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Guidance and results for the data-rich, yet information-poor.



A Comprehensive and Active Experience

of Modern Organizational Analytics

Classroom: Five Days
Online: Ten Half-Day Live Sessions*
*Online series may be scheduled over a 90-day
timeframe at registration [ except Beta ]
$3,995 USD
INFORMS Professional Development Units: 45


TMA’s Modeling Practice Framework™

This comprehensive active exposure to the full Modeling Practice Framework™ provides leaders and practitioners with the combined strategic and tactical orientations to predictive analytics.

Participants proceed to build an overarching project in stages with the autonomy to directly experience the natural messiness of data mining. No other training in the market provides such an immersive, skill-reinforcing and complete view of the practice – particularly with a real-world focus and vendor-neutral perspective.

If you are a business or public sector leader or practitioner looking to propel your organization’s analytic maturity and put predictive analytics to work for measurable gain, then this course is designed for you.


      • IT EXECUTIVES AND BIG DATA DIRECTORS: CIOs, CAOs, CTOs, Stakeholders, Functional Officers, Technical Directors and Project Managers who desire to transform their deluge of inert data to actionable assets
      • LINE-OF-BUSINESS EXECUTIVES AND FUNCTIONAL MANAGERS: Risk Managers, Customer Relationship Managers, Business Forecasters, Inventory Flow Analysts, Financial Forecasters, Direct Marketing Analysts, Medical Diagnostic Analysts, eCommerce Company Executives
      • DATA SCIENTISTS: Who recognize the importance of complementing their tactical proficiency with a strategic planning and design approach to advanced analytics
      • TECHNOLOGY PLANNERS: Who survey emerging technologies in order to prioritize corporate investment
      • CONSULTANTS: Whose competitive environment is intensifying and whose success requires competency with data mining and related emerging information technologies


      • Plan and manage your predictive modeling projects effectively from the start
      • Identify, qualify and prioritize viable and actionable analytic opportunities
      • Convey a standardized process development model to implement across your team
      • Acquire the rare combination of tactical and strategic skills to stand out in the analytics practice
      • Take an incremental low-risk / high-impact approach to model development along with vendor-neutral tool exposure that will save months in product surveying
      • Apply a formal process for data preparation, model development and validation of results
      • Recognize and avoid common but costly pitfalls in data prep, method selection and results interpretation
      • Guide your IT staff to build an analytics sandbox for rapid model development and minimal IT dependency
      • Develop the rare soft skills required to assess, design and oversee actionable analytics
      • Proceed confidently upon return with the formal process templates, session files, and direct hands-on experience gained in the follow-along labs through the full Modeling Practice Framework™


Traditionally, organizations use data retrospectively – to view what has already happened. Leading organizations use data prospectively – to anticipate behavior and automate prescriptive decisioning that targets the allocation of resources and grows the business while minimizing risk and loss. The mining of data for predictive indicators creates information assets from big data or small, which an organization can leverage to achieve specific strategic objectives.

Predictive analytics is a data-driven extension to an enterprise’s decision support system and big data architecture. It complements and interlocks with other IT and big data capabilities such as query and reporting, online analytical processing (OLAP), data visualization, and traditional statistical analysis. The predictive aspect of data mining may be defined as “the data-driven discovery and modeling of hidden patterns in large volumes of data.” Predictive analytics differs from the retrospective technologies above because it produces models — models that capture and represent hidden patterns and interactions in the data.

The resulting models are both descriptive and prospective. They address why things happened and what is likely to happen next. A user can pose “what-if” questions to a data-mining model that cannot be queried directly from a data store. Examples include: “What is the expected lifetime value of every customer account,” “How can we better target the allocation of organizational resources,” Which cases should be audited first for the highest propensity of fraud”, or “How will production quality be affected if various resources change?”

The organizations that transform their growing mass of data into information assets and automate decision-making for measurable gains will be the first to realize substantial returns on their big data and analytic investments.


