Datatelligent LLC Launches New Website

Website Focuses on Data Analytics as a Service (DAaaS)

(GLEN ELLYN, IL, JUNE 9, 2021) – Datatelligent, a data, analytics and AI solutions firm focused on helping higher education institutions, not-for-profits and small to mid-sized (SMB) firms manage their data, is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website. The new website, a key component of the company’s growth strategy, can be found at

Designed to provide a more intuitive and user-friendly experience, the new website has a clean design, improved functionality, and rich content focused on the data analytics as a service. For businesses looking to tap into the power of their data, the website provides access to tools and resources that can help transform business data into assets to improve revenue, reduce costs, seize business opportunities, improve customer experience, and more.

An interactive, mobile-first website that features a refreshed look and improved navigation, the website provides access to essential information, including:

  • Data Solutions: Discover how to access and understand all the data available to you.
  • Industry Solutions: All you need to stay up-to-date with data solutions and industry trends.
  • Data Partners: Expand the capabilities and reach of your data through our integrations and partnership with leading data analytics vendors.
  • About Datatelligent: Learn how Datatelligent helps you master data-driven decisions and fuel business growth.
  • Resources: Spotlighting expertise, perspectives and ideas to help you tap he power of data.

“We are thrilled to unveil a robust, new website that brings our online presence into the modern, digital age and will grow with us as we continue to grow,” said Larry Blackburn, President & Chief Solutions Officer, Datatelligent. “With this website, businesses will now be able to easily find relevant information about how they can leverage their data and advance their data journey.”

The website was created in partnership with Oknomedia, Inc., a digital and creative firm located in Homer Glen, IL.

About Datatelligent
Datatelligent is 100% focused on data, analytics and AI solutions. We help organizations compete and thrive in today’s data-driven world by providing a unique Data Analytics as a Service (DAaaS) approach—the People and Platform in Partnership with businesses—to achieve data and analytic success. With speed, agility and scalability, and more than 20 years of experience, our leadership team’s expertise spans all business sizes and industries.


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The Executive Non-Profit Data Analytics Summit

The non-profit landscape is shifting. Mission-based institutions today have access to more data than ever before. While they may recognize the tremendous potential for data, they often struggle to turn it into actionable insights that improve business results. Non-profits that lean into data analytics to effectively implement decisions will be the ones who usher in a new era of non-profit activism and efficiency.

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  • Current market trends impacting non-profit organizations
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  • Date: June 16, 2021
  • Time: 1:00 PM EST (60 minutes)
  • Format: Virtual Summit


  • Ann Hartman, Executive Director and Former CEO, Connect2Help
  • Larry Blackburn, Chief Solutions Officer, Datatelligent
  • Steve Wightkin, Chief Operations Officer, Datatelligent
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Can Community Colleges Survive the Pandemic?

by Steve Wightkin, VP of Customer Solutions, Datatelligent

There is no shortage of adjectives to describe 2020 and 2021: catastrophic, heart-wrenching, impossible, irritating, devastating. Whether we are applying it to our own personal experiences or to the broader world around us, no one can dispute that the Covid pandemic has created an environment of change and disruption.

This has been felt profoundly throughout our educational system. Schools have had to reinvent how they operate, and nowhere has this been more disruptive than in the community colleges space. While Covid has created headaches and difficulties throughout the higher education landscape, community colleges have experienced the brunt of the Covid-related fallout.


Colleges and universities had already been experiencing issues related to the cost of higher education and the student loan crisis. Schools have seen costs explode while revenues decline. In addition to the significant investments schools have made to transition to online learning environments — from training, course development, and technology improvements — they have also had to invest in infrastructure improvements to address other Covid-related issues (more space for in-person education, air filtration systems, etc.).

All this is occurring while many current and prospective students are questioning the value of higher education. Many have opted to delay a return to school until after the pandemic. Some question the cost relative to their online learning experiences. Schools have lost additional revenue as many students have not returned to on-campus living, sporting and other events have been canceled, state and federal funding may not be available, and alumni have not contributed as generously as in the past.

This list does not even touch on the additional Covid fallout — anxiety, vaccine availability, variants, etc.

So why has this hit the community college sector harder?

