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  • Six Business Intelligence Predictions For 2015

    "BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE" - Yahoo News Search Results
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    Being a data-driven organization requires a combination of analysis and predictions. As we look at the last several years, big data has been the dominant force, moving from a consumer-based requirement to a must-have strategy for enterprises to stay competitive.
  • Business Intelligence Platform Market Is Expected to Reach $14,218.6 Million by 2019 – New Report by MarketsandMarkets

    "BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE" - Yahoo News Search Results
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    The business intelligence platform market research report analyzes global adoption trends, future growth potential, key drivers, restraints, opportunities, challenges, and best practices in the market. ( http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/business-intelligence-platform-market-198008117.html ) (PRWeb December 19, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/business ...
  • (Some) businesses are satisfied with their data outcomes, Accenture says.

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    Tessa Curry
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:14 pm
    A recent Accenture study titled “Big Success With Big Data” tackled the question of data outcomes, and found that 1) businesses are overwhelmingly satisfied with big data, and 2) big data holds tremendous disruptive potential. As much as those general statements might make you want to kick your feet up and relax, there are a few caveats to the overwhelming successes reported by Accenture. For any big data strategy to be successful, it has to have three key elements: you still need the right tools to manipulate it and drive value from it; you need to tailor it to your organization, and…
  • Trends in Big Data, Hadoop, Business Intelligence, Analytics and Dashboards

    Dashboards, Business Intelligence, Data Visualization
    admin
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    How has the interest in Big Data, Hadoop, Business Intelligence, Analytics and Dashboards changed over the years? One easy way to gauge the interest is to measure how much news is generated for the related term and Google Trends allows you do that very easily. After plugging all of the above terms in Google trends and further analysis leads to the following visualizations. Aggregating the results by year   It is very amazing to see that the stream representing Dashboards has remained constant through out the years. So does the stream for Analytics and Business Intelligence in general…
  • Outcome-Driven Customer Interactions

    InsideView Blog
    InsideView
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    Note: Today’s guest post is the second in a three-part […]
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    Statspotting!

  • More Than 70 Percent of Instagram’s Users Are Outside The US

    junior
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:56 pm
    It might be an indication that pictures do better than words – any case, we spotted this stat today – that Instagram now has 300 million active users, that makes it bigger than the service that always follows Facebook in all discussions on social stuff – Twitter. “Instagram announced Wednesday that it now has 300 million monthly active users, up 50 percent in just nine months. That makes the service, a photo- and video-sharing app owned by Facebook, more popular than Twitter, which had 284 million monthly active users as of the third quarter. More than 70 percent of…
  • Microsoft Surface: A Billion Dollars In Revenue This Quarter

    junior
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Well, Almost. We spotted this stat today, from Microsoft’s quarterly results: “Surface Pro 3 momentum drove Surface revenue of $908 million.” Source Apple’s loss is Microsoft’s gain. The iPad had another tough quarter with sales of 12.3 million iPads, a drop from the nearly 14.1 million tablets sold a year ago. (Source) For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post Microsoft Surface: A Billion Dollars In Revenue This Quarter appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • By 2015, Apple Will Consume 25 Percent of All DRAM

    junior
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Mobile devices would have a significant impact on the usage of core computer components, like memory for instance. We spotted this stat today – “According to analysts, demand for Apple’s iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and a rumored iPad Air with 2GB of RAM instead of the current 1GB will push Apple’s share of the DRAM market from today’s 16.5% all the way to 25%. At such capacity levels, Apple will look outside the traditional low power manufacturers to fill its needs, and the PC industry suppliers are reportedly responding by converting capacity from PC DRAM to LPDRAM.
  • Data-Driven ‘Everyday’ Decisions

    junior
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Here is a trend we cannot run away from – very soon most of our decisions would be data driven. If you think that is already the case, you are mistaken. Today, data plays an important role in our decisions, but does not drive our decisions. And most data is incomplete in multiple ways and our gut feel fills in for all the inaccuracies and gaps. But that is changing – and very rapidly as well. Fairly soon, the smartphone and the data that it could bring up would drive our decisions. That famous example of deciding between which route to pick on the way back from office – decisions like…
  • Mobile App Statistics: 65 Percent of Users Download Zero Apps Per Month

    junior
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    We spotted this stat today – ” more than 65 percent of users downloaded zero apps per month, according to comScore. The other 34 percent typically pick out just one or two each month. Only a fraction of folks download more than four apps in 30 days” (Source) Apps have definitely not taken over the world, after all. Not even close. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post Mobile App Statistics: 65 Percent of Users Download Zero Apps Per Month appeared first on Statspotting!.
 
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    The Numbers

  • Stanford, Christmas Trees and Marcus Mariota (Statshot)

    David Goldenberg
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:55 pm
    This week in Statshot: Applications to Stanford University have almost doubled over the past eight years; more than 17 million Christmas trees are harvested in the U.S. each year, creating a half-billion-dollar market for distinctly shaped fir trees; and more.
  • Lefties Lag Behind, Counting Gadgets and Self-Help Sells (Statshot)

    David Goldenberg
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    American left-handers score worse on math and reading tests and make less money than righties. Many citizens in prosperous European countries juggle more devices that connect to the Internet than Americans. Reference and self-help books are more popular than children's books on Amazon.
  • Loneliness, Oil and Star Wars (Statshot)

    David Goldenberg
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    A large study has found that loneliness among teenagers in the U.S. has dropped significantly in the past two decades, good news from OPEC for gas guzzlers, and a look at long-delayed sequels.
  • When Using Math to Catch Crooks, You Can’t Jump to Conclusions

    Jo Craven McGinty
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Benford’s Law, a mathematical tool that helps tease out anomalies in accounting records, can help identify fraud, but the leading expert on Benford’s cautions against jumping to hasty conclusions based on a single test.
  • Statshot: Net Neutrality, Reusable Letters and Lionel Messi

    David Goldenberg
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:43 am
    In this week's Statshot: net neutrality, reusable letters and Lionel Messi
 
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    Business Analytics

  • How (Not) To Give An Enterprise Software Keynote

    Timo Elliott
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:52 am
    Warning: snark ahead. I attend 40+ enterprise software conferences a year. If you’re preparing a keynote, please don’t do the same as everybody else, i.e: Introduction Show Dramatic opening video featuring an American Announcer Voice Start with a few irrelevant words about being in city X, the current date, etc. Unenthusiastically thank the sponsors for paying for the conference and the audience for attending Give a few stories about cool disruptive companies that have nothing to do with your organization  (Whatsapp, Uber, etc.). Bonus points for using terms like “paradigm shift”…
  • Business Innovation Through Technology

    Timo Elliott
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    Please find below a video of the presentation I did at the recent SAP Select event in Berlin. The goal of the 24-minute presentation was to avoid innovation theory and instead talk about eleven real-life organizations that are doing something different thanks to the availability of new technologies. “The biggest barrier to business innovation today is not the lack of new technology — it’s making that technology simple to use and deploy” The presentation is grouped into the four main areas where organizations have the biggest new opportunity to change the way they do…
  • Simple is Hard

    Timo Elliott
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Is this what your IT infrastructure looks like? It’s clear that complexity is holding back innovation. But we all know that simple is hard. The easiest way forward is to move to new, simpler business applications like SAP Simple Finance. Here’s what’s different about it, some explanations from the folks that thought it up, and a live demonstration.  
  • Combatting Data Puddles

    Timo Elliott
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:10 am
    Since the dawn of analytics organizations have struggled to provide fast, flexible analytics for business users while also ensuring that there’s a common view of data across the organization. While newer approaches such as data lakes and data discovery have made things easier, there’s no silver bullet that fixes the business problem of actually using data across different silos effectively. Whatever your approach, don’t fall into the trap of accepting data puddles — here are some tips on how to lead initiatives to combat the problem.
  • What is HTAP?

    Timo Elliott
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    HTAP stands for Hybrid Transaction / Analytical Processing — and it’s the future of business applications. The term was coined in early 2014 by analyst firm Gartner to describe a new generation of in-memory data platforms that can perform both online transaction processing (OLTP) and online analytical processing (OLAP) without requiring data duplication. For the last few decades, it has been considered best practice to keep operational and analytic systems separate, in order to prevent analytic workloads from disrupting operational processing. In order to achieve adequate…
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    Visual Business Intelligence

  • Stephen Few’s Public Workshops for 2015

    Stephen Few
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    This blog entry was written by Bryan Pierce of Perceptual Edge. In 2015, Stephen Few will offer different combinations of five data visualization courses at public workshops around the world. He’ll teach his three introductory courses, Show Me the Numbers: Table and Graph Design (now as a two-day course, with additional content and several more small-group exercises and discussions), Information Dashboard Design, and Now You See It: Visual Data Analysis. He’s also introducing two new advanced courses for people who have already attended the prerequisite introductory courses or…
  • Big Dataclast: My Concerns about Dataclysm

    Stephen Few
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Dataclysm, by Christian Rudder If you’re familiar with my work, you know that I am an iconoclast within the business intelligence (BI) and analytics communities, refusing to join the drunkard’s party of hyperbolic praise for information technologies. The “clast” portion of the term “iconoclast” means “to break.” I often break away from the herd, and break the mold of convention, to say what I believe is true in the face of misinformation. My opinion that so-called Big Data is nothing more than marketing hype is a prime example of this. Despite my opinion of Big Data, I…
  • Assessing Risk versus Uncertainty: A Review of “Risk Savvy”

    Stephen Few
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:12 pm
    In the opening chapter of Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions by Gerd Gigerenzer, he writes: When something goes wrong, we are told that the way to prevent further crisis is better technology, more laws, and bigger bureaucracy. How to protect ourselves from the next financial crisis? Stricter regulations, more and better advisers. How to protect ourselves from the threat of terrorism? Homeland security, full body scanners, further sacrifice of individual freedom. How to counteract exploding costs in health care? Tax hikes, rationalization, better genetic markers. One idea is absent from…
  • Curiosity Trumps All: A Review of “Curious” by Ian Leslie

    Stephen Few
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    I believe that no single quality better equips data analysts for success than curiosity. Ian Leslie’s book Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It, isn’t about data analysis, but is instead about curiosity in general: what it is, how it develops, how caregivers can encourage its development in children, how societies view it, what it enables us to do, how modern technologies affect it, and how it enriches our lives. Cognitive scientists have identified three types of curiosity: Diversive curiosity: the attraction to everything novel, which is with us from early…
  • This is your Brain on Big Data: A Review of “The Organized Mind”

    Stephen Few
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    In the past few years, several fine books have been written by neuroscientists. In this blog I’ve reviewed those that are most useful and placed Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast & Slow at the top of the heap. I’ve now found its worthy companion: The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. This new book by Daniel J. Levitin explains how our brains have evolved to process information and he applies this knowledge to several of the most important realms of life: our homes, our social connections, our time, our businesses, our decisions, and the…
 
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    Data Doghouse - performance management, business intelligence, and data warehousing

  • Exaggerated Rumors? Will We Finally Put ETL to REST?

    Rick Sherman
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    Join me for a DM Radio broadcast: Exaggerated Rumors? Will We Finally Put ETL to REST? When: December 11, 2014, 03:00PM ET Register The pervasive practice of Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) will almost assuredly never go away. However, a several corporate computing trends are challenging the predominance of this data management practice. At the top of the threat list is cloud computing, which deals with data in a fundamentally different way -- compared to traditional business intelligence and data warehousing. Increasingly, especially for cloud-based solutions, companies use Application Program…
  • Is the term "big data" meaningless?

