Predictive Analytics Workshop – Public Session

The focus of this workshop is to introduce predictive analytics to anyone interested in learning more about statistics and software. Participants range from students to business and technology professionals interested in learning more about this emerging power new field. This is a beginner class so no experience is required.

Participants will learn about Predictive Analytics, Data Mining and IBM SPSS Modeler software and take a hands-on tour of Modeler at our complimentary three-hour instructor led session.

Get hands-on experience with IBM SPSS Modeler software to help you better understand the distinctive value of its easy-to-use, rapid-prototyping, predictive modeling and deployment capabilities.


Experience the intuitive, interactive IBM SPSS Modeler interface, which features expert nodes for experienced analysts and automated modeling capabilities for novices


Get step-by-step guidance through 3 common applications of predictive analytics: finding patterns and groups, using the past to predict the future and decision optimization.


Apply automated data preparation that incorporates structured and unstructured data, predictive techniques, and deployment options to real-world business issues

Predictive Analytics Workshop


(Public Session)

with IBM SPSS Modeler

Wednesday May 28th, 2014

8:30am – 12:00pm

Calgary, AB
 IBM Calgary Headquarter
 (Rocky Room B)
 227 11 Ave SW

Sponsored By:


Bow River Solutions Inc.

Bow River Solutions Inc.

Statistics for World Leaders


Torrent of Data…

Behavioral science shows that 40% of the decisions we make throughout a day aren’t really decisions — they’re habits. Yahoo’s CEO told Bloomberg News that her goal for Yahoo as a web destination was to make it a habit:
“I think that there’s a real opportunity to help guide people’s daily habits in terms of what content they read. That is something that we are really working on. All of these daily habits — news, sports, games, finance, search, mail, answers, groups — these are all things we have been underinvested in.”

Launched in 1994, Yahoo is one of the old dogs of the tech world. In 2012, former Googler Marissa Mayer came on as CEO, amid much fanfare and a few photo shoots. Beyond the publicity, she quickly executed several smart strategies that have shaken up Yahoo.

7 Brilliant Strategies Marissa Mayer Used To Shake Up Yahoo


Did you know…

Don’t believe people who say they work 60 hours a week.
People overstate the number of weekly hours they “usually” work by 5% to 10%, with those on the higher end being more likely to overestimate, according to a study le by John P. Robinson of the University of Maryland.

By examining US workers’ time diaries, the researchers found that people who say they usually work 55 to 64 hours per week are off by an average of about 10 hours; people who say they work 65 to 74 hours are overstating by about 20 hours.

Respondents may inflate their estimates because of a desire to appear industrious, the researchers suggest.

Stats & Curiosities from Harvard Business Review – Page 57

Statistics for Social Media Sharing…

80% Of Facebook’s Likes And Shares Come From Outside The U.S.
The Asia-Pacific and Western European regions accounted for the largest share of the clicks, claiming 21% each. Like and Share buttons are least popular in the Middle East, which only accounted for 3% of all engagement.

Here’s a breakdown of the stats:
Asia-Pacific accounted for 21% of impressions of Facebook’s Like and Share buttons
Latin America: 13%
U.S.: 20%
Western Europe: 21%
Central and Eastern Europe: 18%
Africa: 3%
Middle East: 2%
Canada: 3%


Smart Solutions…

Enterprise risk management is a critical differentiator that drives business performance and better outcomes. It helps protect your brand, provides a framework for implementing enterprise-wide governance policies, ensures regulatory compliance, and increases revenue through improved risk-aware decision making.

Fraudulent attacks grow increasingly more sophisticated. Using advanced customer screening, monitoring across channels in real-time for unusual behavior, and centralized case management for effective handling of detected events, you can:

Improve transaction integrity
Prevent sophisticated internal and external fraudulent activities
Ensure client trust

Managing financial risk effectively is vital to a bank’s success. Apply data modeling, predictive analytics, decision support tools and comprehensive reporting to better monitor, measure and manage market and credit risk exposure across multiple silos. You will enjoy improved liquidity, better capital management and decision-making consistent with business objectives and prudential norms.



The Canadian dollar capped its 5-year appreciation by achieving parity against the US dollar late in September. The increase accompanied higher commodity prices, notably records for oil and wheat, and a cut in US interest rates. The latter was motivated by the turmoil in financial markets that began in mid-August, and renewed weakness in the
US housing market

In Canada, however, there were few signs that the disruption in some financial markets (notably asset-backed commercial paper) was affecting the real economy. Most importantly, employment jumped 0.3% in September, helping to send the unemployment rate to a 31-year low of 5.9%. Higher commodity and stock market prices in September also pointed to the underlying strength of the economy

 We’re always happy to set up a conversation and discuss these points: helping with examples to show the value, realizing the need and potential gains and talking through how we’ve seen support grow. We can also discuss the overall vision with examples of how value has been delivered with many business intelligence projects. Send us an email at or call us at  (587)-885-1090  for further information. We’re happy to meet with you at our Calgary office at 264 Midpark Way SE. or at your location in Calgary or western Canada.