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  • Next Gen Spend Analytics – Where Is The Technology Heading?

    Procurement Leaders Blog
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:33 am
    For many years, spend analytics software has been helping procurement departments to identify where cost savings can be made. But now we’re at a turning point where the technology is coming of age and reaching new levels of sophistication. In this guest post, Procurement Leaders invites Tungsten Networks’ Stefan Foryszewski to give some insight into where technology will change the quality of decision-making in the procurement function.Getting bang for your buck is one of the biggest priorities in procurement today, especially when supplier numbers grow ever larger. For many…
  • Finding the Right Accounting Software: Tips from FindAccountingSoftware.com.

    Red Wing Software Blog
    My name
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Red Wing Software Interviews Adam Bluemner of FindAccountingSoftware, a company that helps businesses find the right software for their business. Having spoken with thousands of businesses over the years, Adam provides tips and insight on what to look for when searching for a new accounting system. What are some things businesses should pay special attention to during their initial software search? The best place to start any project related to switching or adding new business management software is with careful consideration of your own internal needs. The most sophisticated software in the…
  • Who Is Buying Single-Family Homes And Condos In The US?

    Statspotting!
    junior
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:14 pm
    We spotted this stat today: “Purchasers from China made up 16% of international buyers who bought primarily single-family homes and condominiums in the 12-month period that ended in March, according to the survey by the National Association of Realtors. That was up from 12% in 2013. Canadians made up 14% of international buyers, down sharply from 23% in the 2013 survey. In third place were Mexicans who made up 9% of foreign buyers in the recent period, up slightly from 2013…. The Chinese also dominated dollar volume of properties sold. Buyers from China purchased $28.6 billion of…
  • Train of Thought: Sometimes Numbers Speak for Themselves

    The Numbers
    Brian Hershberg
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:49 am
    Last night in baseball--with home runs galore, a cycle and a run of shutouts seen just five times--was a wonderful reminder that numbers are sometimes just cool for the accomplishment they represent.
  • Making the Internet of Things for Business Real

    Business Analytics
    Timo Elliott
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:56 am
    I had the honor of presenting at the recent itelligence UK user conference on the topic of Making The Internet of Things for Business Real: More than 50 billion things will be connected by year 2020. The Internet of Things will revolutionize enterprises across all industries. Is your business ready to benefit from this ground-breaking revolution? Learn how you can develop a two phase strategy for adopting IoT – a short term strategy to transform existing business processes and a longer term plan to innovate your products, services and revenue models. The forty-minute presentation covers…
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    Statspotting!

  • Who Is Buying Single-Family Homes And Condos In The US?

    junior
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:14 pm
    We spotted this stat today: “Purchasers from China made up 16% of international buyers who bought primarily single-family homes and condominiums in the 12-month period that ended in March, according to the survey by the National Association of Realtors. That was up from 12% in 2013. Canadians made up 14% of international buyers, down sharply from 23% in the 2013 survey. In third place were Mexicans who made up 9% of foreign buyers in the recent period, up slightly from 2013…. The Chinese also dominated dollar volume of properties sold. Buyers from China purchased $28.6 billion of…
  • India Mobile Statistics: 869 Million Active Mobile Connections

    junior
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:58 pm
    We spotted this stat today – “The Active connection data represents peak VLR (Visitor Location Register) data for the month. Some stats: – There were 869.97 million active connection in the month of April. – Strangely, Idea apparently has 102.60% of connections active on its network – the highest among all telcos. TRAI says the percentage of active connections is more than 100% due to in-roamers i.e. subscribers from other operators roaming in Idea’s network. – RCom has the second highest active connection base of 97.67%, followed by Airtel at 95.76%.” Source We…
  • The Average American Woman Now Weighs 166 Pounds

    junior
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:11 am
    A few years back, we had spotted some obesity statistics – we spotted this stat today – “There’s no doubt that Americans are bigger today than they were in the 1960s. But Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post pulled out some staggering stats to demonstrate exactly how big Americans have become: the average woman today weighs 166.2 pounds — which is almost the exact same amount as the average American man in the early 1960s. Both sexes have gotten bigger since over the past 50 years. Men are 17.6 percent heavier — which translates into a roughly 30-pound gain.
  • Shazam Stats: 100 Million Monthly Active Users, Half-A-Billion Downloads

    junior
    14 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    We spotted some interesting stats on Shazam today – The app has been downloaded to mobile devices 500 million times The app has 100 million monthly active users and is adding 10 million new users monthly The company is now valued at a cool billion dollars The number of “Shazams” now tops 15 billion Source For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post Shazam Stats: 100 Million Monthly Active Users, Half-A-Billion Downloads appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • America’s Total Net Worth Just Hit a Record High

    junior
    13 Jun 2015 | 2:51 pm
    We spotted this stat today: “U.S. households saw their total net worth rise to a record level of $84.9 trillion in the first quarter of this year, the Federal Reserve reported Thursday. That’s compared to $80.3 trillion a year ago.” Source For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post America’s Total Net Worth Just Hit a Record High appeared first on Statspotting!.
 
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    The Numbers

  • Train of Thought: Sometimes Numbers Speak for Themselves

    Brian Hershberg
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:49 am
    Last night in baseball--with home runs galore, a cycle and a run of shutouts seen just five times--was a wonderful reminder that numbers are sometimes just cool for the accomplishment they represent.
  • Number of the Day: $1.64 Billion

    Brian Hershberg
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:54 am
    "Jurassic World" set a box-office record for the best opening weekend of all-time. Even better? The inflation-adjusted returns of "Gone With the Wind" in 1939.
  • Behind The Numbers: American Pharoah and 37 Years

    Brian Hershberg
    8 Jun 2015 | 12:07 pm
    By winning horse racing's Triple Crown this past weekend, American Pharoah entered the conversation on where he stands among all-time great thoroughbreds. But ranking American Pharoah is a subjective game.
  • Better Bets on American Pharoah?

    Michael Driscoll
    5 Jun 2015 | 10:23 am
    Wagering on American Pharoah to place (come in second or better) or show (third or better)--even for horse players who are convinced the highly touted winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes is destined to cross the Belmont wire first--might be the best bets.
  • May Jobs Report – The Numbers

    Jeffrey Sparshott
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:46 am
    Wages, labor-force participation and more.
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    Business Analytics

  • Making the Internet of Things for Business Real

    Timo Elliott
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:56 am
    I had the honor of presenting at the recent itelligence UK user conference on the topic of Making The Internet of Things for Business Real: More than 50 billion things will be connected by year 2020. The Internet of Things will revolutionize enterprises across all industries. Is your business ready to benefit from this ground-breaking revolution? Learn how you can develop a two phase strategy for adopting IoT – a short term strategy to transform existing business processes and a longer term plan to innovate your products, services and revenue models. The forty-minute presentation covers…
  • The Big Data Iceberg

    Timo Elliott
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    If there’s one area of analytics that people get really passionate about, it’s visualization. But as a new generation of people discover the joys of analytics, it’s worth remembering that pretty dashboards and charts are the easy part. The real challenge is getting data that’s worth viewing in the first place. Eric Vallo of EV Technologies wrote a post that relates the napkin above to a real-world example: “My customer is rearing and ready to go with their new BI tool. They want reports. They will report on ANYTHING they can. But fundamentally, we spent DAYS…
  • Top Big Data Challenges Revisited

    Timo Elliott
    22 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    We’ve now been wrestling with Enterprise Big Data for a few years. Here’s a summary of our progress so far. There’s still a lot of technology to learn There’s a lot of new technology to master, and it’s changing fast. There are new in-memory platforms like SAP HANA and open source projects like Hadoop and Spark. There are new techniques such as graph databases, text analytics, spatial processing, machine learning, and many more. The good news is we’re now past the peak of the Hype Curve. In other words, people have had the chance to experiment and carry out pilots. They now…
  • The Big Data Playlist!

    Timo Elliott
    13 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    A top ten of Big Data sound tracks, old and new — enjoy! 1. The Police—Too Much Information First and foremost, what defines Big Data? Well, doh, it’s BIG (although there are are LOTS of other definitions). We have so much of it that we find it really hard to store and process it. “Too much information running through my brain Too much information driving me insane Too much information running through my brain Too much information driving me insane” 2. Big Data—Dangerous I’ve worked in this industry for over 25 years, and I’m scared that Big…
  • SAP Embraces Hadoop In The Enterprise

    Timo Elliott
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    At the European Hadoop Summit in Brussels last week, SAP underlined its support for the fast-growing number of enterprise Hadoop deployments. In the opening keynote, Forrester analyst Mike Gualtieri advised attendees that Hadoop was clearly ready for certain use cases in the enterprise, and that “adoption is the only option.” Irfan Khan, CTO for SAP Global Customer Operations, opened his keynote by emphasizing SAP’s open-source credentials, including contributions to over 100 different projects. For example, SAP has 50+ committers in the Eclipse community and has…
 
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    Visual Business Intelligence

  • Shneiderman Wept

    Stephen Few
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:51 am
    When you dedicate your life to the creation of useful knowledge and tools, as Ben Shneiderman has, it is painful to see your lessons or inventions perverted in some way. It happens, however, no matter how hard you work to keep your creations on a path of proper use. Besides the original design of hyperlinks, the treemap is Ben’s best-known invention. Once you put an invention out there in the world, you lose control of it and sometimes cringe at the ways it is misused or defaced. I’ve seen many poor implementations of treemaps over the years, but this one takes the prize: (Click to…
  • Data Scientists Do Scale

    Stephen Few
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:37 am
    I recently read an article by Stuart Frankel that appeared on HBR.org titled “Data Scientists Don’t Scale” (May 2, 2015). It began by pointing out that the recent “reverence” for Big Data and Data Science “has disillusioned many of us” and is “about to get a reality check.” I share this perspective, but not for the author’s reasons and I definitely don’t agree with the author’s solution. Frankel is the CEO of Narrative Science, “a company working on advanced natural language generation for the enterprise.” Given his role, you won’t be surprised to learn that he…
  • Data Sensemaking Requires Time and Attention

    Stephen Few
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Data sensemaking requires skill augmented by good technologies. Even though data sensemaking skills can be developed by almost anyone, they can only be acquired through sustained effort to learn the relevant concepts, principles, and practices, which takes time. This hard fact isn’t as appealing as the fantasy that technologies can turn us into data analysts over night. It is largely because technology vendors have been selling us this myth that we have been trapped in the “data age” but have not yet managed to enter the “information age.” For 35 years I’ve been involved in…
  • Signal has arrived!

