One of the great early business analytics success stories has been the incorporation of Excel spreadsheets. It is a perfect example of how new technology can optimize old tech, and how old tech can bring value and adoption to the new.
A supply chain analytics provider sold a BA package to a trucking company, and after three months, all the company had done was to convert its old reports to the BA. The company didn't know how to use the tool, and there was also a learning curve in digesting the vendor's dashboad, drilldown and report formats.
What the vendor did was to download data into Excel (which the company used all of the time). It then visited onsite and "taught" the workforce how to ask questions of the analytics and also exploit the capabilities of Excel when looking at BA data.
Three days ago I was arguing with a financial analyst on the limitation of spreadsheets to handle big data for business analytics and he did recognize that spreadsheets use to freeze when the records or the data os too large. Excel Spreadsheet may be a useful tool for Business Analytics, but It don't think that it is scalable enough to fit the need for big data analytics.
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Edmunds separates customers into segments based on the info it collects on its site and from partners, and uses that to push out custom content, said Brian Baron, director of business analytics for Edmunds.com, at Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit.
The automotive website uses propensity modeling to target ads and customer registration forms, said Brian Baron, director of business analytics for Edmunds.com, at Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit.
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The automotive website uses propensity modeling of customer behavior to convert more site visitors into leads, says Brian Baron, director of business analytics, in an interview at the Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit.
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