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  • Behind the Numbers: Song Streaming

    The Numbers
    Michael Driscoll
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    Streaming music may be a boon for those interested in knowing exactly how many times their songs are played, and by whom. But managing per-song, per-play transactions isn’t a simple task.
  • Information Builders Helps Organizations Monetize Their Data

    "BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE" - Yahoo News Search Results
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    Today at the Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics Summit, Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions, announced that ...
  • Ask for stories, not advice

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    Ted Cuzzillo
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    You’re better off with a story than the advice the story derived from. Every bit of advice is a mere summary of the story that the advice derived from. I came across this advice — OK, it lacks a story — back in December as I looked for background on a new source for a report I wrote in December. Read more on Ask for stories, not advice… The post "Ask for stories, not advice" is by Ted Cuzzillo and appeared first on Datadoodle. It's best to read it there! Related posts “Storytelling: Gimmick or Real?” My latest in Information Management People tell stories…
  • Awesome Analytics — Are We There Yet?

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    Timo Elliott
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    As I prepared for a presentation at the Gartner BI conference in Sydney a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d take a look at old research to how far we’ve come with Analytics in the last few decades. At first glance, the answers is ‘not very far.’ For example, in 1997, only 12% of executives reported basing their decisions on hard facts. By 2014, that had dropped to just 10%. Despite decades of BI investment, executive reliance on gut feel has actually increased. (Why the worst-practice 3D shaded pie-charts? Just to troll the data viz purists ). A hot topic of Gartner…
  • Stunning: Only Three New Banks Are Formed Every Year

    Statspotting!
    junior
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:08 pm
    This could be a net positive – we spotted this stat today – “The rate of new-bank formation has slipped from an average of around 100 per year since 1990 to an average of only about three per year since 2010, write Roisin McCord, Edward Simpson Prescott and Tim Sablik.” Source For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post Stunning: Only Three New Banks Are Formed Every Year appeared first on Statspotting!.
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  • Stunning: Only Three New Banks Are Formed Every Year

    junior
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:08 pm
    This could be a net positive – we spotted this stat today – “The rate of new-bank formation has slipped from an average of around 100 per year since 1990 to an average of only about three per year since 2010, write Roisin McCord, Edward Simpson Prescott and Tim Sablik.” Source For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post Stunning: Only Three New Banks Are Formed Every Year appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • China Used More Cement In The Last Three Years Than The U.S Used In The Entire 20th Century

    junior
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:59 pm
    We never realized Bill Gates was into Statspotting – we spotted this stunning stat today: “China Used More Cement In The Last Three Years Than The U.S Used In The Entire 20th Century” Source We are not too sure how to digest this stat – but definitely is an important stat with a broad impact. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post China Used More Cement In The Last Three Years Than The U.S Used In The Entire 20th Century appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • Angry Birds Not Happy: Rovio Says Profit Fell 73 Percent in 2014

    junior
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:19 am
    Bad year for the maker of Angry Birds – we spotted this stat today – “Mobile games maker Rovio reported its operating profit fell 73 percent last year due to a drop in its licensing business, a latest sign its breakthrough Angry Birds brand is losing its appeal.” Source For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post Angry Birds Not Happy: Rovio Says Profit Fell 73 Percent in 2014 appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • New York City Has More Uber Cars Than Yellow Cabs

    junior
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:19 pm
    We spotted this stat today – “New Taxi and Limousine Commission data shows that Uber cars now outnumber cabs on NYC streets, with 14,088 black and luxury vehicles versus 13,587 taxis.” Source For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post New York City Has More Uber Cars Than Yellow Cabs appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • Which Is The Hardest Working City In America?

    junior
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:47 pm
    We spotted this stat today: “One caveat: New York pulled the top spot mainly because people’s average weekly commute time, 6.18 hours, is way ahead of everybody else’s. (Philadelphia was number two with 5.01 hours.) Subtracting commute time, San Francisco is actually the city where people spend the most hours at work: 44.01 hours, versus 42.50 for New York. ” Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-15-hardest-working-cities-in-america-2015-3?op=1#ixzz3UmuvkQag For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter…
 
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    The Numbers

  • Behind the Numbers: Song Streaming

    Michael Driscoll
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    Streaming music may be a boon for those interested in knowing exactly how many times their songs are played, and by whom. But managing per-song, per-play transactions isn’t a simple task.
  • Number of the Day: $200

    Brian Hershberg
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    Late University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith left $200 to every letter winner who played for him during his 36-year run "to enjoy a dinner out." That's a priceless gesture.
  • Number of the Day: $1 Trillion

    Brian Hershberg
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    For the second time this month (at least), a Wall Street analyst has pegged Apple hitting the $1 trillion level in market capitalization. This time it was Cantor Fitzgerald, written up by the crew at Moneybeat. That about covers it.
  • Behind the Numbers: Lightning Strikes Thrice (and Then Again)

    Brian Hershberg
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    Most bowlers would be thrilled if the stars aligned just once and they rolled a 300 game. For Hakim Emmanuel of Stoughton, Mass., the stars aligned one Thursday in late February, when he rolled 12 strikes in a row during the first game in his doubles league at Westgate Lanes in Brockton, a Boston-area city. Then they aligned twice more for a perfect 900 series.
  • Behind the Numbers: The Math Behind PCE

    Jo Craven McGinty
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    When the U.S. Federal Reserve assesses the rate of inflation in the nation, it prefers to use something called the personal consumption expenditures price index. The PCE captures how changing prices influence consumer behavior.
 
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    Business Analytics

  • What Is Big Data Discovery?

    Timo Elliott
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    According to Gartner, “Big Data Discovery” is the next big trend in analytics. It’s the logical combination of three of the hottest trends of the last few years in analytics: Big Data, Data Discovery, and Data Science. Each of these areas has seen explosive growth, but there are clear upsides and downsides to each. For example, Data Discovery excels in ease of use, but allows only limited depth of exploration, while Data Science provides powerful analysis but is slow, complex, and difficult to implement. Source: Gartner. Big Data Discovery is the combination of Big Data, Data Science,…
  • Awesome Analytics — Are We There Yet?

    Timo Elliott
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    As I prepared for a presentation at the Gartner BI conference in Sydney a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d take a look at old research to how far we’ve come with Analytics in the last few decades. At first glance, the answers is ‘not very far.’ For example, in 1997, only 12% of executives reported basing their decisions on hard facts. By 2014, that had dropped to just 10%. Despite decades of BI investment, executive reliance on gut feel has actually increased. (Why the worst-practice 3D shaded pie-charts? Just to troll the data viz purists ). A hot topic of Gartner…
  • See You At SAPInsider BI2015 HANA2015 in Las Vegas?

    Timo Elliott
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:58 am
    I’m looking forward to SAPInsider in Las Vegas, March 9-12. As usual, it’s a combination of various overlapping events, including BI2015 and  HANA2015. It will be one of my first opportunities to hear from SAP’s new CTO Quentin Clark as he delivers the conference keynote on The new opportunity for business transformation. He will be showcasing “SAP’s unique platform by highlighting the journey of its customers – startups and large enterprises – as they rethink and transform entire industries.” And as usual, I’m going to have a terrible…
  • A Common Analytic Fail

    Timo Elliott
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    Ghost.org is a freemium blogging platform. On the company blog, Ghost founder and lead designer John O’Nolan wrote a post talking about how the company was using analytics to improve the user experience and get more paid users: How we Figured Out What Makes People Love Ghost 1,000% More Except they didn’t yet, really. The data showed that there was a strong correlation between users who created custom themes and those that subscribed to a pro version (see the graphic above). So the team put together tools that helped new users choose and implement custom themes. Users who…
  • Are You Still Torturing Your Data?

    Timo Elliott
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Are you still torturing your data to get what you want? There’s now a better way. The next generation of business analytics tools include more “magic“, — in other words, they automatically analyze the data for you and make default proposals for what you might find interesting. For example, SAP Infinite Insight takes the manual, repetitive analysis activities that are prone to human error and automates them, picking the right algorithm for your business problem with a model built for accuracy and optimal results. This makes analysis easier, faster, and cheaper, so…
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    Visual Business Intelligence

  • TIBCO Spotfire Promotes an Insidious Myth

    Stephen Few
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:09 pm
    The number of viable visual data exploration and analysis tools can be counted on the fingers of one hand. TIBCO Spotfire is among them. The merits of this product are undermined, however, by the irresponsible ways that TIBCO is currently promoting it. A new marketing campaign by TIBCO illustrates what happens when marketing professionals who either don’t understand analytics or care little for the truth are allowed free rein. Here are a few lines from TIBCO Spotfire’s new “Finally…Answers Made Easy” campaign (emphasis mine), supposedly written by the company’s CTO, Matt Quinn: At…
  • 2014: A Year to Surpass

    Stephen Few
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Perhaps you’ve noticed that I didn’t write a year-in-review blog post about 2014, extolling the wonderful progress that we made and predicting the even-more-wonderful breakthroughs that we’ll make in 2015. That’s because, in the field of data sensemaking and presentation in general and data visualization in particular, we didn’t make any noticeable progress last year, despite grand claims by vendors and so-called thought leaders in the field. Since the advent of the computer (and before that the printing press, and before that writing, and before that language), data has always been…
  • Seats Still Available at Inaugural Signal Workshop

    Stephen Few
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    This blog entry was written by Bryan Pierce of Perceptual Edge. It’s just over one week until Stephen will be teaching his new advanced course Signal: Understanding What Matters in a World of Noise in Berkeley, CA on January 13–14. If you’re interested in attending, there are still some seats available. We look forward to seeing you in Berkeley! -Bryan
  • Stephen Few’s Public Workshops for 2015

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

    Stephen Few
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Dataclysm, by Christian Rudder If you’re familiar with my work, you know that I am an iconoclast within the business intelligence (BI) and analytics communities, refusing to join the drunkard’s party of hyperbolic praise for information technologies. The “clast” portion of the term “iconoclast” means “to break.” I often break away from the herd, and break the mold of convention, to say what I believe is true in the face of misinformation. My opinion that so-called Big Data is nothing more than marketing hype is a prime example of this. Despite my opinion of Big Data, I…
 
