“The Future of Wine Has Changed”… But in What Direction?

“The wine industry doesn’t like change. The wine industry doesn’t like innovation. The wine industry thinks that things should be the way it was, or the way they were.” For Robert Joseph, wine writer and connoisseur, this idea holds true. At this year’s World Bulk Wine Exhibition, an international event where wine industry professionals come together to celebrate a good bottle, Joseph challenged the attitudes that many hold towards the unorthodox approaches of doing business.

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Like many others, Joseph questions what it takes to sell a bottle of wine heading into 2019. In a landscape with ripe opportunities for innovation, it is becoming more apparent that risks need to be taken. So what is the future of wine beginning to look like? (more…)

How a New Study Could Revolutionize the Use of Data in Higher Education

Management Systems. Marketer or analityc manager team dressed in suits working with paper charts and laptops at the white office interiorOne of the biggest complaints about analytics use in higher education is that schools have tons of data, but they just don’t know how to use it to make decisions to improve students’ experiences. That could be about to change.

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The University of California at Irvine received a million-dollar grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to lead an effort that will track students’ behaviors in order to measure their success. Cal-Irvine will serve as the pilot site of the study, and the information gathered there will inform a national study of several colleges, managed by a consortium at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Researchers are hoping to figure out what practices affect how students learn, grow, and enter the work force. Here’s what they’re doing in their study that sets them apart. (more…)

Accountable Care: The Next Frontier of Value-Based Care

Accountable care. Doctor with female patient

In my recent series of posts, I’ve been exploring various approaches to value-based care (VBC). Here I’ll delve into Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and their importance in the value-based landscape.

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The ACO model represents what’s arguably the most progressive approach to delivering both care and value. It stands out in terms of its potential to significantly shift not just how care is provided, but how resources are allocated to assess and improve the well-being of a population. In effect, the emphasis is on “health” as opposed to “healthcare” in the traditional sense. (more…)

Dimensional Insight Book Club: The Motivation Myth

motivation mythIt seems like we’re always waiting. We wait for inspiration to move us, opportunities to come to us, and even the train ride home that is consistently late. When we want to make a change in our lives, we find ourselves repeating these familiar patterns. But what if you broke the habit?

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In The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win, Jeff Haden shows us how to be proactive goal-setters, sharing what we can do today to reach our long-term goals of tomorrow. We recently read this book for the Dimensional Insight Book Club. Here are our thoughts. (more…)

How Universities Use Analytics for Hiring

Hiring. Hand, two men on a desk. Negotiating business.There’s no perfect solution to hiring. Sometimes someone who looks great on paper is a disappointment in person, and it’s possible the ideal candidate can’t even get his or her foot in the door because of a lackluster resumé.

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In higher education, there are many factors that go into being a great university leader or a great professor. And there are a number of challenges to finding the right candidate in an industry that is highly competitive. Business intelligence can’t solve every problem with the hiring process, but it can help an organization get closer to finding the right person by focusing on analytics it can use. (more…)

How Wine Producers Are Solving Production Challenges with Technology

production challenges. Tuscan vineyard with red grapes.You know what’s inside of your glass of wine. But do you know how it was made? Vineyards have been a part of human history since as early as 6000 BC. With this vintage, we should have been expected to master the art. But in 2018, we are still striving towards excellence.

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A recent survey from Wine Business Monthly asked multiple growers from different regions about the top challenges they experienced in 2018. Among them, production challenges such as labor shortages, wine quality, and sustainability were the most prominent. So how are we able to improve production with modern technology? (more…)

Medical Schools in the Digital Age: The teachingEHR

healthcare. A group mixed race of student medical students communicates in front of a laptop. Discussion of the diagnosis.A doctor’s daily workload has changed completely in the last 20 years. The digitization of patient data has shifted the majority of a doctor’s time away from patients and towards EHRs. In fact, a recent study in Family Medicine concluded that providers are spending, on average, 18.6 minutes in front of an EHR and only 16.5 minutes with a patient during each visit.

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For physicians to be most effective and efficient with their time, they now need to be technically capable along with being clinically capable. This change in workplace norms must be reflected in the education of those entering the healthcare field. So how are medical schools preparing new doctors for the technology onslaught? Let’s take a look. (more…)

Giving Thanks: Gratitude in the Workplace

Gratitude. Retro effect and toned image of a woman hand writing a note with a fountain pen on a notebook. Motivational message PRACTICE GRATITUDE as concept for self-improvement

Thanksgiving is a time of year when many of us eat too much food, watch too much football (though my husband would say that’s not possible), and spend too much money on Black Friday sales. The busyness of the holiday makes it easy to forget what the purpose of the day is all about: gratitude.

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the past year at work: the customers I’ve visited, the projects I’ve worked on, and the co-workers I’ve collaborated with. And if you’ll allow me a moment, in the spirit of the holiday, I’d like to share some of the things I’m most thankful for. (more…)

Inventory Analytics: Four Key Sales-Related Metrics to Watch

Key sales-related metrics. Woman using a barcode reader in a distribution warehouseThe ever-increasing digitization of the distribution business is generating ever-increasing amounts of data – and making it harder to discern which metrics are the most important for profitability and growth. For distributors, inventory is one of the most important drivers of success, thus underlining the need for insightful and actionable inventory analytics.

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In my last blog, I presented key metrics that track inventory alone and the interplay of inventory and employees. Today I will focus on inventory and sales numbers. Here are four metrics related to inventory and sales that will help distributors up their game. (more…)

3 Steps Toward Success in Healthcare Analytics

Explanation of healthcare benefitsHealthcare organizations are making significant investments in data analytics – an estimated $11 billion last year, forecast to surpass $30 billion by 2022. But spending does not necessarily bring success. Healthcare organizations need to put thoughtful, collaborative work into laying the foundation for analytics success.

There are three crucial areas to address before any healthcare analytics project starts rolling down the tracks:

  • User community perspectives, opportunities, and imperatives
  • Data governance
  • Business rules

Let’s take a closer look at each one.

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