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  • The 9 Habits to Stop Now

    Manage By Walking Around
    Jonathan Becher
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    What you don’t do determines what you can do. Tim Ferriss, author of the cult hit and international best-seller ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’, makes that observation in a podcast last month. I completely agree. In my 2009 post on Prioritization, I note: Prioritization is as much about what we choose not to do as what we do… In most organizations, priority is given to projects with the most political capital or those that are the furthest behind schedule, rather than to projects with the highest impact. Even though research has shown creating a to-do list will make you more effective,…
  • A Sure Path to Learning

    Visual Business Intelligence
    Stephen Few
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Even though we all claim to value education, teaching and learning is rarely done well. To achieve good outcomes, teachers and students must understand how the brain learns. Unfortunately, few teachers have more than a passing acquaintance with the science of learning. Many of the strongly held and frequently espoused notions about learning practices (e.g., good study habits), which seem intuitive, are dead wrong. Scientific investigation into the learning brain has revealed a great deal, especially in recent years, but the findings seldom reach the teachers and learners who would benefit…
  • Design a business intelligence system properly -- for business users

    Data Doghouse - performance management, business intelligence, and data warehousing
    Rick Sherman
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    What are some common mistakes that business intelligence managers and architects make when planning and designing a business intelligence system?BI managers and architects generally do a very good job at the technical aspects of deployments, putting much energy into selecting BI tools and getting the right expertise on their team to build BI applications. But they often make one or more of the following mistakes when they plan and design BI systems: >>>continue reading Design a business intelligence system properly -- for business users
  • Douglas Adams’ Technology Rules

    Manage By Walking Around
    Jonathan Becher
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:15 pm
    We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works. This is a fantastic quote from Douglas Adams, best known as the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the answer to life, the universe and everything. This specific quote appears in another book, The Salmon of Doubt, which was published after his death and is based on multiple articles by him on the subject of technology. While you might not think of Adams as a technologist, he has a fair amount of street cred. According to various sources: Adams used e-mail extensively long before it reached…
  • Must-have Software for Small Businesses

    Smedio - Business Ideas Worth Sharing
    Suraj Kumar
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Software for small businesses are becoming one of the essential nutritions for a healthy business. Did you know that you can run your business right from your fingertips? Technology has made it possible for small business owners to take maximum advantage of available software applications and Web services, and ensure a smoothly-functioning and growth-oriented organization.   Whether it is creating documents or storing them securely, technology can do it all for you in no time. Many small businessmen have home offices and virtual employees. In such…
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  • $300K Per Hour – The Average Cost of Network Downtime

    junior
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:15 pm
    If you believe in averages, that is. We spotted this stat today, that the average cost of network downtime, across industries (based on surveys) is $5,600 p/minute, which extrapolates to well over $300K p/hour. The range is from $140K to $540K p/hour. (Source) 100 percent uptime is a really huge deal. Now we know why, in dollars. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post $300K Per Hour – The Average Cost of Network Downtime appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • CableTV Stats: On Average, US Homes Receive 189 Channels, Watch 17

    junior
    7 May 2014 | 8:18 pm
    We spotted this statistic around cable TV habits of Americans – The number of cable channels in an average US household has grown dramatically over the last five years, but the number of channels that viewers actually watch has hardly changed at all. In 2008, US households received an average of 129.3 channels but only actually viewed 17.3 channels. In 2013, the number of channels received increased 46 percent, but the number of channels viewed only increased 1 percent. (Source) For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The…
  • Stunning: Nearly Half of New Yorkers Are Struggling to Get By

    junior
    30 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    That’s definitely not something you think of when you think about the financial capital of the world. We spotted this disturbing stat today, that about 46 percent of New Yorkers make less than 150 percent of the official poverty threshold. Under the federal standard, a family of two adults and two children was defined as poor in 2012 if it made less than $23,283, yielding a poverty rate of 20 percent in the city. Under the city’s definition, which takes into account benefits like food stamps and expenses like higher living costs, the income threshold was $31,039, resulting in a rate…
  • ‘Our Mobile Monetization Is Growing Faster Than Our Mobile Traffic’

    junior
    25 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    We spot statements like that very, very rarely. You can guess who said it – China’s Google, of course. With some 160 million daily active users of its core search application, Baidu is on a roll. We spotted this stat today, that the country’s total number of mobile Internet users rose to 500 million at the end of 2013 from 420 million at the end of 2012, according to a report in January by the government-established China Internet Network Information Center.(Source). Baidu has been spending heavily on mobile monetization – primarily to migrate its desktop search…
  • Middle Class Canadians Now Earn More Than Middle Class Americans

    junior
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Well this is definitely news – for quite some time, the perception (and reality) has been that middle class Americans are better off than their Canadian counterparts – we spotted this stat today, that in reality, right now, the reality has turned 180 degrees – Middle class Canadians are now earning more than middle class Americans (Source) “After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.” (Source) For Interesting Statistics…
 
 
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  • Cartoon: The Perils of Business Innovation

    Timo Elliott
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
  • The Way Forward is Simple

    Timo Elliott
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:50 am
    What’s the biggest barrier to business innovation in today’s world? It’s not lack of opportunity Big changes in the world mean big opportunities for the companies that can take advantage of them. Consumer expectations are rising. 72% of us expect a reply from a tweeted complaint in less than an hour — which is hard when only half of companies are even monitoring twitter. Your customers are among the 1.3 billion people that are using social networks, sharing candid thoughts about your organization and your products with your potential prospects. Any company that can…
  • Business Innovation in Difficult Economic Times

    Timo Elliott
    6 Jun 2014 | 3:27 am
    Even when business conditions are hard there are always some companies doing well. I was in Croatia for the SAP Forum Zagreb this week. Like many other countries in Europe, the local economy has been suffering after five recessionary years — and there is still no clear recovery on the horizon. Yet last year the top 30% of companies managed to increase revenues by 5% or more, and in the consumer goods sector the top 20% of companies increased profits by over 10%. What’s the key to doing well even if others are not? It’s using the latest technology to turn the biggest market…
  • Thoughts on Business Innovation in Croatia

    Timo Elliott
    6 Jun 2014 | 2:37 am
    I presented at the SAP Forum in Zagreb this week. Here is a Q&A with my answers to questions from SAPMag Croatia. How does SAP “recognize” the business opportunities that can lead to innovation? Tell us about the thought process that leads you (that is, SAP) to that? We have strong, long-term relationships with our customers and user groups. They give us feedback directly, through the SAP community network, and the hundreds of special interest groups organized by industry, function, and technology. That gives us lots of information about what we need to take our products to…
  • The Future of Finance SketchNote

    Timo Elliott
    22 May 2014 | 1:00 am
    Here’s an experiment! Instead of taking notes, I thought I’d take try drawing my notes from the “Future of Finance” keynote presentation by Kai Finck, Senior VP, Office of the CFO Financials, at the SAPInsider Financials2014 event in Nice, France. Technical info: Everything is “hand-drawn” using Adobe Ideas on the iPad and I then rearranged some of the elements in Illustrator to correct spacing, etc. You can also download it as a pdf, or see the original here.   
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    Visual Business Intelligence

  • A Sure Path to Learning

    Stephen Few
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Even though we all claim to value education, teaching and learning is rarely done well. To achieve good outcomes, teachers and students must understand how the brain learns. Unfortunately, few teachers have more than a passing acquaintance with the science of learning. Many of the strongly held and frequently espoused notions about learning practices (e.g., good study habits), which seem intuitive, are dead wrong. Scientific investigation into the learning brain has revealed a great deal, especially in recent years, but the findings seldom reach the teachers and learners who would benefit…
  • Design vs. Art

    Stephen Few
    12 May 2014 | 1:37 pm
    I am writing these words in Amsterdam. Yesterday, when I arrived here, I visited the Stedelijk Museum of contemporary art and design. The featured exhibition was the work of the Dutch industrial designer Marcel Wanders. This exhibit was timely, for I’m currently reading a book titled Design This Day by Walter Dorwin Teague, one of the founders of industrial design. The juxtaposition between Wanders’ current work and Teague’s formative concept of design struck me as extreme. Wanders is the antithesis of Teague. The exhibition of Wander’s work featured this huge…
  • The Three Vs and the Big O

    Stephen Few
    6 May 2014 | 8:33 am
    It’s often useful to take a fresh look at things through the eyes of an outsider. My friend Leanne recently provided me with an outsider’s perspective after reading a blog article of mine regarding Big Data. In it I referred to the three Vs—volume, velocity, and variety—as a common theme of Big Data definitions, which struck Leanne as misapplied. Being trained in health care and, perhaps more importantly, being a woman, Leanne pointed out that the three Vs don’t seem to offer any obvious advantages to data, but they’re highly desirable when applied to the Big O.
  • VisualCue: A Zombie, Reanimated

    Stephen Few
    2 May 2014 | 8:17 am
    On two occasions several years ago I was asked by business intelligence publications to review a software product named FYI Visual. On both occasions I gladly accepted because people needed to be warned about it. FYI Visual was a zombie in the sense that, when it was born from the imagination of its creator, a medical doctor, it was lifeless, without substance or worth, animated only by his force of will and wallet. It was a horrible product, completely bereft of usefulness because it was built on an erroneous foundation. Eventually, the product ceased to exist, and I breathed a sigh of…
  • Why Do We Visualize Quantitative Data?

    Stephen Few
    1 May 2014 | 3:14 pm
    We visualize quantitative data to perform three fundamental tasks in an effort to achieve three essential goals: These three tasks are so fundamental to data visualization, I’ve long used them to define the term, as follows: Data visualization is the use of visual representations to explore, make sense of, and communicate data. But why is it that we must sometimes use graphical displays to perform these tasks rather than other forms of representation? Why not always express values as numbers in tables? Why express them visually rather than audibly? Essentially, there is only one good…
 
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  • Four-note data story

    Ted Cuzzillo
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    John Coltrane, the great jazz saxophonist, drew a staff on a fogged-over window. Then he drew notes. Then he played the notes. That’s the story. The notes were the data. The post "Four-note data story" is by Ted Cuzzillo and appeared first on Datadoodle. It's best to read it there! Related posts: Do data and stories make an odd couple? Who’s the boss around here? Is it data? Or is... My latest: “Cue the data storytellers: the data industry’s next big stars” Information Management ran my column this morning on data storytelling,... First comes the data story, then comes…
  • Tell BARC about your BI

    Ted Cuzzillo
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:22 pm
    I am acutely aware that I work at arm’s length from actual users of the data products I ghostwrite on behalf of. The users are there, I know, even if they are only phantoms to me. The wisps of data collected in surveys provide some of the few signs that I or many of my colleagues ever sense a pulse out there in that other world. Surveys are good links to that other world. When survey data comes along, I see what it’s made of. Does it blow away like fog, such as when the data is too thin? Or does it give me the feeling I’m touching something real and alive, such as when the…
  • Do data and stories make an odd couple?

    Ted Cuzzillo
    3 Jun 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Who’s the boss around here? Is it data? Or is it stories? I say stories. But a friend and fellow writer in the data industry sees special status for data. It’s not just another fact like any other humanity has used as ready fodder for stories, he seems to say. It is like a compass, pointing us to truth, just truth. We spent a significant part of a Sunday afternoon — him in Nashville and me near Berkeley, and sunny in both places — slinging text messages back and forth. Then it began again on Monday. Steve Swoyer worries, in short, that stories demand drama of data that…
  • First comes the data story, then comes the shadow

    Ted Cuzzillo
    21 May 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Nothing interesting goes without simultaneous celebration and condemnation. Back in 2008 when I wrote that “Tableau is the new Apple,” data visualization was widely pooh-poohed. “Pretty pictures,” I heard so many say. Now the pretty boy is data storytelling. “Cue the data storytellers,” which ran in Information Management the other day, got a good round of tweets (62 by Wednesday night). But the few complaints were also fun. It’s easy to brush off the silly stuff. One self-identified data scientist grumbled in a tweet the morning “Cue”…
  • My latest: “Cue the data storytellers: the data industry’s next big stars”

    Ted Cuzzillo
    20 May 2014 | 6:56 am
    Information Management ran my column this morning on data storytelling, the first in a series: “Cue the data storytellers: the data industry’s next big stars.” Have you done data storytelling or do you have thoughts or observations about it? Please write a comment here or send me a message with my contact form. The post "My latest: “Cue the data storytellers: the data industry’s next big stars”" is by Ted Cuzzillo and appeared first on Datadoodle. It's best to read it there! Related posts: “Lost cats and BI,” my latest on Information Management What…
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    Data Doghouse - performance management, business intelligence, and data warehousing

  • Design a business intelligence system properly -- for business users

    Rick Sherman
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    What are some common mistakes that business intelligence managers and architects make when planning and designing a business intelligence system?BI managers and architects generally do a very good job at the technical aspects of deployments, putting much energy into selecting BI tools and getting the right expertise on their team to build BI applications. But they often make one or more of the following mistakes when they plan and design BI systems: >>>continue reading Design a business intelligence system properly -- for business users
  • Analytics Talks in Boston - July 22

