Predictive Analytics

Predictive Analytics

The use of data, statistical algorithms and machine learning techniques to identify the likelihood of future outcomes based on historical data. The goal is to go beyond knowing what has happened to providing a best assessment of what will happen in the future.

Banking & Financial Services

The financial industry, with huge amounts of data and money at stake, has long embraced predictive analytics to detect and reduce fraud, measure credit risk, maximize cross-sell/up-sell opportunities and retain valuable customers. Commonwealth Bank uses analytics to predict the likelihood of fraud activity for any given transaction before it is authorized – within 40 milliseconds of the transaction initiation.


Since the now infamous study that showed men who buy diapers often buy beer at the same time, retailers everywhere are using predictive analytics to determine which products to stock, the effectiveness of promotional events and which offers are most appropriate for consumers. Staples analyzes consumer behavior to provide a complete picture of their customers, and realized a 137 percent ROI.

Health Insurance

In addition to detecting claims fraud, the health insurance industry is taking steps to identify patients most at risk of chronic disease and find what interventions are best. Express Scripts, a large pharmacy benefits company, uses analytics to identify those not adhering to prescribed treatments, resulting in a savings of $1,500 to $9,000 per patient.


For manufacturers it is very important to identify factors leading to reduced quality and production failures, as well as to optimize parts, service resources and distribution. Lenovo is just one manufacturer that has used predictive analytics to better understand warranty claims – an initiative that led to a 10 to 15 percent reduction in warranty costs.