COMING SPRING 2018! Competitive Analytics Developing and Teaching New Course: ``Mastering Predictive Analytics`` at UCI’s Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA).

This course will focus on how students can develop more accurate forecasts for better decision making via the 20 Core Principles of Forecasting Expertise

David Savlowitz, New Adjunct Professor, UCI’s Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)
David has spent over 30 years developing and perfecting data driven strategies to help clients with their analytical needs. David specializes in price optimization, demand/supply forecasting, valuation analytics, market research, and strategic planning. David used his comprehensive knowledge of data and analytics to develop the DECIPHER™ Business Intelligence Platform, which Competitive Analytics uses to deliver all nine functions of the business intelligence process. For David, analytics is not just a profession . . . it’s his passion.
On weekends, David even enjoys researching and analyzing baseball or basketball statistics to discover what is truly driving his favorite teams’ performance. David has a Bachelor of Finance and M.B.A. from Arizona State University, completed his first year of a PhD in Psychology, and is a member of the National Association of Economists and National Speaking Association. David is a native New Yorker, but lives in Villa Park, California with his wife, Erika. They have two children, their son August and daughter London. If David is not sifting data or spending time with his family, he can be found at home in his state-of-the-art recording studio writing and recording music.
Michael Ponton, New Adjunct Professor, UCI’s Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)
Michael Ponton has 10 years experience in economic analysis, statistical analysis, financial analysis, analytical modeling, market intelligence, idea generation and implementation, strategic planning, consumer behavior analysis, and executive management. Michael’s unique core competencies include solving complex problems, creating innovative economic forecasting models, developing proprietary valuation/forecasting models, programming customizable Excel models via Visual Basic, and synthesizing complex concepts into working models. Michael started working at Competitive Analytics on October 11, 2005.
Prior to his active role as Director of Analytics at Competitive Analytics, he attended California State University Fullerton for his undergraduate degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Economics and his graduate degree in Economics with an emphasis in Finance. Michael graduated top of his class in his masters program and received numerous awards for being the only student to achieve a 4.00 in the core economic program.

Mastering Predictive Analytics

Every decision by definition is a prediction about the future. And because we’re now in the early stages of the “epoch of big data”, one of the most vital functions for all organizations is “predictive analytics.” In fact, predictive analytics ranked #1 on a list of all analytics applications in which 84% of all companies now use or plan to use within the next 3 years. Moreover, predictive analytics is now (or rapidly becoming) a vital part of the decision making process in business, science, politics, sociology, psychology, sports, entertainment, music, government, non-profits, and any field and industry you can think of.

This course will leverage two of the most powerful analytics tools available: Alteryx and Tableau. Students will learn how to build predictive models using both Alteryx and Tableau while learning the 20 Core Principles of Forecasting Expertise each step of the way. Students will also learn valuable case studies of how predictive analytics has been successfully applied in the “real world” – gaining powerful insights and techniques from innovative and custom forecast models built for Honda, Toyota, Irvine Company, and others. This course is specifically designed for students who want a practical, powerful, and hands-on recipe for mastering predictive analytics.

This course will also focus on how students can develop more accurate forecasts for better decision making via the 20 Core Principles of Forecasting Expertise:

I. Strategy

• Understanding different philosophies of forecasting

• Identifying and learning from master forecasters

• Formulating the forecast question via an organization’s strategic and tactical objectives

• Planning your forecast while understanding your audience

II. Data

• Finding reliable external data sources

• Connecting to internal data sources and leveraging dark data

• Preparing and cleaning time series data

• Blending different data sources 

III. Method

• Selecting forecast methods

• Building modeling tables

• Conducting quick forecasts

• Utilizing statistical, mathematical, econometric, and analytical tools

IV. Workflow

• Building analytic work flows

• Developing comprehensive what-if scenario-based forecasts

• Evaluating and contextualizing forecast output

• Designing dashboards and the art of data visualization

V. Output

• Presenting and reporting forecasts

• Using forecasts and the decision making process

• Monitoring and benchmarking forecasts

• Revising and evolving forecasts

Course Books

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  • A few weeks ago I sent our friends at Competitive Analytics our monthly report to import into a new iPad tool they created. WOW! It is amazing how they turned an almost impossible collection of data into an intuitive one with built-in analyzers for your iPad!

    Director of Sales & Technology, NES Rentals
  • Competitive Analytics’ approach and methodology is well beyond any firm we experienced. They utilize advanced mathematics and proprietary software in order to assist us with specifically identifying revenue maximization and product optimization. Needless to say, they were worth their fee.

    Chief Financial Officer, Boeing Realty Corp.
  • We use a company called Competitive Analytics to provide projections, trends and metrics based on the information from our own actual results as well as other companies. We have found that this firm is significantly more accurate than any of the other “Economic Forecast” that are done in Southern California.

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  • When I need comprehensive economic analysis, precision market research, and strategic advice with measurable results, I call David Savlowitz at Competitive Analytics. Competitive Analytics has completed an array of demand studies, pricing studies, forecasting, and qualitative research for our company; and on each and every occasion CA provided phenomenal deliverables that added much insight and value to our business.

    Division President, KB Home
  • Since early 2000, Western National Property Management has engaged Competitive Analytics to assist in developing quantitative and qualitative forecasts specific to the Southern California apartment market, and to assist in forecasting strategic and tactical plans for our clients’ properties. The information garnered from this annual analysis is an integral component of our annual budgeting and business plan process. Due to the proven track record of Competitive Analytics with regard to our portfolio, we have come to rely on their insights and observations about the economic climate that directly impacts how we do business. Competitive Analytics is an intelligence firm that conducts comprehensive market research and precision analytics.  They employ a myriad of innovative methodologies and technology to produce objective, evidence-based market knowledge to assist companies to reach higher levels of performance and profitability.

    President, Western National Group

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