    Rick Sherman
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Introducing analytics in established companies can feel like the work of Sisyphus. Come to the TDWI Boston Chapter meeting on July 22 and learn how to engage the IT department and the business in analytics initiatives. Also hear about best practices and pitfalls along the way. Meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange career advice while listening to quality presentations in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education. Check out the agenda and register here. When: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 6:30–9:15 p.m. Where: Hynes Convention Center…
  • Meter Data Analytics and YarcData: Cray’s Big Data Strategy - TDWI Boston Meeting

    Rick Sherman
    12 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    Most of us come from a background of building or using traditional data warehousing and deploying mainstream BI reporting tools. We are hearing more and more about Big Data, data visualization, the semantic web, unstructured data and advanced analytics. Come hear from several industry leading companies to see how they have embraced the opportunities and challenges these new technologies are bringing upon us and hear about real world solutions being deployed. Meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange career advice while listening to quality presentations in…
  • New Database Technologies Tackle the Analytics Deluge

    Rick Sherman
    28 May 2014 | 4:25 am
    Enterprises today are faced with a flood of data that they could never have imagined a decade ago. Yesterday’s CIO thought cell phones were just for making phone calls. Today’s CIO knows they are powerful hand-held computers that generate massive amounts of data, from taking photos and composing texts, tweets and emails, to scanning QR codes. Much of the data enterprises are gathering today is unstructured, and that can be a game-changer. Yesterday’s enterprise, with its transactional systems and relational databases, was well poised to collect and store structured data such as sales…
  • Orange is the New Black and Cloud Apps are the new Data Shadow Systems

    Rick Sherman
    22 May 2014 | 4:33 am
    CIOs are expressing a concern about shadow IT in the “2014 State of the CIO Survey,” CIO Magazine, January 2014. Approximately half feel it is a constant problem and 40% believe it is on the increase. Data shadow systems have been prevalent for years at most companies, so why are the CIOs noticing now? Likely because in the past, most data shadow systems were built using spreadsheets, so CIOs would ignore them or think that when IT offered better BI tools, then the business people would “come to their senses.” Well, they didn’t. The Shadows Loom Larger The reason why the problem of…
 
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  • It’s Hard To Ask Good Questions

    Jonathan Becher
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    It’s amazingly hard to ask good questions. I’ve been in investigative mode over the last month; trying to understand the root cause of a performance issue and also designing a potential new business model. Both projects mean I’ve had to ask a lot of questions. And they also mean I have had to remind myself how to ask questions. In my experience, the key to asking a good question is to know why you are asking the question. When people ask questions, they do so for one of three reasons: They want a well-reasoned point of view They want an opinion from an expert They want a…
  • The 9 Habits to Stop Now

    Jonathan Becher
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    What you don’t do determines what you can do. Tim Ferriss, author of the cult hit and international best-seller ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’, makes that observation in a podcast last month. I completely agree. In my 2009 post on Prioritization, I note: Prioritization is as much about what we choose not to do as what we do… In most organizations, priority is given to projects with the most political capital or those that are the furthest behind schedule, rather than to projects with the highest impact. Even though research has shown creating a to-do list will make you more effective,…
  • Three Ways that Simplicity Pays

    Jonathan Becher
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    Remember ‘keep it simple, stupid’? Even though it has been a popular mantra since 1960, simplicity is a hot topic these days. In my previous blog, Is Complex Better than Complicated?I wrote about two Zen of Python’s 20 design principles: Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than complicated. Ultimately, simple is what we are all striving for both in life and in business. In our personal lives, scientific studies show a connection between simplicity and pleasure. Humans may be conditioned to seek simplicity and avoid complexity. In business, the reason is even simpler.
  • Douglas Adams’ Technology Rules

    Jonathan Becher
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:15 pm
    We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works. This is a fantastic quote from Douglas Adams, best known as the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the answer to life, the universe and everything. This specific quote appears in another book, The Salmon of Doubt, which was published after his death and is based on multiple articles by him on the subject of technology. While you might not think of Adams as a technologist, he has a fair amount of street cred. According to various sources: Adams used e-mail extensively long before it reached…
  • Is Complex Better Than Complicated?

    Jonathan Becher
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:40 am
    Unless you have a software background, you’ve probably never heard of longtime Pythoncoder Tim Peters. In Zen of Python, he suggests 20 design principles including: Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than complicated. How is “complex” better than “complicated”? After all, their dictionary definitions are similar and they are listed synonyms in the thesaurus: Complex – adj. not easy to understand or explain: not simple Complicated – adj. hard to understand, explain, or deal with Since I love writing about words and word origins, I decided to dig deeper…
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  • Data Science, Big Data and Statistics – can we all live together?

    3 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    A Tweet from Persontyle caught my attention about a great lecture by Terry Speed, a emeritus professor in statistics at University of California at Berkeley, published at Flowingdata. The lecture is part of the Chalmers Initiative Seminar on Big Data, that happened last March at Chalmers University of Technology. In the lecture, Terry Speed talks on how statisticians can play nice with big data and data science. He reports on some reflections on Big Data issues, offer some suggestions for statisticians, and summarize some theory some theory which, in his opinion, has relevance to the analysis…
  • 10 Big Data Pros To Follow On Twitter

    31 May 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Last week, InformationWeek published an article with the 10 Big Data Pros To Follow On Twitter, written by Kevin Casey. I'm very honored to have been mentioned in the list.According the article: "Twitter's kind of an ironic place to look for big data wisdom. It's an example of the ubiquitous services used by consumers and businesses alike that help generate this avalanche of data in the first place. Twitter has a valuable collection of big data knowledge -- if you know where to find it. Like other social platforms, Twitter can sometimes get noisy. Throw in a buzzword like "big…
  • Dilbert on Big Data Brother

    19 May 2014 | 8:21 am
    (Click on comic strip to view larger image)Dilbert by Scott Adams-Dilbert ©2014, Universal UclickPublished at May 11, 2014 in dilbert.com
  • Top Big Data Executives and Experts to Follow on Twitter

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:09 pm
    A few days ago, the CEO World Magazine published the Top Big Data Executives and Experts to Follow on Twitter. I'm very honored to have been selected in the list at #8, with so great people.According to Amarendra Bhushan, Editorial Director of CEO World Magazine: "To recognize and learn more about big data technologies and architecture, vendor developments in the big data and analytics industry, and numerous technical challenges. I have decided to compile a list of the Most Influential Voices in Big Data and Quantitative Analytics Arena. And what they think are their biggest challenges…
  • Celebrating 6 years of blogging

    25 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    My blog is completing 6 years today. Thank you all for reading my blog for the last six years. As always, your readership is really appreciated.
 
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  • Book Review - “Hunting in a Farmer’s World”

    Marty O'Neill
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    John Dini has been at this game for quite some time.  His book, “Hunting in a Farmer’s World” is an insightful discussion of why business owners are so often different from the people that work for them.  I was attracted to the title for multiple reasons.  On the first order, I’m a business owner and am always interested in how the minds’ of other business owners work.  Secondly, the celebration of the entrepreneur is a fascinating topic on its own, and thirdly, I grew up on a farm!  It was the trifecta! Dini takes a classic business paradoxes (leadership…
  • Multi-site Business? Deploy Voice in the Cloud, On-site or Leverage Both Models

    Marty O'Neill
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    Guest post by Jeff Nolte, President of Chesapeake Telephone Systems in Millersville, Maryland. He can be reached at 410-850-4848 or jnolte@chesapeaketelephone.com   Phone systems have traditionally been deployed on-site, but the lure of the Cloud is strong.  Many multi-site businesses like a combination of both - deploying an on-site system at headquarters and Cloud systems for the branch offices.  IP networking enables all sites to be connected, providing a simplified dialing plan, consistent features, and centralized management.      On-Site There are many…
  • Get the Word Out Fast!

    Marty O'Neill
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Guest post by Jeff Nolte, President of Chesapeake Telephone Systems in Millersville, Maryland. He can be reached at 410-850-4848 or jnolte@chesapeaketelephone.com Broadcast Important Notifications to Phones, Email and Social Media Whether you need to issue weather closings, emergency alerts and warnings, broadcast news and updates, or ensure the continuity of school or business operations, every organization needs a fast, reliable delivery system to reach all the right people in the shortest amount of time. Through a simple interface, you can reach thousands of people across multiple…
  • 5 Little Things That Make a Big Difference to the Value of Your Company

    Marty O'Neill
    6 Feb 2014 | 5:05 am
    With the Sochi Olympic Games taking place this month, it is interesting to reflect back on some of the big events of the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. In the Men’s Downhill race at Whistler, for example, the winning time of 1:54:31 was posted by Didier Défago of Switzerland. The time among medalists was the closest in Olympic history, and while Mario Scheiber of Austria posted a time of 1:54:52 – just two tenths of a second slower than Défago – he finished out of the medals in fourth place. In ski racing, one fifth of a second can be lost in the tiniest of miscalculations. And when…
  • Managing Growth? Check out Flexible, Affordable Cloud Voice Solutions

    Marty O'Neill
    17 Jan 2014 | 8:04 am
    Guest post by Jeff Nolte, President of Chesapeake Telephone Systems in Millersville, Maryland. He can be reached at 410-850-4848 or jnolte@chesapeaketelephone.com When it comes to selecting phone systems, an on-premises solution is no longer the only option. Businesses now have more choices — on-premises, public or private cloud voice services, or a mix all three. Public cloud solutions offer a pay-as-you-go subscription to voice services and applications that originate from a service provider’s off-site data center. The arrangement eliminates equipment and upgrade expenses, and the need…
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  • How cheap is cloud computing anyway?

    Ajay Ohri
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    So I wanted to really find out how cheap the cloud was- but I got confused by the 23 kinds of instances than Amazon has http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/pricing/ and 15 kinds of instances at https://developers.google.com/compute/pricing. or whether there is any price collusion between them Now Amazon has spot pricing so I can bid for prices as well (http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/purchasing-options/spot-instances/ ) and upto 60% off for reserved instances (http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/purchasing-options/reserved-instances/) but charges $2 for dedicated instances (which are not dedicated but pay as you go)…
  • Using Windows Azure Machine Learning as a service with R #rstats

    Ajay Ohri
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    A Brief Tutorial I wrote by playing with the software at manage.windowsazure.com Using Windows Azure Machine Learning as a service with R #rstats from Ajay Ohri Tagged: cloud computing, machine learning as a service, microsoft azure, rstats, statistical computing
  • Interview Louis Bajuk-Yorgan TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R (TERR) #rstats

    Ajay Ohri
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Here is an interview with Louis Bajuk-Yorgan, from TIBCO.  TIBCO which was the leading commercial vendor to S Plus, the precursor of the R language makes a commercial enterprise version of R called TIBCO Enterprise Runtime for R (TERR). Louis also presented recently at User2014 http://user2014.stat.ucla.edu/abstracts/talks/54_Bajuk-Yorgan.pdf DecisionStats(DS)- How is TERR different from Revolution Analytics or Oracle R. How is it similar. Louis Bajuk-Yorgan (Lou)- TERR is unique, in that it is the only commercially-developed alternative R interpreter. Unlike other vendors, who modify and…
  • Interview Jan de Leeuw Founder JSS

    Ajay Ohri
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    Here is an interview with one of the greatest statisticians and educator of this generation, Prof Jan de Leeuw. In this exclusive and free wheeling interview, Prof De Leeuw talks on the evolution of technology, education, statistics and generously shares nuggets of knowledge of interest to present and future statisticians. DecisionStats(DS)- You have described UCLA Dept of Statistics as your magnum opus.Name a couple of turning points in your career which helped in this creation . Jan de Leeuw (JDL) -From about 1980 until 1987 I was head of the Department of Data Theory at Leiden University.
  • Interview Antonio Piccolboni Big Data Analytics RHadoop #rstats

    Ajay Ohri
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Here is an interview with Antonio Piccolboni , a consultant on big data analytics who has most notably worked on the RHadoop project for Revolution Analytics. Here he tells us about writing better code, and the projects he has been involved with.   DecisionStats(DS)- Describe your career journey from being a computer science student to one of the principal creators for RHadoop. What motivated you, what challenges did you overcome. What were the turning points.(You have 3500+ citations. What are most of those citations regarding.) Antonio (AP)- I…
 
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  • Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Reminiscences of a Stock Operator “Although Reminiscences…was first published some seventy years ago, its take on crowd psychology and market timing is a s timely as last summer’s frenzy on the foreign exchange markets.”—Worth magazine”The most entertaining book written on investing is Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, by Edwin Lefèvre, first published in 1923.”—The Seattle Times”After twenty years and many re-reads, Reminiscences is still one of my all-time favorites.”—Kenneth L. Fisher, Forbes”A must-read List Price: $ 22.95…
  • Plus500 Review from ForexMinute Now Available

