Research

The Varying Role of the CDxO

By Kathy Koontz, Sep 25, 2018

While the role of Chief Data Officer (CDO) is becoming commonplace in large corporations, the responsibilities of the role vary greatly. In fact, the variation in job expectation is substantial enough to delineate several distinct CDO personas into CDxOs.

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Last week, IIA attended the O’Reilly Strata Data Conference (@StrataData) in New York City. The conference tagline was “Make Data Work” and it provided a comprehensive overview of continued innovation in the big data and analytics ecosystems. In this blog, VP David Alles covers the top seven highlights from the conference.

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Bumps and Triumphs on the Road to Optimization at UPS

By Jack Levis, Aug 21, 2018

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United Parcel Service (UPS) is now well known for instituting ORION, an optimized routing system for UPS drivers that has been called the world’s largest operations research project. ORION determines the most efficient delivery route for every driver, every day, resulting in savings of more than 100 million driving miles. The project serves as an excellent case study on how embedding analytics and models within the day-to-day operations of the business—in this case, package delivery—can reap huge cost savings benefits.

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Inquiry Response: Creating Community with Embedded Analytics Teams

By IIA Expert, Aug 20, 2018

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Inquiry:

I’m leading the effort to embed analytics teams into other business functions, but I want their allegiance to be to analytics rather than the function they support. How do you create enough autonomy to ensure integration with the business units, while at the same time ensuring the teams don’t go native?

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How to Hire and Test for Data Skills: A One-Size-Fits-All Interview Kit

By Tanya Cashorali, Aug 08, 2018

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Given the potential benefits of data science and analytics to any organization and the limited talent pool of skilled resources, it’s critical to examine your interviewing process and determine whether it’s truly designed to source a top-tier data team. With the recent demand for data analytics and data scientist skills, it has become an increasingly daunting task for managers to adequately test and qualify candidates. This research brief includes a simple data exercise that can be completed by any candidate for a data-related role, regardless of experience or education levels. This test has been administered to dozens of candidates across a variety of industries.

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Inquiry Response: Developing our Core Analytics Team

By IIA Expert, Jul 23, 2018

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Inquiry:

We’re in the process of establishing a Center of Excellence (COE) with a core group of data scientists. We have so many requests that we will continue to outsource many analytics tasks, and we’re aiming to expand our reach into the business units. How can we best approach supporting the development of our core team?

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Inquiry Response: Re-Thinking a Rotational Talent Program

By IIA Expert, Jul 16, 2018

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Inquiry:

We seem to be missing the mark with our data science and analytics rotational program; we aren’t attracting as many recruits as we would like and would like to redesign our program. Right now our program lasts for three years with three 12-month rotations.

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Inquiry Response: Preparing Sensitive Data Sets for Wider Use

By IIA Expert, Jul 09, 2018

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Inquiry:

What are the best practices for anonymizing workforce data such that we can share the data with analysts outside the HR organization who can help our analysts solve business problems?

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Data-savvy hybrid professionals are needed because AI-based task automation can lead to the transformation of jobs in many domains, including the law. These transformed jobs encompass a new mix of tasks, requiring regular interaction with intelligent machines and the underlying data. Who will fill these transformed jobs and new jobs in the law?

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Organizing Analytics: Your Questions Answered

By Robert Morison, Jun 27, 2018

During the Organizing Analytics Teams webinar, Bob Morison and Bill Franks discussed organizational models and techniques for analytics groups. Interest was high and more questions came in than we had time to cover completely. This blog covers nine of the unanswered ones.

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