    Stephen Few
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:04 pm
    My new book Signal is finally available for purchase from booksellers, including Amazon. Let me help you decide if it’s a book that you’ll find helpful. Two years ago, after writing the second edition of Information Dashboard Design, I began asking “What next?” I spent considerable time trying to figure out what people who have already read my existing books most need as the next stage of their data sensemaking development. I noticed that many people spent their time chasing data that didn’t matter, including random variation that meant nothing and couldn’t be changed no matter…
  • A World that Makes Sense

    Stephen Few
    11 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    Sometimes in life the fates attack from all sides and leave us heaving for breath, overwhelmed. The last few months have been such a period for me. So much that’s been happening in my personal life has been nuts—the product of idiocy, incompetence, and at times pure meanness. A few days ago, in utter frustration I exclaimed, “I want to live in a world that makes sense.” Wouldn’t that be wonderful? To live in a world that works according to thoughtful and compassionate principles. Brainless bureaucracies would be a thing of the past. People who complicate our lives through…
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    Data Doghouse - performance management, business intelligence, and data warehousing

  • A Revolutionary Approach to Modernizing the Data Warehouse

    Rick Sherman
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:07 am
    Please join me -- I'll be speaking at this webinar on Thursday June 25, 4:00 ET. Details: Hot Technologies with Dr. Robin Bloor, Rick Sherman and Snowflake Computing Live Webcast -- WebEx Code 8520  Enterprise software tends to advance in one of two ways: evolutionary and revolutionary. Evolutionary advances happen through incremental improvements made to an existing code base over a long period of time. Revolutionary advances happen when a new solution is designed from scratch, breaking cleanly from legacy approaches to take advantage of technology innovations that can span from…
  • Data Summit 2015 - NYC

    Rick Sherman
    11 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    I'm speaking at Data Summit 2015 on Tuesday May 12 in New York. If you're attending, please come to my session and say hello! B102: Creating a Data Architecture for Business Intelligence and Analytics 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. The Analytical Data Architecture (ADA) represents the evolution of pragmatic practices for BI, data integration, and data warehousing. This framework leverages current and emerging technologies in its implementation supporting structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data. It includes data architecture, integration, and governance as they apply to business…
  • Data Visualization and the New York Times

    Rick Sherman
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    The New York Times article “Learning to See Data ”  discusses novel ways of gleaning valuable insights from the deluge of data by presenting it visually. One of the ways involves working with an artist named Daniel Kohn. “Advanced computing produces waves of abstract digital data that in many cases defy interpretation; there’s no way to discern a meaningful pattern in any intuitive way. To extract some order from this chaos, analysts need to continually reimagine the ways in which they represent their data — which is where Mr. Kohn comes in. He spent 10 years working with…
  • 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…
 
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    Manage By Walking Around

  • Word Cloud for MBWA, 2015 edition

    Jonathan Becher
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:22 pm
    More than six years ago, I created a wordle of my 10 most popular blog posts. Back then, word clouds were relatively new and I thought it was an interesting way to explore what I had been writing about. Some words were expected – performance, scorecard, objectives, strategy, metrics. Others were a bit more surprising – often, time, usually, group. Since these days I write less about performance management and more about leadership and behavior, I decided to revisit the idea and generated the above word cloud on my last 20 blog posts using Tagxedo. Comparing the 2009 word cloud with…
  • How to Make Better Decisions

    Jonathan Becher
    21 Jun 2015 | 4:15 pm
    I always ask aspiring business people: How do you beat Bobby Fischer, the renowned chess champion of the 1970’s? The Answer: Play him at anything but chess. This excerpt is from the second chapter of Seymour Schulich’s book, Get Smarter: Life and Business Lessons. Schulich is a self-made billionaire and one of Canada’s greatest philanthropists, having donated more than $350M to education and healthcare causes. His best-selling book was designed to give entrepreneurial advice to those earlier in their careers. While the book is 304 pages, it’s a quick read – most chapters are…
  • History might not be the greatest teacher

    Jonathan Becher
    7 Jun 2015 | 11:19 am
    As I wrote a few weeks ago, Antifragile was a better book than I expected it to be. One passage that stuck in my mind long after I read it was the following: Risk management professionals look in the past for information on the so-called worst-case scenario and use it to estimate future risks […] They take the worst historical recession, the worst war, the worst historical move in interest rates, or the worst point in unemployment as an exact estimate for the worst future outcome. But they never notice the following inconsistency: this so-called worst-case event, when it happened, exceeded…
  • Spelling Bee 2015: Co-Champions and the Rapper Drake

    Jonathan Becher
    31 May 2015 | 10:10 pm
    This year at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee there were 285 entrants, including 139 boys and 146 girls. The kids ranged in ages from 9 to 15 years old. Forty-four spellers were only children; two were from families with 10 children. They came from all 50 U.S. states and 11 other counties. There was even an entrant from my home town. After 20 rounds, two eight-graders were crowned co-champions. It’s only the fifth time in the 90-year history of the contest there have been co-champions but it’s the second year in a row. The results seem to reinforce it takes experience to become a…
  • Food Mashups: from cronuts to totchos

    Jonathan Becher
    17 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    It might have started with the Frappuccino, the line of frozen coffee beverages sold by Starbucks. The term was coined as a combination of the words frappé (in Boston: a thick milkshake with ice cream) and cappuccino (in Italian: espresso coffee with frothed milk). While the 500+ calorie beverage was only introduced in 1995, it now represents $2B in revenue and more than 20% of Starbuck’s coffee sales. While I wasn’t a fan of the drink, I was amused by the name – since I’m a fan of words, I liked that it was a portmanteau. Before Starbucks, the only other portmanteau food I had…
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    Monash University Business Intelligence Blog

  • 22 Jun 2015 | 7:13 pm

    Peter O'Donnell
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Peter O’Donnell, a lecturer in Monash University’s Decision Support Systems laboratory, along with Masters student Yasmine AL Ahmadi, is running a project aimed at improving medical reporting. The idea is to apply BI design techniques to reports containing medical test results. If you can spare 5 to 10 minutes you can help. Click the link below to find out more about the project. If you participate in the study you simply use a browser to access a Web-based system that will take you through the “experiment”. After answering some some simple demographic questions (you remain…
  • What Next for Business Intelligence? Big Data Analytics, Hype and All That Jazz

    Peter O'Donnell
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The slide deck:1 per page [pdf]4 per page [pdf]6 per page [pdf]More to come :-)- POD
  • DSS LAB Internship Sharing: BI application prototype development on iPad

    L Jason
    26 Nov 2011 | 2:27 am
    The DSS Lab runs an internship programme for coursework students to get a taste of what it's like to be an active participant in the research group. Jason Lu recently completed a project where he developed a proof of concept iOS interface for a BI reporting tool, something that we hope to be able to use to do research on mobile and touch interfaces for BI. - RobIn recent years, mobile BI has become a frequent topic of discussion among BI vendors and users, especially after the success of the iPhone and iPad since 2008. Smart phones and tablet PCs are performing an essential role in managers'…
  • Help needed with a study

    Peter O'Donnell
    2 Nov 2011 | 8:49 pm
    I'm running a web based study at the moment. I'm asking people to look at a random series of charts - created using chart styles found typically in current BI systems. Got 5 minutes to help out? Then visit http://vishnu.infotech.monash.edu.au/BIchartsI'll post a summary of the results here in a week or two.Peter
  • Design versus Engineering

    Rob Meredith
    7 Mar 2011 | 5:40 pm
    Stephen Few recently wrote a post after having attended an SAP BI presentation here in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago (unfortunately I missed it, and the chance to meet him, although a couple of colleagues from the DSS Lab did manage to catch up with him). The central thrust of his post centred on the issue of an engineering versus a design perspective on the problem of providing decision support.I reckon he's spot on and his argument echoes a line of thought that I've been toying with for quite some time.For myself, I've been grappling with this concept of design versus engineering as I've…
 
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    SmartData Collective - The World's Best Thinkers on Data

  • How Manufacturers Can Use Big Data to Acquire New Customers

    Lbedgood
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:54 am
    For industrial and manufacturing marketers, the integration of data, technology and marketing is producing a wealth of new opportunities to boost revenue streams. However, figuring out which technologies to implement and which data to utilize has challenged more than one B2B marketer.read more
  • A Day Late and Big Data Architecture Short

    paulbarsch
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    In the mad-dash to “do something” in big data without a strategy, IT managers and business users alike seem to continuously jump on the latest technology (today it’s Spark) and thus become inevitable case studies for Gartner’s well documented hype cycle. read more
  • 5 Tips for Protecting Your Data Assets More Effectively

    keithrbr
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    Actions taken after data has been compromised in any way can have a significant bearing on how matters unfold and how much damage is done as a result. Companies and particularly their IT experts need to be ready at all times to react to and deal with such issues as they arise. There is no way to guarantee that all data breaches can be protected against but a robust contingency plan can go a long way towards ensuring the ramifications are minimized.read more
  • First Look: SAS Factory Miner

