Ask QueBIT About Analytics

Ask QueBIT About Analytics

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We have launched our podcast series “Ask QueBIT about Analytics” to share what we have learned with real life stories and practical advice that we hope will help you on your analytics journey. If you are a manager on the front-lines, how do you make the best decisions for your business? It helps if you have easy and immediate access to relevant data, and in a form (mobile vs desktop, image vs spreadsheet grid etc.) that makes sense for the situation. Analytics is the science – and art – of making that happen. We have 20 years of history helping our clients connect data, models and business.


37: Learning about Splunk
Aug 6 • 15 min
Episode 37: Learning about Splunk Guest: Jim Miller It’s not easy keeping up with technology but one of QueBIT’s Master Consultants, Jim Miller, has found a neat way to do it: he writes technology books in his free time! Jim’s latest book, which will be…
36: Analytics Shorts: 3 Stories
Jul 30 • 13 min
Episode 36: Analytics Shorts: 3 Stories Guests: Christine Schoenen, Dan Viterise, Jim Miller This week we are showcasing three of QueBIT’s expert consultants: Christine Schoenen, Dan Viterise and Jim Miller. They have so many great stores to tell, but…
35: Cash Forecasting
Jun 4 • 29 min
Guest: Gary Quirke What do “cash forecasting” and “looking out for bears” have in common? Both these activities have existential consequences. The damage a bear can cause is obviously terrifying to think of, but if your company runs out of cash and you…
34: The Hidden Heroes of Planning, Forecasting & Analysis
May 28 • 16 min
Guest: AG Tan Planning, forecasting, reporting and analysis are core business activities served by analytics technology. Many companies are busily re-doing plans and forecasts in response to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, to figure out how to stay in…
33: Recommendations for Planning in a COVID-19 World
May 7 • 15 min
Guests: Justin Croft and James Saronson When there is so much going on around you that you can’t do anything about, it is helpful to reflect on the things you can control. If your job involves business planning and forecasting, it’s about becoming more…
32: Embedding AI in FPA Replay
Apr 23 • 33 min
Episode 32: Embedding AI in FPA Replay Guest: AG Tan This episode is a replay of an in-person keynote presentation delivered at IBM’s offices in New York City in November 2019. The purpose of the talk was to demystify the value of Artificial Intelligence…
31: Analytics in Uncertain Times: COVID-19 edition
Apr 8 • 12 min
Episode 31: Analytics in Uncertain Times: COVID-19 edition Guest: Gary Quirke QueBIT has clients from all industries, that range in size from smaller and mid-sized businesses to giant global companies. Surveying our client base is like looking at a…
30: Analytics for Hospitality & Property Management
Dec 5, 2019 • 31 min
Episode 30: Analytics for Hospitality & Property Management Guest: Walter Hugo Añez Customer experience is a hot topic in every business these days, but in the hospitality industry it has always been paramount! When you walk in the doors of a hotel or a…
29: Predictive Forecasting: Under the Covers
Nov 7, 2019 • 25 min
Episode 29: Predictive Forecasting: Under the Covers Guest: Scott Mutchler If you have ever worried that Predictive Forecasting as an application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning is more hype than reality, then this podcast episode is…
28: The Challenge of Implementing Analytics on a Global Scale
Oct 31, 2019 • 19 min
Episode 28: The Challenge of Implementing Analytics on a Global Scale Guest: Dan Viterise People, especially developers and other technologists like me, tend to view analytics projects through the lens of “the technical challenge”. Even if we know that…
27: Analytics in the Health Insurance Industry
Oct 25, 2019 • 31 min
Episode 27: Analytics in the Health Insurance Industry Guest: Ryan McKinney If you heard that profit margins in the health insurance industry can be as low as 3%, would you be surprised? Much as consumers like to complain about health insurers, let’s also…
26: Trusting the AI Forecast in Finance
Oct 16, 2019 • 22 min
