Information on Demand/Business Analytics Forum 2012 – Las Vegas – IBM today announced new service offerings and capabilities to help organizations create an Analytics Center of Excellence (ACE) and guide them on their analytics journey.
As part of the offerings, IBM has also created a virtual ACE community on AnalyticsZone. This community offers focused content, resources and the ability to share best practices with like-minded clients and industry experts so everyone can achieve success.
An ACE is an organizational design – like a President’s Cabinet – that consists of skilled analytics experts in IT and the business who manage a business analytics program across the enterprise with focus on strategy, value, people, process and technology.
The ACE team works collaboratively to drive greater insight, share skills and create repeatable practices. Often, the formation of an ACE manages the analytics strategy, including centralization of the data, and implementation of the technology.
Establishing an ACE is a proven approach to driving analytics success in an organization. In fact, according to the 2012 IBM Analytics Quotient (AQ) Study, 97 percent of organizations who ranked in the Master stage – the highest stage of analytics maturity – had a full center of excellence.
IBM even has its own ACE called Blue Insight that empowers hundreds of thousands of IBM employees with access to sophisticated business intelligence and predictive analytics using a private cloud architecture. (Listen to the recent IBM TechTalk to learn more.)
At the end of the day, an ACE will strengthen the partnership between line-of-business stakeholders and IT, develop and communicate a clear analytics strategy aligned with business strategy, standardize technologies and processes and leverage reusable knowledge, disciplines and best practices.
After all, as more and more functional areas (sales, marketing, finance and customer service) start to rely on inter-related metrics and performance indicators, the need to bring different parts of the organization into alignment and agreement becomes critical.
To help organizations succeed and move up in analytics maturity, IBM is now offering accelerators – blueprints built on proven success – that help achieve time to success more rapidly and align an organization’s analytics strategy around business, organizational processes and technology. These will unleash the latent potential inherent in the pools of data that automated systems have been generating for years.
Also, as part of this new initiative, IBM is making it easy for academic institutions to download resources to help educate the next generation of analytical workers. After all, “data analyst” has been rated the sexiest job in IT.
IBM has created PACE (Partners in Analytics Centers of Excellence) that teams academic institutions with business in the development of analytic talent, awareness and approaches. Academic professionals can benefit from sharing best practices in curriculum development, download and learn about resources available to them and better understand the talent and skills required by business.
For more information:
· Get in the Zone! Join the new ACE community on AnalyticsZone and begin sharing best practices, asking questions and downloading tools and resources
· Join the ACE community and receive a complimentary copy of IBM’s new book, “5 Keys to Business Analytics Program Success,” authored by ten IBM customers who have created analytics success across their organization
· Take the AQ Quiz and determine your organization’s AQ score and analytics maturity