Analytics: It’s not a silo, it’s a symphony

When I went to work years ago, the practice of advanced analytics had an aura of black magic. The insights from corporate data were delivered by a few highly trained scientists who worked their wonders behind a curtain. They owned all data-driven insights. When business analysts and other users wanted to gain fresh access, they walked down the hall and made a request to the wizards in the white coats, and then they waited days or weeks for the answers to come back. The process was not democratized in any manner and didn’t match the speed of the business. This was pretty much the way it was in the analytics world in the ’80s and ’90s, and then about 10 years ago things started to change in fundamental ways. As…


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