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  • Having FUN Can Be a Powerful Growth Strategy for Attracting Top Talent

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    Aldonna Ambler
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    From a marketing perspective, one of the most valuable awards a company can win is inclusion in published lists of “best places to work.” The nomination forms for those lists often require information about the company’s participation and donations to the surrounding community (civic responsibility), data about financial stability and profitability, evidence of providing fair [...]
  • Western National Insurance Group Chooses SNL iPartners’ Insurance Scorecard

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    23 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Western National to implement SNL iPartners’ business intelligence and data warehousing solution as an enterprise solution. (PRWeb April 23, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11787750.htm
  • Small Changes Make a Big Impact on Employee Health and Wellness

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    21 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Small Plate is a 4-week weight management behavior change program designed to help participants practice improved portion control by altering plate size. Registration is open to all site employees and family members. The post Small Changes Make a Big Impact on Employee Health and Wellness appeared first on MediFit.
  • 7 Things You Need to Know About the Evolution of Social Media

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    Douglas Idugboe
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail I’ve always maintained that the true power of social media lies in its dynamism. Year after year, social media has reinvented itself and it will continue to do in the years to come. While social media started off in the form of blogs and wikis, the onus is now on using the optimal mix of various social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and others coupled with email and instant messaging tools. In this post, I emphasize upon seven things that you need to know about the evolution of social media. It’s not anti-email Being an early adopter…
  • 10 Awesome Ways Big Data Is Used Today To Change Our World

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    18 Mar 2014 | 5:21 am
    The term ‘Big Data’ is as massive in management and technology as Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus are in music. Like with other mega buzzwords, many say big data is all talk and no action. This couldn’t be further from the truth. With this post, I want to show how big data is used today to add real value. Eventually, every aspect of our lives will be affected by big data. However, there are some areas where big data is already making a real difference today. I have categorized the application of big data into 10 areas where I see the most widespread use as well as the highest benefits…
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  • Middle Class Canadians Now Earn More Than Middle Class Americans

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

    junior
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:31 pm
    The great divide cannot be explained so efficiently in any other way – we spotted this stat today, that sales of homes under $100,000 fell nearly 18% from March 2013 and those in the $100,000-$250,000 range fell about 10%. But sales of homes over $1 million rose almost 8% (Source) We had spotted quite a few stats in the past highlighting the great divide – Read The ‘Forbes 400? Worth More Than Half of All Americans Combined – but this one demonstrates the divide using something that everyone understands – home sales. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find…
  • Half of All Renters Spend More Than 30 Percent of Income on Housing

    junior
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:36 pm
    30 percent is a popular number in this domain – most financial advisors quote that as a golden rule – “Spend no more than 30 percent of your income on rent” – we spotted this stat today, that rising rental costs have ensured that many, many people no longer follow that rule – in fact, more than half of all renters in the US now spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent (Source). Los Angeles takes the cake – renters spend 46.9 percent of their income on rent in LA. WOW. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and…
  • 72% Of Greeks Need More Work To Make Ends Meet

    junior
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    We spotted a rather disturbing stat today, that things are not looking good for Greece as a country – some 72% Of Greeks Need More Work To Make Ends Meet (Source) – that puts the whole Greek recovery story in great trouble. The numbers are based on part time Greek workers wanting to work more, but is definitely reflective of the sad reality of unemployment and underemployment in Greece. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post 72% Of Greeks Need More Work To Make Ends Meet appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • Twitter Stats: 44% of Twitter Accounts Have Never Sent a Tweet

    junior
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Twitter has always had this issue of folks signing up but not using the product for quite some time now. We had spotted some very disturbing stats around this some time back – we spotted this stat today, that 44 percent of Twitter users have never sent a tweet (Source) Tweets have also been tricky to monetize – Read Zero Percent: Twitter’s Referral Contribution To Black Friday Sales. Challenging times, these. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post Twitter Stats: 44% of Twitter Accounts Have Never Sent a…
 
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  • Cartoon: Analytics Reinvention

    Timo Elliott
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    New technologies like Hadoop are reinventing analytics. Most of it is breakthrough additions to existing analytic systems – and some of it is reinventing the wheel (and alternative caption would be “it’s for car-like workloads — the rest of it is coming soon!”). Yes, many existing DW workloads will move to Hadoop. But just as many will move to new HTAP systems like SAP HANA Live that uses in-memory to let an operational system behave like a powerful DW, without any ETL or data duplication. Organizations need a plan to use the best technology for the best…
  • Cartoon: The Business Benefit of In-Memory Processing

    Timo Elliott
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Here’s the real business benefit of in-memory processing (according to a SAP HANA customer at the recent BI2014 conference!): If you’re interested in real business benefits, check out the post on SAP HANA ROI (no, it’s not “expensive”):  
  • SAP HANA Brings ROI of over 500% for University of Kentucky

    Timo Elliott
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    SAP HANA is too often pigeonholed as expensive and only for extreme data needs. But more and more companies are crunching the numbers and realizing that in-memory processing is simply a cheaper, better way to do analytics. Dennis Howlett of Diginomica has already talked about the projected cost savings of $13M for one large government customer in his post Can SAP HANA bring real savings? Yes and the numbers are impressive. Now a new post on the SAP HANA blog has provided an IDC analysis of the University of Kentucky’s move to the HANA platform. HANA of course brought the expected technology…
  • Hadoop Summit Amsterdam 2014: Crossing The Chasm

    Timo Elliott
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    This year’s Hadoop Summit in Amsterdam was even more interesting than last year’s, with more sponsors (including SAP), more functionality for enterprise use cases, and more enterprise examples. The conference was in the historic Beurs Van Berlage conference center. It’s a great venue for out-of-town guests situated just a few minutes’ walk from Amsterdam’s Central Station. After Hortonworks president Herb Cunitz welcomed attendees, CEO Rob Bearden outlined the Big Data opportunities in a market he estimated to be worth $100Bn market by 2020. He believes that Hadoop has now crossed…
  • No, Hadoop Isn’t Going To Replace Your Data Warehouse

    Timo Elliott
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:13 am
    The data says that Hadoop isn’t going to replace your enterprise data warehouse. Hadoop Adds Rather Than Subtracts According to Gartner’s latest surveys, the number of CIOs that think that Hadoop will replace their existing analytics infrastructure has plummeted over the last few years, and is now down to just 3%. Are these CIOs deluded? No, the fact that the numbers continue to drop are a good indication that they understand the technology — and its limitations. Note this DOESN’T mean that enterprises don’t see value of Hadoop, or aren’t going to massively…
 
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  • Design for the Real World

    Stephen Few
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:11 pm
    All men are designers. All that we do, almost all the time, is design, for design is basic to all human activity. The planning and patterning of any act towards a desired, foreseeable end constitutes the design process. Any attempt to separate design, to make it a thing-by-itself, works counter to the inherent value of design as the primary underlying matrix of life. Design is the conscious effort to impose meaningful order. Mankind is unique among animals in its relationship to the environment. All other animals adapt themselves to a changing environment (by growing thicker fur in the…
  • Data Insights: Deep Thinking About Data Visualization

    Stephen Few
    11 Feb 2014 | 12:08 pm
    I have an extensive library of books about data visualization. I purchase most of the books that are published on the subject, but only occasionally do I find one that exhibits sound thinking and deep understanding. The new book titled Data Insights: News Ways to Visualize and Make Sense of Data, by Hunter Whitney, is one of those rare exceptions. Unlike most authors of books about data visualization or the broader topic of business intelligence, Whitney thinks clearly and writes beautifully. The two go hand in hand. Because data visualization has soared to great popularity in the last 10…
  • One of Bill Gates’ favorite graphs redesigned

    Stephen Few
    10 Jan 2014 | 3:30 pm
    This blog entry was written by Bryan Pierce of Perceptual Edge. The following 3-D treemap was brought to our attention by a participant in our discussion forum. (Click to enlarge.) This graph was selected by Bill Gates to be included in a recent edition of Wired Magazine that he guest edited. He explained why he included the graph as follows: I love this graph because it shows that while the number of people dying from communicable diseases is still far too high, those numbers continue to come down. In fact, fewer kids are dying, more kids are going to school and more diseases are on their…
  • Driving and Walking: Time Enough for Thinking

    Stephen Few
    2 Jan 2014 | 1:23 pm
    I was first introduced to science fiction literature as a young man in undergraduate school. The first science fiction novel that I read was Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. This book was not typical of the genre in many respects—some called it the Bible of the 60’s counter-culture movement—but I loved it and eventually came to love science fiction in most of its sub-genres. Heinlein became one of my early favorites among science fiction authors. It is the memory of his novel Time Enough for Love that links my love of the genre to the topic of this blog article. The…
  • The Scourge of Unnecessary Complexity

    Stephen Few
    16 Dec 2013 | 3:15 pm
    One of the mottos of my work is “eloquence through simplicity:” eloquence of communication through simplicity of design. Simple should not be confused with simplistic (overly simplified). Simplicity’s goal is to find the simplest way to represent something, stripping away all that isn’t essential and expressing what’s left in the clearest possible way. It is the happy medium between too much and too little. While I professionally strive for simplicity in data visualization, I care about it in all aspects of life. Our world is overly complicated by unnecessary and…
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  • Data served direct-to-exec with Napkyn

    Ted Cuzzillo
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    We’ve heard about shortage of data-analysis help, and about senior execs who pooh-pooh the influence of analysis in decision-making, and about the “dead” self-service analysis. So when a vendor tells me about a direct-to-exec service, featuring a sort of concierge of analytics, I pull up a chair to listen. Napkyn, five years old last month and major brands under its belt, assigns a senior analyst to lead a long-term relationship with one executive. Behind the analyst stands a 13-person team that collaborates on the exec’s behalf, putting forward experts as needed. One…
  • The value of wasted PR

    Ted Cuzzillo
    7 Mar 2014 | 11:40 am
    A press release crossed the big-data desk at Datadoodle headquarters late last month from a “leading provider” I had never heard of. I tried to find the news in it, but after the third try I wondered who could have imagined any news there at all. The obvious question is how the client could be so stupid as to imagine any good came from this? Aside from reminding a few readers how to spell names, there’s probably no direct value. The value is to the industry. Sure, we suffer trivial distraction, perhaps annoyance. But from blah blah blah comes fertility. It adds to the tech…
  • Big data comes of age

    Ted Cuzzillo
    7 Jan 2014 | 12:01 am
    It’s too easy these days to be tired of big data, with all the defining and redefining, marketing, and Hadooping. I can’t help but think to myself, “Just shut up and do it!” Of course, some organizations have gone and done it. Now a new report from TDWI Research describes the common stages they go through on the way to making big data a permanent part of their toolset. Research director Fern Halper and Sixth Sense Advisors CEO Krish Krishnan also offer a tool anyone can use to get a quick rating of any organization’s maturity in big data analytics. (See below.) Halper and…
  • My latest in Information Management: “‘Sexy’” Data Science is a Team Sport”

    Ted Cuzzillo
    6 Jan 2014 | 8:37 pm
    The word got out last year: data scientist is the “sexiest job,” a late-2012 declaration by the renowned Tom Davenport of “Competing on Analytics” fame. Trouble is, “sexy” goes bad faster than fish. “Data scientist,” still fresh, is my word of the year. In 2013, the data analysis industry discovered it, many loved or hated it, but most of all, we repeated it. Google Trends shows the mention of it soaring like the 1990s Dow Jones Industrial Average — and you know what happens next. Alert as data scientists are to patterns, I wonder if many…
  • “Going forward” has been discontinued

    Ted Cuzzillo
    2 Jan 2014 | 6:05 am
    The Datadoodle vice president of diction has issued an order. Actually, he’s fed up. The other day in the break room, he was seen holding his head in his hands as if it were about to burst from the absorbed vacuity. It’s an occupational hazard: Every day, he absorbs words and expressions that have no other function than to impress or obfuscate. But we digress. The order: He has prohibited use of “going forward,” effective now. The expression “going forward” shall be discontinued immediately. It is meaningless. Urban Dictionary, an acknowledged authority,…
 
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  • Breaking Bad Habits

    Jonathan Becher
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:07 pm
    I recently decided to reduce my sugar intake but, disappointingly, I just ate the bowl of ice cream they offered me on my flight. I hadn’t planned to eat it but said yes without really thinking about it. Ice cream on a plane has become a habit. According to the research of Wendy Wood, a social psychologist at the USC School of Business, we truly are creatures of habits. Although people think they are in control of what they do, almost half of our behaviors are not really conscious choices. They are repeated habits cued by our environment. As she points out, Most people don’t think…
  • The Five Cognitive Distortions of People Who Get Stuff Done

    Jonathan Becher
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Ever notice that some people get more things done than others? For years, the most popular explanation came from Steve Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Covey argued that personal character, purpose and self-discipline were the primary characteristics of successful people. The book has been wildly successful, selling more than 20M copies. My only criticism is that Covey believed that combining lots of highly effective people would result in a highly effective business. I think team effectiveness relies more on the mix of talent and styles, than on individual mindsets.
  • Do underdogs boost March Madness ratings?

