2017

A Business Analyst's Guide To Managing Change Requests

BA Learnings

It’s common knowledge that people tend to resist change as much as they can. However, without change, there can’t be progress and BAs would certainly not have that much to do. When working on large projects, change requests from stakeholders are to be expected.

Artificial Intelligence: Implications On Marketing, Analytics, And You

Occam's Razor

A rare post today. It looks a little further out into the future than I normally tend to. It attempts to simplify a topic that has more than it’s share of coolness, confusion and complexity.

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Big Data: Examples, Sources and Technologies explained

ScienceSoft

While defining big data, we share multi-industry examples of its practical application, list its internal and external sources, as well as name most popular big data technologies

Virtually Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Every Timezone with the ‘VRChat’ Community

IBM Big Data Hub

Ever wished you could jet set around the world fast enough to ring in the New Year at a party in every timezone? Well that might not be quite possible, but VRChat is offering something close.

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The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

Spotfire Tips & Tricks: Hierarchical Cluster Analysis

TIBCO

Hierarchical cluster analysis or HCA is a widely used method of data analysis, which seeks to identify clusters often without prior information about data structure or number of clusters. Strategies for hierarchical clustering generally fall into two types: Agglomerative and divisive.

Deep Learning in Cloudera

Cloudera

Deep learning is in the news. It’s changing the game. It’s changing your life. It’s changing everything. It will change the world. It’s good to see people excited about technology. But deep learning is a tool that enterprises use to solve practical problems.

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Smart Data Visualization Walks You Through to Success

Smarten

Take the Guesswork Out of Analytics with Smart Data Visualization! Smart data visualization takes the guesswork out of data analysis.

A story chart of the corporate information age

Mark Raskino

It was nineteen-eighty-something. “ Information technology, is a societal, epochal technology ” said my university lecturer, quoting a translated Japanese author (that made the insight seem even more wise and visionary). Like … wow man.

Predictions 2018: AI Hard Fact – Treat It Like A Plug-And-Play Panacea and Fail

Boris Evelson

Look right, look left, you’ll see a fellow CIO contemplating their AI move. Failing to act is not an option in most organizations. However, as enterprises are kicking off their AI pilots or seeing early results, the honeymoon is over as enterprises that naively celebrated the cure-all promises of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies is over. Enterprises needed better data foundations. They underestimated the level of business expertise […].

My 10-step path to becoming a remote data scientist with Automattic

Data Science and Beyond

About two years ago, I read the book The Year without Pants , which describes the author’s experience leading a team at Automattic (the company behind WordPress.com, among other products). Automattic is a fully-distributed company, which means that all of its employees work remotely (hence pants are optional). While the book discusses some of the challenges of working remotely, the author’s general experience was very positive.

Encouraging Innovation in an Established Product Culture

Speaker: Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies

Innovation is both a process and an outcome. The best way to begin innovating your products is by innovating your internal process. We'll explore the challenges, solutions, and hands-on techniques for becoming a successful "agent of change" within a well-established product culture. We'll examine the importance of UX and user-centric feature analysis, the adaptation of Agile Methodologies to the creative process, as well as a way to drive successful culture change for setting expectations and winning approvals with cross-functional stakeholders. Innovation and Leadership go hand in hand. Join Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies, as we assess some case studies to see how to lead with a clear strategy well-defined tactics, and an unbiased understanding of the fundamental question: "why are you innovating?"