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  • Ask for stories, not advice

    Ted Cuzzillo
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    You’re better off with a story than the advice the story derived from. Every bit of advice is a mere summary of the story that the advice derived from. I came across this advice — OK, it lacks a story — back in December as I looked for background on a new source for a report I wrote in December. Read more on Ask for stories, not advice… The post "Ask for stories, not advice" is by Ted Cuzzillo and appeared first on Datadoodle. It's best to read it there! Related posts “Storytelling: Gimmick or Real?” My latest in Information Management People tell stories…
  • Stupid analytics gets them talking

    Ted Cuzzillo
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:35 pm
    If data analysis somehow ends up supporting an unwise choice, should we blame the data? Of course not, no more than we should blame a stethoscope for a bad medical diagnosis or fingerprints for a bad courtroom verdict. Common sense says the only ones responsible are the humans involved. Read more on Stupid analytics gets them talking… The post "Stupid analytics gets them talking" is by Ted Cuzzillo and appeared first on Datadoodle. It's best to read it there! Related posts Execs vs. data analysts gives us the Analytics Gap People who analyze data, collaborate! Data served…
  • People tell stories anyway

    Ted Cuzzillo
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    People tell stories wherever they are, in every medium, day or night, in business or not. What can software do to help tell data stories? Give them templates? Force suddenly mute would-be storytellers into a best practice? Read more on People tell stories anyway… The post "People tell stories anyway" is by Ted Cuzzillo and appeared first on Datadoodle. It's best to read it there! Related posts Data storytelling will be bigger than data itself Do data and stories make an odd couple? No, you’re not a data storyteller yet YARPP powered by AdBistroPowered by…
  • Data industry’s breakthrough starts with a smile

    Ted Cuzzillo
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The tweet stream running from Tableau’s presentation to the Boulder BI Brain Trust on Friday morning reflected one dominant reaction: awe. That’s easy when the product is a new shiny thing, but not so easy for number nine. As I said in one tweet, Tableau demos are always thrilling — no less than it was seven years ago. It’s magic, and it’s about time we give magic its due. Read more on Data industry’s breakthrough starts with a smile… The post "Data industry’s breakthrough starts with a smile" is by Ted Cuzzillo and appeared first on Datadoodle.
  • Impressions of Strata Conference

    Ted Cuzzillo
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Strata buzzes. Other events go to sleep for long stretches. But Strata+Hadoop World, at least the one in Silicon Valley if not those held in New York and London, is the only event I’ve seen with buzz that comes close to the buzziest of all, the Tableau conference. And like Tableau, Strata is growing. It switched venues this year from the Santa Clara Convention Center to the much bigger San Jose Convention Center, and it still sold out. Read more on Impressions of Strata Conference… The post "Impressions of Strata Conference" is by Ted Cuzzillo and appeared first on Datadoodle.
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  • Data – Spreads like Kudzu, but Smells like a Rose

    Rick Sherman
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    note: don't miss the link below to download a chapter of the BI Guidebook - From Data Integration to Analytics on Reed Elsivier's SciTech Connect blog. Data is everywhere in the enterprise, from large legacy systems to departmental databases and spread­sheets. No one controls all of it, it’s often duplicated erratically across systems, and the quality spans a wide range. You might say it spreads like kudzu, but despite the tendency for chaos, the bulk of data is the lifeblood of an enterprise. If it doesn’t smell like a rose – that is, if it’s not clean, current,…
  • Resources for Business Intelligence Instructors

    Rick Sherman
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    I'm a professor in my "spare" time, so I know how hard it is to find the time to create course materials. We have several resources available for professors and instructors at accredited colleges and universities who are using the Business Intelligence Guidebook in their courses. Syllabus - this is highly-detailed and includes 15 weeks of topics, suggested workshops, reading assignments, homework and grading criteria. An included template guides the schedule for installing BI software that is required for projects and workshops. This is based on the graduate course I teach at…
  • Operational BI process puts better business practices within reach

    Rick Sherman
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:53 am
    A new interview with me on TechTarget: As organizations increasingly look to use data analytics to help drive their business operations, accelerate decision making and improve their ability to respond to changing conditions, operational business intelligence tools and techniques have become much more mainstream, according to Rick Sherman, founder of consultancy Athena IT Solutions in Maynard, Mass. and author of the Business Intelligence Guidebook - From Data Integration to Analytics.  Operational BI is also becoming a more necessary component of running a business no matter what size a…
  • Upcoming TDWI Speakers in Boston

    Rick Sherman
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:14 am
    The other TDWI Boston chapter officers and I hope you will be able to carve out some time and attend one or more of our chapter meetings. To help you with your planning we have been able to lock in dates for all four of our upcoming chapter meetings as well as recruit top-level keynote-quality presenters for our meetings. We are therefore happy to present to you our upcoming schedule for the TDWI Boston chapter (networking/lunch at 12noon, as usual). I'll post reminders and registration links before each event, or visit the Boston chapter page to sign up. Thursday, March 12, 1pm – 5pm:…
  • BI & Analytic Trends of 2015 – Best Business Value - Storyboarding becomes best practice for BI design

    Rick Sherman
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    This is the second in the series of posts on best business value. 2)  Storyboarding becomes best practice for BI design Typically BI applications are designed and built on a piecemeal basis. Either an IT person gathers the requirements for a specific dashboard or report, designs and builds it, and then hands it off to business people to figure out when and where to use it or the business people create their own dashboards or reports using self-service BI tools.  Regardless of who creates it, the deliverable is a specific BI dashboard or report. The most successful BI programs have…
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  • Quotes about Technology

    Jonathan Becher
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:12 pm
    In the past, I’ve compiled quotes about performance management and about failure. Here are some of my favorite ones about technology: “But they are useless. They can only give you answers.” Pablo Picasso, 1964 conversation with William Fifield about computers (source) “We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.” Roy Amara, researcher and Past president of The Institute for the Future (source) “We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.” Douglas Adams,…
  • March Madness Metrics: 2015 Edition

    Jonathan Becher
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:26 pm
    It’s March Madness, Baby! Most readers will recognize this catch-phrase celebrating the annual NCAA men’s college basketball tournament whose opening rounds just concluded. The tournament includes 64 teams organized into four separate regions which play over three long weekends until deciding a champion. Some – including me – believe it’s the most exciting tournament in all of sports, due to its history of close games and dramatic finishes. While the term ‘March Madness’ is often used to describe the entire tournament, the opening four days which reduce the field from 64 teams…
  • We Don’t Recognize Our Own Biases

    Jonathan Becher
    8 Mar 2015 | 5:06 pm
    During my career, I’ve run a variety of group exercises designed to identify ways we could improve group performance. Typically my teams can identify areas of improvement but believe the challenges are with other people, not themselves. They suffer from the bias blind spot. The bias blind spot is the cognitive bias of failing to compensate for one’s own cognitive biases. The term was coined by Emily Pronin, a Princeton social psychologist, who showed in a series of experiments that people rate themselves as less vulnerable to biases than the average person. In her words, This…
  • Scientific Advertising and its Impact on Sales

    Jonathan Becher
    22 Feb 2015 | 1:31 pm
    If you’re not in the discipline of Marketing, you may not know there’s an on-going debate whether art or science is more important to producing good results. While there is clear evidence the pendulum has swung from Mad Men to Math Men, I’ve always believed both are required for true success. The real issue is that the art and science of Marketing must come together and not be isolated disciplines. In fact, this debate isn’t even really new. In 1923 Claude Hopkins wrote a book called Scientific Advertising which includes this passage: […] advertising is traced down to the…
  • Self-Renewal and the Courage to Fail

    Jonathan Becher
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:38 pm
    We are all faced with a series of great opportunities – brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. February 16 is the anniversary of the death of John William Gardner, the author of that quote. Gardner was Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare in the late 1960’s, founder of two influential U.S. organizations (Common Cause and Independent Sector), and also the founder of two prestigious fellowship programs (The White House Fellowship and The John Gardner Fellowship at Stanford University). Gardner authored several books on improving leadership in American society. My favorite…
 
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  • 5 Beliefs of a Leader

    Marty O'Neill
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Anyone who has worked in a business that embraces the entrepreneurial spirit knows how exhilarating it is. You can feel a buzz in the air. The action on the shop floor and in the hallways is so intense that coming out of your office is like merging into rush­hour traffic. Decisions are made on the fly without the need for formal meetings or approvals. The esprit de corps is palpable. The whole team pitches in to do what it takes to succeed. When entrepreneurial spirit permeates every corner of an organization, the entrepreneur lurking in each of us awakens. Think about what characterizes a…
  • Are You a Giver or Taker?

    Marty O'Neill
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    Adam Grant has a sneaky way of getting under your skin!  The Wharton business school professor and author of the book “ Give and Take” really challenges you to look at the world and look at those you work with as givers, takers or matchers.  You can’t help but categorize yourself and just about every other colleague you’ve worked with over the years as you go through this terrific book.  At times you want to flinch, challenge his premises, but then he counters with one great study after another.  What makes the book eminently readable however, are the…
  • Book Review - “Hunting in a Farmer’s World”

    Marty O'Neill
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    John Dini has been at this game for quite some time.  His book, “Hunting in a Farmer’s World” is an insightful discussion of why business owners are so often different from the people that work for them.  I was attracted to the title for multiple reasons.  On the first order, I’m a business owner and am always interested in how the minds’ of other business owners work.  Secondly, the celebration of the entrepreneur is a fascinating topic on its own, and thirdly, I grew up on a farm!  It was the trifecta! Dini takes a classic business paradoxes (leadership…
  • Multi-site Business? Deploy Voice in the Cloud, On-site or Leverage Both Models

    Marty O'Neill
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    Guest post by Jeff Nolte, President of Chesapeake Telephone Systems in Millersville, Maryland. He can be reached at 410-850-4848 or jnolte@chesapeaketelephone.com   Phone systems have traditionally been deployed on-site, but the lure of the Cloud is strong.  Many multi-site businesses like a combination of both - deploying an on-site system at headquarters and Cloud systems for the branch offices.  IP networking enables all sites to be connected, providing a simplified dialing plan, consistent features, and centralized management.      On-Site There are many…
  • Get the Word Out Fast!

