Analytics
888 views

At Zynga, Analytics is About Impact

TedCuzzillo - April 11, 2011

Anyone can play Zynga’s FarmVille and other games, but very few get to analyze the data that runs off. Ken Rudin, VP of analytics and platform technologies,…

Analytics
733 views

Running through a data analyst’s mind late at night

TedCuzzillo - April 1, 2011

 From an email to me this week. Quoted with permission. (more…)

Business Intelligence
703 views

What’s that tool? It’s a MacGuffin, sir. Writing a novel about BI.

TedCuzzillo - March 24, 2011

 When, when will someone write a novel about business intelligence? I can see it now. Amazon will try to sell me From Here to Analysis, Data in…

Data Quality
647 views

New analysts and teenage love

TedCuzzillo - January 4, 2011

Search all the business literature you can and you’ll never find data analysis compared to romantic love. But, hey, why not? Love’s trajectories might hint at what…

Business Intelligence
683 views

Impress your colleagues with year-end predictions

TedCuzzillo - December 28, 2010

Why should the smart people have all the fun with year-end predictions? You can issue your own! But don’t delay. Even if you’re a hopeless nitwit, take…

Data Visualization
689 views

Answering the real questions in data analysis

TedCuzzillo - December 15, 2010

A guy walks into your cube and asks you to whip up an econometric model. You’re a statistician, after all, and you’ve got a Ph.D. in something…

Business Intelligence
777 views

Put a mobile device on your dashboard

TedCuzzillo - December 8, 2010

What if you could snap an iPad into your car’s dashboard to make it your interface for some things? Perhaps it could receive your car’s maintenance-alert emails,…

Data Mining
683 views

Let your gray hair light your way through unfamiliar data

TedCuzzillo - November 8, 2010

How do you approach unfamiliar data? An investment banker I talked to last week — one I know from a client’s whitepaper — rejects the “don’t think”…

Data Mining
816 views

How to analyze unfamiliar data: circle, dive, and riff

TedCuzzillo - October 19, 2010

When you come face to face with unfamiliar data, how do you proceed? How do you avoid sending you and your shiny “speed of thought” tool slamming…

Business Intelligence
687 views

The basic skill they don’t teach in BI boot camp

TedCuzzillo - September 9, 2010

One of the saddest phenomena in BI projects is also a classic: IT and Business stop talking, or else they never talked at all. Projects launch but…