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  • Research and Markets: Business Intelligence Analytics Market India 2014

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    20 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Business Intelligence Analytics Market India 2014" report to th
  • It’s Hard To Ask Good Questions

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    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…
  • Procima Experts Formalizes its Partnership With Tableau Software

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    20 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Procima Experts, a leading business intelligence , data management and predictive analytics consulting firm, announces its partnership with U.S. company Tableau Software. Under the terms of the agreement, ...
  • If Big Data Is Anything at All, This Is It

    Visual Business Intelligence
    Stephen Few
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    The first time that all but a few of us heard the term “Big Data,” we heard it in the context of a marketing campaign by information technology vendors to promote their products and services. It is this marketing campaign that has made the term popular, leading eventually to the household name that it is today. Despite its popularity, it remains a term seeking a definitive meaning. There are as many definitions of Big Data as there are individuals and organizations that would like to benefit from the belief that it exists. My objective in this brief blog article is to ask,…
  • Design vs. Art

    Visual Business Intelligence
    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…
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  • Stunning: One In Four American Neighborhoods Use Nextdoor

    junior
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Facebook better watch out. We spotted this stat today, that the private social network for neighborhoods, Nextdoor, has reached some 40,000 neighborhoods – that is some 25 percent of ALL neighborhoods in the US.”When The Verge first reported on Nextdoor back in July of 2012, it was in 3,500 neighborhoods. Today, the company is announcing that its reached 40,000 neighborhoods, or roughly one in four American communities, with 10 or more active users.” (Source) The rise of private social networks such as Nextdoor could actually be a good thing for neighborhoods – as…
  • 80% of All USD Currency In Circulation Is In The Form of $100 Bills

    junior
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Well, thats two stats actually – we spotted this today that “Nearly 80% of the $1.3 trillion currency in circulation is in the form of $100 bills” (Source) Something to think about, since we don’t see these 100 dollar bills that often. “Circulation” is a misleading term for sure. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post 80% of All USD Currency In Circulation Is In The Form of $100 Bills appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • 1.4 Million: Number of Foreclosures Prevented By Unemployment Insurance

    junior
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:04 pm
    We spotted this stat today that showed how impactful the Unemployment Insurance has been – some 1.4 million foreclosures have been prevented by the government stimulus to help the unemployed. “Unemployment insurance stopped almost twice as many foreclosures as the administration’s anti-foreclosure program, HAMP, which prevented only about 800,000. ” (Source) For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post 1.4 Million: Number of Foreclosures Prevented By Unemployment Insurance appeared first on…
  • Airfare Statistics: Average Round-trip Ticket Within The U.S – $509.15

    junior
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    We spotted this stat today, that the average domestic round-trip ticket in the US costs USD 509.15 including taxes (Source) This is up some 14 dollars from last year. And it beats inflation as well – rising 2.7 percent compared to the 2.1 percent gain in the Consumer Price Index. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post Airfare Statistics: Average Round-trip Ticket Within The U.S – $509.15 appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • Twitter Statistics: 14 Percent of Twitter Users Never See Twitter Ads

    junior
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    That is because they never login to Twitter.com or use the Twitter mobile app. We spotted this today – “Of the 271 million people counted in Twitter’s latest tally, 14%, or 37.9 million, never log in directly to Twitter’s website or mobile app, the only places where Twitter serves ads. Instead, they connect through hundreds of thousands of third-party applications that the users have given permission to link to Twitter.” (Source) How would Twitter solve for this? For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter…
 
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    The Numbers

  • A Decade in Google Lobbying

    Rani Molla
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Since its IPO, Google has lobbied for everything from its fiber Internet to its driverless cars, reaching out to Republicans and Democrats alike.
  • $100 Oil Is Here to Stay

    Erin McCarthy
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    $100-per-barrel oil is here to stay, as increased demand from emerging markets, combined with stagnating crude production, has led to higher prices.
  • Statshot: Sovereign States, Car Problems and CrossFit

    David Goldenberg
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    In a September referendum, Scottish voters will decide whether to split from the United Kingdom. New car owners are having more problems with their vehicles. The business of CrossFit is booming.
  • Which Cities Get the Most Sleep?

    Stuart Thompson
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    People in Melbourne sleep the most, people in Tokyo sleep the least, and Americans just need more sleep overall.
  • Military Supply Donations to Local Police at Highest Ever in 2014

    Rani Molla
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Local and state police nationwide have seen a huge jump this year in military gear they've inherited through the 1033 program, a congressional mandate that began in the '90s. The trend is likely to continue.
 
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    Visual Business Intelligence

  • If Big Data Is Anything at All, This Is It

    Stephen Few
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    The first time that all but a few of us heard the term “Big Data,” we heard it in the context of a marketing campaign by information technology vendors to promote their products and services. It is this marketing campaign that has made the term popular, leading eventually to the household name that it is today. Despite its popularity, it remains a term seeking a definitive meaning. There are as many definitions of Big Data as there are individuals and organizations that would like to benefit from the belief that it exists. My objective in this brief blog article is to ask,…
  • 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…
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  • Got analytics? Who will promote the industry?

    Ted Cuzzillo
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    Business people have everything. They’ve got data, and often it’s clean. They’ve got tools, and many are easy to use. They’ve got visualizations, many of which help. They’ve got domain knowledge, at least most do. What some front line observers find they lack is analytical thinking. Given descriptive data, few business users that BI icon Claudia Imhoff sees ask even the simplest followup questions, like “why?” Is what the data shows good for the business or not? If not, what can be done? Claudia, along with IBM marketing director Harriet Fryman,…
  • First sip of Context Relevant hints at a winner

    Ted Cuzzillo
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:25 am
    Most product vendors can talk for half an hour without even one specific case. But Stephen Purpura, CEO of the predictive analytics startup Context Relevant, actually had a story about something useful — the time his system used scant data to correctly point to a barely known winemaker. Spotting the wine started with a sip, of course. But as you might imagine, Purpura then fed it to his prediction machine. Context Relevant’s critical edge is speed, he explained. That comes from good caching; the better you cache, the faster you retrieve, and the faster you can work through…
  • BI industry builds tools for itself: Yellowfin CEO

    Ted Cuzzillo
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:29 am
    Why aren’t the data industry’s tools more widely adopted? Data-industry experts have fretted for years over the estimated 5 percent penetration. Yellowfin CEO Glen Rabie has an explanation. “We never contextualize applications,” he said at the recent Pacific Northwest BI Summit. “We always talk about the homogenous product. We don’t know the consumer. We don’t tailor.” We don’t talk about the “who.” Who uses our tools? And how they’re used? The marketing rarely distinguishes one industry from another. In fact, even when…
  • “Storytelling” comes to the Pacific Northwest BI Summit

    Ted Cuzzillo
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:54 pm
    The Boulder BI Brain Trust founder and leader Claudia Imhoff interviewed me at the recent Pacific Northwest BI Summit. She asked about data storytelling. Listen to it here. The post "“Storytelling” comes to the Pacific Northwest BI Summit" is by Ted Cuzzillo and appeared first on Datadoodle. It's best to read it there! Related posts: Got analytics? Who will promote the industry? Business people have everything. They’ve got data, and often... Handshake There’s no video, and even memories may be sketchy of... What goes on at the Weasku Inn If you’re out for networking…
  • No, you’re not a data storyteller yet

    Ted Cuzzillo
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    The designer Stefan Sagmeister has a message for those who would presume to call themselves a “storyteller” when they’re not really: “No, fuckhead, you’re not a storyteller.” I agree, except for one word: yet. Many could become one. Some of us in the data industry can identify. We’ve shouted something like this at our monitors as we’ve read about supposed “big data.” No, fuckhead, it’s just data! Now comes data storytelling, and we find ourselves shouting again. Another annoyance is the idea that stories occur only in certain…
 
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    Data Doghouse - performance management, business intelligence, and data warehousing

  • The Shadow Knows! The Pros and Cons of Shadow Systems

    Rick Sherman
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    DM Radio, Thursday August 21 3:00 EST When business pros can't get the functionality they really want from IT, they often go rogue. That's where shadow systems come from. Shadow systems are generally considered taboo within large enterprises, but the bottom line is that they do get things done. How can your organization strike the right balance of approved systems and shadow IT? Register for this episode of DM Radio to find out! Host Eric Kavanagh will interview Rick Sherman of Athena IT Solutions,  author of the upcoming book Business Intelligence Guidebook: From Data…
  • 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…
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    Manage By Walking Around

  • An Aerospace Engineer’s Guide to Winning Tennis

    Jonathan Becher
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Simon “Si” Ramo is a remarkable person. Ramo is a world-renowned scientist and engineer. He was the chief architect of the US intercontinental ballistic missile system. He was the ‘R’ in TRW, the multibillion-dollar aerospace company now part of Northrop Grumman. And last year, at the age of 100, he became the oldest person to be awarded a patent. As remarkable as all of that is, his insight into tennis – and perhaps all sports – might be even more remarkable. Ramo authored two books, Tennis By Machiavelli and Extraordinary Tennis Ordinary Players, which showed that tennis is…
  • Vision vs. Mission

    Jonathan Becher
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:25 pm
    “Your mission, should you choose to accept it.” It’s been nearly 25 years but I still vividly remember those words from the television show Mission Impossible. At the time, I didn’t realize it was a remake of the original show which aired 25 years before that. I also didn’t realize the two series might have contributed to the long-standing confusion on what a mission is. People are constantly interchanging the words mission and vision, as if they are the same thing. When I point this out to them, I’m often told I’m being too pedantic. I disagree – words matter.
  • 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.
 