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

    8 Mar 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Personal Family It’s been about 10 days since our boy was admitted to the hospital. We’re now preparing for his third extubation.  The last time we tried, the pain that followed, his treacherous, belabored breathing, his inability to get enough Oxygen, lead to a return to the ventilator.  I wish no such agony on any child or an adult, and certainly don’t want to see it again for him.  I’m pained as I await another night to see the results.  I’m excited since we believe we’ve done everything to insure his success, and struggling with the unknown of whether…
  • You Are My Love

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:40 pm
     You are my sunshine, my only sunshineYou make me happy when skies are greyYou never know, dear, how much I love youPlease don’t take my sunshine awayI've always loved this song and saw it for a love the author had for another, but saw out of his reach. It has such an earthy lyricism and quality to it. In the last year, as I've begun to learn to play the harmonica, this is one of the songs I gravitated towards. It has such beautiful melody and the harmonica, with its simple, earthy tones seemed such a natural fit for it.In the past few days, it's come to mean something entirely…
  • Time to Rethink

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    Random Thoughts It’s been 20 months since my last post here. I knew it’d been a while, but not this long.  In any case, I’m back on and have learned to communicate in shorter bursts.  Here’s a question: When do you know your stay at a friends house, with family or at work has become stale? When you’ve become comfortable and complacent, losing the appreciation for the hospitality or the opportunity! A friend once told me the best way to get out of this situation is to deliver a proverbial slap in the face.  This is quite harsh, but the intent is clear and the act is,…
  • Don't Mind the Gap

    2 May 2013 | 10:31 pm
    Random ThoughtsWhere do I find meaning...in the gap!I'd heard this before and even remember reading it in a zen book.  I suppose I grasped it when I first read it, but I couldn't relate.  It finally sank in today. It wasn't until I had my life filled with much that I realized what the gap was about.  Mind you, what I consider a lot is likely very little by others' standards, but it was a lot for me.  My family's been dealing with a lot recently.  My live-in nephew was diagnosed with a debilitating disease and the whole family has been working to help him become…
  • My Broken Jig

    27 Oct 2012 | 10:54 am
    Personal Family Warm sunlight pierced through And the phone alarm vibrated on the stand, Brrrr, Brrrr, Brrrr! As the fog of sleep lift Thoughts of my best friend filled every crevice, How was he?  Would he still be suffering? From the warmth of the covers, To the cool air brushing past my face, All faded away as I scrambled to change. At first, I thought I’d do the usual, Brush, clean, change and leave, But then I heard my boy was still suffering. Thoughts of time away, Weeks I’ve spent on the road, All brought guilt and regret. Even time spent the night before, Playing together in a…
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  • using R for Cricket Analysis #rstats

    Ajay Ohri
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:48 am
    New Zealand just made it to their first ever world cup final ( yes it is cricket) and they made it with a thrilling six ( like a home run) for the last ball. Congrats to New Zealand .Of course R was created in New Zealand too and Hadley Wickham is from New Zealand I…
  • Decisionstats.com is now on Facebook

    Ajay Ohri
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Decisionstats is now back on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ajayohri Expect some surprising news there shortly!!!  
  • Install R on Ubuntu 12

    Ajay Ohri
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list THEN ADD TO THE NOTEPAD FILE deb http://cran.rstudio.com/bin/linux/ubuntu precise/ SAVE AND CLOSE sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys E084DAB9 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install r-base sudo apt-get install r-base-dev RSTUDIO sudo apt-get install libjpeg62 wget http://download1.rstudio.org/rstudio-0.98.1103-i386.deb sudo dpkg -i rstudio-0.98.1103-i386.deb    
 
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  • Binary Options Demo Accounts Of $100,000.00 Now Offered At Binary International To Help With ITM Software Training

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 30, 2014 Binary International, in response to overwhelming demand, has opened up new binary options demo accounts for software training. Each new trader who is testing trading software, whether from ITM Financial or another binary trading software provider, will have access to a free demo trading account with $ 100,000.00 of play money to get started. “We feel that traders really need to be comfortable with their software, their trading screens, and the speed at which trading can happen with software programs. This is a great way for a new or old trader to test…
  • Synergy Phoenix Makes 73% in First Year

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    (PRWEB UK) 13 September 2014 Strategy Objective: To achieve medium to long-term capital growth by investing in a foreign exchange trading strategy to target an average return to investors of 1 ? 5% per Month. The strategy employs a selective investment in spot margin foreign exchange contracts, which aim to deliver consistent returns in, and remove the volatility of, rising and falling markets. Learn More… Synergy Financial Markets Pty Ltd is an independent Australian Financial Services provider that focuses primarily on currency management. Synergy is an innovator in…
  • Forex Broker Vantage FX Comments on the Already Crucial Role Apps Play in Trader?s Lives

    22 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    London (PRWEB UK) 2 September 2013 Just a few years ago, there was no such thing as smart phones. Now they are a key, if not crucial, part of every trader?s life. Instant access to a wealth of forex information through apps has become the norm, allowing more spontaneous decisions to be made and for traders to never be more than a few inches way from a live update on how the market is moving. Vantage FX?s Head of Market Analysis Jay Mawji commented: ?There are several companies offering news, technical indicators, alerts and trade signals through apps. ForexTrading.TV…
  • Orbex Enhances Global Customer Service by Offering Website in 10 Languages

    19 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    (PRWEB UK) 29 May 2014 Helping clients across the globe get the information and service they need, Orbex recently launched a multilingual website that serves customers in 10 different languages, including English, Chinese, Russian, German, Arabic, Bengali, Spanish, Urdu, Japanese and Persian. The website expansion reflects the company?s global outreach initiatives and enhanced customer service that also includes a new Click to Call feature, easy funds withdrawal, Orbex Web TV and one-hour response time to all customer inquiries. ?As a leader in customer service for online trading,…
  • TradeRush Binary Options Brand Further Enhances Their Platform, Rising Above All Other Competition

    16 Mar 2015 | 6:12 am
    Gibraltar (PRWEB) May 29, 2014 NEW CUSTOMER SUPPORT LANGUAGE TradeRush is constantly stepping up their game, especially when it comes to their customer support. They realize that in today?s society customer support is vital for a growing international business, especially in binary options. TradeRush now offers customer support in ten different languages. The newest language they added to their support team is Portuguese. TradeRush also offers support in English, German, Russian, Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, Arabic and Greek. Customer Support is available 24/7 via email, phone…
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  • Unstructured Data: What Lies Beneath

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    Type “Big Data analytics” in the search bar of any search engine and you won’t be disappointed with the results. Enterprises, experts, and research firms all agree that the amount of structured data generated every minute of every day is rapidly increasing—leaving companies with no choice but to jump on the analytics ship or risk crashing into a data iceberg. But what often gets ignored is what lies underneath: unstructured data. Here’s why it matters. Unstructured Understanding As noted by a recent Forbes article, unstructured data is everything that doesn’t fit neatly into a…
  • The Evolution of Data Warehouse Architectures

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    In the past, we talked about the top benefits of a data warehouse. Since then, a lot has changed. “Data warehouse architectures have been experiencing a rather dramatic evolution in recent years, and they will keep evolving into the foreseeable future,” says Philip Russom, TDWI Research Director. Data warehouse architecture is being influenced by business practices and goals that continue to evolve, notes Russom. The reason: a well-aligned data warehouse reflects the business it serves. Here are some of the main business drivers of today’s evolving data warehouse architectures,…
  • Why You Need an Analytics Platform that Supports Your Entire Business

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    “True analytic businesses are concerned with more than just transaction data.” That’s according to Gartner research director Lisa Kart, who says that organizations most successful with Big Data and analytics are those that connect the data they already have in order to realize the greatest business insights. For example, getting a cross-channel view of your customer means digging deeper, connecting the data silos, and transforming them into consumable information, the article states. In many organizations, the first barrier to analytics is the lack of direction in data collection,…
  • The Business of Learning: Student Success Through Analytics

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    How do schools measure success? Common wisdom says that in public schools, grades and standardized test scores determine completion rates, while in post-secondary institutions, the number of degrees granted reflects long-term success. As noted by The Journal, however, more and more schools are now choosing Business Intelligence tools to help them hone in on student success at every step of their post-secondary path. Step by Step According to a recent Information Week article, the Nashville School District believes that analytics should play a part in the classroom beginning in…
  • Prophet and Loss: Big Data, Big Banks, and the New Insight

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    In a perfect world, financial analytics would be prophetic—accurately predicting the outcome of every capital market move, investment choice, and loan decision. Unfortunately, financial institutions aren’t quite so utopian. They cannot ignore the impact of Big Data in their financial world, especially when their audiences’ awareness and expectations are on the rise—for example, stakeholders expecting real-time response to market fluctuations or customers expecting higher levels of service. The solution? A new kind of insight based on analytics platforms which converge, extract, and…
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  • NoPanels facilitates Funding for Startups #nopanels

    pemo
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Nancy Hayes, CoFounder Moolahoop spoke to us @LAUNCH Festival 2015. She was one of the nonpanelists @NoPanels Summer 2014 & an entrepreneur she spoke with received investment in his startup as a result of that conversation.
 
