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  • Big Data is not the only game in town

    Data Doghouse - performance management, business intelligence, and data warehousing
    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…
  • Qlik launches self service Business Intelligence tool for enterprise

    "BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE" - Yahoo News Search Results
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Business intelligence and visualisation software company, Qlik, has unveiled its first device-independent, self-service visualisation and discovery product for enterprise.
  • Data-Driven ‘Everyday’ Decisions

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    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…
  • Praying Together, Battery Life and Basketball (Statshot)

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    David Goldenberg
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Almost half of religious congregations in the U.S. now welcome gay couples as members, sales of the iPhone 6 have already outpaced initial supplies, and The U.S. men's national basketball team returns to dominance.
  • Cartoon: Data Scientists Are The New IT Rock Stars

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    Timo Elliott
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
      Data Scientists are the new rockstars say all the articles. But they’re hard to find an expensive, so consider using SAP’s fabulous team of data scientists instead. (Based on the famous quote from Linda Evangelista, supermodel: “I don’t even get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day”)
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  • 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!.
  • Where Are Working Women Most Equal In The US?

    junior
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Here is some reason why women should move to the northeast. We spotted this stat today – “The status of working women is strongest in the Northeast, the region home to many of the most-equal states by employment and earnings, according to a national analysis – All but four of the 10 highest-scoring states — Maryland, Minnesota, Colorado and Virginia — were in the Northeast. ” (Source) Move ! For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post Where Are Working Women Most Equal In The US? appeared first on…
  • $3.2M: Price Paid on eBay For The World’s Most Expensive Superman Comic

    junior
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    We spotted this stat today – “A nearly perfect copy of Action Comics No. 1—aka the debut of Superman—sold for a record-setting $3.2 million on eBay, another example of iconic comics selling for house-in-the-Hamptons amounts of cash.” (Source) The price sets a new benchmark for a comic book sale on eBay. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post $3.2M: Price Paid on eBay For The World’s Most Expensive Superman Comic appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • 1 Million: The Number of Removal Requests Processed By Google Every Day

    junior
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Most of us agree that a million is a huge number. The pirate link removal team at Google would definitely agree – we spotted this stat today, that “For the first time ever Google is now processing an average of one million removal requests per day. The new record follows an upward trend with copyright holders reporting more and more allegedly infringing search results in an effort to deter piracy.” (Source) Huge numbers, these. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post 1 Million: The Number of Removal…
 
 
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  • Cartoon: Data Scientists Are The New IT Rock Stars

    Timo Elliott
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
      Data Scientists are the new rockstars say all the articles. But they’re hard to find an expensive, so consider using SAP’s fabulous team of data scientists instead. (Based on the famous quote from Linda Evangelista, supermodel: “I don’t even get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day”)
  • 5 Top Tips for Agile Analytics Organizations

    Timo Elliott
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    Good business intelligence needs a good team: a BI competency center (BICC). A BICC is a cross-functional organizational team that has defined tasks, roles, responsibilities and processes for supporting and promoting the effective use of analytics across an organization. Over the last decade or so, I’ve regularly written whitepapers and given presentations explaining some of the key concepts behind BICCs and how to go about setting one up. And studies show they are indeed an important part of analytics best practice: organizations with a BICC see big benefits, including increased use of…
  • Is SAP HANA a Luxury?

    Timo Elliott
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    For SAP, it may be a billion-dollar question: is HANA a luxury like a Porsche or a Dior Dress? Or is it simply a better approach that could and should be appropriate for all SAP’s customers? Today, as SAP customer Steve Rumsby puts it: “The problem seems to be that SAP have what they think is a great product, but their customers/potential customers don’t all see it the same way.” What are the roots of this difference in perception? SAP’s HANA Vision The first versions of HANA were focused on analytics, and used for big data “edge cases” that required extreme speed.
  • Cartoon: How Are Your Big Data Job Prospects?

    Timo Elliott
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
  • Cartoon: The Perils of Business Innovation

    Timo Elliott
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
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  • A Predictive Analytics Primer

    Tom Davenport
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    No one has the ability to capture and analyze data from the future. However, there is a way to predict the future using data from the past. It’s called predictive analytics, and organizations do it every day. Has your company, for example, developed a customer lifetime value (CLTV) measure? That’s using predictive analytics to determine how much a customer will buy from the company over time. Do you have a “next best offer” or product recommendation capability? That’s an analytical prediction of the product or service that your customer is most likely to buy next. Have you made a…
  • 10 Kinds of Stories to Tell with Data

    Tom Davenport
    5 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    For almost a decade I have heard that good quantitative analysts can “tell a story with data.” Narrative is—along with visual analytics—an important way to communicate analytical results to non-analytical people. Very few people would question the value of such stories, but just knowing that they work is not much help to anyone trying to master the art of analytical storytelling. What’s needed is a framework for understanding the different kinds of stories that data and analytics can tell. If you don’t know what kind of story you want to tell, you probably won’t tell a good…
  • What Makes Big Data Projects Succeed

    Tom Davenport
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    In conversations with executives, many of the same misconceptions about big data projects — and what makes them successful — keep coming up.  To help clear the air and foster a better understanding of what makes big data initiatives succeed, here are some of the key things I’ve learned from companies that are realizing substantial business value with their big data initiatives. Technology: The most popular misconception many organizations have is that big data projects are all about technologies that are specific to big data—Hadoop, Python, Pig, Hive, etc. It is certainly true that…
  • Book Publishing’s Big Data Future

    Tom Davenport
    3 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    The publishing industry is not one of the overachievers in terms of its use of big data. And since my book on big data—Big Data @ Work—is out, I thought it might be fun to speculate on what big data will do to the business of publishing books. The goal of any publisher is to get its content bought and read. In the past, publishers could know only if their books and magazines were bought, and knowing even that was problematic. With the advent of Nielsen’s Bookscan in 2001, publishers could begin to receive point of sale data from physical bookstores. Of course, physical bookstores, both…
  • Big Data and the Role of Intuition

    Tom Davenport
    24 Dec 2013 | 5:00 am
    Many people have asked me over the years about whether intuition has a role in the analytics and data-driven organization. I have always reassured them that there are plenty of places where intuition is still relevant. For example, a hypothesis is an intuition about what’s going on in the data you have about the world. The difference with analytics, of course, is that you don’t stop with the intuition — you test the hypothesis to learn whether your intuition is correct. Another place where intuition is found in analytical companies is in the choice of the business area where analytical…
 
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  • “Storytelling: Gimmick or Real?” My latest in Information Management

    Ted Cuzzillo
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    I’m stalking the data-story story. One of the first stops is with a few smart people I know and trust to have given it thought. Scott Davis, whose name long-time Datadoodle readers will recognize, has thought about it deeply. I talked to him in June, and in August finally wrote it up. By the way, part of the delay had to do with my attempt to make it into a podcast. That would have been a Datadoodle first, and there was no better way to start off than by hearing Scott say, “I’m going to give you a cliché that’s repeated so often it’s taken as truth, and…
  • Got analytics? Who will promote the industry?

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

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

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

    Ted Cuzzillo
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:54 pm
    The Boulder BI Brain Trust founder and leader Claudia Imhoff interviewed me at the recent Pacific Northwest BI Summit. She asked about data storytelling. Listen to it here. The post "“Storytelling” comes to the Pacific Northwest BI Summit" is by Ted Cuzzillo and appeared first on Datadoodle. It's best to read it there! Related posts: Got analytics? Who will promote the industry? Business people have everything. They’ve got data, and often... Handshake There’s no video, and even memories may be sketchy of... What goes on at the Weasku Inn If you’re out for networking…
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    Data Doghouse - performance management, business intelligence, and data warehousing

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

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

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

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

    5 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Peter Boncz, professor at Vrije University in Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the chief technical advisor to Actian, us interviewed by Ron Powell, independent analyst/consultant about vector processing and what it means for analytics.
  • SAP Holds Guinness Record for World's Largest Data Warehouse

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    SAP Podcast: SAP sets the Guinness World Record with the World’s Largest Data Warehouse, a 12.1 Petabyte HANA environment.
  • Big Data and Data Modeling with ERwin

    28 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ron Powell,independent consultant/analyst and BeyeNETWORK expert, talks with Neil Buchwalter about ERwin's latest release, particularly the metadata exchange bridges that go out to big data sources, which are primarily managed in Apache Hadoop Hive and Go
  • Building a Data Warehouse with a Limited Budget

    14 Feb 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ron Powell, independent consultant/analyst and BeyeNETWORK expert, talks with Sharon Odom and Su Rayburn of Delta Community Credit Union about how they built a second-generation data warehouse with WhereScape.
  • End-to-End Data Management in the Cloud

