invited, especially when you look at impressive authors who have been invited (some of my favorites: Seth Godin , George Soros , David Brooks , Ben Cohen , Clotilde Dusoulier ). The title of my talk was: Redefining Web Analytics.


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Standard Metrics Revisited: #3: Bounce Rate

Occam's Razor

It is quite likely that your company is spending tons of time, energy, and dollars on web marketing efforts yet conversion rates (or ROI) are stuck in the two to three percent range. You are trying really hard to figure out how to improve the performance but you are stymied by the fact that there is ton of data and you have no idea where to start. Bounce Rate to the rescue! Bounce rate is a beautiful way to measure the quality of traffic coming to your website.

The Three Greatest Survey Questions Ever

Occam's Razor

The VP of a Fortune 100 company recently asked for some advice. They were heading into their peak selling season that would last only three months max, and they only had an ability to measure revenue from the website, nothing else. They did not have any web analytics tool. Her question was: Which analytics tool do you recommend because we want to improve our website and increase sales.

Kick Butt With Internal Site Search Analytics

Occam's Razor

I love Internal Site Search data. It is a amazing peek into customer intent, which usually is quite elusive in our normal clickstream data. I had first written about the wonders of site search analysis in a June 2006 post: Are You Into Internal Site Search Analysis? You Should Be. It is also covered in detail in Web Analytics: An Hour A Day. Google Analytics's launch of internal site search analysis today is a great excuse to revisit the world of site search.

Multiplicity: Succeed Awesomely At Web Analytics 2.0!

Occam's Razor

Someone highly salaried : "You know what our problem is? We have too many damn tools!" " Me : "Oh, hm…" Someone highly salaried : "Thanks for agreeing with me, now please help us fix it!" " Me : "No I meant, oh hmmmmmmm. " " Someone highly salaried : "What do you mean? You are not going to solve my problem of getting a single source of truth for all my web data?" " Me : "Multiplicity. That's the solution.

Excellent Analytics Tip #11: Measure Effectiveness Of Your Web Pages

Occam's Razor

It is a bit hard to believe that it has taken a year to talk about measuring effectiveness of individual pages on a website. It is perhaps a reflection of my belief that we already focus way too much on micro reporting on our websites, most of which is comprised of too much page level analysis. For my point of view on how to start your analysis please see this post: Getting Started With Web Analytics: Step One - Glean Macro Insights.].

Interviewing Tip: Stress Test Critical Thinking. Please.

Occam's Razor

Interviewing is art, and perhaps the most important thing you could do for your company. My post with tips on hiring web analysts ( Hiring? What Works: Fresh blood or old hands? Experience or Novicity? generated lots of comments [25!] and emails. The most common request was for tips on how to pick the right employer, I think that's a reflection that this is a buyers market [I promise to write that post just as soon as I can].

Web Analytics Data Sampling 411

Occam's Razor

This probably impacts a minority of web analytics practitioners, normally only those with large websites with millions of page views per month / week / day. I know that there are lots of you out there. :).

The Promise & Challenge of Behavior Targeting (& Two Prerequisites)

Occam's Razor

I am a NPR junkie (and support my local station KALW ). Driving to the airport last Monday I was surprised to hear a segment about "behavior marketing" NPR covers everything of course but for some reason it was surprising to hear of the current technology cool thing on NPR! Now that NPR has covered this I feel I am late to the party!! Behavior targeting has been the news a lot recently.

Web Analytics: An Hour A Day

Occam's Razor

I am thrilled to say that my book Web Analytics: An Hour A Day has been published and is now widely available. Thrilled is perhaps understating it, I am giddy like a schoolgirl. There I said it. It has been such an amazing journey to write the book, and for it to come up almost exactly a year after I started this blog. All the hard work seems to be worth it when I hold my third child in my hands. Damini, Chirag and now the book! :).

Exclusive: Top Huawei executives had close ties to company at center of U.S. criminal case


authorities allege the giant telecom-gear maker used the firm to skirt American economic sanctions on Iran between 2007 and 2014. Huawei has said it sold the business in 2007 and denies any wrongdoing. By Steve Stecklow and Marcelo Rochabrun.

Big Data: Amazon, Google, Microsoft, The Cloud And Other 2018 Trends

Bruno Aziza

In his latest book, “Thank You For Being Late,” Thomas Friedman highlighted 2007 as one of the most pivotal years in technology: 2007 saw the birth of Hadoop, the iPhone and Amazon’s Kindle for instance. My bet is that 2018 will start a new era for the technology space very much like 2007 did

Discovery extends CEO contract through 2027 after AT&T deal


Zaslav, who joined Discovery as president and CEO in 2007, played a part in the company's 2018 acquisition of U.S. (Reuters) - Discovery Inc extended Chief Executive Officer David Zaslav's employment contract through Dec.