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  • Developing the Brand Online - the Beginner's Guide

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:58 am
    Without it, the initial concept, however well executed it may be, fails to reach the customer. In order to introduce your business to clients, you have to engage in the intricate task of branding and advertising.
  • Optimizing Customer Service

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:28 am
    This means that you should never stop acquiring customer feedback, since this information can help you get out of every tight corner.
  • Productive and Successful Working Habits

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:14 am
    By following the instructions and making them your habits, you will certainly make your work less stressful and more productive.
  • How to Promote Your Brand - Mixing Old School and New School

    15 Mar 2015 | 9:56 pm
    A lot of small companies are fighting for survival in an over saturated market. How many web stores do you know of that sell overpriced T-shirts, cheap apparel and various small, useless items?
  • Addressing the Big Data Talent Shortage

    11 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Every industry imaginable is taking an interest in big data, but there are only so many experts available. As a result, there’s a significant gap in the skills demanded and the supply of big data specialists. As this gap widens, organizations will continue to struggle. There will be diminished...
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  • Data – the new 21st century fourth pillar for a successful M&A

    Noe Gutierrez
    14 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    As industries mature, we start seeing a higher number of Merger & Acquisitions (M&A) activities. The rule of thumb is that the larger a company grows, the more likely it can leverage its scale to drive competitive advantages such as getting lower prices from suppliers, reducing its delivery costs and more importantly keeping entry barriers high for other competitors. Most of the M&A conversations start with a “How much we could save for our shareholders if we could merge or acquire this competitor”, and while it is true that fewer players in the market lead to more…
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    Logi Analytics
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Your analytics needs are going change – it’s just the nature business. Though at first, only a small handful of executives may need to analyze high-level data, down the road different departments and business users may wish to analyze their own data, create their own reports and collaborate with team members. All too often, we encounter prospects who were charmed by a vendor’s flashy visualizations and didn’t think past their initial implementation. They get stuck in what we like to call the BI Box – and it’s costly to get out. The majority of…
  • Great interactive visualization of major commercial real estate deals in San Francisco.

    Patrick Husting
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    by Here’s of all the major commercial real estate deals involving the tech industry and San Francisco’s SOMA district over the past three years, thanks to and broker , who finds space on behalf of tech companies and nonprofits. Source: Like this: Like Loading… Related Categories: , | .
  • Population Change by Decade, 1910-2010

    Patrick Husting
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:54 am
    by Decade-to-decade population change by county has varied greatly in the last century in many parts of the United States. For example, in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, much of eastern Texas saw population decline (signified on the maps by pink shading), but those areas have seen strong population growth since then (signified by green shading). Much of Appalachia, including parts of West Virginia, has seen cycles of population increase and decrease as well. In the lower-right corner, you can play an animated series of these maps to see how the patterns change over time. Source: Enjoy, Patrick…
  • Net Migration Between California and Other States: 1955-1960 and 1995-2000

    Patrick Husting
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    by This graphic shows the 10 largest state-to-state migration flows in and out of California for the period 1955-1960 compared to that of 1995-2000. In the late 1950s, the largest flows involving California were all inflows to the state, generally from states in the Midwest or Northeast. This pattern contrasted with the flows in the late 1990s, where nearly all of the largest migration streams involving California represented out-migration to other states. The American Community Survey now provides data annually on state-to-state 1-year migration flows. Next month, statistics will also be…
 
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  • Enhance Your Application’s Data Insight by Integrating a Reporting Engine

    myuancao
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    A reporting engine can turn data into meaningful, actionable information. Using a reporting engine, users can refine data from various sources into easy-to-read and interactive formatted reports tailored to their audience. Embed reporting features directly in your own applications to present data as page or web reports and enable users to analyze and visualize their data. According to Gartner, some of the key features and buying requirements of a business intelligence platform or reporting engine include: Ease of Use Achievement of Business Benefits Extent of Platform Integration Information…
  • JReport 13.1 Now with Visual Analysis Integration in Dashboards

    myuancao
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:37 am
    JReport 13.1 is now available for download with new improvements and features allowing for even richer customization, seamless integration and improved usability. New features in JReport 13.1 include the availability for JDashboard users to embed Visual Analysis components for data discovery, support for EnterpriseDB, and enhanced support for multi-tenant SaaS reporting applications. Also supported is distributed table joins to allow data from different databases to be presented in the same dashboard or report component. Read more about the newly enhanced JReport 13.1 below and in the press…
  • Embedded BI for Your OEM/SaaS Application

    Boney Pandya
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    Embedding BI is the process of integrating reporting, dashboard and analytics capabilities into your application. By embedding reporting and dashboard tools, business users can work smarter through better insight into their business data. If you are a product manager, data architect, lead developer or CTO and are working on a project where you need to provide reporting and analytics capabilities for your users then embedded BI is a requirement. You could develop these reporting capabilities in-house, but that will present challenges if anything more than basic features are required. Read more…
  • Visualizing IoT with JReport and wot.io at CES 2015

    myuancao
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:21 am
    Mitch Golner (right), VP Product Management at wot.io, viewing a demo at CES 2015. The Internet of Things (IoT) is making our world more connected. The number of developers involved in IoT activities will surpass three million globally by 2019, according to ABI Research. As the IoT market continues its dramatic growth, there is a growing need to understand the data through data visualization, analysis and discovery across different types of connected device platforms. wot.io partners To address this need, JReport has seamlessly integrated with wot.io, a data services exchange, to embed…
  • Top 5 Business Intelligence Trends for 2015

    myuancao
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    It’s a new year! Now that all the eggnog has been finished, all the presents opened, and the ball has dropped in Times Square, let’s see what this year will bring for us in the BI space. 1. Conversations around interactive data You walk into a meeting, bright and early. Imagine an engaging conversation around a flexible and insightful dashboard such as this: Instead of the same old spreadsheet where one person drones on for ten minutes and you’re still not entirely sure what they’re getting at. Let’s be honest, most of us would prefer the former. Instead of just telling and…
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    The Solopreneur Life

  • Do You Have a Good Business Model? Use This Assessment to Find Out

    larry keltto
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    Business model is a term that a lot of people talk about, but few are able to explain thoroughly. This is a picture of my copy of “Value Proposition Design.” For example, how often have you heard people say, “Apple has a great business model.” Super. Why is it great? The authors of “Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want” have created an assessment not only explains business models, but also gives you a tool to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your business model. 1. Switching. How easy or difficult is it for…
  • My Top 10 Newsletter Items So Far for 2015

    larry keltto
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    Today I studied the most-clicked-on items in my newsletter for 2015. I compiled a Top 10 and thought you’d like to see it. *Sigh* a story from Inc.com that had a Taboola-style headline (I hate Taboola) ranked number-one. But I was happy that four stories I wrote cracked the top 10. Not bad, when you consider my competition: all the best current content for solopreneurs. It’s also interesting to see what isn’t popular; the people have spoken: “We don’t want health information from you!!!” O.K., O.K, relax and breath deeply. Here’s the list: 1. The…
  • Forks In the Road for Solopreneurs

    larry keltto
    8 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    I‘ve been thinking about the forks in the road that we face in our solopreneur lives. Some of the forks are big ones, and making the wrong choice can have huge ramifications for our businesses. For example, should I quit my job — or not? Other forks are small, and there isn’t a right or wrong answer — for example, using Webtype or Typekit for a font service. Here’s an extremely partial list of questions that we face. (To help you make your decisions, click here for a post about the eight decision-making perspectives.) • Narrow niche or super-narrow niche? •…
  • How to Create Lead Magnets That Convert

    larry keltto
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
    Every online-marketing pro talks about the importance of growing your list. They’re right, of course. But if you’re a solopreneur who provides client-facing services, how do take your website traffic and turn it into new business? Specifically, how do you create lead magnets that yield high-value leads and ideal clients? Impact Branding and Design, an inbound-marketing agency, has faith in the power of lead magnets. Impact has 53(!) in the Learning Center on its website. In this post I share how to create lead magnets that convert your website visitors into leads. (Lead magnets are…
  • This Easy List-Building Tweak Has Boosted My Newsletter Opt-In Rate 345 Percent

    larry keltto
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:50 am
    Six weeks ago I made an easy list-building tweak. Since then I’ve experienced a 345-percent increase in the number of newsletter signups I receive per month at my website. And if you’re like me, you’ll want to kick yourself when you learn how small the tweak is. Six weeks is a very small sample size, but I have every reason to believe the increase is not a fluke. In 2013, the inbound-marketing company HubSpot made the same change I did and more than doubled its number of subscribers in three months. Here’s what I did: I added a check-box field to all of my landing-page…
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    Statspotting!

  • Stunning: Only Three New Banks Are Formed Every Year

    junior
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:08 pm
    This could be a net positive – we spotted this stat today – “The rate of new-bank formation has slipped from an average of around 100 per year since 1990 to an average of only about three per year since 2010, write Roisin McCord, Edward Simpson Prescott and Tim Sablik.” Source For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post Stunning: Only Three New Banks Are Formed Every Year appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • China Used More Cement In The Last Three Years Than The U.S Used In The Entire 20th Century

    junior
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:59 pm
    We never realized Bill Gates was into Statspotting – we spotted this stunning stat today: “China Used More Cement In The Last Three Years Than The U.S Used In The Entire 20th Century” Source We are not too sure how to digest this stat – but definitely is an important stat with a broad impact. For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post China Used More Cement In The Last Three Years Than The U.S Used In The Entire 20th Century appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • Angry Birds Not Happy: Rovio Says Profit Fell 73 Percent in 2014

    junior
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:19 am
    Bad year for the maker of Angry Birds – we spotted this stat today – “Mobile games maker Rovio reported its operating profit fell 73 percent last year due to a drop in its licensing business, a latest sign its breakthrough Angry Birds brand is losing its appeal.” Source For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post Angry Birds Not Happy: Rovio Says Profit Fell 73 Percent in 2014 appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • New York City Has More Uber Cars Than Yellow Cabs

    junior
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:19 pm
    We spotted this stat today – “New Taxi and Limousine Commission data shows that Uber cars now outnumber cabs on NYC streets, with 14,088 black and luxury vehicles versus 13,587 taxis.” Source For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post New York City Has More Uber Cars Than Yellow Cabs appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • Which Is The Hardest Working City In America?

    junior
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:47 pm
    We spotted this stat today: “One caveat: New York pulled the top spot mainly because people’s average weekly commute time, 6.18 hours, is way ahead of everybody else’s. (Philadelphia was number two with 5.01 hours.) Subtracting commute time, San Francisco is actually the city where people spend the most hours at work: 44.01 hours, versus 42.50 for New York. ” Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-15-hardest-working-cities-in-america-2015-3?op=1#ixzz3UmuvkQag For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter…
 
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    Smedio - Business Ideas Worth Sharing

  • How to Effectively Upsell and Cross-Sell [#infofraphic]

    Douglas Idugboe
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    Are you familiar with upselling and cross-selling? If not, let me start by defining both terms to you: Upselling is a sales strategy that presents a buyer the chance to upgrade a purchase to a related product or service with more features and add-ons, often for more money, to increase a purchase volume. Cross-selling is similar to upselling. However, it is the process of selling different product or service to existing customers, again, to increase purchase volume. As a business, if you’re to grow at exponential rate, you should upsell and cross-sell with every sale whenever possible.
  • Why Mobile Gaming is the New Landscape for Advertising

    Douglas Idugboe
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    What does mobile gaming mean for advertisers? Advertising relies on a fairly fundamental principle: put your product where the eyes are. No matter how good a product or service may be, if people don’t know about it, then it might as well not exist at all. Many good products have failed to live up to their potential due to poor advertising (and it’s probably true that many more inferior products have found great success through the power of advertising alone). This principle explains why, increasingly, advertisers are starting to look at mobile gaming. There were 144 million mobile…
  • A Day in the Life of a Digital Marketer

    Douglas Idugboe
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:31 pm
    A Digital Marketer engage in a lot of digital marketing activities to attain her objectives. What is digital marketing? It is the engine that drives today’s business, big or small. Effective digital marketing is the marketing that bridges electronic technology with psychology in the marketplace. How a Digital Marketer operate this engine to drive a business forward is what this infographic is all about. Here’s a day in the life of a Digital Marketer: Source: Best Marketing Degrees The post A Day in the Life of a Digital Marketer appeared first on Smedio - Business Ideas Worth…
  • How to Get Customers Without Spending Any Money

    Douglas Idugboe
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Every business wants to know how to get customers without spending any money. The early stages of micro star-ups may actually demand ingenious ways to make that happen if they must survive. If any business, big or small, is to survive in the long haul, it must understand and operate in the customer-lifeblood principle that says, “without sales, there’s no business.” In this infographic produced by Quicksprout, titled How to Get Customers without Spending Any Money, you’re going to learn 9 simplified ways your business can get customers without spending any money.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Killer Explainer Video

    Douglas Idugboe
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:54 am
    It used to cost multiple thousands of dollars, and was tedious, to create explainer videos. Now that explainer video creation tools like VideoMakerFX have made it easy and affordable to create, this infographic created by Quicksprout serves as an “Ultimate Guide to Creating a Killer Explainer Video”. With this infographic, in combination with explainer video creation tools like VideoMakerFX, you now have what you need to create killer explainer videos that convert. Source: Quicksprout The post The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Killer Explainer Video appeared first on Smedio -…
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  • Fulfilling the Promise of Self-Service

    ccaldwell
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    One thing that we hear consistently in our conversations with companies is that everyone, including both IT and business users, wants self-service analytics. Businesses are looking to become more data-driven, and users want to be able to analyze data without having to constantly rely on IT. read more
  • The Future of Big Data in Healthcare

    Ameen Mirdamadi
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    “Big Data” has been a big buzzword for the past several years, but organizations weren’t really sure how to tackle it. It’s really been in the past two years that these organizations have been able to use this data to find new insights to improve or make actionable changes. read more
  • 2015 State of Embedded Analytics Report

    Alvin Wong
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    For many data-driven organizations, serving the analytical needs of the business requires more than implementing business intelligence tools or deploying visual analytics applications. Analytic content and capabilities must also be available when and where users need it most – inside the applications, systems, and processes that run a business. read more
  • The Shift in Information Technology Solution Buying

    David Hall-Tipping
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    Gone are the days of the IT department holding all the technology purchasing power. Over the last 12-24 months, the purchasing power in a number of businesses has shifted to the line-of-business executives. read more
  • Infographic: Choosing a BI Solution that Matures with your Organization

    mdavis
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    This week Logi held a webinar, where our experts outlined the differences between an analytics platform and a data discovery tool, and shared tips for adopting a sustainable BI strategy that evolves with company needs. If you missed it, you can listen to the recording here read more
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    Red Wing Software Blog

  • Believing These 3 Myths about Accounting Software Keeps You from Growing

    My name
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    Using an accounting system that can′t handle your business needs can be detrimental to the growth of your business. Check out these three myths about accounting software and see if your business is being held back. Myth 1: It′s better to stay with my current accounting system than spend time and money on something new. It may be tempting to stick with the accounting program your business has been using for many years. Moving to a new system takes time and effort, and it also means your accounting team will need to learn the new system. After many years of using the same system,…
  • Did You Know?

    My name
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    You can stay up-to-date with the latest product updates and utilities available for download by accessing them through the Red Wing Software web site. From our web site, you can view the latest list of enhancements for all CenterPoint products by selecting Downloads from the top menu and then choosing your product from the drop-down menu. Once you are on your products download page, you can then view the What's New documentation by clicking the link included in the Updates section of the page. Customers with a current Customer Care Membership can also download the latest versions from the…
  • Red Wing Software - Notes from the President

    My name
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:42 am
    As I mentioned in the last newsletter, January was extremely busy in the office. Well, February seemed to be just as busy outside of the office. We had staff at several trade shows, and other staff taking our product training on the road. Among the venues that we attended included one of the largest trade shows under one roof. It was nearly a mile from one end to the other and included thousands of exhibitors. Check our web site for locations where we will be displaying or teaching our products, we would love to see you at one of the locations. We had a chance to talk to many current and…
  • The Person Behind the Voice – Jayme Poole

    My name
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:18 am
    Jayme Poole has been at Red Wing Software since June, 2014 as a member of the support team. I talked to Jayme to see how she likes being a part of Red Wing Software so far, and to learn a little more about her. What do you like most about working at Red Wing Software? I love the fact that it is my job to help customers get their problem solved. To know that when I am done with a call, I have just helped someone find an answer to their problem. What do you like to do outside of work? In my spare time, my favorite thing to do is spend time with my family and friends! I have two kids, a son…
  • CenterPoint Payroll and the Affordable Care Act

    My name
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Red Wing Software will implement the requirements for reporting applicable to employer-sponsored coverage for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the first half of 2015. CenterPoint Payroll will allow you to track all the information you need to complete the 1095-C and 1094-C forms for your organization, as well as the reporting requirements for the employee W-2 form.
 
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  • Using Apache Spark in the Enterprise

    Daniel Gutierrez
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    In this special guest feature, Eric Frenkiel of MemSQL champions the use of Apache Spark in the enterprise coupled with in-memory database technology to achieve the promise of real-time analytics.
  • Saffron Launches SaffronStreamline™, a Cognitive Analytics Solution for Manufacturers

    Daniel Gutierrez
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Saffron, a cognitive computing platform designed for mission-critical operational intelligence, announced the availability of SaffronStreamline, a product lifecycle intelligence solution that provides end-to-end knowledge about issues and defects in a product’s lifecycle, helping manufacturers shorten time to market and manage potential risks.
  • Metanautix Launches Personal Quest Data Compute Engine for Individual Users

    Daniel Gutierrez
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Metanautix, a big data analytics company focused on simplifying the data supply chain, today announced the availability of Metanautix Personal Quest. Personal Quest allows individual users to make rapid decisions on data assets of different format, shape and location using preferred tools like Tableau and the high-level functionality of standard SQL.
  • Database Scaling Redefined by Couchbase

    Daniel Gutierrez
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Couchbase, Inc. introduced breakthrough scaling technology that substantially increases application performance and dramatically reduces costs. Multi-Dimensional Scaling provides the option to isolate database query, index and data services, so that hardware resources can be independently assigned and optimized on a per node basis, as application requirements change.
  • Why You Need to Know About Agile Analytics

    Daniel Gutierrez
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    In this special guest feature, Ramesh Hariharan of LatentView Analytics outlines the virtues of embedded analytics with a goal of blending into business processes and applications.
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    Revolutions

  • The most common R error messages

    David Smith
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    R has something of a reputation for generating, shall we say, obscure error messages like this: Error in model.frame.default(formula = y ~ female + DNC + SE_region + : could not find function "function (object, ...) \nobject" One tip for dealing with error messages is to ignore everything between "Error in" and the colon: unless you are running a function that you wrote yourself, only the error message at the end is likely to be useful. If you're still stuck, another tip is to ask for help on Stackoverflow.com using the [r] tag, where you'll find more than 20,000…
  • Because it's Friday: Dominoes and Dance

    David Smith
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    There are plenty of great domino cascades on YouTube, but this is one of the best. There are a couple of obvious cuts, but using multiple takes is more than made up for by the perfect coordination with the A-Trak tune. Enjoy: That's all for this week. See you again on Monday!
  • Replay: Reproducible data analysis with the checkpoint package

    David Smith
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    Thanks to all who attended my webinar earlier this week, Reproducibility with Revolution R Open and the Checkpoint Package. If you missed the live session, you can catch up with the slides and video replay which I've embedded below. If you just want to check out the demo of the checkpoint package, it starts at 18:30 in the video below. If you want to follow along at home, you can download the demo script here. Revolution Analytics webinars: Reproducibility with Revolution R Open and the Checkpoint Package
  • Review of "Hands-On Programming with R"

    Joseph Rickert
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    by Joseph Rickert There have been well over a hundred books on R published within the last ten years. Most of these texts with titles like “Introduction Statistics with R” or “Time Series with R” offer the reader a way to jump right in and perform some concrete statistical analysis using R’s myriad built-in functions and extensive visualization features. And, while it is true that some R books appear to be little more than a rehash of basic documentation, there are nevertheless scores of carefully written texts from experts that not only illuminate some area of statistics but also…
  • Participate in the 2015 Rexer Data Mining Survey

    David Smith
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Since 2007, Karl Rexer has been collecting data on the tools, skills and practices of statisticians and data miners. Over the years, his semi-annual Data Miner Survey has expanded in scope, and now includes research on the topics of data science, big data, and analytics applications on business. Unlike research conducted by big-name analyst firms, Karl shares the results of his surveys with everybody. You can read our review of the results of the 2013 Data Miner Survey here, which among many other things showed the rapid growth of R: The 2015 Data Mining includes several new questions this…
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  • How to convince your boss to send you to Domopalooza: 4 strategies that will work like a charm