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    London, UK (PRWEB) April 11, 2014 ForexMinute in its latest review of Plus500 says that there are various rich features associated with this brokerage firm that distinguishes it from the rest. Writing about the trading platform, a reviewer at the portal says that Plus500 offers traders easy to use trading platforms, which really are a breath of fresh air. The reviewer in his Plus500 review says that here traders can get access to the Windows Trader, WebTrader, iPhone App/iPad App and mobile trading, etc. He suggests that the skilled Plus500 team designed their platforms themselves,…
  • Options on Futures: New Trading Strategies

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Options on Futures: New Trading Strategies Increased marketplace volatility and the expanding size of capital markets have led to an explosion of interest in options on futures. What makes these instruments so attractive is that they allow traders to profit from movements in the markets using little up-front capital and plenty of leverage. At the same time, they provide an excellent hedge against the risks associated with capital market investments. This book demystifies these notoriously difficult-to-understand instruments and provides List Price: $ 94.95 Price: Your browser does not support…
  • ForexMinute?s 2014 Economic Calendar Now Out, Promises to be a Vital Tool in Forex Trading

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    London, UK (PRWEB) February 05, 2014 The games of forex are won by planting the best strategies. And such strategies can be only designed when a trader is equipped with the information of current market scenarios. ForexMinute, one of the world?s leading forex news portals, further supports this approach by providing 2014?s economic calendar. How the financial calendar of 2014 can help traders make extensive profits in the market is further explained by the much renowned currency trading experts and ForexMinute?s founder Mr. Jonathan Millet. He states: ?The success in forex market falls…
  • Option Volatility Trading Strategies

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Option Volatility Trading Strategies Used Book in Good Condition Sheldon Natenberg is one of the most sought after speakers on the topic of option trading and volatility strategies. This book takes Sheldon’s non-technical, carefully crafted presentation style and applies it to a book—one that you’ll study and carry around for years as your personal consultant.Learn about the most vital concepts that define options trading, concepts you’ll need to analyze and trade with confidence. In this volume, Sheldon explains the difference between historical vola List Price: $ 60.00 Price: Your…
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    TIBCO Spotfire's Trends and Outliers

  • Big Data to Avoid a Crisis

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Many companies are laser-focused on how big data can boost their efforts to more effectively market their products and services and meet the needs of customers. But few are focusing on mining the deluge of data inside and outside their networks to predict and avoid various crises. That’s the assertion of PricewaterhouseCoopers in a new series of videos. “Regulators are increasingly using social media to investigate certain industries,” notes Sanjay Subramanian, PwC principal, in one video. “Litigators are increasingly using social media to investigate certain industries. The very…
  • Data Visualization for Better Boardroom Communication

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    There are multiple factors that can impact revenue and earnings growth, including changes in the cost of goods, product demand, and variable and fixed business costs. While these factors might be apparent to business leaders who track them day in and day out, it can be challenging to communicate the trends that are shaping a business to board members simply by using static bar charts, Gantt charts, and scatter plots. For example, envision an electronic retailer’s board meeting in which the head of distribution is sharing quarterly distribution costs. Bar charts show how the rising price of…
  • How Big Data and Analytics Can Reshape Healthcare

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    The U.S. healthcare system continues to undergo dramatic changes when it comes to how consumers can obtain insurance as well as the growing role of individuals in plotting their own treatments. Big data is expected to play an increasingly significant role in treatment analysis as well as enable healthcare insurers to cater to individual consumers. For instance, the use of analytics can help healthcare providers and payers better predict who needs care and when, according to an article in The Washington Post. “The same way that shopping Web sites can predict what you want to buy, healthcare…
  • Using Analytics to Prioritize Spending on Cybersecurity

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Spending on cybersecurity is expected to rise this year as a growing number of organizations shift spending from defensive-minded approaches to detection and mitigation of cyberattacks and data breaches. Nearly 70 percent of CIOs expect security spending to represent one of the top segments to gain share of overall IT spending as “security continues to take dollars from other categories,” according to survey of 101 CIOs conducted by UBS AG. The Wall St. Journal reports that the perception among CIOs about security has changed over the last 12 to 18 months as corporate have…
  • Why Big Data is the New Black in Entertainment

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Programs such as “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards” from Netflix have come together in large part because of the media company’s data-driven understanding of its viewers and its ability to determine the type of content they want. Netflix and other broadcasters are increasingly relying on big data and analytics to strengthen their programming development to ensure they’re creating the right content, and using the actors, writers, and directors to win large audiences. For its part, Netflix is making a major push into European markets through 2014.
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    LeadFormix - Lead Views

  • Don’t Leave Your Sales to Rot Among Spreadsheets

    Poornima Mohandas
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Is your sales organization still stuck in the Excel era, while the rest of the B2B marketplace has galloped away into digital bliss? Surprising as it is, even today many large high-tech enterprises often leave their sales teams to rot amidst spreadsheet drudgery, failing to give them the tools and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • World Cups, Commentators, and the New B2B Buyer

    Giles House
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:17 am
    World cup fever is truly upon us with some big surprises being served up already – Spain’s 5-1 drubbing, Portugal’s 4-0 mauling at the hands of Germany, and England actually playing decent football (despite loosing to Italy). One thing that is no surprise is the amount of statistics the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Should you be Looking for in Entrepreneurs?

    Jon Skog
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:22 am
    Not surprisingly, the same qualities that investors are looking for in entrepreneurs are the same qualities that companies are looking for in sales people. The top priority for both is how well do they engage their audience. According to Robert Herjavec, Star of ABC’s Shark Tank, if you come out... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • C3 2014 Has Come and Gone…

    Jon Skog
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:23 am
    C3 made a triumphant return to the Aria in Las Vegas this year, bigger and better than it has ever been before. C3 2014 had nearly double the number of registrants of C3 2013. For those of you who were able to attend, we trust you had a great experience, and for those of you [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Up Your Lead Nurturing Game

    Poornima Mohandas
    4 Jun 2014 | 11:23 am
    Only about 25% of the leads that marketing hands over to sales qualify as immediate sales opportunities. The remaining 75% of leads are time wasters in the eyes of sales. These leads need more convincing before they are ready to take a demo. But a large chunk of them will eventually convert if you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    InsideView Blog

  • It’s Not BBQ This Time – Food for Thought from Austin, Texas (Courtesy of Marketo’s Marketing Nation Roadshow)

    InsideView
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    No matter what vertical you’re in, it seems like everyone in sales and marketing is talking about beating out the “noise.” Marketo is talking about it too. Find Marketo’s Marketing Nation Roadshow in your city this summer to learn about marketing best practices. You’ve Entered The Noise-Free Campaign Zone As marketers, we recognize that the […]
  • 5 Pieces of an Effective Lead Management Process: Part 1 [Series]

    InsideView
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:33 am
    Lead management is the systematic method that a marketing team uses to acquire (by importing, creating manually, or automatically capturing from a website), evaluate, nurture and hand off leads. Lead management is about moving quality leads through the stages of the marketing funnel, from an anonymous visitor to a sales-ready lead.   Why Create a Lead Management Process? Successful lead management […]
  • Does The World Cup Distract From Sales Productivity? [Infographic]

    InsideView
    26 Jun 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Ahh, the World Cup. It only comes around every four years. While we don’t stream local sports on the big screen here at InsideView, these few-and-far-between events are certainly front and center — 1) because we have a lot of avid futbol fans here, 2) because we’d rather let people watch the matches here in the […]
  • TOFU: Protein For Vegetarians? Or Marketo’s Newest Take On ‘Top Of The Funnel’?

    InsideView
    20 Jun 2014 | 10:22 am
    Funnel Frenzy When we first heard about TOFU, MOFU, and BOFU at the Marketo Roadshow last week, our ears perked up (thank you Brian Glover, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Marketo). The truth is, when you stumble into a conference session as a multi-tasking, lead-focused sponsor, it’s easy to zone in and out as you’re […]
  • 5 Tips For Supercharging Your Marketo Campaigns

    InsideView
    5 Jun 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Lead management isn’t for the faint of heart, but with these five pieces of advice, you’ll be well on your way to running successful marketing programs with Marketo. Flip through the presentation below to learn how to: Clean and manage your database Reduce form fields to increase conversions Identify business triggers to fuel campaigns Use behavior tracking to identify Interesting […]
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    Business Intelligence

  • Mobile Solutions, the Internet of Things, Code Halos and Enterprise Strategies, Part 1

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:53 am
    Tactics without strategy are dangerous. ~ Robert Leonhard If you believe as the authors of the new book Code Halos do, that data is the new competitive arena for businesses, then you will want to develop a strategy in order to compete.  What might that strategy look ...
  • 6 Tips That Will Make Every Employer Hire You

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:58 am
    Do you keep wondering why you get rejected on every job interview you went to? I am sorry to break it down to you, but it is highly possible that you are responsible for your failure. No matter if you have good qualities, skills that employers need and experience, you can still get rejected if yo...
  • Things You Did Not Know about Creating a Perfect Website

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:25 am
    Those who say that creating a website is an easy task cannot be more wrong. Naturally, if you have a lot of money at your disposal, you can simply pay for it, but otherwise, you’re going to have to think about a plethora of things. The internet can be considered a living thing, because it...
  • How to Eliminate Everyday Stress

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    The damage stress can cause to our bodies is great, there is no denying that, and that is the main reason why people are always trying to find new ways of reducing stress wherever they go. This is also especially true for our work environment. In this troubled economy, everyone is under a lot of pre...
  • Mobile Expert Interview: AnyPresence's Founder Rich Mendis

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    In this segment, I had the privilege of interviewing the founder of AnyPresence, Rich Mendis on his views of the enterprise mobility market, mobile strategies and his predictions for the future.  Enjoy!Video Link: http://youtu.be/GvvGl652Q9k?list=UUGizQCw2Zbs3eTLwp7icoqw   *********...
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  • The 5 Keys to Self-Service Success

    Matt Pugh
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Whether you’re in IT, overwhelmed by dashboard and report requests, or a business end user waiting for answers – you understand just how frustrating it can be in the “Traditional BI” line. Because who doesn’t want to be that woman whistling on her way out?  read more
  • Microsoft Layoff news Sentiment and Insights via Twitter, @Stocktwits ($MSFT) & w/@plusonesocial #wpc14

    Patrick Husting
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    I’m a big Microsoft fan and it pains me to see the news today about all the layoffs.  I’m not going to go into the reasons why they should do this or not, that will be done to the Nth degree by tech news sites. Rather, I would like to show what people are saying via Twitter using some simple social media  insights!  I fired up PlusOneSocial and quickly pulled over 13,500+ tweets using the keyword “Microsoft Layoffs” this morning.    Then quickly I used Excel 2013 to pull a lot of original tweets on this subject.  People are just begining…
  • #WPC14 Day 3 much more exciting that day 2. Can anyone tell me why? w/@plusonesocial

    Patrick Husting
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    I updated my social stats on the Microsoft Worldwide Partner conference for day 3, the noise really picked up on the morning of the 3rd day.  I believe Satya was there for the keynote. I used Plus One Social and Excel to create this for those of you asking. Enjoy, Patrick
  • Day 2 at the Microsoft #WPC14 event, here are the social insights you have been waiting for w/@plusonesocial

    Patrick Husting
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    For years I’ve attended the Microsoft WPC conference and the last several years I’ve run instant metrics on the event.  One thing that is true for all conferences, Microsoft or other, The first few hours get all social traffic.  Then after that it basically dies out. Check out my chart below.  The blue line is day one and the orange line is day two.  Can’t wait to see day three!  Enjoy, Patrick Tools Used Plus One Social for the Social Insights Excel 2013 for the PowerPivot and Chart
  • Mapped! All the Tweets for the 1st day at the Microsoft #WPC14 conference kickoff w/@plusonesocial

    Patrick Husting
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Since I’m an old-time Microsoft guy, the yearly Worldwide Partner Conference is going on.  I used Plus One Social to pull all the tweets on the hashtag #WPC14 and plot them on the map! Check it out!   Is the convention being held at two locations?  Well, they are in DC so Big Brother is probably watching too… Enjoy, Patrick
 
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    The Solopreneur Life®

  • Random Thoughts After a 10-Day Family Vacation

    Larry Keltto
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Late last night my wife, two daughters, and I arrived home in Minnesota after spending 10 days in Estes Park, Colorado. We’ve made the trip every year to EP since 2001, and we drive. Here are random thoughts from the vacation. • I didn’t see evidence of Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, except for a head […] Related posts: The Solopreneur Life Goes On Vacation If You Had the Boulder Book Store In Your Town, You’d Never Need Amazon Open Mic at The Solopreneur Life: How Do You Handle Vacation?
  • How to Take the First Step Toward Building New Business Relationships

