Interesting FactsSome interesting facts about Science, some about D|ONE and some "Interesting, but useless information" (IBUI).

Number Category
41444351010

Dial this number if you have a need for Data Insight.

D|ONE

250

In Mandarin the number 250 (Er Bai Wu) means "moron". Nobody would accept a price or a salary at 250. Explanations about the origin of this expression differ, but a good interpretation seems "on a scale of 1000 you are 250".

Trivia

626

Number of compositions by Mozart listed in the Köchel catalogue.

Trivia

16005

amount of revenue in $ Microsoft made in its first year (D|ONE: 114'000 CHF)

D|ONE

111'111'111

First number, consisting only of digits 1, which, squared, does not produce a symmetrical result like 11x11 does.

Interesting but useless info (IBUI)

4

Number 4 is considered an unlucky number in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese cultures because it is nearly homophonous to the word "death". In order not to take unnecessary risks, in most hotels in Hong Kong or Mainland China there is no fourth floor to choose in elevators (caring also about superstitious Westerners, the 13th floor is usually skipped as well).

Trivia

4

Number of Poker Events per year organized by D|ONE.

D|ONE

36y 130d 3h

Average age of D|ONE team members.

D|ONE

1729

Besides being the Hardy-Ramanujan number, 1729 is also a sphenic number because it is the product of three different primes (7*13*19).

Scientific

9'721'368

The largest decimal number where you can eliminate any digit, and the number formed by the remaining digits are divisible by the eliminated digit.

Interesting but useless info (IBUI)

9411

Distance in kilometers between both D|ONE offices, San Mateo and Zurich.

D|ONE

10

Number of clients representing 80% of D|ONE revenues.

D|ONE

2005

Year when D|ONE was established.

D|ONE

1729

The Hardy-Ramanujan number. The British mathematician G. H. Hardy told this story about the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan: "I remember once going to see him when he was ill at Putney. I had ridden in taxi cab number 1729 and remarked that the number seemed to me rather a dull one, and that I hoped it was not an unfavorable omen. "No," he replied, "it is a very interesting number; it is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways." This anecdote gave this number its name.


    9^3 + 10^3 = 1729
    1^3 + 12^3 = 1729

Scientific

4

The great pyramids in Egypt have moved 4 kilometers with the earth's crust since they were built.

Trivia

42

This number comes up in many discussions among certain professional circles (e.g., programmers). We are not sure why but we have our best analysts working to find out ;-)

Trivia

3

Number of eyes of the Tuatara lizard (lives in in New Zealand).

Interesting but useless info (IBUI)

4

Four half-moves are needed for the fastest possible checkmate (known as the Fool's mate).

Trivia

313

Car number plate of Donald Duck.

Trivia

520

If you re-arrange things just a little bit, fate may change a lot: Swapping 2 and 5 (see 250) means a significant upgrade: In Mandarin Chinese the number 520 means, "I love you". To make an extra you may also say "520 1314": I love you forever... "13" meaning "this life", "14" meaning "until death" (or "until next life? according to religious preferences).

Trivia

30

30% Probability that the leading digit in many lists of numbers starts with digit 1 (12.5% that it starts with 3). Called Benford's Law. Detected because some pages in logarithm tables looked used more than others. Used in forensic accounting, specifically in fraud detection.

Scientific

19

The G-20 is made up of the finance ministers and central bank governors of 19 countries. www.g20.org

Trivia

1729

On top of being the famous Hardy-Ramanujan number, and being a sphenic number, 1729 is also the third Carmichael number, after 561 and 1105. A Carmichael number is an integer n where bn-1 = 1 (mod n) for all b that are prime relative to n. All prime numbers have the Carmichael property.

Scientific

142857

This number rotates itself:

  142857 X 1 = 142857

  142857 X 2 = 285714

  142857 X 3 = 428571

  142857 X 4 = 571428

  142857 X 5 = 714285

  142857 X 6 = 857142

 

 

Scientific

0

Number of uninteresting natural numbers: If there were uninteresting numbers, there would be a smallest uninteresting number - but the smallest uninteresting number is itself interesting by being so, producing a contradiction.

Trivia

8.1

Days per employee per year invested in training.

D|ONE

7

Number of different countries of origin for D|ONE team members.

D|ONE

0.000154

Probability to get a royal flush in Texas hold 'em Poker.

Trivia

4444

Pragmatic as the Chinese are, if you take the the "4" (see 4) issue head-on you may turn it into a blessing: 4 times 4 i.e. 4444 means: may you be 4 times lucky in all four seasons.

Trivia

4

Four colors are needed to color a map so that no two adjacent regions get the same color (four-color theorem).

Scientific

1193, 1931, 3119, 9311

First 4 digits Circular Prime Numbers.

Scientific

55

55% of human DNA is also found in bananas.

