Four Flavours of Business Analytics

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Data analytics, as defined in “Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning” by Thomas H. Davenport and Jeanne G. Harris, refers to the extensive use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, explanatory and predictive models, and fact-based management to derive decisions and actions. It has the meaning of discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data.

Dealing with business analytics implies the efficient use of quantitative analysis, statistics, as well as information modelling to shape business decisions. In this context, people dealing with business analytics can be classified into three levels: analytics scientists who build complex models to extract insights from data, analytics experts who apply the models from the first level to real business problems, and analytics specialists who can build insights based on the output of the previous steps.… Click to read the full post

Social Impact: Is Anyone Paying Attention?

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Social media has been for quite some time now (for sure since the Facebook phenomenon), in the epicenter of the discussion for all kinds of businesses! Both online and offline, businesses are looking for ways to attract new customers through harvesting the power of social media such as blogs, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, LinkedIn, etc. Specific strategies with really specific milestones and metrics are set trying to catch the social/viral train! Job positions have already emerged where dealing with social media campaigns is not just a side-task but covers most of the working day! Social media gurus are here already, sharing their wisdom about social media, thus creating along with a long list of other professionals, a market for these services.… Click to read the full post

OpenEd-powered global food safety?

It was about a year ago when I traveled to snowy Michigan in order to take part to a very interesting event that the MSUglobal team of the Michigan State University (MSU) hosted in East Lansing: the Open Knowledge for Agricultural Development Convening 2013 that the MSU, OER Africa, and The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) organized with funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and MSU. This was the first time that I heard about the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) by Dr. Brian Bedard, a Senior Livestock Specialist at that time working with The World Bank.… Click to read the full post

Agro-Know ready for full throttle

"This is Ground Control to Major Tom"

“This is Ground Control to Major Tom”

I still remember January 2011 when I was looking at a large office with empty desks and only a couple of people working, wondering how this would look like if it ever got full with people. This time has come and already gone: the Agro-Know office at Grammou 17 is now packed, alive and vivid! For a couple of months now, finding some free working space at the Grammou office was quite an adventure, and the meeting rooms (formal and informal) have been always occupied and (looking) very busy. We tried to use some shared co-working facilities until we got a better feeling of whether the team headcount would stabilize, but this was quite difficult and not-so-productive.… Click to read the full post

Remember, remember the 6th of December!

December 6th is the name day of Nikos and a big event in Agro-Know, as there is always a significant number of Nikos’s in the team:

There is always this myth surrounding AK, according to which one has more chances to be recruited if his first name is Nikos…who knows?

This day is really special for the office; just imagine the amount of sweet and savory stuff brought to the office by all these Nikos-es for celebrating their name day and the festive atmosphere created by all these celebrating guys.… Click to read the full post