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"Cognitive computing is only beginning to realize its vast potential but already uses of critical importance have emerged: battling fatal diseases through better-informed decisions and personalized care helping individuals gain confidence in their
"Cloud computing is changing how businesses access and use technology to innovate. It facilitates sharing of applications across the organization through various systems and collaboration on key issues and tasks. Cloud computing also enables organiz
Big data is of immediate relevance to the situation many organizations face today. They need to store process and use data in significantly greater volumes than ever before. The data comes from a larger number of sources and often differs in kind f
Applying analytics to big data can help organizations resolve many data-dependent management and operational issues encountered by both business units and the IT groups that support them. But many potential users aren�t sure precisely what big-data
Applying analytics to big data can help organizations resolve many data-dependent management and operational issues encountered by both business units and the IT groups that support them. But many potential users aren�t sure precisely what
"Organizations today must utilize many kinds of information to refine their strategy and make smart decisions. Typically this information is stored in a multitude of ready-to-use formats and locations � in-house in enterprise systems remotely on t
Location Analytics is defined as the integration access and use of geographic information and technology to help consumers and businesses to take action and make decisions efficiently and effectively. In addition using this technology can add valu
The Location Analytics benchmark assessed how the Location Analytics marketplace has evolved and provides insight on the effects of those changes. It focused in particular on the business value of information regarding location its use in
To make effective decisions organizations need access to timely accurate information from all relevant sources including those in the cloud� /minigraphic/cloud-based_dashboards_mean_better_decisions/...
Departments are under pressure to deliver results that justify the money spent and resources utilized which means organizations must measure ROI & other KPI's�...
"Cognitive computing is a new category of information technology that combines proven technologies with sophisticated analytical algorithms natural-language- and machine-based learning and massive computer processing power to yield probabilistic re
The use of Big Data is prevalent in many companies and across industries. But even with all the tools available there is still critical data that can escape analytics and is nearly impossible to get. Only 14% of companies being able to actually get
It's rare if a month goes by and there isn't a cybersecurity breach. It's so common now that it almost doesn't surprise us anymore. But the real kicker is that even though millions of dollars are being invested into better cybersecurity tools and
"Data is an essential asset of all organizations. Its use impacts every aspect of a business not least of all its profitability. Today's data comes from an array of often incompatible sources including disparate in-house systems cloud-based envir
"Data is fuel for today�s businesses; they cannot run without it. Like other types of fuel it must be processed and made ready to use. Many users however are unfamiliar with what is required to ensure that the data available to them meets their r
Predictive analytics is a relatively straightforward idea: It is the use of past data to evaluate the likelihood of future outcomes�.
Organizations of all sizes and in all industries are being deluged by a torrent of data coming from a multitude of sources in many formats. Typically this data is stored in an array of disparate systems. A key technology for processing and analyzing
Your organization is under attack and that attack may be coming from unanticipated directions. The least recognized yet potentially greatest risk to your operation is a security breach of your IT assets. Every piece of hardware and version of softw
"Once a cutting-edge innovation that businesses regarded warily cloud computing now is being widely embraced. It offers an effective way to store and use information and applications without the expense of the hardware software licenses and techni
Managing performance effectively requires that a company be able to provide executives managers and employees with accurate timely information and make it possible for them to work interactively with that information...
"In today's dynamic business environment competitive forces are putting pressure on companies to better understand their customers and how to serve them to optimize their operations and control costs and to rigorously address security risks and r
"Organizations today can be overwhelmed by the flood of data they must deal with. This data arrives from many sources and also is generated internally � in both instances rapidly continuously and in a multiplicity of formats. Big data technology
"Business analytics today involves far more than reports and spreadsheets. But despite significant investments in business intelligence (BI) software many midsize banks continue to operate with a limited set of analytic capabilities focused largel
"Business analytics today involves far more than reports and spreadsheets. But despite significant investments in business intelligence (BI) software many manufacturing organizations continue to operate with a limited set of business analytics foc
"Business analytics goes beyond query and reporting but despite significant investments in business intelligence (BI) software many organizations continue to operate with a limited set of analytic capabilities. Query and reporting until recently t
"Healthcare performance management is a strategy and a set of methodologies and processes for managing the performance of the organization and its doctors nurses caregivers and its provider network; its purpose is to achieve a common set of patien
"Cognitive systems have now become a reality and are poised to disrupt long-held views of what computers are capable of. They will enable the emergence of new highly productive business models creating opportunities for some while threatening est
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a technology that extends digital connectivity to devices and sensors in homes businesses vehicles and potentially almost anywhere. This advance enables virtually any device to transmit its data to which analytics
Ventana Research has completed research to benchmark organizations' use of IT analytics. The research assessed organizational maturity by examining the adequacy of people process information and technology competencies required to make the m
"Performance management consists of the strategy methodologies and processes to manage the performance of an organization and its business network to achieve an agreed-upon set of goals and objectives. It is an undertaking that returns significant
"Enterprises today must cope with huge and rapidly increasing volumes of data generated by more sources more often and in more formats � a veritable flood of data. Contained in this data are valuable insights that can improve the business�s competit
Over the last 10 years the use of analytics to make decisions in business has been making its way to the forefront with organizations of all sizes gaining insights from analytics that were not available before. And with this changing landscape has
Predictive analytics is quickly moving out of the shadows into the organizational spotlight. Ventana Research finds that (37%) of companies say that predictive analytics capabilities are very important yet only(13%) of companies use specific tools
"Analytics and in particular predictive analytics are a high priority for organizations today for one simple reason: Those who do not invest in it will fall behind their competitors. Join industry experts Tony Cosentino from Ventana Research and
Deriving value from analytics requires organizations to prepare data for use but today's explosion of data volumes types and sources makes this a challenge....
