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Star Trek…The Next Generation of Business Intelligence

Our approach, and the approach that I believe is the next generation of business intelligence, is what I like to call the "Star Trek" approach. Even i...

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Oversight in the News!

As Oversight moves forward into the holiday season, we wanted to take a moment to recap our big “wins” for the quarter. It’s been a banner year for Ov...

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Big Data Waste is Real. Here’s What To Do About It.

In this great blog by Syncsort, author Mary Hiers posits that there is a dearth of big data going to waste due to the fact that companies do not have ...

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Big Data, Big Answers

John Lucker, Principal and Global Advanced Analytics and Modeling Leader at Deloitte, describes breakthrough analytics that transform strategy (and as...

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You Don’t Have to Win the IT Tug of War

I recently read a great article from CIOonline about the need for a good relationship between the Chief Information Officer and Chief Marketing Office...

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Leveraging Data Context to Evaluate SEC Football Coaches’ Salaries

Douglas Merrill is spot on in his assessment of the “button effect” with data analysis; the “button effect” being the instance when someone becomes so...

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Does Big Data Mean Big Ethics?

A few weeks ago, some of you may have heard about Facebook’s big user experiment, wherein they manipulated user posts to find out if exposure to emoti...

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When it Comes to Big Data Challenges, Improved Reporting Isn’t the Answer

Forrester’s “The Power of Real-Time Insight” survey (done in conjunction with Oversight partner, Concur) is an interesting view of the realities of tr...

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Big Data for SME’s: One Baby Step at a Time

Enjoyed this blog post by Julien Rio, about his recent presentation at The Big Data and Innovation Conference that small and medium enterprises can, i...

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How Big Data Can Help You Make Better Business Decisions

I enjoyed this article from Robert Kugel, and thoroughly agree with its premise: that big data and analytics can be leveraged to make better business ...

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Leveraging Big Data to Reduce Costs

Below are my thoughts on the article "What You Don't Know Can Hurt You" by John Verver. For background, John Verver is a semi-retired senior executive...

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Bottoms-Up Culture Uses Analysis to Drive Smart Business Decisions at the Frontlines

CFO raises a compelling question: What is the Role of Intuition in a World of Big Data?

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The Value of Making Business Intelligence Actionable

This is the third and final entry in my series on the evolution of business intelligence, from challenges with deriving value from traditional busines...

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Analytics: Must Be Prescriptive for True & Immediate Business Value

A recent InFocus blog post, “Business Analytics: Moving from Descriptive to Predictive Analytics”, by data analytics expert William Schmarzo intrigued...

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A Better Way to Drive Value from Business Intelligence – Make it Actionable!

In my previous entry on this topic, I laid out three key challenges to driving value from traditional BI solutions:

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The Challenges with Traditional Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence (also known as dashboarding, reporting, Enterprise Performance Management, and other names, but referenced as ‘BI’ in this post)...

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Insights Needed from Analytics to Drive Frontline Business Decisions

The Future of CIO blog hit the nail on the head with the posting “Predictive Analytics vs. Prescriptive Analytics”, when it raised the key question on...

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A More Complete Picture of “Unaccountable: The High Cost of the Pentagon’s Bad Bookkeeping”

Earlier this week, Reuters issued a daunting report on the Pentagon’s accounting practices and inability to properly track expenses. Certainly sheddin...

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Want Meaningful Analytics? Focus On Results, Not on the Analytics

I recently read a LinkedIn discussion in the Gartner Business Intelligence & Information Management (Xchange) group that was started by analyst Doug L...

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Travel Managers: Don’t Retool IT Operations to Get the Answers You Need

A recent piece in Travel Market Report notes this commentary from Harvard Business School visiting professor Thomas Davenport, Ph.D.: “For travel sell...

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Start With the Questions, Act on the Answers

We follow a lot of analysts, consultants, and vendors on topics related to data analysis and big data. Many discussions today focus on the shortage of...

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Answers Matter

I follow a number of LinkedIn groups that discuss data analysis and big data topics and find it interesting that these groups are mainly dominated by ...

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Size Doesn’t Matter - When It Comes to Data, It’s All About the Answers

A recent Buying Business Travel article noted how big data has become the buzz word of the year. More important than buzz, however, are the important ...

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GigaOM Research Highlights Growing Need for Operational Intelligence

In a new report available from GigaOM research highlights Operational Intelligence Platforms such as Oversight as the needed prescription for transfor...

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Big Data Analytics as a Service

Sandhill.com recently published a good Q&A article interviewing SumoLogic’s Christian Beedgen and discussing big data analysis and cloud trends. Altho...

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Applying Big Data Style Analysis to Operational Decisions = Big Time ROI

As it pertains to the recent InformationWeek article “Big Data ROI Still Tough to Measure,” we appreciate the attention to the need to make big data a...

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We Can All Become Data Scientists

In a recent ZD Net article entitled “Data Scientists Don’t Scale”, author Andrew Brust makes some very compelling points supporting the notion that an...

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DATA Demo Day a Success, Boosts Confidence that Fight Can Be Won

Participating in DATA Demo Day yesterday reminded me why the fight to eliminate fraud, waste, and abuse in federal government is a fight that can be w...

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Oversight Systems Selected for DATA Demonstration Day in D.C., Helps Government Leverage Data Analysis for Cutting Waste

Oversight is proud to be invited by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, led by Chairman Darrell Issa, to present at the DATA Demon...

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When Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch, Accountability for Big Data’s Insights Is On the Menu

The recent Harvard Business Review article “The Value of Big Data Isn't the Data” generated interesting points and counterpoints in comments left betw...

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Corruption Never Sleeps

Last time, I wrote about evidential reasoning as a necessary technique for an analysis system. To recap, using a single approach to identify fraud, su...

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Two New Milestones: Operations Analysis Platform and Concur Partnership

It’s been a very busy month here at Oversight. We announced updates to our Operations Analysis Platform – all aimed at bridging the gap between the ha...

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Exciting and Cool Isn’t Enough

I recently experienced the excitement and energy around Big Data first-hand as Oversight was selected to attend the GigaOM Structure Data conference i...

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Big Data Advice to CIOs

After reading Tech Journal’s recent article “Big Data Comes with Big Obstacles for Some CIOs,” my advice to CIOs looking at Big Data as a challenge is...