    JamesTaylor
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    I got a briefing on SAS Factory Miner, to be officially released in July. SAS Factory Miner is designed to help organizations scale their analytic efforts, enabling them to solve more problems, faster, more accurately and without adding resources. SAS generally presents the analytic lifecycle with two main loops – a discovery one and a deployment one – both fed with data. read more
  • Adopting a User Behavior Analytics (UBA) Solution

    Idan Tendler
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:57 pm
    The key to stopping hackers & rogue employees already exists in the enterprise in the form of user related data repositories. With the right analytics that focus on user behavior, security analysts can gain much needed context to better understand the insider threats they face on a daily basis.read more
 
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    DECISION STATS

  • Install Package in Python from Github

    Ajay Ohri
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:18 am
    You can use   pip install git+git://github.com/yhat/ggplot.git or pip install --upgrade https://github.com/yhat/ggplot/tarball/master  
  • Vote for DecisionStats logo

    Ajay Ohri
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:58 pm
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  • Trolling Behavior on StackOverflow

    Ajay Ohri
    13 Jun 2015 | 11:50 pm
    I have asked a question on Stack Overflow based on discussions between myself and a few others members of Delhi Data Science groups http://meta.stackoverflow.com/q/296887/447537 How do we report trolling behavior, bullying or harassment in terms of constant and targeted down voting? I have sometimes noticed trolling behavior by a group of people, they are fairly…
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    TIBCO Spotfire's Trends and Outliers

  • Getting the Most From Supply Chain Analytics

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    Because a company’s supply chain is typically complex—though able to significantly affect cost structures and profits—it is ripe for the insights that analytics can unearth. That’s according to a recent article from Deloitte Consulting that notes multiple industries can improve forecasts, demand planning, sourcing, and production by infusing analytics into the supply chain. “Companies with leading supply chain capabilities have typically made significant shifts in their use of advanced analytics to transform historical data captured in Enterprise Resource Planning systems into…
  • CargoSmart Uses Big Data to Transform Shipping

    Ann Scheuerell
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    CargoSmart, a leading provider of global shipment management solutions, is in an expansive and volatile industry. According to CEO Steve Siu, using Big Data will provide a competitive advantage and lead to industry transformation. “We are managing Big Data from over 5,500 vessels, covering 90% of the world’s ocean container traffic,” he says. “Our mission is to derive insights from which our customers can optimize shipment routes, lower transportation and fuel costs, and reduce the risk of late arrivals.”  Click here to read how CargoSmart is achieving that mission while…
  • Forecasting Energy Use with Predictive Analytics

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    Predictive analytics can empower utility companies to deliver better customer service and become more profitable while enabling them to respond in real time to any number of issues including outages, thefts, and spikes in energy use. Utilities can analyze the massive amounts of data they capture via new smart meters to operate more efficiently, enhance customer experience, make better buying decisions, predict and detect outages, and protect their revenue by detecting thefts, notes Scott Zoldi, vice president of analytic science at FICO, in an article on Information Management. However,…
  • Predictive Analytics: Giving Your Business an Edge

    Spotfire Blogging Team
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    Predictive analytics uses analytical and statistical methods to predict future outcomes, actions, or behaviors. For businesses, it can enhance decision-making, improve competitiveness, find new business opportunities, reduce risks, and more. Today, predictive analytics has become a reality for businesses looking for a competitive advantage in a global economy. It is made possible by collecting data from various sources, determining relationships based on past data points, and using those relationships to forecast future outcomes. Predictive analytics is used for: Customer analysis – Get a…
  • TIBCO Spotfire Boston Meetup! Tuesday June 23rd

    Dave Athey
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    The next Boston Meetup is now on the calendar! Please join us on June 23rd for an afternoon of learning and sharing. Visit the Spotfire Boston Meetup page for full details and for adding your RSVP. This event will be co-hosted with Locately in its Boston office. Fred Gruhn, from Locately, will provide an overview of how they use Spotfire’s Web Player to provide insights to their clients.
 
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    Business Intelligence

  • How to Turn Your Room into a Sound Recording Studio

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Having an in-house studio is a good since family members and other potential residents might not take your musicianship as well as you might hope.
  • Types of Apps That Can Make Your Life a Lot Easier

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    There are many types of apps and Google store is swarming with them, and you can always find good providers who will create what you are looking for.
  • How to Make Business Meetings More Productive

    22 Jun 2015 | 12:26 am
    Business meetings can often be dull and boring and all you want is to run away and never look back. Some of these boring meetings do not have to happen if you organize yourself properly. First of all, make sure there is an actual need for a meeting. Sometimes the matter can be discussed through email or phone calls and arranging the meeting for this will be nothing else but a waste of time.
  • 5 Things You Have To Deal With As an Indie Filmmaker

    19 Jun 2015 | 1:59 am
    The creative process behind making a film can be likened to translating poetry!
  • How Technology Can Boost a Startup's Agility

    18 Jun 2015 | 9:43 am
    Launching a startup can be a massive undertaking. Even with the right strategy and a great product, success is far from guaranteed. Startups face some monumental challenges that can be difficult to overcome, especially if they’re entering an established market. Perhaps one of the most formid...
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    business-intelligence

  • The gift of being yourself

    Noe Gutierrez
    4 Jun 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Have you ever dreamt that were someone else, perhaps a colleague at work who is doing extremely well or maybe a famous/rich politician with significant influence or power? If you answered yes, you are not alone; at some point in time in our lives most of question our own identify and wonder what could be if we were someone else. While it is normal to ask yourself this question at some point in your life, this blog will attempt to convince you why you need to dispel that notion and accept yourself with all your personality traits. Let us start by understanding the external pressures of why the…
  • 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…
  • Blog

    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…
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  • Join Us Now at Red Hat Summit 2015

    myuancao
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:06 am
    Red Hat Summit kicked off yesterday with several thousand attendees all gathering in Boston, MA to attend breakout sessions, watch technology industry visionaries unveil their views on the future of enterprise technology, and connect with strategic technology partners and Red Hat experts in the Partner Pavilion. Among the sponsors exhibiting in the Partner Pavilion this year is Jinfonet Software. Join us at booth #901 today or tomorrow to watch a demonstration of our embeddable BI solution, JReport. Talk with our engineers about our latest version release and pick up some JReport souvenirs…
  • Get More out of Ad Hoc Reporting Through Reusability

    myuancao
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:14 am
    Ad hoc reporting is a type of self-service business intelligence that enables business end users to create their own reports, dashboards and data analysis as well as customize visualizations without having to go to IT. The clear benefit for business users is now something IT departments are also embracing, with the adoption of self-service BI systems. Gartner predicts that by 2016 IT organizations will increase their self-service focus by 4x. “This will be a requirement for organizations that must not only optimize their IT resources, but also develop proactive IT service support models…
  • JReport Exhibiting at Red Hat Summit 2015 in Boston, MA

    myuancao
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    JReport will be exhibiting at the Red Hat Summit on June 23-26 in Boston, MA. Come talk directly with our engineers and product managers to get your questions answered. As an exhibitor, JReport will be demonstrating its embeddable BI solution and latest version release at booth 901. We will be showcasing new technologies for embedding reports, dashboards, and analytics for applications running on Red Hat. Red Hat Summit is a great networking and learning opportunity. There will be keynote and technical sessions, hands-on labs, and of course parties and receptions for you to mingle. In fact,…
  • 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…
 
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  • Who Is Buying Single-Family Homes And Condos In The US?

    junior
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:14 pm
    We spotted this stat today: “Purchasers from China made up 16% of international buyers who bought primarily single-family homes and condominiums in the 12-month period that ended in March, according to the survey by the National Association of Realtors. That was up from 12% in 2013. Canadians made up 14% of international buyers, down sharply from 23% in the 2013 survey. In third place were Mexicans who made up 9% of foreign buyers in the recent period, up slightly from 2013…. The Chinese also dominated dollar volume of properties sold. Buyers from China purchased $28.6 billion of…
  • India Mobile Statistics: 869 Million Active Mobile Connections

    junior
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:58 pm
    We spotted this stat today – “The Active connection data represents peak VLR (Visitor Location Register) data for the month. Some stats: – There were 869.97 million active connection in the month of April. – Strangely, Idea apparently has 102.60% of connections active on its network – the highest among all telcos. TRAI says the percentage of active connections is more than 100% due to in-roamers i.e. subscribers from other operators roaming in Idea’s network. – RCom has the second highest active connection base of 97.67%, followed by Airtel at 95.76%.” Source We…
  • The Average American Woman Now Weighs 166 Pounds

    junior
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:11 am
    A few years back, we had spotted some obesity statistics – we spotted this stat today – “There’s no doubt that Americans are bigger today than they were in the 1960s. But Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post pulled out some staggering stats to demonstrate exactly how big Americans have become: the average woman today weighs 166.2 pounds — which is almost the exact same amount as the average American man in the early 1960s. Both sexes have gotten bigger since over the past 50 years. Men are 17.6 percent heavier — which translates into a roughly 30-pound gain.
  • Shazam Stats: 100 Million Monthly Active Users, Half-A-Billion Downloads

    junior
    14 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    We spotted some interesting stats on Shazam today – The app has been downloaded to mobile devices 500 million times The app has 100 million monthly active users and is adding 10 million new users monthly The company is now valued at a cool billion dollars The number of “Shazams” now tops 15 billion Source For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post Shazam Stats: 100 Million Monthly Active Users, Half-A-Billion Downloads appeared first on Statspotting!.
  • America’s Total Net Worth Just Hit a Record High

    junior
    13 Jun 2015 | 2:51 pm
    We spotted this stat today: “U.S. households saw their total net worth rise to a record level of $84.9 trillion in the first quarter of this year, the Federal Reserve reported Thursday. That’s compared to $80.3 trillion a year ago.” Source For Interesting Statistics Everyday, Find Statspotting on Facebook and Follow Statspotting on Twitter The post America’s Total Net Worth Just Hit a Record High appeared first on Statspotting!.
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  • How to Create a Successful Online Business Today [#infographic]