    Rick Sherman
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Reposted from SearchDataManagement. View the video. What constitutes big data is often a matter of individual choice. Different people have different ideas about what it is -- and what it isn't. And the lack of a common big data definition renders the term almost meaningless, according to Rick Sherman, founder of Athena IT Solutions, a BI, data warehousing and data management consultancy in Maynard, Mass.In a video interview with SearchDataManagement, recorded at the 2014 TDWI Executive Summit in Boston, Sherman said that discussions about big data projects can quickly become confusing…
  • TDWI Boston Oct 2: Data Governance Best Practices & Data Science Career Advice

    Rick Sherman
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Data governance is not always a necessary evil. In a lot of cases a well designed data governance program can provide critical support in the area of risk management and regulations. Learn how State Street uses data governance best practices to support risk management and regulations. Afterwards, listen to a presentation on careers in data science by New Directions Staffing services. 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. Please…
  • Big Data is not the only game in town

    Rick Sherman
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…”[i] The tech and business press is inundated by Big Data hype, but that hype has masked terrific waves of innovation that have been taking place in business intelligence, analytics and data integration. The hype has gotten so pervasive that just to…
  • Hadoop projects should start with real business need

    Rick Sherman
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Hadoop is big with big data vendors -- and some users, particularly Internet companies looking to collect and store large amounts of Web data. But in a video interview recorded at the 2014 TDWI BI Executive Summit in Boston, consultant Rick Sherman said organizations should make sure they have a real business need for the open source distributed processing framework before launching Hadoop projects. "Just don't do it to do it -- do it because there's a reason," said Sherman, who is founder of Athena IT Solutions in Maynard, Mass. and author of the upcoming book Business…
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  • In-Memory Optimization Advanced Capabilities

    12 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Imad Birouty, director of Teradata product marketing, is interviewed by Ron Powell, independent analyst and consultant focused on big data, data warehousing and business intelligence. Imad and Ron discuss Teradata’s in-memory optimizations in pipelining, vectorization and data temperature. Imad also talks about how Teradata’s QueryGrid delivers the enterprise data fabric.
  • Enterprise Data Fabric Enabled by QueryGrid

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Alan Greenspan, product marketing manager for Teradata database, is interviewed by Lyndsay Wise, industry analyst and president of WiseAnalytics. Alan explains that a data fabric is the concept of giving users unimpeded access to all of their data and all the analytical engines in their enterprise. QueryGrid is the Teradata software that enables this, and Alan explains how it works in the enterprise.
  • Delivering the Real Value of Big Data to the Integrated Data Warehouse

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Clarke Patterson, senior director of product marketing with Cloudera, is interviewed by Lyndsay Wise, industry analyst and president of WiseAnalytics. Clarke and Lyndsay talk about the recent announcement that Cloudera has a new strategic relationship with Teradata and what in the market is driving that relationship. He also explains the key benefits of Cloudera with Teradata in the big data space.
  • Democratization of Analytics through the Cloud

    12 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Marc Clark, director of cloud strategy with Teradata, is interviewed by Phil Bowermaster, independent analyst and consultant specializing in big data, analytics and data warehouse. Marc relates how the cloud is giving access to analytics to the next tier of users and the drivers that are pushing analytics to the cloud.
  • Looker Enables Big Data Discovery and BI

    12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Keenan Rice, vice president of alliances for Looker, is interviewed by Phil Bowermaster, an independent consultant and analyst specializing in big data, analytics and business intelligence. Keenan tells Phil about Looker’s origins and their differentiators in the big data space. He also shares the most popular use cases for Looker.
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    Manage By Walking Around

  • Twain on Germany

    Jonathan Becher
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:48 pm
    My philological studies have satisfied me that a gifted person ought to learn English (barring spelling and pronouncing) in thirty hours, French in thirty days, and German in thirty years. – Mark Twain, “That Awful German Language” Twain was likely making a joke but, in my experience, he is directionally accurate. He provides several examples of German that “are not words, they are alphabetical processions”.  Twain’s longest is Generalstaatsverordnetenversammlungen, a 37-letter word which translates to General state council meetings. While long, it pales compared to the…
  • What I Learned From The Platypus

    Jonathan Becher
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Throughout my career, I’ve relied on story telling to reinforce abstract concepts or make announcements more memorable. Whether it’s oxen, elephants, monkeys, or camels, stories about animals are easy to remember and therefore more likely to be repeated. I’ve always want to tell a story which involved a platypus but I never really had a good rationale. My recent change in role provided me with an opportunity. Here’s the story I told: Once upon a time, the Mammals, the Fish and the Birds all lived happily together. But after a while they began to quarrel. Each group…
  • Fun with tenure metrics: 2014 edition

    Jonathan Becher
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    People seem to be obsessed with executive tenure. Executive search firm Spencer Stuart reports the average tenure for a Chief Marketing Officer is now 45 months, based on analysis from the top 100 advertised brands. This is a significant improvement from five years ago, when studies showed that the average CMO tenure was anywhere from just 18 to 26 months. While the latest Spencer Stuart report is good news for CMOs in general, it is also a reminder that it’s important to understand the definition of a metric – not just the value. From the report: Tenure is shortest in the automotive,…
  • Complexity Kills (So Kill Complexity)

    Jonathan Becher
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    Let me say this simply. Complexity is the biggest villain in business. It is a kill or be killed proposition. Complexity is more Loki than Bane. It’s sneaky, shifty, and has different forms. It hides in the cracks of your business, growing more disruptive and indelible with every minute people fail to notice. Complexity kills 10% of profits every year; an estimated $237B annually in just the top 200 companies. That alone should warrant a life sentence. But it’s more than just money. Complexity kills productivity, free-time, and our sanity. Perhaps most dangerously, complexity kills…
  • MadBum MVP but Giant Teamwork

    Jonathan Becher
    2 Nov 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Right after the SF Giants won the 2014 World Series, I tweeted the following: Tens of thousands of words will be written about this #WorldSeries. The only ones that matter: #MadBum MVP #SFGiants At the beginning of the post-season, very few people expected the Giants to win. Consider the situation at the time: The Giants were eight games under .500 over their final 98 games. Not exactly a team with momentum on their side. The Giants were the National League wildcard entry, arguably the lowest ranked of the 10 teams in the playoffs, and therefore forced to play more games on the road than at…
 
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    Peter James Thomas

  • Forming an Information Strategy: Part III – Completing the Strategy

    Peter James Thomas
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Forming an Information Strategy I – General Strategy II – Situational Analysis III – Completing the Strategy This article is the final of three which address how to formulate an Information Strategy. I have written a number of other articles which touch on this subject [1] and have also spoken about the topic [2]. However I realised that I had never posted an in-depth review of this important area. This series of articles seeks to remedy this omission. The first article, Part I – General Strategy, explored the nature of strategy, laid some foundations and presented a…
  • The need for collaboration between teams using the same data in different ways

    Peter James Thomas
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    This article is based on conversations that took place recently on the TDWI LinkedIn Group [1]. The title of the discussion thread posted was “Business Intelligence vs. Business Analytics: What’s the Difference?” and the original poster was Jon Dohner from Information Builders. To me the thread topic is something of an old chestnut and takes me back to the heady days of early 2009. Back then, Big Data was maybe a lot more than just a twinkle in Doug Cutting and Mike Cafarella‘s eyes, but it had yet to rise to its current level of media ubiquity. Nostalgia is not going to…
  • Forming an Information Strategy: Part II – Situational Analysis

    Peter James Thomas
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Forming an Information Strategy I – General Strategy II – Situational Analysis III – Completing the Strategy This article is the second of three which address how to formulate an Information Strategy. I have written a number of other articles which touch on this subject[1] and have also spoken about the topic[2]. However I realised that I had never posted an in-depth review of this important area. This series of articles seeks to remedy this omission. The first article, Part I – General Strategy, explored the nature of strategy, laid some foundations and presented a…
  • Phillip Hughes RIP

    Peter James Thomas
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    © International Cricket Council http://www.icc-cricket.com 2014 Virtually all of the time this blog is focussed on aspects of business, technology and change; even when my writing starts out in an ostensibly different place, I habitually bring my thoughts back to one of these three areas. This post is not like my normal ones. I trust that readers will understand my motivations in deviating from my regular subject matter, Earlier today it was announced that Australian international cricketer Phillip Hughes (ESPNcricinfo profile here) had sucumbed to injuries suffered two days earlier while…
  • Forming an Information Strategy: Part I – General Strategy

    Peter James Thomas
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:44 am
    Forming an Information Strategy I – General Strategy II – Situational Analysis III – Completing the Strategy This article is the first of three which address how to formulate an Information Strategy. I have written a number of other articles which touch on this subject[1] and have also spoken about the topic[2]. However I realised that I had never posted an in-depth review of this important area. This series of articles seeks to remedy this omission. Part I – General Strategy explores the nature of strategy, lays some foundations and presents a framework of questions…
 
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    DECISION STATS

  • 2014 A Year’s Odyssey

    Son of Gandhi
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Some updates for regular readers of my blog here- 1) I completed 116 posts in Decisionstats.com in 2014 (TILL DEC 20) as compared to 174 posts in 2013 2) 2013 gave us 151,563 views with 106,851 visitors. 2014 gave us 139,069 views with 96,679 visitors (till Dec 20). Thus  even though quantity of posts was down by 33% approx, readership was down only by 5% approx. This is however the first time that it is down in 7 years of operation. 3) I finished one more book after the first one. This explains why there was a slight lack of attention. 4) Rest of detailed stats will be shared soon. 5) After…
  • What If India bans Facebook?