      • Understand the purpose, function and impact of the Modeling Practice Framework™
      • Define and prioritize primary business objectives and detail the criteria for a successful project results
      • Establish stepwise experimental design for predictive model development
      • Recognize pitfalls and avoid misleading approaches that cause analytic projects to fall short of their potential
      • Realize that model-building for actionable production need not be highly technical or complex
      • Construct a valid data set and transform data for superior model performance
      • Select appropriate methods for each of the Four Core Analytic Project Types
      • Assess the degree to which a model meets a predefined performance objective
      • Leave with resources, contacts and plans to substantially reduce project preparation time, costs and risks


For today’s organizations to transform from their current big data challenges into leveraging their growing mass of data prospectively for measurable and sustainable gains, they will have to first take a more methodical and holistic approach to predictive analytics.

This will require a purposeful and balanced approach to strategy and tactics. Most organizations jump directly into data and tools that tend to produce good models… and fail at the project level for a host of strategic reasons. Those who make the investment to fully assess their environment, situation, resources and objectives across all team members will produce project designs that result in analytic projects that are measurable, accountable, actionable and impactful.

Unlike any other course on the market, Strategic Implementation steps through a full Modeling Practice FrameworkTM giving equal emphasis to strategic and tactical issues. Leaders who take this comprehensive course will interact more effectively with their teams at the tactical level, while analytic practitioners will complement their existing algorithmic background with a more strategic focus.

In the end, the organization will be greatly strengthened with team members who run from a common platform that insists on making predictive analytics purposeful and impactful. This course is intended for those willing to invest in developing skills for superior project design and incremental development to overcome chronic analytic failings. Those who complete this course will be capable of guiding their organization to stand up a thriving internal analytic practice with measurable and residual gains.


Registrants will be required to view a four-hour asynchronous “Core Concepts” orientation prior to attending this event. Access details for the Core Concepts orientation will be shared with participants prior to the start of the course. Prior education or experience in data analytics or statistics is helpful, but not required.

Participants need only supply a laptop computer with Microsoft Excel. Instructions on how to download lab data and any analytic tools will be provided in the preparatory email. The instructor can assist participants with any preparation during breaks, and before or after class.  Read the Series Overview to understand all that is delivered in this highly engaging course.


What You Will Get in this Presentation

Core Concepts
Assess & Plan Phases
Prepare Phase
      • Initiate Analytic Culture & Mindset Shift
      • Refine Team Roles & Responsibilities
      • Build Analytic Sandbox
      • The Importance of the “Data Recon”
      • Effective Collaboration Between Analysts and IT
      • Exercise Breakout Session
        • Define Performance Benchmarks
        • Explore Final Data
      • Comparing Data Requirements to Actual Data
      • Looking for Potential Problems
      • Data Exploration Demonstration
        • Prepare Data
      • Data Integration
      • Data Cleaning
      • Data Construction
      • Exercise Breakout Session
        • Select Candidate Modeling Techniques
        • Develop Roll-out Plan for Go-Live
Model & Validate Phases
Deploy Phase
      • Change Management for New Decision Process
      • Streamline Data Preparation for Deployment
      • Revisiting Data Prep with an Eye toward Deployment
      • Considering Deployment Options
      • Data Preparation Demonstration
        • Review All Project Functions
        • Go Live
        • Prepare Final Report
        • Conduct Knowledge Transfer
Monitor Phase
        • Create Maintenance Schedule
        • Assign Monitoring Responsibilities
        • Build Performance Dashboard
        • Who Will be in Charge of Monitoring?
        • How with the Monitoring Information be Updated?
        • Exercise Breakout Session
            • Define Criteria for Model Refresh or Replace
            • Develop Monitoring & Maintenance Plan
        • Putting a Proper Plan and Schedule into Place
        • Monitoring Demonstration
          • Identify New Data Sources
          • Record Changes to Environment and Organization
Wrap-up and Next Steps
          • Supplementary Materials and Resources
          • Conferences and Communities
          • Get Started on a Project!
          • Strategic Oversight and Collaborative Development

The Modeling Agency, LLC, is registered with INFORMS (the INstitute For Operations Research and the Management Sciences) as a Recognized Analytics Continuing Educational Provider for the CAP® (Certified Analytics Professional) program. The CAP® credential provides analytics professionals with a means to distinguish themselves and demonstrate to employers, colleagues, and the public that they are knowledgeable analytics professionals. Courses provided by The Modeling Agency, LLC, are automatically accepted by INFORMS when claimed by credential holders as evidence of continuing education. For more information about the CAP® program, including requirements, eligibility, benefits, preparation, and exam dates, please visit the INFORMS website at www.informs.org/certification.

