Invest in the Discovery Phase of Analytics

October 4, 2016 Jack Vawdrey

In order to foster the innovative use of Big Data, data architects need to discover new ways to gather, organize and structure their data.

They need discovery analytics.

Discovery Analytics and Business Intelligence

Discovery analytics is a division of digital analytics that uses machine learning and visual analytics to evaluate data not associated with predefined metrics. Discovery tools reorganize data and identify patterns and trends within Big Data, thus providing additional, actionable insight for an organization.

These tools can perform these functions without the structural constraints associated with data warehousing and traditional business intelligence analytics.

In business intelligence analytics, collected data is mapped back to predefined metrics that are based on pre-established business objectives—this type of analytics fosters retrospective verification of performance.

While traditional business intelligence analytics are valuable and influence decision-making, the concrete data structures do not present an opportunity to quickly analyze datasets in new and innovative ways.

The Value of Discovery Analytics

An article from Teradata Magazine effectively describes the value that discovery analytics can provide to your organization:

“Discovery approaches the data in an iterative process of ‘explore, discover, verify and operationalize.’ This method uncovers new insights and then builds and operationalizes new analytic models that provide value back to the business.”

Scott Cannon from Axis41, a full-service digital marketing agency, recently commented on the importance of discovery analytics to cultivate an analytics foundation and avoid the common pitfall of starting over:

“We’ve noticed a trend in companies re-implementing their analytics solution because they don’t trust the data. This lack of trust is the result of incomplete planning. Reliable data can only be cultivated once a foundation is built on research into current technologies, code version, and compatibility of third-party platforms.”

In the upcoming Analytics Summit, to be hosted by ObservePoint on November 17, 2016, Danielle Ackles and Scott Cannon of Axis41 will be presenting “Why You Need to Invest in the Discovery Phase of Analytics,” a discussion on the value that discovery analytics can provide to your organization.

To hear more about the impact of discovery analytics, along with actionable best practices from experienced thought leaders, reserve your seat at the 2016 Analytics Summit.



About the Author

Jack Vawdrey

Jack Vawdrey is a content marketing strategist and closet programmer interested in the opportunities that marketing technology and automation present for enterprises. Passionate about digital marketing, content marketing, and analytics, Jack is continuously honing his skills in these areas and relishes an opportunity to share what he's learned. Jack joined the ObservePoint marketing team in 2016 as Managing Editor and now works as a Content Marketing Consultant.

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