    Son of Gandhi
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:35 pm
    India bans Facebook for refusing to comply with Indian laws on sharing data to law enforcement and sharing data about Indian citizens to American law enforcement. To fill the void left by Facebook, an Indian company decides to create Desibook- which quickly gains 300 million subscribers. Within a month life is back to usual for Indian users of social media, and a new hot tech startup is born which will be listed in Mumbai’s stock exchange? What is wrong in the above scenario? What if —-
  • Dear Mr CEO

    Son of Gandhi
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    Dear Mr CEO I am sorry but I need to go. I tried to be your sexy data scientist but you would really not know. I cant make bricks without clay. I cant make models without data. I can do cluster analysis but trust me you dont want me to make an algorithm for cluster analysis. Stop saying algorithm so often. We need databases to store data. There are many kinds of data and there are many kinds of database. There are no right or wrong answers. There is no perfect software. At best we optimize our software hardware and our people for our constraints of time, money and business refresh speed.
  • Cloud Computing for Christmas

    Son of Gandhi
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:56 pm
    My second book – R for Cloud Computing : An Approach for Data Scientists is now ready for sale ( ebook). Softcover should be available within a month. Some of you have already booked an online review copy. It has taken me 2 years to write this book, and as always I accept all feedback on how to be a better writer. I would like to especially thank Hannah Bracken of Springer Publishing for this. and I dedicate this book to my 7 year son Kush. http://www.springer.com/statistics/computational+statistics/book/978-1-4939-1701-3 “Everything that is good in me, come from your love,…
  • Imagine a world with many Googles not just one

    Son of Gandhi
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
    In their 2004 founders’ letter[9] prior to their initial public offering, Larry Page and Sergey Brin explained that their “Don’t be evil” culture prohibited conflicts of interest, and required objectivity and an absence of bias  
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    Forex Trading Info

  • The Indicator Guys Announce the Opening of Their Trading School

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    London, UK (PRWEB UK) 6 May 2014 The Indicator Guys announced today that they have opened their brand new trading school. The Indicator Guys have been teaching hundreds of traders how to be consistently profitable for a number of years now, so it is very good news that they are opening a trading school. Finding a good trading school is very difficult, so it is great to see a trusted and well established company offering such a service. Chris Leonard of The Indicator Guys said, “I was very disappointed with the poor quality of trading schools out there. Many customers told me they spent…
  • Atlas ATS Extends Bitcoin Trading to Europe

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    New York, NY and Madrid (PRWEB UK) 28 July 2014 Atlas ATS today announced that it has partnered with Recol Pro S.A. (Recol) to offer its exchange platform to European investors. The platform, known as Atlas ATS Europe, is available at http://www.AtlasATS.eu. Atlas ATS Europe offers trading in Bitcoin and other digital currencies, options on Bitcoin and Litecoin, and a multi-signature digital wallet for the easy and safe deposits, withdrawals, and storage of digital coins–the same as Atlas ATS currently offers to its clients in the U.S.A. and Hong Kong. Through Recol S.A., operator…
  • Fresh OptionRally Review from ForexMinute Appreciates Its Rich Features

    13 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    London, UK (PRWEB) May 11, 2014 ForexMinute, a leader in online information provider for traders and readers about brokerage firms, Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, etc. has now brought in an exclusive OptionRally review. The review according to a source at the online portal provides traders the benefit of trading round the clock and seven days a week. Jonathan Millet, the founder and CEO of the online portal, says that with round the clock trading services it helps traders wherever they may live in the world. He says that traders will always be able to access the trading platforms that are…
  • ForexMinute Brings New Informative Forex Blog for Traders

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:15 am
    London, UK (PRWEB) May 03, 2014 Understanding the requirement from traders to have a firm understanding about Foreign exchange and how it operates and what the potential opportunities to expand the profits are, ForexMinute brings a new informative Forex blog. The bloggers at ForexMinute, an online portal for brokers? reviews, Bitcoin news, etc. are experienced and have in hand experience in trading. Jonathan Millet, the founder and CEO of ForexMinute, admits that traders need to have firm understanding about trading currency pairs, which are the brokers that they can rely upon and what…
  • ForexMinute Reviews and Appreciates CallandPut?s Affiliate Program

    7 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    London, UK (PRWEB) April 01, 2014 ForexMinute, an online portal for Forex brokers? reviews and Forex & Bitcoin news, reviewed the CallandPut Affiliate Program which according to it is the industry-leading binary options affiliate program that offers lucrative rewards for traffic directed to CallandPut from the affiliate’s website. Thus, according to the reviewer at the portal, clients can look for it without an iota of doubt. When ForexMinute reviewer talked with a professional at CallandPut he was told that the affiliate program from the brokerage firm offers, unequivocally,…
 
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    TIBCO Spotfire's Trends and Outliers

  • How to Avoid Being a Victim of the Data Hoarder Trap

    Spotfire Blog Editor
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    As the amount of data available to businesses continues to grow, it may be tempting to indiscriminately gather additional data in hopes that infusing more data into analytics will uncover additional insight. Furthermore, the cost of data storage continues to drop, making it easier for a company to become a “data hoarder,” storing everything without deciding what data is relevant. However, data storage does require resources for maintenance tasks like provisioning, and backing up and recovering data, according to a MIT Sloan Management Review blog post. “…hoarding data interferes with…
  • Data Analytics of Christmas Trees

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    There’s nothing quite like the warmth and festive radiance of a Christmas tree. It’s also a big business – there are about 350 million natural Christmas trees growing on farms in all 50 U.S. states, with more than 17 million trees harvested every year, according to the Washington Post. Of course, these figures only represent natural Christmas trees. When factoring in artificial Christmas trees, the numbers become even loftier. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, $2.35 billion worth of real and artificial trees were sold in the U.S. in 2013. Meanwhile, a Nielsen survey…
  • Boomers, Gen Xers to Spend More on Holiday Gifts

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:42 am
    There are number of factors that go into consumer buying decisions – including price, usefulness, and positioning of the item in a store or on a website. And research trends indicate that in addition to defining their attitudes and experiences, the generation a consumer was born into plays a role in the individual’s buying behaviors, according to the National Retail Federation Foundation (NRFF). “Though individuals have distinct characteristics, researchers are continuing to identify common behaviors and attitudes within generational groups,” according to the NRFF’s report,…
  • Social Media to Entice Consumers to Buy this Holiday Season

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    This holiday season, marketers are launching holiday-specific social media campaigns. And these social media strategies are about more than just than engaging with customers – they’re designed to get consumers to buy. In the past, Internet marketers have set their sights on increasing engagement as well upping their follower counts during the holidays. This year, though, it’s all about the sales and e-commerce. Twitter and Facebook are testing “buy” buttons this holiday season so customers can make purchases right from their social media feeds. These new e-commerce tools will…
  • Positive Profit Prognosis: Lessons from Healthcare’s Big Data

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    Healthcare agencies aren’t gun shy when it comes to funding predictive analytics. According to a recent Fierce Health IT article, more than $1.9 billion has been invested as companies look for ways to reduce the cost of overtreatments and improve patient outcomes. But the reach of Big Data extends far beyond hospital walls — what can other industries learn from healthcare? Keeping Costs Down That’s the mandate of many healthcare analytics solutions, and with the industry on the hook for $192 billion in overspending and $35 billion in lack of care coordination, it’s no…
 
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  • Why Analytics Apps Need to be Simple AND Smart

    Logi Analytics
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    December 18th, 2014 Share Should analytics apps be simpler or smarter? This is the question posed in a recent , which outlines how some of our competitors are focusing on betting on user experience OR horse power to increase adoption. At Logi, we think this kind of “either-or” focus is creating a false dichotomy. Tools shouldn’t be simpler OR smarter – they should be both. Here’s how the false dichotomy is created. Some companies are discussing the user interface, which should be simpler. Other companies are discussing capabilities, which should be smarter. But…
  • MAPPED! I know there is fracking going on around the U.S., but you don’t have earthquakes around them like in Oklahoma

    Patrick Husting
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
    by I’ve been pulling earthquake data for several years, but when you drill into Oklahoma, it just doesn’t make sense until you understand that these clusters of earthquakes are fracking areas. As you can see, if you look at the U.S. as a whole for 2014, not that many quakes.  But Oklahoma really sticks out.  I know fracking gives us new energy reserves, but it can’t be good for the long term… Enjoy, Patrick Like this: Like Loading… Related Categories: , , , | .
  • Extending the Life of Legacy Applications

    Logi Analytics
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    December 10th, 2014 Share IT managers dread the thought of having to rip out mission-critical legacy applications. Luckily, you don’t need to undergo large disruptive changes, because all the benefits of new applications can be realized at a fraction of the cost with a modern presentation layer and web client. Logi Info allows companies to securely combine data from modern and legacy sources into sleek and intuitive dashboards and reports that drive insights and actionability, without the considerable cost of replacing legacy applications. Check out the below video to see examples of…
  • Embedding Intelligence: How SSB is able to Quickly Delivering High Impact, Customized Reports and Dashboards

    Logi Analytics
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    Strategic Solutions for Business (SSB) provides business intelligence software and consultant services across industries, such as sports and entertainment, healthcare and energy. When SSB began to develop its new cloud-based solution, Central Intelligence, the company knew it needed an embeddable analytics solution that could create customized reports and dashboards, with personalization that also supported the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach of many of SSB’s clients. SSB found that Logi Info was the right choice as it could be fully integrated into the Central Intelligence…
  • Introducing Logi Vision 1.4

    Logi Analytics
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    I’m very pleased to announce the release of Logi Vision version 1.4. This release wraps up an exciting year for Logi Vision and brings forward some compelling updates that bring together a complete set of data discovery, visualization, and interactive dashboard features for business workgroups. Let’s take a quick look at some of the new features made available in 1.4. read more
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    The Solopreneur Life

  • Thank You for Participating in the 2014 Solopreneur Survey

    larry keltto
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    I want to thank everyone who participated in The Solopreneur Life 2014 End-of-Year Survey. Thanks also to those of you who helped spread the word and encouraged others to take the survey. The solopreneur survey is now closed. Results will be published on January 5. To have the survey results delivered straight to your inbox on the morning of January 5, sign up for The Solopreneur Life Newsletter. Go ahead and sign up now, while you’re thinking about it! If you’re already a subscriber, then you’re all set! The post Thank You for Participating in the 2014 Solopreneur Survey…
  • How to Change the Text on Mailchimp’s “Subscribe to List” Button

    larry keltto
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The old retail adage, “a confused mind never buys,” applies to online sign-ups, too. Here’s an example. Mailchimp’s default text on its sign-up buttons says “Subscribe to list.” But “Subscribe to list” is not what you want the visitor to see when she’s registering to receive your e-book, white paper, or other product. “Subscribe to list” doesn’t match what she wants to do — at all. When the button text doesn’t match the offer, you’re planting doubt in the user’s mind and increasing the possibility…
  • How to Make a Media Kit That Gets You Great PR

    larry keltto
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:41 am
    Client: “I finished writing my e-book and I self-published it.” Me: “Congratulations!” Client: “Thank you! Right now I’m trying to put together a media tour to promote my book. But nobody at the newspapers, websites, or radio shows is returning my emails. Even the podcasters and bloggers are ignoring me. What I am doing wrong?” Me: “Let me take a look at your media kit.” Client: “What’s a media kit?” Me: “Ah, that’s your problem. You need a media kit to send to editors, producers, prodcasters, etc. The kit…
  • What Does It Mean to Live the Solopreneur Life?

    larry keltto
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:14 pm
    What does it mean to “live the solopreneur life.” It means thousands of things to me. Here are 19. • Learning, all the time • Getting on my bike and riding, when I need a spark • Competing • Placing zero value on face time • Finding my perfect niche • Giving permission to my Inner Genius, my Inner Poet, my Inner Programmer • Being fair to my clients, and myself • Going on an Elmore Leonard binge, because it’s fun • Keeping promises • Telling the truth • Developing long-term relationships • Serving • Doing my best work • Dynamiting the dam on…
  • The Solopreneur Life’s Review of the New Rainmaker Platform

    larry keltto
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:06 pm
    On Sunday morning I was sitting on the sidelines inside a domed athletic facility in the Twin Cities. I was watching my 16-year-old daughter play lacrosse. Sitting next to me was a good friend whom I’ve known for more than 20 years. He and I became solopreneurs in the same year, 1993. My Rainmaker dashboardWe often compare small-biz notes, and one month ago while sitting on the same sideline, I told him I was experimenting with Rainmaker, the new content-management platform from Copyblogger. On Sunday I was able to tell him I made the leap from my WordPress website to Rainmaker. Below…
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    Statspotting!

