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  • Branding Isn’t About Being Cool On Social Media

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    Timo Elliott
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    I’m deeply cynical about most brands — and the odds are that you are, too. According to a survey last year most people say they wouldn’t care if more than 73% of brands disappeared tomorrow. And although strong brands can outperform the stock market by 120%, only one in five brands are actually perceived as making a meaningful difference in people’s lives. Most of my brand associations are a nuanced combination of positive and negative feelings. For example, I like my coffee machine, but when I see George Clooney staring at me from a company’s glossy brochure, it doesn’t make…
  • Bringing Data Visualization to the Masses

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    Spotfire Blogging Team
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Data visualization is extremely effective in helping executives and other users to absorb information and gain new insights into business and operational trends. It opens up new ways for knowledge workers to absorb information. For instance, a study of office workers conducted by Mindlab International at The Sussex Innovation Centre found that when data is displayed more visually, workers are 17% more productive. But in order for data visualization tools to be widely adopted by organizational leaders and other knowledge workers, they need to be simple to use and easily accessible. A time…
  • Is Supplier Diversity A Problem Of Data, Policy Or Culture?

    Procurement Leaders Blog
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Though there’s long been plenty of reasons to be sceptical, it’s increasingly reasonable to suggest that supplier diversity is a rising influence in the procurement decision-making process. Though there’s long been plenty of reasons to be sceptical, it’s increasingly reasonable to suggest that supplier diversity is a rising influence in the procurement decision-making process. It used to be asked: ‘Isn’t that a US concern?’, but judging by the caliber and sincerity with which top procurement professionals discussed the topic at last…
  • By 2015, Apple Will Consume 25 Percent of All DRAM

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

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

  • By 2015, Apple Will Consume 25 Percent of All DRAM

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

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

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

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

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

  • Using Air Traffic Data to Predict Ebola’s Spread

    Jo Craven McGinty
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    While a number of researchers are modeling the spread of Ebola in West African countries, a group at Boston’s Northeastern University has used air traffic connections to explore how the disease might spread to the rest of the world.
  • Leaving Puerto Rico, Counting Calories and a New No. 1 (Statshot)

    David Goldenberg
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Far more Puerto Ricans now live off the island than on it, many fast food chains have started serving slightly lighter fare, and Mississippi State took over first place in the AP football poll this week for the first time in its history.
  • Quiz: How Do Politics Relate to Shopping Habits?

    Rani Molla
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    People's political beliefs extend into a number of areas of their lives. According to data from a market research company, these belief systems also relate to how and what people buy.
  • Remember Pens and Pencils? They’re Doing Just Fine

    Rani Molla
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Remember pens and pencils? They're not only still around, but they're selling well. That has to do not just with surviving technology, but learning to work with it.
  • Americans Hate Congress, but Like Their Own Representatives

    Rani Molla
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    For Americans, their own Congress member is the devil they know. Voters have more favorable views of their own Congress members than they do of Congress in general, according to a Gallup poll released today.
 
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    Business Analytics

  • Branding Isn’t About Being Cool On Social Media

    Timo Elliott
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    I’m deeply cynical about most brands — and the odds are that you are, too. According to a survey last year most people say they wouldn’t care if more than 73% of brands disappeared tomorrow. And although strong brands can outperform the stock market by 120%, only one in five brands are actually perceived as making a meaningful difference in people’s lives. Most of my brand associations are a nuanced combination of positive and negative feelings. For example, I like my coffee machine, but when I see George Clooney staring at me from a company’s glossy brochure, it doesn’t make…
  • My Presentations at SAPinsider Singapore

    Timo Elliott
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m doing two presentations at this week’s SAPinsider Conference in Singapore (covering Financials2014, GRC2014, BI2014, & HANA2014). I hope to see you there! Optimising for BI and big data in the 21st century Tuesday, 14 October, 2014, 11:45 – 12:45, Melati 4103 The notion of a BI competency centre to promote best-practice data to use throughout an organisation has been around for a long time, but new trends in business intelligence such as self-service data discovery, big data, and hybrid transaction/analytical systems mean it’s time to rethink. Drawing on…
  • What I Learned at the SAP CIO Summit Mendoza, Argentina

    Timo Elliott
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    This week I had the honor of presenting a keynote at the SAP CIO Summit in Mendoza, Argentina, attended by CIOs from all across Latin America. The opening presentations were given by Leonel Graff, Managing Director, Latin America for SAP, and Guillermo Brinkmann, Country Manager for SAP Argentina. They gave an overview’s of SAP’s simplification strategy and what it means for today’s CIOs. My presentation was on the subject business innovation – and what’s stopping us from doing more of it, faster. It clearly isn’t the lack of new, technology-fueled business opportunities. We…
  • Cartoon: The Problem With Most Analytics

    Timo Elliott
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    The problem with most analytics projects is that they just don’t react fast enough, in two different ways. First, information isn’t available in real time. This is fine if you’re facing the same situation time and time again, and you can use past data to improve your future performance. But today’s challenges are becoming ever more dynamic, where past history doesn’t help tell you what’s going to happen next — for example, imagine trying to play tennis if you could only see the ball once it had gone past you! New HTAP (hybrid transactional/analytic…
  • Cartoon: Big Data Marketing

    Timo Elliott
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Most people don’t realize how much of their online activity is being tracked. One of the reasons is that whenever that tracking comes to light, people get angry about it — for example in the infamous incident when Target “knew” a teenage girl was pregnant before her father did. So the smart companies don’t reveal how much they know directly — because that’s too “creepy.” Instead, they act on the information indirectly, for example by sending you a selection of special offers, even though they know you’ll only be interested in the…
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    Visual Business Intelligence

  • This is your Brain on Big Data: A Review of “The Organized Mind”

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

    Stephen Few
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    In my dashboard design course, which I taught most recently last week in Portland, Oregon, it is inevitable that participants ask for help in gathering requirements for a useful dashboard. An entire weeklong course could easily be dedicated to the process of interacting with people to determine what they should be monitoring on a dashboard and how they should monitor it. Because my dashboard design course focuses on the visual design of dashboards, I spend little time on the important topic of requirements gathering. I know someone, however, whose work focuses on this important topic: Stacey…
  • New Arrivals

    Stephen Few
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    During the last few months, I’ve been hit with a double barrel of distraction. Life sometimes gets in the way, but the path forward is opening up and I’m anxious to once again give my work the attention it deserves. Even though I haven’t been very active in this blog recently, things have been happening. My new book Signal is only a few days away from being ready for editing, but just as exciting are the two new advanced data visualization courses that I’ll be introducing in January and the addition of Nick Desbarats (pronounced like the name Deborah) as an educator…
  • If Big Data Is Anything at All, This Is It

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

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

  • Is the term "big data" meaningless?

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

    Rick Sherman
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Data governance is not always a necessary evil. In a lot of cases a well designed data governance program can provide critical support in the area of risk management and regulations. Learn how State Street uses data governance best practices to support risk management and regulations. Afterwards, listen to a presentation on careers in data science by New Directions Staffing services. Meet other local professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange career advice while listening to quality presentations in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education. Please…
  • Big Data is not the only game in town

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

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

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

  • The Kardashian Index

    Jonathan Becher
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:17 pm
    I am concerned that phenomena similar to that of Kim Kardashian may also exist in the scientific community. I think it is possible that there are individuals who are famous for being famous. Writing in Genome Biology, Professor Neil Hall of the University of Liverpool suggests that too many researchers get invited to present at scientific conferences due to their public profile, rather than their academic standing. To help quantify this potential disconnect, Hall compares the number of followers a research scientist has on twitter with the number of citations they have for their peer-reviewed…
  • I’m Listening: Engage an Audience of One

