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Forsyth Alexander

I'm gonna get myself connected with Watson Analytics data connectors

Data connectors in Watson Analytics is one of the world's best kept secrets. And, I haven't helped. When I write about Watson Analytics and tell others about it, I almost always talk about how easy it is to upload data and get started with your analysis. Now, it's time to give the other option its due.

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Jon Oelman

Learning about baseball fans during the playoffs

Baseball is near and dear to me because I am a lifelong Cubs fan. I'm also a Watson Analytics for Social Media fan. So, I thought I'd take my personal passion and apply social media analytics to the chatter about the playoffs. Here's what I learned.

Planning Analytics

Paul Bard

Five steps to world-class EPM and why it’s worth the effort

If you achieve world-class status n ienterprise performance management what does that get you? Bragging rights in some arcane process statistic? Fortunately, organizations that achieve the status of world-class EPM gain a lot more than that - speed, cost efficiency and financial success. A new Hackett Group article covers why, how and a 5-step approach to getting there.

 

Usaama Alnaji

World Animal Day through the lens of social media analytics

The World Animal Day organization chose social media as its main vehicle of promotion for their big day on October 4. So, researching it with social media analytics was a no-brainer. I fired up Watson Analytics for Social Media and this is what I learned.

Analytics for the rest of us

Forsyth Alexander

Motivate me: The impressive roadmap vs. the impressive analytics suite

Yes, business analytics continues to evolve rapidly. But, IBM is leading the way, connecting capabilities that other vendors don't even offer yet. Let's take a look at an example with Motivate.

Event

Paul Bard

Analytics University is a week away! But there’s still time to register

Analytics University is one of the best opportunities you’ll ever have to learn how to get the most from your BM solutions—practical information that you and your team can put to use right now. We spoke to two IBM executives about why customers should attend Analytics University. Here’s what they had to say.

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Phylicia Teymer

Beyond Social Listening: Social Analytics Reveals Lessons from the Advertising Week Event

When a big event happens, such as Advertising Week (#AWNewYork), how do you gain insight into what matters most to the people attending? After all, this event brings together some of the brightest minds in marketing, advertising, and technology. My solution was to use Watson Analytics for Social Media.

Analytics for the rest of us

Wennie Allen

Winning the game of data analytics

To win in business requires a good understanding of what the plan is, how well it was executed, and why it performed well or poorly. With insights based on data, your business is in the best possible position to compete, win and keep improving. See how the perfect marriage of business intelligence and data discovery tools can get you there.

Analytics for the rest of us

Forsyth Alexander

5 ways business analytics can grow your business

Expanding a business takes dedication, uncanny foresight and savvy. If you built that business from the ground up, the stakes are even higher. This is where self-service data discovery and business intelligence with data governance and a touch of predictive and planning come in. Here are 5 ways business analytics can help you expand your business the data-driven way.

Planning Analytics

Paul Bard

Shopping for planning software is easier when you have a list

When you make a major purchase—a car, a house, planning software for your company—it pays to be methodical. Thorough. Detailed. A recent article from the Hackett Group takes a look at the common gaps in integrated business planning and how to keep them in mind as you shop for planning solutions.

What's new

Wennie Allen

Forrester evaluates enterprise BI platforms based on differentiation: Where does IBM fall?

Forrester has released The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise BI Platforms With Majority On-Premises Deployments, Q3 2017. Taking a novel approach, Forrester evaluated vendors based on differentiation rather than on querying, reporting and data visualization, which they describe as “table stakes.” So, where was IBM? Let's take a look.