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July 26, 2016

Big Data Value Is Out There — Somewhere

By Steve Swoyer July 11, 2016 Article Link Is your organization getting value from its investment in big-data-related technologies? According to a recent survey, more than half of …

July 24, 2016

Turning Blue States Red and Red States Blue

CLICK HERE for a fantastic visualization of the presidential election!

July 24, 2016

Nuances Matter!

by David Savlowitz As Charles R. Swindoll stated: “The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.” Perhaps the greatest coach of all time …

July 24, 2016

Dirty Secrets

by Maciek Wasiak “I am not a Data Scientist and I just built a predictive model!” Click here to read the entire post with comments Chances are, …

July 24, 2016

6 predictions for big data analytics and cognitive computing in 2016

January 6, 2016 by Gil Press, Forbes Big data analytics is the next trillion-dollar market, says Michael Dell. IDC has a more modest and specific prediction, forecasting …

August 5, 2015

Trends in Google Search Terms

There are several relevant BI terms being highly searched for in Google Search, showing that awareness of and interest in BI and analytics is growing. Below you …

June 9, 2015

OC Tableau User Group Summer 2015 Meeting

The Orange County Tableau User Group (OCTUG) met at the DECIPHER™ Theater on June 9, 2015 for our Summer 2015 Meeting. Competitive Analytics hosted the User Group meeting to …

June 3, 2015

SoCal Alteryx User Group Meeting: Inspire 2015 Debrief

The Southern California Alteryx User Group (SCAUG) had an excellent meeting on June 2, 2015. After just returning from Inspire 2015, Alteryx’s annual conference, Competitive Analytics …

August 10, 2012

Interactive London Olympic Medal Rankings

UPDATED 08.12.12 (FINAL STANDINGS) – 85 countries won a medal out of the 962 awarded during the 2012 London Olympic Games. Which country performed best? If you …

July 20, 2012

Spark of Innovation

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Published: July 20, 2012 Updated: 3:22 p.m. Click Here for Orange County Register Link The following interview took place between the Orange …

July 19, 2012

Companies Doing Poor Job Turning Big Data Into Profits

Big data promises to boost profits and solve problems, but for many companies trying to put it to work, it also has become a big challenge …

June 28, 2012

Four Quad Business Cycle

We recently introduced a more advanced method for deciphering the U.S. economy by developing a four quadrant bubble chart. See below: Competitive Analytics’ FOUR QUADRANT BUSINESS …

June 26, 2012

McKinsey Global Survey

Amid fears of default and slowing emerging-market growth, executives’ expectations for the global economy—and their own countries—are more pessimistic than they were in March. The euro’s …

September 18, 2011

Best Economic Service for 2011

For the 3rd consecutive year, Competitive Analytics is awarded Best in Business Economic Service. “I am pleased to announce that Competitive Analytics has been selected for …

September 8, 2011

The Mobile BI Evolution Is Here

The next business evolution is here and it’s Mobile Business Intelligence AKA Mobile BI. Organizations will either leverage mobile intelligence in order to manage change and …

September 28, 2010

Best in Business Economic Service for 2009 and 2010

For the 2nd consecutive year, Competitive Analytics is awarded Best in Business Economic Service. “I am pleased to announce that Competitive Analytics has been selected for …

September 14, 2010

NOI Per Capita Ranking of California Cities

390 of 480 cities realized positive NOI Per Capita yet trouble ahead. With much “polarizing dialogue” about too much government versus too little government, we decided …

September 14, 2010

NOI Ranking Of All 478 California Cities

Out of 478 California cities with available data, Long Beach achieved the highest surplus of revenues over operating expenditures (i.e. NOI) from 2000 to 2008 at …

September 9, 2010

DECIPHER’s “City Analyzer” Launches

Premiering Sept. 15-17 2010 at the San Diego Convention Center Specifically designed (and named) for delivering unparalleled city analytics, DECIPHER’s “City Analyzer” will be unveiled at …

September 8, 2010

US Economy Drops

US Economy Drops 15.5 TPSI Points to 401.7 As Aerosmith once said: “We’re Back In The Saddle Again!” It’s been almost a year to the day …

July 1, 2010

DECIPHER™ Launches

We are extremely proud of launching “DECIPHER” – an innovative software program that re-visions how market intelligence and economic analysis should be conducted. After three years of research, …

September 1, 2009

California Top 100 City Rankings

As of this writing, we have 5,492 readers and 11,172 total views over our first 12 weeks of 60 Second Insight.  Thank you so much for everyone’s time, …

August 25, 2009

Baseball Economics

Moneyball is widely known. Yet there are many new metrics you can unearth by digging down deep into the data. We “deciphered” two metrics that evaluate …

August 18, 2009

Are We Saving or Spending?

This is a trick question. The answer is NEITHER. We cross-pollinated Retail Spending by 13 NAICS categories PER Household PER Month to answer two salient questions: …

August 11, 2009

Is A Housing Recovery Underway?

Is there a housing recovery underway?  Not yet.  We illustrate the fundamental weakness underpinning the current housing sector…and what DID NOT happen during the recent housing …

August 4, 2009

A Tale of Eleven Decades

As we approach the end of the decade, let’s see how the “2000s” are shaping up versus ten prior decades. As Michael Jordan said: “You have …

July 28, 2009

Stock Market Trends

Roman Abramovich said “Investors have very short memories.”  So let’s look at the last 720 trading days of the DJIA…back to 3Q2006 and the last time …

July 22, 2009

Unemployment

Unemployment is discussed everyday so let’s provide unique insight underneath the numbers. And let’s not bury the lead. For the first time ever during June 2009, Long-Term Unemployment is greater …

June 30, 2009

Home Prices and Home Sales

Home Prices and Home Sales have myriad sources and methods of calculation, and unfortunately, wide variations of accuracy and relevance.  One source deserving close attention is the …

June 23, 2009

US Retail Trade

We cover three of the numerous Idiosyncratic market benchmarks we analyze for US Retail Trade. We also deliver a summary of several anecdotal indicators of economic conditions. …

June 16, 2009

New Housing Unit Supply

Executives need to keep an occasional eye on “Euro Zone Employment” which drives significant US demand for goods and services and vice versa. The 16 Euro …

June 9, 2009

Macroeconomic Update

New Housing Unit Supply for May 2009 generated significant year-over-year decreases in four sub-categories:  1) NHU Permits slumped to 48,100 which is 100,973 units below cycle …

November 28, 2008

National Economic Trough Forecasted During August 2009

National economic trough forecasted during August 2009. The expected trough of the national economy’s 1000 Point Strength Index (“TPSI”) has been extended two months from June …

November 21, 2008

Election 2008 Forecast

CA’s 2008 Presidential election forecast model was 99.73% accurate, another resounding success for CA’s forecast models! The final electoral vote count resulted in 365 electoral votes …

November 14, 2008

US Median Home Price Forecasted To Trough in 2010

US median home price to stabilize during 1Q2010. The national median home price ($216,334 as of October 2008) is forecasted to experience a price compression in …

November 7, 2008

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Geek Book of the Month (Synopsis by Barnes and Noble) – In Outliers, Gladwell (The Tipping Point) once again proves masterful in a genre he essentially pioneered—the book …

May 1, 2008

U.S. Economy 17 Year Low

CA’s National Economic Strength Index (“NESI”) hit a 17-year low and is forecasted to trough during May 2009. (Click here for large chart. Will not view on …