The Decision Maker

The Excel Curse and Automation Cure: 3 Reasons to Automate your Data

Posted by Mark Portz on Feb 21, 2017 12:05:00 PM

In the fifth Data Analytics Series BIGcast, Sorting Socks: A Data Automation Conversation with Graham Goble, John Best speaks with Graham Goble of BankBI about financial performance management, reporting, and business intelligence.

The Excel Curse

One primary point of discussion during the podcast is about the use of spreadsheets in comparison to data automation. “The Excel Curse” is certainly not unique to credit unions, but it is absolutely a problem across the industry that requires action. Excel is a powerful tool and serves a number of purposes very well, but advanced analytics for financial institutions is not one of them. Even for a spreadsheet guru, there a several fatal flaws in using such a software as a primary reporting tool in credit unions:

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Topics: Shared Applications, Data Analytics, BIGcast, Data Automation

Big Data vs. Little Data: Part 2 - The Steps to Data Analytics Mastery

Posted by Austin Wentzlaff on Feb 14, 2017 11:03:00 AM

In my previous blog, Big Data vs. Little Data: Part 1 - Structured and Unstructured Data, I discussed the two main types of data that should be top of mind for any organization thinking of becoming truly “Data-Driven.” In the world of data and data analytics, credit unions must leverage ALL the data accessible to them but the journey of mastering data analytics can be very tricky.

Determining the right tools will be critical.  When it comes to data and data analytics, the order in which you introduce new tools is extremely important.  In order to make each step up the analytics curve effective as the last, credit unions must consider the following steps:

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Topics: Analytics, Big Data, Little Data

Credit Union Cooperation: Google Maps Style

Posted by Nate Wentzlaff on Feb 7, 2017 12:02:00 PM

As credit unions begin their journey into the future, they must rely on an industry standard analytics platform to guide them to their destinations.

Google Maps has revolutionized how we navigate our lives. It saves us from headaches caused by unnecessary traffic and other challenges in traveling. My journey from work to home has many different routes depending on traffic patterns. During days with slower traffic (i.e. - winter snowstorms), the Google Maps recommended route will change every 5 – 10 minutes. Using an analytics engine that informs me of the best route allows me to spend extra time on more important things in life. Credit unions have a similar opportunity when navigating their institutions into the uncertain future of financial services. Establishing an industry standard analytics platform will enable credit unions to cooperate on analytics and guide them to their desired destinations.

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Topics: Analytics, Data Integration, Data Pool, Cooperation, Data Visualization, Insight Platform

Looking to the Future of Data Warehousing

Posted by Mark Portz on Jan 30, 2017 11:01:00 AM

In the fourth Data Analytics Series BIGcast, From Questions to Answers: Becoming a Data-Driven Organization, John Best speaks with Brewster Knowlton of The Knowlton Group about data-driven decisions, data warehousing and successful data integrations.

The Six Characteristics of a Data-Driven Organization

According to Brewster, there are six characteristics to determine whether your organization is really data-driven:

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Topics: Data warehouse, Data-Driven, BIGcast

Descriptive, Prescriptive and Predictive Analytics, Oh My: The CECL Journey

Posted by Mark Portz on Jan 23, 2017 11:06:49 AM

In the third Data Analytics Series BIGcast, The CECL Effect, John Best speaks with Joe Breeden of Deep Future Analytics about CECL, data pooling, and predictive analytics.

The Impact of CECL

As Joe Breeden explains in the podcast, CECL stands for Current Expected Credit Loss, and is the new accounting standard for how financial institutions will set loss reserves. Typically, organizations under $10 Billion assets have utilized moving averages to calculate loss reserves, but this model is backward-looking and will not be acceptable for the new regulations. A moving average model will always set your loss reserves too low moving into a recession and too high moving out of the recession.