Upcoming Sessions

Oct 31 – Nov 4, 2016
Nov 14 – 17, Dec 5 – 8, 12 & 13, 2016
12p – 5p US EST | 9a – 2p US PST
17:00 – 22:00 UTC / GMT
Feb 1 & 2, 7 & 8,
13 – 16, 21 & 22, 2017
12p – 5p US EST | 9a – 2p US PST
17:00 – 22:00 UTC / GMT
*Online series may be scheduled over a
90-day timeframe at registration

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Attendee Comments

“There is no better way to learn Data Mining than to do it yourself. Take this course for an invaluable hands-on experience of project definition and implementation. Even if your organization does not adopt predictive analytics as standard, you will have acquired a much needed skill set.”

Raymond D. Mooring, PhD
Wage and Investment Research
Internal Revenue Service

“This course gave me just what I needed: a clear conceptual idea of how a data mining project is designed and implemented, and the hands-on to gain confidence in the process.”

Dotty Korsey
Market Information Manager
Bank of Hawaii

“This course opened my eyes to the big picture in a practical way. The content of the Project Implementation course was very clear and responsive to my needs. My questions were answered directly and clearly. Exceeded my expectations!”

Bill Scharffenberg
ITS – Business Solutions
Surewest Communications

“I would recommend TMA’s Project Implementation course to executives weighing the costs and benefits of such projects within their organizations. Tony approaches the course from a business management perspective and presents the concepts in real-world cases making the task of visualizing use of the process in one’s own business a snap!”

Kelli R. Schultz
AVP, Information Technology
iPay, LLC

“The course was very efficient. It imparts new perspectives in the strategic implementation of predictive analysis projects. The instructor was supportive and has extensive experience in this field. I recommend that all data scientists get this course.”

Maher Alsharfan
Statistical Researcher
Saudi Credit & Savings Bank

“The ‘Project Implementation’ course successfully takes the broad and complex subject of data mining and organizes and explains it in a very logical and understandable way. The training provides real-life examples of the various aspects of data mining and a proven approach to successfully achieving desired results. I can highly recommend TMA’s Data Mining courses to anyone interested in understanding the broad landscape of data mining and predictive analytics.”

Dillon Ridguard
Principal, Technology Services Group
Computer Sciences Corporation

“For a person with no prior predictive analytics knowledge, TMA’s course series is the way to go for comprehensive insights about true predictive analytics implementation. The course details with all phases of a project right from planning to implementation to the deployment stage. The course transforms from a reactive reporting environment to a prescriptive operation.”

Kiran Rachamadugu
Service Delivery Manager, BI/EDW

“This course was excellent. It was technical and practical. The instructors were just amazing with their knowledge experience and their ability to answer all our inquires, also the resources they provided us with were very helpful. Well done TMA!”

Sana Al Hajri
Planning and Program Analyst
Saudi Aramco

“This course gave me a new perspective on techniques and applications software that our federal agency had not previously seen. The course content was great, and the very knowledgeable instructor kept the students attention by using real-life examples and discussion of additional resources. I highly recommend this course!”

Larry P. Taylor
US Department of Education

“I was a bit apprehensive about attending and how I could apply data mining concepts to my particular industry, but the instructor put those fears to rest.  Highly recommended!  Thanks TMA!”

Lewis Kohnle
Planner / Analyst
The Mitchell Gold Company

“This class gives the Statistician a bunch of new tools to use in solving business problems. Once the limitations of statistics are reached, grab this data mining tool belt. You will be surprised how much further you can get.”

Raymond D. Mooring, PhD
Wage and Investment Research
Internal Revenue Service