    Darren Perucci
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    Domopalooza is 13 days away. 13 days! The event is shaping up to be unlike any conference you’ve ever been to. (Professional learning all day long and entertainment like Robin Thicke, Ludacris and Kid Ink all night long). If you need some help convincing your boss it’s worth your time (and theirs) to send you to Domopalooza, here are a few tips. Tip #1: Bring it back to the business The best and brightest minds in data, analytics and business management are attending. Not only will you learn from world experts like Sheryl Sandberg, Billy Beane, Jer Thorp, Rita Sallam and Josh James,…
  • 3 killer courses you can’t miss at Domopalooza Bootcamp

    Mark Willder
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Hey genius! Yeah, you. Are you a new Domo user hoping to learn how to navigate your way around the platform? A grizzled data veteran eager to learn more about how you can load your company’s data into Domo? Or perhaps a business analyst hoping to create more compelling visualizations that upper management can use to implement the corporate vision? Then Domo University’s Bootcamp courses at Domopalooza are the right place for you. Domo is an incredibly powerful business management platform. Over a thousand high-profile customers use Domo globally for a variety of mission-critical tasks.
  • How Sheryl Sandberg is Changing the Leadership Game

    Kristi Boyce
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    With 1.39 billion active monthly users, Facebook processes immense amounts of data every single day. The person managing that operation is Sheryl Sandberg—a visionary executive who’s changing the way people think about business. We’re ecstatic to announce Ms. Sandberg as a keynote speaker at Domopalooza next month! As author of a New York Times bestselling book, she is hardly a stranger to high-profile leadership roles. “Leadership,” Ms. Sandberg says, “is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” Before…
  • Form Follows Data: How Jer Thorp Transforms Data into Art

    Rebecca Ricks
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Visualizing information is a practice that’s far from new. After all, Galileo and Da Vinci were arguably some of history’s best data artists. When it comes to turning information into art, Jer Thorp is a pioneer in the field of data visualization. We’re pleased to announce that Thorp will be speaking at Domopalooza next month about finding the human stories in data. Jer Thorp is an award-winning data artist, researcher and thinker. His work has appeared in publications as diverse as National Geographic and the New York Times and exhibitions at the MoMA in Manhattan. With…
  • The Man Behind Moneyball: The Billy Beane Story

    Mark Adams
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:54 pm
    He’s a household name. And we’re thrilled to announce that he is going to be a keynote speaker at Domopalooza next month. Billy Beane, the baseball general manager whose story was the subject of Michael Lewis’ bestselling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game and who was portrayed by Brad Pitt in the film adaptation, is no stranger to algorithms. Facing one of the smallest budgets for player salaries of any team in baseball in 2002, the Oakland A’s were in a bind. Beane, the team’s general manager, was fed up with his inability to outbid other teams…
 
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  • How to convince your boss to send you to Domopalooza: 4 strategies that will work like a charm

    Darren Perucci
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    Domopalooza is 13 days away. 13 days! The event is shaping up to be unlike any conference you’ve ever been to. (Professional learning all day long and entertainment like Robin Thicke, Ludacris and Kid Ink all night long). If you need some help convincing your boss it’s worth your time (and theirs) to send you to Domopalooza, here are a few tips. Tip #1: Bring it back to the business The best and brightest minds in data, analytics and business management are attending. Not only will you learn from world experts like Sheryl Sandberg, Billy Beane, Jer Thorp, Rita Sallam and Josh James,…
  • 3 killer courses you can’t miss at Domopalooza Bootcamp

    Mark Willder
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Hey genius! Yeah, you. Are you a new Domo user hoping to learn how to navigate your way around the platform? A grizzled data veteran eager to learn more about how you can load your company’s data into Domo? Or perhaps a business analyst hoping to create more compelling visualizations that upper management can use to implement the corporate vision? Then Domo University’s Bootcamp courses at Domopalooza are the right place for you. Domo is an incredibly powerful business management platform. Over a thousand high-profile customers use Domo globally for a variety of mission-critical tasks.
  • How Sheryl Sandberg is Changing the Leadership Game

    Kristi Boyce
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    With 1.39 billion active monthly users, Facebook processes immense amounts of data every single day. The person managing that operation is Sheryl Sandberg—a visionary executive who’s changing the way people think about business. We’re ecstatic to announce Ms. Sandberg as a keynote speaker at Domopalooza next month! As author of a New York Times bestselling book, she is hardly a stranger to high-profile leadership roles. “Leadership,” Ms. Sandberg says, “is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” Before…
  • Form Follows Data: How Jer Thorp Transforms Data into Art

    Rebecca Ricks
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Visualizing information is a practice that’s far from new. After all, Galileo and Da Vinci were arguably some of history’s best data artists. When it comes to turning information into art, Jer Thorp is a pioneer in the field of data visualization. We’re pleased to announce that Thorp will be speaking at Domopalooza next month about finding the human stories in data. Jer Thorp is an award-winning data artist, researcher and thinker. His work has appeared in publications as diverse as National Geographic and the New York Times and exhibitions at the MoMA in Manhattan. With…
  • The Man Behind Moneyball: The Billy Beane Story

    Mark Adams
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:54 pm
    He’s a household name. And we’re thrilled to announce that he is going to be a keynote speaker at Domopalooza next month. Billy Beane, the baseball general manager whose story was the subject of Michael Lewis’ bestselling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game and who was portrayed by Brad Pitt in the film adaptation, is no stranger to algorithms. Facing one of the smallest budgets for player salaries of any team in baseball in 2002, the Oakland A’s were in a bind. Beane, the team’s general manager, was fed up with his inability to outbid other teams…
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  • Wanted For Procurement: Athletes

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:06 am
    In the US, its time for March Madness: ups and downs, changing circumstances, and a constant need to adjust strategies and tactics. What you need to thrive at this time has parallels in business, especially in procurement. Today is 30 March, but here in the US, we are only about two/thirds of the way through what we euphemistically call “March Madness”. It has nothing to do with the weather, though especially on the East Coast the weather this year was severe enough to make anyone mad; no, March Madness refers to the three-week period when the NCAA (National Collegiate…
  • Banks: Get Serious About Supply Chain Cyber Risk

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:18 am
    The threat is there, it’s going to intensify, and business is not doing enough about it.  The digital banking revolution; for consumers as well as businesses, it means more convenience. Apps will replace branches and the management of our finances will become increasingly virtual. It also means more competition. Regulators around the world are coming down hard on incumbents while granting “challenger” banking licenses at a somewhat alarming, although more recently arrested, rate. For procurement in established banking groups, all of this creates a headache,…
  • Don't Panic! How Mergers & Acquisitions Can Work For Procurement

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:17 am
    While takeover talk can be an uncertain time for everyone some different thinking in terms of leadership can see the function thrive.  The announcement this week that food giants Heinz and Kraft are to merge will have sent shivers down the spines of many procurement chiefs who fear that their company may the next target of the private equity sharks, but is it really something they should fear? On the surface it sounds scary. The deal to merge Heinz and Kraft was, according to reports, engineered by Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital, and billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s…
  • A Vision Of The Future III: Omni-Channel Spend

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The idea behind omni-channelling in marketing is that every product / market combination follows a unique set of characteristics in behaviour, location, interest and routine. Procurement is able to follow marketing’s lead by leveraging the available technological options. In this guest post, Procurement Leaders invites Doede van Haperen to look at the retail trend of omni-channel purchasing and how it might change the very nature of procurement by 2025.The other day I posted a blog on a fictional day for a category manager in 2025. Claiming an important change in their daily lives…
  • Is There Any Room For Instinct In A World Dominated By Data?

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    More and more business decisions are being made based on data analytics, but is this killing off a buyers nose for a good deal? Data is in vogue. It is being used everywhere and for everything. In sport every single thing an athlete does from their heart rate to their passing and shooting accuracy is measured and analysed while in business, and procurement in particular, the performance of staff, products and suppliers are all monitored and scrutinised to the nth degree. There is no doubt that product quality is improved and more informed, less risky decisions are made as a result of such…
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  • Melhores Práticas – ApplyMap

    Yuri Nicolett
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Fala pessoal, tudo bom? Quero continuar comentando sobre melhores práticas para QlikView e neste capítulo vou falar um pouco sobre a função Applymap. A função Applymap é nada mais, nada menos do que um De-Para, ou seja, substitui um valor por outro através de uma tabela de mapeamento.Por que um de-para pode ser considerado uma melhor prática de desenvolvimento? Pois essa função, na maioria dos casos, pode ser utilizada para substituir a função JOIN com uma performance MUITO MAIOR. Lembrando que estamos…
  • Mapping as an Alternative to Joining

    Jennell McIntire
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    Some time ago I wrote a blog on Mapping functions and described how they can be used to replace or modify field values when you run the script.  But how do you know when to map versus join the data in your data model?  Mapping works well when
  • NEW! Qlik Sense Skills Assessment

    Bobby Sacco
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Are you a Qlik Sense power user? How well do you think you know Qlik Sense? Do you want to challenge yourself to see how well-rounded you are with the product? We have the tool for you! We've updated the Skills Assessment tool to incorporate Qlik Sense and have three new assessments live on our website! Please check them out at http://www.qlik.com/us/services/training/skills-assessment and encourage your peers to do the same! You can take Qlik Sense assessments as a Visualization Author, Data Architect or Qlik Administrator. So, what are the benefits of taking this Skills…
  • Melhores Práticas – Hideprefix ou Hidesuffix

    Yuri Nicolett
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Fala pessoal, tudo bom? Quero resgatar um pouco sobre o tópico de melhores práticas para o Qlikview e isso inclui a utilização da função Hideprefix.Mas afinal o que é e para que server esta função?Sua função serve essencialmente para transformar um ou diversos campos em campos de sistema, ou seja, se tornarão campos que não poderão ser utilizados pelo usuário e somente pelo desenvolvedor.Essa é uma boa prática para evitar que nossos usuários possam obter informações…
  • The Expression Search