    13 Jan 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ron Powell, independent consultant/analyst and BeyeNETWORK expert, interviewed Hannah Smalltree, director of marketing for Treasure Data, about cloud managed service that covers the entire data pipeline.
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  • Blue Juice, Tarmac, and Other Air Travel Slang

    Jonathan Becher
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:21 pm
    We’re still sitting on the tarmac… Given how much I travel, I’ve used that phrase countless times over the last several years but never thought much about the word tarmac. It turns out it’s short for tarmacadam, or tar-penetration macadam. Macadam is named for John Loudon McAdam who invented an effective and economical road construction method in the early 1800’s based on crushed rock. These roads worked well for horses and carriages but weren’t suitable for higher-speed cars and their rubber tires. The jagged rocks often caused flat tires and, when it rained,…
  • The Science of Social Selling

    Jonathan Becher
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Social selling is one of the hottest buzzwords in the technology market. Unfortunately, social selling is usually misunderstood as navigating the sales process using only tools like Twitter, Linkedin, or Facebook. While technology can help, social selling is about building stronger relationships with potential buyers, based on an authentic sense of empathy and a deep understanding of the problems they face. Even if they don’t use social technology, good salespeople already know that creating a connection with the client is essential for success. In real life (IRL for social types),…
  • The Unwritten Rules of Management

    Jonathan Becher
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    You can’t polish a sneaker I was 30 mins into an incredibly boring presentation when that phrase caught my attention. It’s catchy, I thought, but what the heck does it mean? A little Internet sleuthing unearthed that the line is from the Unwritten Rules of Management, by William Swanson, former Chairman and CEO of Raytheon. Apparently, when Swanson was growing up, he and his friends tried to polish their old sneakers to make them look new but, no matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t disguise the wear and tear. Translated into business speak: don’t waste effort putting…
  • An Aerospace Engineer’s Guide to Winning Tennis

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

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

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Increasingly I have seen interesting Big Data use cases applied to improve the cities. Recently Deutsche Welle published a video about the use of Big Data to optimize bus schedules. They ask: Improved customer service and resource optimization for companies - along with increased control over workers? The debate on Big Data is ongoing, and there are no easy answers. The Aachen public transit authority is already using vast amounts of data to optimize their bus schedules. 
  • Big Data: Chicago Is Putting Sensors All Over the City

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Bloomberg published a video showing how Chicago is building a permanent infrastructure to collect Big Data. According Bloomberg: The city of Chicago is betting big on big data. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has given the green light to a project to install sensors on traffic poles that collect data on air quality and weather. Watch and enjoy!YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx8zy3EgJF4
  • The Growth of The Internet of Things

    7 Sep 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The Internet of Things has been growing into the technology sector and becoming the latest hot topic. Recently I read two interesting articles about the growth of the Internet of Things. Vala Afshar published a good article in The Huffington Post, explaining in detail what is the Internet of Things, what are their consequences, challenges, opportunities and concerns. Defining the Internet of Things (IoT): simply a concept wherein machines and everyday objects are connected via the Internet. Within the IoT, devices are controlled and monitored remotely and usually wirelessly. Afshar…
  • Do You Know Big Data?

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Vincent Granville published on Data Science Central a great poster about Big Data, originally posted on CTOvision.com and provided by Altamira. You can download the poster in PDF document. 
  • Data Science, Big Data and Statistics – can we all live together?

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

    By Michael J. de la Merced
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    The Chinese Internet giant, which raised $21.8 billion in its stock sale, instantly became one of the biggest publicly traded technology companies in the world.
  • Man Pleads Guilty to Passing Tips in ‘Post-it’ Insider Trading Ring

    By Matthew Goldstein
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    A former mortgage broker admitted on Friday to being the glue that held together an insider ring that sharing information about corporate deals at restaurants and Grand Central Terminal.
  • Court Dismisses Citibank Appeal in Argentina Case

    By Alexandra Stevenson
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Citigroup's next step is to go return to Federal District Court to argue that the court's order preventing it from paying Argentine bondholders leaves it facing severe sanctions from Argentina.
  • Larry Ellison Keeps a Hand on the Wheel at Oracle

    By Robert Cyran
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Mr. Ellison's 25 percent stake in the company -- and dual role as chairman and chief technology officer -- ensure he’s far from relinquishing control, Robert Cyran of Reuters Breakingviews writes.
  • British Food Delivery Giant Forms Joint Venture in Brazil

    By Vinod Sreeharsha
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    Just Eat, which has been expanding globally, has agreed to merge its Brazil operations with iFood, owned by the mobile company Movile in São Paulo.
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  • Running Proc Nice

    Ajay Ohri
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    It has been brought to my attention Through a LinkedIN message) that I have not been playing nice to people who have always been nice to me. I apologize. I am neither pro or anti open source  as of now in 2014, but I do like good software. I like the freedom that developer editions give. Since I dont code in C, Jave , C++ , showing me source code or not is of little use. I also dislike bullshit by some companies that take free code from open source community as an excuse to subsidize their research and development costs, but are selective about sharing both profits and code with the…
  • Ajay Ohri in Wired – An App Store for Algorithms

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

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

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

    Ajay Ohri
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    The following certificate is awarded to Chandan Routray (https://www.linkedin.com/in/chandanroutray) , a 2yr student at an IIT who learnt all this and wrote some of  this at https://python4analytics.wordpress.com/- the following certificate to show he was tested as a potential scientist and showed great promise in executing his task!  
 
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  • IFC Markets Launches Uninterrupted Trading CFDs on Futures

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    London (PRWEB) March 27, 2014 Day by day, an increasing number of clients is showing interest towards such instruments as Indexes and Commodities CFDs. For this purpose, IFC Markets has developed synthetic CFDs on futures that are traded uninterruptedly without an expiration date. Synthetic future contracts may be defined as non-interrupting futures. Clients can look through the whole trading history of each contract (starting from the very beginning till the current rates) on a single graph in real time mode. It is a known fact that ordinary Futures have expiration dates that…
  • GMO Registry Announces New Domain .tokyo to Provide Global Communication Platform for the City of Tokyo

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    Tokyo, Japan (PRWEB) April 07, 2014 GMO Internet Group company, GMO Registry, Inc. today announced the opening of new geographic top-level domain (GeoTLD), .tokyo, one of the first new domains to represent a truly global city. During the first phase of the launch, application is open exclusively to trademark holders. After that, Internet users all over the world will have the opportunity to register some of the first .tokyo domain names beginning June 9. Tokyo is the capital of Japan and one of the world’s largest urban populations, known for innovation in technology, luxury…
  • ForexMinute?s New AvaTrade Review Discovers the Broker?s Impeccable Features

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    London, UK (PRWEB) March 26, 2014 Probably the world?s most renowned forex broker, AvaTrade?s trust circle contains thousands of traders and investors. But is it really a great forex broker, or is it just renowned? ForexMinute tried to find out by employing its team to analyze and test AvaTrade?s services. After months of continuous examining, the portal?s team has come to a positive conclusion, and has elaborately presented it in its latest AvaTrade review. The review highlights and praises each of AvaTrade service when it progresses. It speaks of the significant leverages…
  • Coin Pursuit Launches SliceFeeds Interactive Cryptocurrency Network

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    Austin, Texas (PRWEB) May 02, 2014 Recently, the Coin Pursuit cryptocurrency information website has established a reputation within the industry as a no-nonsense resource for digital currency traders and enthusiasts. Their development team has been working on a unique interactive element for their website, designed to complement the original content and resource links Coin Pursuit already provides. Now that beta testing and tweaking have been completed, the company is announcing the official launch of this new service being offered to their readers. They have named it SliceFeeds. …
  • Latest Plus500 Review by ForexMinute is Now Live

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    London, UK (PRWEB) March 25, 2014 ForexMinute recently published a detailed and fresh perspective towards one of the most impeccable Forex brokerage firms Plus500. In its latest review of the broker, the portal thoroughly discussed the ups and downs associated with Plus500?s services. Most of the broker?s offerings impressed ForexMinute team of panelists, and eventually Plus500 received a favorable nod from the expert judges. The latest Plus500 review started with a formal introduction to the readers, in which the portal signified the broker?s authorization by reputed regulatory body…
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  • Examining Big Data Adoption in Europe

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Many IT and business leaders recognize the operational and business value that the use of big data and analytics can deliver to their organizations. Still, executives often wonder how effectively their organizations are utilizing big data compared to other companies and whether other businesses are encountering similar challenges gathering and applying big data. Teradata recently commissioned a study of 300 executives conducted by OnePoll that shines a spotlight on the differences in the use of new data and analytical techniques between businesses in the UK, France, and Germany. Just as some…
  • Big Data to Lower Risks for Insurers

