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September 27, 2006

IRS threat warning upgraded

We're sorry to announce that the IRS threat warning is now significantly upgraded - they have just implemented advanced technology that will make sure that absolutely nothing gets away from them - now equiped with both radar and microscope eyesight!



http://www.spotfire.com/spotfire_downloads/case_studies/EastportCS.PDF

Ah well - in all seriousness it's pretty exciting - IRS using information visualization technology to look for tax evasion activity associated with offshore credit
cards, e.g. not the average person activities. And it's great to see the Federal Government to step up into taking advantage of new ways of dealing with large amounts of information.

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Posted by Christopher Ahlberg at 4:30 PM | Comments (0)

September 19, 2006

Training the 15 year olds

I met yesterday with one of my favorite/most inspirational customers in London. Great discussions about how analytics and visualization has the chance of really bridging vastly different business areas in corporations - from R&D to Sales&Marketing.

The customer provocatively (in a great way) asked me "how early do you start train the future Spotfire user generation?". I always thought about the university programs we run serving this purpose - but she kicked back and said "you need to start earlier, start with 15 year olds - they need to be prepped for a world of looking at data holistically".

And she's right. Perhaps it's already back in school things go wrong with us all looking at problems in silo orientation - not looking at enough angles and not turning the data stones upside down to look for the unexpected to be able to make break-throughs. Question is what's the high value/interest data that 15 year olds will get all excited about. Fantasy football? Probably not their pension portfolio anyway...

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