Analytics Blog

Top Five Highlights from this Week

1.  Data Blending and Advanced analytics can have a huge impact in the Communications Industry. You can download this whitepaper that highlights the 5 biggest applications.

2.  Not truly something that we learned this week but...  ALTERYX MAKES WORK FUN!!Alteryx Ace Catherine DeSesa gave their client a jaw dropping experience.

Unlocking Value from Big Data for Communications Service Providers

When the term “Big Data” was coined, it’s quite possible that they had the Communications industry in mind. From the moment that Alexander Graham Bell spoke the famous sentence “Mr. Watson—Come here—I want to see you” into the first telephone in 1876, the need to capture large volumes of data about the telecommunications network was born.

In the traditional, wireline days of the AT&T Bell Operating Companies, highly detailed records had to be kept about every piece of copper installed in the networks that were built across the United States, including where they started, where they ended, and which manholes they traversed. You also had to track what types of equipment were attached to each copper cable, as well as, which circuits were assigned to each cable.

New Alteryx Visual Analytics Kit for Qlik

Alteryx and Qlik joined forces earlier this year to expose advanced analytics in an easy-to-use, drag and drop interface, to a broader audience.  Analysts can use Alteryx to create advanced analytics, including predictive and spatial analytics, and output the results to a .QVX file format, so they can be flowed directly into QlikView for discovery.

Five Things We Learned This Week

This is the first of an occasional series of round-up blogs from the world of data blending and analytics.

Here’s what caught my eye this week:

1. Ingersoll Rand do some incredible work with survey data, Alteryx, and Tableau:Sean Otto and Michael Nealey joined Brian Dirking to discuss Ingersoll Rand’s approach to handling the data they get back from their customer surveys. You can see the webinar here but my favorite part of this was how involved Sean and Michael got with the Q&A. (Highlights here.) They are a great example of how passionate Alteryx users are.

Ingersoll Rand turns rich survey data into actionable insight in hours, not weeks

Last week Sean Otto and Michael Nealey of Ingersoll Rand presented a webinar on how they are using Alteryx and Tableau to run their Customer Experience Management program.

You can hear the webinar recording here, and you can download the slide deck here.

The session included a lively Q&A where attendees from KPMG, Nike, Wells Fargo, United Airlines, Cardinal Health, Schneider Electric, and Target took part in the discussion, which Michael and Sean personally answered most of the questions.

Why Data Blending is Critical to Analytics

One of the most significant elements to effective analytics is the ability to incorporate the right data. It is key that data analysts not only incorporate the right data, but also ensure the cleanliness and quality of that data. There have been several reports published that state analysts spend between 60 -80% of their time preparing and getting the data ready for analysis. Many times this doesn’t even account for the amount of time that they wait to get access to the data(if it is possible).

Alteryx Analytics - A New User’s Perspective

As an avid analytics professional with 12 plus years of experience, I was very excited to get my hands on the Alteryx platform and learn the software which promises “intuitive workflow for data blending and advanced analytics”. If you’re an analyst, chances are that like me, you import data from various internal and external systems, then perform your analysis in a tool such as Excel. While this process allows for quick analysis (sometimes), the thought process/transfer of knowledge is lost when complex formulas are utilized to blend and analyze the data. With Alteryx, these setbacks are virtually non-existent. I’ve only been using Alteryx for a short time, but I can already see that it delivers on its promise to make data blending easier, more intuitive, and really takes analytics to the next level.

Analytics: What does it mean to you?

Analytics needs vary depending upon industry, the business problem at hand, and the analytics maturity level of an organization. More than a buzz word that drives engagement, analytics is a proven critical business strategy. Coupled with experience and pure gut instinct, a business leader armed with rational structure, such as accurate and timely information, is unstoppable.

But how does one grow into becoming an analytics driven power house, capable of effectively leveraging advanced analytics? To better understand analytics as a strategic component, let’s consider key drivers and four definitive analytic categories:

Collaborating on the Future of the Retail & CPG Industries with Analytics


Last week we announced that Alteryx is a premier sponsor of the new CROSSMARK Center for Collaboration in Bentonville, AR – right across the street from Walmart headquarters. I had an opportunity to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and see the center firsthand, and it’s every bit as impressive as this video tour illustrates.

Alteryx, Databricks and SparkR News

This week was Spark Summit 2014. An event that doubled in size from the previous summit held only six months ago. This says a lot about the attention and traction Apache Spark has gained in the industry. There was also an entire track was dedicated to applications built on Spark, which means that Spark is out of the labs, making its first steps in the enterprise world as a technology already capable of delivering business value.


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