Laptops, desktop sales see 'renaissance;' shortages won't ease until 2022


Reuters) - The world stocked up on laptop and desktop computers in 2020 at a level not seen since the iPhone debuted in 2007, and manufacturers still are months away from fulfilling outstanding orders, hardware industry executives and analysts said. By Paresh Dave. OAKLAND, Calif.

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Australia's Piedmont signs lithium ore supply deal with Tesla, shares surge


Shares of the Australian miner touched their highest since May 2007. (Reuters) - Piedmont Lithium on Monday said it signed a five-year deal with Tesla Inc to supply high-purity lithium ore mineral to the U.S. electric carmaker, prompting an 83% surge in the Australian lithium miner's shares.

A Review of Data Storytelling Solutions

Juice Analytics

He’s been following our industry since 2007, was covering Tableau as an industry analyst before anyone else, and wrote for esteemed publications TDWI and Information Management. If you are in the data or analytics industry, it is worth getting to know Ted Cuzzillo.

BRIDGEi2i Ranked Among Fast 50 Tech Companies India – Deloitte 2020


BRIDGEi2 previously ranked 15 in the 2007 study of Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and also found a place on the distinguished list in 2015 and 2016, making it an exceptional achievement.

The Inside Scoop on Excel with Bill Jelen (Mr. Excel)

Depict Data Studio

He said that he’s “convinced in Excel 2007 the icons for rows and the icon for columns were reversed.” I recently had the honor of speaking with Bill Jelen, a.k.a. Mr. Excel. He was a guest speaker inside our data analysis course, Simple Spreadsheets.

Keys to Data Fluency: Believe in Your Front-Line Decision-Makers

Juice Analytics

In 2007, Professor Thomas Davenport wrote an influential book called Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning. At the time, he stoked a smoldering ember into a flame by examining the power of analytics to improve organizations.

Competition is Necessary to Validate Disruption


I said that is the most expensive phone in the world and it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard, which makes it not a very good email machine”, said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in an interview following the unveiling of the iPhone in 2007 “Five hundred dollars fully subsidized with a plan!

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How Finance is Leveraging Automated Data Lineage for Regulations Compliance


The worldwide economy was shaken in 2007 when the United States stock market had its largest drop since the Great Depression. In 2007 many high-risk sectors of the financial industry such as hedge funds, depended on complex data.

Knowledge Graphs for Open Science


The Open Science (or Open Scholarship) movement has been gaining momentum, especially since the European Commission has committed itself to ensuring open access to all funded research in April 2016.

Data Strategy in a Working from Home Climate

Peter James Thomas

To provide some more colour, let’s go back to 2007 / 2008. For example, I use many of the the approaches I developed in 2007 / 2008 in my work today as well. The author, working from home together with his Executive Assistant. ©

The Gold Standard – The Key to Information Extraction and Data Quality Control


Consider an example in which our first data source says that Microsoft invested $240 million in Facebook and the second – that on October 24, 2007 Microsoft invested in Facebook. We often want computers to do the tasks we give them the way people do.

Interview with Stephanie Hicks

Simply Statistics

in Mathematics in 2007 rom LSU and my M.A. Editor’s note: For a while we ran an interview series for statisticians and data scientists, but things have gotten a little hectic around here so we’ve dropped the ball! But we are re-introducing the series, starting with Stephanie Hicks. If you have recommendations of a (junior) person in academics or industry you would like to see promoted, reach out to Jeff (@jtleek) on Twitter!

Decide to Decide Digitally: New Forrester Research

Decision Management Solutions

Neil Raden and I introduced the basic classification of decisions used here in our book, Smart (Enough) Systems , back in 2007: Strategic, one-time one-off decisions typically made with plenty of time for analysis.

How Automated Data Lineage Simplifies FRTB Regulatory Compliance


Backtesting their model with real pricing and holdings data dating back to 2007. How much money should you set aside for a rainy day?

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5 Reasons Why Big Data Is Essential for Successful Marketing

Smart Data Collective

However, once Apple launched the first iPhone in 2007, it marked the most notable paradigm shift for marketers. You do not stand a chance in this digital age if you operate your marketing campaign through traditional platforms.

