How analytics and data visualization can transform patient safety

Carrie Steyer, Slalom Consulting

Carrie Steyer

In a joint presentation at the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in Las Vegas on March 31, we’re joining forces with Advocate Health Care to talk about the approach, challenges, lessons, and impact of providing the right people with the right data in the right format for your organization. We’ll share how analytics and data visualization transformed patient care and safety for Advocate, and how it can empower your organization, too.

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Data storytelling: creating Tableau vizzes that get noticed

James Young

James Young

Tableau may be easy to use, but bringing data to life takes more than a powerful tool—it takes knowing how to use that tool to tell a great story. With the right mix of Tableau know-how, curiosity, and ingenuity, anyone can make sense—beautiful sense—out of a complex set of data.

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Demystifying predictive analytics: analyze the status quo

Saken Kulkarni

Saken Kulkarni

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how retailers can leverage analytics to get a more complete picture of their ultra-connected customers. I also presented a five-step road map pointing the way there.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll outline these steps in greater detail. In the process, I hope to demystify advanced analytics and help C-suite executives successfully implement a data-driven culture within their organizations. Read more of this post

One on one with Slalom’s Tableau hackathon winner, Erika Bakse

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James Young

I’m happy to officially announce the winner of our 24-hour Tableau hackathon, Erika Bakse! I sat down with Erika to pick her brain about the process and see what she’s looking forward to with Tableau in 2014.

Congrats on your winning dashboard! Tell me a little bit about how you approached the challenge, how the dashboard works, and some of the key insights it brings to light. 

I began by thinking about what I’d want to know about the social conversations around Dreamforce, and Twitter seemed like a natural place to start. I wanted to find out what’s being tweeted and pull in a real-time feed of the most recent tweets. I also looked at the top people tweeting about Dreamforce, what was being retweeted, common hashtags and trends, and the tweets and trends over time. Read more of this post

Slalom dreams big with 24-hour Tableau hackathon

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James Young

Slalom came out in a big way for Dreamforce ‘13, joining the throngs of 130,000+ cloud enthusiasts and industry leaders for an epic week of inspiration, collaboration, networking, and innovation.

I was wowed by what our strategic partners had on tap for the event. Tableau had an incredible showing, complete with an interactive booth, daily Tableau talks, a Speakeasy lounge, and expert-led sessions on everything from dynamic data storytelling to embedding live dashboards into Salesforce. The Tableau crew’s passion for changing the way we see and understand data is nothing if not contagious. Read more of this post

Catering to the king: leveraging advanced analytics in a customer-centric economy

Saken Kulkarni

Saken Kulkarni

Fifteen years ago, sellers ruled the retail landscape, freely proposing the price for goods and services dictated by market or, very often, themselves. This “take it or leave it” attitude prevailed because customers had few resources to counter prices and shop around.

Today, the environment has changed. A customer looking to buy golf clubs for a weekend getaway can comparison shop on eBay or Amazon, and then post a comment on Facebook asking for opinions. The customer can then browse reviews of local driving ranges on Yelp to try out his or her new purchase. The proliferation of social media, ecommerce platforms, and mobile usage has created an ultra-educated class of consumers and has allowed the customer to have ultimate control of his or her purchasing decisions. The retail landscape has dramatically changed—the customer is now king. Read more of this post

Slalom Tableau Showdown delivers key Medicare insights to Provider CIOs

Kyle Roemer

Kyle Roemer

It’s no secret that the United States is facing increasing healthcare costs, but how do the costs of common procedures and provider plans vary across our states and cities? The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released US Medicare Provider Charge data, which highlights charges by procedure across providers in the United States. Read more of this post

Empowering CFOs with rich insights that drive profitability

Keith Roberts

Keith Roberts

As I meet clients across all of our markets, I’m constantly amazed at the rapidly changing role of financial executives. Today they have more complex responsibilities than ever before, and in many cases are being asked to lead strategic decision-making efforts that impact the long-term performance and profitability of their businesses. This places finance executives in the unique position to both valuate the current performance of their companies and also to advise operational leaders on possible strategic initiatives to drive growth. To successfully achieve both of these objectives, finance executives must access key financial and operational data to gain deeper insights into their day-to-day operations. Read more of this post

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