Unlike other economic downturns where community colleges have seen their enrollment numbers climb, the Covid pandemic has produced the opposite result. Community colleges have seen enrollment and retention numbers take a significant hit compared to other higher education institutions, especially for first-year students, where they see a nearly 20% drop.

Students at community colleges have also reported greater barriers to enroll and stay in school:

  • Job uncertainty — Many students rely on income from full- or part-time jobs that either disappeared or were severely hampered during the pandemic.
  • Family demands — This was especially difficult during the stay-at-home order when students found it disruptive to take online classes while also balancing family/childcare responsibilities.
  • Technology hurdles — Many students reported limited or no access to the technology required to complete online learning. Reliable broadband technology, as well as access to a computer or tablet, was a significant barrier to the new normal.
  • Limited emotional connection — Community colleges have historically had a more difficult time creating a sense of camaraderie and engagement compared to other colleges and universities. The transition to online learning has only exacerbated this sense of disconnect.

Will they be able to recover? Yes.

The answer is data. Community colleges are sitting on a patchwork of information that can be harnessed to help them answer key questions and pivot to meet challenges more effectively. Whether it be diving into enrollment metrics to help them improve existing programs or identify new opportunities; working with faculty and students to proactively seek out students that are struggling and develop programs to improve retention; or better forecasting for budget needs, especially when revenue targets and funding sources are shifting — this can all be addressed

by collecting and mining the data within these colleges.

And that is what we at Datatelligent can help with. We have partnered with colleges and universities throughout the country to develop data solutions to help them use their data to navigate these difficult times.

To learn more about our work with community colleges, visit:


Datatelligent Partners with Trucking Company to Create Data-driven Infrastructure focused on safety

Data Analytics Firm Builds Platform to Support Nationwide Safety Efficiencies

GLEN ELLYN, Ill., February 09, 2021 — Datatelligent, LLC ( and one of the foremost transportation specialists have partnered to develop an integrated data analytics solution to increase efficiencies and enhance the safety and security of their essential service. Using Datatelligent’s economic Data Analytics as a Service (DAaaS) solution, our client is now is able to integrate its disparate data sources from across the organization to better track safety metrics and keep the nation’s supply chain moving. The project enables the client’s staff to strengthen its focus on driver health and safety, lower transportation costs, and safer roads for all.

“As more and more Americans migrate to online shopping and direct-to-home options, the importance of logistics and safe delivery of essential items is paramount,” said the trucking company’s president. We value the expertise that Datatelligent brings to the table and recognize the importance of giving our team access to timely, integrated data.”

Datatelligent worked with our client to build a data-driven, automatic dashboard that ties together data sources flowing in from throughout the company. They now have access to key information and metrics in real-time, enabling staff and clients to recognize efficiencies and identify and address safety risks. The system also empowers the client’s team to focus on its core areas of expertise, reducing the strain on resources who had previously been migrating data manually and running weekly safety reports. Now Datatelligent’s dashboard seamlessly integrates data flowing from throughout the organization, allowing the client’s staff to run daily reports and have real-time visibility into its safety metrics. This will provide our client with a wealth of data that can be immediately understood and acted upon.

“We are thrilled to work collaboratively with our client as they build out their data analytics capabilities,” said Larry Blackburn, Chief Data Transformation Officer, Datatelligent. “Our key goal is to develop a dashboard that will collect critical data points from across their organization and allow their team to make informed decisions—especially as business processes need to pivot quickly in our current COVID climate.”


What Does It Mean to Be Data-Driven?

By Larry Blackburn, Chief Solutions Officer, Datatelligent

Using data to drive decisions, being data-savvy, harnessing the power of your data…all of these buzz words get bandied about during meetings, at conferences, in the trades, and online, but what does it really mean? How do you even know if you are a data-driven organization?

At Datatelligent, and throughout my extensive career in data analytics, I see becoming a data-driven organization as an iterative process. Think of it as a continuum. While it might seem overwhelming to assess and implement the organizational changes required to be in the data-driven zone, it’s more realistic and manageable to break the evolution into steps.

Step 1: Data Aware

You first need to recognize that your organization has disconnected information — nearly every entity does. For those companies just beginning their journey, these pieces of data may be tracked using manual, non-standard reports. And decisions rarely are made using the available data.

Step 2: Data Proficient

Your organization is tracking and collecting data using standardized reporting tools or reporting platforms, but the information may not be shared collectively. The data may not be well utilized for decision-making or planning.

