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  • THE REAL COST OF THE FIRST 15 MINUTES OF EVERY ANALYTICS PRESENTATION
    THE REAL COST OF THE FIRST 15 MINUTES OF EVERY ANALYTICS PRESENTATION
    Dave Wells, Eckerson and Andy Sheldon, Unifi Recorded: Apr 17 2019 60 mins
    Remember the early days of cellular telephones, when a call routinely started with a few minutes of “Can you hear me now?” Each of those minutes cost the caller without contributing to the desired communication. Today we have a similar situation with analytics when meetings routinely begin with “Where did you get this data?” The time taken when several people—generally high-level and high-salary people—spend several minutes questioning data trustworthiness has a very real cost and contributes little to knowledge, understanding, insight, or decision making.

    Trusted data is a critical element of analytic culture and data-driven business. Companies today consider data a key asset that influences every aspect of business from strategy to operations. Lack of trust in the data inhibits decision making, slows progress, and seeds confusion and miscommunication at all levels. Repeatedly and redundantly establishing trust with each data use case is inefficient and costly. This webcast illustrates the high cost of untrusted data and the cost savings possible when trust becomes a data management priority.

    Participants Will Learn:

    -Why trusted data is critical for business efficiency and effectiveness
    -The hidden but high costs of waste and rework when data provenance and veracity are routinely questioned
    -The key elements for building a culture of data trust and confidence
    -The role of the data catalog and the benefits of data cataloging for trusted data and trusted analytics

    Q&A from the webinar is published here
    https://unifisoftware.com/blog/2019/04/opportunity-cost-the-intrinsic-value-of-trusted-data-webinar-qa/
  • Data Catalogs: Versatile, Accessible and Essential for Data Governance
    Data Catalogs: Versatile, Accessible and Essential for Data Governance
    Andrew Brust Recorded: Feb 28 2019 61 mins
    Today’s enterprises are using more data than ever before, from a large and growing variety of sources. Even smaller organizations that don’t explicitly administer conventional databases do, in fact, have numerous repositories, often with high volumes of data, on-premises and in the cloud. Such data must be actively managed and governed; regulatory compliance demands it. Beyond compliance, data is a competitive asset whose active management is just good business.

    A modern data catalog platform is the key to establishing management and governance of your data. A data catalog can offer you connectivity to a variety of data sources; artificial intelligence (AI)-powered assistance; the ability to identify and tag sensitive data and personally identifiable information (PII); and even support for cataloging data embedded in visualizations. With all that power, a great data catalog platform can help inventory and master an entire data estate, even for organizations new to data management.

    Join GigaOm for this free 1-hour webinar from GigaOm Research to learn about data catalogs, governance and their tie-ins to other components in the data landscape. The Webinar features GigaOm Analyst Andrew Brust and Andy Sheldon, VP of Marketing, at Unifi Software, a leader in data catalogs and data preparation.

    This 1-hour webinar explores:

    Why data governance is germane to everyone, from individual business units, to SMBs, all the way to large Enterprise IT organizations
    How to establish standards for trusted data, and attain them across the business
    The keys to combining data cataloging and data preparation synergistically
  • Real-World Data Catalog Use Cases - A Guide to How Businesses are Driving Value
    Real-World Data Catalog Use Cases - A Guide to How Businesses are Driving Value
    Andy Sheldon, VP Marketing, Unifi Software Recorded: Jan 31 2019 60 mins
    It seems like whichever is your favorite media company or industry analyst, everyone is talking about Data Catalogs. Gartner now says that Data Catalogs are on the declining slope of their Hype Cycle, a sure sign that this is no longer a fad technology and has hit commercial critical mass to justify an actual product category, even if this does not extend in their case to a Magic Quadrant. There are now sufficient data catalogs in daily use at both large and small organizations to underscore the value for a variety of use cases including analytics, big data projects, data management and business intelligence initiatives. In this webinar, Andy Sheldon, VP of Marketing at Unifi, will describe some of the use cases and value proposition for a number of the Unifi Data Catalog customers. He will also describe some of the early “Ah Ha” moments when customers implement and start using the Data Catalog.


    There are now sufficient data catalogs in daily use at both large and small organizations to underscore the value for a variety of use cases including analytics, big data projects, data management and business intelligence initiatives. In this webinar, Andy Sheldon, VP of Marketing at Unifi, will describe some of the use cases and value proposition for a number of the Unifi Data Catalog customers. He will also describe some of the early “Ah Ha” moments when customers implement and start using the Data Catalog.
  • Breaking Away from Managing By Opinions
    Breaking Away from Managing By Opinions
    David Wells, Sr. Research Consultant, Eckerson Group Recorded: Dec 18 2018 64 mins
    Jim Barksdale, former CEO at Netscape, once said “If we have data let’s look at data. If all we have is opinions, let’s go with mine.” The message is clear, but having data is only the beginning, Your analysts need to find the right data, understand the data, and deliver timely insights at a reasonable cost. That’s where data catalogs make a real difference.

    The value and benefits of a data catalog are often described as the ability for analysts to find the data that they need quickly and efficiently. Data cataloging accelerates analysis by minimizing the time and effort that analysts spend finding and preparing data. Anecdotally it is said that 80% of self-service analysis without a data catalog is spent getting the data ready for analysis. With a catalog, the numbers are reversed – 80% analysis with only 20% data preparation. Although there is much truth in the 80/20 story, anecdotal evidence is often not enough to gain funding and support for a data catalog. To craft a compelling business case we need to quantify the value of a data catalog.

    Join us to learn how to craft a business case that even the bean counters will like. You will learn how to quantify:
    · The data analysis time and cost savings with a data catalog
    · The revenue generating opportunities of a data catalog
    · The savings that are possible by eliminating redundancy in analytics
    · The opportunities for quality improvement and risk containment in analytics
  • Unifi Data Catalog Demo
    Unifi Data Catalog Demo
    Andy Sheldon Recorded: Nov 28 2018 17 mins
    The Unifi Data Catalog allows you to catalog everything--no matter where data lives.

    Before you can take advantage of all the actionable insights your data assets can offer, you must consolidate these critical informational sources into a single metadata repository. Your data catalog provides you and your users with a simple, searchable and unified resource that enables data discovery, no matter the sources’ original location.

    The advanced Data Catalog is an innovative solution unlike any other, enabling users to easily catalog, collaborate, search and interact in robust and meaningful ways. Unifi’s Data Catalog encompasses the most critical features you and your users need, including:

    - Artificial intelligence-supported data crawling and data asset collection
    - Automatic cataloging of more than 70 types of data sources
    - Ability to catalog data sources in place, creating a complete catalog of metadata
    - Search and discovery capabilities, including AI-powered auto-discovery
    Automatic object indexing
    - Support for data governance, including the ability to assign role-based user data access
    - Tightly integrated data catalog and data preparation capabilities
    - Collaboration support, including the ability to share objects and tag products and users within the platform
  • Making Big Data Actionable Through Self-Service Analytics
    Making Big Data Actionable Through Self-Service Analytics
    Jason Cunningham, Chief Medical Officer, West County Health Clinics Recorded: Sep 11 2018 62 mins
    Most organizations have valuable data they could use to gain new business insights that directly lead to action and better decisions. The challenge is in accessing the data and providing self-service data tools that allow citizen data users to answer their own questions, explore their hunches and move quickly into effective actions that positively impact the business.

    Join us to hear Jason Cunningham, Chief Medical Officer at West County Health Clinics, as he describes his journey from being a doctor-without-data to providing his clinic with analytics and insights that fundamentally changed how they treat patients.

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