Data on the Analytics Conference

Another great Analytics Conference!  William Ruh, of GE, started off the day with a motivating presentation about the present state of Analytics and its favorable future.  Among other things, Mr. Ruh discussed that the analytics professional is now the ‘cool guy’ in business.  Yet, even the analytics professional is riding on the shoulders of the data gatherers.  In that light, I thought it would be fun to start gathering less than obvious data about the Analytics Conference.  So, throughout the day, I kept tally of some interesting (entertaining, at least) data…

61      The number of times the word “Analytics” was said during a presentation I attended.  It is interesting to note, that the not every presenter spoke “Aalytics”, but when it came up – it came up often.

14     The number of times an attendee took a picture of the presenter’s slides using their mobile device.  This is something that I had not considered doing… perhaps I’m missing out on a cool new trend.

03      The number of times that “Application Programming Interfaces (API)” were discussed during a presentation I attended.  My goal with this metrics was to get a sense of how often we think about (a) how we automate the gathering of data and (b) if we are good about exposing our own data back to the enterprise/cloud/internet.  I made a tally mark for anything similar ro APIs, such as “Machine to Machine” or “Exposing Data”.

10     The number of times the presenter used multimedia in thier presentations.  I included accessing the web, use of a tool, videos, sounds, or other interactive shenanigans.  I would speculate that this will increase over time.

05    The number of times the word “Social” was uttered during a presentation.  My initial thought was that there would be a lot of discussion about using data from social media.  Perhaps I didn’t attend the presentations that would have been more likely to utter this word.

08    The number of times the word “Big Data” was uttered during a presenation.  It is humorous to note, that in most of the instances, the discussion was about how the term was not adequate or that it was overused.


10     The number of times the word “Human” was said during a presentation.  Here I was trying to get at a few things such as: “Analytics are better than human intuition”… “Let humans do what humans to best, let Analytics do the rest”… “Measuring human responses” and so on.  I think that I didn’t think this one out enough.  Perhaps next year.

This data is provided without warranty and was gathered as well as my attention span allowed.