    Henric Cronström
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:40 pm
    In my last blog post I wrote about the overall logic in the search string. Today I will dive into one specific search method: the Expression search.   Any search string beginning with an equals sign will be interpreted as an expression search,
 
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  • “The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World”

    Ivo Dias de Sousa
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Book cover of “The Click Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World” “The biggest factor of sucess is… randomness, chance and serendipity.”Frans Johansson “The Click Moment” is one the best two book about success that I read in the last two or three years – the other one is “Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success” by Shane Snow. In a nutshell, what is “The Click Moment” about? Fundamentally, the book revolves around two main points: Firstly that success is in great part, the result of randomness. Secondly, it describes…
  • People, Planet, Power: Towards A New Social Settlement

    Paula Newton
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    People, Planet, Power: Towards A New Social Settlement The world is facing a wide range of different social and economic challenges that need to be dealt with. As explained by Anna Coote, Head of Social Policy at NEF in 2015, we are seven decades on from the famous UK Beveridge report and there are new challenges now. The New Economics Foundation is the UK’s leading think tank promoting social, economic and environmental justice. NEF has a remit to build a new economics. The goal of this is to better help people and planet. One of the key findings of a recent NEF study has been that a…
  • Business Schools And The Digital Education Revolution

    Paula Newton
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Business Schools And The Digital Education Revolution Some business schools have shied away from paying heed to the revolution in digital education. They have decided for whatever reason that it does not affect them or will not affect them negatively. However, with the advent of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other developments it can be argued that now is the time for traditional business schools to properly review what they offer to students digitally, and respond accordingly. The digital revolution is not going to go away, and it is possible that those institutions that do not…
  • 10 Breakthrough Technologies Creating The Future Today

    Maria Fonseca
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Magic Leap – Company that creates 3D imagery Article written by Maria Fonseca and Paula Newton Can you picture a future world where we lose the boundaries of what is reality and virtuality, what it is human and non-human? A world where we coexist with fairies, unicorns, driverless cars, crazy architectures made up with resistant but very light materials that house the 11 billion people that live in a high energy green and abundant planet? Can you imagine a world where flows of DNA communicate with each other to produce more knowledge and prevent disease? A world where we don´t see…
  • Instagram For Social Business: 25 Most Popular Hashtags

    Paula Newton
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Instagram For Social Business: 25 Most Popular Hashtags   Getting attention on Instagram and standing out from the crowd can be difficult. Finding the right hashtags that lead to being noticed can often take a lot of trial and error. Some business owners simply do not bother, believing that this is not helpful, but in fact they are wrong. Hashtags can lead to dramatic increases in followers and interest. However, there are some hashtags that may be used on Instagram that are more likely to lead to gaining attention than others. Recently Scott Ayres detailed the top 25 of these that you…
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    SIMUL8 Blog

  • Does your simulation project have a “Project Champion”?

    Brian Harrington
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    The role of the Project Champion is critical to the success of the overall analysis; especially when it comes to implementation. The Project Champion is usually a management personal who owns the process. They have a completely different role then the overall management of the simulation team. Often the two perspectives differ because the Project Champion deals with the daily tasks of managing the facility. As with most cross-functional projects, the roles & responsibilities within a simulation team are critical to the overall success of the project. Please stay tuned for our next…
  • Friday Tip – Use a Spreadsheet to Generate Batched Arrivals by Day

    admin
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    Many users found using a CSV to generate arrivals very useful, so we decided we’d write a similar tip but instead using internal spreadsheets as an interface. This can be used in scenarios where large quantities of goods come at a regular interval, and where the quantities remain static. The first thing we will do is create an internal spreadsheet called ssArrivals. To do this, navigate to the Data and Rules Tab, and then select Information Store. We now want to set up our spreadsheet like in the image below. This is to create an interface that other users can then use to input new data to…
  • Friday Tip: Loading from a silo and unloading to a hopper

    liam
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    Check out this 5 minute video tutorial simulating loading material from a silo and transporting it to a hopper. If you have SIMUL8 installed, you can also view the simulation here.  
  • Happy Holidays from Everyone at SIMUL8 Corporation!

    laura
    23 Dec 2014 | 2:03 am
    It’s been another busy year at SIMUL8 Corporation, and as it comes to an end we just want to say a big thank you to each and every one of our users. We’ve held a number of events and attended many conferences throughout the year and it’s been great to see everyone there and find out how simulation is making a difference in your organization. 2015 is set to be another big year and we want to work even more closely with you so we can provide the software and resources that you need. There are already a whole variety of events planned and we can’t wait to tell you more…
  • Friday Tip: Prioritizing work items from a queue based on type

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

  • Making Healthy Eating Choices While on the Road: An Infographic

    admin
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    Staying healthy during travel can be a daunting task. Not only are the roads filled with fried fast food at every exit, it can be hard to find fresh food options at the convenience stores and filling stations along the way. To make the arduous task of healthy eating easier MediFit has put together an [...]The post Making Healthy Eating Choices While on the Road: An Infographic appeared first on MediFit.
  • Progression Based Employee Health and Wellness Programs Result in High Achievement Rates

    admin
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Designing a progression-based employee health and wellness program results in high achievement rates, as participants increase confidence in their ability to set and meet higher expectations.The post Progression Based Employee Health and Wellness Programs Result in High Achievement Rates appeared first on MediFit.
  • Healthy Meal Demos Encourages Healthy Eating at Work & Home

    admin
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Look who put the fun in workplace wellness: MediFit Team Norco & Geismar, LA MediFit’s onsite Wellness Coordinator offers bimonthly healthy cooking demonstrations to 45 site leaders at two manufacturing plants. Poor nutrition and obesity are top health concerns, and onsite cafe’s are not available to employees. Healthy Cooking demonstrations are
 scheduled for 30 ­minutes [...]The post Healthy Meal Demos Encourages Healthy Eating at Work & Home appeared first on MediFit.
  • A New Year to Blast Off the Pounds for a Healthier You

    admin
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:05 pm
    A large percentage of people struggle with their weight at some point in their lives. In addition to looking and feeling better, losing weight can reduce your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars. Even a 5% loss of body weight can lead to big health gains. Keeping motivated and keeping the pounds off can be [...]The post A New Year to Blast Off the Pounds for a Healthier You appeared first on MediFit.
  • New Insights: Increasing Fitness Center Membership Onboarding

    admin
    30 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    We wanted to learn how we could increase new fitness center member on-boarding consultations by seeing how specific words used during the enrollment process might trigger new members to sign up for a voluntary, personalized session. We measured the impact of the specific words used when presenting the opportunity to new members. Wording #1, posed [...]The post New Insights: Increasing Fitness Center Membership Onboarding appeared first on MediFit.
 
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    BambooHR Blog

  • Meet IBI Group—A Customer Success Study

    Jeana Quigley
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    IBI Group thrives on deploying its international engineering and architecture talent in a timely way. BambooHR helps IBI run accurate skills and capacity reports. The Company IBI Group is the world’s fourth largest architectural firm with 80 offices and more than 3,000 professionals and support staff worldwide. IBI’s offices work together as global “virtual studios,” […] The post Meet IBI Group—A Customer Success Study appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Why a Not-My-Job Attitude Won’t Cut It at a Startup

    Jeana Quigley
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    Working for a startup is different. A lot of work is spread over a small amount of people. Roles shift depending on what’s needed at the moment. It’s not uncommon for employees to do a whole bunch of different tasks—whether or not they’re qualified for it. The fact is in a startup, every team member […] The post Why a Not-My-Job Attitude Won’t Cut It at a Startup appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Spring Is Here! So Is Tax Season. Are Employees Ready? [ACA Series]

    Kelsie Davis
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    This time of year is exciting. Trees are blossoming, flowers are blooming and the weather is warming up. And then, just when you’re caught up in the beauty of nature coming back to life, another part of life smacks you right across the face: tax season. It’s here and your tax forms have to be […] The post Spring Is Here! So Is Tax Season. Are Employees Ready? [ACA Series] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Appreciating Employees Until They’re Ready to Move on

    Jeana Quigley
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    My dad worked as an insurance agent for the same company his entire life. He used to employ me as a child to do some filing for him when I needed some extra cash. As he neared retirement age—just months before he died of cancer but before he knew he was ill—that company decided he […] The post Appreciating Employees Until They’re Ready to Move on appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
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  • How New Social Email Will Transform How We Work

    Guest
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Carolyn Pampino, Design Director of Collaboration Solutions, IBM By Carolyn Pampino We may be drowning in a deluge of email, but our research has found that email is not dead. The tools we use to access our email, however, are outdated and were invented before the word “Internet” became a household name. Instead of our managing email, what we need is a better way to communicate, which is focused on deeper engagement and better outcomes. Social tools, and mobile and cloud technologies have significantly changed the expectations of consumers about mail, social interaction and other…
  • Data, Data, Everywhere – Now a Better Way to Understand It

    Guest
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Big Data, once thought to be the answer to unlocking insight, has itself become a challenge.  From the vast amount of digital content online to new types of data streams from social, mobile and other sources, information overload pervades all aspects of our lives. Identifying true insights trapped within that data is a difficult task. How do you sift through the 95 percent of information that doesn’t matter to find the five percent that does? Enter IBM Watson and the era of cognitive computing.  Watson has both an insatiable appetite for Big Data and the unique ability to contextually…
  • Driving Innovation Across Government – A Q&A with Greg Godbout

    Guest
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Greg Godbout, 18F Executive Director 18F, an organization within the General Services Administration (GSA), was launched in 2014 to help drive innovation across government. Along with its sister organization, the U.S. Digital Service, 18F is transforming government in new ways using a combination of cloud, mobile and agile services.  Greg Godbout, Executive Director at 18F, and a 2013 Presidential Innovation Fellow, helped start the organization and led the team responsible for its success. Next month, Godbout is stepping down from his role to take on new challenges at another government…
  • Watson Hosts First International University Case Competition

    Guest
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    Members of the “BLUE” student team from HEC Paris celebrate their victory at the first international Watson Case Competition in France. By Pamela Induni It’s been a busy start to the year for IBM’s Watson University Programs as we expand our efforts to bring together the best and brightest student minds to apply Watson and cognitive computing technology in new and interesting ways. In fact, I’m just stepping off a plane from our very first international University Case Competition which took place in France last weekend.  IBM and HEC Paris, one of the most prominent…
  • The Genetic Data Consent Quandary

    Guest
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ajay Royyuru, PhD and Director, Computational Biology Center at IBM Research By Ajay Royyuru A physician once told me that “your genes load the gun. Your lifestyle pulls the trigger.” We were talking about how genetics play a role in the likelihood of a disease manifesting itself – and how the way we live also influences that likelihood. And it’s getting easier and faster for doctors and scientists to precisely understand which genes influence which diseases, and by how much. This improved access and understanding of the genome, though, brings up challenges to the notion of ownership,…
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    Asia Business News

  • Is Your Asian Law or Tax Career Earning You US$15 Million Plus?

