Businesses and universities continue to work more closely together on big data and analytics research. The latest example involves Accenture and Duke University, which have partnered to develop new analytics solutions.

The Accenture and Duke University Analytics Research Program will "have an initial focus on health management research." Overall the program "aims to bring together data, modeling and analysis to achieve sustainable business and patient outcomes," the two organizations indicated.

Duke graduate and undergraduate students will work with Accenture professionals on two initial projects. The first involves patient care and disease management. The second focuses on a data mart for categorizing and structuring patient data related to clinical care.

Both Accenture and Duke University have longstanding expertise in the analytics sector. As part of an Information Initiative at Duke, the university had raised nearly $10 million for analytics-related research as of early 2015. The university has also been researching big data's potential impact on population health.

Meanwhile, Accenture has been building and promoting its own Analytics Application Platform. And internally, CIO Andrew Wilson has championed a so-called CIO Now Digital Reporting platform, which helps to measure key areas such as Accenture's digital transformation and cloud adoption rates. 

Wilson recently shared the details with Information Management in an exclusive interview. We'll share deeper details in the days ahead.

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