Embedded Analytics: Inside Apps, Inside Processes
Now is the age of information analytics. We have (very arguably) reached a
point where the insight arising from data analytics can be applied to almost
every aspect of a company, in every business vertical.
But what shape should that analytics be? Increasingly we talk about embedded
analytics, but what do we mean? Should we be embedding analytics inside a)
applications themselves, or should we b) look to embed analytics as business
rules inside complete corporate processes - or should it be both?
Embedded (application) analytics
The argument for embedded (application) analytics hinges around the
proposition that we can ‘enrich' our software if it has an intelligence
engine (or engines plural) providing extra functionality in it somewhere. If
that sounds too obtuse, then hold on just one paragraph please.
For example, a... (more)
Perhaps not quite as clear-cut as a logical AND in the programmatic sense,
but the age of the CEO as we once knew it could be over.
There's a simple reason for this, CIOs (and yes of course we do mean Chief
Information Officers) are starting to run their operations as business
entities in their own right.
In no way detracting from the popular assertion that IT has to "progress from
simply being a function in the business to now become a business enabling
function in and of itself" (as the expression goes)... there's an even deeper
truth to realize.
This even more profound truism... (more)
Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has published the
results of a survey conducted at the beginning of 2014, on ICT usage in
enterprises with a special focus on the use of cloud computing services in
the EU Member States.
Eurostat's "finding" centered on the "fact" that cloud computing services
have been used (in 2014) by only one out of every five (19%) enterprises in
Insufficient knowledge of cloud
Although this is a Euro-study, the results are telling for those from further
afield because for the remaining 81% of the EU enterprises not using the ... (more)
Forget Location, Location, Location: Cloud Is All About Workload, Workload,
What do we know so far about cloud computing? Well, first the hype-cycle
slowed down and we started realizing that hybrid cloud (as a combination of
public and private resources) was a relatively sensible idea, i.e., from both
an expenditure (public) and security (private) perspective. Now we know which
data and processing tasks to put where - and when, right?
Not exactly, it's still not all quite crystal clear in cloud is it?
The nomenclature, taxonomy and classification of the cloud are all part... (more)
The Chief Analytics Officer’s Nightmare
Scene scenario: 10 am in a boardroom somewhere, second round of coffees
served, Danish and donuts untouched, a quiet hush settles.
"Well you know what guys? (and, by the use of the term guys I mean to include
both sexes here assembled) - the trouble that we have as a company is that we
are, to put it bluntly, just a little analytics-poor," said the newly
appointed Chief Analytics Officer.
That we should consider a firm to be analytically deficient or poor is a
profound comment on our modern age.
Does such a term even exist? It is very likel... (more)