    Asia Briefing
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:31 am
    At the recent Leading Edge Alliance Asia conference, a range of issues were discussed concerning the levels of remuneration partners at law and tax firms should reasonably be aiming for during their career.  That number – US$15 million. The figure, which was arrived at with broad consensus from firms throughout Asia and including China, India, ASEAN and Australia, was based upon expected partner earnings over a 15 year period, meaning that at partner level income needs to be an annual remuneration of around USD1 million plus – after tax. This amount included salary and…
  • Asia Briefing Requires Senior Technical Managing Editor

    Asia Briefing
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:42 am
    Asia Briefing, the publications division of the professional services firm Dezan Shira & Associates, is looking to recruit a high level technical editor. The requirements are as follows: Degree level and/or career experience in Asia focused law or tax Ability to manage an existing team throughout Asia Ability to travel throughout the region Ability to promote and assist with marketing detailed research reports for MNC clients looking at investing in Asia Proven ability to research, produce and manage a team of personnel dedicated to producing high quality research reports.  An…
  • Leading Edge Alliance Hits US$3 Billion in 2014

    Asia Briefing
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Dezan Shira Asia Alliance members Alberto Vettoretti, Anthony Ng, Christopher Heng, Mattaya Deejingjing, Mark Copsey, Nippita Pakdeetanakul, Nathaphorn Keetrakul & Chris Devonshire-Ellis at their Asia annual conference in Singapore on Tuesday. The Leading Edge Alliance, whose members include Dezan Shira & Associates, achieved an annual worldwide turnover in excess of US$3 billion during 2014. Dezan Shira is one of the firms representing the Alliance across Asia. In total, Leading Edge Alliance includes some 220 firms, with 617 offices in over 100 countries, giving clients access to…
  • Chinese Tourists’ Behavior Under Fire Across Asia

    Asia Briefing
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:45 pm
    The massive upsurge of mainland Chinese tourists, caused by increasing wealth and a bi-annual holiday system that allows mainland Chinese a week off work during New Year and National Day, is putting intense pressure on many Asian holiday destinations.  The pressure isn’t just on infrastructure, however – it is also spreading more alarmingly to criticisms of mainland Chinese cultural and behavioral traits. The phenomena began in Hong Kong when mass tourism groups bussed into the territory for cheap shopping; Hong Kong is a duty free port and many products are cheaper than on the…
  • HR Administration: Labor Contracts, Visas and Termination Procedures – New Issue of Asia Briefing Magazine

    Asia Briefing
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:49 am
    The newest issue of Asia Briefing magazine, titled “Human Resources Across Asia: A Guide for Foreign Businesses“, is out now and available as a complimentary download in the Asia Briefing Bookstore. Contents: Understanding Labor Contracts in China, India and Vietnam Employing Foreign Nationals Across Asia: Visa Procedures Comparing Employee Termination Procedures Across Asia Within the modern, globalized market, maintaining a competitive edge necessitates identifying new growth opportunities and ways of cutting costs. It is for this reason that entering into the Asian market has…
 
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  • Lenovo Laptop for Rs 24490 at Paytm

    Deal Guru
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:05 am
    Lenovo Laptop for Rs 24490 at Paytm Details: Best deals on Laptop  only  at  Shopaholic Indians.  Lenovo Laptop for Rs 24490 at Paytm. For more offers and deals keep visiting Shopaholic Indians. Offer Price: Rs 24490 code:  LAP5K Offer URL: Paytm.com BUY IT NOW! HP Keyboard & Mouse for Rs 1125 at PayTM The post Lenovo Laptop for Rs 24490 at Paytm appeared first on Best Offers in Online Shopping.
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    Deal Guru
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:09 am
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    Mobile Offer: Microsoft Lumia for Rs 5899 on Paytm Offer Details: Best deals on Mobile only  at  Shopaholic Indians.  Microsoft Lumia 535 (Black) for Rs 5899 (after Rs 2000 cashback) on Paytm . For more offers and deals keep visiting Shopaholic Indians. Offer Price: Get this product for Rs.2232/- Coupon code : GET2000 Offer URL: Paytm.com BUY IT NOW! The post Mobile Offer: Microsoft Lumia for Rs 5899 on Paytm appeared first on Best Offers in Online Shopping.
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  • Analysis Reveals Dramatic Rise in UK Tech Investments

    Eran Levy
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    Data has always played a crucial role when deciding on investments, trying to understand funding trends and emerging industries or products. Luckily, relevant data is readily available online — one of our favorite databases being Crunchbase, the most comprehensive source for startup activity. But how do you make sense of large datasets in order to quickly recognize trends and draw conclusions? If you’re following this blog, you can already guess what our answer will be: use a good data visualization tool. This time around we decided to look at data related the UK startup scene and…
  • Six Questions You Need to Ask Before Building a Dashboard

    Evan Castle
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Modern business intelligence software has laid the static PDF or Excel reports to rest, and now lets users interact with their data through dynamic BI dashboards. However, building the perfect dashboard can be tricky, especially with the multitude of visualization and design possibilities that are usually available. A dashboard that is not designed correctly will fail to convey the relevant information, or fail to convey it clearly, and hence will not produce any real value in terms of aiding decision-makers and providing a bird’s-eye view of the business (or the department, or a certain…
  • Data Preparation: Checking Under the Hood of Analytics Software

    Eran Levy
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:50 am
    Say you want to buy a car. You go to a dealership and the salesman points out an attractive looking vehicle. “This is a great car”, he says, “Just look at the finishing. The amazing leather seats. The shiny new layer of red coloring.” He’s very enthusiastic so you hum politely and say, “That’s nice. What about the mileage? Gas consumption? How will this car actually get me to where I need to go?” The salesman waves your questions off and suavely responds: “Forget about all that stuff. It’s way too technical for you. Just look at these beautiful tinted windows.” Sounds a…
  • Data Driven Marketing: A Real Life Use Case

    Aya Ephrati
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:36 am
    All we hear in marketing these days is data data data. Yet it looks as if only about a third of global executives are using data and analysis as the primary method for making big decisions. The rest admit that most of their decision-making is based largely on gut instincts. As was written in Forrester, there is still a lot of mistrust on the part of marketing leaders of big data, what we can do with it, and how it should be incorporated into business strategy. That’s why we’ve decided to give you an inside look into how we utilize our own business intelligence software to make the most of…
  • Joining Multiple Sources 101: Inner and Outer Joins

    Eran Levy
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    Mashing up multiple data sources to generate a single source of truth is an integral part of data analysis. It allows you to compare and cross-reference records stored in different formats and locations, and to perform queries and calculations. This article will run you through some basic concepts in data analysis that you should become familiar with when joining data stored in multiple tables. Why do I need to know this? Short answer: In most cases, you don’t. If you’re using a strong business intelligence tool and working with simple datasets, the bulk of the data preparation…
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    Horace Dediu
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    Apple’s new watches are priced in a pattern unlike any of the previous pricing models for Apple products. Previous pricing model for iPhone, iPad, Mac and iPod were typically structured around storage differences. The higher the storage, the higher the price. The Mac had a slight variation where processor and graphics offered some additional configuration options. To illustrate, the graph below shows typical price bands for the iPhone (2011 and 2012) In contrast, the watches are differentiated by size, materials and bands. There are also a total of 38 watch configurations available…
  • Sponsor: Avea Dynamic Mood Lighting

    asymco-admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Avea transforms your home with beautiful dynamic light moods. Control your ambience from your iPhone or iPad and unwind in one of the carefully crafted settings with subtly changing light. After a relaxing evening, simply set your alarm using the built-in wake-up light scene. With Avea, rise and shine along a natural sunrise, right in your bedroom. Avea connects directly to your iPhone or iPad using Bluetooth Smart technology, without requiring additional gateways or bridges. But it doesn’t stop there: once you have chosen a light scene, the smart LED lightbulb will take care of the…
  • The Critical Path #145: Arbitrage

    asymco-admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Back from the Apple Watch event, Horace gives his trip report discussing watch pricing and what we now know of how Apple intends to sell them. What cognitive illusions might come into play as people consider the watch? via 5by5 | The Critical Path #145: Arbitrage.
  • Asymcar 22: The Goddess

    Horace Dediu
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    The incomparable Citroen DS (French homophone: déesse), 60 years old this year.  Hydropneumatic, self-levelling suspension aerodynamic and interior design efficiency, swiveling headlights, novel construction methods. Ahead of its time even in 1985. Why did this iconic design not endure? We use this parable to analyze Apple Car rumors. via Asymcar 22: The Goddess | Asymcar.
  • Peak Cable

    Horace Dediu
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    Paying for TV has been a curious consumer phenomenon. There was a time when TV was free to consumers. It was delivered as a broadcast over-the-air and paid for either by commercials (US mostly) or by taxes on viewers (Europe mostly). The consumers were delighted with the idea as it was far better than radio and radio was delightful because it was far better than no radio. The process of convincing consumers to pay for something that used to be free was quite interesting. The first benefit to be articulated was that the quality of the picture would be much better. It would, in essence, be…
 
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