I've finally gotten around to reading The Analysis Mandate, a May 2014 research report published by the MIT Sloan Management Review, in collaboration with SAS. I've been following this research for four years, monitoring the steady progression of analytics and data-driven methods in business. The report defines analytics as “the use of data and related business insights developed through applied analytical disciplines....to drive fact-based planning, decisions, execution, management, measurement and learning.”

The 2013 survey, which serves as the basis for the latest work, was completed by 2,037 business executives, managers and analysts from around the world, representing 100-plus countries and 25 industries. These responses were supplemented by interviews with experts in a variety of disciplines “to understand the practical issues facing organizations today in their use of analytics.”

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