June 23-26, 2013
INFORMS Healthcare 2013
October 6–9, 2013
2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting
June 5-6, 2013
Customer Analytics Summit 2013
June 10-14, 2013
Predictive Analytics World
September 8-14, 2013
2013 ASE/IEEE International Conference on Big Data
“Data science begins with data. Nothing gets built without data. Data science continues with science. Accurate, persuasive and effective prediction requires patterns. The process of discovering that pattern is science. Any product worth building requires a reliable pattern to exist in the data.”
– Christopher Berry, co-founder and chief science officer of Authintic, in his article on recommendation engines in the current issue of Analytics.
Industry NewsSmart grid analytics ROI to exceed $121.8 billion globally by 2020
Utilities worldwide must maximize efficiency for constrained energy resources. Many are realizing the smart grid vision by using SAS Analytics and SAS Data Management to discover powerful insights buried in volumes of new data. SAS enables utilities to harness data for pinpoint control and monitoring, usage and demand forecasting, rapid diagnosis and repair, as well as predicting output from renewable sources such as solar and wind. For those capabilities, business analytics leader SAS is ranked No. 1 for smart grid analytics and data management/movement in the recently released utility industry report, “The Soft Grid 2013-2020: Big Data & Utility Analytics for the Smart Grid,” by GTM Research.Read More
Industry NewsFICO analytic cloud to enable real-time customer engagement
FICO will deliver its analytic-powered customer engagement services via the new FICO Analytic Cloud, for creating, customizing and deploying analytic-driven applications and services. Application developers, FICO clients and FICO partners will be able to take advantage of these services to rapidly create, execute and manage high-volume campaigns that engage customers in real-time with mass personalization across channels including brick-and-mortar, social and mobile.Read More
Special ArticlesStudy: Who can best manage ‘voice of the customer’?
Over the next three years, global organizations will make understanding and interacting with the customer their top priority. So says a new study from The Economist Intelligence Unit titled, “Voice of the customer: Whose job is it, anyway?” Yet only 56 percent of respondents to the survey, sponsored by SAS, believe their companies clearly understand the customer today.Read More
Data analytics application available for academic research
Datameer, Inc., a data analytics application that enables end users to discover insights and trends in any data, is enabling researchers to quickly analyze complex data sets to find and visually communicate their discoveries. Datameer now offers a free license of its data analytics application for qualifying academic research.
Academic researchers are particularly challenged by the massive amounts of data needed for their research. Collecting and analyzing data requires enormous computational effort and has typically been slow and tedious, often requiring a computer science background. Datameer offers an end-user focused tool that enables researchers themselves to integrate large quantities of data, do complex analysis in a familiar spreadsheet-like interface, and then visualize their results to easily understand, communicate and share their findings.
Datameer leverages the unlimited storage and compute capabilities of Apache Hadoop, a distributed computational platform that works on commodity hardware, to do the analysis in a faster, more economical way.
Dr. Douglas Grubb, of Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Halle, Germany, and Datameer set up an analysis that identifies functional RNA structures in the genomes of certain plants. Dr. Grubb's work demonstrated that biologists can use Datameer to perform analyses on a Hadoop cluster, which could then scale on demand, for instance, on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
"With the right big data analytics tools, the possibilities are really endless," said Dr. Grubb. "Datameer lets me focus on my research rather than complex data storage or analytics infrastructure. This will significantly increase the pace at which we can conduct meaningful scientific research."