  • More Than 70 Percent of Instagram’s Users Are Outside The US

    junior
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:56 pm
    It might be an indication that pictures do better than words – any case, we spotted this stat today – that Instagram now has 300 million active users, that makes it bigger than the service that always follows Facebook in all discussions on social stuff – Twitter. “Instagram announced Wednesday that it now has 300 million monthly active users, up 50 percent in just nine months. That makes the service, a photo- and video-sharing app owned by Facebook, more popular than Twitter, which had 284 million monthly active users as of the third quarter. More than 70 percent of…
  • Microsoft Surface: A Billion Dollars In Revenue This Quarter

    junior
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Well, Almost. We spotted this stat today, from Microsoft’s quarterly results: “Surface Pro 3 momentum drove Surface revenue of $908 million.” Source Apple’s loss is Microsoft’s gain. The iPad had another tough quarter with sales of 12.3 million iPads, a drop from the nearly 14.1 million tablets sold a year ago. (Source) For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post Microsoft Surface: A Billion Dollars In Revenue This Quarter appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • By 2015, Apple Will Consume 25 Percent of All DRAM

    junior
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Mobile devices would have a significant impact on the usage of core computer components, like memory for instance. We spotted this stat today – “According to analysts, demand for Apple’s iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and a rumored iPad Air with 2GB of RAM instead of the current 1GB will push Apple’s share of the DRAM market from today’s 16.5% all the way to 25%. At such capacity levels, Apple will look outside the traditional low power manufacturers to fill its needs, and the PC industry suppliers are reportedly responding by converting capacity from PC DRAM to LPDRAM.
  • Data-Driven ‘Everyday’ Decisions

    junior
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Here is a trend we cannot run away from – very soon most of our decisions would be data driven. If you think that is already the case, you are mistaken. Today, data plays an important role in our decisions, but does not drive our decisions. And most data is incomplete in multiple ways and our gut feel fills in for all the inaccuracies and gaps. But that is changing – and very rapidly as well. Fairly soon, the smartphone and the data that it could bring up would drive our decisions. That famous example of deciding between which route to pick on the way back from office – decisions like…
  • Mobile App Statistics: 65 Percent of Users Download Zero Apps Per Month

    junior
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    We spotted this stat today – ” more than 65 percent of users downloaded zero apps per month, according to comScore. The other 34 percent typically pick out just one or two each month. Only a fraction of folks download more than four apps in 30 days” (Source) Apps have definitely not taken over the world, after all. Not even close. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post Mobile App Statistics: 65 Percent of Users Download Zero Apps Per Month appeared first on Statspotting!.
 
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    Smedio - Business Ideas Worth Sharing

  • How to Build Customers’ Trust and Boost Online Sales

    Douglas Idugboe
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Without customers’ trust online, consider your online sales a failed proposition. The lack of customers’ trust has been sited as one of the main reasons for shopping cart abandonment. At 70% of all online shopping incidence, Shopping cart abandonment is the primary revenue killer for online sellers. That’s an astounding $3 Trillion lost in sales lost in sales, worldwide. According to Paypal, 86% of American did their Christmas shopping online last year. The trend might not be different this year, if not better. How many of these…
  • 20 Years of Ecommerce: 5 Trends to Watch Out for in 2015

    Tracy Vides
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail With 2015 lurking around the corner, it’s time to ensure your ecommerce site is ready to tackle the challenges the New Year will bring to e-retailers. This is going to be a significant year for online retailers as the concept of ecommerce recently turned 20 (if you consider the age of internet payment processing systems). Bigcommerce predicts global B2C ecommerce market will hit record growth in 2015, with revenue of around $2 trillion. According to a study conducted by Emarketer.com, Asia-Pacific is likely to become the top region for ecommerce sales…
  • Know Your File Types and When to Use JPEG, GIF, and PNG (infographic)

    Douglas Idugboe
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:17 am
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Digital images fill up our inboxes, take up computer memory space, and take time to load on a webpage. While we’re all familiar with the various types of photo extensions, do you know when (and why) it’s best to use a .jpeg, .gif, or .png? The team at WhoIsHostingThis is giving us the full run-down, along with some useful info and fun trivia on these file types, in their newest infographic. Source: WhoIsHostingThis Share this to share your insight with others. Share on FacebookShare on Twitter The post Know Your File Types and When to Use…
  • Financial Tips for Start-Up Businesses

    Ivan Serrano
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Financial tips are craved by start-up businesses. Why? Many people daydream about starting their own business and the idea of entrepreneurship has become even more attractive in today’s relatively flat job market. But starting your own company isn’t for the faint of heart. Not only will running the company demand a great deal of time, it isn’t necessarily guaranteed to be successful as 50 percent of companies fold in 5 years. These tips can help you bring your business to life and keep it in the black. Ensure the Need for Your Product…
  • How to Become an Instagram Guru for Business [infographic]

    Ivan Serrano
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Have you considered using Instagram for business? Even if you don’t have an Instagram account yourself, chances are you have encountered an image from the site somewhere on the web. Instagram might be known for its different photo filters, but there’s a reason it is one of the most popular photo sharing platforms around. Currently the app has over 200 million active monthly users who actively visit the site multiple times per day. This is due in part to its seamless integration with mobile devices and relatively straightforward and intuitive…
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    Arbitrage Magazine | Business News with BITE.

  • 6 Tips for Overcoming Your Fear of Change at Work

    ARB_Admin
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Change is inevitable in the workplace, but most of us are terrified of it. It’s not the change itself that scares us, but the fear of the unknown. No matter whether you’re settled in your career or searching for new job openings, change is something that every employee deals with at some point or another. The good news is that you can conquer those fears and embrace these changes with open arms. Here are 6 tips to help you overcome your worries. Accept the Change Before you can overcome your fears, you need to acknowledge and accept the change. Once you recognize the change, you can take…
  • The highest paid jobs in 2014

    ARB_Admin
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Throughout this small article we tried to summarize the top 10 highest paid jobs for the current year of 2014. There gathered the best demanded and rewarding positions for you to consider. Looking back, there are some trends to point out, and you’ll be able to spot them soon. Medicine’s on the rise Gone are the days in which the best paid jobs were related to commerce and management. Today’s financial crisis served to ramp up the industries we can’t do without, such as the health industry. There’s no surprise in knowing that the Top 10 Highest Paid Jobs in 2014 are very…
  • How to stand out on Cyber Monday

    ARB_Admin
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    Cyber Monday has been a game changer since 2005, when the term was first coined to explain the huge boost in online dates that happened that first day people go back to work after their Thanksgiving holiday. If you have an online retailer built through a platform like Shopify, you have everything you need to make sure that your business is hauling in your fair share of wealth before this even begins. There’s a huge pie out there during this time of the year, so you should take these steps to stand out, and get great results. This money making opportunity comes, literally, once a year,…
  • Music therapy helps recovering addicts

    Shaimaa
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Individual counselling sessions and group therapy meetings are two common methods of helping people with addictions move past old habits. However, music is commonly being used to assist patients too. Music has been used therapeutically since 400 B.C., and there are now several thousand music therapists practising around the United States. The information you’re about to read should help explain why you might find them practising in substance abuse treatment centres such as Clarity Way, as well as private facilities. Let’s take a look at why many experts see music therapy as a great…
  • Fly Me to the Moon

    Shaimaa
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Our Culture’s Fascination with Space Exploration By Annahita Esmaeili @annae_music Space exploration has and always will be a topic of discussion in the media. From television shows to movies, we see it everywhere. The Big Bang Theory had one of their characters, Howard Wolowitz, travel to space. Star Trek, I Dream of Jeannie, Star Wars, Gravity, the recent Guardians of the Galaxy and many more have also explored the idea of what to and not to expect of space. Movie directors and authors are always looking for the next big thing. These films and texts are a representation of our cultural…
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    logianalytics.com

  • Why Analytics Apps Need to be Simple AND Smart

    mdavis
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Should analytics apps be simpler or smarter? This is the question posed in a recent InformationWeek article, which outlines how some of our competitors are focusing on betting on user experience OR horse power to increase adoption. At Logi, we think this kind of “either-or” focus is creating a false dichotomy. Tools shouldn’t be simpler OR smarter – they should be both. read more
  • Extending the Life of Legacy Applications

    mdavis
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    IT managers dread the thought of having to rip out mission-critical legacy applications. Luckily, you don’t need to undergo large disruptive changes, because all the benefits of new applications can be realized at a fraction of the cost with a modern presentation layer and web client. Logi Info allows companies to securely combine data from modern and legacy sources into sleek and intuitive dashboards and reports that drive insights and actionability, without the considerable cost of replacing legacy applications. read more
  • Embedding Intelligence: How SSB is able to Quickly Delivering High Impact, Customized Reports and Dashboards

    mdavis
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    Strategic Solutions for Business (SSB) provides business intelligence software and consultant services across industries, such as sports and entertainment, healthcare and energy. read more
  • Introducing Logi Vision 1.4

    Dabramson
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    I’m very pleased to announce the release of Logi Vision version 1.4. This release wraps up an exciting year for Logi Vision and brings forward some compelling updates that bring together a complete set of data discovery, visualization, and interactive dashboard features for business workgroups. Let’s take a quick look at some of the new features made available in 1.4. read more
  • A Day in the Life of a UI / UX Designer

    mdavis
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    Take a look at any application you have on your phone or software. Chances are before you judge the quality of the application based on its actual performance, you are judging the look and feel of the user interface. read more
 
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    Red Wing Software Blog

  • Top Four CenterPoint W-2 and 1099 Year-End Questions

    My name
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Red Wing Software handles a multitude of questions at the end of the year. We thought it might be useful to share the answers to the questions that are most frequently asked by our customers in one blog post. Here are the top four questions, along with their answers. Q: Do I need to order W-2, 1099, 940, 941 or 943 forms or can I print them on plain paper? A: You are able to print all of your W-2, 941 and 943 copies on plain paper; you no longer need to print any on preprinted forms. Even the Social Security Copy A (often called the “Red Copy”) can be printed on plain paper. (For 1099s,…
  • Red Wing Software Corporate Web Site Now Fully Encrypted: Customers Gain Benefit of Added Security

    My name
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    The Red Wing Software company web site, https://www.redwingsoftware.com, was recently converted to entirely HTTPS, and is now fully encrypted. Customers and all web site visitors may not realize it, but this change offers security benefits to site users. Using the web site and completing online transactions are more secure. With the encryption provided by moving to HTTPS, customers gain the benefits of confidentiality, integrity, and identity. Because only your browser and your server can decrypt the traffic, your information remains confidential to outside parties who would seek your…
  • Red Wing Software - Notes from the President

    My name
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:21 pm
    I hope everyone had a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving. I believe there is a reason that Thanksgiving comes after Election Day in the United States. It gives everyone something to be thankful for. If you’re not thankful for the way the election turned out, you can at least be thankful it’s over. While our elected officials around the country negotiate for solutions to the many issues we face, we should be planning for our own future within our companies. Your budgeting process for 2015 should be well underway if not finished, and final planning for the rest of 2014 has a top priority.
  • Red Wing Software Customer in the News: Schmidt's Meat Market, Nicollet MN

    My name
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    Congratulations to Schmidt's Meat Market, a Red Wing Software customer, for earning the WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Sausage In Minnesota. Read the full story by clicking on this link: WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Sausage In Minnesota
  • Do You Know What Operating System Your Computer is Running On?