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    Building Business Value | Corporate Management Strategies

  • 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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    DECISION STATS

  • Ajay Ohri in Wired – An App Store for Algorithms

    Ajay Ohri
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:32 pm
    I got featured in a Wired article recently- this is one of my very old ideas- basically an App store for Algorithms. I  briefly advised two startups in this space (but no longer do) this was the original article in ReadWriteWeb  http://readwrite.com/2011/06/01/an-app-store-for-algorithms Klint Finley took time to shoot me some questions and you can read the final article here. http://www.wired.com/2014/08/algorithmia/ I have now been featured in Wired , ReadWrite Web and a member of Star Trek has reblogged me on Tumblr! Geek heaven and I owe it all to the readers of Decisionstats.com!
  • The Silence of the Data Science Lambs

    Ajay Ohri
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    While courts, politicians, activists , spies and even corporate leaders have spoken or ducked on the question of whole sale data collection by NSA, one group that is both in the thick of action as well as conspicuous by it’s silence is the data scientist community. While one prominent open source member of R community spoke out against analyzing the data leaked by Wikileaks ( an admirable stand given his background) no one seems to be perturbed to be speaking on analyzing data belonging to fellow citizens and the world at the same time. ( see-WHY I WILL NOT ANALYZE THE NEW WIKILEAKS…
  • If you can sue the NSA why cant there be a class action lawsuit against Google et al

    Ajay Ohri
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    If the NSA can be sued for collection of data, why cant Google be sued for sharing my data with NSA without my permission. Any thoughts- anyone who knows Tort law here? What did the terms and conditions of google’s policy say back then in those good old days of quiet cooperation What about global liability across different countries (like EU and India)   _ I think there should be a lawsuit to discover more (click the link) The truth is out there!    
  • The first Decisionstats.com Intern

    Ajay Ohri
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    The following certificate is awarded to Chandan Routray (https://www.linkedin.com/in/chandanroutray) , a 2yr student at an IIT who learnt all this and wrote some of  this at https://python4analytics.wordpress.com/- the following certificate to show he was tested as a potential scientist and showed great promise in executing his task!  
  • Interview Christoph Waldhauser ‎Founder, CEO at KDSS #rstats #googleplus

    Ajay Ohri
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Here is an interview with ‎Christoph Waldhauser a noted researcher and the Founder, CEO at KDSS K Data Science Solutions, which is a R based Analytics advisory firm. In a generous and insightful interview, Christoph talks of the perceptions around open source, academia versus startups, Europe and North America for technology and his own journey through it all. Ajay Ohri (AO)- Describe your career in science. At what point did you decide to become involved in open source projects including R Chrisoph Waldhauser (CW)-  When I did my second course on quantitative social science, the…
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    Forex Trading Info

  • ForexMinute Praises OptionsXO?s New Deposits and Withdrawal Features

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    London, UK (PRWEB) April 09, 2014 Apart from publishing the latest and insightful finance news, renowned forex portal ForexMinute also scores when it comes to providing the best forex and binary options brokers? reviews. The portal continues its practice by now posting the latest and genuine OptionsXO review, while highlighting the broker?s impeccable deposits and withdrawal features. Written after receiving the inputs of some of the best forex professionals and traders, ForexMinute easily put before the readers the actuality of OptionsXO?s deposits and withdrawal features, and their…
  • 2 Trade Smart: High Probability / Low Risk Trading [Paperback] [2012] (Author) Dana M DeCecco Reviews

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    2 Trade Smart: High Probability / Low Risk Trading [Paperback] [2012] (Author) Dana M DeCecco List Price: $ 34.10 Price: Your browser does not support iframes.
  • Weekly Options Trading Algorithm Using 2 Sig and WWI

    16 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Weekly Options Trading Algorithm Using 2 Sig and WWI I have been trading Index Options since 1985. My strategy has been to trade Iron Condors which use a Credit Call Spread and a Credit Put Spread. The Short Call was at the Strike Price 2 Standard Deviations (2sigma) above the index market value and the Long Call was at the next strike price higher with a Short Put at the Strike Price 2 Standard Deviations (2sigma) below the index market value and a Long Put the next strike price lower. When I began trading Index Options the Index options expi List Price: $ 50.00 Price: Your browser does not…
  • ForexMinute Now Offers the Best Forex Brokers List at Traders? Disposal

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    London, UK (PRWEB) April 10, 2014 Choosing the best forex broker is the first and the most important step before starting to trade. ForexMinute is deeply concerned in providing such brokers to traders of all kinds ? novice, intermediate and seasoned. To make things easier, the portal has specially created the best forex brokers list after reviewing the world?s most renowned to unknown brokers. ?Because you cannot start trading without getting accustomed with forex industry,? says the ForexMinute founder Mr. Jonathan Millet, while explaining the importance of reading genuine forex…
  • High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering ‘ 05: Transactions of the High Performance Computing Center, Stuttgart (HLRS) 2005 Reviews

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering ‘ 05: Transactions of the High Performance Computing Center, Stuttgart (HLRS) 2005 Used Book in Good Condition This book presents the state-of-the-art in modelling and simulation on supercomputers. Leading German researchers present results achieved on systems of the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) for the year 2005. The reports cover all fields of computational science and engineering ranging from CFD via computational physics and chemistry to computer science. Special emphasis is given to industrially relevant…
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    TIBCO Spotfire's Trends and Outliers

  • Big Data and Analytics to Drive Productivity

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    A common mantra for many analysts is that they don’t get to spend enough time analyzing data to extract vital insights because they simply spend too much time preparing data for analysis. Keep Business Running The problem includes the time and effort it takes analysts to download, cleanse, and manipulate data and then create charts, tables, and reports for management. As a result, business performance suffers because business leaders don’t receive all the insights that could help them steer their companies to achieve competitive advantage. Fortunately, there are solutions to this problem.
  • Banking on Big Data and Analytics to Improve Customer Loyalty

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    Shifting market forces are shaking up the retail banking industry from new payment platforms – including those from big players like Amazon – to mobile banking, peer-to-peer lending to regulatory constraints and a persistently tough interest rate climate. Furthermore, banks are under-leveraging their existing customer bases and missing out on cross-selling opportunities. That’s according to a survey of 991 banks that notes that consumers today use 6.05 banking services on average but they only use 3.37 of these services from their primary banks where they keep their checking accounts.
  • Shark Week 2014: Taking a Bite with Big Data

    Ian Cook
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    By Ian Cook (@ianmcook), Data Scientist, TIBCO Spotfire The world is swimming in data. A vast, open sea of information is everywhere, saturating our everyday lives and shaping the way we make educated business decisions. Now that this year’s Shark Week has just wrapped up, we chomped at the opportunity to take a deeper look at shark attack data to see what insights might surface. Before the arrival of systematic data collection and big data analytics, human understanding of sharks was largely shaped by Hollywood movies that portrayed sharks as bloodthirsty and ruthlessly intelligent…
  • Big Data to Manufacture Insight

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    While some manufacturers have been able to lower waste and the variables in production from lean manufacturing programs, extreme variability still faces certain processing environments, including pharmaceutical, chemical and mining concerns. Because of the vast number and complexity of the production processes in these and other industries, using advanced analytics to cull through big data can tame some variables, according to an article from McKinsey & Co. The uses of advanced analytics in manufacturing are many, including: Taking a deep dive into historical process data Identifying…
  • Using Analytics and Data Discovery to Identify What Your Customers Really Want