"Integrating cloud-based data with data inside the enterprise is increasingly important to many organizations yet most rely on exporting data to spreadsheets and text files for this purpose. But these are outdated approaches that cannot provide eit
Self-service business intelligence (BI) is all the rage these days with self-service generally equated to usability. However research suggests that effective self-service requires...
Maturation requires a balanced focus on people process information and technology; the research found issues in each category and also concerns about progress in addressing them. Thus small and mid-sized businesses are maturing only slowly in the
The Small and Mid-size Business Analytics benchmark explores how they do this now current processes and tools plans they have to change or improve them and benefits they hope to gain by doing so. Our Maturity Index analysis conclud
"Geocoding enriches the geographic context of business information especially for organizations that operate internationally and those in certain vertical industries. The location intelligence it provides can enhance the value of information that v
"The pace of technology for mobility has been growing exponentially in recent years. According to International Data Corp.'s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker in the third quarter of 2010 vendors shipped a total of 81.1 million smartphones
"A new approach to information technology called cognitive computing promises to alter the business landscape by empowering businesses to make their business processes more effective. Relying on natural-language processing and machine-based continuo
"To operate efficiently and compete successfully in today's tumultuous global markets organizations need immediate access to the volumes of data they amass and the ability to analyze it. But pursuing this ambitious goal strains many existing inform
"Visual discovery enables organizations to visualize large volumes of data to find areas of opportunity and challenge. It provides a more intuitive representation of data than numbers in rows and columns. Visual discovery thus is an important addit
"In today's business environment radically altered by new business models and channels of communication customer loyalty is key to business success. Consumers are able to switch companies easily and so competition to acquire and retain customers
"The marketplace is a demanding taskmaster; it insists that a business stay agile and open to new ideas and directions in order to remain competitive. This has very much been the case with location as a customer and operational attribute. With strik
Organizations are making analytics the highest-priority innovation technology. It's no wonder why. The demands placed on businesses today are unprecedented.
Making optimal use of the huge volumes and varied forms of big data is vital for business success. Big data systems help deal with this challenge but the data...
Analytic discovery technology enables exploratory analysis that spans multiple data sets of various sizes and structures. It is similar to data science in that both use computer science and statistical techniques
By itself data isn't useful for business. It requires analytics to transform data into actionable information. Analytics of one sort or another has long been a core competence of finance departments; applied to balance sheets; income statements or c
Many Organizations today are applying predictive analytics. 83% of participants in our research said that predictive analytics is important to their organization, and nearly all executives said they consider predictive analytics important.
Today the need to process and analyze the ever larger volumes of data being generated is causing many businesses to consider expanding the capabilities of their business intelligence (BI) systems.
Performance management is a strategy and a set of methodologies and processes for managing the performance of the organization and its business network; its purpose is to achieve a common set of goals and objectives. At its core, then, performance ma
Performance management is a strategy and a set of methodologies and processes that can be used for managing performance in financial services organizations. Its purpose is to achieve a common set of goals and objectives in the most efficient manner.
Big data is valuable. Our benchmark research shows that using big data analytics results in better communication, better alignment of the business, a competitive advantage, better responsiveness and decreased time to market. But big data comes in man
Data is essential to every aspect of business, and organizations that use it effectively are likely to gain advantages over competitors that do not. Information derived from this data is essential to address a variety of needs; the most common uses a
Natural language processing, including natural language queries and natural language generation, change the way users can interact with data and information. For decades BI and analytics meant tables of numbers supplemented with charts and graphs. Mo
While the Internet of Things (IoT) may still be unfamiliar to many consumers, businesses are well aware of its potential. More than 90% of participants in our research said that IoT is important to their future operations. Most said they view IoT as
Dashboards combine and display information from various parts of an organization to create views of its overall status or of a particular function. For example, a dashboard of sales performance might include information about sales closed, leads gene
Self-service analytics is a goal for most organizations, but in many cases it has not become a reality. Just two out of five organizations (40%) report that users can analyze data without the assistance of IT. Yet those who are able to operate withou
David Menninger shares research details on how real-world organizations are using customer-facing analytics to monetize their data.