Episode 26: Trusting the AI Forecast in Finance Guest: Allen Hudson Many companies are looking for a way to transcend the limitations of Excel for financial and operational planning, reporting and analysis. They need something that will enable them to…
25: IBM Cognos Analytics – a New Paradigm for Business Intelligence
Sep 26, 2019 • 28 min
Episode 25: IBM Cognos Analytics – a New Paradigm for Business Intelligence Guest: Gus Slaughter Back in the early 2000s Cognos was the leader in enterprise business intelligence (BI) platforms. In July 2008 Forrester Research recognized Cognos Business…
24: Planning for Change Management
Sep 19, 2019 • 17 min
Episode 24: Planning for Change Management Guest: Brian Moore Regardless of whether you like or dislike change, the best way to manage it is to assume there will be disruption! When change comes to a business in the form of a new software solution, we…
23: Predictive Price Optimization
Sep 12, 2019 • 24 min
Episode 23 - Predictive Price Optimization Guest: James Saronson How to price your product or service is a fundamental question in any business. If you price too high, you may sell less than you might, and if you price too low you may earn less than you…
22: A Practical Approach to Innovation in Analytics
Sep 5, 2019 • 27 min
Episode 22: A Practical Approach to Innovation in Analytics Guest: Andreas Kugelmeier, IBM Innovation is much easier to talk about than to do in practice. Challenges include getting buy-in from groups you depend on but have little leverage over, and…
21: Everything you always wanted to know about Testing
Aug 29, 2019 • 33 min
Episode 21: Everything you always wanted to know about Testing Guest: Jim Brinnen When implementing a new analytics system, testing is sometimes treated as a “nice-to-have” rather than a core requirement. While no one says up-front that testing is a low…
20: Data Virtualization
Jul 25, 2019 • 17 min
Episode 20: Data Virtualization Guest: Keith Hollen Data Virtualization technologies can be used in a number of different ways, including real-time operational reporting and analytics against multiple source systems, and quick-and-dirty data exploration!…
19: Lean Demand Forecasting
Jul 5, 2019 • 31 min
Episode 19: Lean Demand Forecasting Guest: Dan Barrett Dan Barrett, QueBIT’s Advanced Analytics Technical Sales Manager, claims that MOST companies waste far too much time on demand forecasting! Considering how crucial an accurate demand forecast is to…
18: The Evolution of Business Intelligence
Jun 27, 2019 • 23 min
Episode 18: The Evolution of Business Intelligence Guest: Robin Wilkinson It turns out that Business Intelligence (BI), as a concept, has been around since 1865! Back then it was a manual paper and pencil process, but it still enabled one business to…
17: Analytics for Retail Buyers
Jun 21, 2019 • 25 min
Episode 17: Analytics for Retail Buyers Guest: Jim Hanifin As on-line shopping becomes the norm, the traditional retail industry is going through a lot of adjustments. Employing analytics technology to increase operational efficiency and make better…
16: How to become an Analytics Expert
Jun 14, 2019 • 34 min
Episode 16: How to become an Analytics Expert Guests: Daniel Williams, Odile Davis Wolfe, Pete Horgan QueBIT has grown by cross-training business and finance people in analytics technology, and by cross-training engineers and computer scientists in…
15: A Financial Consolidation is an Analytics Project!
May 23, 2019 • 19 min
Episode 15: A Financial Consolidation is an Analytics project! Financial Analytics is an important branch of the field of Analytics. It involves data management, modeling and reporting. A Financial Consolidation system is a Financial Analytics project…
14: Nerding out on FP&A!
May 16, 2019 • 18 min
Episode 14: Nerding out on FP&A! Guest: Beth Thomas The Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) function is the original analytics function within any organization. The Profit & Loss (P&L), Balance Sheet and other financial statements tell the story of the…
13: The Evolution of Analytics Solutions
May 9, 2019 • 19 min
Episode 13: The Evolution of Analytics Solutions Guest: Gary Corrigan 15 years ago, when Gary Corrigan first sold analytics technologies, customers were looking for technology platforms. Today the landscape has changed, and customers are now looking for…
12: My Bank FIRED me as their customer!