    Larry Keltto
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:13 am
    Below is an excerpt from the book Relationship Marketing for Solopreneurs: How to Build Rewarding Connections in Work and Life, written by Jim Sheard, Ph.D., and Larry Keltto. Relationships are the foundation for marketing your solo business. And taking the initiative is the first step toward building relationships. To take the initiative, you must be […] Related posts: Building Relationships: How to Take the First Step The #1 Cause of Unhealthy Business Relationships Build Relationships in the “Get Connected” Social Network
  • Michael Port’s Mission: Kill the Elevator Speech

    Larry Keltto
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:40 am
    Michael Port, author of “Book Yourself Solid,” helps professionals learn how to sell their services. Port is on a mission to kill the elevator speech. (If you don’t know what an elevator speech is, here’s an article from 2007, the heyday of the elevator speech.) Port says he’s been polling audiences for years on the […] Related posts: 6 Marketing Lessons Solopreneurs Can Learn From a Plumber Merlin Olsen’s Personal Mission Statement Motivation For Solopreneurs From Football Coaches: “You’re Going to Get Up and Fight Some More”
  • If You Hit “Rock Bottom,” Make It Your Foundation

    Larry Keltto
    22 May 2014 | 8:08 am
    Below is an excerpt from my e-book, “Threadbare to Billionaire: J.K. Rowling’s Solopreneurial Magic and How You Can Use It To Spark Your Business.” Rowling says living in poverty, being at the bottom, gave her permission to be herself. She had nothing to lose. There was no risk. “That was so freeing. Why wouldn’t I […] Related posts: Prepare for the Arrival of Your Transcendent Idea How to Keep Colds From Damaging Your Bottom Line A Solopreneur’s Worst Nightmare: Jury Duty
  • How the DISC Behavioral Model Can Help Solopreneurs

    Larry Keltto
    10 May 2014 | 10:05 pm
    DISC is a behavioral model based on the work of Dr. William Moulton Marston (1893–1947) to examine the behavior of individuals in their environment or within a specific situation. I think it gives us as solopreneurs a framework for understanding ourselves, our clients, and our collaborators. Related posts: The Making of a Mastermind Group for Solopreneurs
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    Statspotting!

  • $300K Per Hour – The Average Cost of Network Downtime

    junior
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:15 pm
    If you believe in averages, that is. We spotted this stat today, that the average cost of network downtime, across industries (based on surveys) is $5,600 p/minute, which extrapolates to well over $300K p/hour. The range is from $140K to $540K p/hour. (Source) 100 percent uptime is a really huge deal. Now we know why, in dollars. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post $300K Per Hour – The Average Cost of Network Downtime appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • CableTV Stats: On Average, US Homes Receive 189 Channels, Watch 17

    junior
    7 May 2014 | 8:18 pm
    We spotted this statistic around cable TV habits of Americans – The number of cable channels in an average US household has grown dramatically over the last five years, but the number of channels that viewers actually watch has hardly changed at all. In 2008, US households received an average of 129.3 channels but only actually viewed 17.3 channels. In 2013, the number of channels received increased 46 percent, but the number of channels viewed only increased 1 percent. (Source) For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The…
  • Stunning: Nearly Half of New Yorkers Are Struggling to Get By

    junior
    30 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    That’s definitely not something you think of when you think about the financial capital of the world. We spotted this disturbing stat today, that about 46 percent of New Yorkers make less than 150 percent of the official poverty threshold. Under the federal standard, a family of two adults and two children was defined as poor in 2012 if it made less than $23,283, yielding a poverty rate of 20 percent in the city. Under the city’s definition, which takes into account benefits like food stamps and expenses like higher living costs, the income threshold was $31,039, resulting in a rate…
  • ‘Our Mobile Monetization Is Growing Faster Than Our Mobile Traffic’

    junior
    25 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    We spot statements like that very, very rarely. You can guess who said it – China’s Google, of course. With some 160 million daily active users of its core search application, Baidu is on a roll. We spotted this stat today, that the country’s total number of mobile Internet users rose to 500 million at the end of 2013 from 420 million at the end of 2012, according to a report in January by the government-established China Internet Network Information Center.(Source). Baidu has been spending heavily on mobile monetization – primarily to migrate its desktop search…
  • Middle Class Canadians Now Earn More Than Middle Class Americans

    junior
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Well this is definitely news – for quite some time, the perception (and reality) has been that middle class Americans are better off than their Canadian counterparts – we spotted this stat today, that in reality, right now, the reality has turned 180 degrees – Middle class Canadians are now earning more than middle class Americans (Source) “After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.” (Source) For Interesting Statistics…
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    Smedio - Business Ideas Worth Sharing

  • 7 Roadblocks to a Successful Social Media Campaign

    Douglas Idugboe
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Social media campaigns are a norm rather than an exception these days. However, it would be unwise to consider such campaigns as a shortcut to success. Given a sound plan and committed execution, a social media campaign can recover its ROI quicker than most other marketing campaign methodologies. However, there are several roadblocks for businesses when it comes to running successful social media campaigns. In this post, I talk about the 7 most common roadblocks to successful social media campaigns and how your business can avoid these roadblocks. 1.
  • 5 Precautions to Keep Your Small Business from Failing

    Douglas Idugboe
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Running a small business can be a satisfying but difficult challenge, and there are many mistakes that can end your entrepreneurial effort. Many businesses struggle. The question is, how do you keep your small business from failing in the face of struggle? The U.S. Small Business Administration reports that approximately 70 percent of small businesses survive 2 years, 33 percent survive 10 years and only 25 percent remain operational for 15 years or more. We all make mistakes, but you can learn from the mistakes of others. Here are five precautions your…
  • How to Secure Your WordPress Website and Keep It Secured

    Tracy Vides
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail How to Secure Your WordPress Website? Before we dive into that, let’s look at why anyone would want to bother with infringing the security of your WordPress website. By their own numbers, WordPress powers over 17% of all websites around the world. If you look at that number for blogs alone, it will in all probability be much higher. There are many things that make WordPress such a darling of netizens. The fact that it’s a free open source CMS, completely flexible, extremely easy to use and setup even by novices, has great SEO capabilities built…
  • Must-have Software for Small Businesses

    Suraj Kumar
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Software for small businesses are becoming one of the essential nutritions for a healthy business. Did you know that you can run your business right from your fingertips? Technology has made it possible for small business owners to take maximum advantage of available software applications and Web services, and ensure a smoothly-functioning and growth-oriented organization.   Whether it is creating documents or storing them securely, technology can do it all for you in no time. Many small businessmen have home offices and virtual employees. In such…
  • Why Facebook Marketing isn`t Worthwhile Anymore

    Maria Mincey
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Facebook started making inroads into the business realm just a few years after it was launched to the public as a platform for people to interact socially and rekindle the old connections. In a short span of time, Facebook marketing became THE buzzword and we, as consumers, found ourselves caught up in the ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ frenzy. Brands were rejoicing the fact that a post remotely interesting was helping them gain more and more brand followers which may or may not be turning into buyers, but their brand was getting recognized…
 
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    Arbitrage Magazine | Business News with BITE.

  • Night Vision Contact Lenses Possible with Graphene

    Lindsay May
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    A new light sensor can create limitless vision By: Natalie Wong   Main Points: - Researchers at the University of Michigan have found a way to use graphene to detect infrared light - By creating layers of graphene and implementing an insulating barrier in between, an electrical current that is added will create a reaction intense enough to convert into a visible image - The layered design can be thin and has the ability to be stacked on a contact lens. Night vision technology has increasingly improved, ranging from the massive creepy night vision goggles for sale on eBay to sleek night…
  • Ghost in a Shell

    Lindsay May
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Is AI research on the path to give us all cyberbrains? By Michael Capitano, Staff Writer   The idea of ghosts has been around for millennia. The idea that we can become ghosts by preserving our consciousness through cybernetics is a modern notion. What once belonged strictly to the domains of anime and science fiction is now being worked on in labs across the world—even in some backyards. And reaching that point is closer than we think. Within a half-century, we are told to expect brain-computer interfaces to be the norm. Forget smart phones and wearables, our brains themselves will be…
  • Paddle today, Ipad tomorrow

    Shaimaa
    20 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    By Shona Bewley As Canadians get ready to pack up the family vehicle this summer and head up to the great, vast backyard, or as many know it, Canadian wilderness, there is something extra they could be bringing along with the sleeping bags, tents, and insect repellent: mobile devices. Parks Canada has recently announced that they will be experimenting with WiFi hotspots in select national parks to attract a younger generation of campers. The prevalence of a connected society causes more people to stay indoors and avoid extracurriculars such as weekend camping trips, among other outdoor…
  • When will the Earth as we know it truly end?

    Lindsay May
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Is our future THAT dismal?   An in-depth analysis, which indicates that in closely reflecting the reality of the world today, we find that the  collapse of humanity is “difficult to avoid”. We see that the end of humanity draws nearer than the end of the Earth. By: Michelle Monteiro, Staff Writer The end of the Earth and the end of humanity are two separate concepts. There are only three things that could destroy life on Earth: an asteroid of an adequate size hits the planet, the sun expands into a Red Giant, turning the planet into a molten wasteland, or a black hole captures the…
  • Google Unveils New Self-Driving Car

    Lindsay May
    2 Jun 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Google Unveils New Self-Driving Car By: Loren March This past Tuesday Google unveiled the latest prototype of its new self-driving car. The newest model looks like a compact cross between a Smart Car and a Volkswagen Beetle. It has no steering wheel, no gas or break pedals, and is outfitted with a “GO” button and a big red emergency “STOP” button. It’s electric and can travel up to 160 km before needing to recharge. Google has plans to build 100 prototypes, and expects them to be on the road by next year. They intend to have them built in the Detroit area with the assistance of…
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    logianalytics.com

  • The 5 Keys to Self-Service Success

    mtichenor
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Whether you’re in IT, overwhelmed by dashboard and report requests, or a business end user waiting for answers – you understand just how frustrating it can be in the “Traditional BI” line. Because who doesn’t want to be that woman whistling on her way out?  read more
  • The World Cup of Data

    jsenwoo
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Now that the World Cup is over, who would you nominate as FIFA’s most valuable player? Would it be Messi? Young sensation James Rodriguez? Tragedy-stricken Neymar? Or human wall Tim Howard? read more
  • Logi Info 11.3 Brings Expanded Self-Service & Enhanced Visualizations

    Alvin Wong
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    In my previous post on self-service analytics, I discussed the continuum of self-service capabilities that addresses the various ways that business users expect to work with data. I also touched upon the importance of having a platform that can deliver these capabilities across users’ preferred channels in a secure manner. read more
  • Platform for Self-Service Analytics

    Alvin Wong
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:28 am
    The digital age has revolutionized the concept of self-service in all aspects of our lives. As consumers, we fully embrace the do-it-yourself mentality when it comes to making purchases online, searching online forums for advice, and self-checkout at the supermarket. In much the same way, users now demand that information flows freely in the workplace enabling them to make informed decisions without asking IT to fulfill every request for information.    read more
  • The Analytical Michael Jordan

    tsprinkel
    26 Jun 2014 | 5:24 am
    As a kid, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life growing up. Actually…that’s not quite true. Like everyone growing up in Chicago in the ‘90s, I wanted be Michael Jordan. Unfortunately, I never possessed the requisite skill (or height for that matter) to turn that dream into a reality.  read more
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    InterCall Blog

  • 3 Key Takeaways from Kaltura Connect 2014

    Eric Vidal
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Last month, InterCall’s senior product manager, Dan Carroll, headed to New York City to join video technology experts and developers at the video experience conference Kaltura Connect. It was a jam-packed three days with lots of interesting sessions and content that left some lasting impressions. Here are our top three takeaways: 1. Extend Your Content’s Shelf-Life As companies continue to ramp up their video content creation, there’s a growing need to organize that content in a central, accessible location. A...
  • FIFA World Cup Online Streaming Breaks Viewership Record

    Eric Vidal
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    People are still talking about the U.S.’s exciting—albeit disappointing—World Cup run, and the focus has mainly been on goalkeeper Tim Howard’s record-setting 16-save performance against Belgium last Tuesday afternoon. But did you know that another record was quietly broken in the tournament’s U.S. game against Germany? If not, you might be surprised to learn that it didn’t actually occur on the field. During the U.S.-Germany match, ESPN’s WatchESPN online service recorded a groundbreaking 1.7 million viewers. While this is less...
  • Thanks to Today’s Conferencing and Collaboration Tools Every Day Is Independence Day

    Jill Huselton
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Cookouts, cold beer and fireworks—what’s not to love about Independence Day? If you’re one of the scores of Americans lamenting the fact that Independence Day only comes once a year, take comfort in knowing that you don’t have to stop celebrating your independence on July 5th. In fact, more and more business professionals are celebrating their independence 365 days a year. How? By tapping into to the features and benefits of today’s advanced conferencing and collaboration solutions. With the right...
  • Want to Enhance Your Practice? Add Video Conferencing – Stat!

