Thursday, November 1, 2012

Business Analytics Library & Collection

 1.    Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning

by Thomas H. Davenport

The list author says: "A lucid primer on the ways in which firms are using information to compete in distinctive ways. In other words, how analytics are ENABLING strategies that would not otherwise be possible, thus providing unique advantages to firms that employ analytics." 

2.    Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart

By Ian Ayres

The list author says: "A mass-market illumination of the core principles behind the application of analytics--especially predictive models--to improve business results."


3.    Return on Customer: Creating Maximum Value From Your Scarcest Resource by Don pepper

The list author says: "Required reading for clients who want to understand more about Customer Profitability measurement, and why it is valuable." 

4.    The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

By Edward Tufte -The godfather of data visualization

5.    Business Intelligence: The Savvy Manager's Guide

By David Loshin

It is a a higher level - Business Intelligence, rather than just concentrating on Analytics - it builds upon the business case and lays out the foundation to well structured analytics. It is a business oriented approach

6.    Complexity –Organizational Implications of a Scientific Frontier

By Robert Axelrod and Michael D Cohen

The author write: This is a small book about a large question: In a world where many players are all adapting to each other and where the emerging future is extremely hard to predict, what actions should you take? We call such worlds Complex Adaptive System. “

7.  Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence –based Management

This book guides managers in using this approach to dismantle six widely held—but ultimately flawed—management beliefs in core areas including leadership, strategy, change, talent, financial incentives, and work-life balance.

8.    The Decision Model: A Business Logic Framework Linking Business and Technology

      By Barbara Von Halle, Larry Goldbery

The decision Model is a solution to the long-standing issues of separating business logic from other dimensions in business systems, automated or not

  1. Business Modeling and Data Mining
  2.   by Dorian Pyle 

The list author says:
"The most technical book on our excellent, hardcore reference on the core work of business modeling and data mining. Good for new analysts looking to broaden their horizons."


  1. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game 

by Michael Lewis

The list author says: "For those who love sports, a great way to make the value of analytics relevant." 

  1. The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion   

By John Hagel, John Seely Brown and Land Davison

12. Decision Management System: A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Preidict Analytics
By James Taylor

Author wrote: a smart decision system encapsulates business rules, predictive models and optimization.


13.Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving

By Jonathan G. Koomey, PhD, John P. Holdre

14.Fooled By Randomness

By Nassim Taleb

Despite not being purely focused on analytics, teach important lessons about correctly interpreting insights from data analysis

15    Predictive Data Mining: A Practical Guide

(The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems) by Sholom M. Weiss 

16    The Lady Tasting Tea

A book with a good description of how statistical thinking has shaped the scientific method



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