A growing number of organizations are investing in big data initiatives and advanced analytics, but just what is meant by advanced analytics, or next generation analytics, is changing. Next generation analytics is evolving along with business needs, and today means cloud-based, collaborative and multi-entity applications.

The evolution has been rapid, notes Paul Jensen, interim dean for Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, but there are clear leaders in the use of next generation analytics to solve business problems.

In 2011, Gartner named next generation analytics as the most important upcoming technology on the horizon. Just six years later, that prediction feels as quaint as the BlackBerries that were popular at the time. Today, data analytics courses through every major company and research institution in the country.

That’s why Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business - in an effort to strengthen the partnership between academia and industry - is announcing 2017’s top analytics innovators in the nation: the second annual Analytics 50. The initiative spotlights best practices and recognizes organizations using analytics to solve business challenges.

"We’re proud to recognize distinction in analytics among this diverse group of impressive organizations,” Jensen says. “The Analytics 50 is a powerful way to honor business solutions and to strengthen the intersection of academia and industry. We congratulate the honorees and look forward to celebrating their achievements at this year’s awards ceremony."

From agriculture and law enforcement to manufacturing and government, the list of 2017 honorees spotlights organizations such as Southwest Airlines, Pabst Brewing Co., The Dow Chemical Company and the Seattle Police Department, all of which have tackled complex issues using analytics.

Honorees were selected by a panel of researchers and practitioners who judged nominations based on the complexity of the business challenges they faced, the analytics solutions implemented, and the solutions’ business impact on the organization. This year’s winners will convene in Philadelphia on Nov. 2 for an awards ceremony on Drexel University’s campus.

A list of last year’s winners can be found here.

This year's honorees are:

AccuWeather

Adobe

American Express Global Business Travel

Arizona Diamondbacks

Atlassian

CA Technologies

California State Teachers’ Retirement System

Caterpillar

Catholic Relief Services

City of Cincinnati

City of Pittsburgh

Collective

Crate and Barrel

El Camino Hospital

Equals 3

FICO

GE

IOMICS

MachineLink

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Mercy

Meyer Natural Foods

Michigan State Police Department

MNG Direct

Navistar

Owens Corning

Pabst Brewing Company

Pershing
Pfizer

PTC
QVC

San Francisco International Airport

Seattle Police Department

SimpleTire

SKC Communications

Southwest Airlines

St. Luke’s University Health Network

Starbucks

Steelcase, Inc.

Syngenta

The Dow Chemical Company

The Iowa Clinic

The North Face

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

TransUnion

Triggr Health

Vanguard

Viacom

Western Union

Zuora

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