Step 3: Data Savvy

You’re getting there. Your company tracks and uses data to make some business decisions, but the information may be trapped in silos between groups/departments, and the methodology to collect and report data may be inconsistent.

Step 4: Data-Driven

You’ve arrived at the pinnacle! Your organization uses data-first thinking from the start. All people and processes are in sync for data collection, tracking, and utilization. And data analysis is embedded into your decision-making practices.

So how do you get there?

It’s essential to look at the big, broad picture for your organization first — try to establish a high-level plan that is connected to your institution’s mission. This will help ensure that the data you mine is connected to achieving the results that matter to your stakeholders. What data will help you reach your business goals? Do an honest assessment of where your organization is in its analytics maturity (as per the steps above). Do you need to make any changes/adjustments to get started?

Next, invest what you can and adopt an iterative approach. This is more cost-effective than tackling an enterprise-wide solution, and it allows you to focus on projects that bring immediate value and smaller wins. Snowball this and add on as you build confidence and support throughout the organization.

Lastly, it’s essential to establish a unified approach. Develop a unified data platform to be rolled out across all parts of the organization. Bring together stakeholders to set the tone of collaboration and resist the temptation to silo information. And empower staff to access the data and tools in order to make decision-making a data-driven exercise. Invest in consistency, connection, and training.

To learn more about how Datatelligent has helped companies large and small, as well as colleges and universities, become data-driven, visit


Cowley College Selects Datatelligent to Build Data Analytics Solution

Industry Leading Data Analytics Firm Engaged to Drive Educational Improvements

GLEN ELLYN, Ill., April 15, 2021 — Further cementing itself as a proven resource for the higher education community, Datatelligent, LLC ( has been selected by Cowley College to work with its faculty and administrators to build a data analytics platform that will allow them to access timely, previously disconnected information — all with the goal of improving the educational experience of their nearly 4,000 students. Datatelligent has extensive experience partnering with colleges and universities to access data to navigate the Covid landscape more successfully and meet the changing and challenging needs of current and prospective students, faculty, and administrators.

Based in Arkansas City, Kansas, Cowley College is a community college spanning five campuses, and has recently moved to a more intrusive advising model that uses data to support student success. Educators and administrators realized the College collected the right information but was lacking the necessary tools to create a full understanding from multiple, disconnected data sources. That is where Datatelligent comes in; their team has a depth of experience and the ability to develop a customized data platform to track metrics tied to student engagement and performance with the goal of increasing retention and student satisfaction.

“Providing our students with the support they need to be successful has always been our goal, and the additional complications of COVID-19 placed a spotlight on our need to be able to quickly identify and respond to the challenges they are facing. We also recognize the increasing need for technology-based tools for our employees,” said Deborah Phelps, Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Cowley College, “and this time of collaboration with Datatelligent gives us an invaluable opportunity to benefit from their expertise in data visualization design.”

Using Datatelligent’s Data Analytics as a Service (DAaaS) solution, Datatelligent staff are working with Cowley College to build a student retention dashboard. This solution will allow advisors and enrollment staff to quickly identify struggling students and reach out to ensure they stay engaged and successful. Additionally, Datatelligent is working to develop a budget forecasting dashboard, which will allow Cowley’s CFO and her team to develop “what if” scenarios related to their budget based on variations in student and government revenues.
“Teaching in the Covid environment is challenging for colleges and universities throughout the nation, especially as services to students have shifted to an online environment. But it’s also an opportunity for innovation,” said Larry Blackburn, Chief Data Transformation Officer, Datatelligent. “We are thrilled to be working with Cowley College because this project, while challenging, also allows us to make an immediate impact in the student and employee experience.”

About Datatelligent
Datatelligent is 100% focused on data, analytics and AI solutions. We help organizations compete and thrive in today’s data-driven world by providing a unique Data Analytics as a Service (DAaaS) approach—the People and Platform in Partnership with businesses—to achieve data and analytic success. With speed, agility and scalability, and more than 20
years of experience, our leadership team’s expertise spans all business sizes and industries.