    My name
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    You can find out what operating system your computer is running by using the examples below. Here are general instructions for finding information about your Windows® operating system. Because all system installations are different, these instructions may not work for you. For further help determining operating system compatibility, please feel free to contact us. Open your Control Panel (you can find it in My Computer or on the Start menu). Double-click the System icon. Alternatively, from your desktop, right-click My Computer and select Properties The window that opens will show you the…
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    insideBIGDATA

  • MIT Launches Laboratory for Social Machines with Major Twitter Investment

    Daniel Gutierrez
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The MIT Media Lab recently announced the creation of the Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM), funded by a five-year, $10 million commitment from Twitter. As part of the new program, Twitter will also provide full access to its real-time, public stream of tweets, as well as the archive of every tweet dating back to the first.
  • Big Data: A Data Driven Society?

    Daniel Gutierrez
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The video presentation below, "Big Data: A Data Driven Society?" by Roberto Zicari of Goethe University, is provided courtesy of the Stanford University Center for Professional Development - Colloquium on Computer Systems Seminar Series (EE380).
  • Data Science 101: NoSQL Data Modelling

    Daniel Gutierrez
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    With the big data education resource below, you can learn about data modelling in a NoSQL environment.
  • Ask a Data Scientist: Ensemble Methods

    Daniel Gutierrez
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Welcome back to our series of articles sponsored by Intel – “Ask a Data Scientist.” This week’s question is from a reader who asks about ensemble methods and how you use them.
  • DataHero Launches Google Analytics Integration

    Daniel Gutierrez
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    DataHero, the self-service cloud data visualization tool, announced the launch of its Google Analytics integration. More than half of all businesses use Google Analytics on a daily basis and understand the limitations of having to export to Excel or write complex scripts to get what they need out of their data. With the DataHero integration, now everyone will be able to make data-driven decisions at the speed of business.
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    KPI Library - Recent Expert Blog Articles

  • CASE STUDY: How To Tell An Insightful Story Of Performance With Measures

    1 Dec 2014 | 2:38 am
    Performance measures aren’t doing their best work when you treat them as a tick-and-flick monitoring tool. They are only giving you one angle on performance. Often the insights you need will come from a richer story that needs more characters to give a fuller picture. The cast of characters in a story about performance are similar to the characters of any story: The Protagonist: This is the main character, whose problem forms the central theme of the story. The performance measure we want to improve most of all is our protagonist. The Antagonist: This is the character who plays in…
  • CASE STUDY: 3 Common Mistakes To Avoid With Your XmR Charts (Part 3)

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    Following on from Parts 1 and 2, another of the legacy habits that can sneak surreptitiously into our XmR charts and make them incapable of highlighting the real signals in our performance measures, is relying too much on our eyes and not enough on the rules for detecting signals. In the same way that you can’t hear the music on a radio station when there’s too much static noise, you can’t get clear signals from your performance measures when they have too much static – or what we call chaotic variation. When you’re using XmR charts, it’s easier to see if your measure has chaotic…
  • Rock Your Business

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    Fans of The Eagles – and really, how can you not be a fan of a group that has produced so many memorable songs on the way to selling a whopping 150 million albums over their 30 year span – will be interested in a fascinating documentary titled “History of the Eagles” (2013). The film chronicles the band’s many triumphs and personal struggles. I recently watched it over the course of two nights (it’s almost four hours long) and was riveted throughout. At one point, there is footage from a press conference The Eagles conducted in 1994 to publicize their upcoming “Hell Freezes…
  • CASE STUDY: 3 Common Mistakes To Avoid With Your XmR Charts (Part 2)

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:19 am
    Following on from Part 1, another of the legacy habits that can sneak surreptitiously into our XmR charts and make them incapable of highlighting the real signals in our performance measures, is focusing on the wrong performance measure! XmR charts are based on very specific and deliberate statistical theory, even though they are quite easy to interpret and understand. They are quite easy to create also, when you have the correct knowledge and procedure to build them. Without this correct knowledge and procedure, a few mistakes creep into our XmR charts that cause them to be invalid: they…
  • CASE STUDY: 3 Common Mistakes to Avoid With Your XmR Charts (Part 1)

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:03 am
    Some legacy habits with how we analyse our data often sneak surreptitiously into our XmR charts, and these habits make our XmR charts incapable of highlighting the real signals in our performance measures… XmR charts are based on very specific and deliberate statistical theory, even though they are quite easy to interpret and understand. They are quite easy to create also, when you have the correct knowledge and procedure to build them. Without this correct knowledge and procedure, a few mistakes creep into our XmR charts that cause them to be invalid: they don’t highlight the right…
 
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    Revolutions

  • Because it's Friday: Not a spiral

    David Smith
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    Regular readers of this blog know that I love optical illusions, and I recently found the most (literally!) mind-boggling one I've seen yet. This is not a spiral: (There are many similar illusions, but I was unable to find the source for this exact one. If you know who created it, let me know in the comments.)  But why do our brains have such difficulty with images like this? It turns out has a lot to do with angles and colors, as this nifty post at Carlos Scheidegger's Visualization blog demonstrates. Using interactive sliders, you can adjust the parameters of a similar illusion…
  • A list of awesome statistics resources in 2014

    David Smith
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    Johns Hopkins Biostatistics Professor (and presenter of Data Analysis at Coursera) Jeff Leek has published his list of awesome things other people did in 2014. It's well worth following the links in his 38 entries, where you'll find a wealth of useful resources in teaching, statistics, data science, and data visualization. Many of the entries are related to R, including shout-outs to: the data wrangling, exploration, and analysis with R class at UBC; this paper on R Markdown and reproducible analysis; Hadley Wickham's R Packages; Hilary Parker's guide to writing R…
  • Revolution Analytics' 2015 R User Group Support Program is underway!

    Joseph Rickert
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    by Joseph Rickert Revolution Analytics's 2015 R User Group Support Program (RevoRUGS) begins today. Last year we provided financial support to 51 groups worldwide. That works out to be about one third of the total number of R active user groups listed in our Local User Group Directory. R User Groups Supported by Revolution Analytics in 2014 (Download RevoRUGS_2014 to click on R user group locations.) This year we are aiming to double the number we support. To make it easier for new groups to get started we are increasing the amount of the stipend for Vector level groups from $100 to…
  • New leadership of the R Foundation

    David Smith
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The R Foundation, the Austria-based non-profit founded in 2003 to oversee the R Project, recently held leadership elections and added some new members. The new R Foundation Board is:  Co-Presidents: Duncan Murdoch, Martyn PlummerSecretary General: Martin MächlerTreasurer: Kurt HornikMembers at large: John Chambers, Brian Ripley, Dirk Eddelbuettel These names are familiar to anyone working with R, as all have contributed tremendously to the project. It's impossible to single out any one contribution, but here's my attempt. Duncan Murdoch is responsible for the Windows…
  • Interactive 2D & 3D Plots with Plotly and ggplot2

    Joseph Rickert
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    by Matt Sundquistco-founder of Plotly R, Plotly, and ggplot2 let you make, share, and collaborate on beautiful, interactive plots online. Let's see what we can do with the topographic data from Auckland's Maunga Whau Volcano that comes with R. Copy and paste this R code to make your first plot. The basic idea is: use ggplot2 code, add py$ggplotly() to call the Plotly API, and make an interactive, web-based plot for sharing and collaboration. install.packages"devtools" # so we can install from github library"devtools" install_github"ropensci/plotly" #…
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  • (Some) businesses are satisfied with their data outcomes, Accenture says.

    Tessa Curry
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:14 pm
    A recent Accenture study titled “Big Success With Big Data” tackled the question of data outcomes, and found that 1) businesses are overwhelmingly satisfied with big data, and 2) big data holds tremendous disruptive potential. As much as those general statements might make you want to kick your feet up and relax, there are a few caveats to the overwhelming successes reported by Accenture. For any big data strategy to be successful, it has to have three key elements: you still need the right tools to manipulate it and drive value from it; you need to tailor it to your organization, and…
  • Kirk Goldsberry is a data genius. Here’s why you should care about his work.

    Tom McConnon
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:23 pm
    You’ve heard of Billy Beane, or at least his work. The inspiration behind the book “Moneyball,” Beane used sports data to beat out competitor teams with far bigger budgets (the Yankees, anyone?). The business application is obvious—but it’s also a bit flawed. The problem with the baseball-to-business analogy is that the game of baseball is, by nature, formulaic, rigid, and predictable. The pitcher always pitches to the batter, players run in the same direction to four pre-determined destinations on the field, and playing sequences are fairly predictable. I don’t know about you,…
  • Why music streaming services are betting on analytics.

    Rebecca Ricks
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Amid a bitter feud between music artists and streaming services over royalties for online music, Pandora appears to be extending the olive branch. In an attempt to lure musicians back to the site, the streaming radio service recently announced its new Artist Marketing Platform, which provides listener data to music artists who are being played on Pandora. The platform will open up its analytics backend to musicians, giving them a glimpse into their audience’s listening preferences. AMP provides artists with daily updates on the number of plays, demographic and geographic data on their fans…
  • CIOs losing IT budget to marketing? 3 ways to stay relevant.

    Kevin Hammons
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:51 pm
    CIOs and CMOs have been experiencing a surprising amount of friction in the past several years. According to a recent Accenture report, only one in ten marketing and IT executives says collaboration between the CIO and CMO is at an acceptable level. Part of the problem is that with marketing department’s soaring IT budget—Gartner says CMOs are projected to spend more money on information technology than CIOs by 2017—the lines between the offices are starting blur. In today’s fast-paced, big-data world, CIOs and CMOs need each other more than ever. Here are three ways CIOs can…
  • HBR to marketers: “You’re spread too thin.”

    Jared Heath
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    In the Harvard Business Review’s article “The Ultimate Marketing Machine,” the authors remind marketers just how frustrating it is to have all the information they could possibly want and still get none of the information they need. The conclusion to HBR’s (actually very helpful) article goes something like this: At first blush, the Marketing2020 study reveals what you might expect: Marketers must leverage customer insight, imbue their brands with a brand purpose, and deliver a rich customer experience. They must connect, inspire, focus, organize, and build, as detailed here. The…
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  • (Some) businesses are satisfied with their data outcomes, Accenture says.

    Tessa Curry
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:14 pm
    A recent Accenture study titled “Big Success With Big Data” tackled the question of data outcomes, and found that 1) businesses are overwhelmingly satisfied with big data, and 2) big data holds tremendous disruptive potential. As much as those general statements might make you want to kick your feet up and relax, there are a few caveats to the overwhelming successes reported by Accenture. For any big data strategy to be successful, it has to have three key elements: you still need the right tools to manipulate it and drive value from it; you need to tailor it to your organization, and…
  • Kirk Goldsberry is a data genius. Here’s why you should care about his work.

    Tom McConnon
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:23 pm
    You’ve heard of Billy Beane, or at least his work. The inspiration behind the book “Moneyball,” Beane used sports data to beat out competitor teams with far bigger budgets (the Yankees, anyone?). The business application is obvious—but it’s also a bit flawed. The problem with the baseball-to-business analogy is that the game of baseball is, by nature, formulaic, rigid, and predictable. The pitcher always pitches to the batter, players run in the same direction to four pre-determined destinations on the field, and playing sequences are fairly predictable. I don’t know about you,…
  • Why music streaming services are betting on analytics.

    Rebecca Ricks
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Amid a bitter feud between music artists and streaming services over royalties for online music, Pandora appears to be extending the olive branch. In an attempt to lure musicians back to the site, the streaming radio service recently announced its new Artist Marketing Platform, which provides listener data to music artists who are being played on Pandora. The platform will open up its analytics backend to musicians, giving them a glimpse into their audience’s listening preferences. AMP provides artists with daily updates on the number of plays, demographic and geographic data on their fans…
  • CIOs losing IT budget to marketing? 3 ways to stay relevant.