    Jonathan Becher
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    Along with 70,000 fans, I recently watched my San Francisco 49’ers defeat a tough Chiefs team in Levi’s Stadium. Amid the din of the stadium, the cheers and boos, I foolishly tried having a conversation with a friend. Despite my best efforts to maintain a conversation, I was no match for Colin Kaepernick, stadium music, and thousands of screaming fans. More than ever, every day we are in a similar fight for attention. It’s no fun trying to have a conversation, much less forge a relationship, when you are competing with the din. Now imagine the opposite scenario. You might be in a…
  • 18 Minutes to Higher Productivity

    Jonathan Becher
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
    A few weeks ago I read “18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done” by Peter Bregman. 18 Minutes is a business self-help entertaining book based on his blog and weekly Harvard Business Review columns. The book suggests a process for prioritizing your day in 18 minutes over a nine-hour workday. As I was reading the book, I was struck by a number of quotes that resonated with my own philosophy: Bregman’s advice: “The world doesn’t reward perfection; it rewards productivity.” My version: Good enough is good enough Bregman’s advice:…
  • Gladwell vs Vonnegut on Change Specialists

    Jonathan Becher
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    You say you want a revolution Well, you know We all want to change the world Many readers will recognize these lines as the opening to the Beatles’ 1968 song Revolution. More than just a catchy tune, the song is notable because it was the first time the Beatles expressed political views so publicly. We might all want to change the world but we know that change is hard. In Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell’s “Law of the Few” claims the success of a social epidemic is heavily dependent on three types of people: Mavens, experts who continuously learn more and yearn to share their…
  • Keep an Open Mind

    Jonathan Becher
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Keep an open mind but not so open that your brain falls out. As part of a recent talk around creating a culture of innovation, I included this quote which is commonly attributed to physicist Richard Feynman. After the talk, a reporter asked me for the source of the quote to use in an article. Since I wasn’t sure, I spent some time researching and discovered that, like many famous quotes, the origin is unclear. The earliest related mention I could find was in an 1866 speech that Sir Edward Clarke delivered to the U.K. House of Commons: The mind was indeed so open that it had nothing in…
 
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    BeyeBLOGS - Latest Blog Postings

  • Online Training and Placement on all Oracle Technologies

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    From blog: Oracle Apps Online TrainingsOracle Apps Online Trainings is a Global Interactive Online Training and E-Learning providing company founded by group of IT industry experts offering Online Training and Placement on Oracle Technologies. Oracle Apps Online Trainings aim to provide high quality and Cost Effective Online Training and Placement on all Oracle Technologies. We have a ...
  • Online Training and Placement on all SAP Modules

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    From blog: Online Training and Placement on all SAP ModulesOnline Training in SAP provides hands-on training in all SAP technologies across the world. Our Unique training programs on SAP to kick start your career growth in SAP. We deliver comprehensive and cost effective software solutions on all SAP Technologies. For Details Visit: http://www.onlinetraininginsap.com Call Us: US: 001-713-900-7669, 001-6...
  • Hype or the Real Deal? The Big Data Conundrum

    11 Jun 2014 | 5:15 am
    From blog: Forte Insights Big Data has become one of those terms you can’t avoid these days, all the rage in and around the business intelligence industry. The overwhelming buzz makes you wonder – is there something really there, or, is the hype the result of vendors and consultants trying to make another buck?
  • 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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    Business Analytics News by Marcus Borba

  • Kenneth Cukier: Big Data is better data

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Kenneth Cukier, the Data Editor of The Economist, recently gave a good lecture at TED Berlin, intitled Big Data is better data. I agree with him when he said that there is a lot of hype around the term, and that is very unfortunate, because big data is an extremely important tool by which society is going to advance."Big Data is going to transform how we live, how we work and how we think", he said. "It is going to help us manage our careers and lead lives of satisfaction and hope and happiness and health, but in the past, we've often looked at information technology and our eyes have only…
  • Influential Business Intelligence Blogs

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Recently I was surfing the web and found out by accident that my blog was named as one of the 23 most influential Business Intelligence blogs by Justin Heinze at BI Software Insight. I'm honored to have been mentioned in the list, with so great other blogs.According the article: "Criteria used to select the bloggers included the quality of their writing and insights, size of their following, and their impact on the BI community. Each represents a valuable resource for anyone interested in Business Intelligence."
  • Perfect timing: Everyday big data

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

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

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

  • A Workshop Conducted at Delhi School of Economics

    Son of Gandhi
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    I had the good fortune to deliver a pre-placement workshop to students of Delhi School of Economics recently.   Here are the slides.   Fun fact- I saw my uncle’s picture from the class of 1951-53
  • Workspaces in Delhi and NCR – Social Offline

    insightsandchange
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    By DecisionStats Research Team Workspace is an exciting concept and gives one an opportunity to work – away from home and collaborate, brainstorm, network and socialise. We are visiting workspaces this month and the following one and will be presenting a series of reviews to our readers. The first one is Social Offline that we visited on the third Tuesday of September this year and here is the review: SOCIAL OFFLINE’S intent is connecting people offline while they are online. They come with three different offerings: Workspace, dining and bar. The Workspace and the dining restaurant…
  • Workspaces as a Concept

    insightsandchange
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
      By DecisionStats Research Team What if you don’t feel like working at home anymore or you think that you are not very efficient while working at home or your parents who are used to seeing you going out and working are not excited to see you at home throughout the day or you yourself want for some change and you long for human interactions? I myself had many of these questions and a desire for such a place which is not an office but a workplace where I can work at my own pace and socialize as well. And here it is the arrival of WORKSPACE, exactly what I wanted. Workspace is a shared…
  • Analytics Training Courses in India

    Son of Gandhi
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    We have compiled a list of analytics training courses in India. This was done by research team. Please let us know of any errors. Kindly note all the information was taken from publicly available resources, and any complaints or feedback with be published transparently within this blog We are trying to cut down the time taken by students to find proper analytics education, most of which is online and India is a major hub for analytics training . Note 60 INR (rupees) ~ 1 USD Companies covered (as of now ) are here. Jigsaw academy INSOFE (International School of engineering) Edvancer…
  • An update to Decisionstats.com readers

    Son of Gandhi
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    I have been quite absent on blogging here, and I apologize to regular readers. This is a list of things keeping me busy in 2014 1) Consulting - http://decisionstats.com/2014/09/21/writing-for-adaptive-systems/ 2) Finishing my second book http://decisionstats.com/2014/09/21/my-new-book-r-for-cloud-computing/ 3) Occasionally writing for Programmable Web https://www.programmableweb.com/profile/ajayohri 4) Occasionally writing for KDNuggets http://decisionstats.com/2014/04/01/writing-for-kdnuggets-com/ 5 ) Writing in angst on my poetry blog http://poemsforkush.com/ and my daily curmudgeon…
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    Forex Trading Info

  • ForexMinute.com Offers a New Range of Bitcoin Information Services

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    London, UK (PRWEB) April 26, 2014 ForexMinute.com, one of the world?s most stupendous forex news portals, has also done remarkably in providing news and educations resources centered on Bitcoin. The portal has always upgraded itself in parallel to the financial sector?s advancements. With the exponential growth of Bitcoin sector in previous years, ForexMinute understands the educational requirements of the people who would like to associate with this new era currency in several ways; therefore the diverse services. ForexMinute?s founder Mr. Jonathan Millet further elaborates their…
  • XM Announced Forex Trading Signals and Account Management Service Starting from 15th May, 2014 Onward

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    (PRWEB) May 17, 2014 Forex Signals (Signal Provider) and Account Management Service 100$ Monthly and 5000$ minimum account Management, XM takes 20% profit share as account management fees: Cyprus-based online trading provider XM have recently announced participation in new forex signals program and this is the official launch from 15 May 2014 onward. The growing brand reputation of XM is attributed to their superior online services provided to clients worldwide, including the Middle East and North Africa, and to their openness to strengthening customer engagement through regular…
  • Binary Options Platforms Specialists The Binary Options Experts Share Top Traits Of Successful People In A Recent Blog Post

