The Rise and Fall of Black Book Analytics

There's more pressure than ever for IT vendors to show clients the tightly-held secrets of their Big Data magic tricks.

Much of the need for greater transparency is being driven by increased regulatory requirements. Don Busiek, general manager of manufacturing software at GE Intelligent Platforms, noted that manufacturers now must provide “genealogies” for the products they create, including the ingredients used in the manufacturing process. While that might seem onerous, he noted that many GE customers are starting to run that information through analytics applications, the better to identify potential risks to business: “The future of advanced manufacturing is going to be all about leveraging analytics.”