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Ron Powell

Thanks for visiting my blog. As co-founder of the BeyeNETWORK, acquired by TechTarget in 2010, I am privileged to participate in many industry-related activities as a BeyeNETWORK expert covering business intelligence and analytics. These events provide me with a unique insider perspective into the business intelligence ecosystem, its products and the vendors that provide those products. I'll be sharing that invaluable information with you through this blog, which will also be a reflection my business philosophy. And, just to make this interesting, I'll be sure to include my personal point of view on a wide range of topics and share some of the stories of people I meet in my travels.

About the author >

Ron is an independent analyst, consultant and editorial expert with extensive knowledge and experience in business intelligence, big data, analytics and data warehousing. Currently president of Powell Interactive Media, which specializes in consulting and podcast services, he is also Executive Producer of The World Transformed Fast Forward series. In 2004, Ron founded the BeyeNETWORK, which was acquired by Tech Target in 2010.  Prior to the founding of the BeyeNETWORK, Ron was cofounder, publisher and editorial director of DM Review (now Information Management). He maintains an expert channel and blog on the BeyeNETWORK and may be contacted by email at rpowell@powellinteractivemedia.com. 

More articles and Ron's blog can be found in his BeyeNETWORK expert channel.

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I recently conducted a podcast with Manan Goel, Senior Director of Product Marketing, for Teradata Aster. The podcast focused on the latest release of Teradata's Aster Discovery Platform 6 and how it provides a fully integrated platform for big data analytics. This platform is one of the first to provide for both data discovery and analytics within a signal interface, greatly reducing the time required for a data scientist or business analyst. Click here to listen to this podcast now or read it here.

Posted October 15, 2013 1:20 PM
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I recently conducted an interview with Michael Corcoran, CMO, and Jake Freivald, VP of Marketing, for Information Builders. Information Builders was one of the early pioneers of BI. We discussed how the major trends around business intelligence, big data and analytics are impacting the operational needs of the end user. In this podcast, they share their insights regarding how their customers are effectively addressing key initiatives around these trends. Information Builders has continued to stay a step ahead with their BI offerings, which has greatly benefited their large customer base. Click here to listen to this podcast now or read it here.

Posted September 19, 2013 2:00 PM
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Actuate presented at the Boulder BI Brain Trust to a large group of analysts and experts. In summary, Actuate continues to focus on customer-facing applications (BIRT & BIRT iHUB), big data business analytics (BIRT Analytics) and output management for customer communications (BIRT for Composition and BIRT iHub Content Services). There are currently over 2.5 million developers using BIRT worldwide, and there are over 106,500 total registrations on BIRT Exchange.

Jeffrey Morris, vice president of product marketing, presented how Actuate is focusing on business analytics. Actuate will focus on a customer-centric strategy that will encompass application areas specific to  customer behavior and customer-centric big data analysis. Areas include customer acquisition, segmentation, retention, loyalty, churn, lifetime value, fraud prevention and analysis, and voice of the customer. Constraints for customers regarding big data and why the need for BIRT analytics include lack of resources, data integration and complexity and costs of change.

BIRT Analytics provides analysts and business users with advanced visual data discovery and predictive analytics to analyze big data. BIRT Analytics is driven by its own columnar database, which was acquired in the Quiterian acquisition. BIRT Analytics applies more rigor in data discovery utilizing assembly and a combination of analytic techniques to solve business problems.

Actuate's goal is to provide insights to operational users  via dashboards, KPIs, interactive and ad hoc reports on web or mobile to immediately impact your business. Mobile strategy provides native access to all the popular mobile devices. If you would like, you can download BIRT mobile to your mobile device and you only have to build it once.


Posted August 26, 2013 11:00 AM
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The global healthcare analytics market will continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 23.7% through 2017 according to a report from MarketsandMarkets. Additionally, IDC Health Insights recently published Business Strategy: Analytics Leads Accountable Care Investment Priority, which was based on the results of two IDC surveys. The report  identified that over 50% of the respondents (hospitals and insurers) stated their highest investment priority was advanced analytics. By leveraging analytics we have the potential to dramatically reduce the death rates from predictable and, in many cases, preventable non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Healthcare Analytic Solutions by Fuzzy Logix.pdf
 highlights several case studies where analytics is having a profound impact. The areas highlighted within healthcare include:

  • Chronic Illness Prediction and Prevention
  • Scoring the Quality and Efficiency of Care
  • On-Demand Peer Costs Comparison
  • Preventing Adverse Drug Reactions
  • Understanding the Prescribing Habits of Physicians
  • Drug Trial Simulation 


Posted July 22, 2013 9:02 AM
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I recently talked with Scott Staples, one of the co-founders of MindTree and President of the Americas, about the slow adoption of analytics by some companies. We covered a lot of ground in the Q&A, and one of the things we talked about was how companies are benefiting from analytics. Scott explained that while financial services and CPG companies have been using analytics successfully for quite some time, other companies and industries aren't jumping in with both feet. We discussed the reasons for that and also the challenges that companies face as they evolve to analytics-driven organizations. You can read about that and the other things we discussed here

Posted August 1, 2011 1:29 PM
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