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    New York, U.S. (PRWEB) April 22, 2014 Just recently, the ever-busy, hectic and frenzied activity in the New York Stock Exchange was reportedly almost brought to a halt. The reason: Traders stood transfixed as a heated argument was taking place on live TV, with the topic revolving around what Brad Katsuyama, former head trader in New York for the Royal Bank of Canada, has declared: ?The stock market is rigged? http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/04/02/heated-argument-over-whether-market-rigged-nearly-brings-wall-street-screeching-halt. Naturally, this type of statement instantly sent…
  • The Options Industry Council, Saxo Bank Sign Content Sharing Agreement and Announce Options Education Roadshow

    11 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    Chicago and Hellerup (PRWEB) April 30, 2014 The Options Industry Council (OIC) and Saxo Bank, the online trading and investment specialist, have signed a content sharing agreement making OIC’s renowned equity options educational materials available to Saxo Bank?s global client base. OIC has been educating investors and financial advisors in the responsible use of exchange-listed options for 22 years. To ensure investors understand both the benefits and risks of options, OIC provides education on a range of basic to advanced strategies and on specific topics such as volatility and…
  • Binary Matrix Pro Review: Examines & Unveils Limited Copies Remain for Enrollment and Bonuses

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    New York, NY (PRWEB) April 24, 2014 A Binary Matrix Pro review recently revealed the effectiveness of the new Binary Options trading system by co-developer Raul Daniels. Limited copies do remain but interested people and traders need to make an informative decision soon before the doors close. Experienced and beginners in the field of trading can make use of this binary trading system to earn profits in the currency market. The review by Jon Daniel from CovertForexOps.com dives in for a comprehensive analysis of the Binary Matrix Pro trading system. Binary Matrix Pro is a software…
 
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    TIBCO Spotfire's Trends and Outliers

  • Bringing Data Visualization to the Masses

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Data visualization is extremely effective in helping executives and other users to absorb information and gain new insights into business and operational trends. It opens up new ways for knowledge workers to absorb information. For instance, a study of office workers conducted by Mindlab International at The Sussex Innovation Centre found that when data is displayed more visually, workers are 17% more productive. But in order for data visualization tools to be widely adopted by organizational leaders and other knowledge workers, they need to be simple to use and easily accessible. A time…
  • Three Ways to Avoid a Big Data Bottleneck

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    As companies grapple with the tsunami of data coming from connected devices, mobile, and the Web, there is the potential for a big data bottleneck to block business innovation. That’s the assertion of Brian McCarthy, managing director of information and analytics strategy at Accenture Analytics, in a new Harvard Business Review blog post. He suggests that organizations take three steps to avoid the analysis paralysis that can result from embracing data-driven decision-making. First, despite the warp-speed that data may appear to be flowing through the corporate network, organizations should…
  • In Recognition of Excellence in Advanced Analytics

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    At TIBCO Spotfire, our mission is providing companies, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and other entities with the ability to capture the right information at the right time and act on it proactively to gain competitive advantage. Occasionally, the success that’s achieved by our clients is recognized by the industry. This past week, TIBCO Spotfire’s advanced analytics solution purpose-built for a client was honored with a 2014 Data Impact Award. The award ceremony, hosted by Cloudera, was held on October 15 in tandem with the Strata + Hadoop World Conference in New York.
  • Using Analytics to Find Profitable Customers

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    “It is no longer good enough to simply satisfy your customers or to have a product that works. No longer can you merely deliver a service within the timescale you have set. All these are important and we have to do them. But what will really make the difference is when the customer asks: when I went through that experience, did the provider really engage with me, did they understand my needs, did they think logically about what was best for me?” said Jo Causon, author of “Customer service: What should you measure to generate ROI?” Customer analytics can give you these types of…
  • Analytics to Drive the Next Best Action

    Spotfire Blog Editor
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Next best action marketing has gained a great deal of momentum in recent years. That’s because companies are increasingly focused on gathering, analyzing, and acting on insights for appropriate actions to take with individual customers. For instance, let’s say a bank customer applies for a new credit card. Bank officials can use transactional, lifecycle status, and other information about that customer along with analytics to help them determine that the next best action is to offer that customer a home equity loan at a lower rate than the credit card he was hoping to get. The use of…
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  • Robert Scoble led NoPanels with NoKeynote #nopanels

    pemo
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Robert Scoble led NoPanels Summer 2014 with NoKeynote.  Fabulous talk – in fact it had a momentum all of its own!  You can watch it below.             Robert was also kind enough to give me a quick interview after the talk.  (I got reprimanded!)  You …
 
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    Business Intelligence

  • Text File Processing solutions in esProc and R Language

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:45 pm
    As languages for data computations, both esProc and R language have rich functions to process text files. They have many similarities in basic usage, as well as obvious differences, such as in the aspect ofprocessing files with fixed column width and big text files, reading and writing designated columns, computational performance, etc. The article aims to compare their similarities and differences.
  • Super Easy Data Visualization and Data Discovery in the browser

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    People are drowning in Data and Organizations are drowning in a plethora of Analytic applications. Organizations are increasingly abandoning thin client mantra and are forced to adopt a mix of desktop based and web based analytic applications. If you notice around, all major BI vendors are increasingly pushing Desktop based Data visualizations. Providing Data Visualizations, Ad-hoc data discovery all within the browser is challenging and this is the same challenge our team has been working on for over past 12 months.
  • Grouping and Summarizing cases in R Language and Python

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
    The operation of grouping and summarizing includes grouping one or more certain fields of two-dimensional structured data and then summarizing fields of each group. The following will introduce methods of grouping and summarizing in R language through an example. In order to make the example more typical, we’ll set two fields to be grouped and two summarizing operations.
  • How to Preserve Every Moment from Your Child's Life

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    Here are some of the most wonderful ideas on how to keep collecting all those mementoes and preserving them for years to come.
  • IBM Information Server 11.3.1 Brings Oracle and SQL Server metadata repository support

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:16 am
    IBM has released Information Server 11.3.1 in order to support Oracle and SQL Server metadata repositories for customers who want to move to version 11.  The new release has some documentation: IBM InfoSphere Information Server, Version 11...
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  • Player Stats at your Fingertips: LPGA Embeds Logi Info to Empower Reporters

    Logi Analytics
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is one of the longest-running women’s professional sports associations in the world. However, while reporters covering other professional sports have long had unfettered access to statistics that help differentiate and add depth to their commentary, the LPGA’s legacy online media center was not considered a valuable resource by national, local or broadcast media. The legacy site had numerous issues, including: an unwieldy content management system; stale, missing and inconsistent content; static reports in PDF; and an inability to…
  • Mapped! When you think earthquakes, do you think California or Oklahoma? #Spotfire

    Patrick Husting
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    When I’m mapping earthquake data, I’m totally shocked to see the number and size of quakes in Oklahoma!  They have had 1,063 earthquakes in the year 2014!  That is the second most active state next to Alaska with quakes that are 2.5mag and higher! Makes you wonder what is going on there… Enjoy, Patrick
  • The Value of Extended Business Intelligence

    Logi Analytics
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Smartphones, social media and globalized markets have fundamentally redefined the way companies communicate and partner with their stakeholders. Companies today are increasingly dependent on input from customers, suppliers and distribution partners to remain competitive. read more
  • How Does Our Site Load This Fast?

