The Future of Analytics: a reasoned forecast of the science of dividing subjects into all relevant internal and external components for the purpose of describing them, understanding them, and making logical decisions based on them.
This work is based on more than a year of research and writing. It examines futures research and then applies futures research methodologies to the subject of analytics, an emerging art and science governing the interaction of humans and information. It explores the trends affecting the future of analytics. The book identifies and discusses the implications of these trends on the processing of information and analytics. The book will explore how the trends create different work roles in the marketplace. A separate chapter examines the applications of analytics in different aspects of our lives. The final thoughts of the book focus on who will lead the future of analytics and how to prepare for this future environment. The volume also includes two approaches to assessing the future of analytics within individual organizations. Table of Contents: Presage Chapter 1: Thinking about The Future Chapter 2: Trends Chapter 3: Implications Chapter 4: Actors Chapter 5: Applications Chapter 6: Who Will Lead? Chapter 7: Prepare Appendix: Signposts for the future of analytics Bibliography Index Notes People, Companies, and Products Discussed: AIG Amazon.com AOL/Time Warner Bruner, Robert Carnegie Mellon Cisco Corventis data.gov Davenport, Thomas Deals from Hell Dweck, Carol Edison, Thomas Enron Facebook fold.it Ford Forrester Frantz, Gene Freakonomics Freedom Friedman, George Friedman, Thomas Fukuyama, Francis Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Google GPS IBM Indeed.com In-q-Tel istockphoto.com J. R. Simplot Kalafatis, Themos Kobielus, James Lehman Brothers Levitt, Steven life analytics Linden Lab Mercedes Merrill Lynch Miller, George Mindset Minsky, Marvin Nerd Northern Rock Pew Center on the States Philco Propser.com Reuters Rosenberg, David Schumpeter, Joseph Second Life Stutzman, Fred Supercrunchers Texas Instruments The Next 100 Years The Numerati The World Is Flat Wikipedia Wolfram|Alpha Excerpt: Besides nature, the most creative and destructive force in the world is the human brain. Our ability to think sets us apart from any other force on the planet. It has allowed us to explore the universe. It has enabled us to form complex civilizations, turn basic natural resources into innovative technologies, and begin to understand fundamental laws about how life works. Yet often our ability to think fails us; it fails us with its imperfections. We can be emotionally persuaded to ignore data; there are some concepts and systems we cannot yet understand; and we suffer from a variety of physical limitations. While the transformations in our thinking and understanding have evolved over several millennia, we find ourselves in the 21st century at the beginning of a grand transformation in individual and human knowledge. In this century we have the potential to connect every member of the planet in communication; measure anything, anywhere, at any level of detail, in real-time; and instantly analyze vast volumes of data almost as easily as plants perform photosynthesis.