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    The potential for insurers to tap big data with analytics has never been greater. However, insurers must adapt to the organizational and technology requirements that come with adding new data sources to their arsenals to minimize risk and bolster profits. Perhaps more than any other industry, the insurance sector has a long history of analyzing data to understand the costs of risks. But big data offers a slew of new ways for companies to innovate. For example, McKinsey & Co. notes that instead of merely relying on internal data such as loss history, auto insurers can now link…
  • Leveraging IoT for Proactive and Predictive Maintenance in Manufacturing

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    As manufacturers endeavor to create products for the global market, manufacturing processes are becoming increasingly complex and factory equipment more costly. Computer-integrated manufacturing systems are rapidly being equipped with sensors, controllers, and other embedded devices that are able to manage production, equipment maintenance, product quality, inventory and supply chain operations. Manufacturers that are able to collect real-time sensor data and mashups of external data sources can use predictive analytics to identify potential equipment failures and operational discrepancies.
  • Data Analysis: The Key to an Agile, Successful Business

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    With an unlimited amount of information about products and services accessible from as close as their smartphones, customers are more empowered than ever. To adapt and succeed in this increasingly competitive landscape, companies must rely on employees at the front lines of customer interactions to stay ahead of consumer demands. To Manage Change Start with the Customer Front-line workers in the trenches must be armed with the right tools to discover insights and be agile enough to keep up with evolving customer demands. Forrester Research has found that successful companies have one thing in…
  • Using Analytics at the Ground Floor Sends Profits Through the Roof

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    In today’s hyper-competitive global economy, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for companies to differentiate themselves by price or product. However, one distinction that every company has to its advantage is unique information about its customers that it’s able to act on. In business for more than 50 years, Jaeckle Distributors’ five locations provide flooring and countertops to customers in the Midwestern US. As the flooring and countertops industry has become increasingly commoditized, Jaeckle Distributors sought ways to use available information to help distinguish itself from…
 
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  • Tips on How to Be Popular on Social Networks

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:33 am
    Let us go over some of the basic observations concerning social networks and the ways one can become a popular member of these networks.
  • The Basic Guidelines for an eCommerce Entrepreneurship

    10 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    If you are playing with the thought of attempting a breach into the online retail market and starting and e-commerce entrepreneurship, here are a few things you need to keep in mind.
  • With Information Server 11.3 you are better off with a Bundle

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    IBM Information Server 11.3 has removed authorised user license requirements for anyone buying on of the product bundles.
  • Advertising Tips: Is Promotional Product Advertising Dead?

    3 Sep 2014 | 2:02 am
    More and more people tend to use some new age methods of advertising such as the internet marketing, cell phone and mobile marketing, etc. But, are marketing methods such as advertising by means of promotional products really dead? Did people stop using them and completely embraced all the novelt...
  • Free Design Resources All Non-Designers Should Know

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:46 am
    We live in a world where getting a website up and running is easier than ever, but that does not mean that you can easily create a good looking website. It is true that having a website is quite a necessity for any business promotion campaign to be successful, and this can only be achieved throug...
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  • Driving User Adoption with Embedded Analytics

    Matt Pugh
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Many successful businesses today are subscription-based businesses that rely on a consistent stream of renewals or repeat customers. With the emergence of Software-as-a-Service business models (and led by time-based licensing before that), software is also very much a part of this phenomenon.  As a result, usage and user adoption are important indicators of the health of a business. read more
  • MAPPED! I know Arizona has been having amazing floods, but earthquakes too? Check it out.

    Patrick Husting
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    I lived in Arizona for 20 years and have always appreciated the beauty of the desert.   Recently I pulled the USGS earthquake data and spent some time mapping it out with Spotfire as I have an interest in earthquakes and volcano’s. As I was touring around the world checking out all the earthquakes and their magnitudes, I found that in one corner of the state of Arizona that there is a cluster of quakes! Come on!  It’s a desert!  In my 20+ years of living there and visiting 4 times a year since, I’ve NEVER experienced an earthquake there.  What is…
  • How much is $1.00 (USD) really worth. Great infographic.

    Patrick Husting
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
      Source: http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/a-visual-history-how-much-1-used-to-get-you-and-how-much-it-gets-you-now_09152014 Enjoy, Patrick
  • Fostering Tech Growth and Innovation in Virginia

    Matt Pugh
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    September 16th, 2014 Share Last week, Logi Analytics had the honor of hosting Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade for a conversation about technology innovation and growth in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Over the past five years, Logi Analytics has grown quickly, expanding its employee base to more than 200 employees, the majority of whom are located in Virginia. It was great to show Secretary Jones a true Virginia success story.  Hearing about the growth and success Logi Analytics had in the area, Secretary Jones posed a thoughtful question: How can the Commonwealth…
  • MAPPED! Be sure to check out this great TIBCO #Spotfire #dataviz of real-time #weather advisories across the country.

    Patrick Husting
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    Source: http://spotfire.tibco.com/demos/weather-alerts?cid=social_spotfire__20140808_29416126 Enjoy, Patrick
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  • How to Use LinkedIn for Business Intelligence

    myuancao
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    How to Use LinkedIn for Business Intelligence Long gone are the days where the only people who cared about social media were your little sister or the next door neighbor posting pictures of her fifty cats.  With the introduction of social media sites for professionals, such as LinkedIn, an increasing number of people are using these sites for job searches or recruiting.  Don’t believe me? Just type in “social media marketer” or another job title into the LinkedIn search bar and you’ll find 10+ pages of top companies like Microsoft and Amazon who are looking for the perfect person to…
  • MongoDB Reporting and Visualization with JReport

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

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

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

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

    Larry Keltto
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:36 pm
    On a wet, windy Tuesday night in September 1983, eight college students and two professors gathered in a lounge at the student center at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. One of the students, John, had persuaded us to come together and conduct an organizational meeting for something he called “fantasy football.” John had briefly […] Related posts: In the NFL and In Solopreneurship: Winning and Losing Turns on the Strength of the Gameplan If You Had a Do-Over, What Would You Do? 7 Business Ideas That Could Change the World
  • The Best Marketing Tool For Your Solopreneur Business

    Larry Keltto
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    If there was an inexpensive marketing tool that would increase your business’s customer acquisition, conversion, and retention, would you use it? How about if the tool gave you heightened knowledge customers’ wants and needs while also creating a tangible, valuable asset? If such a thing existed, of course you’d use it. And that thing does […] Related posts: Is Twitter Losing Its Power As a Tool For Solo Businesses? Testing Webtype’s New “Font Swapper” Tool Solopreneurs, Avoid the No. 1 Small-Business Marketing Mistake
  • Should You Autopost Social-Media Posts to Multiple Platforms?

    Larry Keltto
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    In the name of efficiency, some people say you should autopost your social-media posts to multiple platforms. I disagree. These are “social” platforms, after all, and automation is rarely effective for building long-term relationships. Shona Mackin, a consultant based in Melbourne, Australia says: “You must…understand that pushing bland, recycled content on your Facebook page and […] Related posts: How To Fit Social-Media Marketing Into Your Schedule 9 People Who Are On My Twitter ‘Social Media’ List How to Prospect, Using Social Media
  • How I Made My First $10,000: Sebastian Schweyen

    Larry Keltto
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:19 am
    This is “How I Made My First $10,000,” a feature that gives all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs hit the $10k milestone. Click here to read the other “How I Made My First $10,000″ articles. If you would like to be the “How I Made My First $10,000,” please send me an […] Related posts: Featured Soloist Helen Robinett: “Build a Network”
  • The Immortal Claude C. Hopkins and His 13 Don’ts of Advertising

    Larry Keltto
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:26 pm
    If there was a Mount Rushmore of advertising, Claude C. Hopkins would be its George Washington. Test marketing, coupon sampling, and copy research are standards today in advertising, and Hopkins invented them all. Many ad experts believe present-day advertising research doesn’t come close to reaching the standards that Hopkins (1866-1932) established. (For example, he would […] Related posts: Solopreneur’s Checklist: How To Write Ineffective Advertising Copy To Make Copywriting Easy, Start With a Fact Sheet Can You Guess the 2 Most Powerful Words in Advertising?
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  • 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!.
  • Where Are Working Women Most Equal In The US?

    junior
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Here is some reason why women should move to the northeast. We spotted this stat today – “The status of working women is strongest in the Northeast, the region home to many of the most-equal states by employment and earnings, according to a national analysis – All but four of the 10 highest-scoring states — Maryland, Minnesota, Colorado and Virginia — were in the Northeast. ” (Source) Move ! For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post Where Are Working Women Most Equal In The US? appeared first on…
  • $3.2M: Price Paid on eBay For The World’s Most Expensive Superman Comic

    junior
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    We spotted this stat today – “A nearly perfect copy of Action Comics No. 1—aka the debut of Superman—sold for a record-setting $3.2 million on eBay, another example of iconic comics selling for house-in-the-Hamptons amounts of cash.” (Source) The price sets a new benchmark for a comic book sale on eBay. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post $3.2M: Price Paid on eBay For The World’s Most Expensive Superman Comic appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • 1 Million: The Number of Removal Requests Processed By Google Every Day

    junior
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Most of us agree that a million is a huge number. The pirate link removal team at Google would definitely agree – we spotted this stat today, that “For the first time ever Google is now processing an average of one million removal requests per day. The new record follows an upward trend with copyright holders reporting more and more allegedly infringing search results in an effort to deter piracy.” (Source) Huge numbers, these. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post 1 Million: The Number of Removal…
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  • How to Increase Your Reach With a Facebook Contest