    Kevin Hammons
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:51 pm
    CIOs and CMOs have been experiencing a surprising amount of friction in the past several years. According to a recent Accenture report, only one in ten marketing and IT executives says collaboration between the CIO and CMO is at an acceptable level. Part of the problem is that with marketing department’s soaring IT budget—Gartner says CMOs are projected to spend more money on information technology than CIOs by 2017—the lines between the offices are starting blur. In today’s fast-paced, big-data world, CIOs and CMOs need each other more than ever. Here are three ways CIOs can…
  • HBR to marketers: “You’re spread too thin.”

    Jared Heath
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    In the Harvard Business Review’s article “The Ultimate Marketing Machine,” the authors remind marketers just how frustrating it is to have all the information they could possibly want and still get none of the information they need. The conclusion to HBR’s (actually very helpful) article goes something like this: At first blush, the Marketing2020 study reveals what you might expect: Marketers must leverage customer insight, imbue their brands with a brand purpose, and deliver a rich customer experience. They must connect, inspire, focus, organize, and build, as detailed here. The…
 
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    Procurement Leaders Blog

  • Technology Expertise Next Frontier In Financial Services' Procurement

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:11 am
    Financial services firms face a serious challenge from new market entrants but with a bank of knowledge and experience built up within procurement the function has the opportunity to meet this head on. It’s no secret that the big financial services firms have their work cut out. Leaving regulation to one side, banks are facing up to the prospect of stiff new competition. Challenger banks, as they are called, retailers and technology companies are beginning to define the future of financial services technology and at the same time are mounting a serious challenge to incumbent banks.
  • How To Make Your Outsourcing Team Work For You – Part II

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    All procurement outsourcing deals have two viable sources of return – cutting costs on transaction processing which is achieved soon after implementing the project, and savings through strategic sourcing and category management achieved during the course of the outsourcing contract. In this guest post, the second in a series, Procurement Leaders invites GEP’s Santosh Reddy to look at factors to consider when outsourcing procurement activities - particularly around understanding return on investment. You can download a whitepaper on the subject here.In the previous post in this…
  • Supply Chain Transparency: The Key Challenge In 2015?

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:26 am
    If there’s one thing that procurement professionals should take away from 2014, it’s the importance of transparency and integration throughout the buying, supply chain and P2P function. In this guest post, Procurement Leaders asks Wax Digital’s Daniel Ball to outline the developments he sees happening as organisations move to tackle the issue of supply chain transparency (or lack thereof) in 2015.  If there’s one thing that procurement professionals should take away from 2014, it’s the importance of transparency and integration throughout the purchasing,…
  • New Thinking Needed On Supplier Performance Measurement

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:39 am
    While scorecards have their merits for measuring Managed Service Provider performance, changes need to be made for the good of the business, the function and the supplier. Measuring the performance of managed service providers (MSPs) is a crucial concern for category managers, but getting those metrics right and ensuring that they provide a clear picture of performance and also give valuable intelligence that the function can use is the real challenge. Get it right and the rewards can be great. Traditionally, many organisations have used scorecards to assess the performance of their…
  • The Nine Things We Learnt About Procurement In 2014

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    With plans for the year ahead already taking shape, we ask what lessons from 2014 procurement functions will want to build on for 2015.  #1 There is no best practice for operating structure At the start of the year, Procurement Leaders looked into the benefits of various procurement operating models. We found that there was no ‘best fit’ in terms of structure. All models seemed to deliver the same savings rates. What is more important than the maturity of the organisation and its progress through structures are the development of capabilities through time. Moreover,…
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  • Limited local language support January 9 to 15

    Staffan Wessman
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    From January 9 to 15 Qlik will hold its annual company-wide summit. During this time we will be working with reduced staffing on varying shifts and can only guarantee support in English. We are as always committed to delivering world-class service. Thank you for your understanding.
  • QVScriptor 2013 SP2 Fix Pack 1 Released

    John Paul Kirton
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    QVScriptor SP2 Fix Pack 1 Release.We have released FP1 just in time for the holidays.QVScriptor is an Enterprise QlikView Framework Management SolutionAdministration & SecurityScript ManagementChange ManagementDeployment ManagementWhat's ImprovedWith the implementation of our script source control and versioning in SP2 we experienced some regression of some of the load script functions.Bug Fixes:Error with Application Generation when cancelling without generating the application Schema Objects not resulting in Application SchemaExclusion of Original Name when Adding Alias to FieldThe…
  • Hidden gems in Qlik Sense geospatial functions

    Arturo Muñoz
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:08 am
    Today I'll be posting on behalf of Yang Yang who recently came up with this interesting article around the geospatial functions available in Qlik Sense, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.   Arturo  
  • Qlik Sense 1.0.2 is available

    Gregory Hood
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Hello all Qlik Sense users, We are pleased to confirm that Qlik Sense 1.0.2 is now available for download on http://www.qlik.com/download.    Version 1.0.2 contains approximately 25 fixes, details of which can be found in the attached release notes. Please note that the naming convention for Qlik Sense does not include the term Service Release.    This is simply known as 1.0.2. Enjoy!   Thank you for choosing Qlik software. regards,Global Support Team
  • We are back online- sorry for extended maintenance time today

    Sara Leslie
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Hello Qlik Community Members, Apologies for the Community down time today! We had a planned maintenance window early this morning and the vendor encountered some issues which required additional time to resolve. We are very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. We do NOT have any planned outages over the coming weeks so your collaboration should be uninterrupted. Have a great week! -The Qlik Community Team
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    Intelligent Head Quarters

  • How A “Generational Will” Can Foster A More Sustainable Future – Part 2

    Mark Coleman
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Dongtan: A planned eco city in China The electric utility industry is on the brink of dramatic change. The evolution of more efficient, sensing, and highly-intelligent demand-side energy resources and microgrid infrastructures has begun to take more precedent. Electric consumers continue to want reliable electric supply, competitive prices, and quality service from their utilities. But they also want flexibility of options to accommodate changes in their lifestyle and cleaner, less polluting and damaging energy sources which resonate with their values. Not that long ago it simply was not…
  • How A “Generational Will” Can Foster A More Sustainable Future – Part 1

    Mark Coleman
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    How A “Generational Will” Can Foster A More Sustainable Future – Part 1 Image source: Imgur.com Eventually all living things transform or cease to exist. Our most primal and basic motivation as humans is survival. We have four basic needs: food (including water), shelter (including clothing), sleep, and oxygen. Beyond biological survival, humans also require emotional and psychological support including love.  Yet somewhere in our evolution we’ve overcomplicated the formula for sustaining and living a happy and purposeful life. When it comes down to survival, humans are our own…
  • How the Internet of Things Changes Business Models

    Paula Newton
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Abstract illustration with logistics infrastructure Image source: www.kerlink.fr There has been great discussion about how the Internet of Things will change so much, but less of this has perhaps been devoted to how business models may change than might be expected. This is the topic of a recent discussion by Gordon Hui (2014) writing for the Harvard Business Review. As Hui explains the likelihood of change to business models is huge, and the changes may be quite transformational. Hui argues that it will be necessary to rethink what “value creation” and “value capture” mean in this…
  • Is Google Glass Going Nowhere ?

    Paula Newton
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Is Google Glass Going Nowhere ? Did you know that it has been more than two years since the launch of Google Glass? But are we all walking around with Google Glass attached to our heads? Apparently not. Writing for the MIT Technology Review in 2014, Rachel Metz explains that Google Glass has not been a great success putting it mildly. In fact she argues that it is “going nowhere”. Indeed, Metz points out that:  “It’s still not a finished consumer product. It’s not even close to being something people yearn for, at least not beyond the Glass Explorers who each paid $1,500 for early…
  • The Fairshare Model: Turning Middle Class People Into Mini Angel Investors

    Paula Newton
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Fairshare Model: Turning Middle Class People Into Mini Angel Investors The fairshare model is a new suggestion that provides a performance-based capital structure for companies that raise venture capital via a public offering. It has been proposed in 2014 by Karl M Sjogren, who is writing a book about this interesting idea. The vision is compelling, and its core idea is the following, as outlined by Sjogren: “Middle class investors will be able to make venture capital investments on terms comparable to those that professional investors get.” There are a number of goals behind this…
 
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    Blacklight Solutions

  • Holiday Quick Start Package

    Christa Rose
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    Want to knock out a project by the end of the year?  Need expert advice on your 2015 data and analytics strategy?  Looking to ramp up content development for a product feature launch?  Working to integrate data sources into your business intelligence deployment? We’re making your holidays happier with our limited time Holiday Quick Start. Contact us before December 18, 2014, to take advantage of this offer. We will work with you to customize the project scope depending on your needs. This offer includes three days of consulting with our expert business intelligence and data analytics…
  • November: Office Hours and R Analytics Cheat Sheet

    Christa Rose
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    As the end of the year rapidly approaches many of our clients are preparing for annual reporting and planning for 2015. Blacklight wants to be available as a resource for you and we are offering limited time office hours with Chance Coble to talk through your analytics and reporting data projects. And we’ve created a cheat sheet on R, the analytics programming language you have been hearing so much about. We’re also giving away Thanksgiving analytics to ensure that you have a wonderful, and safe, holiday. Featured Articles: * All About R: What you need to know about R for…
  • Office Hours

    Christa Rose
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    As the end of the year rapidly approaches, we know many of our clients are preparing for annual reporting and planning for 2015.  Blacklight wants to be available as a resource for you as you work through this critical period in your company’s growth cycle.  We are offering limited time office hours with Chance Coble to talk through your analytics and reporting data projects. These consultations allow you to to dive into your critical business problems with an expert in the field and talk through current best practices in the market, technology trends for client-friendly analytics…
  • 10 Thanksgiving Stats You Need to Know

    Christa Rose
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Happy Thanksgiving from the Blacklight team!  We’re thankful for all of the great clients and friends we’ve worked with over the past year. In the spirit of the holidays, we’d like to give you ten Thanksgiving data points to help you get through your family dinners and cocktail hours.  How accurate is what you know about Thanksgiving?   The basics on Thanksgiving. 2014 will be the 225th anniversary of Thanksgiving being celebrated as an official event. Since the first Thanksgiving, Americans have become turkey lovers, eating 736 million pounds of turkey through last…
  • Why R for Analytics?

    Christa Rose
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    R is popping up with increasing frequency as the ubiquitous “must know” programming language in research and business analytics. With the size and complexity of data sets increasing, meaningful analysis requires higher skill tools.  In the past, spreadsheets would foot the bill for even complex analytical projects, but now the sheer volume of data to be processed has exceeded the threshold that spreadsheets can handle efficiently.   What is R and how was it developed? R is a “dialect” of S, a statistical computing language first developed at Bell Labs in 1976 by…
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    Ambler

  • Appoint NACD Certified Board Leadership FELLOWS

    admin
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    Global competition. The rapid pace of technological advances. The uncertain economy. Cybercrime. Sarbanes Oxley & Dodd Frank. Activist investors. Terrorist groups. Shrinking windows of opportunity. The explosive influence of social media. As a business executive, you and your board have a lot on your plate. Typical board members understand what is expected from the standard [...]
  • Blurred Lines

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    Although Alan Thicke is handsome and talented and perhaps a bit troubled (thus interesting fodder for blogs), he is not the only person confused by “blurred lines.”  Folks who are trying to navigate publicly traded businesses have more reason to be confused than ever. Look at what is happening with the DARDEN Corporation. They own/operate [...]
  • A Belief in Diversity or a Set Up to Fail?

