Innovative Analytics and Training Announces Anticipatory Analysis Practice to Help Organizations Think Systematically About The Future

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By developing a deep understanding of what is driving the future, how those drivers interact, the outcomes that could plausibly arise, and their potential implications, organizations can be better prepared to mitigate challenges and take advantage of opportunities.

Anticipatory Analysis allows executives to think deliberately and systematically about the future, and thereby shape the future of their organizations, by mitigating negative outcomes or shaping toward positive ones.

Based on almost four years of developmental efforts and engagements with a wide range of clients, Innovative Analytics and Training, LLC is announcing its Anticipatory Analysis service offering, effective immediately.

Anticipatory Analysis is designed to help clients navigate dynamic environments by systematically understanding and shaping developments and outcomes, not merely reacting to them. Many organizations find their operating environment increasingly complex and rapidly evolving with issues that cross multiple domains and defy easy understanding. Anticipatory Analysis fills this need by expanding beyond traditional futures thinking, warning and/or simple linear predictions of the most likely futures.

Anticipatory Analysis is a structured analytic approach that leverages a wide range of methodologies to systematically assess the future from the near-term to the distant horizons. By developing a deep understanding of what is driving the future, how those drivers interact, the outcomes that could plausibly arise, and their potential implications, organizations can be better prepared to mitigate challenges and take advantage of opportunities.

IAT is well suited to support organizations in their efforts to think systematically about the future, including its varying influence on strategy, policy, plans and budgets. IAT has been at the forefront of anticipatory analysis with US government and commercial clients, helping to conceptualize, develop tradecraft, train, and apply and implement this new concept. IAT has conducted engagements for clients in this area such as:

  • Analytic methodology development
  • Strategies for improving horizon scanning relevant to anticipatory analysis
  • Independent projections of relevant future environments
  • Seminars and workshops to allow organizations to explore relevant tradecraft and futures
  • Strategic advice on existing or developing strategies, policies or plans
  • Tailored training and education

“Today, the combination of human judgment, smart data and computing power enable government and commercial organizations to systematically assess the future that rapidly approaches,” said Chief Executive Kevin O’Connell. “Anticipatory Analysis allows executives to think deliberately and systematically about the future, and thereby shape the future of their organizations, by mitigating negative outcomes or shaping toward positive ones.” “Traditional futures analysis risks missing critical factors because of bias, preference, or data and assumption overload.”

About Innovative Analytics & Training
Innovative Analytics & Training LLC (Innovative Analytics), a privately held company in Washington, D.C., focuses on improving analysis and decision-making for government and commercial clients. Innovative Analytics is “the sources and methods company,” and draws upon analytic methods and techniques that range from critical thinking to rapid global expert network development and advanced analytic applications. They help organizations understand the complexity and data dependencies of their decisions, offer new approaches to using existing information and gather new information to bound the uncertainty within a decision space. For more information on Innovative Analytics and Training, visit http://www.innovative-analytics.com.

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