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Ensuring Predictive Analytics Success with Data Preparation & Quality

Posted by Daniel D. Gutierrez on Tue, Aug 01, 2017

Data is the lifeblood of most organizations these days. The insights that come from a company’s data can help drive major — and minor — decisions, providing incremental boosts in company performance on a regular basis and even drastic boosts on occasion. But if you’re not seeing these kinds of results from your data, your problem might not be the analytics. It’s more likely that you’re missing key steps in preparing the data and ensuring its quality.

Proper data preparation ensures the ability to access both internal and external sources of data and transform these data sets into a form that’s ready for analysis. This might involve various forms of data transformation, including processes for improving data quality. Data scientists spend up to 80% of their time preparing data for analysis and ensuring its quality, leaving only 20% to do the actual modeling and analysis that deliver the relevant, actionable insights companies are after.

These numbers are not new, and they shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone reading this. But for those wondering what exactly goes into the process, why it takes up so much of scientists’ time, and why data prep and data quality are so important, we spell it out here.

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Topics: Big Data, Data Science, Data Equity

Get More Mileage Out of Your Third-Party Data

Posted by Nicholas Wetherbee and Alissa Zhang on Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Here at Opera Solutions, we often refer to data equity, which we define as not just the amount of data you have, but also the ability to derive value from it. And to get value from your data, you need to ensure it is high quality. But how? Knowing the answer could make the difference between data equity and data bust. 

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Topics: Big Data, Signal Hub Technologies, Analytics, Data Equity

Big Data: The Intel We Breathe

Posted by Arnab Gupta on Thu, Apr 10, 2014

Data is like oxygen for a corporation. Just like we’re surrounded by the atmosphere, corporations live and breathe data. Likewise, as social, economic, and other spheres continue to produce data, it grows and moves and changes every second of every day.

As the breadth and depth of this corporate-owned intel vastly increases with technological advances, a pressing question facing the world of business is how to best leverage this huge, ubiquitous asset known as Big Data.  

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Topics: Big Data, Arnab Gupta, Signals, Data Equity