    Aldonna Ambler
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Warning: This blog entry reveals a bit of cynicism. I would like to believe that the boards of major corporations actually understand the value of a diverse workforce, including at the executive level. Varied experience and viewpoints can provide perspective and insights to generate exciting strategies or solve complex challenges. If the leadership of General [...]
  • Your Second Email can KILL Your Growth Financing

    Aldonna Ambler
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Each week, my email inbox includes several inquiries from entrepreneurs who are looking for startup or growth financing for their businesses. Typically, the first email is polite and conveys a sense of excitement about his/her product innovation. Most of the emails include a request for a referral to appropriate funding sources. Some information to provide [...]
  • Is Community Service/Activism worth the Effort?

    Aldonna Ambler
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Alright…I admit…I am probably too close to this topic. Those of you who have known me for a long time know that (although it sounds corny to some people) my personal mission has long been to be “a positive force for economic development.”  Think about all of the time and money you and other parents [...]
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    SIMUL8 Blog

  • Friday Tip: Prioritizing work items from a queue based on type

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    If you need to prioritize work item in your simulation based on their type there is an easy way to do this.  First of all make sure your work items are differentiated by type through a label, with the highest value in that label being the type that has greatest priority. For example, if patients are treated in an A&E department based on the severity of their condition we could differentiate patients based on their severity levels by a label. Next step is to decide which activity you want to prioritize work into (for this example it would the treatment stage) and double click on the queue…
  • Friday Tip: Three Easy Steps to capture the “Jobs per Hour”

    admin
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    An easy way to get a descriptive representation of the throughput of your simulation is to use a “dwell buffer” of 60 minutes. This will create a graph that represents the “Jobs per Hour”, “Units Produced per Hour”, or “Customers per Hour”, etc, out of your entire simulation. The best part is that this can be done in just 3 easy steps! Read on to find out how. Just add a Queue with “Minimum Wait Time” set to 60 minutes. Then you will need an Activity with its Cycle Time set to Zero, to pull the units out of the buffer. Then examine the Results > Graph of your…
  • Friday Tip – How to display a label value during your simulation

    laura
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    One of our support customers recently asked if there was any way to see your label values during your simulation run. This is possible in a number of ways, so today’s tip outlines 3 quick ways that you can show your label values during your simulation. One of the fastest ways to do this, is to view the label values when they are in queues.  To do this first, change the queue icon to be graphically viewed as a queue  of item: Then, in the same tab, check the box that says ‘Labels’: Now when the simulation runs you will be able to see all label values in a queue Another way…
  • Friday Tip – Using Path Densities to Identify and Analyze Frequently Used Routes

    Glenn
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    This week’s Friday Tip looks at using Path Densities in SIMUL8 to identify and analyze commonly used routes. Path Densities in SIMUL8 Professional allow the routing arrows of a simulation to change based upon the number of Work Items that travel along each route. Path Densities can be turned on in the from the ‘View’ tab. There are three options available to the user (see screen shot below) 1. Normal This will display the routing arrows as you would normally expect and they will remain unchanged during the simulation run. 2. Flow Volume – All The thickness of the routing arrows will…
  • Friday Tip: Showing Routing Arrows in your Simulation

    sander
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    At the start of your model development stage in your project you’ll be dropping, configuring and linking simulation objects in order to represent the system accurately. During this development stage you will see the links –represented by arrows- between all simulation objects. Pressing the run button may change the look of your simulation model. Depending on the setting in SIMUL8, it may hide the routing arrows between simulation objects, making the simulation model more appealing to the eye. However, sometimes it may be more desirable to show the routing arrows in the development and…
 
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    MediFit

  • EXOS Completes Acquisition of MediFit

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Leaders in Human Performance and Fitness Management Joining Forces to Upgrade Lives PHOENIX, December 18, 2014 — EXOS, the leader in proactive health and performance solutions, today announced it has completed the acquisition of MediFit, one of the nation’s leading providers of fitness and wellness center management and design services. With over a half-million people [...]The post EXOS Completes Acquisition of MediFit appeared first on MediFit.
  • Increasing Biometric Screenings: Innovating Workplace Health and Wellness Programs

    admin
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Value Proposition A multi-faceted marketing strategy paired with convenient registration options increases biometric screening registrations and appointment compliance. What Are Biometric Screenings? An onsite screening event that provides employees with baseline health risk data. At the end of the screening, employees meet with a coach to understand company resources to help them improve their health. [...]The post Increasing Biometric Screenings: Innovating Workplace Health and Wellness Programs appeared first on MediFit.
  • Healthy Snack Cart Has Employees Going Bananas

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Our MediFit team in Plano, Tx, worked with site leadership to organize themed “walkabouts” through the onsite call center during peak season, when work hours and stress levels tend to increase. Play in the workday… encourages teamwork triggers innovation promotes creative problem-solving increases energy refreshes mind and body The team created a “Healthy Snack Cart” [...]The post Healthy Snack Cart Has Employees Going Bananas appeared first on MediFit.
  • “Smart Start” Increases Corporate Fitness Center Membership

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    We wanted to learn how we could increase new member visits to the fitness center by seeing how a personalized, yet voluntary onboarding experience impacts usage within the first 30-days of membership. “Smart Start” onboarding begins with an initial consultation designed to: learn what the new member hopes to achieve and why assess current skills [...]The post “Smart Start” Increases Corporate Fitness Center Membership appeared first on MediFit.
  • Healthy Holidays: An Infographic

    admin
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    The holidays are an exciting time of year for many reasons, there’s gifts, time with family and time off from work (to name just a few). But, the number one reason people get excited for the holidays is because of the food. There are so many large meals with family that include cakes, cookies and [...]The post Healthy Holidays: An Infographic appeared first on MediFit.
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    BambooHR Blog

  • BambooHR and GoalSpan Team Up

    Dave Barnes
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Only one in eight workers feels engaged at work. So not only do you probably have more than a few of them taking up space at your office, but they’re affecting your company by being less productive, taking more sick days and they’ll be staying a lot less time (which is probably a good thing […] The post BambooHR and GoalSpan Team Up appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Who Should Keep Employees Happy and Productive? [HR Time Challenges]

    Jeana Quigley
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Did you know that only 13 percent of employees around the world claim to be engaged at work? That’s only one in eight workers who feel connected with the company they work for. Chances are pretty good some of them are lurking around your office. Engaged employees understand what they need to do to help the company […] The post Who Should Keep Employees Happy and Productive? [HR Time Challenges] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • BambooHR and Coursetto Integrate

    Dave Barnes
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    We know how important training is to HR. But not just HR. Every single employee benefits and grows from ongoing training. HR watches over all employees in their quest to become the very best at their jobs and always do great, fulfilling work. As if that isn’t enough, training is also a huge part of […] The post BambooHR and Coursetto Integrate appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Product Update: Multi-Level Approvals

    Tyler Margetts
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Communication in the office is vital. But unfortunately, sometimes it feels like it’s so much more work to stop everything you’re doing to include everyone on what’s going on. Because we heard some of our customers were experiencing pains in this area, we at BambooHR have updated our HR software to include multi-level approvals. This […] The post Product Update: Multi-Level Approvals appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
 
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    A Smarter Planet Blog

  • As Data Expectations Climb, Real-Time Analytics Move to the Fore

    Guest
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    Marc Altshuller, Vice President, Watson Analytics, IBM By Marc Altshuller The rapidly rising flood of data – and the demand from all types of users for quick access to it – is beyond the capacity of traditional processes today. As a result, big-time bottlenecks exist for those who need the information and those who are tasked with providing it. How serious is the issue? Studies show that people engaged in analytics today actually spend more than 50 percent of their time finding, moving and storing data and only a quarter of the time doing analysis. Staying on top of processes, having the…
  • It’s Time for Cloud to Go Global

    Steve Hamm
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    By Robert LeBlanc and Erich Clementi Cloud computing has gone mainstream in the United States and it’s poised to become the predominant way computing is done in American business and government. But what about the rest of the world? That’s a different story. Analysis from major IT market researchers shows that cloud adoption in Western Europe lags the US, and it’s just getting off the ground in some other regions and countries. Sidebar: The Future of Cloud in Middle East and Africa Some emerging markets trail far behind. That’s unfortunate because those economies would benefit most…
  • Building a Cloud Computing Ecosystem in Egypt

    Steve Hamm
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Nader Iskander By Steve Hamm, IBM Writer Nader Iskander, the founder and CEO of EME International, in Cairo, Egypt, isn’t afraid to make a bold bet on a big idea. Way back in 2004, he created a company to develop innovative enterprise mobility solutions across the region. Today, mobile is taking off in Egypt. And now Iskander is expanding to what he believes will be the next big thing in the region: cloud computing. . “We like to be innovators; first movers,” says Iskander. “There’s huge potential in the cloud to improve our customers’ productivity and profitability.” Already,…
  • Watson’s Next Mission: Boosting Primary Medical Care for Veterans

    Guest
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    Anne Altman, General Manager, U.S. Federal, IBM By Anne Altman I’m often asked why I’ve spent the majority of my career at IBM and in particular leading our federal government business. My answer is simple really. Nowhere but IBM can you contribute to innovations that change our world so much, and nowhere but in government can you see technology’s impact on so many lives. Now we’re seeing how one of these great innovations, Watson, is transforming how doctors make decisions about patient care. Today, IBM announced how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will use Watson in a…
  • The Toughest Challenge in Retail? (It’s Not What You Think)

    Guest
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    By Bill Gillispie In today’s omni-channel retail environment, companies strive personalize the consumer experience by customizing interactions with individuals. But, an even bigger challenge is at hand behind the scenes: efficiently getting products to customers in the myriad places and ways they want them. Retail C-suite executives are under extraordinary pressure to not only interact with customers as individuals, but to give them flexible ways to purchase and change orders, as well as receive and return products. In fact, the number of options for placing an order today, whether it’s…
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    perfectmarketingequation.com

  • 4 Steps to a Profitable Business

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Building a profitable business should be a goal for every entrepreneur! Are you ready for the New Year? 2015 is on the horizon and I’m getting really excited! I love December! It’s a time to start thinking about fresh new ideas! It’s also a time to right some wrongs and have a new start. I want to share 4 great tips with you to help you start out your New Year right and structure your business for growth. Step 1 to a Profitable Business – Know Your Perfect Customer If you’re going to grow a profitable business you must know who your perfect customer is. The world…
  • Design a Marketing Process in Your Business

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    Several years ago I fell flat on my face in a business. It failed mainly because I didn’t understand marketing, more specifically Internet marketing. It also failed because I didn’t have a plan or a process in my business. (Perhaps I  should mention that making money wasn’t a choice for me, it was that or lose my house.) Because I didn’t understand marketing and didn’t have the right knowledge I couldn’t reach enough people to purchase my products and services. So many people struggle in their businesses because they don’t have enough cash flow. Here’s…
  • Marketing Strategies – Integrity in Marketing

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Do you realize that over 90% of the headlines you read and hear on the news are full of BS? Yep! They’re carefully crafted to shock, seduce and manipulate you to click or not change the channel. Advertising agencies understand that we now live in a short-attention span world and they’re very well-trained to know how to get your attention. Those aren’t just headlines you’re reading my friends, they’re actually marketing strategies. Marketing strategies that unfortunately work too well. Marketing Strategies – It’s All About the Yellow The objective is…
  • Marketing Strategies – It’s NOT Google Calling!