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    Customer surveys and focus groups can help organizational leaders better understand their customers’ needs and preferences. However, the responses offered by customers in these forums can often be biased as a result of how the survey questions are couched or how the respondents believe the questions should be answered. One effective way that decision-makers can get a better handle on what customers want and need is by using predictive analytics and data discovery tools to examine the feedback and sentiment customers share regarding their experiences with companies – both good and…
 
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  • NoPanels Early Bird Tickets 1 week only $100

    pemo
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Engage Directly with Investors & Industry Leaders! Get Early Bird Tickets now  JUST 1 WEEK ONLY $100  The focus of NoPanels is actual immediate feedback, advice & direct mentoring to you and other fellow entrepreneurs with Office Hours. Get perspectives from all sides of the ecosystem. NoPanels promotes & supports …
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    Business Intelligence

  • Comparison of esProc and R Language in Processing Text Files

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:17 pm
    As programming languages for data computing, both esProc and R language have rich functions to process text files. They have many similarities in basic usage, as well as obvious differences, such as in the aspect of processing files with fixed column width and big text files, reading and writing designated columns, computational performance, etc. The article aims to compare their similarities and differences, and also hope for your suggestions if there are any faults in R language coding.
  • Differences between esProc Table Sequence and SQL Data Table

    13 Aug 2014 | 3:47 pm
    SQL data table and esProc TSeq(Table Sequence) are both the structured 2-dimensional data objects, but their application scenarios differ distinctly. TSeq is ordered explicit set, fit for solving the complex computing problem involving not-so-big data volume, while SQL data table is is transparent to the memory and external storage, fit for the common computation involving big data volume. Here is the cases to illustrate their differen
  • Tips on How to Boost Your Website's Traffic

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Some useful tips on how to make your website acquire traffic and become popular.
  • Android Use in Enterprise Mobility

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    I have been watching Google's Android closely for developments related to enterprise use for some time.  Google's Android now dominates smartphone sales to consumers, but rampant security flaws have prevented enterprises from adopting it.  In this article, my friend and mobility expert Dav...
  • Debugging Function Comparison Between Two Statistical Analysis Languages: R Language v.s. esProc

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    In programming, the time consumed to remove and correct the errors is usually greater than that spent in coding. VB.NET provides almost a perfect Debug environment, while the SQL nearly provides no error debugging tool. R language and esProc as two development tools for computation and analysis are both capable to debug to some degree. Let’s take a look at its difference, as a friendly debug environment can save a lot of development time.
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  • MAPPED! I knew I was paying to much in taxes. What the value of $100 is state by state.

    Patrick Husting
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
      The Tax Foundation released a map, via Elliot Turner, showing the relative value of $100 in every state compared to the national averaged using the data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/value-of-100-dollars-by-state-2014-8 Enjoy, Patrick
  • Mind the Product: The Conference for Passionate Product People

    Matt Pugh
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    I’ve recently joined Logi Analytics, and I’m excited to be part of a growing company as it expands its business in Europe and beyond. I’m thrilled that, for the first time, we will be participating in Mind the Product at the Barbican in London on September 12th.  It’s going to be a great opportunity to meet and network with product managers and likeminded people who believe passionately (like us) that technology and product innovation can change and improve how we do business.  Mind the Product was founded by , and . Initially a , the concept developed…
  • The price of awareness

    Noe Gutierrez
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:19 pm
    The price of awareness Today’s blog while a bit dramatic and spiced with some movie references will attempt to highlight the correlation between the pursuit of knowledge, the challenges that we have to overcome to achieve this enlightenment and more importantly the moral and ethical obligations that we contract once we achieve this knowledge. The human race is defined by its curiosity and the motivation to learn more: from our humble beginnings on Earth, we have been able to achieve a highly technological and evolving society. These inherent personality traits drive entrepreneurship and…
  • MOTO 360 interest via socialmedia insights. #android

    Patrick Husting
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    by It is fun to watch all the smart watches over the past year and with rumors of the iWatch coming, Motorola announced theirs will be shipping in September.  I have to admit, it is good looking.  CNET has a preview of it . I enjoy pulling the social media on it and seeing what kind of tweet volume is getting mentioned.  You can see everyone loves to talk about the unannounced iWatch, but with the shipping news on Moto 360, everyone really started talking about it today. Lots of people talking about the Apple Watch have their Twitter account setup with geo-encoding.  I…
  • Embedded Analytics Maturity Model: It’s not what you embed, it’s how you embed it

    Matt Pugh
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    In the realm of human psychology and communication, there is a saying: “It’s not what you say, but how you say it.” Meaning the tone of a speaker’s voice and the non-verbal aspects of a presentation influence the message being conveyed much more than the spoken words themselves. The key to delivering a message lies in components such as tone of voice, maintaining eye contact, body posture, and facial expression. Today, organizations want to be more data-driven, which often requires embedding analytics inside the applications their employees use every day. As it turns…
 
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  • MongoDB Reporting and Visualization with JReport

    Boney Pandya
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Data visualization and analysis allows you to get the most out of your Big Data. JReport gives you easy ways to visualize the data, analyze and drill down into it, and deliver the results in different formats. With JReport, connecting to NoSQL databases like MongoDB that store Big Data is a snap. Read about how to use JReport’s native MongoDB connector to visualize and analyze data for better business insights. Intelligent Push Down Technology: JReport supports the use of intelligent push down technology where queries (aggregation or detailed) from JReport are passed on to the database via…
  • SQL Reporting – Made Easy With JReport

    Boney Pandya
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    Creating SQL reports on your business data is a snap with JReport. No reliance on IT, no complicated tools. Just drag and drop in the visual elements you want, point them to your data sources and your data is ready for action. SQL reporting has never been easier. Self Service SQL Reporting Reduce dependency on experts by quickly developing new reports and dashboards on your own, on the fly. Custom report creation is as easy as drag and drop or walking through a wizard. On-screen sliders, filters and drill-downs allow you to interact with and narrow down your dynamic data, eliminating the need…
  • JReport 13 is Now Available with Geo Analysis and Performance Boosts

    Boney Pandya
    14 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    The new JReport 13 is now available and enhanced with a ton of cool, new features. Visualize data on maps with Geo Analysis! With this latest release, JReport is an even more robust, feature rich, customizable Java embedded BI solution with a slew of innovative analytics and dashboard capabilities. Check out the highlights of JReport 13 enhancements below, and the press release. Geo Analysis with OpenStreetMaps and Google Maps • Available for JDashboard and Web Report Studio • Hierarchical drill up/down • Customized markers with conditional colors, sizes, shapes and labels…
  • Visualizing Data in Real Time with Live Charts

    Boney Pandya
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    Making sense of large, complex data sets requires timely, actionable tools and solutions. With advanced data visualization, you can quickly pull the right information from your data in order to make better business decisions. Visualizing data using different types of visual elements such as traditional line, bar, bench and pie charts is good, but these present a static view of your data. These charts do not show how the data changed over time or how it changes in real-time. Add the dimension of time to your visualizations with Live Charts. Below are examples of these dynamic visual elements…
  • Strengthening Your Sales Strategy with Sales Dashboards

    Boney Pandya
    26 Feb 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Data-driven organizations succeed. A typical sales organization has access to a wealth of actionable information. However, this data is often disparate, residing in different formats and across different sources. In order to develop better sales strategies for different products, territories, and markets, as well as for effective sales forecasting, sales teams need easy, seamless interaction with their data. They need to be empowered by reporting and dashboard visualization software to help them make better decisions towards their sales and revenue goals. What’s a Sales Dashboard Sales…
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    The Solopreneur Life®

  • 4 Solopreneur Truths Gleaned From the 2014 Golf Season

    Larry Keltto
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Golfers are among my favorite solopreneurs to study, because there’s no ambiguity about how well they’re doing. Golfers’ business results are as plain to see as numbers on a spreadsheet: earnings, top-ten finishes, greens in regulation, number of putts per round, and dozens of other statistics. With the 2014 golf year entering its final chapters, […] Related posts: Golf-Swing Tips and Small-Biz Advice: They’re Irrelevant My Goals for 2014 What Does Your January 2, 2014 Look Like?
  • 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
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    Statspotting!