A List of Business Process Management Certifications

BA Learnings

While there’s nothing like having some experience under your belt, Business Process Management (BPM) certifications can aid analysts in some key ways: they serve as concrete evidence of business process management knowledge; offer the opportunity to learn new concepts /best practices; and benefit from the experience of trainers/mentors. While some of these certifications are offered by professional organizations, others have been put together by software vendors. You will also find a variety of training programs that offer certificates on successful completion of their courses; these are outside the scope of this article. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list (in no particular order of preference) of some of the business process management certifications available today, to serve as a guide. ABPMP Certified Business Process Professional (CBPP) The Certified Business Process Professional (CBPP) certification from the Association of Business Process Management Professionals International (ABPMP International) is based on the BPM Common Body of Knowledge (BPM CBOK) and can be earned by having 4 years’ process management, process improvement, or process transformation experience and completing an exam consisting of 130 multiple-choice questions. This certification can lead to a more advanced one known as the Certified Business Process Leader (CBPL). Analysts with less than a year’s experience can however, opt for the Certified Business Process Associate Certification. More information on the different types of certification and qualification criteria are available on the ABPMP website. Business Process Management Certification from BPM Institute Recognized by Forrester Research for providing remarkable training curriculum, BPM Institute offers their widely recognized BPM Certification to give professionals with approximately 3 to 4 years’ experience the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of Business Process Management. Training for the exam can be arranged through third-party providers and the exam is available online. Review the steps towards getting certified. Business Process Management Certification from AIIM The Business Process Management Certification from AIIM is available both online and in the classroom. AIIM allows up to six months for professionals to complete the online training course before they take the final exam to earn their BPM Specialist/Masters certification. Business Process Management Certification from Bizagi Bizagi offers a wide selection of up-to-date Business Process Management training courses led by expert instructors either online or in the classroom. The available courses cover everything from the essentials of process automation, administration and operation, to integration and development. Bizagi also offers an online BPM certification program comprising an online exam and a practical exercise. The 2 available certifications are Bizagi Professional and Bizagi Developer. Object Management Group (OMG) BPM Certification The OMG CERTIFIED EXPERT IN BPM™ 2 (OCEB™ 2) certification program is based on the Business Process Modeling Language™, BPMN™ 2. The updated version of OMG’s BPM certification now covers more topics than ever to keep up with the ever-evolving world of business process management. OMG has developed a handy Object Management Group BPM certification coverage table , as a reference of what to expect. Got recommendations of other certifications to include? Please leave a comment below. BA Certification BPM

It's Not The Ink, It's The Think: 6 Effective Data Visualization Strategies

Occam's Razor

Ten years, and the 944,357 words, are proof that I love purposeful data, collecting it, pouring smart strategies into analyzing it, and using the insights identified to transform organizations. In the quest for that last important bit, I am insanely obsessive about 1. simplification and 2.

4 Types of Data Analytics to Improve Decision-Making

ScienceSoft

Learn about different types of data analytics and find out which one suits your business needs best: descriptive, diagnostic, predictive or prescriptive

Influencers assess 2017 and make predictions for 2018

IBM Big Data Hub

As the year winds down, questions tend to arise about what the big trends of the past year have been and what the year to come may hold

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Embedding Operational Reports: Everything Product Managers Should Know

Speaker: Dean Yao, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Businesses are run with analytics - but companies continue to struggle with interpreting, analyzing, and distributing data. Operational reports help get information to the people who need it most, in formats they understand, and in a timeframe that matters. Join the webinar to learn how embedding operational reports can give your users a precisely formatted, ready-to-analyze view of their operational activities. World-class software teams are embedding operational reports to empower end users with interactive data visualizations, detailed information, and highly precise formats that can be shared via email, PDF, print, or online.

Our quest for robust time series forecasting at scale

The Unofficial Google Data Science Blog

by ERIC TASSONE, FARZAN ROHANI We were part of a team of data scientists in Search Infrastructure at Google that took on the task of developing robust and automatic large-scale time series forecasting for our organization.

Building a Big Data Culture

Cloudera

In an earlier VISION post, The Five Markers on Your Big Data Journey , Amy O’Connor shared some common traits of many of the most successful data-driven companies. In this blog, I’d like to explore what I believe is the most important of those traits, building and fostering a culture of data. .

Exploring LSTMs

Edwin Chen

LSTMs are behind a lot of the amazing achievements deep learning has made in the past few years, and they're a fairly simple extension to neural networks under the right view. So I'll try to present them as intuitively as possible – in such a way that you could have discovered them yourself.

Smart Data Visualization: Simpler, Better, Clearer, Faster

Smarten

Smart Visualization Tools: Analysis and Data Displays Made Simple (and Clear). Smart Data Visualization! This concept seems alien to some people. Is it data that can read your mind and automatically display itself in a way that will help you understand?

Your 2-Part Metrics Audit for High-Value Products

Speaker: Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, Startup Patterns

You know what they say: what's measured improves. As product managers we're in a golden age of being able to get all sorts of metrics and run all sorts of experiments. But what are your measurements and analytics focused on? Are they really truly objective? Do they contribute to the ultimate vision of your product? And is everybody clear on that vision? Join Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, as he takes you through a two-part measurement audit. First, you'll learn how to make sure your measurements actually align with your product strategy. And second, you'll learn how to evaluate your culture of using measurements, so future experiments will more consistently provide high-value results.