    Jonathan Becher
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    Do you have Florida winning the NCAA tournament? Here in the U.S. we are in the middle of March Madness. Even if you’re not a college basketball fan, you can’t avoid the phenomena: stories of Cinderellas, upsets, and comebacks dominate the media. The NCAA basketball tournament has entered the national consciousness to such a degree it seems like everyone has filled out a bracket and has a favorite to win. While most of the predictions are based on gut feel and emotions, in the last couple of years data scientists have gotten into the act. Even my own employer. While everyone is trying to…
  • Can We Cooperate Like Cockroaches?

    Jonathan Becher
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Late last year, I wrote a blog describing an experiment in which rats demonstrated the selfless behavior typical of empathy. If these vilified rodents can exhibit the capacity to understand and feel the emotions experienced by their fellow rats, we humans have little excuse. Judging from your reaction, I touched a nerve. We can also learn something from the hated cockroach. In The Cockroach Papers, Richard Schwied makes a pretty good case that cockroaches are “one of the pinnacles of evolution on this planet.”  While humans are resistant to change, roaches should be admired for their…
  • The Psychology Of The To-Do List

    Jonathan Becher
    2 Mar 2014 | 9:36 pm
    In a world filled with electronic devices, I still get great satisfaction by crossing out items on a handwritten to-do list. In fact, I find that I am more likely to complete a task if I write it down on a piece of paper. Much more likely than if it’s on an electronic list or an email reminder. There is scientific evidence that the act of planning activities through to-do lists reduces the burden on the brain. The most famous example is from Russian psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik. The so-called Zeigarnik effect was apparently inspired by observing waiters could only remember the details of…
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  • Intro to ecommerce website design

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    From blog: Web DesignIf you were thinking about the growth of your business and have decided to start selling your products and services also online then you might want to know a thing or two about eCommer...
  • Yellowfin's 2014 Think Tank conference

    25 Feb 2014 | 6:45 am
    From blog: InsideYellowfinFull Link http://www.yellowfinbi.com/YFCommunityNews-Business-Intelligence-vendor-Yellowfin-launches-2014-Think-Tank-conference-155970 Brief Global Business Intelligence (BI)...
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    13 Feb 2014 | 12:30 am
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  • Education Analytics

    12 Feb 2014 | 6:15 am
    From blog: InsideYellowfinFull Link http://investing.businessweek.com/research/markets/news/article.asp?docKey=600-201402110840PR_NEWS_USPRX____PH62415-1 Brief School administrators and boards are expected ...
  • Patterns patterns everywhere – The Sequel

    26 Jan 2014 | 5:18 pm
    From blog: Peter Thomas - Business Intelligence and Cultural Transformation ExpertBack in 2010 I posted a piece called Patterns patterns everywhere which used the entry point of various articles on a number of web-sites relating to the, then current, Eyjafjallajokull e...
 
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  • Top Big Data Executives and Experts to Follow on Twitter

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

    25 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    My blog is completing 6 years today. Thank you all for reading my blog for the last six years. As always, your readership is really appreciated.
  • 5 Big Data myths debunked

    25 Mar 2014 | 8:28 pm
     Recently I read a great article entitled 5 Big Data myths debunked, where the author Sanne Steegstra, questions the main myths of Big Data clear and humorously. Below is the summary of the article: Myth 1: Big Data is big Nope. Big is relative. The ‘Big’ is marketing lingo, an attention grabber, as if we should automatically be afraid of scary unknown big things. Big actually means ‘more difficult to access and query than we are used to’. Yes, at some point you will probably need new tools. Most people and companies are not working with Big Data, just…
  • Kenneth Cukier on Big Data: The data revolution

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:49 am
    Kenneth Cukier, the Data Editor of The Economist, gave a good interview about his new book and how our unprecedented access to data changes how we live and think. Watch and enjoy!
  • Why smart statistics are the key to fighting crime

    20 Mar 2014 | 9:23 pm
    I watched at TED a good lecture on the use of analytics to fighting crime, by Anne Milgram. an american attorney. In the lecture, Anne Milgram explains that when she became the attorney general of New Jersey in 2007, she quickly discovered a few startling facts: not only did her team not really know who they were putting in jail, but they had no way of understanding if their decisions were actually making the public safer. And so began her ongoing, inspirational quest to bring data analytics and statistical analysis to the US criminal justice system. Anne Milgram said…
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  • Scaling the Facebook data warehouse to 300 PB

    Guru Kirthigavasan
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Really interesting post on how Facebook is solving the crazy large data warehouse with compression efficiency. More here. By applying all these improvements, we evolved ORCFile to provide a significant boost in compression ratios over RCFile on our warehouse data, going from 5x to 8x. Additionally, on a large representative set of queries and data from our warehouse, we found that the Facebook ORCFile writer is 3x better on average than open source ORCFile. We have rolled out this new storage format to many 10s of petabytes of warehouse data at Facebook and have reclaimed 10s of petabytes of…
  • 17 Innovations Honored by the Business Intelligence Group

    Guru Kirthigavasan
    17 Jan 2014 | 12:32 am
    The Business Intelligence Group today announced the winners of the 2014 BIG Innovation Awards program. The BIG Innovation Awards recognize top innovations from companies and organizations worldwide. “Our inaugural year of rewarding great innovations turned up some amazing products and services that clearly deserve recognition,” said Russ Fordyce, managing director of the Business Intelligence Group. “If these innovations are any indicator, 2014 will prove to be one of the most innovative years in recent history. The winners are driving business and consumer change with creativity and…
  • Five Business Intelligence Predictions For 2014

    Guru Kirthigavasan
    17 Jan 2014 | 12:15 am
    While I don’t necessarily agree with all of them, this ones seems very realistic and bound to happen. Internet of Things (IoT) starts to gain traction. The explosion in “things” will generate a corresponding wave of rich new sources with varying data formats for edge analytics. IT is still struggling to keep up with the massive information coming from the mobile worker. With the advent of IoT, that mass of information will be multiplied with every asset across an organization, from the pressure sensor on the wellhead to the video monitor at the gas station pump. Business decisions…
  • Big data: Big hype or big hope?

    Guru Kirthigavasan
    1 Oct 2013 | 6:51 am
    An indepth look into big data from an australian perspective, well written. Over one third (37.8 percent) of US businesses have already invested in big data, ahead of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), which is at 26.8 percent; APAC, which is on 25.6 percent; and Latin America, which is at a distant fourth, with 17.8 percent. However, Asian businesses show plenty of big data ambition, and a further 44.7 percent will invest in the next two years, lifting the APAC adoption rate to the same proportions as the US, and comfortably ahead of EMEA. Industries furthest down the investment path…
  • Millennial Adds Analytics Tools To Push Mobile ROI

    Guru Kirthigavasan
    29 Sep 2013 | 11:47 am
    With location-tracking firm Placed, the mobile ad network plans to show the impact of a mobile campaign on foot traffic to a given retail location. The Placed Attribution platform uses the company’s panel of 100,000 opted-in users whose behaviors the company tracks as they move in and out of over 100 million discrete locations a day. The metrics from the opt-in panel will be integrated with a mobile campaign on Millennial’s network to determine which of the opted-in devices were exposed to an ad and then track whether the user entered the advertised location. Read more:…
 
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  • Get the Word Out Fast!

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

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

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

    Marty O'Neill
    17 Sep 2013 | 6:52 am
    This is a guest post by Blake Pappas. Blake completed his undergraduate degree in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. He has also recently worked in higher education and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business. The use of social media has made its impact in many areas of our lives.  It is hard to ignore all the sites that can be thrown at you.  There is no exception when it comes to hiring practices.  In addition to the knowledge gained with a human resources degree, HR departments and future employers now have new strategies at their fingertips,…
  • More Justification for Your Next Vacation

    Marty O'Neill
    10 Sep 2013 | 5:51 am
    In our last blog, we talked about a recent survey by The Sellability Score found companies that would perform well without their owner for a period of three months are 50 percent more valuable and more likely to get an offer to be acquired when compared to more owner-dependent businesses. So why is this the case? Let's look at a couple components of your company. People Start with your key leaders and answer the following questions: Why did this problem end up on my desk? Who else is qualified to answer this question and why was that person not consulted? If nobody else is qualified, who can…
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  • Cheat Sheets for Data Scientists

    Ajay Ohri
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    a compilation of cheat sheets for Data Scientists  
  • Movie Review – Two States (Bollywood 2014)

    Ajay Ohri
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:11 am
    As a Punjabi engineer turned IIM MBA, who turns into a writer after marrying a woman from a different state (that’s me here!) , I was a bit apprehensive on how good or bad this movie could be. It was a relief and indeed a joy to watch this movie. The comic timing is light and everyone acts well. Watch Two States as the feel good movie of New BollyWood 2014. Alia Bhatt is lovely, Arjun Kapoor decides to move his acting and facial muscles, and the veteran team of actors fits in the roles very very naturally. A good way to spend a few hours, and be amazed at the amazing diversity of India.
  • Talking on Analytics #rstats #analytics #bigdata #sas #conferences

    Ajay Ohri
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    This is a post that lists down my talks or conferences on Analytics and will be updated as I keep talking. It also lists sponsors.   1) Big Data Big Analytics - http://krishnarajpm.com/bigdata/abstract.pdf Workshop on  Statistical Machine Learning and Game Theory  Approaches for Large Scale Data Analysis  9 July 2012 – 14 July 2012  Sponsored by Mathematical Sciences, Division of Science and Engineering  Research Board at Bangalore India Department of Science & Technology Government of India. (sponsored airfare-hotel accomodation-honorium) Big data Big Analytics from Ajay…
  • Talk on Open Source Analytics at OSSCamp Delhi

    Ajay Ohri
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    I presented on how open source has helped business analytics grow. This  was  at the unconference (my first unconference) at http://osscamp.in/ Open source analytics from Ajay Ohri  
  • Updating R for Business Analytics

    Ajay Ohri
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    I just updated my R for Business Analytics site (http://rforanalytics.wordpress.com/ ). Additions are as below you can go to http://rforanalytics.wordpress.com/ for the complete list- What I am trying to do is build a kind of Task View dedicated to Business Analytics (aimed at Business Analyst and Data Scientists) with slightly better HTML ( maybe Markdown later on) and some visual appeal. —————ADDITIONS TO R FOR ANALYTICS COMPANION SITE Interviews with R Community http://rforanalytics.wordpress.com/interviews-with-r-community/ Developers Jeroen Ooms (OpenCPU)…
 
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  • The Stock Market Barometer

    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Stock Market Barometer A pioneering classic in Dow Theory. “If you are a serious student of investing, you owe it to yourself to ‘go back to the future’ and read this book.” –Charles B. Carlson, Editor of “Dow Theory Forecast”. The Dow Theory is consistently one of the best strategies for understanding and predicting the stock market, and when it is applied as a method of predictable forecast, it is known as the “barometer.” This finance classic offers tips and trends that William Hamilton observed over List Price: $ 34.95 Price: Your…
  • New Patent issued by the Japan Patent Office Reinforces the Value of TRADOLOGIC?s Binary Options Solutions

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    (PRWEB UK) 3 March 2014 TRADOLOGIC, the global leading binary option platform provider, proudly announces the issuance by the Japan Patent Office of a patent number 5458226 related to TRADOLOGIC?s methods for providing a platform for trading of financial instruments. The Japanese patent will give additional protection of TRADOLOGIC?s intellectual property and supplement the company?s current patents. This is the second patent that TRADOLOGIC obtains in Japan; the company also owns patent in Europe for a number of its trading tools and features. ?This patent is a proof of the…
  • Mastering the Trade: Proven Techniques for Profiting from Intraday and Swing Trading Setups (McGraw-Hill Trader’s Edge Series)

