Metcalf & Associates Publishes Analytics Blog Series

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A seven-part blog series focusing on leading the implementation of analytics programs is now available. The series is written by James Brenza, Advisory Board Member, Acting Chief Data Officer at InXite Health Systems and Vice President, Data and Analytics Practice at Pillar Technology.

Innovative Leaders Workbook for Implementing Analytics Programs
Your personal and professional success will increasingly come to depend on your ability to collect, organize, analyze, and act on the exponentially increasing mass of information that defines the first moments of the twenty-first century.

This blog series focuses on the seven steps that correspond with the seven-stage leading organization transformation model. This model is based on the Innovative Leaders Workbook to Implementing Analytics Programs. Brenza gives specific examples to help illustrate how the tools in the workbook can be used in practical scenarios. Additionally he answers the question how is leading a big data/analytics initiative different than other projects in each post. One key difference he discusses is using an Agile development methodology and why it supports implementation success.

Predictive Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Analytics Transformation are all big opportunities—and potentially big headaches if leaders aren’t prepared to drive them effectively. An analytics transformation requires a unique focus and leadership to ensure a positive outcome. Brenza has amassed 20-plus years of technology leadership to drive the use of data and analytics for sustainable competitive advantage. His background includes analytics leadership, business process reengineering, program management, and software development. Brenza is also active in the Columbus, Ohio, start-up community as an advisory board member to multiple companies.

According to Thornton May, leading futurist in his forward to the analytics workbook, "In the not-so-distant future, guessing/making things up, not having the right data, or employing the wrong algorithms to data will come to be viewed as termination offenses and egregious social taboos. Your personal and professional success will increasingly come to depend on your ability to collect, organize, analyze, and act on the exponentially increasing mass of information that defines the first moments of the twenty-first century."

The foundation book, Innovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations, the 2013 International Book Award Winner, and the online program on which Brenza’s process is based are available download. The shorter workbook focused on implementing analytics programs is not available.

Metcalf & Associates, Inc., is a leadership development and management consulting firm that uses an integrative approach to help leaders and their organizations innovate how they lead and how they operate, helping them to thrive in a rapidly changing environment. CEO Maureen Metcalf is an acclaimed thought leader who has developed, tested, and implemented emerging models that dramatically improve leaders and contribute toward organizational success.

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