Business Intelligence has been used to help organizations work more information-driven for years, and it's showing no signs of stopping. According to Daan van Beek, CEO of Passionned Group and author of the Data Science book "Data Science for Decision Makers & Data Professionals", BI still serves as an umbrella term, and even covers the Artificial Intelligence and Big Data hype. We had a conversation about data-driven working and the careful balancing act between the 'old' BI world and the 'new' AI world.
SAS software has been operational since 1976, and they are very successful. Year-over-year, their revenue shows growth. Founder and CEO Dr. Jim Goodnight has been recognized as a Great American Business Leader by Harvard Business School, and he still writes SAS programs and develops statistical models. It’s my third time attending the SAS Analysts Relations conference. Every time I wonder at the way SAS people behave and interact with each other and their customers: a flat organization, helpful to each other, creativity and innovation first, and customer-oriented. The company is an example to many other companies and it has quite a few of the characteristics of an intelligent organization.
Fast as lighting, when we consume (new) information we run through existing structures and connections in our minds, so that new knowledge and information can be connected to what we already know. We are, as it were, trying to fit this new information into our brain, which either happens comparatively easily or with a considerable amount of effort. During the internalization process, people should ideally be aware of which fixed beliefs and assumptions they, unknowingly or in fact knowingly, use. Unfortunately, various studies show that we tend to see what we want to see, and that our brain is extremely lazy and prejudiced. "We like to think that our judgements, beliefs, and opinions are based on solid reasoning. But we may have to think again."
In line with our research into the success factors of High Performing Organizations (HPOs), a 2-day and a 4-day workshop has been developed for Higher Education Institutions. These workshops will help the leadership feel confident transforming their institution in High Performing Higher Education Institutions (HPHEI). Our approach is evidence-based. Both workshops are focusing on:
Currently, our company is working on several research projects. Independent research is one of the cornerstones of our company. It is the foundation for product innovation, our masterclasses, and our Business Intelligence consulting practice.