    Logi Analytics
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Have you noticed how fast this site loads? Here’s a speed test I just ran: Go ahead and test it out, here are a few site speed testing services you can try: Pingdom Tools GTMetrix WebPageTest So what’s the secret sauce? Well it’s none other than SiteGround’s GoGeek hosting package. If you’ve been involved in […] The post How Does Our Site Load This Fast? appeared first on WP RSS Aggregator.
  • How To Run 10,000 Simulations In Excel At Once

    Patrick Husting
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    by Found this good video on using the Random function. Source: Enjoy, Patrick Like this: Like Loading… Related Categories: , | .
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  • See You at JavaOne 2014!

    myuancao
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    It’s that time of the year again. All throughout the weekend, we will be at JavaOne showcasing JReport, and our advanced data visualization solutions for better business intelligence. Stop by and see why we’re a top business intelligence company trusted by Fortune 500 companies, and discover what’s new with JReport 13. Get your picture taken at our booth and you might even be featured in a post at the end of the weekend! Unable to make it this time? Be sure to check out the videos and photos we will be posting periodically to join in on the action. JavaOne registration starts…
  • Hello from the Data Visualization Summit 2014, Boston!

    myuancao
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Behold! Jinfonet is taking part in the Data Visualization Summit (Sept 25 and 26) organized by Innovation Enterprise. We’re excited to sponsor this event and meet a lot of leading data visualization scientists, visual designers & data analytics. Why come to the Data Visualization Summit? Well, that’s easy. You really don’t want to pass up the chance to check out industry expert keynote presentations, meet visualization professionals,  and take part in interactive workshops. And of course, we’re here too. Stop by booth 20 to learn more about the release of JReport 13 and why…
  • How to Use LinkedIn for Business Intelligence

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

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

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

  • The Best Online-Writing Advice I Ever Received

    Larry Keltto
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Here’s the best online-writing advice I ever received: “Be brief. Be brilliant.” The advice’s genius is that it works for all online platforms: websites, landing pages, e-newsletters, landing pages, Instagram, Twitter, etc. The advice also works for older formats: advertising, printed books, newspapers, brochures, and even billboards. Ultimately, the formula for success in every form […] Related posts: Online Business Software I Can’t Live Without Golf-Swing Tips and Small-Biz Advice: They’re Irrelevant Best (and Worst) Online Marketing Techniques For…
  • Amazon Associates Program is Back for Minnesota Businesses

    Larry Keltto
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    If you’re a Minnesota resident and you operate an online business, this is big news: beginning October 1, Amazon started collecting Minnesota sales tax from Minnesota customers. This means the Amazon Associates program is up and running again in Minnesota. When Amazon shut down the program in Minnesota in 2013 (in response to a new […] Related posts: How To Begin Selling With Amazon 6 Cool Examples of Successful Niche Businesses The Solopreneur Life Book Available Free Through Amazon Prime
  • The Enormous Business Opportunity That I Missed

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

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

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

  • By 2015, Apple Will Consume 25 Percent of All DRAM

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Make Print Marketing Work for You in the Digital Age

    Guest Writer
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Print marketing seems like a dying species to many observers. The explosion of digital marketing in recent years has made print seem obsolete. A dinosaur that once ruled the advertising world, print is no longer cost-effective, useful or deserving of consideration for businesses seeking to attract the attention of potential customers. Or maybe not. In fact, it’s far too soon to write off the power of print. Newspaper readership may be shrinking, but most people still value print both in their everyday lives and when it comes to marketing…
  • An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Simplified Tech Tools

    Douglas Idugboe
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Tech tools made to simplify your business could be catalyst for growth in today’s business environment. The fact is, mall businesses are growing. In fact, 54 percent of all U.S. sales come from our 23 million small businesses, and the number of small businesses in the U.S. increased 49 percent since 1982, according to The Small Business Association. We live in culture where small companies and startups are revered and innovation is rewarded. But that doesn’t mean entrepreneurship and running a business is simple, let alone easy. While every…
  • The 6 Immutable Laws of Effective Copywriting

    Tracy Vides
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Effective copywriting can move mountains. Well, maybe not. That’s hyperbole. At least, it gets people to take action. But the old-school thinking that “written copy” ought to be “salesmanship in print” is quickly losing sheen. Just as fast as traditional sales is. Something changed. A new movement is up. Customers have too much content to handle. Your copy – I am sorry to douse your fire with ice water – is just “more” content for your potential customers. You’ve got to do something else. You may continue to write copy but you’ll…
  • 7 Time Proof Ways to Simplify and Strengthen Your SEO

    Alex Miller
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail SEO can be confusing for new site owners who only have time to sell and no time to deal with the minutia of good and bad search engine optimization. Even the smallest tweak to your code or site organization can help search engines better understand your goals and what you should rank for. Before you give up on SEO or put it aside for other site aspects, here are seven tips to help you get started with simple, future-proof SEO techniques that you can perform without much hassle. Focus on Great Content and Not Keywords The search engine optimization…
  • 4 Things the Pope Can Learn from Justin Bieber’s Twitter Profile

    Scott Masson
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail What can the Pope learn from Justin Bieber’s Twitter profile? Since becoming Pope in March 2013, Pope Francis has become one of the most beloved public figures in the world. His renowned humility and concern for the poor, as well as his outspoken stance on gay and women’s rights has endeared him to even the most militantly atheistic liberals. Saving our eternal souls aside, however, there is one area in which even Pope Francis falls behind: his social media profile. In order to help Francis spread his message of love and tolerance further…
 
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    Arbitrage Magazine | Business News with BITE.

  • Music therapy helps recovering addicts

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

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

    ARB_Admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Back in the old days, landline phones were the main means of communication, followed by beepers. These in turn gave way to mobile phones. While at first, mobile phones were a communication tool used by individuals with higher incomes or by those with absolute need for one, nowadays one cannot leave home without bringing one with them. As the Internet became more and more sophisticated, snail mail was slowly replaced by e-mail. Just like the way food has changed to being prepared in an instant, instant communication has become the way of the world. Among the changes in the speed of our…
  • The Future is Friendly for Professional Sports

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

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

  • The Real Farm to Table Story – How Muddy Boots is Transforming Real-time Decision Making Across the Food Supply Chain

    mdavis
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Founded in 1996, Muddy Boots’ Web- and mobile-based software systems help more than 2,000 food businesses around the globe manage and maintain quality assurance and compliance throughout the food supply chain, from grower to retailer. read more
  • Player Stats at your Fingertips: LPGA Embeds Logi Info to Empower Reporters

    mdavis
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is one of the longest-running women’s professional sports associations in the world. read more
  • The Value of Extended Business Intelligence

    mtichenor
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Smartphones, social media and globalized markets have fundamentally redefined the way companies communicate and partner with their stakeholders. Companies today are increasingly dependent on input from customers, suppliers and distribution partners to remain competitive. read more
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    3 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
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  • The Path from Deployed to SaaS

    mtichenor
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    Software as a Service (SaaS) is changing the way businesses use software. Offering the promise of lower operating costs, many software companies have begun the move from the traditional on-premise model of deployment to the SaaS delivery model.  However, it’s important that you do it right the first time. To help you find your way, we’ve outlined the steps necessary along the path from deployed to SaaS: read more
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    Red Wing Software Blog

  • Red Wing Software Offers Online Training Registration

    My name
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Red Wing Software offers live classroom training for customers at its facility in Red Wing, Minnesota, as well as other locations throughout the year. Customers have traditionally called to register for the classroom training. Signing up online makes the process simpler, for those who prefer to go online. (Those who prefer to register by phone still have that option as well.) To register for live classroom training online: Go to www.redwingsoftware.com. (Be sure to sign in, so the system recognizes you as a customer. Choose Training>Classroom Training. Click on the link for the training…
  • The Person Behind the Voice – Melissa Gora

    My name
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Melissa Gora has been the HR Generalist at Red Wing Software for seven years. As the HR Generalist, she handles employment law, recruitment, benefits and payroll. You may have spoken with Melissa as she also answers the phones now and then. Melissa has two lovely girls, Ella and Anna! They enjoy doing many activities, including attending concerts in the park and other musical events, walking dogs at the Humane Society, swimming, playing games and watching movies. Her girls enjoy school, and love arts and crafts! They even arranged an end of summer event at their daycare, where all the…
  • Customers in the News

    My name
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Jim Kelm of Kelm Management, a CenterPoint Accounting and Payroll customer was elected to a second term as president of the Farm Financial Standards Council at the organization’s annual conference in Billings, Montana.
  • Red Wing Software - Notes from the President

    My name
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    If you’ve read this column for any length of time, you know I like to share experiences I’ve had in customer service. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good. And, if you read the column two months ago about word-of-mouth marketing and how I virtually promoted someone’s product, and then read this one, you’ll think I’m being paid to promote other companies. But, I have to, again, share an experience I had recently. I was in Wichita, KS, last week and my brother took me to a restaurant called the Redrock Canyon Grill. It must be a small chain, as I learned there is one in Oklahoma City…
  • Payroll Software – Where does CenterPoint® Payroll Fit In the Payroll Software Market?

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

  • CASE STUDY: 3 Common Mistakes To Avoid With Your XmR Charts (Part 3)

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

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

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

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

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

  • How the MKL speeds up Revolution R Open

    Andrie de Vries
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    by Andrie de Vries Last week we announced the availability of Revolution R Open, an enhanced distribution of R.  One of the enhancements is the inclusion of high performance linear algebra libraries, specifically the Intel MKL. This library significantly speeds up many statistical calculations, e.g. the matrix algebra that forms the basis of many statistical algorithms. Several years ago, David Smith wrote a blog post about multithreaded R, where he explored the benefits of the MKL, in particular on Windows machines. In this post I explore whether anything has changed.  What is the MKL? To…
  • R in Production: Controlling Runtime

    Joseph Rickert
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    by Jamie F OlsonProfessional Services Consultant, Revolution Analytics One challenge in transitioning R code into a production environment is ensuring consistency and reliability. These challenges span a wide variety of issues, but runtime characteristics are an important operational characteristic. Specifically, production code should have a consistent, predictable runtime for a particular computational infrastructure. Among other things, this makes it possible to plan and scale IT infrastructure based on operational requirements. Analytics in general and R in particular possess…
  • Explore R package connections at MRAN

    David Smith
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Many R scripts depend on CRAN packages, and most CRAN packages in turn depend on other CRAN packages. If you install an R package, you'll also be installing its dependencies to make it work, and possibly other packages as well to enable its full functionality. My colleague Andrie posted some R code to map package dependencies a couple of months ago, but now you can easily explore the dependencies of any CRAN package at MRAN. Simply search for a package and click the Dependencies Graph tab. Here's a very simple one: the foreach package. The foreach package depends on two others:…
  • Because it's Friday: Dogs, Cats and their Diaries

    David Smith
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    It's been a super-busy time at Strata this week, so I'm taking the easy route for Because it's Friday this week: funny dog and cat videos. If you're not one of the 10 million people who have seen Sad Dog Diary, well, now's your chance: And if you're more of a cat person, there's also Sad Cat Diary: That's all for this week! Have a great weekend, and we'll be back on Monday.
  • Statistics doesn't have to be so hard: simulate!

    David Smith
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    My second-favourite keynote from yesterday's Strata Hadoop World conference was this one, from Pinterest's John Rauser. To many people (especially in the Big Data world), Statistics is a series of complex equations, but a just a little intuition goes a long way to really understanding data. John illustrates this wonderfully using an example of data collected to determine whether consuming beer causes mosquitoes to bite you more:   The big lesson here, IMO, is that so many statistical problems can seem complex, but you can actually get a lot of insight by recognizing that your data…
 
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  • 3 Strategies to Convert More Mobile Traffic

    Steve Wellen
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
    Shoppers are relying on their mobile technology more with every passing year to help them make better purchasing decisions. In the United States, 42% of American adults own a tablet computer; 58% of all adults carry smartphones, and they often turn to their favorite shopping sites and apps just to pass the time. That spells opportunity for the mobile-savvy retailer. But helping your mobile audience engage with you online or on-site is not as simple as creating an app, text club or QR code offer. Here are three ways retailers can make the most of their mobile audience: 1. Adopt a…
  • How to Rock Dreamforce #likeaboss

    Tom McConnon
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Every year, Dreamforce gets bigger and busier. So how can you avoid having your brand get lost in the mix? Here are 9 ways to stand out without screaming for attention (we’re looking at you, stretchy jumpsuit people). Command eyeballs – Nearly 200,000 people will descend upon San Francisco this year for Dreamforce. To get maximum visibility, advertise in high traffic areas like airport terminals and baggage claims. Jumpstart mornings – Nearly everyone gets juiced on java, so help people get going with a free cup of coffee and breakfast. Turns out a complimentary breakfast turns heads.
  • An Insider’s Guide to Dreamforce 2014 – Tips and Tricks to Having an Epic Show

    Darren Perucci
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Dreamforce is one of the biggest events of the year and it can be downright scary. But don’t worry. With a few simple tips and tricks you’ll be a Dreamforce pro in no time. Here’s your insider’s guide to pure #DF14 domination. 1. Be engaged in social media Use hashtags! In today’s social media world, it can be tough to be part of a conversation unless you are following along with a hashtag. I’d suggest making a list of topics you’re interested in and then finding popular hashtags associated with those topics. Examples and popular hashtags for #DF14 include:…
  • 15 Influencers to Follow Leading Up to Dreamforce

    Darren Perucci
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Dreamforce starts in just three days! With 150,000+ people from around the world descending on San Francisco for one event, things are bound to get crazy — including your social feeds. Whether you’re attending or not, your feeds are likely to be inundated by #DF14 tweets on a myriad of topics. You can count on tons of great content, cool promotions and a lot of spam during the four days of the show. It can be hard to keep your feet on the ground during the world’s largest cloud-based expo. The good news? You don’t have to go to the conference to get value out of it. All you need to do…
  • Flying Blind? Most Business Leaders Lack the Data They Need

    Jen Gustavson
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    As a business leader, you help pilot your organization. You have data that, like the instruments in a pilot’s cockpit, help you measure exactly how high, how fast, and in what direction your organization is flying. But if you don’t have access to all the information you need, you’ll find yourself flying blind to the opportunities and threats that constantly surround you. Business leaders who find themselves in this situation often lose their way—and risk taking their companies down with them. Here are two reasons that business leaders are flying blind, and how to introduce a greater…
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  • 3 Strategies to Convert More Mobile Traffic

    Steve Wellen
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
    Shoppers are relying on their mobile technology more with every passing year to help them make better purchasing decisions. In the United States, 42% of American adults own a tablet computer; 58% of all adults carry smartphones, and they often turn to their favorite shopping sites and apps just to pass the time. That spells opportunity for the mobile-savvy retailer. But helping your mobile audience engage with you online or on-site is not as simple as creating an app, text club or QR code offer. Here are three ways retailers can make the most of their mobile audience: 1. Adopt a…
  • How to Rock Dreamforce #likeaboss

    Tom McConnon
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Every year, Dreamforce gets bigger and busier. So how can you avoid having your brand get lost in the mix? Here are 9 ways to stand out without screaming for attention (we’re looking at you, stretchy jumpsuit people). Command eyeballs – Nearly 200,000 people will descend upon San Francisco this year for Dreamforce. To get maximum visibility, advertise in high traffic areas like airport terminals and baggage claims. Jumpstart mornings – Nearly everyone gets juiced on java, so help people get going with a free cup of coffee and breakfast. Turns out a complimentary breakfast turns heads.
  • An Insider’s Guide to Dreamforce 2014 – Tips and Tricks to Having an Epic Show

    Darren Perucci
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Dreamforce is one of the biggest events of the year and it can be downright scary. But don’t worry. With a few simple tips and tricks you’ll be a Dreamforce pro in no time. Here’s your insider’s guide to pure #DF14 domination. 1. Be engaged in social media Use hashtags! In today’s social media world, it can be tough to be part of a conversation unless you are following along with a hashtag. I’d suggest making a list of topics you’re interested in and then finding popular hashtags associated with those topics. Examples and popular hashtags for #DF14 include:…
  • 15 Influencers to Follow Leading Up to Dreamforce

    Darren Perucci
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Dreamforce starts in just three days! With 150,000+ people from around the world descending on San Francisco for one event, things are bound to get crazy — including your social feeds. Whether you’re attending or not, your feeds are likely to be inundated by #DF14 tweets on a myriad of topics. You can count on tons of great content, cool promotions and a lot of spam during the four days of the show. It can be hard to keep your feet on the ground during the world’s largest cloud-based expo. The good news? You don’t have to go to the conference to get value out of it. All you need to do…
  • Flying Blind? Most Business Leaders Lack the Data They Need

    Jen Gustavson
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    As a business leader, you help pilot your organization. You have data that, like the instruments in a pilot’s cockpit, help you measure exactly how high, how fast, and in what direction your organization is flying. But if you don’t have access to all the information you need, you’ll find yourself flying blind to the opportunities and threats that constantly surround you. Business leaders who find themselves in this situation often lose their way—and risk taking their companies down with them. Here are two reasons that business leaders are flying blind, and how to introduce a greater…
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    Procurement Leaders Blog

  • Cost Models And Watches

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Cost modelling is, of course, one of the levers that, when utilised correctly, by procurement can deliver the most impressive results. I remember speaking at length to former Royal Philips CPO Neil Deverill about how much he loved should-cost modelling, and how Jimmy Anklesaria of Anklesaria Group, and a should-cost guru, felt it was one of the profession’s secret weapons. In a few weeks’ time, I’ll be turning 40, which isn’t so much of a problem other than I’ve been challenged by my wife to find a watch that is worthy of marking the occasion. That…
  • Is Supplier Diversity A Problem Of Data, Policy Or Culture?

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Though there’s long been plenty of reasons to be sceptical, it’s increasingly reasonable to suggest that supplier diversity is a rising influence in the procurement decision-making process. Though there’s long been plenty of reasons to be sceptical, it’s increasingly reasonable to suggest that supplier diversity is a rising influence in the procurement decision-making process. It used to be asked: ‘Isn’t that a US concern?’, but judging by the caliber and sincerity with which top procurement professionals discussed the topic at last…
  • Let Your Suppliers Complain

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    As uncomfortable as it may be, procurement needs to hear from unhappy suppliers. In fact, giving suppliers the opportunity to complain or otherwise rate the way they are treated is a vital part of effective supplier relationship management (SRM).  Procurement Leaders, citing news stories in other media, reported last week that suppliers to giant UK food retailer Tesco are unhappy with the company’s organization and certain business practices, branding the firm as leaderless and difficult to work with. It’s a stunning indictment, all the more so since it turns the table on the…
  • Clampdown On Slavery In Supply Chains - Five Key Tactics

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    At the start of 2014, independent research showed that less than 50% of large UK businesses were regularly auditing their Tier 1 suppliers on whether they used slave labourers. That figure fell to 36% at Tier 2. Since then, we have seen multi-national buyers advance significantly their efforts to address slavery within their supply chains. In this guest post, Procurement Leaders invites Achilles’ Adrian Chamberlain to offer advice on actions businesses should take in the wake of the growing level of legislation aimed at encouraging businesses to tackle slavery in the supply…
  • Zurich Forum 2014: The Role Of Big Data

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    The Procurement Leaders Zurich 2014 Forum panel discusses the role and benefit of using big data within procurement.  Big data has many definitions, ranging from “unstructured” to “a lot of data” but the panel discussion on this very subject at the Procurement Leaders Zurich Forum defined it as “the moment when you have so many data points and systems that you cannot put it into one single system anymore”. So far, most of big data analytics has been seen on the sales side although we are increasingly seeing procurement applying it within their own…
 
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  • Protecting Qlik Sense against rogue servers and eavesdropping

    Fredrik Lautrup
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:59 pm
    When we designed Qlik Sense one important aspects was to start using standard security components where possible to solve different aspects of security. Protecting communication is a good example of this, as we used standard components to protect against
  • You ask, we answer! Additional Q&A from our Qlik Sense Webcast

    Michael Tarallo
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    On October 8, 2014, Qlik hosted a live webcast featuring CTO Anthony Deighton and CMO Rick Jackson introducing Qlik Sense. We only had one hour slotted for our speakers to run through the demonstration and answer questions. Unfortunately we could not get
  • Qlik Checks in at #1 in Customer and Performance Satisfaction in BARC 14

    Mark Bilotta
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    As you have probably seen from today’s news, QlikView has been ranked first in the customer satisfaction, performance satisfaction, product satisfaction, and considered for purchase categories among large international BI vendors for BARC 14. We feel the love from our customers as a result of this survey; and taking a look back - it’s been a great year so far. With that in mind we wanted to capture some of the best quotes from 2014 in one place: here is today’s Top Ten List ladies and gentlemen, let’s go. Top Ten Things Our Customers Have Said About QlikHere…
  • New Qlik Sense Forum Areas and Subject Matter Expert Intros

    Sara Leslie
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Hello Community Members, We are happy to announce the addition of new community forums to help support growing activity for Qlik Sense users. The structure for the new forum areas is designed to be simple and similar to the existing areas for easy navigation.  We would also like to introduce the subject matter experts for the Qlik Sense Forums and Resource Library. Both of them are long term Qlikkies and already very active in Qlik Community. Michael TaralloSenior Product Marketing Manager, Qlik Michael has over 16 years of Business Intelligence and Data Integration experience covering…
  • Planned Support Phone Outage on October 16

    Staffan Wessman
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    On October 16 at 1:00 am BST (9:00 in Tokyo, 10:00 in Sydney) our phone service provider is performing an upgrade that affects inbound calls to the Qlik Support phone lines during 15 minutes. You will of course be able to reach us using our other contact channels during this planned outage./ Qlik Support
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    Dice News » Business Analysis

  • The Key to Good Business Process Modeling

    Steven Gara
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Business-use cases are essential for modeling because they define processes as series of sequential steps with alternate flows. These use cases help stakeholders better understand the business and what’s working, versus what’s not. Click here to find business analyst jobs. Modeling business processes can help with many things, including but not limited to: Eliminating irrelevant details Presenting processes in a common format for all stakeholders Understanding complexity Assessing efficiency Capturing how value is delivered Determining time and cost Different types of business-use case…
  • The Importance of Mapping Business Concepts

    Steven Gara
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Analyzing business information is the first and often weakest link in the business-analysis process. The “as-is” of the business situation is typically ill-defined and in need of reworking. As a result, business analysis should be viewed as a meaningful and creative learning process. Businesses Are Run by People Getting actual involvement from businesspeople on business analysis and business development projects is usually a large challenge. Capturing and retaining the attention of those key people, who know what the business is really about, always competes with a busy day full…
  • Setting Quality Requirements With ‘Planguage’

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

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

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

  • Studying Business At The University For Peace

    Paula Newton
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:29 pm
    The University for Peace There have been many initiatives to promote peace but perhaps none more inspiring and educational than the University for Peace. It seems only appropriate that such an institution is mandated by the United Nations and located in Costa Rica, a country that does not have a permanently standing army. You may be imagining the University of People to be a new initiative, but actually the organisation has been running since late 1980, established as a treaty organisation by the UN General Assembly. The mission of the university in essence is: “To provide humanity with an…
  • Little Guide to Online Reputation For Social Businesses

    Paula Newton
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    guide to online reputation Intelligenthq Everyone, even those that do not use the Internet all that much have an online reputation. That may be surprising for some to know. After all, maybe you keep your privacy levels at the highest possible settings, and don’t allow your friends to tag you in pictures and so on. Nonetheless, you have an online reputation and it is well worth keeping it managed. That applies not just to organisations but also to individuals. That’s because if you go for an interview, your new employer will almost certainly check out what they can find out about you…
  • Positive Money : Explaining How “New Money” Is Made Through Debt

    Paula Newton
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Positive Money : Explaining How “New money” Is Made Through Debt Article written by Paula Newton and Maria Fonseca Where does money come from ? How does the system of money work ? What is money after all ?  Positive Money is a movement that tries to investigate some answers for these questions, and that searches for a money and banking system that works for society and not against it, which the organisation asserts that the current situation has the unfortunate disadvantage of doing. Positive Money suggests that the current financial system that we are in has left people with the…
  • “The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms” by Nassin Nicholas Taleb

    Ivo Dias de Sousa
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Nassim Taleb Intelligenthq “The Bed of Procrustes” is an excellent book written by Nassim Taleb. That doesn´t mean that most of the readers would like the book. However, I think you should take the risk of buying and reading the book. Why? The book is well-written and has a lot of thought provoking “food” for our mind. Dear reader, you probably know the author or, at least, some of his books. Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a Lebanese-American writer and scholar. He worked before as a hedge fund manager for more then two decades. Now, his work focuses on questions around randomness and…
  • How Social Media Reflects The levels Of Narcissism and Empathy in Society

    Paula Newton
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    How Social Media Reflects The levels Of Narcissism and Empathy in Society Do you use facebook ? If so what do you usually do ? The advent of social media and websites such as Facebook and Twitter have led many to question how online relationships have influenced offline relationships. It has also led to studies of self perception and the perception of others. One recent study along these lines was carried out by Dr. Tracy Alloway, an academic at the University of North Florida. It was reported on in Science Daily in 2014. Alloway carried out a study into adult Facebook users between the ages…
 
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    Blacklight Solutions

  • Why Go Cloud?

    Christa Rose
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    By Christa Rose Cloud computing can be a game-changer for businesses of all size.  However, the proliferation of cloud configurations, vendors and applications has led to some confusion and trepidation in implementing cloud solutions.  We work with many business owners to answer the question, “what will cloud do for my business?” The advent of cloud computing essentially […]
  • Rising Data Security Concerns

    Christa Rose
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    By Christa Rose The unveiling of the Apple Watch in early September accelerated the hype over wearable technology.  Wearables have crossed the threshold of being for the technorati and are now in the consciousness of mainstream consumers.  We now want robotics to improve our lives by telling us about our quality of sleep and when we should […]
  • Spark Night Recap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Aldonna Ambler
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    If your business grew by 5% last year, should this year’s goal be 6%? If your segment of an industry has been shrinking by 8% each of the last 3 years, should you scrap your growth goals and only focus on cost cutting? Or are a series of sub goals related to increased productivity, product [...]
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    SIMUL8 Blog

  • Friday Tip: Using the spreadsheet button within the formula editor

    admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    In this week’s Friday tip, we will look at referencing a cell within an internal spreadsheet, using the spreadsheet button within the formula editor. Let’s imagine that we have a factory, which is modeled using the simple simulation below: Within our simulation, we will have an internal spreadsheet which contains the timings for each of the machines. In this example, I will call this “ssTimings”. In most real-life examples, we would not simply have a spreadsheet with the machine name and the processing time: Instead, we are likely to have a complex spreadsheet, with a large amount of…
  • Friday Tip: Using Variables in Dialog Text

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Sometimes within a dialog you may want to show a variable value to highlight useful information about simulation settings to users. If you want to add descriptive text to your dialog but want to reference a variable value in the text, then if you place the variable name in curly brackets, SIMUL8 will put in the variable value when the dialog is displayed. Example: In this simulation the process time of an activity is stored in the global variable ‘gbl_time’, this variable has been given a time of 10 minutes. When this dialog is open the variable within the curly brackets will display as…
  • Friday Tip: Using Resource Priorities

    admin
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Lots of systems use multi-skilled resources. These resources can work on several tasks, but are likely to be better in some tasks than others. Please see the screenshot below for a simplified version of such a system: This example shows two types of work entering the system, each requiring to be processed in different activities. Work of type 1 enters the model in the first Start point and is routed to Activity 1. Here we need a resource from resource pool Pool Type 1, which uses both Skill resources with a preference for Skill 1. Work type 2 enters the second stream in the model and uses…
  • Friday Tip: Using Change Overs in your Simulation

    sander
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    Many processes contain change overs; a setup or cleaning time associated prior to running the next operation. SIMUL8 offers this functionality as part of the routing-in process in activities. The option can be found on the 3rd tab under routing in, called Change Over. This dialog is now divided into 2 segments: The center part of the dialog allows users to determine when change overs occur. The following options are available: - No Setup Time: no change-over will occur - Every Nth Work Item: a change-over will happen after every so many items, e.g. setting this value to 1 will result in a…
  • Friday Tip: Shortcut Keys for Objects and Lists

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

  • Innovating Workplace Wellness: Ice Bucket Challenge Increases Participation

    admin
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Look who put the fun in fitness and wellness: MediFit Team Bala Cynwyd, PA. The MediFit team worked with client marketing representatives to organize an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Company CEO’s sent an email to employees featuring a video clip that challenged everyone to participate in a group “ice bucket dump” on a specific day [...]The post Innovating Workplace Wellness: Ice Bucket Challenge Increases Participation appeared first on MediFit.
  • Employee Workplace Wellness Innovations Through Experimentation: Microbursts Increase Movement

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    We wanted to learn how we could increase employee movement during the workday by seeing how a direct email featuring a simple, low-barrier 60 second “microburst’ impacts movement. Twice each week over a 12-week period, 1,138 employees received an email entitled “ACTION: Microburst”. Email delivery times rotated among typical morning and afternoon break periods. Each [...]The post Employee Workplace Wellness Innovations Through Experimentation: Microbursts Increase Movement appeared first on MediFit.
  • Increase Workplace Fitness Center Membership Through New Hire Education

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

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

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

  • Companies That Really Get Onboarding

    Jeana Quigley
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Bringing on new employees is an exciting time. It’s exciting for the new employee but also for the company who is bringing a new team member into the fold. Most new employees—no matter how confident—will feel a bit nervous having to meet new people and understand a whole new company culture. It’s the company’s job to […] The post Companies That Really Get Onboarding appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Dress Code: Can You Do Great Work in Jeans and Flip Flops?

    Jeana Quigley
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    Back in college, I used to wear sweats or comfy jeans and a hoodie to the testing center when I had to take a test. I knew others who would dress in suits or dresses to take the same test. They said it made them feel more confident, but I shook my head. Comfort was […] The post Dress Code: Can You Do Great Work in Jeans and Flip Flops? appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Common Perceptions of Productivity

    Anna Lim
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    Perception is reality. Perception is everything. But is it? If you could choose, what would be more important? Productivity or the perception of being productive? In offices all around the world, people are doing things to make themselves seem more productive to their teams and managers. In fact, I Google’d “How to look productive at […] The post Common Perceptions of Productivity appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Having Communication Problems Across Departments?

    Jeana Quigley
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    I have childhood memories of sitting on the bench alone, my legs swinging back and forth as the rest of my softball team was playing the field. When I did get out there, right field was an expansive wonderland, ripe with day dreams, my choice of dandelions to pick and the softest grass that was […] The post Having Communication Problems Across Departments? appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
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    A Smarter Planet Blog

  • How Analytics Are Aiding in Elder Care

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    22 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Jia Chen, PhD, Director Health Solutions, IBM Smarter Cities By Jia Chen, PhD In the most popular eldercare home located in the heart of downtown Beijing, there are more than 10,000 applicants waiting for one of its 1,100 beds. The waiting list is currently 100 years long as only a few beds open up each year. By the end of 2013, there were more than 200 million people over the age of 60 in China, accounting for 20% of the elderly population worldwide, making it the country with the most senior citizens in the world. China is also the country with the fastest growing aging population. It’s…
  • Q&A with Cynthia Burghard, Gauging a New Kind of Healthcare

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    21 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Cynthia Burghard, a Research Director with IDC’s Health Insights The world of healthcare is revolving and evolving ever faster as new technologies and approaches to care take shape. Watching the transformation from the front row is Cynthia Burghard, a Research Director with IDC’s Health Insights. The Smarter Planet sat down with Burghard this week at the IBM Health and Social Programs Summit to learn more about holistic care as well as the rising role of such technologies as cloud, analytics and mobile. Smarter Planet: Why are we finally beginning to take a holistic view of each…
  • IBM Strengthens Systems Strategy

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    20 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President, Systems and Technology Group and Integrated Supply Chain, IBM By Tom Rosamilia IBM has always taken the long view of its business strategy, continuously reinventing – from  divesting its PC business to more recently its x86 business. Today’s announcement that GLOBALFOUNDRIES plans to acquire IBM’s global commercial semiconductor technology business is one more step in the company’s reinvention. The Agreement reinforces IBM’s clear path, commitment and vision for systems and hardware. IBM’s proven model for success is driven by focusing on the…
  • The Role of Big Data Analytics in Caring for the Most Vulnerable

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    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ronan Rooney, IBM Research, Cúram Product Strategy By Ronan Rooney There has been a lot of discussion about the cost of health care and many suggestions about how we can improve population health. Traditional models of care focus on individual episodes and they work really well for people with simple clinical, behavioral or social challenges. Where they fall down is when they’re applied to people who have multiple or complex challenges – the people we consider the most vulnerable. As part of IBM’s Curam Research Team, we’re very focused on finding new ways to help those vulnerable…
  • Using Analytics to Predict the Future of NY’s Lake George

    Chris Nay
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    By Harry Kolar One year ago, IBM, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Fund for Lake George announced the Jefferson Project, an ambitious effort to model the entire lake – its depths and shoreline – to get a holistic and accurate view of everything happening in and around one of the UnitedState’s pristine lakes. The goals of the project are multifold and include understanding and managing the complex factors impacting the lake, from invasive species, pollution, and other factors, to developing a template to use in other fresh water bodies around the globe. As part of this ongoing…
 
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  • Marketing Strategies – Integrity in Marketing

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Do you realize that over 90% of the headlines you read and hear on the news are full of BS? Yep! They’re carefully crafted to shock, seduce and manipulate you to click or not change the channel. Advertising agencies understand that we now live in a short-attention span world and they’re very well-trained to know […] The post Marketing Strategies – Integrity in Marketing appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Marketing Strategies – It’s NOT Google Calling!

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    It’s my goal to teach entrepreneurs marketing strategies and how to navigate the Internet so they can benefit from all the opportunities it brings. However, many people are still reluctant and I can’t say that I blame them especially when there are so many scams going on. It truly outrages me that these things happen […] The post Marketing Strategies – It’s NOT Google Calling! appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Managing Overwhelm

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

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Take a moment of self-reflection. How do you take in information? Do you absorb it? Do you read it and think to yourself that you need to do it? Then a few seconds later the dog barks and you need to take him out – then the thought is lost? Do you revisit it? Do […] The post Complacency is Cancer appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Online Marketing – Let’s Do a Check Up

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

    Asia Briefing
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    SHANGHAI - In an effort to accelerate economic growth and create job opportunities, a number of New Zealand’s most prolific business executives have urged the island-country to sign a multitude of new free trade agreements (FTAs). According to a survey by chartered accountants firm Grant Thornton, 81 percent of New Zealand’s top business leaders believe that the pursuit of new free trade deals should be at the top of the country’s agenda. Their report further added that, whilst New Zealand’s recent acquisition of a seat on the UN Security Council will help boost its ability to…
  • Who Stands to Gain Most from India-Myanmar Rice Deal?

    Asia Briefing
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:46 am
    By Benedict Lynn India’s minister for consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan, has confirmed New Delhi’s plans to import up to 100,000 tons of Burmese rice to supply its northeastern states, Nagaland and Mizoram. The final details are currently being hammered out, but the deal, which should see 200,000 metric tons of rice sold per month over the next five months, is set to come into effect by the end of October. This will be the first time in almost three decades that the world’s largest exporter of rice (a title once held by Myanmar) will have had to import the…
  • Sino-German Relations Looking Up Despite Slowing Growth

    Asia Briefing
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    SHANGHAI – Due to ongoing disagreements over economic and industry policies, Sino-European economic movement is rare. The general pattern of business between the two usually involves China exporting high-quality domestic products to European countries, who in turn export nation-specific high-tech goods and services. In the instance of Germany and China, their economic relationship can be summarized as simple but profitable as German automobiles and machinery parts are in high demand. So it was a happy occasion when on October 10 German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed Chinese…
  • Discussion Nears Conclusion on China-South Korea FTA

    Asia Briefing
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Op-Ed Commentary: Kangkyu Lee Ongoing trade talks between China and South Korea have been making good progress according to a Chinese Ministry statement released following the 13th round of negotiations last week. Given the regional importance of bilateral economic relations between the two countries and the fast approaching Asia-Pacific Economic Cooporation forum summit in November, this should be cause for celebration for local ministers and foreign investors alike. China’s commerce ministry is confident that a deal could be reached as soon as the end of this year. While formal talks on…
  • Looking For Growth? Forecasts for Asia 2015

    Asia Briefing
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis As the IMF recently released a report stating that growth in the United States and the Eurozone is likely to be 3.3 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively, next year – highlighting the continuation of considerable risks – the quest continues for alternatives to get growth back on track. Asia, however, continues to power ahead – the World Bank has just released data suggesting that East Asia will show growth rates averaging 7 percent next year. The region, however, remains a mosaic of divergent development rates and dynamics, and…
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    Flipkart Iron Offer: Kenstar Wonderlite Dry Iron for Rs. 299 Offer Details:  India’s Best Online Offers On Dry Iron Covers Offer at Flipkart Discount Offer Sale on Iron at Shopaholic Indians. Kenstar Wonderlite Dry Iron for Rs. 299 at Flipkart. 58% off Buy Kenstar Wonderlite Dry Iron For Rs.299 + Shipping Rs.40. Price Compression: Rs. 569: http://www.next.co.in/product/kenstar-wonderlite-knd75g1m-dry-iron- Rs. 699: http://shopping.rediff.com/product/kenstar-wonderlite-knd75g1m-dry-iron/12570019 Rs. 456: http://www.snapdeal.com/product/kenstar-dry-iron-750-w/156144 Rs. 450+49:…
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  • What is Cloud BI (Business Intelligence)?

    Magda Walczak
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Business Intelligence, or BI, has been all the rage recently in corporations around the world, especially when it comes to cloud-based BI solutions. In fact, Gartner’s annual survey of the technologies and business needs of CIO’s ranked business intelligence at the top of the list, closely followed by cloud computing. But what is Cloud BI and why should you care? This post will explain the basics of cloud computing, cloud-based business intelligence, as well as give you an overview of the top reasons why cloud BI should matter to CIOs and CEOs of SMBs just as much as it does to large,…
  • What are Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Why You Should Use Them

    Magda Walczak
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    You’ve heard about KPIs, or Key Performance Indicators, and you may even think that you already track them. After all, you have some business metrics you pay attention to, right? Maybe, maybe not. Let’s take a look at what KPIs actually are, why you should probably have them and some examples of KPIs for various business functions. Metrics vs. Key Performance Indicators According to BABOK, the purpose of metrics and key performance indicators is to measure the performance of solutions, solution components and other matters of interest to stake holders. First let us understand how…
  • 10 traits to look out for when choosing a business intelligence tool

    Arnaud Boulay
    8 May 2014 | 1:33 am
    Business intelligence, the process that allows executives to make decisions through data, is about to make a significant shift. While there are still quite a few “old school” BI solutions in the market, a new generation of BI software is disrupting what used to be an expensive and complicated industry. Here are the 10 software characteristics executives should take into account when selecting a modern BI solution. 1. EASY TO USE AND TO IMPLEMENT As you have surely seen in other hardware and software you use, intuitive design is more than a trend – it’s a necessity. BI software has…
  • The Future of Business Intelligence

    Sandeep Rao
    1 May 2014 | 1:39 am
    As an ex-strategy consultant and the CEO of an analytics-focused company, I have spent a fair bit of my time with data and its analysis. Processing data to make decisions is at the core of what we do both in business as well as in our personal lives. Prior to outlining the potential future, I was curious to understand when humans started analysing data in a structured format and its evolution since then. While there were many forms of data representations through the ages, it turns out the first signs of graphing was in Euler’s paper published in 1736 (Solutio Problematis ad Geometriam…
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