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Gary Cokins

Why Will Analytics Be the Next Competitive Edge?

Posted by Gary Cokins over 7 years ago, 0 comments
Analytics is becoming a competitive edge for organizations. Once "nice-to-have," applying analytics is now becoming mission-critical.

Analytics and Big Data – Press pause on the Stairmaster

Posted over 7 years ago, 2 comments
Our lives have become hectic. We are working harder and longer. We talk about life balance, but for so many of us we continue to have imbalance. Every once in a while we need to step back, press the “pause” button on the Stairmaster exercise machine, take some deep breaths, and reflect on  just what the heck is going on. I’d like to reflect with you my take on what is driving the accelerating interest in analytics and Big Data.

Analytics admittance. Adults unaccompanied by minors.

Posted over 7 years ago, 0 comments
The Motion Picture Association of America’s film rating system rates a film’s content suitability for variuos audiences. For example, A PG-13 rating requires children age 13 or under to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian if some content is deemed inappropriate.
Karel van der Poel

Is your business holiday ready?

Posted by Karel van der Poel almost 8 years ago, 1 comment
In the Netherlands we have 20-25 free days a year. In the summer the Dutch typically take 10-15 days off and leave their rainy country to relax on a sunny coasts in Spain, France, Italy or jump on a plane to explore nature in Asia, South America, USA or Canada.

Some of us are control freaks. They can not let go, they can not unwind, not even on holiday. They keep asking themselves: “what if something happens with the business while I am gone?”

About 2 years ago I decided that it should be possible to run the company from a sandy beach anywhere on the globe using only an iPhone. As a results, we only use business applications in the cloud to run our business. Gmail & Google apps for email and calendaring, Google Adwords for Marketing Salesforce for CRM, Zendesk for support, Freshbooks for invoicing and project management, TribeHR for human resources, Goto Meeting, Skype & Yammer for communication and off course KPI Library to consolidate all the data and turn in into meaningful Business Analytics.

The best decision ever, our business is 100% “holiday ready”. I am really looking forward to the sunny coasts of Italy in august, knowing that each morning I can check out our KPI scorecards, receive daily updates and know that my co-workers do the same so we are not dropping the ball in the summer.

Gary Cokins

Analytics is like a dentist. It’s all in the inside.

Posted by Gary Cokins almost 8 years ago, 0 comments
My cousin Chris is a dentist. We are the same age, and we lived together when we were both in graduate school at Northwestern University. Chris was in dental school, and I was earning my MBA. Chris once said to me that dentistry is all on the inside. Of course he meant his work is inside his patients’ mouths, and he did not mean that people are not responsible for their own dental hygiene. But his quote has always remained with me. In thinking about it, it can apply to analysts and analytics as well.

Intelligent people but stupid choices – try using analytics!

Posted almost 8 years ago, 1 comment
My previous blog on June 5 was about horse racing’s prestigious Triple Crown race and its final leg, the Belmont Stakes. I posted my blog before the favored horse, I’ll Have Another, was scratched due to a leg injury. For gamblers who would likely to have bet on I’ll Have Another for the Belmont, maybe this saved them some money. Why? I will get to that in a moment