& Thales' Press: February 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Becoming a Business Analytics Jedi: An application of values-framed decision making

I will be speaking at the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business on February 18, 2016 on the following topic:
In the current rush to adopt data-driven analytics, discussions about algorithms, programming tools, and big data tend to dominate the practice of business analytics. But we are defined by our choices, our values, and preferences. Data and business analytics that do not start with this recognition actually fail to support the human-centered reason for decision making. This is the way of the Sith. A Jedi, however, knows that framing business analytics in terms of the values and preferences of decision makers, and the uncertainty of achieving those, employs the tools of decision and data science in the wisest way. In this discussion, we will think about the principles of high quality decisions, how to frame a business analytics problem, and learn how to use information in the most efficient way to create value and minimize risk.
The discussion will include a demonstration of the Analytica modeling software.

If you're in the Atlanta area, I would love for you to join me in the discussion.

A special thanks to Dr. Beverly Wright for organizing this event!

Interview with Atlanta Business Radio

Recently, Brian McCarthy and I had some fun being interviewed by Ryan McPherson of Atlanta Business Radio.

You can listen to the interview here or here (starts @19:39).