Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Collaborative Analytics

Tomorrow I'm meeting with the marketing team at Good Data, an innovative provider of Collaborative Analytics software.

What is Collaborative Analytics?

As far as I currently understand, Collaborative Analytics allows a group of people to create reports on a dataset together, to discuss results, and to refine reports.

It seems to me that there is still an important role for IT, or at least for a reasonably technical person, to upload the dataset and configure the data model. But after that initial step is taken, the reports are fairly easy to use by non-technical people.

The 'collaborative' part of it is that they can leave comments in the reports, not unlike sticky notes. They also support tagging (like you do with blog posts) and revisions, so you can see who made which changes at which time (like with wikis).

Good Data's collaborative analytics solutions runs on Amazon Web Services, so it is almost infinitely scalable.

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