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    It’s my goal to teach entrepreneurs marketing strategies and how to navigate the Internet so they can benefit from all the opportunities it brings. However, many people are still reluctant and I can’t say that I blame them especially when there are so many scams going on. It truly outrages me that these things happen but as I constantly say, we must get educated. Education is key to being able to enjoy benefits of the Internet’s fruits and not have to worry about being a victim of a scam. Just a couple of days ago someone called one of my clients that by the way does use…
  • Complacency is Cancer

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

  • Penetrating New Markets – Fast Food in the Asia-Pacific: Part 2

    Asia Briefing
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:07 am
    By Benedict Lynn and Nishant Maddineni In part two of this series of articles examining the fast food industry throughout the Asia-Pacific region, Asia Briefing takes a look at some potentially lucrative but more risky markets. Last week in part one, we focused on countries where the fast food business is booming. China China’s strong economic growth since the 1980s has coincided with the growth of its fast food market, which now stands at close to US$200 billion and rising.  In 2012, the largest market share went to Yum! Brands at 6.5 percent, with KFC and Pizza Hut seeing the most…
  • An Introduction to Taxation in Asia

    Asia Briefing
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:13 pm
    By Samuel Wrest As the economies of emerging Asia continue to develop, the region’s tax rates are becoming increasingly influential. From the perspective of Asia’s governments, taxes can be used to either ensure that investments flow in to their own jurisdiction, or as a means to subsidize government spending. Conversely, from the standpoint of companies and individual wage earners, they can help determine whether a particular jurisdiction suits their business model and occupation. There are numerous taxes which will be applicable for foreign businesses and wage earners in Asia,…
  • Fries with your McAloo Tikki? Fast Food in the Asia-Pacific: Part 1

    Asia Briefing
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:35 pm
    By Benedict Lynn and Nishant Maddineni  The Asia-Pacific is evolving, and with it so are the tastes and spending habits of its peoples. Economies are growing rapidly and an entirely new demographic has emerged throughout the region: the middle class, who demand a higher quality of product and have the means to buy it. In recent years, this burgeoning consumer group with its busier lifestyle, higher income, and demand for a greater variety and standard of food safety has been driving the spread of what was once a quintessentially western phenomenon: the fast food industry. The American giants…
  • The 2015 Asia Tax Comparator – New Issue of Asia Briefing

    Asia Briefing
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:32 pm
    The newest issue of Asia Briefing magazine, titled “The 2015 Asia Tax Comparator“, is out now and available as a complimentary download in the Asia Briefing Bookstore. Contents: An Introduction to Taxation in Asia Analysis of Asia’s Tax Rates Individual Income Tax Across Asiave Handling Cross Border Tax & Finance in Asia For foreign companies, deciding where to establish a direct presence in Asia can be a difficult process. Where once only a handful of the region’s nations fit the bill of being simultaneously inexpensive, safe and appropriate for foreign direct investment…
  • How the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is Affecting Asia – Part 2

    Asia Briefing
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:32 am
    By Benedict Lynn In the second of this two part article examining how the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) will affect key nations in Asia-Pacific, we focus this week on ASEAN. In part one, we provide a detailed explanation of what FCPA is, what it entails, and its implications for foreign businesses in China and India. The 10 member states that make up ASEAN are among the most populous and fastest growing economies in the world. Thanks to an abundance of cheap labor, the region is fast replacing China as a global manufacturing hub and the land is rich in natural resources. The December…
 
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  • Amazon Offer:Samsung Smart Camera for Rs. 7950

    Deal Guru
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:25 am
    Samsung Smart Camera for Rs. 7950 at Amazon.   Offer Details:  Find best deals and offers at Amazon. Samsung WB50F 16.2MP Smart WiFi and NFC Digital Camera with 12x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Black), 4GB Card, Camera Case.35% off on Samsung Smart Camera. For more offers and deals keep visiting Shopaholic Indians. Key Features: 16.2MP CCD Sensor with superb clarity and detail Share your best photos instantly with family and friends with built-in Wi-Fi with NFC 12x Optical Zoom, slim design but still can reveal up-close features Smart shooting modes ensure brilliant results every…
  • Amazon Offer:Oster Stainless Steel Kettle with Digital Temperature Control for Rs. 1899

    Deal Guru
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:07 am
    Oster Stainless Steel Kettle with Digital Temperature Control for Rs. 1899 at Amazon.in.   Offer Details:  Find best deals and offers at Amazon. 50% Off on Oster Stainless Steel Kettle . Oster BVSTKT5970-049 1.7-Litre 2150-Watt Stainless Steel Kettle with Digital Temperature Control for Rs. 1899.0 at Amazon.in. For more offers and deals keep visiting Shopaholic Indians. Key Features: Large capacity of up to 1.7 litre of water and precise digital temperature control for convenient heating or boiling Removable fine mesh water filter Auto cut-off with boil dry protection for added…
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    18 Dec 2014 | 2:38 am
    Foodpanda Offer:Pre-Order from Burger King (Mumbai) On 17th & 18th @ Get a cool whopper free t-shirt on every Order               Offer Details:  Find best deals and offers at FoodPanda. Pre-Order from Burger King (Mumbai) On 17th & 18th @ Get a cool whopper free t-shirt on every Order at FoodPanda. For more offers and deals keep visiting Shopaholic Indians. Get a cool whopper t-shirt on every order Pre-Order on 17th and 18th and Get Your Order Delivered on 19th Offer URL: FoodPanda.com       BUY IT NOW! The post Foodpanda…
  • JBL SoundFly Bluetooth Speaker for Rs. 3490 at CromaRetail

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    18 Dec 2014 | 2:13 am
    JBL SoundFly Bluetooth Speaker for Rs. 3490 at CromaRetail     Offer Details: JBL SoundFly Bluetooth Speaker for Rs. 3490 at CromaRetail. For more offers and deals keep visiting Shopaholic Indians. Key Features 60 – 20000 Hz Frequency Response 80 dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio Bluetooth Compatibility 30 W Power Consumption coupon code :1DAF5277 Offer Price: ₹ 3490 Offer URL: CromaRetail.com     BUY IT NOW! The post JBL SoundFly Bluetooth Speaker for Rs. 3490 at CromaRetail appeared first on Best Offers in Online Shopping.
  • All Flipkart First Day Offers (Valid till Today 11:59PM) for Rs. 299

    Deal Guru
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    All Flipkart First Day Offers (Valid till Today 11:59PM) for Rs. 299     Offer Details: Find best deals and offers at Flipkart. All Flipkart First Day Offers (Valid till Today 11:59PM) for Rs. 299. For more offers and deals keep visiting Shopaholic Indians.   Terms & Conditions: 1. Flipkart First benefits are available only on purchase from seller WS Retail. Not all benefits are available in all pincodes. 2. Exclusive offers valid on 18th Dec’14 till 11:59PM. 3. Discount applicable only on products from seller WS Retail only. 4. Discount available only to Flipkart…
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    Dashboards, Business Intelligence, Data Visualization

  • Trends in Big Data, Hadoop, Business Intelligence, Analytics and Dashboards

    admin
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    How has the interest in Big Data, Hadoop, Business Intelligence, Analytics and Dashboards changed over the years? One easy way to gauge the interest is to measure how much news is generated for the related term and Google Trends allows you do that very easily. After plugging all of the above terms in Google trends and further analysis leads to the following visualizations. Aggregating the results by year   It is very amazing to see that the stream representing Dashboards has remained constant through out the years. So does the stream for Analytics and Business Intelligence in general…
  • Auto Sales Data Visualization by Manufacturer

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Data: Edmunds   Top Manufacturer   Quarterly breakup of units sold by manufacturer   View the interactive visualizations
  • Holiday Sales by category

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
  • Fresh and Frozen Fruit consumption – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The south and the West consume highest amount of Fruits. Here is more individual breakdown by Quarterly expenditure on Fruits (figures in 100 million)
  • Visualization on How the undergraduate tuition has increased over the years

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Average undergraduate tuition and fees and room and board rates Source: http://nces.ed.gov/ These figures are inflation adjusted and look how just the tuition fees have increased compared to the Dorm and Board rates Now comparing the rate increase for 2-year program So for the 2 year program, the board rates have remained at the same level compared to the dorm rates. Now check out the interesting graph for 4 year program below   Comparing the slope of 2 year Board rates to the 4 year Board rates, the 4 year has significant increase If price of meals is same for both programs then both 4…
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    Sisense | The Big Data Analytics Blog

  • Everyday Analytics: Data-Driven Life at Home and Work

    Aya Ephrati
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    Terms like databases, analytics, and statistics are ones that most of us associate exclusively with the professional world. But even though we aren’t usually aware of this, data analysis isn’t something that’s only meant for data scientists. In reality, most of us exploit the ability to analyze, search, find patterns and make predictions a lot more in our everyday lives than we do for our business needs. Data Analysis is Everywhere… A great deal of our day-to-day lives and much of our decisionmaking is a form of or the result of an analytical process. Facebook knows to suggest new…
  • Does the Future Lie with Embedded BI?

    Saar Bitner
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:51 am
    At the onset of 2015 it seems that Business Intelligence software has become a nearly consensual part of any data-driven organization. Today companies large and small are realizing, more than ever, that “data is power”, and that harnessing this power requires the right tools for the job. But in the near future we might see BI take another direction: Rather than companies merely purchasing dashboard reporting software for the purposes of internal usage, we’ll be seeing a surge in companies looking to integrate advanced analytics and reporting into their own products. Welcome to the world…
  • Sisense Named a Top BI Platform for 2014

    Eran Levy
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    It’s certainly been a great year here at Sisense. To name just a few of the past year’s highlights: we’ve made the list of the 10 coolest New York enterprise startups, were selected by Gartner as a “Cool Vendor in Analytics” (our coolness, it seems, is in general agreement), raised some nifty investment money and received further recognition and acclaim for our innovative technology that’s “taking Big Data analytics by storm”. And a great year deserves a great ending – which is why we were very happy to be elected a top Business Intelligence platform in…
  • Buyers Beware: Data Visualization is Not Data Analytics

    Aya Ephrati
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:53 am
    The term Business Intelligence solution can be a deceiving one. Many software solutions that call themselves BI can actually only offer you half of what you need. Here it’s important to make the distinction between two types of business analysis and intelligence tools: end-to-end solutions and ones that are merely front-end. An end-to-end solution is made up of a platform back-end, basically the tools and algorithms that handles preparing all the data, and a front-end that creates data visualizations and dashboard reporting. While we like to see our data in easy to handle visualizations,…
  • Why You Should Stop Running the Analytics Marathon

    Itay Erez
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    It is well known that one of the toughest parts of running a marathon is the mental toll that the seemingly never-ending race takes on runners. Okay, so we can’t compete with the physical fatigue that a marathon entails, but sometimes deploying a business analytics software and even running a query can feel psychologically  similar to envisioning that faraway finish line. You’ve probably been there before: waiting for query results to come back, gotten up, walked around the office, made some coffee, even chatted at the cooler, and still come back to see that there’s 10 more minutes…
 
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