    Douglas Idugboe
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Online business success of yesterday is different today. As anyone with even a small amount of business/entrepreneurial experience would readily agree, starting or creating a business and achieving success with it are two entirely different propositions. While this happens to be generally true for a business of any nature – whether it is a bricks-and-mortar business or an online one, many of thechallenges faced by an online business in terms of achieving success are substantially different from those applicable to a business of the bricks-and-mortar variety. The success factors affecting…
  • Executing Decision-Based Social Media Campaigns

    Tracy Vides
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:28 am
    Detective novelist Sue Grafton has this to say about ideas: “Ideas are easy. It’s the execution of ideas that separates the sheep from the goats.” This is precisely the problem that we marketers face when trying to execute our social media campaigns. Ideas come to us dime a dozen but what is the right way to translate them into actual posts, engagement and conversions on social media? With experience from working on all sorts of digital marketing and content campaigns, I find that it is best to break down the task into three decisions, based on specific answers to these questions:…
  • SEO: Same Concept, Different Rules

    Adam Rowles
    3 Jun 2015 | 12:43 am
    Link exchanges, guest blog posts, and articles distribution websites are all taking a toll on search engine rank for any website owner who participated in these schemes. Google is fiercely devaluing and even manually penalizing websites for what were once common practices in the SEO market. In October 2013, Google took away 80% of keyword data from Google Analytics. No longer can you purely focus on keywords, but you have to analyze landing page data and look at the user experience. If you don’t change your approach to SEO, you’re risking severe penalties that can take a year to…
  • Top 5 Tips for Creating Effective Visual Communications

    Tony Bridgeman
    26 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    Why are visual communications important? At one time or another, a parent or colleague probably told you, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” This maxim holds true to a great extent in visual communication. No matter how important the message, if it is conveyed poorly, people won’t read it, remember it or react to it. Here are five critically important design elements to keep in mind when working on your visual communication: 1. Color Selecting a visually appealing color palette not only makes a message more readable, it can reinforce or even provoke the emotional response…
  • How to Make Mobile Visitors Buy More

    Douglas Idugboe
    22 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    Mobile visitors have become even more important to your online business success. Their importance was recently substantiated by the recent mobile friendly Google algorithm changed dubbed “Mobilegeddon.” Although the expected “apocalyptic” impact of the update is believed by many to have been overblown, it however does reveal how important mobile visitors have become to the intelligent digital entrepreneur. The question now is, is your website ready for mobile visitors? If it is, the next question would be, is your website set up for mobile conversion? If you…
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    Arbitrage Magazine | Business News with BITE.

  • USD Weakens Across The Board As EUR Gains Ground

    ARB_Admin
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:42 am
    High Volatility Hits the Currency Markets In an about turn, the USD has suddenly come under increasing pressure on the global financial markets. For well over a year, the U.S. currency has been coasting along and putting pressure on the currencies of developed economies and developing economies alike. Just recently, the euro gained ground against the greenback as fears of U.S. bond market weakness permeated the markets. That the greenback has been leading the way in the forex arena since 2014 is not lost on traders who have been placing call options on the USD and put options on the EUR on…
  • 3 Tech Tools to Supercharge Your Business

    ARB_Admin
    3 Jun 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Are you out of your depth whenever jargon-laden tech tools crop up in conversation? If you don’t know your codec from your continuum or your VBR from your VP9, technologically-savvy youngsters and colleagues with their finger on the pulse can combine to make you feel like a dumbfounded dinosaur. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Admittedly, Albert Einstein believed our technology exceeded our humanity, but the German-born theoretical physicist clearly had no idea about the multitude of hi-tech hurdles the modern business owner has to leap in order to keep up with the competition.
  • Trend Trading With the News

    ARB_Admin
    7 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    As a trader I use various different strategies in an attempt to decrease risk and increase profits as I trade. One of my favorite strategies is called trend trading with the news. This strategy is not only simple; it has proven time and time again to be one of the most lucrative in my toolbox. So today, we’ll go over what the strategy is and how it works, and I’ll provide a few examples. So, let’s get right to it… What Is Trend Trading With the News? Trend trading with the news is an active trading strategy used by traders to identify and capitalize off of trends in…
  • Free it up: saving space in your workplace

    ARB_Admin
    3 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    No workplace is perfect – but some are so dinky that you have to play a real-life game of Tetris just to reach your desk. Clutter and junk fill empty space, files become lost in the aether and your desk is so close to your co-workers that you can feel each other’s breath. For many smaller businesses, space is a luxury that can’t be afforded. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make the best out of a cramped situation. Indeed, if you continue to dwell in a tiny work environment your staff’s morale will flag lower than a limbo pole, and your clients will be less than impressed when they…
  • New Research Reveals Subscription TV Causes Arguments in Budgeting

    ARB_Admin
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    A money saving website in the UK has research that British couples have five bills that tend to lead to the most arguments. The top two are subscription TV and broadband. The poll also revealed the reasons why couples argue over these bills, with price and choice of packaging being the most common rationale behind it. A UK money saving website has completed research into the budgeting habits of British couples and how these habits affect their personal lives. Specifically, they were looking at the type of bills couples argued about. The research demonstrated that the most common bill to argue…
 
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    Red Wing Software Blog

  • Finding the Right Accounting Software: Tips from FindAccountingSoftware.com.

    My name
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Red Wing Software Interviews Adam Bluemner of FindAccountingSoftware, a company that helps businesses find the right software for their business. Having spoken with thousands of businesses over the years, Adam provides tips and insight on what to look for when searching for a new accounting system. What are some things businesses should pay special attention to during their initial software search? The best place to start any project related to switching or adding new business management software is with careful consideration of your own internal needs. The most sophisticated software in the…
  • Red Wing Software Notes from the President - Customer Input is Important

    My name
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:38 am
    Last month, I had the opportunity to meet with two different groups of customers. The first group consisted of organizations from around the country that use our CenterPoint Accounting and Payroll software to support a large number of their customers. These organizations are extremely proficient in the use of the software, and are always looking for new ways to be more efficient in their work. To that end, they continually push Red Wing Software to provide new functionality to our products. It is important to us to have customers that help make us a better company, and we sincerely appreciate…
  • 3 Effective Ways to Get More Out Of Your Accounting and Payroll Software

    My name
    29 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Managing the accounting and payroll system is an important job. Use these three tips to make your job easier, and get better results. Use the universal help key. Did you know there is a function key that can help you find the answers you are looking for, right within the accounting system? Most programs, not just accounting programs, offer help that is specific to their program. This help can be accessed by using the F1 function key. F1 is a shortcut key that brings up a help screen, so you can find the answers you are looking for. Within Red Wing Software accounting programs, the help is…
  • Tax Trouble? Avoid These Costly Mistakes - Article by Entrepreneur.com

    My name
    19 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Here's a great article about avoiding costly tax mistakes. CenterPoint Accounting Software can help with many of these! Tax Trouble? Avoid These 9 Common -- and Costly -- Mistakes.
  • Notes from the President

    My name
    12 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    A few days ago was Administrative Professionals Day. At Red Wing Software, we are fortunate to have a dedicated front-office staff that takes care of our customers and the back-office functions for the company. It’s not often you can call a company and the same people that have helped you for over two decades continue to help you. Thanks to Roxie, Pam, Melissa, and Carole for taking care of us and our customers with dedication and professionalism, and to Stephanie and Cindy for stepping out of their marketing roles and providing backup when the need arises. A few years ago we needed to fill…
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  • It’s All About the Data Use

    Daniel Gutierrez
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    In this special guest feature, Adam Towvim, President & CEO of TrustLayers, examines how organizations that leverage big data have a "data use obligation" for the wise and responsible use of corporate data assets.
  • Big Data Technology for Scientific Research

    Daniel Gutierrez
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    This article is the third in an editorial series with a goal to provide a road map for scientific researchers wishing to capitalize on the rapid growth of big data technology for collecting, transforming, analyzing, and visualizing large scientific data sets.
  • Clusterpoint Launches Cloud-based Database-As-A-Service Offering

    Daniel Gutierrez
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Clusterpoint, a NoSQL database vendor providing Database-As-A-Service (DBAAS), announced that it is launching Clusterpoint 3.0 in North America and opening a new server cluster in Dallas, TX.
  • Floating Elephants: Developing Data Wrangling Systems on Docker

    Daniel Gutierrez
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    At Trifacta, success means developing our data wrangling software against cutting edge systems and maintaining excellent compatibility with data platforms from our technology partners. We need to do this with an efficiency that allows our team to make rapid progress - enter Docker
  • Platfora Supercharges Big Data Discovery With Mid-year Platform Updates

    Daniel Gutierrez
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Platfora, the Big Data Discovery platform built natively on Apache Hadoop and Spark, announced Platfora 4.5, which offers more than a dozen new features that make it even easier for business users and data scientists to work together to derive insights from big data analytics faster than ever before.
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    Revolutions