    Douglas Idugboe
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Facebook contest is one of the most underused tools on Facebook. With the ongoing tweaks and changes to Facebook’s algorithm, using Facebook as a marketing tool is becoming increasingly strategic. It’s more difficult to get posts into news feeds and quality content is more important than ever. A focus on engagement with strong calls to action is required. Boost engagement with contests; you’ll extend your reach while creating brand awareness and customer loyalty. 4 Successful Facebook Contests Don’t just offer something for free…
  • 5 Reasons Leveraging LinkedIn is a Smarter Business Move

    Serhat Pala
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Leveraging LinkedIn for business growth is something lots of businesses are missing out on. Whether you are a freelancer looking for work, an agency looking for new business, a corporation looking to connect with existing customers or even a human resources manager looking for your next big hire; LinkedIn fills many different roles for a variety of users. Going from an online resume format that people created and forgot about just a handful of years ago, LinkedIn has been changing and is firmly on the social networking radar of every savvy marketer out…
  • How iPhone 6 Features Compare in Innovation to other iPhones

    Douglas Idugboe
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Everybody’s looked forward to see the new iPhone 6, and now 6 Plus. What do you think was the most wanted feature? Better camera? Bigger screen? You’d be surprised. Customer surveys showed most people wished for improved battery life. As for entirely new features, sapphire glass tops the expectations list but missed the update list. Using latest customer surveys and comparing specs of previous iPhone models, FinanceOnline created an infographic that shows how much innovation there really was in each iPhone so far.  Also included is a detailed analysis of what features clients got from…
  • How to Adapt to the Changing Face of Marketing

    Douglas Idugboe
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    In the changing face of marketing, it’s fair to say that social media has turned the world of marketing upside down in the last couple of years. While the basic principles of marketing still apply, the face of marketing has changed beyond recognition. Some old marketing channels are no longer efficient and social media continues to present one marketing game changer after the other. As a business, how do you respond to the rapidly changing face of marketing? While traditional marketing was mostly one-way communication, social media has redefined marketing as an active dialogue between…
  • Should You Ever Use Royalty Free Content?

    Douglas Idugboe
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Royalty free content is something most people are confused about. Should you ever use royalty free content? Everyone with an online presence wants and needs photos and video content to build their brand on their websites and social media. But, how do they get that content when they don’t have big budgets for advertising and marketing? They often turn to royalty free content. Images and videos are increasingly replacing text in the online world. Mobile technology such as tablets and smartphones means information is accessible almost instantly, 24/7,…
 
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  • “Human Farms” could make animal testing obsolete

    Shaimaa
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    By Kelsey Alpaio The term “human farms” seems a bit like the title of a low-budget horror film, but in reality these “farms” may revolutionize the way scientific and medical research is conducted in just a few years. Animal testing in both the scientific and corporate realms has long been a controversial yet common practice. According to PETA, more than 100 million animals are killed in the United States each year “for biology lessons, medical training, curiosity-driven experimentation, and chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics testing.” However, with the development of artificial…
  • The Future is Friendly for Professional Sports

    Shaimaa
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    By Peter Lagosky Professional baseball is making some huge changes that will significantly affect its fans’ digital experience and place it at the forefront of sports technology. Major league baseball is one of professional sports’ most peculiar organizations. On one hand, it has implemented policies such as the instant replay challenge system, which has changed a centuries-old reliance on subjectivity and umpire accuracy. On the other hand, many young viewers are opting to watch faster-paced sports such as NHL hockey, NBA basketball and NFL football at an increasing rate. The sometimes…
  • The Life and Times of 3D Printing

    Admin-AC
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Printing in 3D is experiencing a new Renaissance. A technology dormant for nearly 20 years, its recent rise heralds a limitless future   By Grace Kennedy, staff writer In the beginning there was a beam of ultraviolet light, concentrated in a pool of liquid plastic. From that emerged the first 3D printed object. It was the fruit of Charles Hull, inventor of stereolithography and future founder of 3D Systems, currently one of the largest companies in the industry. He obtained a patent for the technique in 1986 and later that same year developed the first commercial 3D printer – the…
  • A City Within a City: Another Dubai First

    Shaimaa
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:16 pm
    By Annahita Esmaeili Dubai is known for its extravagance. They have some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers; the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest man-made structure; Palm Islands – man-made islands; and the Burj Al Arab – a hotel with 1,790 square metres of 24-carat gold leaf decorating the interior. Dubai’s next big idea? “The Mall of the World.” What would you think of a completely enclosed, “first temperature-controlled city on the planet”? You wouldn’t have to step outside for days. Would it freak you out or would you be dying to visit? Do you think it…
  • Life Imitates ‘Tron’ Thanks to Solar Roadways

    Shaimaa
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:06 pm
    By Alex Rollinson Transforming the Road   On June 20, 2014, Scott and Julie Brusaw received $2.2 million in crowdfunding for their invention which may solve many of the world’s woes. Their idea: replacing or covering all paved surfaces such as highways, parking lots and sidewalks with interlocking, hexagonal solar panels. As explained on the Idaho couple’s Indiegogo page, electricity generated by the panels will power LED road lines, signs and other graphics. Channels on both sides of the roadway will serve two purposes: one will contain all cables including telephone and power…
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  • Driving User Adoption with Embedded Analytics

    Alvin Wong
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Many successful businesses today are subscription-based businesses that rely on a consistent stream of renewals or repeat customers. With the emergence of Software-as-a-Service business models (and led by time-based licensing before that), software is also very much a part of this phenomenon.  As a result, usage and user adoption are important indicators of the health of a business. read more
  • Fostering Tech Growth and Innovation in Virginia

    Kgreene
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    Last week, Logi Analytics had the honor of hosting Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones for a conversation about technology innovation and growth in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  read more
  • Driving User Adoption with Embedded Analytics Infographic

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    8 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
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    8 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
  • Announcing Logi Vision Version 1.3

    Dabramson
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    I’m very pleased to announce the latest release of Logi Vision: version 1.3. This has been the most ambitious Logi Vision release to date, with new features for all users, including enhanced analysis features, more visualizations options, and new social features to improve collaboration within your organization.  read more
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  • Payroll Software – Where does CenterPoint® Payroll Fit In the Payroll Software Market?

    My name
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    Payroll may not be the most fun part of running a business, but it’s a necessity for those with employees. Red Wing Software® has been developing payroll software since 1979, and over the years our payroll systems have solved the payroll needs of many business organization types. In case you are wondering what kind of businesses purchase and use Red Wing Software’s CenterPoint Payroll Software, here is just a sampling of the businesses and organizations who have become customers recently! Accountant/Payroll Service Providers Farms Golf Courses Label Printers Law Offices Machine & Tool…
  • The Person Behind the Voice – Leah Gernentz

    My name
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Leah works in Technical Support at Red Wing Software, supporting CenterPoint products and doing on-site training for our customers. Leah started working for Red Wing Software in 2001. Over the past several years, her family has grown quite a bit! She got married in 2013 to her husband Brett, and together they have six children: four girls and two boys. Leah loves spending time with her family! They enjoy going to Valleyfair Amusement Park, having bonfires, swimming in their pool, and watching the boys at their baseball games. Leah’s favorite part of her job is talking to customers and…
  • 10 Pointers for Fighting Fraud

    My name
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Check out this eye-opening article about ways to prevent fraud, written by Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA, founder and Chairman of the ACFE. 10 Pointers for Fighting Fraud
  • Red Wing Software Customers in the News

    My name
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    CenterPoint Accounting and Payroll customer, Skip Gray, of Gray Farms was featured in the July/August issue of Farm Futures magazine. In the article, “50 Ways to Make a Profit,” Skip Gray shares his knowledge and experience on leveling out income risk with a wildly diverse crop lineup.
  • 3 Things to Consider When Choosing Between Payroll Software and Outsourcing

    My name
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    Adam Bluemner from FindAccountingSoftware.com shares three things to consider when deciding between in-house or outsourced payroll. Check out their story at this link: 3 Things to Consider When Choosing Between Payroll Software and Outsourcing
 
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  • Correlation and Causality: Toward a Neuroscience of Reason

