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A few Friday things
Delaney Turner 270002T14M firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  spss ilog cognos business_analytics baforum
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With little more than three weeks (!!!) left before Business Anaylytics Forum @ Information On Demand 2010, things have been screamingly busy here as of late. But a blog untended is a blog unread, so herewith I present a few somewhat truncated things that I've either been working on, noticing or buying in the last little while that touch on business analytics:
Analyst Relations Summit 2010 - Success!
IBM Business Analytics hosted its annual Analyst Relations Summit earlier this week, with nearly 40 analysts from firms including Gartner, Forrester, IDC, Ventana Research, Ovum, BARC and many more in attendance. Senior executives from IBM Business Analytics Software (Cognos, SPSS), ILOG and the Business Analytics and Optimization wing of IBM Global Business Services were on-hand to highlight the cross-IBM growth strategy for business analytics, our current solutions by industry and department and the broad business analytics product vision.
The lineup of IBM speakers was as impressive as it was long, as it included Rob Ashe, Deepak Advani, Nicolas Robbe, Fred Balboni and many, many more.
I can't give you the specifics of what was discussed (and neither can the analysts, seeing as a lot of it was under NDA), but what they could tweet about was pretty positive. For example:
Also, our own Harriet Fryman was a very popular presenter:
After the event I created a quick word cloud on Many Eyes. You can export and download the Twitter archive here (but you'll need something like WinRAR to extract and work with the data.)
Another reason to love Lapham's Quarterly
Next, the new issue of Lapham's Quarterly is out, a fact that makes me unduly excited. The publication bills itself as "A magazine of history of ideas," with each issue exploring one topic through the works of various writers, artists, philosophers, politicians and poets throughout the ages. They're beautifully illustrated and printed on some really expensive stock - a real joy to hold, let alone read. Previous issues have focused on Sports, Money and Travel. This issue focuses on The City. I've only had time to thumb through it long enough for the subscription cards to fall out, but that was enough time to find this particularly prophetic and happily timely quote:
We cannot afford to merely sit down and deplore the evils of city life as inevitable, when cities are constantly growing, both absolutely and relatively. We must set ourselves vigorously about the task of improving them, and this task is now well begun.
It's prophetic because even though it dates from 1895 and came from the mouth of Theodore Roosevelt, it sounds a lot like the motivation behind the Smarter Cities component of the IBM Smarter Planet vision. It's timely because just this week we published our most recent episode of BI Radio, which deals with this very topic. In this episode we hear our own Don Campbell explain why business analytics are at the core of the smarter city and how Richmond, VA, is making that vision real today with the help of predictive analytics and proactive policing.
I love my local magazine shop
Finally, I also picked up a copy of The Believer, a beautifully designed literary review published out of San Francisco. It features an essay on Roland Barthes' seminal 1980 book on photography Camera Lucida. As a photo nut and a Barthes fan (B.A. Hons, French Language and Literature, 1990), I really am remiss in not having already read it, but I'm trying to atone with this small step.
Boy do I love it when all this stuff comes together.