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28
Apr

Private Equity and BI/Analytics – Case Study of KKR & Co


“Do you think that, or do you know that?”
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Went to an interesting talk by Ed  Brandman, CIO of KKR & Co, the legendary Private Equity firm, hosted by CIO Perspectives in New York city.   KKR is using a custom Business Intelligence solution, called Portfolio Central, to track and manage their portfolio of 62 companies. This portfolio includes some well-known companies like First Data, Toys R Us, Sungard, Dollar General, HCA and others.

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24
Apr

Gartner says – Business Analytics a $14.1 Bln market


2014MQThe term “business intelligence” (BI) dates back to 1958, when IBM researcher Hans Peter Luhn coined the term in an IBM Journal article.

However, it took until 1980s when decision support systems (DSS) became popular and mid 1990s for BI started to emerge as an umbrella term to cover software-enabled innovations in performance management, planning, reporting, querying, analytics, online analytical processing, integration with operational systems, predictive analytics and related areas.

Gartner 2014 magic quadrant shows the key players in the BI market.  The different players are differentiated based on five abilities— ability to handle large volumes of data, ability to deal with data velocity, variety (structured and unstructured), visualization capabilities and domain/vertical specific accelerators.

Market Evolution

Analytics is becoming three different markets.  First of all, there is the BI market which is actually going through quite a bit of change itself. This is a more consolidated market than we have seen in the past and there is a tremendous amount of work being done by Oracle, SAP, IBM and others to kind of retool it for the next generation of BI. So it is a growing market, lots of upgrade, replatform, modernization demand, lots of clients who are finally realizing that the tools (visualization etc.) are ready to give them some of the capability that they have historically cared about.

The second part of the market is what is called Advanced Analytics. Here you need PhD level data scientists who have backgrounds in machine learning, industry specific domain modeling, and different types of data science who can apply that in a very specific way to specific industry problems. This is a rapidly growing part of IT Services. Also, there are just not enough data scientists to go around.

The third part of the market is Analytics as a Service.  This is about leveraging software-as-a-service platforms as opposed to on-premise. This is about a business model that is more like Business Process Outsourcing (BPO). Clients buy business outcomes; they don’t buy transactions and FTEs.

The analytics market has thousands of boutique consultants who are specialists in particular industries or specific technologies. It includes all the major technology providers, who are all trying to advance their business and capabilities that they are bringing to the market. And then there are vendors  who are just bringing sheer capacity of data science skills to the market and they are coming in from a completely different angle of basically just renting the expertise of their data scientists into the market.

The market is incredibly fragmented. We are in the early stages of growth in the market. Every single one of our clients is building this capability internally and they are looking for more services from vendors, because the opportunity to apply analytics is in every single one function whether it is a customer analytics, industrial Internet, e-commerce platform, is growing. Analytics is embedded into literally every single business interaction.

BI, Analytics [and Big Data] Market Sizing

More recently to support a new generation of cost cutting and growth initiatives, corporations are investing heavily to gain near real-time actionable insights (historical and predictive), and from a mix of disparate spreadsheets  and myriad of systems (legacy, internal silos, customer facing, suppliers, partners, etc.).

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22
Apr

Traditional BI – 57 Channels (and nothin’ on)


Dissatisfaction is the basis of progress. When we become satisfied, we become obsolete.”   J. Willard Marriott

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We talk to customers often about their dissatisfaction with things as they are and hear the same pattern of complaints.  Despite increasing adoption of BI and data analytics tools, the current sets of tools are inadequate to meet the needs of users.

The market of BI is enormous.  According the recent Census 2010, there are over 20,000 large and medium-sized enterprises (organizations with over 500 employees) and ~ 7 million small businesses (organizations with ten to 500 employees) in the United States alone.  Now include Europe and Asia and you can see the potential.

However, most organizations face the following limitations: Read more »

20
Apr

Driving Adoption in the New Generation of BI


Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric wrote: “When the speed of change outside the organization exceeds the speed of change within … The end is in sight!”

Driving change requires better fact based or informed decisions. Better decisions require insights.  Creating insights requires KPI and scorecards.  Effective KPI and scorecard generation requires multiple sources of data and organization. This causal chain is entirely enabled by modern BI and Analytics.

The use and importance of business intelligence — which usually takes historic data, for example from financial software — and analytics tools, which try to predict what might happen in the future, within organizations of all sizes has increased significantly for several reasons, including: Read more »

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