- How do you describe the importance of data in analytics? Can we think of analytics without data? Explain.
- Considering the new and broad definition of business analytics, what are the main inputs and outputs to the analytics continuum?
- Where do the data for business analytics come from? What are the sources and the nature of those incoming data?
- What are the most common metrics that make for analytics-ready data?
Go to data.gov—a U.S. government–sponsored data portal that has a very large number of data sets on a wide variety of topics ranging from healthcare to education, climate to public safety. Pick a topic that you are most passionate about. Go through the topic- specific information and explanation provided on the site. Explore the possibilities of downloading the data, and use your favorite data visualization tool to create your own meaningful information and visualizations.