Ted Bross
Episode #5 Analytic Stories™


Do you have to have a final product or solution immediately to help someone with their question?  Not according to Ted Bross!


Ted believes if you get something going and get your hands on data to analyze, then you’ll be able to see the connections between the question and the solution. (12:30)


Follow these ideas from Ted – he’s seen it all over his 50 years of industry experience:


KEY POINTS

  • “See the question from both sides of the computer.” Tech people get overwhelmed with questions; customers get overwhelmed with needing results. Be able to translate both. (2:00)
  • Be an active listener. Don’t try to solve the problem without fully understanding it. If you don’t ask questions and understand the problem, you can’t provide a technical solution. (6:00)
  • It’s easy to produce something that looks great but doesn’t work. You want to give people something that actually exists, not just something to talk about. (18:40)
  • Understand and accept the fact you’re not good at everything and let other people’s strengths combine with yours. (23:00)
  • When people want to do more with analytics, they usually don’t understand what it truly is. They understand the descriptive part, but not the predictive or prescriptive aspects. (30:40)

WHICH OF THESE IDEAS ARE YOU GOING TO WORK ON RIGHT AWAY?
HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED A BREAKTHROUGH OF MAKING DATA MORE IMPACTFUL?

Ted Bross has almost 50 years of experience in Higher Education, working in a variety of institutions and roles. In his current position as Senior Director, Center for Data, Analytics and Reporting (CeDAR) at Princeton University, he is responsible for all strategic and operational administrative reporting. Prior to this current position at Princeton, Ted oversaw the development of the Princeton Information Warehouse as well as directing all custom application development for the university. He has worked as the Associate Director of Institutional Research at the University of Pennsylvania, and both the Director of Administrative Computing and Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Thomas Jefferson University (Pennsylvania).

In addition to being an original member of the Higher Education Data Warehouse (HEDW) Board, including being its president in 2011, he has served and chaired two PeopleSoft Product Advisory Groups, was a charter member of the Cognos Higher Education User Group, is a current member the Core Data Service working group sponsored by EDUCAUSE and a founding member of the Central NJ Tableau Users Group. Ted holds a doctorate from Rutgers University in Adult Development and Learning, has presented at numerous professional conferences and has had multiple papers published in professional journals. He has taught at the graduate level at UMDNJ (now Rutgers), Thomas Jefferson University and Drexel University.


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