  • Stunning: One In Four American Neighborhoods Use Nextdoor

    junior
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Facebook better watch out. We spotted this stat today, that the private social network for neighborhoods, Nextdoor, has reached some 40,000 neighborhoods – that is some 25 percent of ALL neighborhoods in the US.”When The Verge first reported on Nextdoor back in July of 2012, it was in 3,500 neighborhoods. Today, the company is announcing that its reached 40,000 neighborhoods, or roughly one in four American communities, with 10 or more active users.” (Source) The rise of private social networks such as Nextdoor could actually be a good thing for neighborhoods – as…
  • 80% of All USD Currency In Circulation Is In The Form of $100 Bills

    junior
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Well, thats two stats actually – we spotted this today that “Nearly 80% of the $1.3 trillion currency in circulation is in the form of $100 bills” (Source) Something to think about, since we don’t see these 100 dollar bills that often. “Circulation” is a misleading term for sure. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post 80% of All USD Currency In Circulation Is In The Form of $100 Bills appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • 1.4 Million: Number of Foreclosures Prevented By Unemployment Insurance

    junior
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:04 pm
    We spotted this stat today that showed how impactful the Unemployment Insurance has been – some 1.4 million foreclosures have been prevented by the government stimulus to help the unemployed. “Unemployment insurance stopped almost twice as many foreclosures as the administration’s anti-foreclosure program, HAMP, which prevented only about 800,000. ” (Source) For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post 1.4 Million: Number of Foreclosures Prevented By Unemployment Insurance appeared first on…
  • Airfare Statistics: Average Round-trip Ticket Within The U.S – $509.15

    junior
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:48 pm
    We spotted this stat today, that the average domestic round-trip ticket in the US costs USD 509.15 including taxes (Source) This is up some 14 dollars from last year. And it beats inflation as well – rising 2.7 percent compared to the 2.1 percent gain in the Consumer Price Index. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post Airfare Statistics: Average Round-trip Ticket Within The U.S – $509.15 appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • Twitter Statistics: 14 Percent of Twitter Users Never See Twitter Ads

    junior
    3 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    That is because they never login to Twitter.com or use the Twitter mobile app. We spotted this today – “Of the 271 million people counted in Twitter’s latest tally, 14%, or 37.9 million, never log in directly to Twitter’s website or mobile app, the only places where Twitter serves ads. Instead, they connect through hundreds of thousands of third-party applications that the users have given permission to link to Twitter.” (Source) How would Twitter solve for this? For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter…
 
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    Smedio - Business Ideas Worth Sharing

  • How To Develop a Startup Mindset for your Business

    Douglas Idugboe
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Startups are energized by the excitement of breaking new ground, reaching new milestones and taking calculated risks. The startup culture is characterized by a flurry of feverish, purposeful activity backed by belief in successful innovation that galvanizes leaders and teams into high achieving units. They move fast, not letting obstacles slow them down, and not accepting the status quo. Established businesses and the people who run them have a lot to gain by developing a startup mentality. Experts Agree on the Benefits Experts like Michael Hayman say…
  • How to Reach a Buying Target Audience for Your Business in 7 Steps

    Lori Wagoner
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Small businesses have a hard time reaching the right audience and the right market. With the high-octane online and offline marketing campaigns unleashed by big companies, there is very little scope for smaller names to make themselves heard over the din. There are several issues that small businesses grapple with on a daily basis. A limited budget, manpower constraints, a not-so-visible brand presence and a fierce competitive marketplace are a few of them. In order to overcome the difficulties and the obstacles, it is extremely important they manage to…
  • What Small Businesses Should Know About Content Marketing But Don’t

    Stan Roach
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Content marketing is no longer the hot-shot new marketing phenomenon that businesses couldn’t wait to add to their marketing mix.  It is fast becoming an accepted practice to use content as a means of generating brand awareness, building brand credibility and increasing sales. Marketers are getting savvier with content marketing as they begin to trust its deliverability.  No longer do businesses see the benefits of content marketing with jaundiced eyes. The days of marketers convincing their bosses that they need content marketing are fast…
  • 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…
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    Arbitrage Magazine | Business News with BITE.

  • Is the Future Friendly?

    Shaimaa
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Trying to make sense of transhumanism By Alex Rollinson Imagine waking up in the year 2114. The computer processor in your brain controlled your sleep cycle so that you feel perfectly refreshed as you rise out of bed. Becky, the artificial intelligence that controls your house, lifts the toilet seat and slides open the shower curtain when you open the bathroom door. After you have finished your morning hygienic routine, you think about the large dinner you will be having tonight; it’s your two hundred and eleventh birthday. You open the medicine cabinet and take out a yellow pill. It will…
  • AI Startup ‘Vicarious’ Excites Silicon Valley Elite – But Is It All Hype?

    Shaimaa
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    By Loren March Artificial Intelligence startup, Vicarious, has been getting a lot of attention lately, and it is not entirely clear why. A lot of Silicon Valley bigwigs have been opening their personal pocketbooks and dishing out the big bucks in support of the company’s research. Their website flaunts the recent influx of funding from such notables as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, Skype co-founder Janus Friis, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and… Ashton Kutcher. It’s not really known where all this money is going. AI is a highly secretive and protective area…
  • Japan plans to hold Robot Olympics by 2020

    Shaimaa
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
     By Peter Lagosky When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced plans to employ a government task force to triple the Japanese robotics industry, most people weren’t surprised by the news. After all, Japan has been a boon for robotics technology for decades now. What nobody expected was Abe’s intention to create the Robot Olympics by 2020. Yes, the Olympic games with robots for athletes. “I would like to gather all of the world’s robots and […] hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills,” Abe said while touring robotic factories throughout Japan. The event, if it…
  • Hollywood’s Romanticization of Artificial Intelligence

    Shaimaa
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    By Peter Lagosky Cultural depictions of automated living are nothing new to the average North American media consumer. As early as the 1960s, shows such as The Jetsons whimsically foretold of the coming millennium and its associated technological renaissance of floating cars, teleportation devices and friendly robots that would tend to the children, cook dinner, or clean the house in as little time as it took to worry about it. While the millennium as portrayed in The Jetsons was a far-fetched utopia of man and machine coming together to rid the world of human error and inefficiency, it still…
  • Nestlé’s “Iron Man” project aims to revolutionize nutrition

    Shaimaa
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage producer, began research on what could be the only kitchen appliance we will ever need. Project “Iron Man” is the company’s foray into nutritional studies, developing tools to analyse a person’s individual nutritional deficiencies and produce food to help control—and ultimately end—health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Project Iron Man has been in preliminary research for about a year, with 15 scientists working on finding genetic links between our diet and our long-term well being. Nestlé hopes…
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  • Mind the Product: The Conference for Passionate Product People

    Rcleveland
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    I’ve recently joined Logi Analytics, and I’m excited to be part of a growing company as it expands its business in Europe and beyond. I’m thrilled that, for the first time, we will be participating in Mind the Product at the Barbican in London on September 12th.  It’s going to be a great opportunity to meet and network with product managers and likeminded people who believe passionately (like us) that technology and product innovation can change and improve how we do business.  read more
  • Embedded Analytics Maturity Model: It’s not what you embed, it’s how you embed it

    Alvin Wong
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    In the realm of human psychology and communication, there is a saying: “It’s not what you say, but how you say it.” Meaning the tone of a speaker’s voice and the non-verbal aspects of a presentation influence the message being conveyed much more than the spoken words themselves. The key to delivering a message lies in components such as tone of voice, maintaining eye contact, body posture, and facial expression. read more
  • Infographic: Success With Embedded Analytics

    mtichenor
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
  • Traditional and Agile BI: Rigid versus Responsive

    mlockwood
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    Traditional BI was originally built to service structured, repetitive tasks – activities like basic financial reporting. These were routine decisions or manual processes with static requirements where the benefits were primarily measured in increased staff efficiency. Unsurprisingly, the architecture of these traditional BI tools grew to mirror the scope of their tasks – highly structured and rigid. read more
  • 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
 
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    Red Wing Software Blog

  • Red Wing Software® Releases Free Guides for Switching Accounting and Payroll Software

    My name
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    By Stephanie Elsen Red Wing Software, Inc. announces the addition of three guides to help software seekers make the right decision when outgrowing their basic or “starter” software programs. The guides are meant to cover every step of the software search, and can help organizations make the right software decision for their business. “The internet has become the go-to place for organizations researching for accounting and payroll software,” says Stephanie Elsen, Red Wing Software Web Marketing Manager. “Our aim is to provide those outgrowing their basic programs the information they…
  • The Person Behind the Voice – Mark Place

