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3 Ways to Get Your Data Into Shape [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 27, 2015 by Larisa Bedgood

As data continues to grow at unprecedented speeds, organizations must embrace a data-driven mind-set to stay competitive. With the influx of bigger data and new types of data, companies of all sizes are increasingly dependent on large sets of information to make better business decisions.[read more]

7 Ways to Make Your Small Business More Efficient

August 27, 2015 by Sarah Caulfield

Owning and operating a small business comes with unavoidable hurdles that, if poorly navigated, have the potential to sink the business for good. One of these hurdles is the need for business efficiency, which can be challenging for up and coming organizations that lack the funds of larger companies to purchase the latest software programs for streamlining every operation. If you’re a small business owner, there is plenty of hope for you and your employees to break through these challenges by incorporating seven key efficiency tips into your small business.[read more]

How Big Data Is Transforming Airports

August 27, 2015 by MIKE20 Governance Association
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“I believe that technology will take center stage in the future of aviation,” Griffiths said. “Airports, for too long, have been considered just infrastructure businesses. Actually, we have a vital role to play in enabling a level of customer service that certain airlines have already got right in the air but some airports have let them down with on the ground.”[read more]

Big Data Security: Why It’s a Problem and What We Can Do About It

August 26, 2015 by Tiffany Rowe
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This is unequivocally the era of big data — but it is not necessarily the era of big data security. The terrifyingly massive breaches of major corporate databanks, including Home Depot, Target, Niemen Marcus, and most recently Ashley Madison, reveals that most big data collectors are not doing nearly enough to protect their precious information from prying eyes. Without serious changes in security protocols across the board — from consumers to producers to vendors — big data will only increase in its appeal as a target for malicious hackers.[read more]

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How Data Virtualization Benefits Companies

August 26, 2015 by Mike Miranda
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Every day, your company is producing more and more data. Yours isn’t alone, of course. Companies all over the world are creating progressively more information every single day. Whether it’s for the purposes of infrastructure or something related to customer details, information is a big part of how business is done these days, so it only makes sense that there would be no shortage of it across industries.[read more]

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3 Reasons to Learn and Use Google App Engine

August 26, 2015 by Anand Srinivasan
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While some people say you can find anything you’re looking for on the internet, this simply isn’t true. Ask any business owner who’s searched for a software solution, only to realize that no technology exists to satisfy their particular demand. What do you do in these situations?[read more]

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The Ultimate Guide to Building a Smart Office

August 25, 2015 by Sean Mallon

Although we are now in the 21st century, you would not know it by the look of most offices. Worse still, the idea of a smart office is often ridiculed as utopian. But, in fact, everything necessary for a smart office is available. You can buy everything you need. You can buy it online or offline. You can buy the best hardware and the latest software without a problem. You can decorate with enthusiasm from a wide variety of furniture or art.[read more]

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Outsmart Your Competition With Big Data

August 24, 2015 by Sean Mallon

Few businesses rely on big data when it comes to their marketing. But those who do rely on it to outsmart, outmatch, and outdo their competitors. Big data can transform any marketing strategy. It pinpoints customers needs, wants, and desires.[read more]

Data and Analytics in the Cloud Is a Reality Today

August 24, 2015 by Tony Cosentino

As the research shows, the importance of cloud data and analytics is continuing to grow. The importance of this topic makes me eager to discuss further the attitudes, re­quire­­ments and future plans of organizations that use data and analytics in the cloud and to identify the best prac­tices of those that are most proficient in it.[read more]

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Spotlight on Sync

August 24, 2015 by Shawn Gordon

The founders of Sync, are also the founders of a company Netfirms in Canada, a premier hosting service there. Something that was an issue with them over time was the lack of full security with file sharing services like Dropbox, so after they sold Netfirms, they set out to make an easy to use, multi platform and fully secure, encrypted and unreadable by the hosting service file sharing system, they have realized that with Sync.[read more]

What Is Your Big Data Analytics Stack?

August 21, 2015 by Radhika Subramanian

We often get asked this question - Where do I begin? How are problems being solved using big-data analytics? To answer this question we need to take a step back and think in the context of the problem and a complete solution to the problem.[read more]

Judgmental Adjustments to the Forecast

August 21, 2015 by Michael Gilliland

Take a look at your historical forecasting performance data. (Every organization should be recording, at the very least, the statistical forecast (generated by the forecasting software) and the final forecast (after adjustments and management approval), to compare to the actual that occurred.[read more]

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Just How Important Is Big Data for Retailers?

August 21, 2015 by Jonha Revesencio
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In a competitive business landscape like retail, access and usage of big data is a source of competitive advantage. In the past, entrepreneurs relied on intuition to make marketing decisions. Now, data rules how commerce is being done.[read more]

Host Analytics Modeling Cloud Simplifies Planning and Reporting

August 20, 2015 by Robert Kugel

Our benchmark research on next-generation business planning finds that a large majority of companies rely on spreadsheets to manage planning processes. For example, four out of five use them for supply chain planning, and about two-thirds for budgeting and sales forecasting. Spreadsheets are the default choice for modeling and planning because they are flexible. They adapt to the needs of different parts of any type of business.[read more]

What Can Academics Learn From Market Researchers?

August 20, 2015 by Annie Pettit

Market research conferences pay a lot of attention to balancing out brain heavy learning with brain light entertainment. For example, ESOMAR had a SoapBox to allow anyone to rant on any topic for a couple of minutes. MRIA had ping pong tables freely available during breaks. MRA planned a bar hopping social event. I’ve seen caricaturists, photo booths, prize drawings, and more.[read more]

Top 3 Challenges Retailers Overcome With Business Analytics

August 20, 2015 by Larisa Bedgood
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Retailers clearly understand that as consumers shop across multiple channels and expect seamless interactions, analytics will play a vital role in customer acquisition and retention strategies. Here is how analytics can be used to address the top 3 challenges.[read more]