About Cowley College
Since 1922, Cowley College’s commitment to each student’s success in their chosen field is the force that has endured. Our desire to enrich each student’s life is the passion that has sustained us through good times and bad times. From our first day to our last, we will make a positive difference in the lives of our students. Today, Cowley College is recognized as a premiere community college & vocational technical college, focusing on learning excellence and personal enrichment for every student.


NCCET Data Analytics Forum

We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET) to bring you the NCCET Data Analytics Forum.

Hear from leaders at the College of DuPage, Cowley College, and Lone Star College talk about their data maturity journey.

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Datatelligent Optimizes Student Learning Through Data

Data Analytics Firm Taps into Institutional Data to Empower Educational Improvements

GLEN ELLYN, Ill., February 17, 2021 — Datatelligent, LLC ( has been engaged by a private liberal arts college in the Northeast to develop a data-driven solution that will analyze how faculty can better utilize their learning management system to improve student experience and success, especially as a majority of classes have moved to an online/remote environment due to the pandemic. The goal is to provide faculty and administrators with timely access to key information that will help improve instruction, student engagement and performance.

As colleges and universities wrestle with the ongoing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is essential that organizations seek out trusted experts to help tackle the rapidly evolving changes in higher education. That is why this college has partnered with Datatelligent, a leading data analytics firm specializing in addressing the unique challenges facing colleges and universities navigating the current environment.
Using Datatelligent’s Data Analytics as a Service (DAaaS) solutions, the Massachusetts college will have the ability to integrate their information to better understand the on-line teaching and learning experience for both faculty and students. This data-driven solution will help students get the most out of both in-person and remote learning by empowering faculty to improve their teaching by identifying training opportunities and at-risk students, with goal of enhancing overall engagement.

“This is an incredibly powerful and challenging time for all of us, but for colleges and universities, it’s an absolute opportunity and we’re thrilled to be a part of the transformation,” said Larry Blackburn, Chief Data Transformation Officer, Datatelligent. “Our partnership with this college is incredibly satisfying because we are working collaboratively on a platform to create safe educational opportunities for their students while also seeing an immediate improvement in the student and faculty experience.”

About Datatelligent
Datatelligent is 100% focused on data, analytics and AI solutions. We help organizations compete and thrive in today’s data-driven world by providing a unique Data Analytics as a
Service (DAaaS) approach—the People and Platform in Partnership with businesses—to achieve data and analytic success. With speed, agility and scalability, and more than 20
years of experience, our leadership team’s expertise spans all business sizes and industries.


Datatelligent and College of DuPage Partner to Advance Student Offerings

Local Data Analytics Firm Helping College Navigate the COVID-19 Economy

GLEN ELLYN, Ill., October 15, 2020 — Fall 2020 has proven to be extraordinarily complicated for colleges and universities navigating the COVID-19 landscape, and College of DuPage Continuing Education is not immune to these challenges. But College of DuPage Continuing Education has tapped into a local innovative startup — Datatelligent (, a data analytics firm, to help them sustain their lifelong learning enrollments while moving the majority of courses online. Datatelligent is a member of Innovation DuPage, a business incubator/accelerator for rising companies.

“Higher education is increasingly reliant on data to inform our service of students and to drive our business intelligence and continuous improvement. I see Datatelligent as an ideal partner to help our staff access the most timely, essential data as it relates to our students and their needs in regards to the impacts of COVID-19, to empower us to continue to serve the 30,000 students per year who have come to count on us,” said Joseph Cassidy, Assistant Vice President of Economic Development and Dean of Continuing Education and Public Services at College of DuPage.

Datatelligent is working with College of DuPage to examine enrollment trends to help the team better understand their students’ future interests and learning needs. Through Datatelligent’s Data Analytics as a Service (DAaaS) solution, Continuing Education staff can tailor course offerings and delivery options to better meet student demand.

“We are thrilled to be working with College of DuPage as they strengthen their Continuing Education offerings,” said Larry Blackburn, Chief Data Transformation Officer, Datatelligent. “We have been helping colleges and universities tap into critical data points in order to make informed decisions on issues facing their institutions this fall and into the future. We look forward to providing the team at College of DuPage with the necessary information to build a strong, successful program for lifelong learners.”

This partnership is also a success story for Innovation DuPage, a Glen Ellyn-based incubator that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. Innovation DuPage has over fifty companies in its incubator with support coming from regional colleges and universities, chambers of commerce and industry.