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    David Krueger, MD Don't mistake activity with achievement.John Wooden In his book, The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Thomas Friedman noted that no two countries with McDonald's outlets had ever gone to war with each other (The Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention). Yet Vladimir Putin recently has disproven the presence of Ronald McDonald to effect world peace. In fact, over 400 McDonalds have not deterred him. Sometimes we confuse coincidence and correlation with causality, partly because our minds seek closure, and our brains strive to end any dissonance. But here's the most illuminating…
  • Confident is a State of Mind

    25 Jun 2014 | 6:44 pm
    David Krueger M.D. Confidence, a state of mind, is more important than past accuracy or demonstrated expertise in earning trust. And, in repeated studies, it is a greater predictor of success than competence. Self-confidence is the sense that we can master something. A belief that we can accomplish the task we want to accomplish, whether it is with skills, experience, or creative problem solving. As part art and part science, confidence becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. It is not bravado, boosted by exercises to increase self-esteem, or simply based on experience. Confidence the emotional…
  • Our Life Stories

    20 May 2014 | 3:11 pm
    David Krueger, MD The world is made up of stories, not atoms.Muriel Rukeyser We all love stories; we are born to them. They affirm who we are, that our lives have meaning. Stories cross the barriers of time, as well as connect us with others. Our brains are wired to process information in narrative form. We think in stories and tell stories throughout the day. We frame our stories of relationships in terms of supporting characters – spouse, children, college, friend. Despite being natural storytellers, one of the greatest challenges is to tell our stories to ourselves, in order to know what…
  • We’re Always Teaching Others

    12 Feb 2014 | 1:13 pm
    David Krueger MD When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.Maya Angelou At a Retreat to train an organization to develop its own internal mentoring program, I did a demonstration Mentor Coaching with one of the Mentors.  I asked her initially what she wanted to focus on in our session. She was vague, speaking in generalities about mentoring sessions with one of her protégés with whom she had significant challenges.  I then asked what she wanted to walk away with from the coaching session.  She still could not get beyond vague generalities.  .
  • No Interest In Buying a House?

    27 Jan 2014 | 12:54 pm
    David Krueger, M.D. I was recently contacted by a personal finance columnist for Reuters who was doing a piece on the motivations and emotions of folks who have no interest in buying a home. That sounded like an interesting topic and premise, so I immediately took it to my research team:  my Facebook buddies, friends, some relatives, and a few business colleagues who I don’t mind bothering.   I received a fascinating spectrum of responses to this question, and thought might be interesting to share with you, to see if it resonates with your experience or stimulates other thoughts.
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  • 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…
  • 3 Essential Signals to Look for in Your KPIs

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

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

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

    David Smith
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Rrrr! It's International Talk Like a Pirate day again, mateys, the day all landlubbers should talk in pirate lingo. (If you're unsure how, R can help.) It's also the day where you can pick up some great O'Reilly R books for half price.  The Revolution Analytics team has been celebrating with some great pirate costumes -- thanks Colleen, Dave and Amanda!  That's all for this week. See you on Monday, mateys!
  • Webinar September 25: Data Science with R

    David Smith
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    A quick heads up that if you'd like to get a great introduction to doing data science with the R language, Joe Rickert will be giving a free webinar next Thursday, September 25: Data Science with R. Regular readers of the blog will be familiar with Joe's posts on this topic. A few recent examples include posts on comparing machine learning models, predictive models for airline delays, agent-based models, and many more. Register for the live webinar and Q&A with Joe, plus access to the slides and replay after the live session. Here's the overview: Whenever data scientists…
  • Comparing machine learning models in R

    Joseph Rickert
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    by Joseph Rickert While preparing for the DataWeek R Bootcamp that I conducted this week I came across the following gem. This code, based directly on a Max Kuhn presentation of a couple years back, compares the efficacy of two machine learning models on a training data set. # SET UP THE PARAMETER SPACE SEARCH GRID ctrl <- trainControlmethod="repeatedcv" # use repeated 10fold cross validation repeats=5 # do 5 repititions of 10-fold cv summaryFunction=twoClassSummary # Use AUC to pick the best model classProbs=TRUE # Note that the default search grid selects 3 values of each…
  • Applications of R presentations at Dataweek

    David Smith
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    I'm speaking at the DataWeek conference in San Francisco today. My talk follows Skylar Lyon from Accenture — I'm really looking forward to hearing how he uses Revolution R Enterprise with Teradata Database to run R in-database with 400 million rows of data. Update: Here are Skylar's slides. The slides for my talk on other companies' applications of R are embedded below.
  • New members for R-core and R Foundation

    David Smith
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    The R Foundation for Statistical Computing, the Vienna-based non-profit organization that oversees the R Project, has just added several new "ordinary members". (Ordinary members participate in R Foundation meetings and provide guidance to the project.) The new members are: Dirk Eddelbuettel, Torsten Hothorn, Marc Schwartz, Hadley Wickham, and Achim Zeileis, Martin Morgan and Michael Lawrence.  The R Core group, the group of developers with commit access to the R codebase, has also expanded with Martin Morgan and Michael Lawrence joining the team. (Stefano Iacus is stepping down…
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  • 2 Ways to Please Your Data Lover

    Kevin Hammons
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    Business leaders love data. When they have it, they’re able to make sound decisions with confidence. But when they don’t, they’re up all night wondering when their instinct is finally going to fail them—or if it already has. So it falls on the shoulders of BI and IT experts like you to deliver the data that business leaders are desperate to have. When you give them that data—how and when they want it—you become the knight in shining armor. The clutch player. The data hero. Read on to discover 2 ways to please any data lover. If you’re interested in what you see here, check out…
  • (More) Secrets of the Data-Driven CMO

    Jared Heath
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:50 am
    If data were water, then many marketers are trying to drink from a fire hydrant. Even within the marketing department alone, there’s an impossible amount of information for one person to keep track of day in and day out. Here are two more secrets, pull from our executive brief “7 Secrets of the Data-Driven CMO,” that will help you get the data you need without drowning from an information overload: Secret #1: Manage by Exception Some CMOs feel like they should be looking at every number in every report. But that level of engagement doesn’t make you “data driven”—it just makes…
  • CEOs: It’s Time to Get Off the Social Media Sidelines

    Josh James
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    This is the third consecutive year that Domo and CEO.com have conducted a study of the social media habits of Fortune 500 CEOs. The results are in — and I can report that there’s good news and bad news. First the bad news. This year’s “Social CEO Report” found that the vast majority of the world’s top business leaders are still not using social media. All told, 68 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs have no active presence on any of the major social networks, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus and Instagram. These results sadly echo what we saw last year. Now the good…
  • Two Top Challenges for Every Retail COO (And How to Fix Them)

    Dan Roden
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    This blog post is an extraction from the report Conquering Retail’s 6 Biggest Cross-Channel Challenges, available for free here. Retailers have an unending supply of potential software solutions built to solve business problems—especially for operations and supply chain. But managing all the disparate “solutions” can become a serious problem. Let’s take a look at two of the six problems discussed in our white paper, “Conquering Retail’s 6 Biggest Cross-Channel Challenges”: Challenge 2: Optimizing Inventory Deployment Across All Channels How can…
  • What Your Finance Reports Should Learn from Mint

    Tom McConnon
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:56 am
    Everyone understands finance will never stray from spreadsheets and its hard data, number-crunching roots. And they never should. But for some executives receiving reports from finance, a spreadsheet in their email inbox incites a specific type of dread. And too often, if a report is boring and overwhelming, it won’t be read—and that makes it next to useless. Fortunately, data visualization makes complicated, detailed data easier to digest. In that regard, finance pros could take a page from popular personal finance app, Mint. Sure, the app is made for everyday consumers, but it does…
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  • 2 Ways to Please Your Data Lover

    Kevin Hammons
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    Business leaders love data. When they have it, they’re able to make sound decisions with confidence. But when they don’t, they’re up all night wondering when their instinct is finally going to fail them—or if it already has. So it falls on the shoulders of BI and IT experts like you to deliver the data that business leaders are desperate to have. When you give them that data—how and when they want it—you become the knight in shining armor. The clutch player. The data hero. Read on to discover 2 ways to please any data lover. If you’re interested in what you see here, check out…
  • (More) Secrets of the Data-Driven CMO

    Jared Heath
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:50 am
    If data were water, then many marketers are trying to drink from a fire hydrant. Even within the marketing department alone, there’s an impossible amount of information for one person to keep track of day in and day out. Here are two more secrets, pull from our executive brief “7 Secrets of the Data-Driven CMO,” that will help you get the data you need without drowning from an information overload: Secret #1: Manage by Exception Some CMOs feel like they should be looking at every number in every report. But that level of engagement doesn’t make you “data driven”—it just makes…
  • CEOs: It’s Time to Get Off the Social Media Sidelines

    Josh James
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    This is the third consecutive year that Domo and CEO.com have conducted a study of the social media habits of Fortune 500 CEOs. The results are in — and I can report that there’s good news and bad news. First the bad news. This year’s “Social CEO Report” found that the vast majority of the world’s top business leaders are still not using social media. All told, 68 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs have no active presence on any of the major social networks, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus and Instagram. These results sadly echo what we saw last year. Now the good…
  • Two Top Challenges for Every Retail COO (And How to Fix Them)

    Dan Roden
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    This blog post is an extraction from the report Conquering Retail’s 6 Biggest Cross-Channel Challenges, available for free here. Retailers have an unending supply of potential software solutions built to solve business problems—especially for operations and supply chain. But managing all the disparate “solutions” can become a serious problem. Let’s take a look at two of the six problems discussed in our white paper, “Conquering Retail’s 6 Biggest Cross-Channel Challenges”: Challenge 2: Optimizing Inventory Deployment Across All Channels How can…
  • What Your Finance Reports Should Learn from Mint

    Tom McConnon
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:56 am
    Everyone understands finance will never stray from spreadsheets and its hard data, number-crunching roots. And they never should. But for some executives receiving reports from finance, a spreadsheet in their email inbox incites a specific type of dread. And too often, if a report is boring and overwhelming, it won’t be read—and that makes it next to useless. Fortunately, data visualization makes complicated, detailed data easier to digest. In that regard, finance pros could take a page from popular personal finance app, Mint. Sure, the app is made for everyday consumers, but it does…
 
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  • How Does Procurement Rebrand Itself From ‘Cost Saver’ To ‘Strategic Partner’?

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    Although procurement has made great strides in the past few years towards gaining the recognition it deserves, there is still a long road ahead. Thankfully, there are activities your company can start doing now to help. In this guest post, Procurement Leaders invites Xchanging Procurement Services Graham Copeland to touch on some of the steps that functions can take to rebrand themselves to their internal counterparts.  Is procurement considered a strategic partner within your organisation? If you answered ‘Yes’ you are sadly still in the minority.  Other business…
  • Odds Of An Independent Scotland: Lay On McDuff

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Today, Scotland votes on its future: a future potentially outside the United Kingdom. Do we yet understand the potential impact on business?  Today, Scotland votes on its future: a future potentially outside the United Kingdom. Do we yet understand the potential impact on business?  For most of the referendum campaign, the polls have described an increasingly divided society. Where independence was once considered a pipe dream, surveys now routinely show statistically insignificant splits between the two sides. Some polls have shown a slight lead for the separatist camp.
  • New Financial Services IT Purchasing Rules Make Procurement Think

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:21 am
    New considerations around the purchasing of off-the-shelf IT solutions mean procurement is going to have to think carefully about its next steps. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently issued a series of "considerations" for financial services (FS) companies to take into account when thinking of purchasing a new IT technology solution. FS IT procurement professionals should be taking note of these, not only because of the increased regulatory focus that the authorities seemingly have but also because of the potential impact they will have going forward. Theses considerations come at a…
  • Piecing Together A Benchmarking Strategy

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    What role does benchmarking have in modern business? How much time should CPOs dedicate to sense-checking their plans with other organisations? What role does benchmarking have in modern business? How much time should CPOs dedicate to sense-checking their plans with other organisations? From our recent events and research, it is clear to those of us working at Procurement Leaders, that strategy is a difficult business. Many senior executives approach us for ’best practice’ on a particular topic area. There is an expectation that many complex areas can be easily reduced to a simple…
  • Suggestions From Your Friends In Marketing

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    There are at least two competing narratives about how business works. One says that nothing happens in business until someone sells something. The other says nothing happens until someone buys something. There are at least two competing narratives about how business works. One says that nothing happens in business until someone sells something. The other says nothing happens until someone buys something. You can guess who promotes the first view: marketing and sales. As for the second, which gets far less play, the source is procurement. The truth is, though, that the narratives are two sides…
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  • Introducing Qlik Sense!

    Sarah Miller
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Meet the newest member of the Qlik product family, Qlik Sense. It’s a next-generation self-service data visualisation application that empowers everyone to easily create a range of flexible, interactive visualisations that drive exploration and discovery. With Qlik Sense, you can:Get faster time to insight through smart search and visualisationsShare knowledge broadly through anywhere, anytime collaborationGet accurate and reliable insights with enterprise-class governanceFind out more about Qlik Sense by watching our product tour. Then experience how your business can benefit by…
  • Recipe for an ABC Analysis

    Henric Cronström
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:56 pm
    An ABC analysis is a dynamic bucket classification of e.g. products, based on some property, usually the sales number. The best products are your "A" products and the worst are your "C" products. It is used in all types of business intelligence
  • QlikView 11.20 Service Release 9 Beta is now available

    Irena Calovska
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    QlikView version 11.20 Service Release 9 Beta is now available to existing customers and partners. This release includes around 80 bug fixes and no design changes, only added support for iOS8. You can read more in the Release Notes attached to this post. We have created a beta community where you can download and test the beta, report bugs, start open discussions and ask questions. If you are an existing QlikView customer or partner, you can access the beta community here QlikView 11.20 SR9 Beta. If you are experiencing any issues accessing the community please email…
  • QlikView 11.20 Service Release 8 is now available

    Gregory Hood
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:07 am
    Hello QlikView users! We are pleased to confirm that QlikView 11.20 Service Release 8 is now available for download on http://www.qlik.com/download. QlikView 11.20.12577 includes one new language (Polish) and introduces configurable Ajax messages and a change for Alternate state.The new service release also includes many bug fixes, details of which can be found in the attached Release Notes.    For information on how to configure QlikView to correctly display Polish please see…
  • QlikView 11.20 Service Release 8 is now available

    Lars Wahlstedt
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    QlikView version 11.20 Service Release 8 is now available to existing customers and partners. This release includes 80 bug fixes and the following major changes:New Client language: PolishConfigurable Ajax Messages Configurable Ajax functionsAlternate state parameter for certain functions      You can read more in the Release Notes available on the download site: http://global.qlikview.com Regards,The Products Team
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    Dice News » Business Analysis

  • Setting Quality Requirements With ‘Planguage’

    Steven Gara
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Everyone wants software that is user-friendly, robust, fast, and secure. Everyone also agrees that a failure to establish the right requirements often prevents software from fulfilling that wish. Business analysts often end up writing fuzzy requirements for developers and testers because they haven’t explored the users’ needs to sufficient depth. Details go missing in conversations; feature requests are left vague. And the problem with vague quality requirements, of course, is that you can’t verify or test them; they’re no better than unverifiable functional requirements. Click here…
  • Revealing a Project’s Missing Requirements

    Steven Gara
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    No matter how good a job you think you’ve done on eliciting project requirements from a client, there will always be gaps; nobody really knows when one is done gathering all requirements, because new wishes and demands continue to trickle in throughout a project’s lifecycle. A project with an excessive rate of change suggests that important requirements may have been overlooked during the elicitation phase. But how do you keep missing requirements to a minimum? Click here to find business analyst jobs. Hard to Spot Missing requirements are a common type of requirement defect; they’re…
  • How BAs Can Manage Stakeholder Expectations

    Steven Gara
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    As business analysts, we often get involved with stakeholder meetings only to find out they have unrealistic expectations or needs. Let’s look at some of the reasons why this happens and what can be done to resolve or mitigate this common challenge. Problem #1: We Don’t Understand Their Priorities Probably the most common issue is a lack of understanding when it comes to the stakeholder’s needs and interests. While business analysts are often well-versed in a company’s needs, often they don’t have a grasp around individual stakeholders. The better we understand those…
  • Despite Apps, Much of Data Analytics Still Drudgery

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

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

    Paula Newton
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Five Myths Digital Marketers Should Know About Intelligenthq Getting marketing right will often mean the difference between succeeding in business or not. Marketing requires that businesses fully understand their customers. It means understanding what customers do, and why, and how they are motivated to make a purchase (or not). It means understanding all of the characteristics of the target market, and why those particular characteristics combined create a specific type of customer for a product or service. Marketers need to understand everything about their target market, and these insights…
  • Is Your Smartphone Bringing You Too Much Stress ?

    Paula Newton
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:35 am
    Is Your iPhone Bringing You Too Much Stress ? Smartphones have been an excellent innovation that has improved our lives in so many ways. From being able to access email on the move, to using apps to help us with anything from losing weight to hailing a taxi, to meditating in any situation, smartphones have certainly added value for many people. In particular, smartphones have created the possibility of more flexible ways of working, and this is hugely beneficial to many. However, the new technology has also created some unforeseen disadvantages. One of these is stress that a person may not…
  • Scaling The Impact Of Social Entrepreneurs

    Paula Newton
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Scaling The Impact Of Social Entrepreneurs Intelligenthq Social entrepreneurship is going from strength to strength as people are beginning to pay more attention to how challenging issues can be resolved through this means. Business people are even moving out of companies solely based on adding value to people’s lives in other ways and towards social entrepreneurship instead. Social entrepreneurs can change the world, and they are growing in numbers. Information availability and accessibility to better understand problems faced by people in difficult situations is part of the reason for…
  • Guide to Link Building Part 3

    Paula Newton
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Guide to Link Building Part 3 This is a Part 3 of a Guide we are creating in Intelligenthq about Link Building. In the following post, you will learn some link building Tactics and Measurement. Link building is an essential part of a successful online marketing campaign to drive more potential customers to your website. In Part Two of this series we reviewed how to start a link building campaign, focusing fairly heavily on the “content based link building approach”. In Part Three we will now examine other approaches and tactics for link building as well as understanding the metrics that…
  • 10 Ways an MBA Degree Can Help Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

    Emad Rahim
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    10 Ways an MBA Degree Can Help Entrepreneurs and Business Owners A Master of Business Administration bestows various benefits upon the holder, including theoretical knowledge, real-world connections and the prestige of an alma mater. An MBA holder can use the degree to further his or her professional, social and academic aspirations. Granted, this is no easy or cheap diploma. But the investment in time and money is worth it. If you are an entrepreneur, seeking a master’s degree can thrust your business and personal aspirations forward, as long as you know how to cultivate the right…
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    Blacklight Solutions

  • Spark Night Recap

    Christa Rose
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    By Chance Coble Activity around Apache Spark continues to be an exciting story of community involvement.  The number of contributors to the source code is growing every day.  The challenge many experience is how to begin to digest this new paradigm of analytics.  More data, faster speeds and the potential for greater insights are all exciting opportunities.  So […]
  • Spark Show & Tell with Chance Coble

    Christa Rose
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    By Christa Rose Join us for an evening of Spark demos and use cases!  Chance Coble will be presenting on the development of a proof-of-concept project to detect network problems for a telecommunications company.  As the organization’s main business is to route customer calls, price efficiency is a critical concern, along with quality of service […]
  • How Far To Take Customer Analytics

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

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

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

    admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    A recent pre acquisition due diligence process raised a fascinating question for the leaders of both entities. Like most due diligence processes, the leaders of each business began with valuation formulas and a series of questions. If the industry multiplier for acquisitions is currently averaging between 5 and 6, would 5.5 X net profit be [...]
  • Transformative Growth Goals Based on Key Ratios (Magic Number)

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

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

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

    Aldonna Ambler
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:22 am
    The word “entrepreneur” gets thrown around so much that the meaning has been diluted. The true spirit of being entrepreneurial is about the process of innovation…but not just for the sake of having something new! It is applied innovation to solve problems and create value.  The solving problems piece is about the customer. The creating [...]
 
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    SIMUL8 Blog

  • Friday Tip: Shortcut Keys for Objects and Lists

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Did you know that SIMUL8 has many shortcut keys for a variety of controls? This week’s Friday Tip gives you Shortcuts to use when working with Objects and Lists, saving you time when developing your simulations. Objects CTRL+“OBJECT” – copy an object to the place where released CTRL+A – select all CTRL+C – copy CTRL+V – paste SHIFT+F11 – simul8 explorer CTRL+SHIFT+“CANCEL” OPTION – open component dialog SHIFT+“WHEEL MOUSE” – drag the mouse with the shift pressed between the source and the destination Activity to remove a work arrow CTRL+J…
  • Friday Tip: Adding Work Items to States Based on Label Value

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    State Charts are extremely useful when you know exactly what state a work item is starting in, but what if you didn’t know what state a work item was in until they arrive?  Using a simple discrete event simulation model can make this easy! Let us look at an example. A patient is admitted to an Intensive Care Unit with an infection.  This infection can either be at the early stages or well developed on arrival.  Depending which stage the infection is at on arrival, this will have an impact on the recovery time for the patient.  Patients who have an infection at the early stages can also…
  • Friday Tip: Using Unlimited Arrivals

    Tom
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    By default, a start point will push work items through a simulation at the rate set by the user through a schedule or distribution. There may be situations however where you want a start point to provide a work item only when it is required by the system. To do this you can change the settings on your start point so unlimited arrivals are selected. This can be found under the start point’s contextual menu / additional tab. Once this has been selected, an arrival will be pulled in only when it is needed. For this to work the start point must be connected to a non-passive object, such as an…
  • Friday Tip: Using the Trace the Call Stack Effectively

    sander
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    Complex models typically use a lot of Visual Logic. Best practices in programming dictate that it is best to write generic procedures that are called from different places rather than duplicating the same code all over the model. However, when a generic procedure is called, how do you know what simulation object called that procedure when you are debugging the model at runtime? The answer to this question is to use the call stack. The call stack allows you to jump back and forth between the procedure that is called and the calling procedure(s). The screenshot shows a generic procedure called…
  • Friday Tip: Setting up a Probability Profile in Excel and moving the data into the simulation.

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    In this week’s Friday Tip, we will look at setting up a Probability Profile in Excel and moving the data into our simulation. For this example, we may be modelling a hospital which can have 15 different types of patient, each of which make up a percentage of all patient visits. First, we need to create a Probability Profile within our simulation. We’ll call this “dist_Example”. When we create this, by default, we will see the below columns: We can obviously manually add or remove columns and alter the values sampled for each column, until we have the 15 patient types and their…
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    MediFit

  • Increase Workplace Fitness Center Membership Through New Hire Education

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Value Proposition When energy breaks are built into new hire trainings, 50% of new fitness center members come from new employee hires. What Are “Energy Breaks”? A series of three, 10-minute sessions educating new hires on simple desk stretches, basic workstation ergonomics, and tips on healthy food options available at work. How it Works MediFit [...]The post Increase Workplace Fitness Center Membership Through New Hire Education appeared first on MediFit.
  • September is National Cholesterol Month: An Infographic

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    Cholesterol is a major factor in the #1 U.S. killer – heart disease. To raise awareness September has been declared National Cholesterol Month and to show our support MediFit has created the inforgraphic below. What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that the body needs. When there is too much, it begins to [...]The post September is National Cholesterol Month: An Infographic appeared first on MediFit.
  • Backyard Volleyball Creates a Fun and Engaging Employee Fitness and Wellness Event

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

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

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Value Proposition Participants that diversify their exercise routine report increased fitness levels, weight reduction and increased productivity. What is “Shoot for the Top”? A five-week physical activity behavior change program that encourages exercise routine diversification. The challenge takes place at the same time as the annual single-elimination collegiate basketball tournament. How it Works Participants select [...]The post Increase Fitness and Productivity by Diversifying Routines appeared first on MediFit.
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    BambooHR Blog

  • Company Culture Increases Productivity [HR Hero Series #7]

    Kelsie Davis
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    Company culture really gets your people involved in something they can care about passionately. Culture affects everything about a company including the direction the company takes. As such, it’s important to think about culture early. Consider everything from hiring practices to reward programs to values. What are the behaviors that you’re going to model? You […] The post Company Culture Increases Productivity [HR Hero Series #7] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Share Your Culture [Recruit and Retain Talent Series #2]

    Ben
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    You’ve worked hard getting your culture just right. Now you need to make sure people know about it—everywhere. Especially when you want to make a serious impact on recruiting. From an international study done by LinkedIn in 2014, 56 percent of respondents said the most important factor in deciding on a company is whether it […] The post Share Your Culture [Recruit and Retain Talent Series #2] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Remind Me, Why Do Incentives Matter?

    Kelsie Davis
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    Employee incentives get a decent amount of attention in HR. You’re told you need them to keep your employees happy and for recruiting. But have you ever asked yourself why incentives really matter? Or if they even work? At BambooHR, we believe its important to know about “best practices,” but not just to adopt blindly. […] The post Remind Me, Why Do Incentives Matter? appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Is Social Media Disrupting Employees or Helping You Disrupt HR?