    Jill Huselton
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:26 am
    You’re responsible for running a successful healthcare practice? Good luck. Between sweeping industry changes and the constant pressure to remain profitable, it’s easy to forget that patient care is your practice’s primary focus. . Although technology isn’t a cure-all, the right technology can make your life a little bit easier. More importantly, the implementation of a few strategic technologies can give your practice the tools it needs to improve patient care, regulatory compliance and profitability—all at the same time. How...
  • 4 Lessons From Dad That Help During Conference Calls

    Jill Huselton
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:40 pm
    With this past weekend being Father’s Day, it got me thinking a lot about my dad and everything he taught me. While I didn’t always appreciate his life lessons at the time, now, I’m grateful for them. I’ve found that many of them translate well over to the business world, and even conference calls, where it seems I spend a majority of my time. In honor of Father's Day, here are four lessons I learned from my father that might...
 
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  • Red Wing Software Customers in the News

    My name
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    CenterPoint Accounting and Payroll customer, Steve Abel from Abel Dairy Farms LLC, was featured in the May 25, 2014 issue of Progressive Dairyman. In the article, “Roundtable: Rumination and Activity Monitoring Systems,” Steve shares his experience and advice. To read the entire article, click here. CenterPoint Accounting and Payroll customer, Son-Bow Farms, Inc., which includes the families of Jay and Kristi Richardson, John Freund, Jeff Coss and Gabe Weix, hosted Pierce County’s Dairy Breakfast on Saturday, June 21st at their farm in Maiden Rock, WI. The article and photo were…
  • A Quick Guide to Breakeven Analysis

    My name
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Check out this amazingly clear and concise explanation of breakeven analysis, by Amy Gallo at the Harvard Business Review. You can determine breakeven analysis for your own products, by using their interactive tool. A Quick Guide to Breakeven Analysis
  • The Person Behind the Voice – George Perkins

    My name
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Hi, my name is George. This coming October, I will have worked at Red Wing Software for 25 years. How quickly the time has passed. I work with the web site, web services for our products and other areas as needed. I work from my home in Colorado. My daughter (Clara) and I enjoy Jeep’n around. We have a 1946 CJ-2A, and a 1994 YJ Wrangler. We are working on a newer TJ Wrangler for Clara’s first car. She will be 15 in November and starts her first year of high school in August. Yikes! Thanks for using our software and I hope we can continue to be a source for all your accounting needs.
  • Notes from the President

    My name
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    As I write this, we are approaching a very important date in the history of the United States. This may sound a little strange at first, but I choose not to celebrate the 4th of July. Don’t get me wrong, our offices will be closed and I will be taking the day off. However, I will be celebrating Independence Day, it happens to be on July 4th. I feel we have developed a tendency to recognize, observe, and celebrate dates rather than the events that made the dates important to us. So, while I think it is important to remember the special events that happened on a date, it is even more…
  • 40 Maps that Explain Food in America

    My name
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:01 am
    This story is a must-read! Writers by Ezra Klein and Susannah Locke came up with maps, charts, and historical information about how food in America has changed over time: where it's made, what we eat, how it has evolved and more. You will not be disappointed. 40 Maps that Explain Food in America
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  • MapR Partners with Tata Consultancy Services to Help Customers with Big Data

    Daniel Gutierrez
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, has announced a new partnership with MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the highly ranked distribution for Apache™ Hadoop®, to help enterprise customers easily and rapidly capture critical big data insights.
  • Walking Then Running

    Daniel Gutierrez
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    In this special guest feature, Jesse Anderson from Cloudera writes about how many new companies, like the ones we see popping up in the Hadoop ecosystem, too quickly move from crawling to running, a process that sometimes leads to failure.
  • FoundationDB and DataRPM Partner to Simplify Analytics & Visualization on Next Generation Database

    Daniel Gutierrez
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    FoundationDB, the company behind next generation database software that uniquely combines scalability and consistency, today announced a technology partnership with DataRPM, the industry pioneer in cognitive big data discovery & analytics platform. The integration allows users to perform data analysis, discovery and natural language analytics on data stored in FoundationDB’s distributed, transactional database (via the SQL Layer).
  • Teradata Acquires Revelytix and Hadapt

    Daniel Gutierrez
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    Teradata (NYSE: TDC), the analytic data platforms, marketing applications, and services company, today announced two acquisitions that accelerate the growth of its big data capabilities. On July 16th, Teradata acquired assets of Revelytix, a leader in information management products for big data with unique metadata management technology and deep expertise in integrating information across the enterprise. On July 17th, Teradata acquired assets of Hadapt, including experienced big data technologists and intellectual property.
  • Data Science 101: Real-time Analytics using Cassandra, Spark and Shark

    Daniel Gutierrez
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    In the video below, Evan Chan (Software Engineer at Ooyala), describes his experience using the Spark and Shark frameworks for running real-time queries on top of Cassandra data.
 
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  • 3 Essential Signals to Look for in Your KPIs

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    You won’t find true signals of changes in performance by looking at month-to-month comparisons, or trendlines, or moving averages. The signals you really need to know about, the only signals that you ought to respond to, are revealed through one particular graph only… The typical analysis methods we use for our performance measures are based on assumptions that don’t make much sense. Month-to-month comparisons assume that there is no routine variation over time and wrongly interpret any difference as a signal. Trendlines assume that all change is linear and gradual, and that if Excel…
  • 9 Rules of KPI Buy-in

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    I used to think that performance measurement was about the techniques of selecting, collecting, analysing, presenting, and interpreting data to inform decision making. It’s true that technique is an important part of the process, but I’ve been excited to learn that performance measurement is mostly about the people. In particular, I learned that getting buy-in to KPIs is more about getting out of its way, rather than doing anything specific to make it happen. And getting out of the way of buy-in naturally growing is about following nine rules: Rule #1: Don’t educate the team; hold the…
  • Is Facebook taking measurement and data analytics too far?

    1 Jul 2014 | 2:02 am
    Measurement and analysis gives companies the ability to understand their customers and markets better, improve internal efficiencies, and much more. Having access to more data usually means better insights. However, are companies like Facebook overstepping the mark by exploiting our private information? Just think about it: people have willingly uploaded onto Facebook who their friends are, what their hobbies are, how old they are, where they live and whether they are in a relationship or not. What’s more, Facebook knows what people like and dislike, what their interests are, what their…
  • 5 Basic KPI Quantification Formulae

    23 Jun 2014 | 11:12 pm
    By far the most common quantification formulae used for performance measures are counts and percentages. They’re easy. But they’re not always appropriate. A good performance measure is defined as “objective evidence of the degree to which a performance result is occuring over time”. So you need to be sure that the way you’re calculating the values of your performance measures really is providing the right evidence and to the right degree.Use the following tips to help you decide what the best quantification method is for each of your performance measures.Counts Counting is by far…
  • 9 Steps to Avoid Analysis Paralysis

    17 Jun 2014 | 1:29 am
    When it comes to cause analysis for performance measures, many people put the cart before the horse. They rush too quickly to analyse their data without first establishing a clear purpose. The purpose of any kind of data analysis is to answer one or more questions. My framework for getting from questions to answers when you’re doing cause analysis for performance measures has nine steps: STEP 1: Phrase your question Write down the question you want to answer and make it as specific as possible. When you’re doing a cause analysis for a particular performance measure, it can help to first…
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  • The Big Data Challenge of Activity Trackers

    Christoph Papenfuss
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    The activity tracker revolution Activity trackers such as the ubiquitous Fitbit, Jawbone and the Garmin Vivofit are extremely popular these days. You can frequently spot them on colleagues, friends and customers. Their popularity raises a question: Does the collected data add value to your personal life? As a data hungry endurance athlete who relies on various technologies such as heart rate monitors, accelerometers & powermeters to improve my training I could not resist finding the answer. For the past three months I have worn a Garmin Vivofit to collect and analyze data. Here are my…
  • Keep natural gas flowing with analytics

    Christoph Papenfuss
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:17 am
    The Power of Data Last week, I had the honor to moderate the OSIsoft 2014 user conference in San Francisco. Over 2000 professionals came together to discuss the value and use of real-time data across different industries. There were a ton of really interesting and inspiring customer presentations. It’s just amazing to see how much companies rely on analytics these days to keep their operations running and/ or to improve their situation. Combating the Polar Vortex One of the keynote presentations of the conference really stuck out and I want to share the content with you. Columbia…
  • The Power of Data

    Christoph Papenfuss
    29 Oct 2013 | 5:39 am
    The Power of Data Real-time data is all around us. Modern sensors allow us to capture enormous amounts of data at extremely high frequencies. Here is an example: grid operators nowadays utilize so-called syncrophasors (also called PMUs) to record over 40 different KPIs at 120hz. They use this information to keep our electric supply safe and stable. Shift managers use real-time data to keep production lines running and performing. However, managing this type of data requires a different type of technology. It’s not your typical big data problem. You can’t just stick this high-speed…
  • Data is only useful if you use it!

    Christoph Papenfuss
    18 Jul 2013 | 12:45 am
    The value factor We have all become data collectors. This is true for corporations and individuals. Organizations store petabytes worth of customer transactions, social sentiment and machine data. SAP’s Timo Elliott recently wrote a nice blog post about the ‘datafication’ of our own private lives. Just to give you a personal example, I have over 2GB worth of exercise data (heart rate, running pace, cycling power, GPS info, etc.) ranging back to 2003. But there is a growing problem – too many people & organizations are just really good at collecting data. Not enough…
  • See you at the OSIsoft EMEA User Conference 2013

    Christoph Papenfuss
    11 Jul 2013 | 12:05 am
    OSIsoft EMEA UC Please allow me to do some advertising for my company today. Beginning this year, OSIsoft will host an annual Pan-EMEA Users Conference event to bring together the latest PI System information coupled with presentations from customers that demonstrate the business value they have achieved using the PI System.The user conference will take place in Paris from September 16th – 19th. Why attend? This event is the ideal place for existing users and prospective customers to share and learn more about the PI System and how it drives value in their businesses. It’s a great…
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  • The Big Data Challenge of Activity Trackers

    Christoph Papenfuss
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    The activity tracker revolution Activity trackers such as the ubiquitous Fitbit, Jawbone and the Garmin Vivofit are extremely popular these days. You can frequently spot them on colleagues, friends and customers. Their popularity raises a question: Does the collected data add value to your personal life? As a data hungry endurance athlete who relies on various technologies such as heart rate monitors, accelerometers & powermeters to improve my training I could not resist finding the answer. For the past three months I have worn a Garmin Vivofit to collect and analyze data. Here are my…
  • Keep natural gas flowing with analytics

    Christoph Papenfuss
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:17 am
    The Power of Data Last week, I had the honor to moderate the OSIsoft 2014 user conference in San Francisco. Over 2000 professionals came together to discuss the value and use of real-time data across different industries. There were a ton of really interesting and inspiring customer presentations. It’s just amazing to see how much companies rely on analytics these days to keep their operations running and/ or to improve their situation. Combating the Polar Vortex One of the keynote presentations of the conference really stuck out and I want to share the content with you. Columbia…
  • The Power of Data

    Christoph Papenfuss
    29 Oct 2013 | 5:39 am
    The Power of Data Real-time data is all around us. Modern sensors allow us to capture enormous amounts of data at extremely high frequencies. Here is an example: grid operators nowadays utilize so-called syncrophasors (also called PMUs) to record over 40 different KPIs at 120hz. They use this information to keep our electric supply safe and stable. Shift managers use real-time data to keep production lines running and performing. However, managing this type of data requires a different type of technology. It’s not your typical big data problem. You can’t just stick this high-speed…
  • Data is only useful if you use it!

    Christoph Papenfuss
    18 Jul 2013 | 12:45 am
    The value factor We have all become data collectors. This is true for corporations and individuals. Organizations store petabytes worth of customer transactions, social sentiment and machine data. SAP’s Timo Elliott recently wrote a nice blog post about the ‘datafication’ of our own private lives. Just to give you a personal example, I have over 2GB worth of exercise data (heart rate, running pace, cycling power, GPS info, etc.) ranging back to 2003. But there is a growing problem – too many people & organizations are just really good at collecting data. Not enough…
  • See you at the OSIsoft EMEA User Conference 2013

    Christoph Papenfuss
    11 Jul 2013 | 12:05 am
    OSIsoft EMEA UC Please allow me to do some advertising for my company today. Beginning this year, OSIsoft will host an annual Pan-EMEA Users Conference event to bring together the latest PI System information coupled with presentations from customers that demonstrate the business value they have achieved using the PI System.The user conference will take place in Paris from September 16th – 19th. Why attend? This event is the ideal place for existing users and prospective customers to share and learn more about the PI System and how it drives value in their businesses. It’s a great…
 
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  • Agent Based Models and RNetLogo

    Joseph Rickert
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    by Joseph Rickert If I had to pick just one application to be the “killer app” for the digital computer I would probably choose Agent Based Modeling (ABM). Imagine creating a world populated with hundreds, or even thousands of agents, interacting with each other and with the environment according to their own simple rules. What kinds of patterns and behaviors would emerge if you just let the simulation run? Could you guess a set of rules that would mimic some part of the real world? This dream is probably much older than the digital computer, but according to Jan Thiele’s brief account…
  • magrittr: Simplifying R code with pipes

    David Smith
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    R is a functional language, which means that your code often contains a lot of parentheses . And complex code often means nesting those parentheses together, which make code hard to read and understand. But there's a very handy R package — magrittr, by Stefan Milton Bache — which lets you transform nested function calls into a simple pipeline of operations that's easier to write and understand. Hadley Wickham's dplyr package benefits from the %>% pipeline operator provided by magrittr. Hadley showed at useR! 2014 an example of a data transformation operation using…
  • How to Choose an R-Trainer?

