The progress of a business enterprise is often nonlinear. You strategize, plan, execute, evaluate and adapt - sometimes frustrated by the absence of consistent movement. Then, when you're least expecting, an opportunity appears from seemingly nowhere, almost by happenstance. OpenBI had such good fortune recently. It wasn't a new customer, nor a vendor partner or new employee. In early August, I serendipitously met a gentleman from the academic world who has helped broaden my base of business intelligence, promoting business intelligence (BI) in a wider context of social science and quantitative/statistical analysis - historically critical incubators of BI methods. Indeed, it is possible to envision a bit of BI's future by looking at what is prominent in quantitative social science today, with an eye toward new analytic tools for the evolving BI portfolio.
Gary King is David Florence Professor of Government and Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University. In the course of introductory discussions relating his work to ours, Professor King generously agreed to be interviewed for OpenBI Forum. My October and November columns will be Q&As with him surrounding quantitative social science and BI. In a later column, I'll focus on exciting technology developments for a world-wide launch at IQSS of what will be called the Dataverse Network. I trust you'll find Professor King's insights and the IQSSs analytical leadership as informative and BI-thought-provoking as I do. I hope also that you'll look to start adapting these methods to solve real business problems as opportunities present.
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