    My name
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    Mark Place has been a technical support specialist for Red Wing Software for six years. He supports the Red Wing Windows Payroll and CenterPoint products. What he enjoys most about his job is the satisfaction of helping customers and knows how grateful they are when issues get resolved. He also enjoys chatting with customers on a more personal level. Mark grew up in the Red Wing area and moved back here after living in South Dakota for 12 years. He wanted his kids to grow up closer to family. He and his wife built a home on a corner of the dairy farm he grew up on, which his dad later told…
  • Red Wing Software - Notes from the President

    My name
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Never underestimate the power of word-of-mouth communications when it comes to promoting a product or service. I recently witnessed an example of how quickly a good (or bad) word can spread about a product that I’d like to share. This spring and summer, the gnats in our area have been vicious. They swarm, they bite, and they basically drive you crazy. On Independence Day, we were sitting on our patio with some lifelong friends, and the gnats began to attack. My friend ran to his vehicle and returned with some amazing, natural, gnat repellent that he said you can only get at two certain…
  • Red Wing Software® Releases Encumbrances in Version 9.0 of CenterPoint® Fund Accounting Software

    My name
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Red Wing Software, Inc. announces the release of Encumbrances in version 9.0 of CenterPoint Fund Accounting Software. The Encumbrance feature helps cities and towns keep a close eye on their reserved funds and helps to avoid overspending and keep budgets in-line. Encumbrance accounting is a versatile planning tool and a good forecaster of cash outflow. Users will find the easy-to-use feature a great addition to the financial tools within CenterPoint. Red the entire news release by clicking on this link: Red Wing Software Release Encumbrances in Version 9.0 of CenterPoint Fund Accounting…
  • 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…
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  • New Search Engine Puts a Check on Big Data

    Daniel Gutierrez
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    With today's big data industry, it's all about consumers doling out their personal data and companies gladly scooping them up to push them through advanced machine learning algorithms in an attempt to understand every last nuance about you - whether you like it or not. With today's beta launch of the new Private.me search engine, the playing field has changed.
  • John Chambers: Interfaces, Efficiency and Big Data

    Daniel Gutierrez
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    In the video presentation below, industry luminary John Chambers makes a keynote presentation at the recent useR! 2014 conference, Interfaces, Efficiency and Big Data.
  • Designing a High Performance Lustre Storage System: A Case Study

    ralph
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Intel's White Paper, "Architecting a High-Performance Storage System," shows you the step-by-step process in the design of a Lustre file system. It is available for download at insideBIGDATA White Paper Library. "Although a good system is well-balanced, designing it is not straight forward. Fitting components together and making the adjustments needed for peak performance is challenging. The process begins with a requirement analysis followed by a design structure (a common structure was selected for the paper) and component choices."
  • SGI’s New German Subsidiary is an SAP Center of Excellence

    Richard Brueckner
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Today SGI announced that the company has opened a new subsidiary called SGI GmbH that will operate as an SAP Center of Excellence in Heidelberg, Germany as part of a strategic move to more closely support SAP business initiatives.
  • Metanautix Comes Out of Stealth to ­Simplify the Data Supply Chain

    Daniel Gutierrez
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Metanautix, a big data analytics company focused on simplifying the data supply chain, has announced that it has partnered with Sequoia Capital for a $7 million Series A financing round.
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    Revolutions

  • How to integrate R with your calendar

    David Smith
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Hilary Parker has contributed a lovely article to Significance, the magazine of the American Statistical Association and the Royal Statistical Society, on using R to set your Google calendar to mark the time of sunsets. Hilary details the process in the article, but the basic idea is to use the sunrise.set function from the StreamMetabolism package to calculate sunset times at future date, and then create an R function to write a file of calendar appointments which you can import into Google Calendar. (You can use a similar process to set up calendar events for anything you like — just…
  • Integrating R with production systems using an HTTP API

    Joseph Rickert
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    by Nick Elprin, Co-Founder of Domino Data Lab We built a platform that lets analysts deploy R code to an HTTP server with one click, and we describe it in detail below.  If you have ever wanted to invoke your R model with a simple HTTP call, without dealing with any infrastructure setup or asking for help from developers — imagine Heroku for your R code — we hope you’ll enjoy this. Introduction Across industries, analytical models are powering core business processes and applications as more companies realize that that analytics are key to their competitiveness.  R is particularly…
  • Data Cleaning is a critical part of the Data Science process

    David Smith
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    A New York Times article yesterday discovers the 80-20 rule: that 80% of a typical data science project is sourcing cleaning and preparing the data, while the remaining 20% is actual data analysis. The article gives short shrift to this important task by calling it "janitorial work", but whether you call it data munging, data wrangling or anything else, it's a critical part of the data science. I'm in agreement with Jeffrey Heer, professor of computer science at the University of Washington and a co-founder of Trifacta, who is quoted in the article saying, “It’s an absolute myth…
  • Because it's Friday: Speeding up time, keeping it smooth

    David Smith
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    There's a lot of great video on YouTube, and also a lot of boring video that could be interesting if only it was shorter. But speeding up video just amplifies the camera shake to the point of motion sickness. Microsoft has solved that problem with Hyperlapse, which does for video what Panorama mode did for photography: You can learn more about how it's done in this video, or at the Hyperlapse website. That's all for this week. We'll be back on Monday!
  • Search for CRAN, GitHub and BioConductor packages at Rdocumentation.org

    David Smith
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    If you're looking for just the right package to solve your R problem, you could always browse through the list of available packages on CRAN. But with almost 6000 entries, that's not going to be the most efficient process. And even then, many very useful packages aren't found on CRAN: there are more than 800 packages hosted on BioConductor and more than 200 commonly-used packages on GitHub (with more than 3 GitHub stars). Rdocumentation.org, a handy website from the team at DataCamp, makes it much easier to fund just the function you're looking for, whether it's…
 
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  • 6 Surefire Signs You Should Invest in Push and In-App Messaging

    Annum Munir
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    So, days and days of hard work finally came to beautiful fruition and you released an awesome app into the mobile space. For the past few weeks, you’ve optimized your app store listing, promoted your app through social, web, and email channels, and happily watched thousands of downloads trickle in. Now what? If you’re the astute app marketer we faithfully believe you are, you know that your job isn’t done. With all businesses, marketing doesn’t end with the sale; you have to cultivate brand loyalty. In the app world, loyalty means continual app engagement, and it’s achieved by a…
  • Know Your Users: What Is The Difference Between Profile Data and Behavioral Data?

    Christopher Kiertz
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    As app marketers, we spend so much time slicing and dicing analytics data, becoming so immersed in it, that it’s easy to lose touch with the fact that these are actual people interacting with your app (and not just numbers). But app users have feelings too! They have hometowns, favorite bands, teams, shoes and styles of music. Often, these user characteristics are the driving force behind all of this behavioral data. Through analytics, we can speculate on a lot of these user attributes. But wouldn’t it be nice to just know for sure? Well now you can with profile data! Over the past few…
  • 3 Automated Push Campaigns Every Health App Should Try

    Christopher Kiertz
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Mobile users have a fever, and the only prescription is more health apps. Every time we think we’ve seen it all, the bar is raised and the envelope is pushed. Everyone knows about the ubiquitous run tracking apps, but did you also know there’s an app that measures your heartbeat using the flash function on your phone? How about the app that records you talking in your sleep? Or even the judgmental weight tracking app? We can’t make this stuff up. That’s why it’s more important than ever to leverage your app marketing to keep users engaged with your app (not just the one one that…
  • 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?
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  • The Measuring Sticks of Sales Productivity

    Joe Hawkins
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:18 am
    This blog post is extracted from the SiriusDecisions Research Brief “The Measuring Sticks of Sales Productivity.” Get the full article for free on the Domo Learn Center. The world is flat, or at least we thought it was until Columbus made a discovery or two while trying to find a faster route to the Far East. In many organizations, sales executives take the same myopic view of sales productivity, refusing to treat it as anything but the ratio of expense to revenue. Not surprisingly, their search across oceans of data generated by finance, human resources and sales force automation systems…
  • The Definitive Framework for Sales Metrics

    RJ Tracy
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:22 am
    This blog post is extracted from the SiriusDecisions Research Brief “The Definitive Framework for Sales Metrics,” available for free on the Domo Learn Center. THE EXPERIENTIAL DATABASE Sales leaders are regularly asked three seemingly straightforward questions by their chief executives: What happened, what will happen, and why are things happening as they are? One needs to do little more than query the order entry system for the first question, but engaging in the next two can be a positively terrifying experience. Peering into the future requires examining pipelines and forecasts, which…
  • Infographic: The World Needs Data Scientists