    Joseph Rickert
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    by James Peruvankal There are plenty of options if you want to learn R and are looking for training: your college’s statistics department, massive open online courses like Coursera, Udacity, edX, Datacamp etc. SiliconANGLE recently published an article about top R-training companies. Let’s talk about how to choose a good R-trainer. First and foremost is technical competency in R - In addition to having done a significant amount of R programming, the instructor should have an education in a quantitative field. The idea behind this is that the instructor will have had experience…
  • There's no mistake in the barley data

    David Smith
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Statistics has many canonical data sets. For classification statistics, we have the Fisher's iris data. For Big Data statistics, the canonical data set used in many examples is the Airlines data. And for dotplots, we have the barley data, first popularized by Bill Cleveland in the landmark 1993 text Visualizing Data. Cleveland's innovations in data visualiation were hugely influential in the S language and (later) R's lattice and ggplot2 packages, and the panel chart of the barley data shown below is one of the best known.  The chart above shows the yields for several…
  • Because it's Friday: Word Crimes

    David Smith
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    This blog has its fair share of typos and homophones, I know. There's always room for more proofreading. (And don't get me started on the inconsistent use of "favorite" and "favourite" — my spelling locus is drifting somewhere in the mid-Pacific these days.) But I am a bit of a grammar nerd, so I appreciate Weird Al Yankovic's attempt to get the social media set to use words proper-like (and also get off my lawn!). Any song that uses "conjugate" in the grammatical sense gets my endorsement. (And although I've spent more time than usual…
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  • The 10 Most Telling Quotes About the Future of Mobile

    Bryn Adler
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:25 am
    Mobile is changing the way we relate to the world. Beyond just devices, mobile represents not only a channel, but an entirely new digital lifestyle. We are moving past smartphone and tablet definitions to discover the bigger picture of what comes next. What is that, exactly? We gathered 10 of the most telling quotes from nine mobile experts (and one expert research center) on what the future holds for the convergence of digital and the role mobile will play. The 10 Most Telling Quotes About the Future of Mobile 1. “Our lives will be facilitated by a myriad of adaptive applications…
  • Is Your App Engaging Enough? [Infographic]

    Bryn Adler
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s a mistake we see often: too many app owners stop after the download. Instead of investing in app engagement and user retention, marketing spend is allotted to gaining more downloads. Acquiring new users is essential to gaining credibility and ensuring app success. But what happens to your users after the download? Chances are, they don’t return. Downloads are not synonymous with loyalty. Creating a sticky app is the key to engaging users long-term and creating valuable, profitable relationships. But how do you create that experience? And which apps are in most danger of losing users?
  • 3 Cross-Channel Marketing Campaigns to Try Today

    Bryn Adler
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:21 am
    The number of ways consumers can interact with a brand today is astounding. Any given customer uses a multitude of channels to shop, share, read, browse, evaluate, locate, and make purchases. In fact, 43% of consumers are more likely to purchase when mobile messages are part of a marketing experience that unfolds across different channels over time. If you’re not incorporating mobile into your marketing strategy, there’s a good chance you’re not appealing to those prospects who are actively asking for more interactivity. Many app owners are missing out on an opportunity to create a…
  • 5 Push Messaging Tips: What Rookies Say vs. Expert App Marketers

    Annum Munir
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    These days, the wonderful World Wide Web is full of people clamoring to dish out advice on everything from the best places to eat, the worst places to sleep, to the top marketing trends to heed. So, whom do you trust? How do you tell the difference between an amateur correspondent vs. a seasoned pundit? In the mobile space, it seems like everybody is adding their two cents on the transformative effect of push messaging. Right now, push is the darling of mobile and, consequently, there is no shortage of commentators on what makes push so powerful. It’s a fairly hot conversation topic, but…
  • 4 Must-Try App Marketing Campaigns for eCommerce & Retail Apps

    Christopher Kiertz
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Do your apps miss you? Mine do. I’ve been told time and time again. I used to think the apps just really liked me. But I’ve realized over time that they’re all the same. I know they tell their sob story to everyone they meet. “We miss you,” they tell me. “It’s been too long,” they try to convince me. They’ve begged, pleaded and borrowed my limited screen space with last-ditch efforts to lure me back. But their efforts have become futile. I’ve realized that it’s simply a marketing tactic, and I’m just a regular user. If you’ve seen your marketing courtship efforts…
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  • Time Management: How Do Sales Reps Spend the Day?

    Darren Perucci
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Chris Harrington, Domo president, recently gave a presentation teaching sales leaders how to avoid “getting sold” by sales pros during the hiring process. The content has been hugely popular among sales leaders because of the practical yet simple approach Chris taught. Earlier this week, Chris posted a few of his favorite questions that help weed out the posers from the pack. Since time management is a critical (and seemingly disappearing) skill among today’s professionals, we also thought it would be helpful to share the questions Chris uses to determine if a sales pro knows how to…
  • Are Data Warehouses Just a Stop-Gap?

    Jared Conley
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Some technologies are heralded as having arrived, only to falter for years, sometimes decades. In movies, 3D took about half a century to gain traction. “Smart” appliances, such as refrigerators that track your grocery inventory, were the next big thing—a decade ago. Smart appliances are still around, and we’re all still waiting for them to become popular. When reality doesn’t meet expectations. In the category of late bloomers, business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing can be added to the list. In use for more than 20 years, BI and data warehousing’s ability to provide…
  • Hiring for Sales? How to Avoid Getting Sold by a Professional.

    Chris Harrington
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Let’s face it: Most salespeople are good at interviewing. In my 25-plus years building sales teams, I’ve met the best of the best. And I’ve hired a few who I thought were going to be huge contributors, but they didn’t live up to the expectations. Hiring the wrong person can cost you 15 months and, as you know, that’s too much time to invest in people who don’t fit into your organization. Over my career, I’ve developed a few interview questions to help reduce the chance of another bad hire. Hopefully these tips will help you, too. To avoid getting sold by a professional, here a…
  • Where Data Warehouses Fall Short

    Alan Winters
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    The data warehouse seems like a perfect BI solution. It provides a central repository for storing all of an organization’s data that, in turn, gives reporting tools a single location where those tools can find and extract useful data that can then be analyzed and consumed. The disappointing reality. The reality is different. Picture a conventional warehouse with inventory not just coming in and going out via the front doors, but through windows in the walls and holes in the ceiling. Plus, inventory has been stored outside the warehouse at various locations, and it’s constantly being…
  • How to Kill Innovation in 3 Easy Steps: Building the Mediocrity Machine, Pt. 2

    Chris Willis
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    To be fully free to create, we must first find the courage and willingness to let go: Let go of the strategies that have worked for us in the past… Let go of our biases, the foundation of our illusions… Let go of our grievances, the root source of our victimhood… Let go of our so-often-denied fear of being found unlovable. ― Gordon MacKenzie, Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace Corporations like to believe they have an innovative culture, though they rarely do. In the first part of this short series, I talked about the dilution of ideas—…
 
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  • Time Management: How Do Sales Reps Spend the Day?

    Darren Perucci
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Chris Harrington, Domo president, recently gave a presentation teaching sales leaders how to avoid “getting sold” by sales pros during the hiring process. The content has been hugely popular among sales leaders because of the practical yet simple approach Chris taught. Earlier this week, Chris posted a few of his favorite questions that help weed out the posers from the pack. Since time management is a critical (and seemingly disappearing) skill among today’s professionals, we also thought it would be helpful to share the questions Chris uses to determine if a sales pro knows how to…
  • Are Data Warehouses Just a Stop-Gap?

    Jared Conley
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Some technologies are heralded as having arrived, only to falter for years, sometimes decades. In movies, 3D took about half a century to gain traction. “Smart” appliances, such as refrigerators that track your grocery inventory, were the next big thing—a decade ago. Smart appliances are still around, and we’re all still waiting for them to become popular. When reality doesn’t meet expectations. In the category of late bloomers, business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing can be added to the list. In use for more than 20 years, BI and data warehousing’s ability to provide…
  • Hiring for Sales? How to Avoid Getting Sold by a Professional.

    Chris Harrington
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Let’s face it: Most salespeople are good at interviewing. In my 25-plus years building sales teams, I’ve met the best of the best. And I’ve hired a few who I thought were going to be huge contributors, but they didn’t live up to the expectations. Hiring the wrong person can cost you 15 months and, as you know, that’s too much time to invest in people who don’t fit into your organization. Over my career, I’ve developed a few interview questions to help reduce the chance of another bad hire. Hopefully these tips will help you, too. To avoid getting sold by a professional, here a…
  • Where Data Warehouses Fall Short

    Alan Winters
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    The data warehouse seems like a perfect BI solution. It provides a central repository for storing all of an organization’s data that, in turn, gives reporting tools a single location where those tools can find and extract useful data that can then be analyzed and consumed. The disappointing reality. The reality is different. Picture a conventional warehouse with inventory not just coming in and going out via the front doors, but through windows in the walls and holes in the ceiling. Plus, inventory has been stored outside the warehouse at various locations, and it’s constantly being…
  • How to Kill Innovation in 3 Easy Steps: Building the Mediocrity Machine, Pt. 2

    Chris Willis
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    To be fully free to create, we must first find the courage and willingness to let go: Let go of the strategies that have worked for us in the past… Let go of our biases, the foundation of our illusions… Let go of our grievances, the root source of our victimhood… Let go of our so-often-denied fear of being found unlovable. ― Gordon MacKenzie, Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace Corporations like to believe they have an innovative culture, though they rarely do. In the first part of this short series, I talked about the dilution of ideas—…
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  • Developing High Performing Intercultural Category Teams

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:32 am
    Don’t underestimate the importance of cultural integration in the process of transforming procurement teams.  In this guest post, Procurement Leaders invites consultant Emma Pugh to look at ways of breaking down cultural barriers in procurement teams, using EIPM’s work with SUBWAY as a case study. When I was first approached by European Independent Purchasing Company (EIPC) to design and run a Category Management Development Programme to help set up global teams, my response was an immediate ’yes’ with a large caveat – do not expect these teams to be…
  • How Do Leading Procurement Professionals Allocate Their Time?