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    Mastering the Trade: Proven Techniques for Profiting from Intraday and Swing Trading Setups (McGraw-Hill Trader’s Edge Series) Expert tactics to become make the most of every swing trade In Mastering the Trade, veteran trader and educator John Carter shares his hard-won five-point technique for successful swing trading. In addition, Carter helps you move to the next level of confidence by explaining how markets really work and detailing behind-the-scenes market mechanics. List Price: $ 59.95 Price: Your browser does not support iframes.
  • ForexMinute Now Offers the Latest Bitcoins News to Its Readers

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    London, UK (PRWEB) February 07, 2014 With Bitcoins being already termed as the next best thing in the financial market, many new traders and investors are flocking in to try their luck in the currency?s trading. Quite parallel is the demand of reliable resources to strategize Bitcoin online trading fruitfully. ForexMinute, one of the leading forex news portal, has always recommended traders to stay updated with the current market events in order to succeed. The portal has thus been providing the latest Bitcoin news to make investors strategize their investments according to the market…
  • Rogue Trader: Battlefleet Koronus Reviews

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Rogue Trader: Battlefleet Koronus Battlefleet Koronus Rogue Trader RPG by Fantasy Flight Games Battlefleet Koronus is an extensive sourcebook for the Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader Roleplay Game, covering the myriad starships traversing the Koronus Expanse. It also provides a host of enemy starships to challenge Explorers, and delves into the rich history of the Imperial Navy and Battlefleet Calixis. With new rules on Nova Cannons, torpedoes, attack crafts, and squadrons, plus new options for outfitting player ships, this book is perfect for players and GMs alike! List Price: $ 39.95 Price:…
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    Trends and Outliers

  • Analytics Maturity, Stage 3: Predict & Optimize: Proactive Decision Making

    Spotfire Blog Editor
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    In a previous post, we described the second stage of the Analytics Maturity Model, “Diagnose,” which enables business leaders to visually interact and drill into their data to discover additional answers to questions that arose in the “Measure” stage. For example: Why did we have an increase or decrease in monthly revenue in a particular region? The third stage of the Analytics Maturity Model, “Predict & Optimize,” focuses on the future. This is where business leaders are able to obtain answers to questions such as “Where are we headed?” and “What’s the best course of…
  • The Key to Future BI: Discovering New Data

    Spotfire Blog Editor
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    Many business intelligence (BI) vendors and CIOs have positioned big data analysis to focus on data reporting. They then collect and store as much data as they can hoping someone, a data scientist or a team of specialists, can analyze the data and make sense of it. However, the industry hasn’t been very good at deciding what data to keep and what to throw out. What’s in Store for Data Discovery? Data discovery will soon eclipse data reporting as the focus of BI and big data analytics, according to a recent report by Gartner Inc. “By 2015, the majority of BI vendors will make data…
  • Location, Location, Location: Making Better Use of Geographic Data

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    Oil and gas companies rely heavily on geographic data to determine where to drill, contending with the location and positioning of rock formations before extraction, etc. Likewise, retailers are heavily dependent on locational data to ensure that they’re placing stores close to the target customers they’re trying to reach. Meanwhile, retailers also regularly use locational data to strategically position inventory in store aisles. The use of locational data across various vertical sectors can provide decision makers with meaningful insights they can use to optimize operations or…
  • Transforming Store Operations with Analytics

    Spotfire Blog Editor
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    Retail stores today pulsate with activity and generate streams of data about customer behaviors, customer traffic, employee performance, and inventory placement and sales. This creates incredible opportunities for retailers, their regional managers and their store managers to leverage analytics to better understand shifts in customer preferences, employee productivity, and merchandising strategies that can help them gain a competitive advantage. Point-of-sales (POS) systems offer retailers a font of information about customer behaviors. Store managers and other retail executives can analyze…
  • Analytics Maturity, Stage 2: Diagnose: The Root Cause of Business, Operational Conditions

    Spotfire Blog Editor
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    In a previous post, we explained how the first stage of the Analytics Maturity Model, “Measure,” enables executives and front-line managers to obtain a quick, current status of the operational and business performance of their company. The second stage of the Analytics Maturity Model, “Diagnose,” is where business leaders are able to visually interact and drill into their data to discover additional answers to questions that arose in the Measure stage, e.g., an increase or decrease in monthly revenue for a particular region. Executives and other decision makers may also diagnose why…
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  • Watermark Entrepreneur Conference Discount

    pemo
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    Women are a more powerful presence in business than ever, as both entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. Join Watermark for an afternoon packed with real-world know-how, hands-on workshops, solutions and inspiration galore—all designed to help entrepreneurial women take their businesses to the next level. We have a phenomenal line-up of speakers this year, so don’t miss this opportunity to hear …
 
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    LeadFormix - Lead Views

  • How to Make an SLA Between Marketing and Sales

    Tim Duranleau
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    A Service Level Agreement (SLA) between marketing and sales maybe just a one-pager, but it can be quite powerful. We recommend an SLA be made between the lead qualification team (which can be a subset of marketing) and the sales team to govern the process a lead goes through before handoff. Such an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sales Pipeline: How to Grow Marketing’s Contribution

    Tim Duranleau
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    Marketers today are increasingly told, “Show me the money!” They are urged to give up their old ways of running campaigns solely in the name of brand building and other intangible benefits. Instead, they are asked to magically transform leads into company revenue. Are you struggling to grow... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sales Pipeline: What Does Marketing Contribute?

    Tim Duranleau
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    Traditionally, sales would scout for leads and marketing would craft the messaging. But in recent years marketing has undergone a sea change. It is trying to reinvent itself and shed its image of being a cost center. Today prospecting for leads has become a joint exercise between marketing, sales,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is Your Website Your No. 1 Lead Generation Tool?

    Tim Duranleau
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Consumers today scour the internet for products, prices, and reviews. You can’t just let these people research you and go away. Instead you need to find out who they are and engage them. With inbound marketing the name of the game, your website should be your No. 1 lead generation tool. What’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Tips for Lead Nurturing Sales Rejected Leads

    Tim Duranleau
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Do you throw away all your sales rejected leads? Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Not all sales rejected leads should be flushed out of your funnel. In fact, studies show that sales will invariably reject leads and interestingly, an overwhelming majority of these leads will eventually... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    InsideView Blog

  • Why We Taught Our Engineers How To Sell [Narrative]

    Will Spendlove
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    “Hosting a ‘Sales Kickoff’ event for our engineering team in Hyderabad will impact product innovation.” - Will Spendlove  |  VP Product Marketing, InsideView In Geoffrey Moore‘s book Crossing the Chasm, he notes the importance of integrating a company’s marketing message into a team’s strategy. While that’s a strong statement for sales and marketing alignment (the […]
  • Why You Need Better Email Deliverability: It’s Much Less Elusive Than (A) Hummingbird

    InsideView
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Did you know that customers who receive marketing emails spend 138% more than people who don’t get those messages (source: Convince & Convert). You’re sending marketing emails, but what if your messages aren’t reaching inboxes? Marketing emails drive revenue, so you better make sure your system is working. We’ll keep this simple. Valid email addresses […]
  • Cloudy Skies Are No Match For This Man In the Moon

    InsideView
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Did you know that before the 20th century, three centuries passed with no blood moons appearing in the sky? So the next 17 months are pretty darn special. The blood moon will show its face four times before September 2015 — but if you miss that, you’ll have to wait another 17 years. If you’re […]
  • Hillary’s Royal Blue Isn’t Quite Purple (And Other Trending Topics From the Marketo Water Cooler)

    InsideView
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:10 pm
    We always aim to participate in the industry at multiple levels. Our attendance at last week’s Marketing Nation Summit was no different. We struck up conversations with prospects, connected with influencers, presented and sat in on informative sessions, listened to exhilarating speeches, and even chatted with other vendors about their marketing solutions. Basically, we saw […]
  • NOW LIVE: The 1st InsideView B2B Marketing Influencers List [Infographic]

    InsideView
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Late last year, InsideView launched its newest suite of products to arm B2B marketers with CRM Intelligence for the game of revenue marketing. At its best, InsideView for MarketingTM, will put marketers in a position to prove themselves revenue winners over, and over again. But, without an understanding of the marketing landscape, you might just […]
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    Business Intelligence

  • Mobility News Weekly - Week of April 20, 2014

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:35 am
    The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News WeeklyAlso re...
  • Real-Time GIS for Increased Visibility, Accountability and Productivity

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    By Caleb Benedict, Research Analyst, GIS and IoTCompanies are quickly finding new and innovative ways to recognize value by integrating real time mapping applications into their business processes. Real-time mapping is the GIS process of tracking changes on the earth’s surface and display...
  • Cloud Computing - The heavenly solution

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:38 pm
    IT is everywhere these days and an average small-to-medium sized business can’t function properly without the right IT tools. This includes both software and hardware. The financial efforts that are needed for a quality IT setup are far from affordable. On top of that, IT is one of the fastest...
  • M2M News Weekly - Week of April 20, 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Welcome to M2M News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the late...
  • Top 3 Salespersons Ranking by Monthly Sales Amount R language VS esProc

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Both R language and esProc have the outstanding ability to perform the stepwise computations. However, in the particulars they differ from each other. A comparison between them will be done by the following example
 
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  • Big Data and HR: when analytics become personal

    Noe Gutierrez
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    We live in the Code Halos age where everything that we do, every interaction that we have- positive or negative – generates data that lives somewhere in the “cloud”. No matter your age, there is probably a digital trail that you have left behind, data about you starts generating even before you are born. In fact there are many studies that capture data about the development of a baby while still in her mother’s uterus. But what does this mean for us? If it is a good or a bad thing that all this data exists and more importantly persists as we are born and grow up? More…
  • Why is the understanding of the consumer relevant for a Business Intelligence solution?

    Noe Gutierrez
    1 Mar 2014 | 8:19 am
    I was recently surprised when one of my customers asked me if I thought that understanding the mind and behavior of the customer was relevant when designing a Business Intelligence solution. My gut was telling me that the answer was absolutely yes, but I did not have any elements to qualify my response and in all honesty typically it is the other way around, we design Business Intelligence solutions to get insights into the mind and behavior of consumers. Presented with this conundrum, I really had to go back to my college days and pull out some material on psychology and examine it in the…
  • Replacing my old, trusty Twitter Analytics for #Excel for something that run a heck of a lot better. #socialmedia #analytics #twitter

    Patrick Husting
    27 Feb 2014 | 2:35 pm
    February 27, 2014 by Patrick Husting For nearly 3 years, I’ve used my Twitter Analytics for Excel to get some insights into social.  Great tool, but Excel has many limitations when it comes to managing A LOT of data.  Well, social is A LOT of data… I was contact by some guys that are working on a desktop social analytics tool that gives some great insights, but the data is also stored into a desktop database enabling me to use any self-serve BI tool like Excel, Tableau, Spotfire and many others.  Love it! The tool gives me some basic insights into the social…
  • Dashboard Inspiration: 3 Examples in Healthcare

    Matt Pugh
    21 Feb 2014 | 6:07 am
    As we get ready for the HIMSS Conference, it is a good time to recognize how organizations across the healthcare continuum are using data and analytics to improve patient outcomes and increase operational efficiency. Here are a few examples:   CarePartners Health Services CarePartners is a private, nonprofit healthcare organization which provides a full continuum of post-acute care to over 2,000 individuals daily in almost 200 facilities in North Carolina. read more Logixml Read Original Post
  • 5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Marketing and Sales Data

    Matt Pugh
    19 Feb 2014 | 11:56 am
    February 19th, 2014 Share Remember the days of old when you would walk in to the office mail room and gaze upon rows and rows of mailboxes, all holding the same piece of non-targeted, and irrelevant direct mail pieces? CEO or Intern, some data-deprived Marketer or Sales rep thought you would be interested in attending that conference or have interest in implementing a new auto dialer. Meanwhile, that conference was unrelated to your role and you’re thinking “Auto what?” It was an Oprah-esque giveaway; you get a piece of mail! You get a piece of mail! You get a piece of…
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    JReport BlogJReport Blog

  • Visualize Data in Real Time with Live Charts On Your Dashboard

    Boney Pandya
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    In order to make sense of data, you need timely actionable information. With Advanced data visualization, you can quickly make sense of the raw data and make business decisions out of it. Visualizing data in different types of charts such as bar, bench, pie or radar chart is good, however these charts do not show how the data has changes over time or how it is changing in real-time. In order to add the dimension of time to your raw data, it needs to be visualized using real time charts. Below are some examples of live motion charts supported by JReport. Motion Charts: In motion charts, data…
  • Strengthening Your Sales Strategy with Sales Dashboards

