Friction can be a big problem when engineers validate components for cars or planes. But we have found it can be just as much of an issue when you are trying to use data to improve your business. Instead of high temperatures and grinding gears, friction in data analytics can lead to failed projects, wasted money, and unnecessary work. In the three decades we have spent implementing data analytics solutions, we have found there can be organizational friction between departments and people, technical friction between tools and vendors, or financial friction between aspiration and reality. Often, it is all three. As much as 87% of the time, the result is the same – the data analytics project goes nowhere.
What is friction in analytics? It can mean:
- Communication gaps between data experts and domain experts
- Lack of knowledge or red tape around who can access data
- Incomplete, messy, or imperfectly formatted data
- Confusion regarding where pipelines or machine learning (ML) models should run and how to deploy them
- Skill disconnects between today’s data experts and established data analytics toolsets
- Uncertainty or project redirections caused by constantly changing tools and infrastructure
These are big challenges that require careful thinking and holistic solutions; equal parts organizational education, technology acceleration, and all-around flexibility.
This is why the combination of Altair and RapidMiner is so powerful. RapidMiner brings a world-class, advanced data analytics platform and industry-leading Center of Excellence (CoE) program for organizational data analytics transformation. Altair brings scale, an established data analytics business, unique technology, and the revolutionary, patented Altair Units software licensing model. Together, we are uniquely able to provide the technical accelerators and organizational streamlining that our customers need to succeed in their data analytics initiatives.
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Altair is a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI) that provides software and cloud solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), data analytics, and AI. Altair enables organizations across all industries to compete more effectively and drive smarter decisions in an increasingly connected world – all while creating a greener, more sustainable future. For more information, visit https://www.altair.com/.