How to Set Up Your Own VPN Server Using Amazon Web Services

Perficient Data & Analytics

A Virtual Private Network, or VPN, allows you to securely connect your computer to another computer network through the internet.

Growth and Change for Telecom Companies Isn’t Slowing Down

TIBCO

Just a few short years, ago phone booths were scattered around the cities. We were accustomed to keeping spare change simply for the sake of placing a call. Then, suddenly everything changed.

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Exploring and visualising reef life survey data

Data Science and Beyond

Last year, I wrote about the Reef Life Survey (RLS) project and my experience with offline data collection on the Great Barrier Reef. I found that using auto-generated flashcards with an increasing level of difficulty is a good way to memorise marine species.

Business Analysts & The Anchor Effect

BA Learnings

I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of cognitive bias for the simple reason that it exposes the flaws in one’s thinking and ability to make sound decisions.

Assessing and Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Speaker: Magnus Penker, CEO & Founder, Innovation360 Group

Welcome to an interactive empowering session on how to sharpen your future through innovation management, which can help guide your company’s goals. During this webinar, Magnus Penker, international thought leader and author, will dive into how to assess and foster culture and capabilities for innovation.

The Very Best Digital Metrics For 15 Different Companies!

Occam's Razor

The very best analysts distill, rather than dilute. The very best analysts focus, when most will tend to gather. The very best analysts are display critical thinking, rather than giving into what’s asked.

Spark vs. Hadoop MapReduce: Which big data framework to choose

ScienceSoft

Hadoop MapReduce or Apache Spark? We explore two leading big data frameworks to understand the business needs each of them can satisfy

Learning Machine Learning? Six articles you don’t want to miss

IBM Big Data Hub

Digital disruption has revolutionized the way we live and do business — and machine learning is the latest wave of that revolution

The Five Faces of the Analytics Dream Team

Darkhorse

The chasm between Business and IT is well documented and has existed since the first punch-card mainframe dimmed the lights of MIT to solve the ballistic trajectory of WWII munitions. Analytics and now Data Science are trapped in the middle.

Measure the Immeasurable: Beyond Vanity Metrics

Speaker: Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor, Product School

As a product manager, it's your job to realize your product’s vision by executing your chosen strategy. It’s also your job to deliver value to the business. Ultimately, these two outcomes are aligned so the temptation is to focus primarily on business metrics. Doing this can cause you to lose focus on the real value you are trying to achieve, in favor of moving the vanity metrics such as launches and time spent. Join Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor at Product School, as she explains how to use immeasurable success criteria along with your more standard KPIs to deliver products that don't just get used a lot, but deliver real value.

Plotting the data-driven journey

Cloudera

“Becoming data-driven is a multi-year journey, not a simple implementation.” It’s one of the first things we tell our customers. Acquiring and using data in a way that simply wasn’t possible up until very recently, requires a huge cultural shift. It’s far more than just technology.

Using XGBoost for time series prediction tasks

MLWhiz

Recently Kaggle master Kazanova along with some of his friends released a “How to win a data science competition” Coursera course. You can start for free with the 7-day Free Trial. The Course involved a final project which itself was a time series prediction problem.

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White Paper: Self-Serve Data Preparation Provides Significant Benefit to the Enterprise

Smarten

By providing sophisticated analytical features and algorithms in an easy-to-use self-serve environment, the enterprise enables business users to perform data preparation and test theories and hypotheses and prototype on their own.

Causality in machine learning

The Unofficial Google Data Science Blog

By OMKAR MURALIDHARAN, NIALL CARDIN, TODD PHILLIPS, AMIR NAJMI Given recent advances and interest in machine learning, those of us with traditional statistical training have had occasion to ponder the similarities and differences between the fields.

Leverage Your Organization for Best Product Decisions

Speaker: Rene Kolga, Senior Director of Product and Marketing, Nyotron

You can learn a lot by studying your product data, but the real magic happens when product managers blend different types of data from different sources. If you want to blend data and intuition to make bold decisions that move your product forward, you'll need to open yourself up to new data sources - but where do you get this new information? Rene Kolga, Senior Director of Product and Marketing at Nyotron, knows the answer: from other teams in your organization! Join us as Rene goes through the different teams you'll find in a B2B organization, how to build a strong relationship with those teams, and what kinds of insights you can get that will benefit your product.