  • Announcing the R Consortium

    David Smith
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:17 am
    The R community has grown explosively over the past few years, both in terms of the number of R users and the number of companies who rely on R as their data science platform. To serve the needs of this rapidly growing community, and to continue the success of the R Project as a whole, representatives from the R Foundation and from industry have joined forces to create the R Consortium, a new collaborative project of the Linux Foundation. The R Consortium is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization dedicated to the support and growth of the R user community. The R Consortium will work with and…
  • Generalized Linear Mixed Models: the FAQ

    David Smith
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Mixed models (which include random effects, essentially parameters drawn from a random distribution) are tricky beasts. Throw non-Normal distributions into the mix for Generalized Linear Mixed Models (GLMMs), or go non-linear, and things get trickier still. It was a new field of Statistics when I was working on the Oswald package for S-PLUS, and even 20 years later some major questions have yet to be fully answered (like, how do you calculate the degrees of freedom for a significance test?). These days lme4, nlme and MCMCglmm are the go-to R packages for mixed models, and if you're using…
  • Because it's Friday: Bad Flags

    David Smith
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Here's one for all the vexillologists out there. The USA has 50 states, and each of them has a flag. Even if you live in the States, you probably haven't seen them all and many of them are ... surprising. Take the "typography" on Oregon's flag to start: The Washington post has an hilarious tongue-in-cheek review of each of the 50 state flags which had me laughing out loud. On the other hand, the flag of my birth state features a bird doing the YMCA perched on a rectal thermometer, so I probably shouldn't laugh too loudly. That's all for this week.
  • R at Microsoft

    David Smith
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    I was honoured to be the presenter at last night's meeting of SURF, the 11th largest R user group worldwide. The topic of my presentation was "R at Microsoft", where I described how Microsoft has enthusiastically embraced R for internal use (such as for Azure capacity planning, and Xbox gaming improvements), and as a feature of its data platforms including Azure ML and (soon) SQL Server 2016. Not to mention of course the continued support for Revolution R Enterprise and our R-related open source projects including Revolution R Open. I've embedded the slides below. Many thanks to the SURF…
  • Working with the RStudio CRAN logs

    Joseph Rickert
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
     by Joseph Rickert The installr package has some really nice functions for working with the daily package download logs for the RStudio CRAN mirror which RStudio graciously makes available at http://cran-logs.rstudio.com/.  The following code uses the download_RStudio_CRAN_data() function to download a month's worth of .gz compressed daily log files into the test3 directory and then uses the function read_RStudio_CRAN_data()to read all of these files into a data frame.  (The portion of the status output provided shows the files being read in one at a time.). Next, the function…
 
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  • Why Utah is the next Silicon Valley.

    Rebecca Ricks
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    When we talk about what makes a company economically competitive, we tend to stray into conversations about which industries are most innovative. While that’s a critical piece of the discussion, Mark Muro at the Brookings Institute believes that it’s just as important to understand what the most innovative industries have in common so that we can learn how to replicate their successes. Consequently, Muro and his colleagues set out on a project to identify a few simple characteristics that are associated with innovation and come up with what they describe as a…
  • 5 major takeaways from Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report.

    Katherine Orgill
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:58 am
    The verdict’s in. Big-time Internet stock analyst Mary Meeker gave her highly sought-after annual Internet Trends Report at the 2015 Code Conference in California last week. Meeker, who’s been releasing such research since 1995, is a foremost expert on Internet trends and currently works as a partner at venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. Of particular significance to us, Meeker referenced Domo as one of the handful of software companies re-imagining how to do business. She said that Domo provides “improved access to real-time data [which] can help users save time and…
  • Domo’s business management platform: A step-by-step guide

    Eric Buckley
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    At Domopalooza, Domo’s inaugural user conference, Josh James announced that the company had just closed a huge funding round that pushed its valuation up to $2 billion. That’s big news – especially considering that our company has been in self-enforced “stealth mode” since 2010. With the launch of our product, though, the covers are finally off. We’re proud of what we’ve been building here at Domo and we’re excited to finally start talking about our business management platform. So what can business users expect from Domo? For starters, Domo is…
  • When Data Geeks Tweet: #Domopalooza Highlights

    Kristi Boyce
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Last week, Marshawn Lynch threw signed footballs into a standing-room-only crowd at Domopalooza 2015. And that was before the party started. Whether you showed up early for sold-out bootcamp classes and a swanky welcome reception, or arrived Wednesday morning to hear Josh James announce a massive round of funding ($200 million) a jaw-dropping valuation ($2 billion), and unveil Domo’s business management platform to the world, Domopalooza was a conference unlike any other. With more than 81 million impressions of #domopalooza on Twitter, the hype never stopped. That’s a lot of talk to…
  • 10 Twitter accounts you need to follow at Domopalooza.

    Sean McGowan
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: Domopalooza has arrived (well, almost). This new breed of business conference combines the best of tech, BI, thought leadership, music and outdoor leisure into one ultimate experience. Attendees will be hearing from the likes of Billy Beane and Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg, celebrating with the likes of Robin Thicke and hitting the slopes with the best snow on earth. Yeah, it’s that epic. Oh, and it’s also the inaugural user event for a company that already has over 1,000 enterprise customers. NBD. Whether you’ll be joining us in Salt Lake or…
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  • Why Utah is the next Silicon Valley.

    Rebecca Ricks
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    When we talk about what makes a company economically competitive, we tend to stray into conversations about which industries are most innovative. While that’s a critical piece of the discussion, Mark Muro at the Brookings Institute believes that it’s just as important to understand what the most innovative industries have in common so that we can learn how to replicate their successes. Consequently, Muro and his colleagues set out on a project to identify a few simple characteristics that are associated with innovation and come up with what they describe as a…
  • 5 major takeaways from Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report.

    Katherine Orgill
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:58 am
    The verdict’s in. Big-time Internet stock analyst Mary Meeker gave her highly sought-after annual Internet Trends Report at the 2015 Code Conference in California last week. Meeker, who’s been releasing such research since 1995, is a foremost expert on Internet trends and currently works as a partner at venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. Of particular significance to us, Meeker referenced Domo as one of the handful of software companies re-imagining how to do business. She said that Domo provides “improved access to real-time data [which] can help users save time and…
  • Domo’s business management platform: A step-by-step guide

    Eric Buckley
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    At Domopalooza, Domo’s inaugural user conference, Josh James announced that the company had just closed a huge funding round that pushed its valuation up to $2 billion. That’s big news – especially considering that our company has been in self-enforced “stealth mode” since 2010. With the launch of our product, though, the covers are finally off. We’re proud of what we’ve been building here at Domo and we’re excited to finally start talking about our business management platform. So what can business users expect from Domo? For starters, Domo is…
  • When Data Geeks Tweet: #Domopalooza Highlights

    Kristi Boyce
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Last week, Marshawn Lynch threw signed footballs into a standing-room-only crowd at Domopalooza 2015. And that was before the party started. Whether you showed up early for sold-out bootcamp classes and a swanky welcome reception, or arrived Wednesday morning to hear Josh James announce a massive round of funding ($200 million) a jaw-dropping valuation ($2 billion), and unveil Domo’s business management platform to the world, Domopalooza was a conference unlike any other. With more than 81 million impressions of #domopalooza on Twitter, the hype never stopped. That’s a lot of talk to…
  • 10 Twitter accounts you need to follow at Domopalooza.

    Sean McGowan
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: Domopalooza has arrived (well, almost). This new breed of business conference combines the best of tech, BI, thought leadership, music and outdoor leisure into one ultimate experience. Attendees will be hearing from the likes of Billy Beane and Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg, celebrating with the likes of Robin Thicke and hitting the slopes with the best snow on earth. Yeah, it’s that epic. Oh, and it’s also the inaugural user event for a company that already has over 1,000 enterprise customers. NBD. Whether you’ll be joining us in Salt Lake or…
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    Procurement Leaders Blog

  • Next Gen Spend Analytics – Where Is The Technology Heading?

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:33 am
    For many years, spend analytics software has been helping procurement departments to identify where cost savings can be made. But now we’re at a turning point where the technology is coming of age and reaching new levels of sophistication. In this guest post, Procurement Leaders invites Tungsten Networks’ Stefan Foryszewski to give some insight into where technology will change the quality of decision-making in the procurement function.Getting bang for your buck is one of the biggest priorities in procurement today, especially when supplier numbers grow ever larger. For many…
  • Looking For Answers On Regulatory Relief? Ask The Americans.

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:11 am
    The burden of regulation is unlikely, almost certain not actually, to get any lighter. The real question is: how do procurement organisations in UK-regulated firms align approaches to third-party risk with the regulators’ fuzzy interpretation of concepts like ‘relationships’ and ‘criticality’? The burden of regulation is unlikely, to say the least, to get any lighter. The real question is: how do procurement organisations in UK-regulated firms align approaches to third-party risk with the regulators’ fuzzy interpretation of concepts like…
  • Proving Value Is A Constant Fight. Others Fight It Too.

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:33 am
    Let’s face it: As one CPO at a recent Procurement Leaders Roundtable commented, “few outsiders like us.” No wonder some in the function get a little defensive at times. "They make us perform tasks we dislike." "They prevent us from doing what we want." "They focus too much on administrivia."   Do these sound familiar? They should. The words and sentiments could have come from any formal or even informal gripe session about procurement. Or, how about this: “They can’t communicate with other groups.” You may have heard your peers say that about your…
  • The Rise Of Trust (And Speed) In Supplier Enablement

    26 Jun 2015 | 3:05 am
    In the last 15 years there has been much digital ink spilled on how best to enable suppliers on leading S2P platforms. Here’s why: it was hard. In this guest post, Procurement Leaders invites Coupa’s Adam Alphin to look at the future of supplier enablement. Alphin will be on the panel on the upcoming webinar ’eInvoicing and suppliers: Visibility, control & trust’ on Tuesday 30th June. You can register here to take part in the broadcast. You can also register for a free e-book on Enabling The Supply Base here. In the last 15 years there has been…
  • Contact Centres – An Overlooked Value Opportunity

    25 Jun 2015 | 2:44 am
    Contact centres of the past used to belong to the company’s support division and provide answers to the customers’ questions, whenever available and at the expense of the customers’ patience. Nowadays, the business decisions belong to the customers. Contact centres of the past used to belong to the company’s support division and provide answers to the customers’ questions, whenever available and at the expense of the customers’ patience. Nowadays, though customers are more empowered to make decisions than ever, contact centres are often wrongly seen as an…
 
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  • Data Cleansing

    Henric Cronström
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:05 am
    When building business intelligence solutions one problem is that data usually contains errors, e.g. attributes are written in different ways so that data cannot be grouped correctly. The attribute could be written in upper case or not; it could be
  • Cuidado com a leitura de múltiplos arquivos em união de tabelas (JOIN)

    Yuri Nicolett
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Fala pessoal, tudo bom? Mais um post sobre os CUIDADOS que devemos ter em nosso script para evitar erros!  Dessa vez quero falar sobre a leitura de múltiplos arquivos através dos caracteres curinga* (ahn? ajuda aí!) Wikipedia diz: Em computação os caracteres-curinga são utilizados em casamento de padrões para substituir algum outro carácter desconhecido em uma sequência de caracteres.É muito utilizado ao realizar um glob para procurar arquivos cujo nome ou caminho completo são desconhecidos. Nos…
  • Master Items

    Jennell McIntire
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:14 pm
    One of my favorite features of Qlik Sense is the ability to create and reuse Master Items.  Master Items (seen in the image on the left) are dimensions, measures and visualizations that have been saved in the Asset panel in a Qlik Sense app. 
  • New Qlik Sense Courses Now Available!

    Bilge Kara
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Qlik Education has released three new exciting Qlik Sense training courses for customers, partners and Qlik team members to increase skills in creating powerful visualizations. The three new exciting courses are:1- Create Mashups with Qlik Sense2-Qlik Sense Server Architecture3- Qlik Sense for QlikView Experts The new course, Create Mashups with Qlik Sense was developed for business analysts and web developers using Qlik Sense. This One day introductory course provides the foundation skills required to create web page mashups using Qlik Sense Workbench. The new 1 day course,…
  • Qlik Sense 2.0 is now available!

    Gregory Hood
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    Hi all Qlik Sense users, We are pleased to confirm that Qlik Sense 2.0 is now available on our download site.   Build 2.0.1 is the first GA release of Qlik Sense 2.0, and includes several new features.   For more information on new features, please see the attached release notes. Key highlightsQlik DataMarketData ManagerCompressed dataExportImproved SearchSAML Please follow all recommended upgrade procedures and don't forget to make backups!   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at support. Thank you for choosing…
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    Intelligent Head Quarters

  • Influence and Express Yourself With Flowers With Some Digital Help

    IntelligentHQ
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:34 am
    Influence and Express Yourself With Flowers With Some Digital Help Say it with flowers… When you choose to send flowers with a site like Floraqueen.com you might think that you are sending a message of love, friendship or maybe a thank you. But the fact is that you can influence and say so much more with your floral delivery. Flowers possess color, scent and shape, all features that can have an emotional effect on the receiver. This is something you should think about before you pick out a bouquet to send to a spouse, friend or new acquaintance. The Psychology of Colors Let’s start by…
  • Humanity: The Great Experiment Part 1

    Mark Coleman
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Image source: Maria Fonseca Although pessimism is prevalent throughout society, humans tend to be the consummate optimists. We think and believe, therefore we are. Humans are innovative tinkerers that thrive on the endless pursuit of biding our time by doing and making things. What we put our minds to, we do. Split an atom and tap its immense energy for productive and destructive purposes, “been there.” Fly to space; land a rover on Mars, and communications equipment on an asteroid – “done that.” Genetically modify seeds so that they are drought resistant, grow quicker, and yield…
  • Winning Together: Guide to Successful Corporate Start-up Collaboration

    Paula Newton
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Guide to successful corporate start-up collaboration Winning Together is a guide to successful corporate start-up collaboration, created by the ever innovative and informative UK innovation charity Nesta. Nesta is dedicated to supporting ideas that can help improve all our lives, with activities ranging from early–stage investment to in–depth research and practical programmes. Based on the idea that innovation is ever changing and that start-ups are dramatically changing entire industries, particularly in the digital and technology industries, the guideto successful corporate start-up…
  • How to Improve Your Professional Digital Identity

    Paula Newton
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Image source: Kelly Marshall In today´s extremely technological world, one’s  digital identity is important. Human Resources professionals have become accustomed to searching for applicants online to see what they can find out. From Google and Facebook searches to seeking out your profile on LinkedIn, recruiters are able to find out more about you than ever before. This means that your digital identity is a tool that you can use in your favour. It opens you up to a much larger audience than ever before. Writing on this topic Alex Fenton (2015) writing for Salford Business School has…
  • Triodos Bank: Europe’s Leading Ethical Bank

    Paula Newton
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Screenshot of add done by Triodos Bank in Times Square Triodos Bank is a bank with a difference. While many banks are claiming to be very responsible socially in their provision of financial services, Triodos Bank really does offer a sustainable approach. Have you ever heard of a bank that seeks to make money work for positive change? Have you ever heard about sustainable banking? Well, this is what Triodos Bank has set out to do. The Mission of Triodos Bank Triodos is considered to be Europe’s leading ethical bank. It has a mission of creating a society that protects and promotes the…
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    Ambler

  • Your CFO and CMO Must Become “Bilingual”

    admin
    10 Jun 2015 | 11:07 am
    Prominent proponents of diversity in the workplace acknowledge that the unique languages spoken within different professions (departments) can become more confusing and divisive than the differences between genders, generations, races and cultures. Maybe that is because gender, age, and race differences provide more visual cues for each of us to make the effort to understand [...]
  • WHAT IS YOUR MAGIC NUMBER to DRIVE BETTER DECISIONS in 2015?

    Aldonna Ambler
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    If your CFO spent the last several weeks pushing out year end financials and calculating so many numbers that they have all become “insignificant ratios”, pause for a moment to make sure that all of the executives in your company know one MAGIC number that will guide their decisions in 2015. As many readers of [...]
  • Appoint NACD Certified Board Leadership FELLOWS

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

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

    Aldonna Ambler
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Warning: This blog entry reveals a bit of cynicism. I would like to believe that the boards of major corporations actually understand the value of a diverse workforce, including at the executive level. Varied experience and viewpoints can provide perspective and insights to generate exciting strategies or solve complex challenges. If the leadership of General [...]
 
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    SIMUL8 Blog

  • Simulation vs. Spreadsheets for Process Modeling

    sander
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    There are common reasons against using simulation as a method of process modeling and instead users favor spreadsheet modeling. There are a range of advantages of simulation and many ways to improve accuracy in analysis through the power of simulation… In this video I talk about the advantages of simulation over spreadsheets over a range of areas including: Variability Resources Animation Pathway Dependencies   When working on simulation in excel, for example, there are limitations – many of which can be addressed using simulation software. In my experience, most of our customers…
  • #SimulationSolves – What is the quickest way to board an airline passenger plane?

    Brian Harrington
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    Boarding a plane can be stressful – everyone wants to get on as quickly as possible with minimum disruption, but sometimes confusion occurs and people end up sitting in the wrong seat or taking a long time to put their bags in the overheard storage. This causes everyone to take longer to find their seats, and delaying the plane from being ready for departure. Airlines try different methods of boarding including: Back-To-Front, Random boarding, WILMA (Window, Middle, Aisle) and many others to try and ensure quick boarding and customer satisfaction, but how can you quickly prove which…
  • What would you do in the event of a terrorist attack?

    admin
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    Risk Sciences International use SIMUL8 to create test scenarios within the US food supply chain. In today’s world we are constantly faced with the threat of terrorism. Terrorism can affect us via a wide range of channels and it is imperative that there is significant preparation in place, in the event of an attack. Recently, SIMUL8 worked with Risk Sciences International – funded by The National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) – to simulate how the public health system would react and what measures should be taken in order to cope with a terrorist attack on the US…
  • Share your simulation project at WSC 2015

    admin
    28 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Winter Sim 2015 is fast approaching which can only mean that the time to submit a case study for the Case Studies Track is here! This is an opportunity for professionals across all industries to share real world simulation projects. The Case Studies Track was a big success at last year’s conference. Each session provided an opportunity for simulation professionals to network and share their experiences with each other. Visit the WSC’s Case Studies page to find a link that will direct you to the abstracts from last year’s conference or visit the 2014 WSC Archives to see the extended…
  • SIMUL8 Tip – Use a Spreadsheet to Generate Batched Arrivals by Day

    admin
    20 Apr 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…
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    MediFit

  • 22 Foods to Keep You Hydrated

    medifitonline
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Water aids in digestion, nutrient transportation, and joint lubrication, and helps regulate body temperature, which is particularly important during the hot summer months. But only about 80 percent of our water intake comes from drinking. The other 20 percent comes from food. While filling up your water bottle is a good habit, you can also add [...]The post 22 Foods to Keep You Hydrated appeared first on MediFit.
  • Feeling Uninspired? Take a Walk

    medifitonline
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Getting your creative juices flowing doesn’t have to be complicated. It may be as simple as going for a leisurely stroll, according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. Researchers from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education conducted a small series of experiments on 176 people. In the first experiment, [...]The post Feeling Uninspired? Take a Walk appeared first on MediFit.
  • EXOS and Thorne Research Partner to Create EXOS Performance Nutrition

    medifitonline
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    EXOS, the leader in proactive health and performance solutions, today announced, together with Thorne Research, the launch of EXOS Performance Nutrition, a new line of high-quality nutritional supplements to support the needs of consumers ranging from everyday adults to elite athletes. EXOS and Thorne Research, a leader in developing and manufacturing pure, high-quality nutritional supplements, [...]The post EXOS and Thorne Research Partner to Create EXOS Performance Nutrition appeared first on MediFit.
  • Experts Recommend Standing 2 to 4 Hours During Work Day

    medifitonline
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:38 am
    Looking to provide their readers with a more challenging 7-minute workout following the release of last year’s Scientific 7-Minute Workout, writer Gretchen Reynolds turned to Mark Verstegen and the EXOS team. The result, the Advanced 7-Minute Workout which provides a series of exercises focused on upper body, lower body, and torso strength and mobility. The workout, which [...]The post Experts Recommend Standing 2 to 4 Hours During Work Day appeared first on MediFit.
  • Are You Getting Enough Sleep?: An Infographic

    admin
    1 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Around 40 million Americans are sleep deprived and 65% of Americans are losing sleep due to stress. The majority of people need around 8 hours of sleep to feel well rested and because they are not getting enough sleep 63.2 billion dollars are lost in productivity annually. Increasing sleep boosts brain power, impacts physical performance, [...]The post Are You Getting Enough Sleep?: An Infographic appeared first on MediFit.
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    BambooHR Blog

  • What Does “Strategic HR” Really Mean? (And are you doing it?)

    Steve Holiday
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:14 am
    Have you ever gone fishing? Some people love the relaxing rhythm of casting and reeling, while others are competitive about actually catching fish. People who fish to bring home dinner may become frustrated if the act of fishing doesn’t actually contribute to catching fish. HR can feel the same way. Some of us love maintaining […] The post What Does “Strategic HR” Really Mean? (And are you doing it?) appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Advice from a Recruiter: 7 Things You Cannot Do on LinkedIn

    Jeana Quigley
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:43 am
    Recruiters love LinkedIn. If we’re not looking for applicants on LinkedIn, we’re definitely checking all our applicants’ profiles. We want to make sure applicants look as great on LinkedIn as they do on our ATS. We definitely know our way around LinkedIn, so we also know when applicants are making mistakes that can hurt their chances getting […] The post Advice from a Recruiter: 7 Things You Cannot Do on LinkedIn appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • 5 Ways HR Impacts Employee Engagement [QUIZ]

    Jeana Quigley
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    Employee engagement is one of the biggest challenges we face in HR. We’re tasked with the job to hire, train and retain great people, but those employees will never be great if they’re not engaged. And currently, less than one-third of all employees feel they’re engaged in their work. Do you know how engaged your […] The post 5 Ways HR Impacts Employee Engagement [QUIZ] appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
  • Company Retreats: The Secret for Working Remotely

    Guest Blogger
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:06 am
    It started out as an experiment: we decided to abandon the office for six months to see what it was like to work remotely. We were a group of ten engineers. Today, five years later, we are a team of 34 and thrive working without an office. Without a doubt, it was one of the […] The post Company Retreats: The Secret for Working Remotely appeared first on BambooHR Blog.
 
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    A Smarter Planet Blog

  • New York’s Lake George: A Living Lab for Solving the World’s Water Challenges

    Steve Hamm
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Rick Relyea, left, director of the Jefferson Project at Lake George; and Harry Kolar, IBM Distinguished Engineer and associate director. By Harry Kolar New York’s Lake George is a pristine, 32-mile-long lake in the Adirondack Mountains that is noted for its water quality and clarity. While the lake is very clean, it faces multiple anthropogenic threats, including road salt incursion and several invasive species. The Jefferson Project at Lake George, a joint research collaboration involving Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM Research, and the FUND for Lake George, is focused on protecting…
  • America’s Commitment to Supporting Innovation in Africa

    Guest
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Arun Kumar, Assistant Secretary for Global Markets, U.S. Department of Commerce By Arun Kumar As a former entrepreneur and management consultant with deep roots in Silicon Valley, I understand from experience the importance of innovation to fostering economic growth and dynamism. This week, I’m accompanying Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx on a U.S. trade mission to Africa to assist U.S. companies with doing business in Sub-Saharan Africa. During the past week, I have seen first-hand how the spirit of entrepreneurship is thriving across the region – from South Africa, to…
  • A Wake Up Call for Brands: Surging, Always-On Consumers

    Guest
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:53 am
    (Source: MagicEyes) By David Sawatzky A star athlete wearing a new brand of headphones during practice prompts millions of fans to go to a retailer’s website to buy them. A sleeper movie hit suddenly sparks sudden interest in the novel on which it was based. A young celebrity wears an affordable dress on the red carpet and creates a surge in orders. While overnight sensations like these can be boons for business, they often catch suppliers and retailers off guard, especially online retailers. Sudden influxes of online shoppers can, and do, bring down commerce sites – sometimes at the…
  • New IBV Study: More Than Half Say Higher Ed Fails to Prepare Students

    Guest
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:25 am
    David Zaharchuk, Research Lead, IBV A new study from IBM’s Institute for Business Value uncovers some sobering news on the state of higher education. Of the nearly 1,000 academic and business leaders surveyed, 51 percent believe the current higher education system fails to meet the needs of students while nearly 60 percent believe it fails to meet the needs of industry. The Smarter Planet blog caught up with David Zaharchuk, Research Lead, IBV, and one of the lead authors of the new study, to get some perspective on these findings and learn what might be done to enable higher education…
  • Opening the Doors to Chef Watson’s Kitchen

    Steve Hamm
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Wendy Hite, cognitive cooking pioneer By Steve Hamm Chief Storyteller, IBM Wendy Hite is a bit of a food snob. She grew up in South West Louisiana, where food and family are all mixed up in the great gumbo of life, and, for the longest time, she couldn’t imagine how she could improve on traditional Cajun-style cooking. Until she met Chef Watson, that is. She used the cognitive cooking discovery program to develop a crawfish deviled egg dish that was mighty tasty–familiar, in some ways, but also new to her. “This has been fun,” she says. “It gets you to try new things and to be…
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    Pipl

  • How to Use Twitter to Steal Your Competition’s Customers

    Billy Attar
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:11 am
    Twitter is an amazing resource. It’s completely public and easily searchable, offering an amazing data set of people and their interests. I use Twitter a lot, including its API, to create reports based on Twitter data, such as this one on early adopters and this one on followers of a trending topic. The process for data mining Twitter is pretty simple – choose an account(s) or hashtag, get the followers and analyze. I absolutely love how easy it is to see what people are interested in or which companies they buy from. It’s no wonder that Twitter has now surpassed…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Lead Qualification for Startups

    Billy Attar
    27 May 2015 | 4:36 am
    Your B2B startup is up and running, you have a few thousand signups and some revenue. Most startup veterans will tell you that you can’t transition beyond a small startup without aggressively pursuing leads. You need to reach out to leads, close bigger deals and make more sales. Closing deals means knowing who to contact, when to contact and how to contact. In short, you need to qualify your leads if you don’t want to waste a lot of time. Focusing on Growth There are two types of leads you should focus on: Marketing Qualified Leads (MQL) and Sales Qualified Leads (SQL). Marketing…
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Dynamic KBA

    Billy Attar
    11 May 2015 | 1:10 am
    In 2014, 43% of companies reported a data breach. What are companies doing to fight this? One tactic is knowledge based authentication (KBA). The problem is, KBA effectiveness varies drastically depending on how well you implement it. What is KBA? KBA is a simple method used to verify a person’s identity. The goal is to ask a question that only the person answering should know. So if someone is impersonating an identity, it’ll be pretty hard to for them to come up with the correct answer on the spot. KBA has had a big impact on every industry that attracts identity fraud.
  • Want to know more about your users? Collect this info

    Billy Attar
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Here’s a bit of a starter course in personal data from a startup/app/service perspective. You collect info as part of the signup process or core functionality of your app. A user inputs their email address & location and your app uses this data to give recommendations, connect with friends, etc. You’ll need to know more about your users without asking too many questions in order to create a great customer experience. The research below will help you maximize the amount of information you collect (using 3rd party data services) while minimizing the amount you ask your users to…
  • Personalized Fashion Recommendations by WWWOWWW

    Billy Attar
    2 Mar 2014 | 4:12 am
    Pipl would like to congratualte the team at WWWOWWW.me for their 2nd place finish at the WIPJam@MWC14 hackathon! WWWOWWW created a mobile app that gives personalized fashion recommendations based on gender, location and weather. The app has two types of recommendations: beauty & fashion. For beauty recommendations: The user enters a first & last name The Pipl Name API returns the most likely gender The gifts.com API returns a list of gift recommendations using the gender identified by Pipl and the category of beauty items the user is interested in For fashion recommendations: The…
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    Inspiration and Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs

  • The Ability to Stay Focused – The Core of Any Success

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    3 Jun 2015 | 4:21 pm
    The ability to stay focused is at the core of ANY success. If you aren’t focused in your business and don’t have a clear idea of your goals and purposes, you’ll ALWAYS struggle. I’ve never been shy about telling people my entrepreneur story. If you haven’t heard it, I’m a recession-entrepreneur. I was shoved from a job that I absolutely loved for almost 9 years. I guess in my ignorance/bliss of loving my job it never occurred to me that could happen. It never entered my mind that my job could be taken from me and everything I worked for over 9 years would…
  • Marketing Strategies – Survive or Thrive in Your Business?

