Happy Monday! Here’s the BI news that your peers are reading, curated by GetApp Analyst Lauren Maffeo.
Microsoft rolls out Azure updates at Build
Microsoft used the opening keynote of its annual developer conference to share several updates to its Azure product. These include an announcement that IoT Edge integrates with Kubernetes (Google’s open source container orchestration system).
Adopting analytics is an IT priority
Unfortunately, too many IT leaders don’t know how to do it. A poll of 150 IT leaders at large and midsize businesses found that improving analytics is one of six functional priorities for 2019. However, the same poll found that just 17% of IT leaders have current or imminent plans to drive digital transformation.
(Which) metrics matter?
Michael Plummer of Forbes Technology Council advised SMBs in a Forbes op-ed not to treat all metrics equally. He counts sales revenue, gross margin, customer lifetime value, and customer retention as four of the nine metrics that SMB owners must track. Also included: Employee and founder satisfaction.
Paging Dr. Data
Vanderbilt Health has started using predictive analytics to forecast case volume in operating rooms. David Wyatt, VP of perioperative enterprise at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told Health Data Management that they can anticipate final OR staffing levels seven days in advance. Vanderbilt Health is currently the only known medical health center to have such in-house predictive analytics.
Data mining’s used for deportations
A recent article in TechCrunch reported that agents in ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations unit used data mining software by Palantir Technologies to build profiles of immigrant children and their family members. ICE documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act found that investigation agents were told to track the arrivals of unaccompanied minors within ICM, a software platform developed by Palantir.
Data dashboards go to college
Nitin Madhok of Clemson University told EdTech Magazine that the school had chosen to integrate its learning management system with Splunk, a real-time data processing and analytics platform. Madhok shared that his main goal is to mine data like student performance and instructor feedback to find the best courses and give students advice on how to improve their grades. A growing number of universities use data mining: Recent research found that 89% of respondents reported investing in data analytics.