Trivia

0.89

Schwarzschild radius of the earth. Compacted to 0.89 cm, the earth will become a black hole.

Interesting but useless info (IBUI)

«Either we can provide a significant contribution to a discussion, or we remain silent.»

Dr. Simon Hefti, Chairman

Challenges in Specific Industries

While some questions are the same in all industries, others are very industry specific and can only be tackled with a deep understanding of the specific domain. The following sections describe challenges in specific industries and show how D ONE helped to address these.

Private Banking

Challenges

  • Keeping up with regulatory requirements
  • Tailoring wealth management services towards individual customer needs
  • Increasing wallet share and loyalty of existing clients, and targeting new client segments
  • Keeping up with requirements regarding service-orientation
  • Different P/L Views, Compliance, Risk Management
  • Define relationship manager incentives to align individual objectives with corporate objectives

Craftsmanship

  • Reporting
  • ETL
  • Mining

How Our Services Helped to Meet the Challenge

  • Analysis of the reasons behind fee discounts
  • Predictive churn analysis to contact customers in time before they leave
  • Sales Performance Measurement
  • Process Performance Measurement
  • Revenue assurance process reporting - Invoicing -> Payment
  • Reporting system for data quality control process in order to improve ability to respond to legal requirements.
  • Improved performance measurement

Banking

Challenges 

  • Increasing regulatory requirements
  • Increasing demands for more service-orientation
  • Churn Prevention

Craftsmanship

  • Trainable classifiers
  • Multiple P/L Views
  • Click Stream Analysis

How Our Services Helped to Meet the Challenge

  • Producing regulatory reports
  • Designing Travel Data Warehouse
  • Click Stream Analysis to detect optimal use of internal tools

Telecom

Challenges

  • Targeted offering
  • Efficiency in customer care

Domains for Data Insight

  • Optimize marketing efficiency
  • Optimize client services
  • Targeted offerings for customer segments (where the segmentation is a result rather than a a-priori input for the project)
  • Financial customer value analysis
  • Identification of trend setting customers

How Our Services Helped to Meet the Challenge

  • Measurement of efficiency of customer processes (activations, retention, relocation, etc.)
  • Reporting on customer service efficiency and quality
  • Management tool for target setting and target reviews
  • Reporting in order to improve billing of outsourced services

Retail

Challenges

Market volatility and uncertainty are not just challenges for the financial industry. They are reflected in retail, too, with the additional element that the response to changing customer needs involves the movement of goods. Having the right merchandise in the shelf at the right time in the right quantity is a key success factor. Access to information from a wide range of data channels, as well as fast and precise data analysis is required. In one word: anticipation.

Domains for Data Insight

  • Supply Chain Optimization
  • Product Affinity Analysis / Basket Analysis
  • Customer Demand Prediction

How Our Services Helped to Meet the Challenge

  • Market basket analysis - determining the susceptibility of buying a product based on the purchase of another
  • Customer loyalty analysis
  • Profitability of products and customers
  • Determination of the optimal marketing mix for special offers & promotions, and simulation of special offers & promotions effects

Utilities

Challenges

  • Large and rapidly growing data volumes (think: more and more networked sensors)
  • Emerging market with rapidly changing conditions (liberalization still ongoing, new market actors, new regulatory requirements)
  • Growing relevance of commodities in the world market (Oil, Gas, CO2 Cert., etc.)
  • Complex KPI hierarchy
  • Integration of both internal and external as well as structured and unstructured data (e.g. trades, contracts, demand as a function of time, weather, politics, rumors)
  • Regulatory demands, e.g. for CO2 emissions

 How Our Services Helped to Meet the Challenge

  • Operating the trade data warehouse and reporting system
  • Implementation of the required reports

Transport

Challenges 

More than other industries, transport and logistics rely on integrating a multitude of different data sources. The availability and current location of goods, fuel, personnel, engines, and other infrastructure has to be tracked close to real time to arrive at a reasonably fast inform - orient - decide - act cycle. Without this ability, resilient production of the required transport services is impossible.

How Our Services Helped to Meet the Challenge

  • Data Architecture
  • Designing data cubes for capacity planning
  • Implementing MIS capable of deeply combining data from multiple sources

Health

Challenges

Limiting the ever-rising cost of health care while maintaining an acceptable standard of medical services is one of the big challenges for societies today. Business Intelligence is at the very heart of these efforts and helps in identifying cost drivers and eliminating fraud. The popular new managed care models would not be possible without tight integration of all treatment and patient data.

Domains for Data Insight

  • Tracking provider cost and performance
  • Identifying cost drivers
  • Fraud prevention
  • Medical talent retention
  • Targeting profitable patient groups

How Our Services Helped to Meet the Challenge

  • Data integration of heterogeneous managed care services
  • Campaign Management
  • Integrating nationwide cost data with insurer specific data