Successful collaboration between decision makers requires an environment that facilitates a free-flowing but well-managed conversation about ongoing analyses as they evolve from initial ideas to full-fledged solutions to business problems. Consider a common scenario. The first analyst gathers data she considers relevant and creates an initial set of assumptions, data manipulations and results. She shares this via e-mail with her peers for confirmation, and she receives suggestions for improvement, some of which she incorporates in a new version. Her manager reviews the work personally and makes further suggestions; a new version emerges. She also shared the intermediate solution with a second department, and the analyst there created another solution based on the original. Meanwhile, the first analyst finds an error in her logic buried deep in cell Sheet3!AB102...
We all know the problems with multiple unmanaged copies, rework, silently propagated errors and so on in the usual spreadsheet- and e-mail-based business analysis environment. Lyza and Lyza Commons together address these issues by creating a comprehensive tracking and auditing mechanism for every step of an analysis and providing an integrated environment for sharing and discussing work among collaborators. Integral metadata links all copies derived from an initial analysis. Twitter-like conversations (called Blurbs) about an analysis are linked to the referenced object creating a comprehensive context for the conversation and the underlying analysis. The folks at Lyzasoft have also come up with a security concept for sharing analyses they call Mesh Trust that should make sense in most enterprise collaboration environments.
My bottom line? Lyza and Lyza Commons 2.0 provide a seamless blending of analytic function, managed and controlled access to information resources and enterprise-adapted social networking around analytic results and their provenance. This is precisely the type of function needed by businesses who want to regain control of spreadmarts that have run amok. This is the right conceptual foundation for real, meaningful business insight and innovation going forward.
Posted February 25, 2010 2:58 PM
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