    Jared Conley
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Every organization has at least two kinds of data consumers: the first is the executive or business leader who needs quick insights on reliable metrics, so they can make faster decisions. The second is the data scientist and analyst who looks for the stories and connections within the data that no one else can see. Between the years 2011 and 2012, FICO reported a 15,000% increase in job postings for data scientists. In 2013, there were no fewer than 140,000 open positions for data scientists. In addition to the 140,000 to 190,000 data scientists needed to fill open positions, the market will…
  • Growing Your Pipeline with Mobile BI

    Drew Swanson
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    Whether you’re away from the office for a few hours or several weeks, your success at generating new leads and winning new deals often hinges on how mobile-friendly your access is to the latest intelligence on your prospects. To get the latest intel on a client or perform an accurate opportunity assessment, do you have to wait until you can fire up your laptop or can you get that business intelligence (BI) just as easily from your smartphone or tablet? Your mobile device has likely become your lifeline to sales success while on the road, but that success is limited if it can’t effectively…
  • How Call Centers Recapture Revenue through Better Reporting

    Steve Wellen
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:24 am
    Ten years ago, no one wanted to call your customer service number. Contact centers existed out of necessity, but deriving real value from them was tedious. Now, thanks to customer service pioneers like Zappos.com and Amazon.com, the field is changing. Customers are staying on the phones because they want to. Every day, more contact centers are providing more of what consumers need: real, valuable service. But that’s still the exception to the rule. Here’s a quick look at what is holding contact centers back, and how they can forge a better way forward. Call centers are weighed down by…
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  • The Measuring Sticks of Sales Productivity

    Joe Hawkins
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:18 am
    This blog post is extracted from the SiriusDecisions Research Brief “The Measuring Sticks of Sales Productivity.” Get the full article for free on the Domo Learn Center. The world is flat, or at least we thought it was until Columbus made a discovery or two while trying to find a faster route to the Far East. In many organizations, sales executives take the same myopic view of sales productivity, refusing to treat it as anything but the ratio of expense to revenue. Not surprisingly, their search across oceans of data generated by finance, human resources and sales force automation systems…
  • The Definitive Framework for Sales Metrics

    RJ Tracy
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:22 am
    This blog post is extracted from the SiriusDecisions Research Brief “The Definitive Framework for Sales Metrics,” available for free on the Domo Learn Center. THE EXPERIENTIAL DATABASE Sales leaders are regularly asked three seemingly straightforward questions by their chief executives: What happened, what will happen, and why are things happening as they are? One needs to do little more than query the order entry system for the first question, but engaging in the next two can be a positively terrifying experience. Peering into the future requires examining pipelines and forecasts, which…
  • Infographic: The World Needs Data Scientists

    Jared Conley
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Every organization has at least two kinds of data consumers: the first is the executive or business leader who needs quick insights on reliable metrics, so they can make faster decisions. The second is the data scientist and analyst who looks for the stories and connections within the data that no one else can see. Between the years 2011 and 2012, FICO reported a 15,000% increase in job postings for data scientists. In 2013, there were no fewer than 140,000 open positions for data scientists. In addition to the 140,000 to 190,000 data scientists needed to fill open positions, the market will…
  • Growing Your Pipeline with Mobile BI

    Drew Swanson
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    Whether you’re away from the office for a few hours or several weeks, your success at generating new leads and winning new deals often hinges on how mobile-friendly your access is to the latest intelligence on your prospects. To get the latest intel on a client or perform an accurate opportunity assessment, do you have to wait until you can fire up your laptop or can you get that business intelligence (BI) just as easily from your smartphone or tablet? Your mobile device has likely become your lifeline to sales success while on the road, but that success is limited if it can’t effectively…
  • How Call Centers Recapture Revenue through Better Reporting

    Steve Wellen
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:24 am
    Ten years ago, no one wanted to call your customer service number. Contact centers existed out of necessity, but deriving real value from them was tedious. Now, thanks to customer service pioneers like Zappos.com and Amazon.com, the field is changing. Customers are staying on the phones because they want to. Every day, more contact centers are providing more of what consumers need: real, valuable service. But that’s still the exception to the rule. Here’s a quick look at what is holding contact centers back, and how they can forge a better way forward. Call centers are weighed down by…
 
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    Procurement Leaders Blog

  • Don’t Wait For A Tsunami To Combat Supplier Risk

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    Companies today look for geographical presence and spread of their key suppliers to ensure business continuity. But is that all a company should do to mitigate risk? In this guest post, Procurement Leaders invites GEP’s Pramod Sethumadhavan to look at under-examined areas of supply chain risk and suggest steps to developing a coherent strategy, building on the previous GEP guest post’s examination of flaws in sourcing strategies.  I find it ironic that many organizations today look at supply chain risk from a unilateral perspective. The impact of natural…
  • Study Prompts Bigger Discussion About Value Over Savings

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    Recent research from The Hackett Group claims that procurement’s ability to generate big savings is declining dramatically. Despite what you might think, that’s good news. Recent research from The Hackett Group claims that procurement’s ability to generate big savings is declining dramatically. Despite what you might think, that’s good news. It’s not that savings are unimportant. Of course, they’re important, and they always will be. They are a large part of what organizations expect from procurement. But, as every CPO knows, they aren’t the only…
  • Finance And Procurement: Mind The Gap

    15 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    Kristin Ruehle of Accenture Operations looks at how better partnership between CFOs and CPOs can reduce financial leakage and dramatically improve results. In this guest post Kristin Ruehle, procurement offering lead at Accenture Operations, discusses how procurement and finance can work closer together to stop the loss of savings and drive out increasing amounts of value for the business. Leading companies are now realising how much potential value can be driven out from optimising their procurement processes. But the fact remains that indirect spend—the dollars spent on goods and…
  • Fintech: Sweetening The Pot For Financial Services Procurement

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    Alternative finance and payments are garnering real and progressive interest; even from the regulators, and these developments should be welcomed by the purchasing community. Innovation has long eluded the efforts of many of the big banks, and procurement hasn’t had much say in proceedings either. With a cyclical prominence that tends to mirror the balance sheet, the function’s influence in financial services has long been the frustration of many a professional’s working life. Now though, alternative finance and payments are garnering real and progressive interest; even from…
  • New EU Directives: A Silver Bullet For Government Procurement?

    13 Aug 2014 | 1:48 am
    How the new directives on procurement help realise governments’ objectives. In this guest post, Procurement Leaders invites PA Consulting Yoon Chung to get the measure of the latest EU directives on government procurement.  As someone who inhabits the world of public sector procurement, I’ve seen first-hand how hotly anticipated the new public procurement directives have been. The Cabinet Office has highlighted its role in shaping the new directives, emphasising that they will reduce ’red tape’, enhance flexibility and boost small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
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    Jive Syndication Feed

  • Consultor Qlikview - POA

    cida assuncao
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Inteligencia de NegóciosContrata Consultor Qlikview PL para trabalhar em Porto Alegre Conhecimentos específicos:Mínimo 1 ano de experiência em desenvolvimento de aplicações QlikviewLógica de ProgramaçãoSQLModelagem de banco de dadosHabilidade em criação de interfaces como dashboards, painéis, gadgets, cookpits serão vistos como diferenciais para a admissão.Desejável  Certificação Qlikview 11 Developer Responsabilidades :Fazer o levantamento do escopo do projeto (entendimento,…
  • Recipe for a Box Plot

    Henric Cronström
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:51 pm
    When you want to look at the distribution of a measurement, a histogram is one possibility. However, if you want to show the distribution split over several dimensional values, a Box Plot may be a better choice.   You may, for instance, want to
  • Blinded by Science?

