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Eventually, we will digitize our bodies, information and objects; creating a network of everything in the world. All of the information in the world is digitized, the next step is to digitize our objects to create the Internet of Things. The concept of the Internet of Things was popularized by RFID’s helping manage Inventory flows, but that is just the surface of a far more fascinating application of technology.

Objects can now connect themselves to the Internet. Cisco Software estimates that as of July 29th, 2013 there are 8.7 billion connected objects, or 0.6% of all objects in the world. Embedded sensors and actuators allow them to sense, communicate and adjust to the environment. Objects are able to register and report pain, communicate and respond to humans and other objects.

The following are some examples of how these connected objects, the Internet of Things, will impact our world. Read more…


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The Future is Now

on August 19, 2013

At CAN we explore new frontiers with data science. Most of us think of our world as having already been explored. After all, the days of Magellan and Columbus are literally history, and today we can pull up Google Maps to view satellite and street-level images of every square mile of our planet within seconds. The generations before us sailed new seas, crossed continents and mapped lands that were completely foreign to them. Future generations will be exploring the cosmos and travelling to distant planets. And so it seems as if there aren’t any bold new frontiers for the explorers of our time, but that’s not true.

We live in the digital age, discovering new frontiers using computers, data and the Internet. This world is growing in complexity and we are venturing out to map it and settle it. According to Google’s Eric Schmidt, we now create as much new data in 2 days, as we did from the dawn of civilization up to 2003. We produce 5 exabytes of data every 2 days. (1 exabyte = 1000 petabytes = 1,000,000 terabytes)

This new landscape of data science can be as foreign and complex to many of us as the Great Plains were to the early settlers. Where do we begin? Where are we going and how do we get there? What resources do we have to gain from this bold, new world? Read more…


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Suppose you have a bad feeling. Perhaps there is an aching somewhere in your body telling you that something just isn’t right. Or maybe you’ve grown accustomed to being energetic and suddenly that feeling has been replaced with a sense of fatigue. Your body is trying to tell you something, and even though you don’t know what it is you do know that something’s wrong.

And so you decide go to the Doctor. Your trusted medical professional starts by asking you a few simple questions. Together, you both start to get a clearer picture of what is bothering you based on the symptoms your body is demonstrating.

Quite often, you’ll hear a basic diagnosis and be given some healthy advice. However, there are times when the situation is more complicated. You might proceed to a physical examination. More often, blood samples are taken so that tests can be done. Unless they have all of the necessary information a doctor simply cannot make an accurate diagnosis or provide you with an accurate treatment plan.

In the business culture, our companies and work environments can also get that feeling when something isn’t right. Unhealthy attitudes or poor performance can be indicators of unbalance within your company. After all, large organizations often function as one entity and when the “body” of your company isn’t performing at a healthy level, it is only logical to seek out the cause.

At Contemporary Analysis you will find experts in Business Medicine. We like to ask questions about how your company is performing. How does your market feel? Is your sales team selling up to their potential?  Are your clients changing their behavior? Are you experiencing a lack of clarity about your businesses direction? What type of treatments have you tried already? What do you think is driving people to buy your product? Why would any of your employees want to leave the company?

Together, we can create a long list of variables which might be aspects (symptoms) of the problem, or perhaps they are causes for some of the larger problems. Then, through process of elimination we’ll provide you with the most likely diagnosis. We can eliminate the side effects of having poor sales performance by addressing the issues that are affecting your employees. We can generate healthier client relations by helping you to find a more attractive target audience. You will be able to increase your employee retention by acting on our “Doctor’s Orders” in order to keep your most valuable assets feeling strong and happy within their work environment.

We will evaluate your business’s problems quickly and efficiently, then tell you what you can do to address them. Our approach is serious, but we don’t get hung up on formality and convention. When you bring your business to CAN you can rely on us exceeding your expectations, no matter how high you set them.


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I have listened to a lot of conversations about how we are worse off than our parents, how the United State’s Economy is doomed, and how United State’s position as a World Power is doomed. This month I had more conversations than usual about the Great Stagnation.

It is easy to get discouraged about the Great Stagnation. Is the sky falling? It might be, how would I know? Also, after a hard day it is attractive to think that the entire system is broke and we are all doomed to stagnation

However, In the back of my mind I knew things couldn’t be stagnating. Infact, things are changing faster than ever. Confusion, ambiguity, fear and uncertainty are not the result of stagnation. They are emotions caused by rapid growth and new paradigms.

We have failed to realize that we now live in a world that looks like a 1970’s Science Fiction Dystopia. Some people take advantage of the changes, others choose to ignore the change. The result is that we feel anxious, but are not sure why.

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Rethinking Business Intelligence: Information or Decisions

on January 21, 2013

There is something very strange about Contemporary Analysis. It’s not something that can be easily identified or quantified.  People have often remarked on the fact that we are different even though they weren’t able to put their finger on what exactly made us different.

Perhaps you’ve noticed.  On any given day, a person might wander into our offices and overhear a conversation about artificial intelligence, or a spirited debate over metabolic intelligence versus programmable intelligence. Often, the ideas that capture our attention haven’t yet entered into the imaginations of the public at large.  Sometimes we tend to discuss the trends of the future as if they’ve already happened, and it’s these types of clues that have aroused suspicion. And so, we have decided to come clean and confess.

We are from the future.

We’ll forgive you if this claim is met with skepticism, after all, the first rule of time travel is that you just don’t talk about the future. But we’re not interested in following that rule, we want to talk about the future.  There are a few things we think you should know.

We want you to know that in the future, things aren’t so bad. In most ways the future looks surprisingly similar to the present.  The major difference is that “the new” is neither good nor bad.  People will be creating all sorts of new things in the years to come, just like we always have.  You do not need to be scared of “the new.”  There will always be new ways of thinking, fueled by new ideas.  There will be new problems but also new solutions.

At CAN we were raised in this bold, new world. It’s what we’ve always known.  We grew up with computers, the internet and a plethora of digital interface devices at our fingertips.  We navigate these new landscapes with relative ease and radical speed.

Predictive Analytics is the future. The future is now. How will you use it?


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on August 14, 2013

Everyday new information is being created in your business. Your customers are buying more, subscribing or unsubscribing, and before you know it your customers today are seemingly different than the customer you had the day before.

As these new patterns emerage its important to periodically take time to investigate your data, update your predictive models, and challenge the assumptions about your business going forward. But how often should you do this? To answer that question, consider the following:

  • How often is my data changing?
  • How often do I plan on making decisions with the data?

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Most of us think of our world as having already been explored.  After all, the days of Magellan and Columbus are literally history, and today we can pull up Google Maps to view satellite and street-level images of every square mile of our planet within seconds.  The generations before us sailed new seas, crossed continents and mapped lands that were completely foreign to them.  Future generations will be exploring the cosmos and travelling to distant planets.  And so it seems as if there aren’t any bold new frontiers for the explorers of our time, but that’s not true.

We live in the digital age, discovering new frontiers using computers, data and the Internet.  This world is growing in complexity and we are venturing out to map it and settle it.   According to Google’s Eric Schmidt, we now create as much new data in 2 days, as we did from the dawn of civilization up to 2003.  We produce 5 exabytes of data every 2 days. (1 exabyte = 1000 petabytes = 1,000,000 terabytes)

This new landscape of data science can be as foreign and complex to many of us as the Great Plains were to the early settlers.  Where do we begin?  Where are we going and how do we get there?  What resources do we have to gain from this bold, new world? Read more…


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There have always been two major ways to expand your business:  Grow it, or Buy it.  This brings up some interesting questions about which is more beneficial.  The correct answer is usually based on cost of customer acquisition and customer lifetime value.  Right now, with the cost of client acquisition being so high, companies are turning to buying distressed businesses.  One, it eliminates competition, and two, the customers can be acquired “on sale”.  While mergers and acquisitions are common across all industries, there seems to be a significant propensity for growth by buying in the banking industry.

The unique problem that is causing an increase in the ” buy them” thought process is that in banking their revenue generating power has dwindled with the decline of interest rates.   Not only that but as clients leave for competitors by natural attrition, there is a dire need for new customers.  Buying seems to solve both of these.

While it may solve the issue of new customers at a reduced cost, how to transfer the old customer base to the new bank has always been a major problem.  First, you have a bevy of new customers who have not gone through your buying process.  You have no idea who they are and why they are in the product they are in.  Secondly, you can fix problem number one by keeping the staff from the bought bank, but they’re not sure if the customers are in the correct products anymore either because they don’t know what products they have to sell. Read more…



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