Options for Existing Customers of Oracle BI Applications

Perficient Data & Analytics

In 2007, Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Applications became generally available. They were an immediate success and have enjoyed great popularity ever since. Although Oracle BI Applications are now considered ‘content complete’ and Oracle no longer sells new licenses, Oracle is committed to supporting this large and important customer base.

Can Data-Driven Accounts Receivable Management Strengthen Client Relationships?

Smart Data Collective

The benefits of data analytics in accounts receivable was first explored by a study from New York University back in 2007. Big data is central to financial management. The market for financial data analytics is expected to reach $10 billion by 2025.

Measuring Maturity

Peter James Thomas

In the thirteen years that have passed since the beginning of 2007, I have helped ten organisations to develop commercially-focused Data Strategies [1]. The author, engaged in measuring maturity – © Jennifer Thomas Photography – view full photo.

Teaching AI to Smell by Using DataRobot


It was introduced in 1980 but open-sourced in 2007, which created its widespread use. Freshly cut grass, coffee, gasoline, cinnamon: all of these are very distinctive smells. To create the most alluring scents, the creators of fragrances have long relied on perfumers with a “good nose.”

BI Data Lineage Solutions: Your Trusted Guide For Success


One example is the lineage methods that the banking industry has adopted to comply with regulations put in place following the 2007 financial collapse. Your Guide to Machine Learning Data Lineage for BI: From Source to Target.

Five Strategies for Slaying the Data Puking Dragon.

Occam's Razor

Take this image from my January 2007 post: Analytics Tip #9: Leverage Statistical Control Limits …. If you bring sharp focus, you increase chances of attention being diverted to the right places. That in turn will drive smarter questions, which will elicit thoughtful answers from available data. The result will be data-influenced actions that result in a long-term strategic advantage. It all starts with sharp focus. Consider these three scenarios….

Data for Good: Movement or Moment?

Cindi Howson

In 2007, I heard a presentation from Nationwide Insurance at the time, now Learning Circle on data’s use to improve high school graduation rates for teens in inner city schools. A few weeks ago, we published a research note on how to Use Data for Good to Impact Society. For me, this note is from the heart and soul; I suspect the same is true for my co-authors.

Top 10 ERP Thought Leaders to Follow in 2021

Insight Software

Purohit is an expert in Oracle applications and has been operating a website focused on Oracle ERP since early 2007, aimed at sharing knowledge and information with other ERP consultants. This guide updates our ERP thought-leadership rankings for 2021.

You’re not steering a ship, your leading an organization

Mark McDonald

For example, there was a difference between companies that believed the 2007 – 9 recession represented a ‘new normal’ and those who believed that the recovery would come, and they needed to work toward that. The image is dramatic and clear. A ship is sailing into a horrendous storm. They can see it on the horizon, lightening illuminating the sky, the seas getting rougher and rougher. Attention turns to the captain, who is often behind the wheel and there is silence. ….

Why model calibration matters and how to achieve it

The Unofficial Google Data Science Blog

If calibration matters, our recommendation is to follow the paradigm proposed by Gneiting (2007) : pick the best performing model amongst models that are approximately calibrated, where "approximately calibrated" is discussed in the next section.

Hemant Kapadia Named Chief Financial Officer of Sirius

Sirius Computer Solutions

Since 2007, Terry Johnson served as executive vice president and CFO at Sirius, responsible for both Finance and Operations. San Antonio, TX—15 October, 2019 — Sirius Computer Solutions, Inc. Sirius), a leading national IT solutions integrator, announces Hemant Kapadia has joined the company as its new chief financial officer (CFO).

Modernize Using The BI & Analytics Magic Quadrant

Rita Sallam

Like when Oracle acquired Hyperion in March of 2007, which set of a series of acquisitions –SAP of Business Objects October, 2007 and then IBM of Cognos in November, 2007. There are pivot moments in life and in business where you just know – everything is about to change. Remember the first time you used the internet, email, a Mac, an ipod, iphone or ipad, or wore Reeboks?

Crystal Reports: Alternatives and Comparison with FineReport


SAP acquired Crystal Reports in 2007. What is Crystal Reports?. Crystal Reports is a popular windows-based reporting tool that originated in 1991. It can integrate up to twelve formats of data sources, and create dynamic reports. . The latest version released is Crystal Reports 2016.

Scikit-Learn For Machine Learning Application Development In Python

Smart Data Collective

This library was developed in 2007 as part of a Google project. Python is arguably the best programming language for machine learning. However, many aspiring machine learning developers don’t know where to start. They should look into the scikit-learn library, which is one of the best for developing machine learning applications. It is free and relatively easy to install and learn. Why machine learning programmers should be familiar with scikit-learn.