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Very often I will get asked by a business owner, “How can my business survive in today’s marketplace?” My heart breaks a little when I hear the question, I find it painful that one has the goal of merely surviving. I want every business owner to have the goal of thriving. It’s possible! You’ll first need to understand why the marketplace is so tough, then its matter of coming up with a marketing strategy and plan of attack. Let’s determine the reasoning behind the more difficult economy. First, it’s important to understand that most everything that…
  • How to Use Presentation Platforms to Increase Website Traffic

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    Let’s face it, coming up with a social media marketing strategy is overwhelming. There’s so many moving parts, you probably don’t know how to use it or more importantly why to use it. First, let’s talk about what a social media strategy should be about – it’s about growing your followers AND driving traffic to your website. Social media platforms are amazing for increasing website traffic. Post Google updates (Penguin, Hummingbird etc.) organic traffic (Traffic that comes from the result of people typing into the search engine a certain phrase or keyword…
  • Have a Small Business Idea? Here’s Some Considerations

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:38 am
    One of the worst things you can do? Create a business with absolutely no foundation other than it seems like a cool idea. When I left corporate America and entered into the world of entrepreneurship I thought that being a smart business woman gave me a leg up. Boy, was I stupid! I had a very cool idea, all my friends and family said so! But I did no research on my market. I didn’t know who my buyer was, and what’s worse I couldn’t reach enough of them to support my business. So guess what? 13 months, tons of lost time, tons of lost money, lots of tears later – big…
  • Marketing is a Verb – That Means Action

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:05 pm
    If you want to grow your reach and make more money in your business the process by which you make that happen is called marketing. 1 million new micro businesses start up every year (A micro business is made up of 1 or 2 people.). 80% of those 1 million businesses won’t break 50K in annual revenue (Notice I didn’t say profit- I said revenue). Why? There are lots of reasons but in many cases marketing is the missing piece. They’re too small minded about their business. (Sorry, I’m not trying to be mean here, just honest :-).) Small Mind = Small Profits Most people will get…
 
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    Asia Business News

  • Logging into China’s E-Commerce Market: Nationwide Access Announced for Foreign Investors

    Asia Briefing
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:02 am
    By Elizabeth Leclaire Foreign investment in China’s lucrative e-commerce market has again been expanded by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Complete foreign ownership of e-commerce enterprises, previously accessible only to companies within the Free Trade Zones, is now permitted across the whole of China. As of Friday, June 19th, 2015, WFOEs involved in online data and transaction processing may own up to 100 percent of company shares. MIIT’s new policy broadly expands foreign investor power, as the previous shareholder cap for foreign investors in…
  • Choosing an Investment Location in ASEAN’s Booming Automobile Industry

    Asia Briefing
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:17 pm
    By Elizabeth Leclaire ASEAN countries have continued to gain economic footholds in the global market, particularly in the automotive industry. Automobile manufacturing and production has skyrocketed in recent years, most notably in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Although these ASEAN nations have all focused on automotive industry development, the particular economic niches and consumer bases differ greatly between them. This article will outline the primary differences between the markets and their implications on foreign investors looking to invest in Southeast Asia. Thailand…
  • Ind-AS: Preparing for India’s New Accounting Standards

    Asia Briefing
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:39 pm
    By Dezan Shira & Associates Publications Editor: Samuel Wrest Foreign companies establishing a presence in India will encounter a host of considerations that do not exist in their home country. Of these, interpreting and understanding India’s idiosyncratic system of accounting standards can be an especially difficult challenge. Until recently, India, like many countries in Asia, employed an antiquated set of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) that often proved difficult for foreign firms to adhere to. In order to have these standards converge more closely with…
  • China Lowers Barriers to Entry for Foreign Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices

    Asia Briefing
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:29 pm
    By Steven Elsinga China’s anti-trust crackdown on foreign pharmaceutical companies has left many foreign investors in the healthcare industry shocked. The Chinese government has had no qualms about openly stating that it prefers hospitals to purchase from domestic producers. That said, China’s homegrown manufacturers of medical devices and medicine still lack the sophistication to produce many of the more advanced health care products the country needs. Amid rising living standards and an aging population, China’s healthcare needs are set to rise sharply in the coming years. While the…
  • Going Organic: Investing in China’s Growing Health Foods Market

    Asia Briefing
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:02 pm
    By Kimberly Wright Are organic products safer than other products? Are foreign imports really worth paying 2-3 times the cost of domestic items? These are some of the questions conscientious Chinese consumers may find themselves asking when they step into one of the international supermarkets that now dot the top tier cities along China’s coastline. Given the recent food scandals and the resulting wide-scale distrust towards domestic food products, many middle class Chinese consumers have shown to be willing to shell out extra cash for health foods and foreign imports in order to quell…
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    Best Offers in Online ShoppingBest Offers in Online Shopping

  • Mobile Offer : BlackBerry Curve for Rs. 8999 at Paytm

    Tashu Bhatt
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Mobile Offer : BlackBerry Curve for Rs. 8999 at Paytm   Offer Details: Best deals on Mobile only at Shopaholic Indians. BlackBerry Curve 9360 for Rs.8999 at Paytm . For more offers and deals keep visiting Shopaholic Indians. Offer Price: 8999 Offer URL: Paytm.com BUY IT NOW! The post Mobile Offer : BlackBerry Curve for Rs. 8999 at Paytm appeared first on Best Offers in Online Shopping.
  • Maxima Ego Watches for Rs. 259 at Amazon

    Tashu Bhatt
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Maxima Ego Watches for Rs. 259 at Amazon    Offers Details: Best deals on Watches only at Shopaholic Indians.  Get lowest prices on India’s best online shopping site. Large variety of products & great offers at lowest price at Amazon. Maxima Ego Watches for Rs. 259 at Amazon. For more offers and deals keep visiting Shopaholic Indians. Offer Price: 259  Offer URL: amazon.in   BUY IT NOW! The post Maxima Ego Watches for Rs. 259 at Amazon appeared first on Best Offers in Online Shopping.
  • Intex 2.1 Multimedia Speaker for Rs. 599 at Paytm

    Tashu Bhatt
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:43 am
    Intex 2.1 Multimedia Speaker for Rs. 599 at Paytm    Offers Details: Best deals on Speakers only at Shopaholic Indians.  Get lowest prices on India’s best online shopping site. Large variety of products & great offers at lowest price at Paytm. Intex IT-880 U 2.1 Multimedia Speaker for Rs. 599 at Paytm. For more offers and deals keep visiting Shopaholic Indians. Offer Price: 599 Coupon code : CA40 Groupon Offer URL: paytm.com BUY IT NOW! The post Intex 2.1 Multimedia Speaker for Rs. 599 at Paytm appeared first on Best Offers in Online Shopping.
  • Flat 40% off on Sedan rides at TaxiForSure

    Tashu Bhatt
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:14 am
    Flat 40% off on Sedan rides at TaxiForSure   Offer Details: Best deals for Sedan ride on cabs only at Shopaholic Indians. Get a Flat 40% off on Sedan rides (Booked between 12 to 4 PM) for Rs. 600 at TaxiForSure. For more offers and deals keep visiting Shopaholic Indians.   Offer Price: 600 Coupon code :SEDAN40 Offer URL: taxiforsure.com BUY IT NOW! The post Flat 40% off on Sedan rides at TaxiForSure appeared first on Best Offers in Online Shopping.
  • Paytm offer : Bluetooth On-Ear Headphone for Rs. 2990

    Tashu Bhatt
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Paytm Offer: Bluetooth On Ear Headphone for Rs. 2990    Offers Details: Best deals on Headphones only at Shopaholic Indians.  Get lowest prices on India’s best online shopping site. Large variety of products & great offers at lowest price at Paytm.  Headphones with Mic for Rs. 2990 at Paytm. For more offers and deals keep visiting Shopaholic Indians. Offer Price: 2990 Coupon code : MA40 Groupon Offer URL: paytm.com BUY IT NOW! The post Paytm offer : Bluetooth On-Ear Headphone for Rs. 2990 appeared first on Best Offers in Online Shopping.
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    Asymco

  • John Gruber’s The Talk Show: ‘THEY BUY A HOLE IN THE WALL’, WITH GUEST HORACE DEDIU

    Horace Dediu
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Special guest Horace Dediu joins The Talk Show for the first time. Topics include the state of the maps industry, Apple’s functional organizational structure, what the WWDC keynote said about the state of the company today, and more. The Talk Show: They Buy a Hole in the Wall.  
  • The Critical Path #153

    Horace Dediu
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    A transcontinental journey, WWDC and listener questions. Source: The Critical Path #153
  • What next for iPad?

    Horace Dediu
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    ComScore suggests that there are 100 million tablet owners in the US. On a per capita basis that implies penetration of about 30%. As a percent of mobile phone subscribers (above age of 13) that implies 40%. As a percent of smartphone users that implies 43%. As a percent of iPhone users that represents 47%. As a percent of households assuming one device per household that implies 85% penetration. By another measure (Pew) household penetration is around 50%. Regardless of the difficulty in defining what is the correct “addressable market”, the more important question is whether…
  • Where are Maps going?

    Horace Dediu
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:04 am
    At the 2015 WWDC Apple stated that it receives 5 billion requests per week for its maps service. It also said that Apple maps is used 3.5 times more frequently than “the next leading maps app.” These two data points are the total number of data points we have about the global maps market. Neither Google nor Nokia provide usage or share or performance data. Regardless, commentary on the usage, share and performance of Apple Maps has been abundant for the three years since its inception. The data presented allows us to make a few estimates for the first time and we can hope that…
  • The Critical Path #152

    Horace Dediu
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:57 am
    Horace talks about Jony Ive’s promotion and answers listener questions on everything from Apple TV to the need for companies to “have children”. Source: The Critical Path #152
 
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