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    Recent interviews with CPOs reveals, if you read between the lines, that there are many different approaches and concerns that pull CPOs in different directions, but also that, like most of us, procurement executives and managers would be more effective if they could focus their resources on key activities.  In our latest survey (click here), we compare organisations’ thinking on market conditions in 2015. Alongside our usual analysis on key category and organisational plans, we are taking a concerted look at the time management of CPOs. Recent interviews with CPOs reveals, if you…
  • Risk Management, CSR and Corporate Reputation Are All Connected

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:18 am
    Recent headlines point to the connection between climate risk management, the need to pay attention to suppliers’ CSR efforts – or lack of effort – and corporate reputation. Recent headlines point to the connection between climate risk management, the need to pay attention to suppliers’ CSR efforts – or lack of effort – and corporate reputation. Here are a few examples. On the climate-risk front: Typhoon Rammasun kills more than 100 in China and Philippines – Power was knocked out in several areas, and although so far the business impact has…
  • Incentivising Agency Performance

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    Dan Jeffries of Jeffries Consulting looks at the issue of incentive-based payment methodologies when procurement is engaging with creative agencies. This guest post originally featured in Procurement Leaders Magazine Issue 51. It was written by Dan Jeffries, senior commercial consultant at Jeffries Consulting One of the hot topics that gets a good deal of airtime at conferences and in the trade press is the use of incentive-based payment methodologies when engaging advertising and media agencies. Recently, in the US there has been a lot of noise from…
  • Time To Wise Up To Internal Alignment

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
    Stakeholder alignment is key as the role of procurement evolves to look at spend beyond the borders of direct materials and into realm of indirects. This guest post originally featured in Procurement Leaders Magazine Issue 51. It was written by Don Klock, former CPO at Colgate-Palmolive and winner of the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2014 Procurement Leaders Awards. As procurement moves to focus on strategic issues, the degree of difficulty goes up dramatically. Why? One of the key reasons is internal alignment. A good example of this is the move away…
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  • Ideas Redesign in Qlik Community

    Sara Leslie
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Hello Qlik Community Members,  We are in the process of redesigning our Ideas area, the review process and how we gather and use the very valuable information you share with us. The Ideas area, submit an idea and review/voting on others ideas will be closing for the near future but we will preserve and save a copy of all of your submitted ideas, comments and votes. You will not lose any points or mission badges from this but don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or feedback.  Best Regards, Qlik Community Management Team
  • Sensory Data

    John Sands
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    Why do people still go shopping rather than using the internet all the time? After all, the internet is normally quicker and your local shopping centre can never hope to have as many brands as you can find using your PC or tablet. It’s partially a social thing - we like to meet up with friends have something to eat and a chat. While we are shopping it’s a tactile thing - holding the item (or even smelling it!) as this reinforces the fact that it is real and of good quality. Retailers know this and try to lure us in with bright signage and interesting aromas. Once we have purchased…
  • Dual & Exists – Useful Functions

    Jennell McIntire
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    I find that the Dual and Exists functions are useful functions that I often use in my script.  The Dual function allows me to represent a string field numerically, making it ideal for sorting purposes.  The Exists function, used in conjunction
  • Buckets

    Henric Cronström
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Often when creating a QlikView application, you want to add some grouping of a number, and then use this as a dimension in a chart or as a field where you make selections.   Usually, the number in itself is not interesting, but the rough value is
  • Trabalhando com Mapas - Outra forma

    EGNALDO SOUSA
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    Em alguns projetos precisei trabalhar com mapas, e como não conhecia muito bem QlikVeiw acabei desenvolvendo uma ideia muito simples e bem elegante, utilizando o API de imagens estáticas da Google. Acredito ser uma forma mais fácil e mais agradável que outras soluções, que depois acabei aprendendo, pois não precisei conhecer outras linguagens, basta apenas entender como funciona a URL. Segue o exemplo para que possam utilizar em seus trabalhos. Documentação do Google.Static Maps API V2 Developer Guide - Google Maps Image…
 
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    Dice News » Business Analysis

  • The Tech Skills Every Business Analyst Needs to Know

    Steven Gara
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Even in a period of high demand, it’s important to have a diverse skill set. That means business analysts with a solid knowledge of technology have an advantage over their competition when they’re looking for a job. Creating a sense of confidence among, and gaining the respect of, IT and business end users requires you to speak their languages and demonstrate a strong technical aptitude. So, a BA needs to know what IT applications are being utilized, what options can be achieved through current platforms, and be generally familiar with what the latest technology offers. In addition,…
  • Brainstorming and Mind Mapping for Business Analysis

    Steven Gara
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:28 am
    There is no more need to have long and boring meetings with analysts and stakeholders to encourage them to come up with new ideas and strategies—at least not if you can make your meetings more engaging, interactive and, dare we say it, fun. For this, you might want to consider brainstorming as a way to bring in a breath of fresh air. Click here to see business analysis jobs. What Is Brainstorming? I’ve seen brainstorming described as a “process for generating creative ideas and solutions through intensive and freewheeling group discussion.” Using this technique, leaders can encourage…
  • How to Apply BA Skills to Business Process Management

    Steven Gara
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:47 am
    If you’re a business analyst with experience in variations of process improvements, you might want to consider a changeover to business process management. Working in BPM provides you with a deeper understanding of business domains and can be viewed as a solid background for development into a department or operations leader, or an executive or consultant. Let’s look at the roles of BA and BPM, compare and contrast them, and highlight how a BA can enter the field of process management. Click here to see business process management jobs. BA and BPM As stated in the Business Analysis…
  • 6 Skills a Great Business Analyst Should Have

    Steven Gara
    25 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Succeeding as a business analyst requires experience, domain knowledge and sometimes certifications, but it helps if you develop several general skills, as well. It’s valuable to recognize them because they’ll help you thrive in a role that often comes with lots of autonomy, constantly evolving demands and priorities, and tons of ambiguity. These skills don’t necessarily determine whether you’ll be a competent business analyst. But if you’re aware of them, you’ll have a leg up in selling yourself as someone who will be able to work effectively in any organization. Click here to…
  • Big Data Widens Opportunities for Business Analysts

    Steven Gara
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    One of the newest trends in business analysis is the melding of the BA and BI roles – where BAs become more like data-centric business intelligence analysts, similar to data scientists. As more companies jump onto the Big Data wagon, the widening need for data may breathe new life into the business analysis role, opening more avenues of responsibilities — and corresponding increases in salaries as a result. Click here to find business analyst jobs. Most BAs have technology and analytical backgrounds. That leads them to perform tasks such as: Assisting with the implementation and…
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    Intelligent Head Quarters

  • Making Innovation Happen Around the World Part 3

    Paula Newton
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Making Innovation Happen Around the World Part 3 In the first article in this series we explored the steps that Nesta i-teams have been taking to innovate in different kinds of cities around the world. In the second part we examined some of the specific teams in greater depth to understand what they are doing and what has been achieved so far by the i-teams that Nesta identified. In this latest article we will review some other Nesta i-teams in depth to analyse their achievements also. On the subject of innovation and i-teams Geoff Mulgan the Chief Executive of Nesta explains that: “I-teams…
  • How CMOs Deal With The Challenges of Technology Part 2

    Maria Fonseca
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    How CMOs Deal With The Challenges of Technology Part 2 Intelligenthq In the first part of this article we have reviewed the results of a recent report entitled “Stepping up the challenge” that provided valuable insights given by 524 CMOs who are in the process of adapting their companies to the ubiquitous digital environment in which  we all exist today. In this second part, I will now review what is necessary to do concerning  three fundamental areas, as identified by the mentioned report: To know how to use advanced data analytics procedures to understand deeply the…
  • How CMOs Deal With The Challenges of Technology Part 1

    Maria Fonseca
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    How CMOS Deal With The Challenges of Technology ? Part 1 Intelligenthq How CMOS deal with the challenges of technology ? And what can a CMO do to improve and adapt his or her company to an increasingly interconnected digital world ? Some answers to this questions can be found in IBM’s  Institute for Business Value (IBV) recent study, that was published in March 2014, and that is entitled “Stepping up to the challenge”. The study resulted from interviews in person with 4,183 top executives from more than 20 industries. The document concentrates on valuable insights given…
  • The Four Elements of Balancing Big Data, Intuition, Decisions, and Results

    Amine Ayad
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Four Elements of Balancing Big Data, Intuition, Decisions, and Results Intelligenthq The four elements of balancing big data, intuition, decisions, and results By Dr. Amine Ayad and Dr. Emad Rahim The publication of “Managers not MBAs” by Henry Mintzberg intrigued our curiosity because in our practical and academic journey, we encountered MBA graduates who were assigned to lead corporate initiatives struggling in managing and leading people. Beyond MBA programs, there was a question that needed answers: How could we solve the strategic predicament of balancing analysis, decisions,…
  • Windows in trouble? What is new and what is next?

    Mark Mueller-Eberstein
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    Windows in trouble? What is new and what is next? Intelligenthq Image source: Microsoft   Can Microsoft learn (e.g. from customers) and realize Innovations? Big, innovative thoughts have been part of Microsoft’s history. Vision videos from the late 90s and early 2000s are legendary. They envision a mobile and connected world that adds unlimited value to people’s life. However, realizing those innovative ideas into new and groundbreaking products and services that customer “want more of” has been a consistent—and well-documented-struggle. With the latest…
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    Blacklight Solutions

  • KNIME Meetup Recap

    Christa Rose
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    By Christa Rose Thank you to all of you who came out to the KNIME User Group talk with Dean Abbott and Chance Coble Thursday night.  And a huge thank you to Paige Roberts and Dustun Rogers for organizing the group and to Actian Corporation for hosting the event. We had a great group attend the event, with a lot […]
  • Spark Summit Wrap-Up

    Chance Coble
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    By Chance Coble Spark Summit has wrapped up. Of all of the announcements that came out over this conference, Databricks clearly stole the show. Today’s sessions were still exciting and a lot was covered, from high-level industry discussion, to specific Spark use cases. Spark continues to make its case as the most exciting work in Big […]
  • Apache Spark: The Lingua Franca for Data Science

    Chance Coble
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:50 pm
    By Chance Coble Apache Spark is certainly being positioned at Spark Summit as the most exciting thing happening in data today. Databricks stole the show this morning after Spark creator and CTO Matei Zaharia opened up the conference by reviewing Spark’s accomplishments over the last year and highlighting its value as the glue to align […]
  • Arrived for Spark Summit

    Chance Coble
    29 Jun 2014 | 5:12 pm
    By Chance Coble Arriving in San Francisco is always fun. It’s a great city, and I use every excuse I have to visit. The parallel runways at SFO let you watch planes land side-by-side with you. I come from Austin, so the smell of the Pacific hits me as soon as I get fresh air. […]
  • Chance Coble on KNIME Analytics

    Christa Rose
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:54 pm
    By Christa Rose Blacklight Solutions’ Chance Coble will kick off the inaugural meeting of the KNIME User Group Austin, hosted by Actian.  Join us as Chance introduces KNIME and describes why this meetup group is timely and exciting for Austin’s growing data community. Register for event –> RSVP In this talk, Chance will present cases of deploying […]
 
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    Ambler

  • Too Much Startup Financing Can Sabotage Growth Financing & Exit Valuation

    Aldonna Ambler
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:31 am
    “Entrepreneurs should raise as little [venture capital] as they can until it works for their business, then raise as much as they can to scale,” says prominent angel investor Gil Penchina. “If you raise too much before the correct formula is achieved, it can mean bad news for the valuation outcomes.” Wise words. Exitround (a [...]
  • Keeping the Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive

    Aldonna Ambler
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:22 am
    The word “entrepreneur” gets thrown around so much that the meaning has been diluted. The true spirit of being entrepreneurial is about the process of innovation…but not just for the sake of having something new! It is applied innovation to solve problems and create value.  The solving problems piece is about the customer. The creating [...]
  • The Ripple Effect of High Profile Acquisitions

    Aldonna Ambler
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As an investor, perhaps you are a shareholder of APPLE stock. When you review news clips or IR reports, you might wonder what is behind the acquisition of the headphone company BEATS. You have invested in APPLE because they have been a major innovator and industry leader, so you wonder if this acquisition will add [...]
  • The Limitations of Interdependence

    Aldonna Ambler
    29 May 2014 | 11:00 pm
    What do you think? Will Joe stay or leave? And, more importantly, what would you do? Joe had worked in the operations side of his uncles’ technology company for ten years before he told them that he wanted to run his own business. Good for Joe. That conversation led to the creation of an installation [...]
  • The Exodus of a Division Head Can be Your Cue to Acquire

    Aldonna Ambler
    18 May 2014 | 11:00 pm
    What prompts the head of a division to resign? I am not talking about the person who has led a division for 30 years and retires. I mean resigns. Replacements happen through forced resignation (firing) when a division of a privately held midsized company hasn’t been hitting its numbers. However, unless a serious health issue [...]
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    SIMUL8 Blog

  • Friday Tip: Selecting Resources Based on a Label Value

    admin
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    This week, we will look at selecting resources based on a label value. We will use a hospital as an example. We are going to set up our simulation to select our resources (either a doctor or nurse), based on the severity of injury to a patient. We will set up the model so that a patient – represented by a work item – can have three levels of injury, with 1 being the most severe. This value will be assigned to a label and resources will be selected based on this value. First, we set up a simple simulation: Next, we will define some rules for our simulation: 1. Only Doctors can work on…
  • What would you like to see in SIMUL8 2015?

