By Geir Rune Flåten, Chief Solutions Officer
The 2019 Analytics Solution Conference in Minneapolis in June was a two day, two-track conference. One track focused on design of experiments (DoE), and one track focused on multivariate analysis (MVA). The overall theme at the conference and the glue between these two “schools” is the focus on solving real-life complex problems with data. I left the conference with the feeling of being in the right partnership and that DoE and MVA (and process analytical technology) could intertwine even more.
The conference documented a series of strong use cases in both tracks. We saw how these tools are maturing and have a rising capability for solving complex problems. In presentations from companies like Patheon, DisperSol, Viavi Solutions, Eastman Chemical, InfraTrac, Collins Aerospace and Quaker Chemical we learned more about actual, real-life problem solving. We saw solutions for development, manufacturing and quality management. The data intensive approach is unlimited by industry differences as the array reached from chemical, pharma, agriculture, manufacturing and much more.
“We are not promising to “save the world”, we are merely solving concrete problems, saving costs and improving quality for companies in real-life.”
The common denominator is problem solving in real-life and the conference showed there is a strong bond between DoE and MVA to do this. Today there are new challenges in the industrial analytics space in the triangle between advanced analytics software, the profession of data scientists and deep domain knowledge. If you do not believe the idea of simply throwing data at smart technologies and expect transformational results, you can much better acknowledge the kindred spirit uniting DoE and MVA. We are not promising to “save the world”, we are merely solving concrete problems, saving costs and improving quality for companies in real-life.
So I left Minneapolis feeling quite confident, that we will expand and strengthen the bond in the future. Why emphasize the differences, as siblings arguing on the back seat of the car, when so much ties us together? Yes, there are differences, but we share the philosophy. I’m confident we will see even more integration in mindset, methodology and use cases on the next Analytics Solutions Conference!
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