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Midmarket Radio Solution Series
34 minutes | Nov 28, 2016
SOL.1 - Make Smarter Business Decisions with Data Analytics
You don’t need to be BIG or even structured data in order to leverage analysis packages that can glean useful insights that can help you understand your business better, augment your ‘gut’ or simply make better decisions. Eddie Hughes, Director of Data Analytics for the SAS Institute talks about the relevance of analytics packages in companies of varying sizes, particularly midsize companies. He discusses how midsize companies can dip their toe in the water with self-serve analytics and use larger and more sophisticated analysis packages as their needs evolve. He discusses structured and unstructured data, the use of self-serve analytics and how analytics packages can be used even when using MSExcel. He describes the example of Twiddy, a property management company, that used analytics to get insights into the thousand plus contractors and optimized their performance while reducing costs. Eddie also discusses the talent requirements for implementing a data analytics program at midsize companies. If you, as a CEO, CIO, CXO or business leader, are pondering whether analytics packages make sense for your company, you will benefit from listening to this podcast. You can download a free whitepaper on SELF-SERVE ANALYTICS at www.sas.com/midmarketradio.
38 minutes | Nov 3, 2016
As an IT business leader, do you understand your business and have the business acumen (an understanding of how company makes money, and what actions could improve the effectiveness of a business function to positively effect revenues or profitability)? Gone are the days when the CIO was THE technology person in the company and technological competence was paramount AND SUFFICIENT to ensure CIO success. Things have changed, and changing rapidly. The CIO is one of many technology people in the company, functional leaders and even individual employees fancy themselves as technically savvy and self-provision whatever they need. The CIO’s ‘seat at the CEO’s table’ is no longer guaranteed. The CIO needs to have a business impact to be taken seriously by the business leaders and to understand what business problems technology can solve and how to do it. Do technology leaders in the midmarket have the business acumen that those in large companies are said to have?
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