    John Sands
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    With the advent of increasingly larger sources of data it is becoming even more difficult to view or imagine patterns within these data sources. This has become very important in areas such as science; the Genome project for example identified 2,000,000 Genes in the Human Genome, imagine looking at that as a series of numbers. In 2013 Greg McInerny, Senior Research Fellow in Information Visualization for the Biological Sciences at Oxford University attempted to do some research on how visualization is used by scientists. There is an excellent blog on this published by @FutureEarth.
  • Recipe for a Histogram

    Henric Cronström
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:32 am
    In quality control, you often want to look at the distribution of a measurement, to understand how the output of a process or a machine relates to expectations; to targets and specifications. In such a case, a histogram (or frequency plot) is one
  • A Tip for the Type

    Apeksha Pathak
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    If you think that your typeface or font that you use does nothing more than just conveying the content of the words themselves or just add an artistic streak to your page then, you’re wrong! Rather I must put it this way, YOU’RE WRONG!
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    Dice News » Business Analysis

  • Despite Apps, Much of Data Analytics Still Drudgery

    Nick Kolakowski
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    So-called “Big Data” has never been more popular among organizations, and those with the ability to analyze vast amounts of data find themselves much in demand. That demand, in turn, could drive more graduates to embrace analytics as a career. But for anyone contemplating such a move, be warned: Data scientists within even the most dynamic company face a whole lot of drudgery as part of their daily routine. A new study by The New York Times estimates that data scientists spend between 50 percent and 80 percent of their time “mired in [the] more mundane labor of collecting and preparing…
  • Why a Business Analyst’s Role Is So Hard to Define

    Steven Gara
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    It’s common to see many organizations using business analysts in different ways, which is one reason a BA’s skill set has to be so versatile. But why is it BAs don’t always drop neatly into a single, pre-defined role? The nature of business analysis itself has a lot to do with it. Generally, business analysis comprises some parts of these three areas: Click here to find business analysis jobs. Strategic Analysis Because strategy is by its nature high-level, analysis is needed to break things down into more manageable pieces. Strategic areas that business analysis plays a role in…
  • 4 Interview Qs for Business Analysts in Product or Marketing

    Leslie Stevens-Huffman
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    The duties and requirements for business analysts vary from position to position. While some BAs support an entire organization or a particular function, others are tethered to a product or marketing manager and assist in the creation of deliverables for external customers. That can be a tricky role, says Laura Brandenburg, a former BA who trains and coaches prospective professionals for Colorado-based Bridging the Gap. “You may not have access to the external customers who are using your product or service,” she explains. “And you need diplomacy and tact because there will be times…
  • 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…
 
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  • intelligentHQ Highlighted in 2014 Startup Insider Series

    IntelligentHQ
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    2014 Short Enterprises Startup Insider Series Highlights Intelligenthq IntelligentHQ and the  publisher ZTUDIUM were recently highlighted in the 2014 Short Enterprises Insider Series, a project sponsored by the Clinton Foundation. The article reviews all the work done by Ztudium and its websites, and holds an interview with Dinis Guarda, the CEO of Ztudium, conducted by Aishik Barua who writes: “[Intelligenthq] is the first is a one-of-a-kind hub of information for all kinds of technology and business related to the digital world. “ Short Entreprises Startup Insider Series was…
  • Guide to Gamification Part 3

    Paula Newton
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Guide to Gamification Part 3 Gamification is an excellent asset to business and understanding its concepts can engage customers and lead to increased customer business. In Parts 1 and 2 of this series we have reviewed what gamification is and what the specific concepts of it are that really work in driving customer behaviour. In this final part in this series we will look at some different applications of gamification. Perhaps the most obvious application of gamification is that of driving brand loyalty, as explained by Vaughn Highfield on the Total Customer. One of the problems as Highfield…
  • Guide to Gamification Part 2

    Paula Newton
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Guide to gamification Part 2 In the first part of this series we reviewed what gamification is, how it works and what the different components of it are. We examined how it can be utilised to get customers to behave in certain ways that are beneficial for the organisation, and how customers can be rewarded for this behaviour by the organisation when they achieve certain “levels”. Understanding what really works is essential to being able to implement effective gamification that brings about benefits for an organisation, and that will be the subject of Part 2. The following Ted Talk,…
  • Carbon-connect AG: Contributing to a Greener Future

    IntelligentHQ
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    Carbon-connect AG: Contributing to a Greener Future Intelligenthq The gloomy reality of global warming is no breaking news to anyone. Global warming is threatening our planet, as it is transforming the usual seasons that we have grown accustomed to, and is endangering species all over the planet. The beautiful faces of the Earth as we know it, with its coasts, forests, farms, and snow-capped mountains will inevitably change, if nothing is done. Climate change affects everyone. Worldwide, scientists, politicians and the common citizen are figuring out ways to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas…
  • Guide to Gamification Part 1

    Paula Newton
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Guide to Gamification Part 1 What is Gamification ? “Games are the new normal” Al Gore Gamification is a term that has been out there for some time, but ask people what it means and you’ll see many left scratching their heads. That’s surprising in some ways because gamification has quite a simple meaning, which is that it uses game mechanics and design to be able to engage people to achieve goals. Basically, gamification takes the human desire to succeed in games and propels that towards aspects of life such as status and achievement. There have been big predictions for gamification,…
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    Blacklight Solutions

  • How Far To Take Customer Analytics

    Christa Rose
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    By Christa Rose The acceleration of Big Data has changed the way in which companies can aggregate, analyze and apply customer data.  This development has surfaced some troubling questions about how much companies know about us, how they use these records, who they share this information with and which party owns the data. The privacy-rights […]
  • The Speed of Data Usability

    Christa Rose
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    By Chance Coble I really enjoyed an article by Monica Rogati a few months ago about what she called “Data Natives.”  Rogati explains that Data Natives are a natural evolution of what we used to call the Digital Native, a group of people who grew up in a connected and technology-driven world. The Data Native has […]
  • Big Data or Big Fail? Vote for SXSW Panel

    Christa Rose
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Please support us by voting for our SXSW Panel submission! Big Data or Big Fail? The Growing Data Divide Is your data working for you? There is a growing chasm between businesses that can fully utilize the data around them, and those that can’t.  Is this purely a skills problem?  Is it lack of infrastructure? […]
  • Lightweight Advanced Analytics

    Christa Rose
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    By Lauren Guilbeaux Organizations of all types are trying to find ways to quickly implement advanced analytics on top of their software products or internal networks.  Many times these organizations are focused primarily on static reporting with drill-down capability, or are looking at ways to overlay historical data trends.  Some companies are taking steps to build […]
  • Chance Coble on Spark Streaming

    Christa Rose
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    By Christa Rose Join us for this class on an important leading-edge technology. Blacklight Solutions’ Chance Coble will lead a class on Spark streaming for the sixth of a seven-part course introducing Spark and its ecosystem.  Sponsored by the Austin chapter of ACM SIGKDD, the Association for Computing Machinery and PayPal, this introductory-level series is intended […]
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    Ambler

  • Transformative Growth Goals Based on Key Ratios (Magic Number)

    Aldonna Ambler
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    If your business grew by 5% last year, should this year’s goal be 6%? If your segment of an industry has been shrinking by 8% each of the last 3 years, should you scrap your growth goals and only focus on cost cutting? Or are a series of sub goals related to increased productivity, product [...]
  • The Downward Spiral of Gross Profit Blindness and Write offs

    Aldonna Ambler
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    Maybe your company is within a segment that provides innovation and leading edge products so you can use premium pricing. But far more companies function around mature products and aren’t viewed as “cutting edge”. Their (maybe your?) pricing is under pressure every day. Two businesses that contacted us recently each need to generate a minimum [...]
  • 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 [...]
 
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    SIMUL8 Blog

  • Friday Tip: Picking Random Numbers From Two Queues and Assembling into a Single Work Item

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    In this week’s Friday tip, we will look at selecting different numbers of items from two queues and assembling them into a single work item, which represents a completed order. In this example, we will have a warehouse, which holds two different item types. The items are kept in separate stores. The warehouse receives orders for varying amounts of items 1 and 2 and a robot selects the required number of Item 1; then selects the required number of Item 2; before packing the items into a single box, ready for shipping. In this example, we will assume that the number of each part ordered is…
  • Friday Tip: Optimizing Run Speeds in SIMUL8

    sander
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    At SIMUL8 we pride ourselves on the extremely fast run times of our simulation models. One of the tools that helps you optimize your simulation run speeds even further is the Speed Analysis option for Visual Logic. If your simulation contains a lot of Visual Logic, running it with Speed Analysis enabled will give you a very good sense of the efficiency of your code. Using Speed Analysis is as simple as enabling the functionality prior to running the simulation. You can find it on the Visual Logic tab: Once you have enabled Speed Analysis, run your model and return to the Speed Analysis option…
  • Friday Tip: 1st Activity runs when 2nd Activity completes – Using Groups

    liam
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    One way to simulate a system where the 1st part of a process cannot start until a later activity has completed is to use groups. By creating Groups in SIMUL8 we can create extra rules for managing work item flow or access new results about collections of objects. To create a Group: 1. Using the left mouse button drag a box around the objects that you would like to include in a group (alternatively you can hold down Ctrl and left click each object individually). 2. Right-click on one of the highlighted objects and select the option ‘Create Group’. All of the highlighted items will now…
  • Know the Value of Non-Value Added

