Author Archives: Andy Painter

About Andy Painter

A passionate Information and Data Architect with experience of the financial services industry, Andy’s background spans pharmaceuticals, publishing, e-commerce, retail banking and insurance, but always with a focus on data. One of Andy’s principle philosophies is that data is a key business asset.

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway … Continue reading

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How to Big Data Enable your Organisation [Getting Big Impact from Big Data]

There are successful examples of companies such as Amazon and Google, where data analytics is a foundation of the enterprise, but for most legacy companies, data-analytics success has been limited to a few tests or to narrow slices of the business. Very few have achieved what we would call “big impact through big data,” or impact at scale, and that’s accelerating the organizational adaptation needed to produce results. Continue reading

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Why Build a Data Warehouse? [Revisited]

Data Warehousing Return on Investment (DW ROI): 1000%

Nucleus Research ROI case studies found
organizations earn an average of
$10.66 for every dollar spent on
deployments of analytics applications
such as business intelligence (BI),
performance management (PM), and predictive analytics. Continue reading

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The Data-Driven Imperative: A Shift To Digitized Decisioning

Myth: Traditional reporting and analytics provide a ‘good enough’ perspective for forecasting success of Consumer Goods companies.

Reality: Forward-looking analytics that incorporate big data are a must-have for decision makers angling for a strong competitive edge. Continue reading

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The Analytics of Things

The phrase “Internet of Things” (IoT) suggests that the most important attribute of distributed sensors is connectedness. While it’s undeniably useful to connect inanimate objects and sensors to the Internet, that’s only a first step in terms of doing something useful with all those connected devices. “The Analytics of Things” (AoT) are just as important, if not more so. Continue reading

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Israel’s Water Ninja

Within a year of adopting the TaKaDu system, Unitywater saved more than 1 billion liters of water. That translated into savings of more than $2 million. The utility also reduced the time it takes to repair problems in its network by more than 60 percent. Continue reading

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So you wanna be a data scientist? A guide to 2015’s hottest profession

Are you good at math? Like, really good at math? Do you also know Python and, oh yeah, have deep knowledge of a particular industry? Continue reading

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