May 2, 2019 • 22 min
Episode 12: My Bank FIRED me as their customer! A few years ago, A.G. – who lives in the United States - received a letter from her bank in Denmark telling her that their relationship would be terminated. A.G. still had several thousand dollars deposited…
11: Surprise! Analytics isn’t about Changing your Business!
Apr 25, 2019 • 17 min
Episode 11: Surprise! Analytics Isn’t About Changing Your Business! Guest: Joel Kehm Analytics is NOT about changing your business: it’s about running your business better! If your business is about manufacturing widgets to sell, your intention with…
10: Implementing Predictive Demand Planning at a Paper Manufacturer
Apr 18, 2019 • 26 min
Episode 10: Implementing Predictive Demand Planning at a Paper Manufacturer Guest: Tim Corrigan Predictive Demand Planning is the classic application of Advanced Analytics. The idea is that historical actual data (how much of product X did you sell in…
9: Using APIs to Customize your Analytics Solutions
Apr 11, 2019 • 27 min
Episode 9: Using APIs to Customize your Analytics Solutions Guest: Mike Cowie At QueBIT our purpose is to help companies make better decisions faster. Everything starts with data, which is used to understand the past, ACT in the present, and anticipate…
8: Turning the Office of Finance into a Center for Data Analytics
Apr 4, 2019 • 11 min
Episode 8: Turning the Office of Finance into a Center for Data Analytics Guest: Cathy Jirak When Cathy Jirak and Gary Quirke founded QueBIT about 20 years ago, they were really just looking for a way to get their lives back! They enjoyed being…
7: Biotechnology Financial Modeling Case Study
Mar 28, 2019 • 24 min
Episode 7: Biotechnology Financial Modeling Case Study Guest: Lance Antwine Lance Antwine, CPA and Implementation Manager at QueBIT, has had a long and successful career in finance and technology. In this episode Lance talks about a series of fascinating…
6: So you want to use Advanced Analytics to boost ROI? Here’s how.
Mar 22, 2019 • 22 min
Episode 6: So you want to use Advanced Analytics to boost ROI? Here’s how. Guest: Lee Allgood Before he came to QueBIT, Lee Allgood used to work at a large manufacturing company whose customers were retailers. In this episode, Lee talks about his…
5: How to Shop for an Analytics Solution
Mar 13, 2019 • 25 min
Guest: Leo Cohen Leo Cohen began his professional career as a financial analyst in a very large corporation and has intimate first-hand knowledge of financial analytics including financial reporting, planning, forecasting and analysis. Today, as QueBIT’s…
4: IBM Watson in Real Life
Mar 5, 2019 • 12 min
Guest: Jim Miller QueBIT Master Consultant Jim Miller has an unusual hobby: he researches and writes books about technology! Jim has written successful books on a variety of topics, but today we are going to talk about his series of books on IBM Watson,…
3: A Practical Approach to Predictive Analytics
Feb 23, 2019 • 18 min
Guest: Dallas Crawford Predictive (and other Advanced) Analytics capabilities are often presented in a way that is daunting to the ordinary business person. Meanwhile the demand for people with data science skills is sky-rocketing, and there is anxiety…
2: Predictive Analytics for Finance: 101 - Ask QueBIT About Analytics Podcast
Feb 7, 2019 • 17 min
Guests: Gary Quirke Long before becoming a founder of QueBIT Consulting, Gary Quirke was a Chartered Accountant and financial analyst. That experience informed QueBIT’s original mission of using technology to improve financial reporting, planning…
1: Why Embed Analytics in Everyday Business Processes? - AskQueBIT About Analytics
Feb 7, 2019 • 19 min
Guests: Gary Quirke (CEO and Co-Founder of QueBIT) & Dallas Crawford (General Manager, Advanced Analytics, QueBIT) QueBIT has made it its mission to help companies embed analytics – including financial and predictive analytics – into everyday business…