    Brian Harrington
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    A Cautionary tale about implementing lean… So you just completed your “Lean Manufacturing” class and you have management’s commitment to implement lean practices within your organization. The term “Non-value-added” is defined as: “waste or something the customer is not willing to pay for”. You call a team meeting to investigate the plant floor and identify the “non-value added” processes within the facility. After a week’s investigation the team returns to discuss their initial discoveries of “waste” in the system. The meeting starts off with several engineers…
  • 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…
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    MediFit

  • Backyard Volleyball Creates a Fun and Engaging Employee Fitness and Wellness Event

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Look who put the fun in fitness and wellness: MediFit Team Warren, NJ. The team hosted a “Volleyball Game Night”, where employees were invited to enjoy some backyard-style volleyball with colleagues at the end of their workday. Play in the workday… encourages teamwork triggers innovation promotes creative problem-solving increases energy refreshes mind and body 126 employees [...]The post Backyard Volleyball Creates a Fun and Engaging Employee Fitness and Wellness Event appeared first on MediFit.
  • Increase Member Satisfaction Survey Responses with Humor: New Insights Through Experimentation

    admin
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    We wanted to learn how we could increase member satisfaction survey response rates by seeing how humorous messaging and visuals impact completion rates. We promoted an annual member satisfaction survey via email using traditional, non- humorous messaging that focused on the “what, when, how and why”. After 4 weeks, completion rates stagnated. We then sent [...]The post Increase Member Satisfaction Survey Responses with Humor: New Insights Through Experimentation appeared first on 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 “Shoot for the Top”? 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 [...]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.
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    BambooHR Blog

  • Reward and Recognition: The Secret to Uniting a Remote Workforce

    Jeana Quigley
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Culture isn’t just for people in the office. With flexible workplaces on the rise, you may find yourself managing a team of people who could be working from just about anywhere in the world. In fact, according to studies, telecommuting has increased 80 percent recently and continues to grow. Since your people aren’t necessarily sitting […] The post Reward and Recognition: The Secret to Uniting a Remote Workforce appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Product Update: Emergency Tab Redesign

    Brittany
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Emergencies happen. And you’ve got to be ready for them when they do. That’s why you need to have emergency information for all your employees. Within BambooHR, each employee record has a tab for storing this important information that includes names and phone numbers. Employees can enter and update this information any time they’d like […] The post Product Update: Emergency Tab Redesign appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Be a Stand-Out Hero with Compensation [HR Hero Series #2]

    Jeana Quigley
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    HR usually doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. You could say we’re the unsung heroes at the office. Even when we do things just as we’re supposed to in all our many varied roles, people aren’t often noticing. HR magically makes everyone else’s jobs—and lives—easier. It’s just the way it’s always been. HR carries a huge load of […] The post Be a Stand-Out Hero with Compensation [HR Hero Series #2] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Education Matters [Workplace Deal Breakers Series]

    Steve Holiday
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    “And I know things now, Many valuable things, That I hadn’t known before.” -Steven Sondheim, Into the Woods People with more education want more to do, and they want to be empowered to do it. That’s really what our recent Workplace Deal Breakers survey told us when it came to employees’ education levels. Like other demographics […] The post Education Matters [Workplace Deal Breakers Series] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
 
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    A Smarter Planet Blog

  • How IBM’s Corporate Service Corps is Helping TNC Save the Rainforest

    Steve Hamm
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Brazilian Amazon rainforest. (Photo: Haroldo Palo Jr.) By Steve Hamm, IBM Writer With its warm, wet climate and vast expanse of 2.7 million square miles of land, the Amazon River basin has the potential to become one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions—essential for feeding a global population that’s fast-approaching eight billion. Yet, at the same time, the Amazon rainforest is an invaluable—and imperiled–natural resource. According to The Nature Conservancy, no other place is more critical to human survival. The basin, which is about the size of the United…
  • Q&A With Dr. Jan de Jeu, Finding Common Ground in Big Data

    Guest
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:54 am
    Dr. Jan de Jeu, vice president of the University of Groningen A few weeks ago IBM, ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, and the University of Groningen (UoG) formed the European Research Center for Exascale Technology (ERCET) to address some of the greatest societal challenges facing The Netherlands today including energy, healthcare and water management. One of the orchestrators of the collaboration was Dr. Jan de Jeu, vice president of the University of Groningen. Dr. de Jeu believes the effort will result in the creation of a “Data Industry Valley” in the northern…
  • Seeding Innovation with STEM at Florida Polytechnic

    Guest
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tom Hull, CIO of Florida Polytechnic University By Tom Hull Creating a culture where innovation can be fostered and developed can be quite a challenge. Everyone has a different philosophy of how to create environments where innovation – true innovation that expands our horizons – can be born. Throughout my time in higher education and with public and private technology organizations, I have learned there is an opportunity to accomplish this goal at the intersection of the theoretical and practical. As a newly created STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school, Florida…
  • Embracing Change to Re-imagine the Workforce

    Guest
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Meghan M. Biro, founder and CEO of TalentCulture Consulting Group By Meghan M. Biro The way we work isn’t working. Or at the very least, today’s workforce dynamics are evolving faster than most organizations can manage. We’re more likely to find a new job using social media, our mobile devices are rarely more than an arm’s reach away, and we want greater flexibility in our work environment. At the same time, the emergence of new technologies and workforce science is giving HR leaders access to tools and insight they never had before but a new IBM study revealed only 20 percent…
  • How Mobility and Analytics are Combining to Redefine Business

    Guest
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    Saul Berman, Vice President and Chief Strategist, IBM Global Business Services By Saul Berman About 90 percent of mobile gadget owners have their devices within arm’s reach, morning, noon, and night, underscoring the profound impact mobile technology is having on our world. So far, consumers are propelling this mobile revolution. Companies, just as they did early on with the Internet, have largely underestimated how fundamentally mobile technology and the data it generates will transform business. A new study by the IBM Institute for Business Value outlines how enterprises, though quick to…
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    Asia Business News

  • Prime Real Estate Prices to Trend Higher Across Asia with Eyes on China’s Market

    Asia Briefing
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Going into the second half of 2014, office rental around Asia continues on the up and up, though analysts are cautious about the effect of the slowing Chinese economy on the rest of the region, according to a recent report. On the back of rising economic sentiment and tightening supply, prime markets in Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Bangkok saw solid rental growth in both price and volume, according to the Q2 Asia Pacific Prime Office Rental Index by Knight Frank. Leading the region was Phnom Penh, which recorded the greatest quarter-on-quarter rent growth of 18.6 percent. Singapore entered…
  • Asian Nations Rank High on Global Innovation Index

    Asia Briefing
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Singapore and Hong Kong have ranked among the top 10 in the 2014 Global Innovation Index, sponsored by Cornell University, INSEAD and the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization. In the ranking of innovative capabilities and progress of 143 economies, Singapore is the seventh highest in the world; Hong Kong places 10th. South Korea (16), Australia (17), New Zealand (18) and Japan (21) all make it within the top 25. The Global Innovation Index (GII), launched in 2007, is published annually. This year’s edition focuses on what it calls the “Human Factor” in innovation, which…
  • Businesses Unlock FTA Potential Across Asia

    Asia Briefing
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Asian nations are a boon for exports, but their complexity and lack of available information is deterring companies from fully tapping into their benefits, according to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by HSBC. Regionally, each FTA signed is only used by about a quarter of exporters in Asia, the Economist reported. The survey was conducted with 800 export companies from eight countries around the region, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. However, 86 percent of those who made use…
  • Enterprises Adopt Cloud Computing to Boost Business Efficiency in Asia

    Asia Briefing
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Cloud computing is the future of business in Asia, and companies around the region are beginning to jump on board the train, although infrastructural and regulatory challenges remain, according to the Economist Corporate Network’s recent report. Given the immense cost-saving, convenience and efficiency benefits brought about by cloud-based services, Asian firms have been eager to invest in internet technology for their business. Almost a fifth of Asian-based enterprises are actively converting most of their IT capabilities into cloud, “on-demand” or other utility models, indicative of a…
  • Taiwan and the Philippines Work to Enhance Trade Ties

    Asia Briefing
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    After years of strengthening economic relations, Taiwan and the Philippines are expected to continue experiencing increasing amounts of bilateral trade, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, with trade volume between the two countries doubling from US$6.05 billion in 2009 to nearly US$12 billion in 2013. Current figures make the Philippines the seventh largest export destination for Taiwan, as well as its 11th largest trading partner. Conversely, Taiwan is the fifth largest source of imports and 11th largest destination of exports for the Philippines. In 2012, trade between…
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