The International Institute for Analytics (IIA) Draws Analytics Champions to 2013 CAO Summit

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IIA’s signature event for analytics leaders held in Chicago June 18-19 spurs discussion about latest analytics research findings and best practices.

CAO Summit 2013

“Analytics is becoming as important to business and society as the invention of the Internet.”

The International Institute for Analytics (IIA), the leading research firm focused exclusively on serving the business analytics industry, hosted its second annual Chief Analytics Officer Summit (CAO Summit) June 18-19 at the Union League Club of Chicago. The event featured an impressive network of Fortune 500 companies including Wal-Mart, Cigna, Boeing, Kraft, CVS Caremark, Bank of America and Citigroup, as well as IIA faculty and industry experts. IIA’s Research Director and analytics thought-leader Thomas Davenport, and IIA’s CEO Jack Phillips hosted the Summit. The annual event focuses on strategic leaders and decision-makers responsible for creating an analytically competitive organization.

CAO Summit is IIA’s signature professional gathering of analytics champions who come together to discuss and share the latest research findings and best practices in analytics. Designed to deliver tangible, thought-provoking strategies and tactics that can be applied to advance any analytics program, regardless of industry, this year’s CAO Summit attracted more than 150 invitation-only analytics leaders.

To maximize the impact of analytics, business leaders are concentrating on all areas critical to becoming an analytical competitor – data, enterprise approach, leadership, analytics targets and analytical talent. IIA’s annual Chief Analytics Officer Summit provides participants with actionable steps necessary to mature their organizations in each of these areas.

“The quality of participants at this event exceeded my expectation. The inspiring and thought-provoking conversations that emanate from the event never cease to amaze me. We had a tremendous group of top-notch analytics leaders engaged and excited about sharing best practices. Analytics truly is the new frontier of business. It’s very exciting,” said Phillips.

Participant Tony Hamilton from Intel Corp. agreed and offered, “Analytics is becoming as important to business and society as the invention of the Internet.”

At the event, IIA announced the availability of its new DELTA-Powered Analytics AssessmentTM, which IIA and HIMSS Analytics designed to equip healthcare providers with a clear indication of their analytics programs’ strengths and weaknesses, and target areas to focus on to maximize success.

“The healthcare industry has a great opportunity to leverage analytics. In particular, analytics gives healthcare providers the tools they need to meet the federal Affordable Care Act requirements for more accountability and cost savings to consumers. IIA’s Analytics Benchmarking Service for healthcare providers is a logical starting point for those organizations needing a clear grasp of where they are today and where they need to focus moving forward. I was excited to see so much interest among our healthcare clients and participants at CAO Summit,” said Sarah Gates, IIA Vice President for Research and lead on IIA’s benchmarking service.

Healthcare was also a focus at the welcome dinner on June 18 where the recipients of IIA’s Excellence in Analytics Award were announced. Usually reserved for one winner, this year’s award was given to UnitedHealth Group and Intermountain Healthcare in recognition of each organization’s use of analytics to drive critical business outcomes and the healthcare industry’s potential to make great strides by embracing analytics.

About IIA’s Excellence in Analytics Award
IIA works across a breadth of industries to guide organizations in creating, prioritizing, and governing competitive analytics initiatives. Through this work, the IIA faculty has become an authority on the leadership qualities required to steward broad-reaching analytics excellence in complex organizations.

Selected by the IIA Faculty, 2013 recipients UnitedHealth Group and Intermountain Healthcare were recognized as leaders who:

  •     Translate analytical concepts into business terms
  •     Coordinate internal resources for a meaningful analytics program
  •     Set an example of ‘fact-based’ decision-making inside the organization
  •     Develop and promote a culture to reward analytical thinking
  •     Steward the unique path of analytical competitiveness for the enterprise

For more information about the CAO Summit, visit Learn more about Analytics 3.0 and IIA’s Analytics Benchmarking Service (ABS).

About IIA
The International Institute for Analytics (IIA) was created to bring a common organizing language and ‘experienced-based’ research to the growing business analytics industry. Research is organized by vertical industry and organizational role. IIA’s mission is to meet the research and decision-support needs of business and analytics leaders and their teams as the focus on analytics as a competitive differentiator increases.
IIA’s offerings include annual research subscriptions for individuals and enterprises, faculty-moderated analytics research councils, executive roundtables and phone conversations, benchmarking, and inquiry and advisory services for both analytics teams and vendor companies. To drive the organization’s insights, curriculum, and dialogues, IIA serves its clients through its unique research methodology that uses a combination of world-class faculty and a closed community of end-users.

Since its inception, SAS, Intel, Teradata, SAP & Dell have supported IIA as early underwriters. For more information about IIA, visit

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