The process of geocoding increases the quality of business information by augmenting geographic references to fully support operations and decision-making. Without the dimension added by geocoding, operational risk increases, business cycles are wast
The transition to cloud computing has introduced new challenges for organizations seeking to satisfy the next generation of business requirements for digital transformation. Doing this is not simple; the reality is that the many disparate cloud-relat
Data lakes can provide organizations significant value and help them improve their business processes. They provide the data needed by an organization to have a complete picture of its operations and its customers allowing it to stay ahead of its com
This presentation by Ventana Research's David Menninger shares research details on the benefits of scalable, secure and deployment-ready platform approach to data science vs. one-off tool, proven architectures, capabilities and approaches that help k
Customer conversations are a valuable source of information with which to enhance customer engagement. Speech analytics is the key to unlocking the value in these conversations. When conversations are deconstructed using speech analytics they provide
Hadoop 3 is the third major revision of the big data distributed computing framework. The enhancements provide additional scalability and high availability features. They also enable new workloads involving artificial intelligence, machine learning a
The pace of business today requires organizations to constantly examine how to make their people and processes more effective. One proven approach to improving business performance is to harness the insights and intelligence that analytics can provid
Companies do a lot of planning: They plan sales, determine what products and services they will offer, decide what they will charge and what these will cost. They plan the headcount they’ll need to run the business and how to organize distribution an
Relational database technology first appeared almost a half-century ago and for decades the database market appeared to be consolidating around the use of relational databases for most types of workloads, even if it wasn’t very well suited to some of
Ventana Research provides unique insight into the analytics and business intelligence (BI) industry. This is important, as its processes and technology play an instrumental role in enabling an organization’s business units and IT to utilize its data
Collaborative enterprise planning is a methodology that connects all planning activities of a company’s departments and business units, enabling them to share their plans and to plan collaboratively. This form of planning uses technology to rapidly a
Manufacturers are applying predictive analytics in many areas, but three key areas specific to manufacturing include: predictive maintenance, production optimization and design optimization. These three areas have the potential to reduce costs, impro
Machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence or predictive analytic in which the algorithms become more accurate as they process more data, is attracting much of the attention. This research examines the state of machine learning deployments i
This Ventana Research Value Index on Collaborative Analytics and Business Intelligence assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet what our benchmark research finds are buyers’ requirements for analytics and BI software. This Value Index evaluates the
Enterprises have an imperative to improve their digital readiness and bolster productivity and performance. Taking advantage of technology in mobile devices will provide a competitive edge in business applications. Organizations need enterprise platf
Analytics and BI software products still consist primarily of read-only reporting and dashboarding capabilities. Good decision making also requires planning capabilities which takes input from users and provides interactive recalculation.
Achieving the business excellence your organization deserves requires assessing and improving analytics for everyone who relies on them. The imperative for analytics in 2020 and beyond is to assess if you have provided your organization intelligence
Achieving the business excellence your organization deserves across business requires mobile technology that enables workers to be smarter and faster in everything they do at work. The imperative for mobility in 2020 and beyond is to assess if you ha
Organizations are embracing AI to grow revenue and reduce costs, but with skills still in short supply many struggle to operationalize their efforts. To achieve the benefits of AI, organizations must begin by identifying use cases relevant to their o
Embedding analytics in line-of-business applications can eliminate the need for complicated and time-consuming data preparation processes. In our study, we found that 73% of organizations felt it was important to embed analytics within other system
Organizations today have access to data about nearly everything related to their business. This includes customer preferences, operations on the production line, movement of goods through the supply chain, location of field service personnel and an e
Analytics is expanding beyond merely providing insights. For decades most analyses were largely limited to displaying information about what had happened in the past. These analyses provide significant benefits for organizations. There are some chall
Dave Menninger of Ventana Research answers questions and shares research on the adoption of cloud-based analytics. He addresses the latest trends and best practices for helping organizations adopt cloud analytics including the role that AI and IoT pl
Ventana Research maintains a rigorous approach to its areas of research expertise through a methodology of processes and activities to ensure we provide the best possible insights on technology across business and IT. This is represented in our Research Agenda, which is a foundation for providing actionable information and guidance to help you identify opportunities for improved competitiveness and effectiveness. Other industry analyst firms lack methodology and a publicly available research agenda and are easily biased by clients and the industry. We take pride in our reputation for independence and provide our research calendar and agenda for visibility into the upcoming months of activity.