    Glenn
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    It might seem like SIMUL8 2014 has only just been released, but believe it or not work is already well underway on SIMUL8 2015! Our consultants and developers are busy planning new features and improves that we’re sure you will love, but now want to hear from you! What new features would you like to see in SIMUL8 2015? Is there anything that would make your simulation modeling faster, easier or give you increased flexibility? If so then let us know and your feature could be in SIMUL8 2015! Simply fill out the form below, or email us at featureideas@SIMUL8.com We look forward to hearing all…
  • Friday Tip: Label-based Batching and Collecting

    admin
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:44 am
    Using batching, we are able to split a single work item in our simulation into two or more items, which each share the same label attributes as the original work item. Batching is used where we have a single work item, such as a pallet of goods; which is then split into smaller items, for example, boxes. Collecting, on the other hand, is the process of combining several work items into a single item. We may, as an example, collect 4 wheels and a chassis before combining them to make a single work item, which represents a car. More details on the basics of batching and collecting can be found…
  • Aerospace, Simulation and Networking at the IIE Annual Conference

    Matt Hobson-Rohrer
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    The Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) are responsible for holding the biggest industrial and systems engineering event of the year – the IIE Annual Conference. This year, the event was held in Montreal, Canada from June 1-3. The SIMUL8 team was in attendance to network with the industrial engineering community and talk about what’s new at SIMUL8. This included running two very well attended vendor sessions, a lunch and learn, that included case studies and a demonstration of SIMUL8 2014, and a technical session, where attendees were shown how to build a simulation in one hour. In…
  • Friday Tip: Quickly Display Variables on Screen with Visual Data

    liam
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    Add onscreen results or display your process parameters while your simulation is running. In the previous Friday Tip we looked at how to create a ‘Global Variable’ as a way of storing and referencing to a simulation parameter: Common parameters that you might save as a Global variable include; process times, buffer capacities, conveyor speeds or minimum re-order quantities. Using the SIMUL8 feature ‘Visual Data’, you can add these values to your simulation screen to create models that are more engaging and easier to follow. To add a Global variable to your simulation Go to the…
 
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    MediFit

  • Increase Fitness and Productivity by Diversifying Routines

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Value Proposition Participants that diversify their exercise routine report increased fitness levels, weight reduction and increased productivity. What is “March Madness”? A five-week physical activity behavior change program that encourages exercise routine diversification. The challenge takes place at the same time as the annual single-elimination collegiate basketball tournament. How it Works Participants select up to [...]The post Increase Fitness and Productivity by Diversifying Routines appeared first on MediFit.
  • Healthy Heart Cycle Off: Putting the Fun in Corporate Fitness and Wellness

    admin
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Look who put the fun in fitness and wellness:Medifit Team New Albany, OH The team organized a “Healthy Heart Cycle Off” in the employee cafe, with the goal of “keeping a bike spinning” for eight continuous hours. Play in the workday… encourages teamwork triggers innovation promotes creative problem-solving increases energy refreshes mind and body Employees [...]The post Healthy Heart Cycle Off: Putting the Fun in Corporate Fitness and Wellness appeared first on MediFit.
  • MediFit Clients Receive Awards and Recognition

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    San Antonio, TX – MediFit is pleased to announce that our client, Valero, was recognized for its wellness program by the The San Antonio Business Group on Health, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Fitness Council, as part of the 2014 Healthy Workplace Recognition Program (HWRP). To earn recognition, employers must demonstrate senior-management support of employer-sponsored [...]The post MediFit Clients Receive Awards and Recognition appeared first on MediFit.
  • July is National Sun Safety Month: An Infographic

    admin
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    July is National Sun Safety Month and to raise awareness about staying in the sun safely, we have created an infographic. Did you know that more than two million people are diagnosed with 3.5 million skin cancers annually? 170,00+ of non-melanoma skin cancer cases related to indoor tanning are diagnosed each year. The statistics sound [...]The post July is National Sun Safety Month: An Infographic appeared first on MediFit.
  • MediFit helps technology company, Xilinx, spark a fitness transformation with employees

    admin
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:59 am
    Our MediFit team partnered with programmable technology company, Xilinx, in the planning of the fitness center at their San Jose headquarters. Their desire was to encourage employees to pursue a healthy lifestyle and provide a variety of fitness opportunities for all levels of activity. MediFit gave specific recommendations for the types of equipment and amenities [...]The post MediFit helps technology company, Xilinx, spark a fitness transformation with employees appeared first on MediFit.
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    BambooHR Blog

  • What Should You Look for in Your First Hire: Five Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Tips

    Guest Blogger
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Your first hire is a major milestone for any company. Since only 22 percent of businesses in the US have employees, this puts you in rare company. In addition to the legal and regulatory complexities of hiring, there are also qualitative considerations. You want to make sure your first hire is a good cultural fit […] The post What Should You Look for in Your First Hire: Five Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Tips appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Gender Gaps [Workplace Deal Breaker Series]

    Jeana Quigley
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Back in college, I was obsessed with the plays of Wendy Wasserstein. To this day (dare I say how many years later?), I will always think of Wendy Wasserstein and her play “Isn’t It Romantic” (written in 1983—and no, I wasn’t in college that long ago!) when I consider yet again if it’s possible for […] The post Gender Gaps [Workplace Deal Breaker Series] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Are You Leadership Quality? Try Being a Mentor First

    Jeana Quigley
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    “Leaders don’t create followers. They create more leaders.” —Tom Peters I recently had a conversation with a friend who told me about one of her employees. We’ll call her Sally. She described Sally as sharp and reliable—great at her job—but was floundering as a mentor. Sally was chosen to train and mentor a new employee […] The post Are You Leadership Quality? Try Being a Mentor First appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • 4 Ways HR Uses Pinterest

    Jeana Quigley
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    I don’t know one person who couldn’t lose themselves for an hour—or four—on Pinterest. I turn to Pinterest when I need more information about pretty much anything. And we organization freaks love a tidy way to keep ideas together. I see folders for dream-home ideas, healthy recipes, fashion combinations, funny memes, pictures of cute cuddly […] The post 4 Ways HR Uses Pinterest appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
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    A Smarter Planet Blog

  • Reaching for the CalCloud

    Steve Hamm
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Max Neiman, Senior Research Fellow, Professor, Political Science, University of California, Riverside (Emeritus) Jeremy Goldberg By Max Neiman and Jeremy M. Goldberg California’s Department of Technology and IBM are launching CalCloud, a new public-private partnership model for fostering cutting edge technology and efficiency in government. The CalCloud computing platform aims to speed access to information, enable more publically accessible and consumable data, and spur civic innovation across state and local governments on a subscription basis. In a recent study we surveyed city…
  • How IBM Watson Can Help USAA Help Military Veterans

    Steve Hamm
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Eric Engquist, assistant VP, USAA By Eric Engquist When I left the US Army in 2005, it was an incredibly stressful experience. In fact, I tell people today that I’m the quintessential example of what not to do when you’re transitioning to civilian life. From childhood, I had planned on serving in the military. It was a family tradition.But after serving as an infantry officer for 8 years, including deployments to Kosovo and Iraq, I decided to leave the military, get married and start a family. Problem was, I didn’t know what to expect after I exited the military. I didn’t have a…
  • How Accessibility is Redefining Personalization

    Guest
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Frances West, Chief Accessibility Officer, IBM By Frances West Accessibility that is grounded in a company’s values can bridge individual differences, better connect with customers, enable a diverse pool of talent in the workplace, and improve the standard of living for all members of society. It also creates context-driven systems that understand everyone’s information consumption patterns so people of all abilities have a personalized user experience on any device, as well as increased access to timely, logically relevant and useful information to make routines, interactions, and…
  • Another Chapter in One Mobile Inventor’s Desire to Inspire: “A Robot Story”

    Guest
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Lisa Seacat DeLuca, IBM Master Inventor for Mobile, reads her newly published childrens’ book, A Robot Story, to her twin sons. By Lisa Seacat DeLuca Planting the seeds of curiosity and imagination in kids takes some creativity. I’m a software engineer but my parents aren’t. Growing up, my father loved gadgets and we had a computer in the house. I taught myself how to type on that computer and eventually how to write html code. I shared my father’s love for gadgets and that led me to applying to colleges for computer science. But when I got to school I felt like I was at a…
  • IBM and Apple Join Forces to Create a New Level of Value for Enterprise Mobility

    Steve Hamm
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Virginia Rometty, IBM Chairman and CEO; Tim Cook, Apple CEO.(Photo: Paul Sakuma/Feature Photo Service for IBM.) By Bridget van Kralingen The mobile revolution has transformed the way we connect, relax, navigate, enjoy our music and document our lives in photography. Yet, for the most part, the impact of all this native capability on the devices we carry hasn’t penetrated the world of serious business. No doubt, millions of people use their personal mobile devices at work for tasks such as email, calendaring or instant messaging – all providing value. We reclaim some “niche…
 
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    Education and Training for Home-Based Business Entrepreneurs

  • Managing Overwhelm

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Today is Sunday and admittedly I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. Not by things I have to do but by things I want to do and don’t have the time. Is anyone with me? Education for the Home Business Entrepreneur – Managing Overwhelm Today I read this article by Mashable called 3 Phrases That Actually Make You Feel More Overwhelmed and I had an epiphany. Basically the way you express your lack of time creates a bad mindset – which I totally buy into. Your mindset is the foundation that every business is built on. The article says instead of saying, I don’t have time,…
  • Complacency is Cancer

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Take a moment of self-reflection. How do you take in information? Do you absorb it? Do you read it and think to yourself that you need to do it? Then a few seconds later the dog barks and you need to take him out – then the thought is lost? Do you revisit it? Do you just move on? The entrepreneur that thrives in today’s world is the one that admits they’re guilty of being complacent and creates systems in their business (and lives) to defuse it.  They know that the key to growing a business is having the appropriate steps in place to avoid falling into complacency.
  • Online Marketing – Let’s Do a Check Up

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    It’s not rocket-science the world around you is changing. The Internet is growing and expanding. As it expands, it creates change. The Internet will create opportunities – coincidently it will also end many industries as we know them. Some businesses will survive – some won’t. The pendulum has swung and now it’s time to get onboard or lose money in your business. My guess is you’re already leaving some money on the table by not understanding how online marketing works. The largest oversight of most businesses is the consumer – the very consumer they…
  • Behaviors Determine the Success of Entrepreneurs

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I get the pleasure of working with entrepreneurs every day. I’ve worked with some that have experienced huge success and I’ve also worked with some that just couldn’t get it together. Over the years I’ve learned the traits that divide. It’s not whose the prettiest or the smartest, those assets don’t have a lot weight in the entrepreneurial game. It’s the behaviors and mindsets of the individuals that separate. Some entrepreneurs are successful at creating the behaviors that equal success whereas others will spend most of their entrepreneurial journey…
  • How Home-Based Business Owners Can Get What They Want

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Last week in my blog I wrote about something that’s literally the core of all success, the mindset. I wrote about the 6 attributes that separates mediocre entrepreneurs from extremely successful ones. This week we’ll stay within that topic but talk about a different angle, the art of persuasion. Being able to persuade others is critical to an entrepreneur’s success. I was talking with one of my friends about this and the funny thing was when I mentioned having a talent to easily persuade others, she took that as a negative thing. I found it interesting how she related…
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    Asia Business News

  • Singapore Strengthens Investor Protections

    Asia Briefing
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:04 pm
    SINGAPORE – The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has proposed new measures to improve investor protection, including extending current regulatory safeguards to cover non-conventional investment products and making it mandatory for all investment products to be rated according to their complexity and risk. Non-conventional products A consultation paper released by MAS earlier this week noted the increase in the number of complex non-conventional products offered to retail investors and the way that such schemes are structured in order to assign ownership of underlying physical…
  • Asia: the Future of Islamic Finance?

    Asia Briefing
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Last month, Britain became the first government outside the Islamic world to issue sovereign sukuk, otherwise known as Islamic bonds, declaring its intention to become the western capital for Islamic finance. Attracting more than £2 billion in orders, the bond sale was met with enthusiastic demand from investors worldwide, from both within and without the Muslim world. Later this year, Hong Kong is expected to join the rank of countries venturing into Islamic finance, putting up its first offering of sukuk, believed to be between US$500 million and US$1 billion. Earlier in March, the…
  • Canada’s Asia-Pacific Pivot

    Asia Briefing
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    The Canadian government’s approval of the controversial Northern Gateway oil pipeline and participation in the 11th ASEAN-Canada Dialogue are only two of several recent indicators the Great White North has its sights firmly set on the Asia-Pacific region as the key to securing its economic future. Since taking office in 2006, PM Harper’s Conservative Party has gradually made the consolidation of ties with Southeast Asia a cornerstone of its economic and foreign policy agenda as it seeks to check Canadian dependence on the United States. Appointing the first Canadian Ambassador to the…
  • Manufacturing Hubs Across Emerging Asia: New Issue of Asia Briefing Magazine

    Asia Briefing
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:13 pm
    In this Issue of Asia Briefing Magazine Manufacturing Across Southeast Asia India: Asia’s Next Manufacturing Juggernaut Betting on Vietnam: The Future of Southeast Asian Manufacturing The newest issue of Asia Briefing Magazine, titled “Manufacturing Hubs Across Emerging Asia,” is out now and available as a complimentary download in the Asia Briefing Bookstore now through the month of August. For the first time in more than a decade, China’s manufacturing competitiveness is wavering. Faced with increasing competition from India and emerging Southeast Asian markets, China’s…
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Ranks High Among Consumers in Asia-Pacific

    Asia Briefing
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Consumers in Asia-Pacific are the most socially conscious shoppers in the world, according to a new Nielsen report. The Nielsen Global Survey of Corporate Social Responsibility polled more than 30,000 consumers in 60 countries around the world in February and March this year in order to understand which consumers are the most supportive of socially responsible actions, which social issues are concerning these consumers the most and how sustainable practices influence consumers regarding purchasing decisions. The survey found that 64 percent of online consumers in Asia-Pacific were willing to…
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