    Jeana Quigley
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    I think most things in life can be looked at in so many different ways depending on the time, an experience or the person. I’ve heard plenty of concern from HR about the productivity of their people when social media comes up. And how can HR not be concerned when 64 percent of employees are […] The post Is Social Media Disrupting Employees or Helping You Disrupt HR? appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
 
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    A Smarter Planet Blog

  • Creating a Global Reach for Innovative Design

    Guest
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    Gerhard Pfau, Business Process Design, IBM By Gerhard Pfau How would you reinvent product design on a global scale? If you’re a 103-year-old company like IBM, which does business in over 170 countries around the world, this is no small task. Adam Cutler, IBM Design Studio Director, explored this very topic in his post on this blog, “Building an Environment for Innovative Design,” where he showcased the opening of IBM’s design studio in Austin, Texas, last year. At that lab, design practitioners tap into the expertise of IBM design thinking through an educational program we call…
  • Re-Imagining Our World: TED Comes to IBM

    Guest
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Maria Winans, Vice President, IBM Software Solutions Marketing By Maria Winans We are living through what author Thomas Friedman has called a “Gutenberg-scale” moment, a technology-driven inflection point in history akin to the invention of moveable type. The pace of change today is dizzying – watch a TV show from just a decade ago and the technology seems quaint – but the impact on our world is even more so. And we’re just getting started. We can’t literally see into the future, but we can imagine it, and in imaging it, we can take action to try to make our ideal future a…
  • India Adopts Smarter City Strategy to Handle Massive Urban Influx

    Guest
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Photo: Rob de Wit) By Prashant Pradhan India is a dynamic nation of extreme contrasts. As the second most populated country in the world, Indian cities are facing unprecedented growth in population due to rapid urbanization. Imagine this, every minute during the next 20 years, 30 Indians will leave rural India to settle in urban areas. At this pace, 350 million Indians will move to cities by 2030. The accelerated pace of urbanization in Indian cities is evident and the time to plan for this mass migration is now. To tackle the challenges posed by rapid urbanization, the Indian Government…
  • How Big Data Analytics is Speeding Cancer Tumor Profiling

    Guest
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Dr. George Poste Cancer is a formidable foe. Oncologists have long known that cancers arising in different body organs, or in the same organ in different patients, progress and respond differently to treatment. Profiling the alterations in molecular signaling (information) pathways responsible for these differences is revealing additional complexity with major implications for how cancer is diagnosed and treated. Cancers can no longer be described based simply on site of origin.  Rather, cancers occurring in the same organ are now known to comprise multiple cancer subtypes distinguished…
  • Watson Ushers in Era of Analytics for All

    Guest
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    IBM Big Data and Analytics Vice president Inhi Cho Suh demonstrates Watson Analytics, a new cloud service powered by IBM’s Watson cognitive computing technology. By Alistair Rennie Just as programmable computing changed the human landscape over the past 60 years, IBM is defining a new era of computing that will dramatically transform the way people live, work and learn. IBM’s new Watson Analytics, announced today, puts the power of advanced analytics at the fingertips of virtually every employee in every business though a freemium cloud-based service. Organizations across industries…
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    Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs

  • 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 […] The post Marketing Strategies – It’s NOT Google Calling! appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Managing Overwhelm

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Today is Sunday and admittedly I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. Not by things I have to do but by things I want to do and don’t have the time. Is anyone with me? Education for the Home Business Entrepreneur – Managing Overwhelm Today I read this article by Mashable called 3 Phrases That Actually Make […] The post Managing Overwhelm appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • 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 […] The post Complacency is Cancer appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Online Marketing – Let’s Do a Check Up

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    It’s not rocket-science the world around you is changing. The Internet is growing and expanding. As it expands, it creates change. The Internet will create opportunities – coincidently it will also end many industries as we know them. Some businesses will survive – some won’t. The pendulum has swung and now it’s time to get […] The post Online Marketing – Let’s Do a Check Up appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Behaviors Determine the Success of Entrepreneurs

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I get the pleasure of working with entrepreneurs every day. I’ve worked with some that have experienced huge success and I’ve also worked with some that just couldn’t get it together. Over the years I’ve learned the traits that divide. It’s not whose the prettiest or the smartest, those assets don’t have a lot weight […] The post Behaviors Determine the Success of Entrepreneurs appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
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    Asia Business News

  • China Agrees to Invest $US 20 Billion into India’s Infrastructure

    Asia Briefing
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    DELHI – India and China have signed a number of agreements aimed at strengthening their respective economies, the most important of which will see $US 20 billion invested into India’s infrastructure over the next five years. The deals were struck during a rare Chinese trip to India, during which China’s President Xi Jinping met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. Money is expected to be invested primarily into India’s railways and industrial parks – two key sectors that the new Indian government is actively seeking to improve. Speaking during a press conference,…
  • Australia and Singapore Sign Landmark Trade Repository Data Agreement

    Asia Briefing
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:14 am
    SINGAPORE - Australia and Singapore have this week signed an innovative memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see the mutual exchange of trade repository data. The deal is the first of its kind, and is designed to mitigate any future trading risk and loss between the two countries. The deal was struck by Australia’s Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Trade repository data, or over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, are financial instruments commonly used by businesses to help gauge financial risk. Unlike stock exchanges, they are…
  • Asia’s Sports Industry: Singapore’s Next Major Growth Market?

    Asia Briefing
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
    SINGAPORE – A panel discussion on Sports Business in Asia was organised by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) earlier this week, during which the small island country was urged not to miss out on the opportunities available in the region’s burgeoning sports industry. The overall view of the panel, which included members of the Economic Development Board and World Sport Group, was that Singapore is perfectly positioned to be a key player in Asia’s emerging sports industry, and should waste no time in taking advantage of the huge growth the sector has recently been experiencing. Since…
  • Singapore and Taiwan Announce Intention to Form Stock Exchange Link

    Asia Briefing
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    TAIPEI – The Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) and Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) have announced plans to link their two markets. Both signed a letter of intention (LOI) earlier this week, promising that their two respective bourses will be joined to help facilitate better and more seamless cross-border trading. Magnus Bocker, CEO of SGX, underscored the importance of the deal by explaining why investors seeking to penetrate the Chinese market are attracted to Singapore and Taiwan. In a statement, he said: “We are delighted to cooperate with TWSE on the study of a cost-efficient direct…
  • A Guide to New Visa Regulations in Asia-Pacific

    Asia Briefing
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Op-Ed Commentary: Samuel Wrest Over the last month, Visa regulations in the Asia-Pacific region have undergone some major changes. Several key nations have implemented new schemes aimed at improving foreign investment, limiting immigration and increasing tourism. With business travel in the Asia-Pacific up 7 percent over last year and now outstripping the rest of the world,  changes to the region’s numerous Visa systems are invariably acutely felt. In this article, we highlight some of the more important schemes that have recently been introduced. Singapore Last month, Singapore…
 
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    Forte Consultancy

  • Credit Card Customer Segmentation

    Forte Consultancy
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:09 am
    “Credit cards aren’t banking – they’re information” – Richard Fairbank, Founder of Capital One 300 billion credit card transactions are expected to take place each year by 2018, creating 300 billion opportunities to understand customers better. Unfortunately, many banks remain ignorant of this wealth of information at their disposal, and they opt for mass marketing and costly above-the-line communications. Customer segmentation is one of the most fundamental building blocks in getting to know customers. It is essential for industries where customer…
  • Failure to Launch: From Big Data to Big Decisions

    Forte Consultancy
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:24 am
    “Big data is bullshit” – Harper Reed, President Obama Campaign CTO Not long ago big data was all the rage, the trendiest concept in the world of business intelligence. Now, however, the hype appears to be fading fast, with few companies having realized the bottom-line benefits promised to them by various vendors from the undertaking of big data initiatives. One of the key drivers of this gap between promise and the reality has been the shortage of effective and adequate human resources in the organizations to undertake such efforts.  This vacuum has resulted in minimal…
  • Hype or the Real Deal? The Big Data Conundrum

    Forte Consultancy
    27 Oct 2013 | 11:19 pm
    Big Data has become one of those terms you can’t avoid these days, all the rage in and around the business intelligence industry. The overwhelming buzz makes you wonder – is there something really there, or, is the hype the result of vendors and consultants trying to make another buck? What Is Big Data? The 12 year old definition of Big Data is summarized in three words, a definition which is still prevalent today – the three V’s, namely volume, velocity, and variety. Big Data is now attributed to a set of paradigms and technologies which serve organizations in managing data…
  • Targeted Roamer Marketing – Maximizing Inbound Roamer Revenues

    Forte Consultancy
    26 Aug 2013 | 7:57 am
    While inbound roaming is a lucrative business for operators in specific countries, too common is the company relying on old-school practices to market it, focusing only on mass outreach and non-customized value propositions. Operators wanting to retain and grow roaming revenues need to start tapping into targeted marketing practices before their competitors do… What? According to a study by Juniper, the global total mobile roaming market is expected to reach $80 billion by 2017, over $35 billion of which will come from data roaming revenues. This estimate means there will be a jaw dropping…
  • Loyalty Programs Gone Right – Constructing the Utopian Loyalty Program

    Forte Consultancy
    12 Jun 2013 | 4:04 am
    As a follow-up to a prior article around loyalty programs gone wrong, herein we define what a utopian loyalty program would like (one which not only satisfies members, but more importantly, has a positive impact on the bottom-line), while highlighting some best-in-class programs that have got it somewhat right… Loyalty programs have become a de-facto standard in most B2C sectors (particularly retail, financial services, telecommunications, and travel); consumers take it now almost as a given that they will be rewarded by companies they give their business to. As such, there are tens (if not…
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