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

    Boney Pandya
    20 Feb 2014 | 8:06 am
    Ad hoc reporting gives end users instant access to their data with better visualization and presentation. Now, ad hoc analysis extends this self service feature by enabling users to instantly interact with their data with great agility. Visual Analysis allows users to easily transform their data visualizations. With visual feedback and on-screen drag and drop actions, users can look at data from different perspectives instantly resulting in faster discovery of actionable information. JReport’s in-memory cube technology can perform fast in-memory analysis of data from any data source,…
  • Easy Step-by-Step Ad Hoc Reports with JReport

    Boney Pandya
    23 Jan 2014 | 1:57 pm
    JReport is a Java based embeddable, robust BI platform giving end users the power to generate ad hoc reports on the fly with advanced visual representations that are completely web based and accessible on mobile devices. Creating and modifying reports with ad hoc reporting is easy. (Click on the images below to enlarge) Pick a Layout We start by selecting a blank page layout. If you would like to include your company logo or modify the page look and feel, you can choose a template layout. We’ll use the “Blank” layout for this example. Add Components On the following screen, we can add…
  • Ad Hoc Reporting – Self Servicing Your Reporting and Data Visualization

    Boney Pandya
    22 Jan 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The dictionary meaning of the word Ad Hoc is “improvised” or “impromptu”. In the context of business intelligence, ad hoc reporting refers to reports that can be created on the fly by the end user, whenever, however, and with little to no assistance from the IT department. Example: Imagine a large financial institution with many financial representatives, each with their own territory. With ad hoc reporting, financial reps can create their own reports displaying their goals, new transactions, number of client visits, etc. Thus, reps can easily create the custom reports that they need…
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    The Solopreneur Life®

  • The Fallacy of “Sometime”

    Larry Keltto
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    In his book “How to Write a Good Advertisement: A Short Course in Copywriting,” Victor O. Schwab stresses the importance of pressing for immediate action. Schwab asks: Has this ever happened to you? Your friends have had a nice evening at your home. Yet their goodbye goes like this: “We’ve had such a great time. […] No related posts.
  • A Macabre Niche from the 1800s: Photos of Dead Outlaws

    Larry Keltto
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    In my ongoing quest to find examples of interesting niche markets, I give you Ira Sumner, a Northfield, Minnesota photographer who lived in the 1800s. Sumner possessed a peculiar talent: taking portraits of dead men. And September 7, 1876, was Sumner’s lucky day. That’s when an eight-man gang of outlaws were foiled in their attempt […] Related posts: Another Cool Niche Business: The Chair Guy at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas Finland’s Urpo Ylönen: The Goalie Coach Who Found a Niche on the Ice How To Develop Your Niche — 5 Quick Ideas Based on My Experience
  • Exaptation: A Valuable Innovation Concept For Solopreneurs

    Larry Keltto
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Sometime around the year 1440, a young Rhineland, Germany solopreneur began tinkering with the design of the wine press. Rhinelanders had recently begun using wine presses, and the wine industry was on the verge of huge growth. Our solopreneur was fresh from a disastrous business venture: manufacturing small mirrors with supposedly magical healing powers, which […] Related posts: How to Get Into an Innovation Mindset The Valuable Lesson Ernest Hemingway Taught Solopreneurs Solopreneurs: Do You Stand While You Work?
  • How To Profit From Your Inventions, Yet Retain the Freedom of Solopreneurship

    Larry Keltto
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    When I read about inventors who have a great idea for a product but are working morning, noon, night, and late night to bring it to market, my reaction often is: “Why don’t you just sell the licensing rights?!” That’s just me. If I had an idea for a new product in an industry that’s […] Related posts: The Lesson About Solopreneurship That a Landscaper Taught Me Featured Soloist Monique Y. Wells: “I Love the Freedom to Explore” If You See These Words In An Online Profile, Check Your Wallet
  • How Affordable is Housing in America’s Best Small Towns?

    Larry Keltto
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    How affordable is the housing in America’s best small towns? Three things came together and caused me to ask that question: • I was on vacation in Phoenix last week — to recover from Minnesota’s bleak winter and to escape its wintry spring. This was the second time I’ve been to Phoenix, and I love […] Related posts: The Solopreneur Life Goes On Vacation May Snowstorm “Achilles” Will Make Some Small-Business Owners Smile
 
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    Statspotting!

  • Middle Class Canadians Now Earn More Than Middle Class Americans

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

    junior
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:31 pm
    The great divide cannot be explained so efficiently in any other way – we spotted this stat today, that sales of homes under $100,000 fell nearly 18% from March 2013 and those in the $100,000-$250,000 range fell about 10%. But sales of homes over $1 million rose almost 8% (Source) We had spotted quite a few stats in the past highlighting the great divide – Read The ‘Forbes 400? Worth More Than Half of All Americans Combined – but this one demonstrates the divide using something that everyone understands – home sales. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find…
  • Half of All Renters Spend More Than 30 Percent of Income on Housing

    junior
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:36 pm
    30 percent is a popular number in this domain – most financial advisors quote that as a golden rule – “Spend no more than 30 percent of your income on rent” – we spotted this stat today, that rising rental costs have ensured that many, many people no longer follow that rule – in fact, more than half of all renters in the US now spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent (Source). Los Angeles takes the cake – renters spend 46.9 percent of their income on rent in LA. WOW. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and…
  • 72% Of Greeks Need More Work To Make Ends Meet

    junior
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    We spotted a rather disturbing stat today, that things are not looking good for Greece as a country – some 72% Of Greeks Need More Work To Make Ends Meet (Source) – that puts the whole Greek recovery story in great trouble. The numbers are based on part time Greek workers wanting to work more, but is definitely reflective of the sad reality of unemployment and underemployment in Greece. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post 72% Of Greeks Need More Work To Make Ends Meet appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • Twitter Stats: 44% of Twitter Accounts Have Never Sent a Tweet

    junior
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Twitter has always had this issue of folks signing up but not using the product for quite some time now. We had spotted some very disturbing stats around this some time back – we spotted this stat today, that 44 percent of Twitter users have never sent a tweet (Source) Tweets have also been tricky to monetize – Read Zero Percent: Twitter’s Referral Contribution To Black Friday Sales. Challenging times, these. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post Twitter Stats: 44% of Twitter Accounts Have Never Sent a…
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    Smedio - Business Ideas Worth Sharing

  • 7 Things You Need to Know About the Evolution of Social Media

    Douglas Idugboe
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail I’ve always maintained that the true power of social media lies in its dynamism. Year after year, social media has reinvented itself and it will continue to do in the years to come. While social media started off in the form of blogs and wikis, the onus is now on using the optimal mix of various social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and others coupled with email and instant messaging tools. In this post, I emphasize upon seven things that you need to know about the evolution of social media. It’s not anti-email Being an early adopter…
  • Bud Light Does Its Own Version of “World’s Toughest Job”… for Dads

    Douglas Idugboe
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    This was expected. In an attempt to ride on the American Greetings’ “World’s Toughest Job” viral phenomenon, celebrating moms, Budlight has released a spoof version to celebrate dads. The humour is sort of unclear, as I’m still left with a big, ‘WHAT?!’ question mark. Well, here you go! Here’s to those dads that thought, “what about me?” after watching the original “World Toughest Job” interview video. Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Share on FacebookShare on Twitter Want more stuff like this? Hit the…
  • 7 Blunders that Strangle Online Startups

    Tracy Vides
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Each morning we wake up to about a hundred new online startups. Some make headlines (and eventually get bought out for $19 Billion) while others potter about for a while before dying an untimely death. In fact, a study carried out by Shikhar Ghosh, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, found that of the over 2000 startup businesses the team studied, nearly 75% ended in failure. With the numbers piled up against you, the last thing you want is for your dream project to become yet another dire statistic. Avoid the dangers of hellfire by simply never…
  • 24 Applicants Wouldn’t Imagine Doing this Job, Until They Found Out Why Billions Are Already Doing It

    Douglas Idugboe
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    This is definitely the World’s most difficult job. This fake “Director of Operations” job was posted by Mullen, a Boston based advertising agency, for a client called, Rehtom Inc. According to Adweek, this ad was posted online and newspapers and garnered 2.7 million impressions. The 24 respondents couldn’t believe the job description. Some of the the applicants described the job as “inhumane”, “almost cruel, sick twisted…”, etc. until they discovered billions are already doing the job for free. Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Share…
  • What to Tweet When You Don’t Know What to Tweet

    Douglas Idugboe
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail What to tweet? Many Twitter users experience a Tweeter’s block similar to writers who suffer from a Writer’s Block at some stage or the other in their life. They just don’t know what to tweet about? There are times when it becomes difficult for you as a Twitter user to decide what to tweet about and what isn’t worth tweeting. If you are facing a tweeting dilemma, be rest assured that you are not the only one experiencing it in Tweetosphere. As a Twitter user, your tweets decide the popularity of your business and brand. Just follow these 5…
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    Arbitrage Magazine | Business News with BITE.

  • Bigger, Better, Faster: Preparing for LHC’s Big Sister

    Shaimaa
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    By Timothy Alberdingk Thijm, staff writer The Large Hadron Collider, the most powerful particle accelerator in the world, has been running for three years since its conception in 1983. Already, international physicists are planning to introduce a big component to LHC’s family over the coming years: LHC’s big sister. The proposed new collider – whether it will collide electrons or protons is debated – was dubbed the Very Large Hadron Collider according to ExtremeTech. It will allow scientists to examine much greater energy levels– up to eight times as high, thanks to stronger magnets…
  • Boost in Global Insecurity: ‘All-Time High Terrorism’

    Shaimaa
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    By Adeola Onafuwa, Junior Staff Writer (Twitter: Deola_O) “Terrorism is at an all-time high worldwide,” says United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, Intelligence Committee Chairman, during the Global Security Threats annual assessment. 686. This is the confirmed number of fatal casualties of terrorist attacks just two months into 2014. There were 67 different terrorist attacks in various countries around the globe, which have raised serious concerns about the future of terrorism and the reality of global insecurity. Can formal International Organizations continue to be trusted to keep us…
  • LifeStraw: Changing The Future of Clean Drinking Water One Straw at a Time

    Shaimaa
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    By: Shona Bewly, Staff Writer Water is essential for life. There is no way around it. According to World Health Organization’s 2013 report, 185 million people can only supply their daily drinking water needs by relying on surface water. What can you do for the 768 million people who do not have an adequate or upgraded source for drinking water? You provide a simple tool: the LifeStraw. This cylinder shaped straw, weighing only two ounces, is capable of filtering 1,000 liters of water. LifeStraw does not contain chemicals, is BPA free, and removes up to 99.9 percent of waterborne bacteria.
  • The Future of Work for People with Disabilities

    Callie Norwich
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    York University hosts annual career fair for consumers of health services By: Ryan Moore, Staff Writer Entrepreneurs and Mental Disabilities They say the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but is it always the most profitable? Many great entrepreneurs have disabilities, which deter them from taking the conventional path. Instead, they have to find different ways to solve problems and succeed. For instance, Business Week reported U.S. entrepreneurs having a higher rate of dyslexia than the general population. “The study of top CEOs in America found that an overwhelming…
  • Is Global Warming a Good Thing for Canadians?

    Callie Norwich
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    How Canada may benefit from climate change. By: Brady Gidge As arctic animal populations diminish and extreme weather becomes more common, Canada will see several positive changes because of global warming. Could Canadians possibly be immune to the suffering global warming is expected to inflict on the planet? Scientific predictions of the effect In his book, The World in 2050, Arctic scientist Laurence C. Smith predicts some of the positive changes Canada will see in the coming years. Smith says Canada’s population will rival India’s, increasing by more than 30 per cent. Canada will also…
 
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  • The Rise of Data Discovery

    Dabramson
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    For years, the reporting and analytical needs of organizations were largely filled by traditional Business Intelligence systems. Generally taking months or even years to fully realize, traditional BI systems require heavy amounts of planning and resources, and often attempt to serve the diverse needs of everyone from upper management to workers in the field. As an IT-driven solution, traditional BI reports and dashboards offer a comprehensive top-down view of the organization. read more
  • Big Data and the U.S. National Institute of Standards & Technology

    ccaldwell
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:01 am
    So it looks like Big Data hype has reached NIST, and they are setting off to ta read more
  • MongoDB and Logi Info: The Intersection of Big Data and Embedded Analytics

    Omeyer
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:15 am
    It is nearly impossible these days to read anything that does not somehow refer to Big Data.  Whether it is an upcoming tech IPO or some secret government program, Big Data is in the news.    read more
  • Creating Competitive Differentiation with Embedded Analytics

    Alvin Wong
    4 Mar 2014 | 10:22 am
    Data and analytics is a disruptive force in all products and services, serving as a basis to create new businesses and upend existing business models. All businesses today capture data in some way, but the true value for the end user comes from the ability to analyze the data collected. read more
  • Dashboard Inspiration: 3 Examples in Healthcare

    Alvin Wong
    21 Feb 2014 | 6:07 am
    As we get ready for the HIMSS Conference, it is a good time to recognize how organizations across the healthcare continuum are using data and analytics to improve patient outcomes and increase operational efficiency. Here are a few examples:   CarePartners Health Services CarePartners is a private, nonprofit healthcare organization which provides a full continuum of post-acute care to over 2,000 individuals daily in almost 200 facilities in North Carolina. read more
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  • Conference Call Global Minutes - Examining the 2013 Data

    Dennis Collins
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    There hasn’t been a bigger force changing businesses in the last 10 years than globalization. To make the most of that level of globalization, firms around the world have to work together. From Shanghai to Cape Town, companies must be...
  • Free Conference Call Services - 5 Reasons they are NOT a Bargain

    Tonya Hottmann
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Running a small business can be expensive and cutting corners is sometimes a necessity. So, free services can seem very appealing. When it comes to business critical applications, however, free generally means low quality and inconsistency which can leave a...
  • The 5 Things Taxes and Video Conferences Have in Common

    Jill Huselton
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    April 15th looms large in the minds of U.S. taxpayers. Even though it arrives on the same day each year, Tax Day sends many people into full-blown panic mode—especially if they have waited until the last minute to file their...
  • Top 3 Dos and Don'ts of Conference Calling

    Jill Huselton
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    When it comes to conference calls, small talk can feel like a pointless exercise that doesn’t contribute anything to the topic at hand. But small talk is important because it lays the foundation for the rest of the call—and if...
  • Conference Call Preparation Check List

    Christina Todisco
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Any significant endeavor or operation can benefit from a checklist—especially conference calls. If CEOs, busy parents, and even Santa Claus uses them, there's got to be some benefit to using a checklist, right? What better way to make sure you...
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  • Accounting Software and Inventory Management for Manufacturers

    My name
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    By Stephanie Elsen All businesses can benefit by implementing accounting software. Manufacturers have their own specific set of needs when it comes to setting up and maintaining an accounting system, especially when it comes to inventory. With the right system, a manufacturer can increase profits, streamline practices, and keep customers happy. Here are some of the most important features within an accounting system and inventory management for manufacturers, along with their benefits. Assemblies ‘Assemblies’ is a term that refers to creating finished products from other component items…
  • Is it Safe to Continue Using Windows XP after April 8, 2014?

    My name
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    Are you wondering whether it's OK to continue using Windows XP after April 8? This video by Fox News helps explain the ramifications of continuing to use Windows XP after today, when support is being discontinued for the product. Is it still safe to use Windows XP after April 8?
  • The Person Behind the Voice – Mark Machtemes

    My name
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Mark Machtemes has a long history working at Red Wing Software, so if you are a Red Wing Software customer, there is a pretty good chance you have talked to Mark. During his time at Red Wing Software, Mark has worked in many different sales positions and is currently the Business Development Manager. In this position, he works with the Red Wing Software partner channel, corporate accounts and third party software companies. Here’s what Mark has to say about his time at Red Wing Software so far! “Having worked in the software industry since the early 1980s, I’ve been involved with many…
  • Notes from the President

    My name
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    You may not be able to tell by looking out the window, but the calendar says spring is here. This would be a good time to do some spring cleaning of your financial data. Do you have some customers or vendors in the list of names in your database that no longer exist? Maybe you have some accounts that just don’t apply to your business anymore. These items are just making lists longer and harder to filter through to get to the information that you may be looking for. Here are a few things you can do to spruce up you data. First, before you do anything that you haven’t done before, or may be…
  • Tips for Evaluating a Payroll Software Demo

    My name
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    By Stephanie Elsen Here's an article that gives some great tips on evaluating a payroll software demo. Evaluating a Payroll Software Demo
 
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  • What Every Spokesperson Needs to Know About Key Messages (Video)

    Cyrus Mavalwala
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    As a seasoned spokesperson in the healthcare industry in Canada, Clay Adams, ABC strategically applies the rules he learned as a journalist in Australia. While I was speaking at an internal communications conference in Calgary, I set-up a ‘Comms Crusader’ video interview with Clay because he’s a consummate professional in dolling out advice using humorous [...]
  • 5 Essential Ingredients for B2B Video Success – #5

    Ernesta Rossi
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    When you think of B2B video, do you think Boring-to-Boring? A typical challenge that many B2B organizations face when producing video is taking their complex subject matter and developing a story that is interesting, engaging and easy to digest. You could argue that technical viewers are happy enough to watch the ‘meat’ of it – [...]
  • Social Media This Week: Twitter Profile Updates

    Cait Overend
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
      This week in social media Twitter announced they would be rolling out new profile designs as well as some new key features for users. Many of the updates seem to be taking a page from the Facebook book. Updates include:   1.) Larger Profile Picture and Header Image Benefits: More freedom with design. Whether [...]
  • What is News?

    Peter Turkington
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    In today’s 24 hour, connected world, this is the billion dollar question. With the constant news cycle and breaking news available instantly via social media, what makes a story newsworthy? Are the principles the same as they have always been, or has the definition of newsworthiness morphed as technology has advanced? While social media increases [...]
  • 5 Essential Ingredients for B2B Video Success – #4

    Ernesta Rossi
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    This is the fourth installment in our series of blog posts about producing video that is engaging and moves the needle when it comes to marketing measurement.  Today’s topic is about ensuring production value delights the viewer. Corporate marketers often underestimate the effort it takes to produce a video that is delightful to watch. For [...]
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  • Siemens AG Relies on Teradata Architecture

    Daniel Gutierrez
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Teradata (NYSE: TDC), a leading analytic data platforms, applications and services company announced today that Siemens AG will be able to enhance its manufacturing processes and product quality by deploying Teradata technology.
  • Accenture Introduces Predictive Health Intelligence Solutions

    Daniel Gutierrez
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has launched Predictive Health Intelligence, a comprehensive set of analytics solutions to help global life sciences companies determine the precise combination of treatments and services that can lead to better patient, provider, and economic outcomes.
  • In Search of the Optimal Cheeseburger

    Daniel Gutierrez
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you’ve ever spent valuable billable hours time thinking about an algorithm to seek out the optimal cheeseburger, and calculate metrics like the maximal meat-to-bun ratio, then this presentation by noted data scientist Hilary Mason at the Ignite NYC event last year is for you. Hilary, a self-admitted cheeseburger lover, found some data sets in […]
  • IBM Goes Deep for Big Data Market with POWER8 Open Server Innovation

    Richard Brueckner
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    "This is the first truly disruptive advancement in high-end server technology in decades, with radical technology changes and the full support of an open server ecosystem that will seamlessly lead our clients into this world of massive data volumes and complexity," said Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President, IBM Systems and Technology Group. “There no longer is a one-size-fits-all approach to scale out a data center. With our membership in the OpenPOWER Foundation, IBM’s POWER8 processor will become a catalyst for emerging applications and an open innovation platform.”
  • Meetups as a Metric for Top Tech Cities

    Daniel Gutierrez
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    A new ranking of top start-up cities was released today by RJMetrics, which reveals the expansion of the tech industry nationwide and indicates some new potential leaders in the tech space, with Portland, Minneapolis, Houston, Baltimore and Pittsburgh seeing extensive growth in their start-up scenes over the last year.
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  • The Toughest Things to Measure

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    Measure Up LinkedIn Group members collaborated with me to create this list of the toughest things to measure in business. What are they and what makes them so tough to measure? Here they are, the toughest things to measure in business: quality of life creativity value of life sustainability risk management helpfulness to customers responsiveness to customers teamwork compliance collaboration employee morale safety attitudes supervisor/leadership effectiveness workforce development direct impact of consulting impact of initiatives on results training effectiveness happiness culture maturity…
  • Why Dashboard Dials and Gauges Are Useless for KPIs

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    Stephen Few’s arguments about dashboard gauges and dials can be summed up nicely in his own words: they "say little and do so poorly". Agreed. But there’s one specific reason that gauges and dials totally suck when it comes to KPIs. Performance measures, or KPIs as they are often nicknamed, are a very special type of quantitative information. While you might have more than just performance measures on your dashboard, you need to display your performance measures in a very specific way or they will fall far short of their purpose. The purpose of performance measures is to track change…
  • Quantitative Versus Qualitative KPIs

    25 Mar 2014 | 1:17 am
    One of the ways that people like to classify their KPIs and performance measures is by whether they are quantitative or qualitative. Should we do it? And if we do, are we doing it right? The distinction between quantitative and qualitative measures is often misunderstood. Really if you’re measuring anything, you’re gauging the amount to which it’s happening. And numbers are the essential building blocks of amounts. Even when you use rating scales to turn attitudes into numbers, you’re doing it to gauge an amount. So, technically, every measure is quantitative. Qualitative measures…
  • 10 Awesome Ways Big Data Is Used Today To Change Our World

    18 Mar 2014 | 5:21 am
    The term ‘Big Data’ is as massive in management and technology as Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus are in music. Like with other mega buzzwords, many say big data is all talk and no action. This couldn’t be further from the truth. With this post, I want to show how big data is used today to add real value. Eventually, every aspect of our lives will be affected by big data. However, there are some areas where big data is already making a real difference today. I have categorized the application of big data into 10 areas where I see the most widespread use as well as the highest benefits…
  • How to Create a KPI Terminology

    6 Mar 2014 | 6:26 am
    My client D.K. asks: “What terminology can we use to understand the different types of performance measures and KPIs?” We need a consistent terminology for our Performance Frameworks to be strong enough to support a large number of measures. But it can easily get messy. We refer to performance measures using all kinds of names: KPI, PI, lead indicator, lag indicator, metric, index, key figure, to name a few. And we classify performance measures using all kinds of buckets: financial versus non-financial, qualitative versus quantitative, strategic versus operational, to name a few. As I…
 
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  • Keep natural gas flowing with analytics

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

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

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

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

    Christoph Papenfuss
    14 May 2013 | 12:12 am
    It’s my data! No doubt – there is tremendous value in data. I use data collected from a small sensor in my bike to improve my cycling performance. Factories leverage data to keep their machines humming as long and as efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, most companies have historically tried to keep data for themselves. Sharing was a foreign concept. Security concerns and cultural barriers (“It’s my data!”) have fostered this environment. “Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”― Dalai Lama XIV Collaboration What if we could share…
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  • Keep natural gas flowing with analytics

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

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

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

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

    Christoph Papenfuss
    14 May 2013 | 12:12 am
    It’s my data! No doubt – there is tremendous value in data. I use data collected from a small sensor in my bike to improve my cycling performance. Factories leverage data to keep their machines humming as long and as efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, most companies have historically tried to keep data for themselves. Sharing was a foreign concept. Security concerns and cultural barriers (“It’s my data!”) have fostered this environment. “Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”― Dalai Lama XIV Collaboration What if we could share…
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    Financial Awakening Blog - Real Estate Passive Income

  • No Pain No Gain

    albert
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Hard working Author: Financial Awakening Blog If you still haven’t read Step 1 – Plan ahead. Imagine where you are when you retire, I highly recommend you to read it first. I remember my father keeps telling me “No Pain, No Gain”. You have to work hard in order to make money and to be successful in the future. I totally agree with this even now, but I do realize that something is missing. Something that is so important that if it is missing from this saying, it becomes invalid. If you pay attention in our society, it is not difficult to realize an interesting finding.
  • Items You Can Save Money On That You Did Not Know About

    albert
    11 Mar 2014 | 7:56 am
    Author: Financial Awakening Blog If you still haven’t read Step 1 – Plan ahead. Imagine where you are when you retire, I highly recommend you to read it first.   In life you cannot control how much money you will make, if you will win the lottery, or gain an inheritance.  However there is one thing you can control and that is your personal finances.  You can control how much money you can save and what you actually spend your money on. Everyone has a different financial situation and there is not one particular amount that everyone should save every month.  It is important to…
  • How To Get Rid Of Your Holiday Debt

    albert
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:43 am
    Author: Financial Awakening Blog If you still haven’t read Step 1 – Plan ahead. Imagine where you are when you retire, I highly recommend you to read it first.   The holidays are always a stressful time for people.  The stress is always worse after the holidays when the bills and the holiday debt start to stack up and you realize what kind of holiday debt your have gotten yourself into.  No matter what kind of a budget we set for ourselves it always turns out that we overspend at the holidays and then wonder how we are going to pay if off before the holidays roll around the…
  • Hot Water Tank. Rent vs Buyout

    albert
    31 Jan 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Author: Financial Awakening Blog If you still haven’t read Step 1 – Plan ahead. Imagine where you are when you retire, I highly recommend you to read it first.   hot water tank   Most home owner has a hot water tank, electric or gas. However, if you pay close attention at your natural gas bill,  you will notice there is a customer charge ranging from $12 to $30. This is the charge from a 3rd party company other than Enbridge. In my case, it is from Direct Energy. This is the hot water tank rental fee. Most people never thought about there is an opion to buyout your hot…
  • How to get a loan with 1% rate for 12 months. (Canada deals)

    albert
    4 Jan 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Author: Financial Awakening Blog If you still haven’t read Step 1 – Plan ahead. Imagine where you are when you retire, I highly recommend you to read it first. Basically, it is a credit card with 0% interest for 12 months. You can transfrer funds to your bank account. 1% will be charged after you transfer the fund to your bank account, but after that, interest rate is 0% for 12 months. Make sure you mark on your calendar to repay the loan before the 12 months period ends. The interest rate will become 19 to 30% after. Also make sure you have a way to repay the amount you borrow…
 
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  • R Helps With Employee Churn

    Joseph Rickert
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    by Joseph Rickert Pasha Roberts, Chief Scientist at Talent Analytics, is writing a series of articles on Employee Churn for the Predictive Analytics Times that comprise a really instructive and valuable example of using R to do some basic predictive modeling. So far, Pasha has published Employee Churn 201 in which he makes a case for the importance of modeling employee churn, and Employee Churn 202 where he builds a fairly sophisticated interactive model from first principles using only RStudio and basic R functions. And, while the series is not even complete, I think that is is going to be…
  • ... and, we're back!

    David Smith
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    Sorry about the blog being inaccessible for a few days. Our hosting provider TypePad was the victim of a denial of service attack. (The Revolution Analytics main website and systems weren't affected.) But everything seems to be back to normal now, so it should be business as usual from here on in. We did keep publishing during the outage, so you might want to check back through the archives to see the posts you may have missed.
  • Benchmarking RRE and SAS

    Thomas W DInsmore
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    by Thomas Dinsmore Regular readers of this blog may be familiar with our ongoing effort to benchmark Revolution R Enterprise (RRE) across a range of use cases and on different platforms.  We take these benchmarks seriously at Revolution Analytics, and constantly seek to improve the performance of our software.  Previously, we shared results from a performance test conducted by Allstate.   In that test, RRE ran a GLM analysis in five minutes; SAS took five hours to complete the same task.  A reader objected that the test was unfair because SAS ran on a single machine, while RRE ran on a…
  • Simpson's Paradox in a nutshell

    David Smith
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Norm Matloff points us to a pithy example that sums up Simpson's Paradox perfectly, captured in the title of a medical paper: "Good for Women, Good for Men, Bad for People". He explains how Simpson's Paradox isn't a paradox at all, but just the consequence of including a minor variable in a model ahead of a more significant variable, and illustrates this with an R analysis of the UCB admissions data. You can also see an interactive analysis of the same data here.
  • Webinar: Big-Data Trees for R

    David Smith
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    If you missed last week's webinar presented by Revolution Analytics' US Chief Scientist Mario Inchiosa, Decision Trees built in Hadoop plus more Big Data Analytics with Revolution R Enterprise, the slides and webinar replay are now available for download. The webinar includes a demo of building decision trees and regression trees in Revolution R Enterprise, and using the Tree Viewer to inspect the resulting tree, starting at the 30:20 mark. If you'd like to learn more about the big-data tree models in Revolution R Enterprise, check out the white paper, Big Data Decision Trees…
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  • How Does The Buyer Journey Differ Between Mobile and Physical Storefronts?

    Miles Branman
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Smart organizations are always learning from the ever-changing commerce landscape. As mobile consumption grows, it’s important for brands to understand how to translate the in-store conversion process of visitors to customers, to the mobile landscape. In this post, we’ll highlight how the buying process on a mobile device is similar to physical stores, and how it’s different. Customer Acquisition Storefront  Before mobile, even before web, customer acquisition was simple, but personal. Not only did businesses care about how new visitors became customers (or what restricted that…
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Grabs Nearly 1% of all Android Smartphones after First Week

    Dave Hoch
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    On April 11, Samsung, the dominant manufacturer in the Android market, released its much-hyped Galaxy S5 smartphone. Just one week after its global release, the Galaxy S5 now makes up an impressive 0.7% of all active Android smartphones worldwide, according to Localytics data. In order to get a sense of the popularity of the Samsung Galaxy S5 compared to its largest non-Android competitor, Apple’s iPhone 5s, Localytics examined the adoption rate of both devices in the days following their respective global releases. The key takeaway: After one week, the iPhone 5s made up 1.1% share of all…
  • How to Identify Conversion Hot Spots in Your App

    Bryn Adler
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    We’ve written recently about the importance of optimizing your app conversion rate for better mobile ROI, because identifying conversions is the key to unlocking the revenue potential of any channel. And mobile is no different. Identifying the conversion hot spots in your app depends entirely on using the right engagement analytics. Within your analytics, you can determine the how and why of your conversions, including which events are most successful in converting users, which of your audiences are converting, and how to optimize to improve. Two Questions to Start: Who is Converting and…
  • Mobile Apps: What’s a good conversion rate?

    Bryn Adler
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Conversion rate is one of the golden marketing metrics that is measured across most channels, and for mobile, it’s no different. Mobile app conversions go far beyond downloads; in fact, the real conversions happen in-app, when an engaged user converts on a specified goal. But as prolific as mobile apps have become, marketers feel they don’t have the insights to optimize their in-app experience to prompt purchases and other key conversions. One of the most common of these insights is what your in-app conversion rate should be. What businesses want to know is how well are users currently…
  • The App Churn Risk Window: 60% Chance Users Who Don’t Come Back within 7 Days Never Return

    Richard Cipolla
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    With more than 30 downloaded apps on the average American’s smartphone- plus some preloaded ones – apps face a lot of competition for screen-time. We’ve previously reported that 22% of users only ever open an app once, while 34% of users open an app 11+ times. For marketers, it’s important to quickly identify the one-shot users, and bring them back into the app—before they’re gone for good. But how can you identify which users will stick around, and which are just passing through? The answer is in the time interval between a user’s first and second session. 60% chance users…
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  • Data Never Sleeps 2.0

    Josh James
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    Sixty seconds seems like an insignificant amount of time, but when you look at it in terms of how much data is created, there’s a whole lot going on. Almost two years ago, we created an infographic to highlight just how much digital data was generated every minute. The numbers were staggering. Recently, we decided to revisit the topic and found, not surprisingly, that the pace of data creation continued to accelerate. Our first infographic, for example, showed that Facebook users shared 684,478 pieces of content. Fast forward a couple of years and that number has exploded to 2,460,000…
  • Twitter Round-Up, April 11 – 18

    Jared Heath
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    This week’s Twitter Round-Up showcases new ways to think about data. I didn’t go looking for tweets in that vein. They arose organically, and I saw the correlation. Perhaps I picked them because of my subconscious focus on these topics this week, or maybe it’s simply the thread that happens to run between them. But the data isn’t the point—the decisions someone makes based off of it is what matters. As you’ll see in some of these, data is never the point. Data is the building block of a larger insight and the resulting action. With that, I give you this week’s Twitter Round-Up:…
  • A Crash Course in 4 Trends Revolutionizing Big Data

    Tessa Curry
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The Harvard Business Review (HRB) recently stated that more data passes through the Internet every second than was stored in the entire Internet 20 years ago. In 2012 about 2.5 exabytes of data were created each day. That number is doubled every 40 months, also according to HBR. Big data helps us make sense of this information and even gives us a real-time look into what is happening. Companies have had access to big data platforms for several years now and use them as a means of creating accurate analyses. So what’s next for big data? Here are 4 trends revolutionizing big data: The Cloud…
  • Women at Domo Meet-Up: An intern’s thoughts

    Jessica Maughan
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    On Tuesday night, every woman at Domo—from the executives to the interns—was invited to the first ever “Women at Domo” event. The event was held in an effort to build community and provide mentoring opportunities across the company. Women in the workforce face unique challenges, and it was helpful to hear the perspective of those who have weathered some of the challenges and taken part in some great successes. With that in mind, I gathered a few thoughts from those who participated. Here are some of the insights that came out of Tuesday night’s meeting: You can have it all. I…
  • 2014 Gartner BI & Analytics Summit: 4 Key Takeaways

    Heather Zynczak
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    I spent the last week in Vegas. No, I was not there for the gambling; I attended Gartner’s Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit. It is the preeminent event for IT and BI folks. Thousands of the world’s largest companies send their data and reporting gurus to gather among peers to discuss insights and industry trends. Since my company was a sponsor, I got to be a fly on the wall amongst the “data elite.” Here are my major takeaways: The cloud will rule us all. One of the Gartner analysts talked about how “2014 is the tipping point for cloud-based business intelligence.”…
 
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  • Data Never Sleeps 2.0

    Josh James
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    Sixty seconds seems like an insignificant amount of time, but when you look at it in terms of how much data is created, there’s a whole lot going on. Almost two years ago, we created an infographic to highlight just how much digital data was generated every minute. The numbers were staggering. Recently, we decided to revisit the topic and found, not surprisingly, that the pace of data creation continued to accelerate. Our first infographic, for example, showed that Facebook users shared 684,478 pieces of content. Fast forward a couple of years and that number has exploded to 2,460,000…
  • Twitter Round-Up, April 11 – 18

    Jared Heath
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    This week’s Twitter Round-Up showcases new ways to think about data. I didn’t go looking for tweets in that vein. They arose organically, and I saw the correlation. Perhaps I picked them because of my subconscious focus on these topics this week, or maybe it’s simply the thread that happens to run between them. But the data isn’t the point—the decisions someone makes based off of it is what matters. As you’ll see in some of these, data is never the point. Data is the building block of a larger insight and the resulting action. With that, I give you this week’s Twitter Round-Up:…
  • A Crash Course in 4 Trends Revolutionizing Big Data

    Tessa Curry
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The Harvard Business Review (HRB) recently stated that more data passes through the Internet every second than was stored in the entire Internet 20 years ago. In 2012 about 2.5 exabytes of data were created each day. That number is doubled every 40 months, also according to HBR. Big data helps us make sense of this information and even gives us a real-time look into what is happening. Companies have had access to big data platforms for several years now and use them as a means of creating accurate analyses. So what’s next for big data? Here are 4 trends revolutionizing big data: The Cloud…
  • Women at Domo Meet-Up: An intern’s thoughts

    Jessica Maughan
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    On Tuesday night, every woman at Domo—from the executives to the interns—was invited to the first ever “Women at Domo” event. The event was held in an effort to build community and provide mentoring opportunities across the company. Women in the workforce face unique challenges, and it was helpful to hear the perspective of those who have weathered some of the challenges and taken part in some great successes. With that in mind, I gathered a few thoughts from those who participated. Here are some of the insights that came out of Tuesday night’s meeting: You can have it all. I…
  • 2014 Gartner BI & Analytics Summit: 4 Key Takeaways

    Heather Zynczak
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    I spent the last week in Vegas. No, I was not there for the gambling; I attended Gartner’s Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit. It is the preeminent event for IT and BI folks. Thousands of the world’s largest companies send their data and reporting gurus to gather among peers to discuss insights and industry trends. Since my company was a sponsor, I got to be a fly on the wall amongst the “data elite.” Here are my major takeaways: The cloud will rule us all. One of the Gartner analysts talked about how “2014 is the tipping point for cloud-based business intelligence.”…
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    Procurement Leaders Blog

  • Tactical Buying Can Be A Lever For Change

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    Companies that employ rigorous sourcing processes, specialized expertise and analytics-based change management are leading the way to transformational cost reduction.  In this guest post, Procurement Leaders invites Genpact’s Anuj Kumar and R. Raghavendra to look at the value on offer for those businesses prepared to adapt their model and develop the capabilities in the often overlooked arena of tactical buying.  While Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) remain under relentless pressure to show sustainable savings, most procurement organizations overlook the bottom of…
  • The Legacy Of A True Professional

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:10 am
    At American Airlines, John MacLean - retiring this month (April) - expanded purchasing and supply chain management to new heights, piloting the company through some of the worst storms in the airline industry’s history.  To celebrate 50 issues of Procurement Leaders Magazine, we’re looking at the impact procurement has had on business. In this post, Paul Teague writes about the legacy of American Airlines procurement chief John MacLean, who recently announced his retirement.  "Get in the game early. Don’t sit on the sidelines." That’s the advice that…
  • Procurement In 2025: Risk Management

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    In the first of a series of blog posts Carlos Alvarenga, principal in Ernst & Young LLP’s Advisory practice, discusses how risk management will change over the next decade. Recently, one of our multinational clients asked me: "What will procurement look like in 2025?" In preparing my response to the question, I had the opportunity to talk with CPOs, colleagues and academics about the major change drivers and how they might impact the function over the coming decade. The procurement of a corporation’s materials and services is, one could argue, the most complex business…
  • The Restoration of Print

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Despite thoughts that traditional print is dead, a revival could well be on the cards alongside its supposed digital rival. There is no doubt that the print industry has gone through a turbulent few years, particularly with the rise of digital platforms, and the talk at this year’s Ipex show, one of the world’s largest print, media and publishing events, focussed on how the industry will fare over the coming years. Interestingly for print buyers, the view was very much that traditional print and digital could co-exist and in many cases complement each other. One seminar…
  • Procurement Can Change The World: Educating The Business

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:29 am
    Have old perceptions of what procurement’s purpose actually is, got in the way of what it might be? To celebrate 50 issues of Procurement Leaders Magazine, we’re looking at the impact procurement has had on business. This week we’re asking for your views on how procurement has changed the world. Visit linkd.in/PXqkKj to submit your idea for a chance to win the grand prize. Anyone who’s been in procurement for a while can tell you how much it’s changed in a short space of time – looking back at old issues of Procurement Leaders Magazine, some…
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  • QlikView 11.20 Service Release 6 is now available

    Gregory Hood
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:09 am
    Hi QlikView users, We are pleased to confirm that 11.20 SR6, build 11.20 12347, is now available on our download site http://www.qlik.com/download. As well as bug fixes, SR6 introduces the following:3 new client languages, Korean, Traditional Chinese and TurkishImproved Desktop start page and Excel script wizardImproved support for Windows hybrid devicesImproved AJAX repository - faster response times and easier searchSupport for Windows Server 2012 R2Supportability improvements with new alert email tags Full details are included in the attached release notes.   …
  • QlikView 11.20 SR6 is now available

    John Callan
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    QlikView 11.20 SR6 is now available here This release includes the following major changes:  1. New languages - 3 new client languages have been added:• Korean• Traditional Chinese• Turkish 2. Desktop Startpage and Excel wizard - New design of startpage and Excel wizard to help new users to get started in a better way:• Easier access to Tutorials, Examples, Training and Getting started documents• Re-designed Excel Import-Wizard to better assist new users importing their first data-file and creating a graph. 3. Better support for Windows hybrid…
  • Laughter the Best Medicine

    John Sands
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:20 am
    I have spent the last couple of weeks traveling round Australia and South Africa talking about Natural Analytics and it is fascinating watching the way this subject resonates across the globe. Even though my brain has been turned to mush by the different time zones, as soon as I am on that stage the adrenaline kicks in and I come alive. This is the same adrenaline that would have given me the extra strength to have avoided being eaten 1000s of years ago. So we adapt our innate abilities to help us even when the original reason is largely not valid anymore. When presenting I use humor and…
  • QlikView Expressor RESTful API Extension

    Michael Tarallo
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Starting with version 3.9.1 of QlikView Expressor we released a new capability that allowed developers to extend, share and package custom functionality using the QlikView Expressor Extensions SDK. The Extensions SDK is a facility that creates new
  • The QlikView Cache

    Henric Cronström
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:47 pm
    QlikView has a very efficient, patented caching algorithm that effectively eliminates the calculation time for calculations that have been made before. In other words, if you use the “back” button in the toolbar, or if you happen to make a
 
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    Dice News » Business Analysis

  • Big Data Widens Opportunities for Business Analysts

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

    Steven Gara
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:29 am
    Teams sometimes gloss over a project’s business requirements in their haste to begin development. They do this at their peril, and it’s often up to the business analyst to lead them away from danger. The term “business requirement” describes a need that leads to one or more projects meant to deliver solutions and result in desired business outcomes. Business opportunities, business objectives, success metrics and a vision statement are key elements. Without them, it’s impossible to clearly decide what should and should not be included in the solution. Click here to find business…
  • 9 Points to Weigh Ahead of Your Next BA Role

    Steven Gara
    5 Mar 2014 | 9:24 am
    There’s a strong demand for business analysts out there, which means you could find yourself in the sweet spot of having a number of opportunities to pick from. If you do, don’t jump too fast. Take the time to consider these points as you evaluate your offers. Remember, it’s as important for you to be comfortable with your employer as they are with you. So when you’re searching for your next job, take a look at: The company’s recruiting process, what you see as your potential role and what recruiters look for in résumés. Every employer is different because business analyst roles…
  • Why Retail Analytics Specialists Need New Skills

    Dawn Kawamoto
    22 Jan 2014 | 8:06 am
    Following the consumer fallout of the massive security breach that engulfed Target, retail analytics specialists may find it tougher to glean valuable shopping data from consumers. Consumers’ privacy concerns have already been heightened by the National Security Agency phone spying debacle, and may be exacerbated by the Target incident, making them more reluctant to willingly share information with retailers. Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan predicts that 2014 will be the year of privacy, says InformationWeek. In the wake of all this, retail analytics specialists may need to rely…
  • Why Business Analysts Should Value Business Models

    Steven Gara
    13 Nov 2013 | 6:51 am
    As a business analyst, have you ever come across a project where you had to collect requirements and help design a solution for a business group, but every time you talked to someone, you seemed to get different, often conflicting, explanations of how the business works? Most experienced Business Analysts have faced this at one time or another. Many end users only know a narrow slice or view of the business in their areas. Rarely do they understand the whole, unless they’re at a very small company.  Another problem is that often the business is understood intuitively, and various areas…
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    Intelligent Head Quarters

  • Best Websites and Online Resources for SMEs and Start-ups

    Paula Newton
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
      Best Websites and Online Resources for SMEs and Start-ups.Intelligenthq Best Websites and Online Resources for SMEs and Start-ups Getting a new business off the ground and building it up can be a real challenge. Writing for BBC News, Howard Graham (2008) stated that four out of every five start-ups ends in failure. There are many reasons for this, according to Graham, such as failing to plan, failing to measure and failing to innovate. In the past all of this was further hampered by the difficulties of finding money to purchase expensive software licenses to get the tools needed to…
  • Streetbank: The Neighbours Social Network Website

    Maria Fonseca
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Streetbank: The Neighbours Website.Intelligenthq After decades of long hours of commuting, more people than ever have decided to move back to the centre of their cities. If some might be fearful of such dense urban living, what if that exodus back to the urban centres improved our happiness, by revitalising our communities ? What if one could get out of one’s home, being able to greet on his or her way to the station all his or her neighbours, like in the old times ? How to make people more interested in engaging actively and openly with their neighbourhood ? If this sounds like an…
  • Six Quotes By Clayton Christensen: The Disruptive Innovator

    Maria Fonseca
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Six Quotes By Clayton Christensen: The Disruptive Innovator. Intelligenthq Clayton Christensen , a professor of  Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, has been regarded as one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth and one of the most influential busienss thinkers in the world. His ideas have been widely implemented  in industries and organizations throughout the world. He is so well known that an article about him published by Forbes in 2011 stated: “Everyday business leaders call him or make the pilgrimage to his office in Boston, Mass. to get advice…
  • Top Six Traits Of A Social Business

    Maria Fonseca
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Top Six Traits Of A Social Business Top Six Traits Of A Social Business There is a whole lot of confusion between what is social media and what is social business. Whereas social media is a set of tools and technologies, social business is a way of doing business. An interesting definition of social business defines it as an organization that focus on benefiting its entire ecosystem (customers, employees, owners, partners) by operating through collaboration,sharing of information, and a permanent readiness to innovate. Even though social businesses are connected with social media and can use…
  • The Changing Nature Of Work

    Maria Fonseca
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Changing Nature Of Work. Intelligenthq The Changing Nature Of Work As you might have been experience in your life, our work habits have been changing over the past few years, particularly if your field is the knowledge sector. If one examines retrospectively our personal “working story” one might become amazed how work has changed even quicker over the past few years. Many of us used to work in an office. For various years, we had the same routine of getting out of our homes early in the morning, to commute to the office, doing the same as our parents and grandparents. There, we…
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    Blacklight Solutions

  • What Does $900M Mean for Cloudera?

    Chance Coble
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    Everyone knows that the world of data is bubbling up with some big moves in business, but when Cloudera announced its total of $900M in capital backing, it struck most people as an early April fool’s joke. While it technically hasn’t closed yet, it doesn’t appear to be a joke. So what does it mean? Cloudera had announced the week before $160M in funding, and then dropped the bombshell on its $740M partnership with Intel. However, Cloudera is still left with a healthy sum of over half a billion to execute on strategy even after some of that cash goes to initial investors. Intel’s…
  • Healthcare Analytics for Accountability and Efficiency

    Chance Coble
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:14 pm
    My husband always tells me that life is a journey and not a destination. Before the advent of technology and medical advancements, that journey was much shorter. Today, people are living longer due to the healthcare they receive and the industry has more demands imposed on them than ever before. Healthcare often becomes the cornerstone to improving our quality of life as we age. As a result, the healthcare providers need to determine how to differentiate themselves from their peers, or let’s even say competitor since it is a business. One major differentiation that seems to be unanimous is…
  • Do Not add Business Intelligence to your software product

    Lauren Guilbeaux
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:19 am
    Most Business Intelligence vendors out there today are trying to get a piece of the OEM/Embedded Analytics market and the message said over and over again is your product needs Business Intelligence, your customers need Business Intelligence so that’s what you should give them, ect. So should you listen to the BI vendors and add Business Intelligence to your software application? From my experience the answer is NO…DO NOT add Business Intelligence as a feature in your application. Don’t freak out just yet, let me explain. The BI market today is red hot and with a $76B market valuation…
  • Predictive Analytics in the Enterprise

    Chance Coble
    9 Mar 2014 | 5:20 am
    By Chance Coble Building a highly valuable analytics platform means extracting value anywhere it hides using the information available to your organization. Often, that means starting with basic questions about your business, its opportunities, efficiency and risk and then using the evidence available to answer those questions. Predictive analysis is one of the basic tools for accomplishing this, and is essential when it comes to handling big data applications. The reason big data applications so often involve a machine-learning or predictive component is that simple conclusions from vast…
  • Exploding Data and Accountability in Marketing

    Chance Coble
    21 Feb 2014 | 12:04 pm
    By Amanda Messbauer Marketing analytics is foundational to modern marketing, just take a look at Google AdWords and Google Analytics and even the ubiquitous Gmail. I’m a Gmail user and I love how Google recognized that we are constantly inundated with emails and created the tabbed interface to separate my primary emails from those promotional and social media emails and notifications that clutter my inbox. But what the average Gmail user may not realize is the amount of information Gmail collects from our inboxes and how they target their advertising specifically to me based on my data.
 
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  • Having FUN Can Be a Powerful Growth Strategy for Attracting Top Talent

    Aldonna Ambler
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    From a marketing perspective, one of the most valuable awards a company can win is inclusion in published lists of “best places to work.” The nomination forms for those lists often require information about the company’s participation and donations to the surrounding community (civic responsibility), data about financial stability and profitability, evidence of providing fair [...]
  • Business Lessons Learned from the 2014 NCAA Tournament So Far

    Aldonna Ambler
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Even when a team has over 34 consecutive wins, some jerks will question the legitimacy. Wichita State. Their game against Kentucky was as exciting and well played as any NCAA Tournament game I have ever seen. You wouldn’t expect an organization to be motivated and succeed if its CEO keeps telling the media that his [...]
  • Corporate Sponsorships: Investment Brings Involvement

    Aldonna Ambler
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of my roles is as a growth financing intermediary. Recently, I have been seeing more and more situations in which owners of mid-sized companies haven’t learned enough about the various types of growth financing and are inadvertently chasing the wrong kind of money. One of the most common mistakes is the assumption that the [...]
  • Selection of a CFO is Sometimes Your Most Important Decision

    Aldonna Ambler
    11 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Having a complementary CEO and CFO has become a competitive advantage in the dynamic world of major hospitals. Read health industry or business publications, and you’ll soon notice the name Amy Mansue. She’s the CEO of Children’s Specialized Hospital. NJSPOTLIGHT.com recently recognized Mansue as a “Top Healthcare Policy Analyst.” Plus NJBIZ includes CHILDREN’s SPECIALIZED Hospital [...]
  • The Evolution of Customer Service by Family Owned Businesses

    Aldonna Ambler
    4 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The first generation of the family business grew by investing long hours of hard work and detailed attention to customer service. The owners got to know customers through long conversations over dinners. Loyal customers told the first generation owners when something was wrong. They would complain and might even make a suggestion and then wait [...]
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    SIMUL8 Blog

  • Friday Tip – How to use Resource Individuality in your simulation

    laura
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    Resource individuality gives you very precise control of which resources will work on individual work items. This is great if you have a process where a resource has worked on a particular work item at one stage in the process and the same resource is then required to work on that same work item later on in the process. Let’s use the below example to see exactly how the functionality works: Below is a representation of an inspection process. There are two inspectors who decide whether items coming off the production line need rework. If the items need rework it is then required to be…
  • Friday Tip – How to use the new Resource Schedule

    laura
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    The Resource Schedule is a great new feature that has been added to SIMUL8 2014 which allows you to quickly vary the number of resources on shift by periods of the day and create unique shift patterns. Shifts can also be used for this however, the Resource Schedule is a faster way of achieving this, particularly when the numbers of resources change within short regular time frames (e.g. in 15 minute intervals). To Locate this feature go to ‘Data and Rules’ then the ‘Objects’ section and select ‘Resource Schedule’. Upon opening you will be presented with a table stating all current…
  • Friday Tip – How to use Queue Visualization

    laura
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    This week our Friday Tip takes a look at another new feature to SIMUL8 2014, Queue Visualization. This feature is great for providing you with instant results as you can see the content of your Queues by Label whilst your simulation runs. To access this feature select a queue on screen, navigate to the Graphics Tab and choose “Label Block” from the display drop-down.     In the Label Block options, you must choose the label that you want to see the visualization for. Enter the high and low values, and choose colors to represent these values. Any values in between will…
  • Are you going to the IIE Annual Conference? Come along to our networking and training events!

    laura
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    SIMUL8 Corporation will be attending the IIE Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada from May 31 – June 3 2014. As well as our usual presence, we will also be running 2 events, a networking lunch with guest speakers and presentations from SIMUL8 Users, and a training session where you can learn SIMUL8 with our expert consultants. Both events are free and are open to anyone interested in learning more about simulation. Sunday June 1, 2014 – Lunch Time Networking Event – 12:30pm -1:45pm Join us for our drop in Lunch Time event. Have something to eat, meet with other people in…
  • Friday Tip: New to SIMUL8 2014, check out the Travel Time Matrix

    hazel
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    The Travel time matrix is a great way  to see all of your objects at a glance and allows you to edit the travel times between all relevant objects using just one menu. To introduce you to the Travel Time matrix and show you how to use this feature within your simulations, we’ve created the short video below. For more detailed information on how to use SIMUL8′s Travel Time feature, check out our help files.
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    Intrafocus » All

  • A More Beautiful Question

    Clive
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    “Yes we are all hungry for answers. But first we have to learn how to ask the right questions.” Says Warren Berger about his latest book, A More Beautiful Question. Berger is an author and journalist who has spent the best part of his career profiling a wide range of highly creative people and companies. He has shared best practices and innovation secretes with his readers with the intent to promote change-making thinking to improve life and business. The book, published by Bloomsbury, starts with the premise that there is a vastly under-utilised and simple tool available to us all. That…
  • Step 9 – Strategic Evaluation

    Clive
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    Nine Steps to Success™ – Step 9 Evaluation Evaluation is the Ninth step of the Balanced Scorecard Institutes framework for strategic planning and management, the Nine Steps to Success™. One of the key differences between the Balanced Scorecard strategic planning methodology and other methodologies is its dynamic nature. Using the balanced scorecard enables organisations to continuously monitor their strategy, objectives and metrics in relation to their initiatives. This means they can adapt to changing circumstances rapidly and realign with confidence. In addition however, a more formal…
  • Step 8 – Alignment

    Clive
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:29 am
    Nine Steps to Success™ – Step 8 Alignment Alignment is the eighth step of the Balanced Scorecard Institutes framework for strategic planning and management, the Nine Steps to Success™. The importance of strategic alignment cannot be under-estimated. In its recent survey conducted by The Economist on behalf of PMI, “Why Good Strategies Fail” they state “61% of respondents acknowledge that their firms often struggle to bridge the gap between strategy formulation and its day-to-day implementation”, they go on to say the consequence of this is “Not surprisingly, companies that are…
  • Step 7 – Performance Analysis

    Clive
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:06 am
    Nine Steps to Success™ – Step 7 Performance Analysis Performance Analysis is the seventh step of the Balanced Scorecard Institutes framework for strategic planning and management, the Nine Steps to Success™. It is at this point in the process when we move from building a strategic management system to running the system itself. Whereas up to now we have asked questions like ‘what are we trying to accomplish?’ and ‘what should we be measuring?’, we are now using the information to determine how well we are performing, which of our strategies is succeeding and whether or not we…
  • Step 6 – Strategic Initiatives

    Clive
    18 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Nine Steps to Success™ – Step 6 Strategic Initiatives Strategic Initiative is the sixth step of the Balanced Scorecard Institutes framework for strategic planning and management, the Nine Steps to Success™. At the end of the day it is the implementation of initiatives and projects that cause change. When a business is stagnant or failing, setting a strategy, building objectives, setting targets and measure will be to no avail unless an activity is put in place to evoke change. Strategic Initiatives can cause significant organisational impact. They can be long-term or short-term and they…
 
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    MediFit

  • Small Changes Make a Big Impact on Employee Health and Wellness

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Small Plate is a 4-week weight management behavior change program designed to help participants practice improved portion control by altering plate size. Registration is open to all site employees and family members. The post Small Changes Make a Big Impact on Employee Health and Wellness appeared first on MediFit.
  • Field Day: Creating a Fun Workday Wellness Program

    admin
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The MediFit Team Fort Worth, TX hosted “Field Day”, an outdoor event to support “Be Healthy” week. “Be Healthy” week is a client initiative focused on helping employees to move more, eat healthier and “know their numbers”. Field Day featured nine “recess-type” activities on the lawn. The most popular included a life-sized ring toss, obstacle [...]The post Field Day: Creating a Fun Workday Wellness Program appeared first on MediFit.
  • New Insights: Impacting Success Rates in Employee Wellness Challenges

    admin
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:52 pm
    We wanted to learn how we could impact participant success rates in wellness challenges by assessing if progression matters. We designed two 4-week walking experiments. The first was a “No Progression” design, where participants were to complete 150 walking minutes each week. The second included “Progression”, where participants incrementally increased walking minutes each week until [...]The post New Insights: Impacting Success Rates in Employee Wellness Challenges appeared first on MediFit.
  • Start Lean: Innovative Employee Weight Management Programs

    admin
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:59 am
    Start Lean is a 12-week weight management program designed to help participants to maintain or decrease their weight over the major “food holidays”– from Halloween through the New Year. 70% of participants in the weight loss management program maintained or reduced weight during the challenging “food holidays”. Each of the participants worked with a MediFit [...]The post Start Lean: Innovative Employee Weight Management Programs appeared first on MediFit.
  • MediFit Welcomes Valerie Gordon as West Coast Director of Business Development

    admin
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:55 am
    Florham Park, NJ – March 5, 2014 – MediFit Corporate Services, Inc. announces the appointment of Valerie Gordon as West Coast Director of Business Development. Valerie will be working with the business development team in the acquisition of new business and will provide support to the operations team. Valerie comes to MediFit after 22 years [...]The post MediFit Welcomes Valerie Gordon as West Coast Director of Business Development appeared first on MediFit.
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    BambooHR Blog

  • Is Unlimited PTO Right for Your Startup?

    Jeana Quigley
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    In theory, the idea of having unlimited paid vacation days rocks! Who wouldn’t want to work for a company that offers its people all the vacation they want? I imagine backpacking through Europe (so long as my laptop slides easily into my backpack, of course) and sipping Belgium hot chocolate at a cafe while putting […] The post Is Unlimited PTO Right for Your Startup? appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Do You Care About Onboarding? You Should! [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Jeana Quigley
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    Do you have new hires dropping off like leaves from a tree in October? Instead of flinging yourself onto that leaf pile in frustration, start raking in the information from our recent onboarding survey to learn how you can better onboard. In February, we questioned over 1000 people (in the US and currently employed) about […] The post Do You Care About Onboarding? You Should! [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Recruiting: The Great Talent Hunt

    Jeana Quigley
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Some jobs are harder to fill than others. Ask any recruiter. Technical fields like computer science and certain types of engineering, even analytics, fall in this category. Sometimes these openings can take months and months to fill. And it’s not that there aren’t enough people to fill these jobs, just not many people have the […] The post Recruiting: The Great Talent Hunt appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • 6 Ways To Be Healthy at Work

    Anna Lim
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I missed National Walk to Work Day last week. But to be honest, I’m not all that sad about it. When I think of all the miles and minutes it would take to actually walk to work (and all the traffic and waiting at cross street corners), it’s overwhelming. But I get the idea behind […] The post 6 Ways To Be Healthy at Work appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
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    A Smarter Planet Blog

  • How Big Data is Helping Seed a Farming Transformation

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    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Casey Cox, Conservation Coordinator, Flint River Partnership By Casey Cox Growing up on our family farm in southwest Georgia amidst the pine flatwoods and oak hammocks of the Flint River, I learned how agriculture operates in an environmental context. The Flint River is part of one of the richest, most biologically diverse ecoregions in the world. The abundance of our natural resources, including water, drives south Georgia’s agricultural economy. Our culture revolves around nature and cultivates a deep incentive for landowners to conserve our resource base for future generations. When my…
  • NVIDIA’s Sumit Gupta: Fostering an Explosion of Innovation in the Data Center

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    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sumit Gupta, GM, Tesla Accelerated Computing, NVIDIA By Sumit Gupta Last week, while on a road trip to southern California with my family, I had one of those moments that parents treasure. I impressed my kids with what I do for a living. They wanted to know what song was playing on the radio, so I ran the song through the Shazam music app on my phone. I proudly told my kids that Shazam uses a type of high-performance computer processor from my group at NVIDIA to rapidly search and identify songs from its 27-million track database. That lightning-quick computing task took place in a far-off…
  • Medicine in the Information Age: Doctors as Healer, Leader, and Partner

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    23 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Jack Cochran, MD, Executive Director of The Permanente Federation By Jack Cochran, MD In today’s health care field, technology has enabled the unprecedented ability to gather and share information and support physicians in ways that could only be imagined in recent decades. Electronic health records, smart phones, and intelligence like IBM’s Watson are accelerating the rate of information sharing and redefining the “office visit” for patients and physicians alike. This powerful shift has taken us from the Industrial Age to the Information Age where our questions have evolved from,…
  • Top Ways to Choose an Asset Recovery Provider on Earth Day

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    22 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    By Richard Dicks Businesses today are stepping up their investments in exciting technologies such as mobile, cloud, big data and social. In fact, over the next three years, cloud’s strategic importance to business users is expected to double from 34 percent to 72 percent, even surpassing their IT counterparts at 58 percent. * As companies execute on these strategies, what becomes of the existing IT equipment? In a number of cases this equipment has value – value that may also help fund these transformational projects. So, what’s the right approach? Getting the greatest value from your…
  • Personalizing the Online Shopping Experience Through Cognitive Computing

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    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Kent Deverell, CEO, Fluid Inc. By Kent Deverell After a long, cold winter, spring is finally arriving – meaning shoppers will be out in full force looking for the latest in warm weather fashions. As consumers begin the process of researching these products, they’ll be looking for the most complete, immediately available source of information. So it’s very likely their visits to a retailer’s store will segue into visits online. Of course, retailers want that brick and mortar experience to transition to their websites; close the loop, make the sale. But, consumers’ online…
 
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