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Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results Hardcover – February 8, 2010
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"Stage 5 organizations develop a robust information management environment that provides an enterprise wide set of systems, applications, and governance processes. They begin by eliminating legacy systems and old spaghetti code and press forward to eliminate silos of information like data marts and spreadsheet marts. They hunt for pockets of standalone analytic applications and either migrate them to centralized analytic applications or shut them down."
The entire book actually reads like that.
As an applied statistician and an avid reader of business books, I cannot - for the life of me - imagine why people will want to write a book like this. What is the target reader of such a book? Technical professionals like myself will find the book absolutely useless to guide analytical projects. Business professionals will be confused and put off by all the buzzwords.
And I hope people do read it. As Tom says "The unexamined decision isn't worth making" and too many companies and organizations are making unexamined decisions, failing to apply data they have about what works and what does not, making the same mistakes over and making dumb decisions. Like Tom I think it is time for this to stop and this book will tell you how.
The book's focus is broad, covering how analytics can address key questions of information and insight in each of the past, present, future - reporting, alerts and forecasting give information in the past, present and future while modeling, recommendations and predictions/optimization do the same for insight.Read more ›
There is a sweet spot for business books between the illustration of a business idea and a discussion of its practical implementation. Business books that are too high level offer great ideas that appear realistic only to angels. Too low of a level and it's a technical manual that makes the idea seem mundane. I mention this because Analytics at Work rests firmly in the sweet spot between these extremes.
Davenport, Harris and Morison have taken ideas originally expressed in Competing on Analytics and taken them to the next level - reality. If competing on analytics describes the characteristics of an `analytic competitor' and their principles, then this book moves from principle to practice discussing issues from data management, through to changes in corporate structure and culture. The book is comprehensive without being a compendium. It is clearly written to provide a guide that helps you apply analytics to your situation without being a set of instructions that are applicable to few people.
The book has frequent and recognizable examples of executives and applications of analytics. These examples illustrate the author's points without appearing contrived. The examples and case studies are a real strength particularly as they come from companies with different levels of analytic intensity. This gives the reader the ability to see how analytics comes in many sizes and fits different situations.Read more ›
The most important aspect to this book is that it gets people thinking about how to use fact based decision paradigms. And that is essential in this economic environment.
Some titles I would refer that would fill in the gaps that this book has created are:
The Psychology of Intelligence Analysis
Intelligence Analysis: A Target-Centric Approach
Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence Analysis
I understand that most people who read business books probably are wondering what tittles referring to intelligence analysis would have to offer the business world. The answer is simple, the principles outlined in those books are very similar to the ones outlined in Analytics at Work. The difference is that those three titles offer a more holistic approach to analyzing any problem that an organization may face.
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For my MIS class in my masters program this was one of the assigned texts. Honestly, I didn't find this book engaging. There were a few underlining golden nuggets. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lael
After reading Competing on Analytics, this was the most logical book to read.
Most companies have massive amounts of data at their disposal, yet fail to utilize it in any... Read more
I found the book very useful and particularly for organizations looking to deploy analytics in a sustainable and commercially relevant way. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sir Francis
This book is very good for business leaders, consultants, and the likes. It provides you with so many examples why there is a need to move your organization into analytics. Read morePublished on September 24, 2014 by Giusseppe
Was very superficial take on the subject. Targeted for business audience. I was hoping that I will at learnn something on analytics strategy. Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by Chandler
As a previous student of Mr. Davenport's, and having also read 'Competing on Analytics' and 'Predictive Analytics', I wrongly assumed that this book would be a plethora of examples... Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by G. Prevost