About Datatelligent
Datatelligent is 100% focused on Data, Analytics and AI solutions. Our leadership team has more than 20 years of experience in data, analytics and AI solutions spanning multiple industries. Our focus is to identify opportunities to use our data analytics expertise to help organizations compete and thrive in this data-driven world. We provide a unique Data Analytics as a Service approach, by providing the People and Platform to Partner with our customers to achieve their goals using data and analytics.

About College of DuPage
College of DuPage is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Serving approximately 21,000 students each term, College of DuPage is the largest public community college in the state of Illinois. The College grants seven associate degrees and offers more than 170 career and technical certificates in over 50 areas of study.

About Innovation DuPage
Innovation DuPage (ID) is a non-profit venture that utilizes startup founders and small business owners with the people, resources and programs that help them grow. Members collaborate across an extensive network of enterprise, academic, economic development and research partners. ID supports the startup community, enhances regional prosperity, attracts world-class talent and drives sustainable economic growth.


Datatelligent Announces Partnership with Dominican University

Chicagoland Data Analytics Firm Mines Covid-19 Data to Assist in Reopening Strategy for Fall Semester and Beyond

GLEN ELLYN, Ill., July 12, 2020 — Datatelligent ( and Dominican University, based in River Forest, Illinois, announced that they have been working together to use Covid-19 case information and other relevant local market data to assist university staff as they create a safe back-to-school plan for students, educators and administrators. Using Datatelligent’s data analytics as a service solution, university staff will have access to the most current, geo-coded Covid-19 information including localized hotspot data and other time-sensitive content overlaid with their student information.

Datatelligent’s platform enables Dominican staff to make data-driven decisions as they assess and evaluate educational options for prospective, incoming and returning students as well as educators and support staff. By understanding the localized impact on their students based on where they live, Dominican is creating specialized programs and communication plans to fit the needs of their students.

“We are thrilled that our solution will provide our partners at Dominican University with timely and essential information to guide their back-to-school strategy,” said Rob Wellen, Chief Growth Officer, Datatelligent. “Data-driven insights are critical components for any industry as we begin to open our doors to in-person activity, but it is essential for universities and colleges as they begin bringing students back to campus.”

Datatelligent’s data analytics solution overlays localized business data with Covid-19 case and student information, including severity/hotspot data. This allows institutions to identify issues and create specific, data-driven plans to address their unique needs; there is no one-size-fits-all recommendation due to the rapid changes in Covid-19 outbreaks and the unique demographics of a particular institution.


Beyond the immediate application of recovery analytics data for Fall 2020 planning purposes, which include Dominican’s response to housing and athletics questions, strategies for commuter versus on-campus students and staff’s work-from-home options, Datatelligent’s platform will help the university navigate issues as they relate to planning for 2021 and beyond. Additionally, Domincan will utilize Datatelligent’s platform to assess and advance other key initiatives for the university, including fundraising and alumni relations.

“The health and wellness of our students, faculty and all Dominican University staff is critical, and we believe access to timely, and highly customized data is essential as we craft our Fall 2020 plans and beyond,” said Jill Albin-Hill, Vice President of Technology and Operations, Dominican University. “Working with Datatelligent will enable our strategic team to craft and adjust our back-to-campus activities with confidence and help us advance our data-informed organizational goals.  Their partnership approach will help us with several other data analytics needs across the university.”

About Datatelligent
Datatelligent is 100% focused on Data, Analytics and AI solutions.  Our leadership team has more than 20 years of experience in data, analytics and AI solutions spanning multiple industries. Our focus is to identify opportunities to use our data analytics expertise to help organizations compete and thrive in this data-driven world.  We provide a unique Data Analytics as a Service approach, by providing the People and Platform to Partner with our customers to achieve their goals using data and analytics.

About Dominican University
Dominican University ranks among the top 20 of Midwest regional universities, according to U.S. News & World Reportwhich also cited Dominican as one of three Illinois schools offering a “best value” in college education. Small by design, we’re rich in resources and opportunities. The average class size is only 17, the student-faculty ratio is 11 to 1, and professors, not teaching assistants, teach all classes. We offer more than 50 academic majors and minors, 20+ master’s programs and a doctoral program. Our beautiful main campus is located in River Forest, just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago.