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January/February 2013 Table of Contents

social media business analyticsFEATURES

Welcome to ‘worksocial’ world

By Samir Gulati
New approach, technology blends data, process and collaboration for better, faster decision-making.

How to pick a business partner

By David Zakkam and Deepinder Singh Dhingra
Ten things to consider when evaluating analytics and decision sciences partners.

Big data, analytics and elections

By George Shen
Obama team’s all-front campaign leveraged Web, mobile, TV, social media and analytics.

Modeling experience yields insights

By Bruce W. Patty
Lessons learned while working with the largest domestic container fleet in North America.

Software survey: decision analysis

By William M. Patchak
Relationship between technology, thoughtful analysis remains essential to success of any software tool.

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