When discussing how to meet CECL requirements and create a forward-looking model, Breeden states, “There is a lot of flexibility on how you implement it, but there are two things that are pretty much unavoidable”:

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Topics: Data Pool, predictive analytics, Data Analytics, CECL, BIGcast

8 Steps to Make Data Analytics Work for You

Posted by Peter Keers, PMP on Jan 17, 2017 11:01:00 AM

Credit unions interested in advancing their data analytics efforts will find a wealth of information in a recent article in the McKinsey Quarterly. Simply entitled, “Making Data Analytics Work for You – Instead of the Other Way Around” (Mayhew, Salah, and Williams), the article provides an easy to follow list of steps for any organization to get the most out of their investment in data analytics.

The authors emphasize that improving corporate performance is the only meaningful reason for organizations to pursue data analytics. As a result, they state two important principles:

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Topics: Data Analytics, Structured vs. Unstructured Data, Data-Driven

A Clean Room, a Pool, and Actionable Information from Credit Union Data

Posted by Mark Portz on Jan 10, 2017 11:01:00 AM

In the second episode of the BIGcast Data Analytics Series, John Best speaks with Blesson Abraham of SavvyIntel about credit union analytics insights, data pooling and optimization. The financial services industry is facing immense pressures, and credit unions cannot rely on the intuition or “how it has always been done” any longer. As John and Blesson discuss, utilizing big data and advanced analytics is no longer an option, but a necessity for credit unions.

You Have to Clean Up your Room

Analytics is a major point of discussion these days for credit unions. However, less frequently discussed, is the organization of the data required to perform analytics. Companies such as SavvyIntel have created incredible models which can be utilized at all credit unions. However, no model is ever going to work properly and provide truly actionable insights if the data isn’t clean and validated.

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Topics: Data Pool, Podcast, BIGcast

Top 5 (and 5 most missed) of 2016: Credit Union Big Data and Analytics – Part 2

Posted by Mark Portz on Jan 4, 2017 11:01:00 AM

As 2016 draws to a close, it is time to look back on all that we’ve learned, and apply it to better our organizations for 2017. The credit union industry is rapidly changing as financial institutions are gaining better understandings of the necessity to optimize analytics and become truly data-driven organizations. As 2016 comes to a close, I have taken the liberty of compiling some of the industry’s favorite Big Data & Analytics related articles (and some you may have missed) from OnApproach’s blog, The Decision Maker. This is part two of two and features the top 5 articles you may have missed in 2016. Click here to see Part One highlighting the most popular blogs of the year. Enjoy!

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Topics: Analytics, Big Data, Best of

Top 5 (and 5 most missed) of 2016: Credit Union Big Data and Analytics – Part 1

Posted by Mark Portz on Dec 29, 2016 12:39:55 PM

As 2016 draws to a close, it is time to look back on all that we’ve learned, and apply it to better our organizations for 2017. The credit union industry is rapidly changing as financial institutions are gaining better understandings of the necessity to optimize analytics and become truly data-driven organizations. As 2016 comes comes to an end, I have taken the liberty of compiling some of the industry’s favorite Big Data & Analytics related articles (and some you may have missed) from OnApproach’s blog, The Decision Maker. This is part one of two and features the most read pieces of 2016. Click here to see Part Two highlighting the some good reads you may have missed over the year. Enjoy!

 

The Top 5 Favorites:

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Topics: Analytics, Big Data, Best of

Reinventing the Member Engagement Model: [Video]

Posted by Mark Portz on Dec 20, 2016 10:52:36 AM

 

 The single greatest challenge for credit union CEOs is figuring out how to stay relevant to a member base that does its banking using their phones.

Credit unions need to connect data to breakdown silos and create a member experience that feels like the credit union understands your life and knows just what to recommend at the right time. Fitness/health apps have become masterful at creating impactful user experiences that provide detailed and precise information to the company. The end result is predictive and prescriptive product offerings that create personalized user experience that promotes trust, retention and advocacy.

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Topics: Value, Member Engagement

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