Prescriptive analytics is a relatively new, more powerful field of business analytics compared to past descriptive, diagnostic, and predictive forms of analytics. Instead, prescriptive analytics leverages artificial intelligence (AI) in its data analysis to directly recommend actions to decision-makers to achieve specific goals.
It uses prescriptive decision models built on mathematical and statistical algorithms that factor in constraints and objectives to analyze a given problem. Using prescriptive analytics, an organization can leverage predictive insights based on past and present data for more informed decision-making when faced with complex situations.
As Gartner describes, prescriptive analytics answers the questions “What should be done?” and “What can be done to make _________ happen?” It is based on specific goals established by decision-makers in various organizations. By Gartner’s definition, it is characterized by several techniques, including:
These solutions are fit for any variety of data types and sources. They have various applications across industries, including healthcare, logistics, manufacturing, finance, and retail.
Organizations that leverage it can realize several benefits, including:
Ultimately, benefits are limited by the types of data available and the power and accessibility of the analytics tools delivering prescriptive analytics capabilities to decision-makers.
Increasingly, self-service analytics tools that feature low-code and no-code interfaces make prescriptive analytics available to non-technical personnel. These capabilities are characteristic of modern decision intelligence (DI) environments. DI is the next generation of business intelligence (BI) solutions, where DI platforms democratize data access beyond the realm of data scientists and other technical personnel alone. In these ways, decision-makers at all levels of an organization can access prescriptive analytics to support decisions in their roles. With the right governance, universal access to prescriptive analytics drives business value in these capacities.
Pyramid Analytics is the world leader in decision intelligence, helping organizations leverage prescriptive analytics as part of a more robust analytics environment. Our unique DI platform delivers data-driven insights and other capabilities to various personnel in a governed, self-service way.
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