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What Does Your TV Say About You and Your Voting Intentions?

September 3, 2015 by Annie Pettit

What does your TV say about you and your voting intentions? You are more than what you eat! You’re also what you wear, what you drive, and what you watch on TV. With that in mind, we asked more than 2000 people to tell us what television stations they watched as well as how likely they would be to vote for a number of candidates for president of the USA.[read more]

Skills Gap Challenges Potential of Predictive Analytics

September 3, 2015 by Tony Cosentino

The Performance Index analysis we performed as part of our next-generation predictive analytics benchmark research shows that only one in four organizations, those functioning at the highest Innovative level of performance, can use predictive analytics to compete effectively against others that use this technology less well. We analyze performance in detail in four dimensions (People, Process, Information and Technology), and for predictive analytics we find that organizations perform best in the Technology dimension, with 38 percent reaching the top Innovative level.[read more]

Push vs. Pull Supply Chain Models: What You Need to Know

September 3, 2015 by Annie Bustos

For companies that supply physical products, inventory management throughout the supply chain is one of the most important tasks that will largely determine the business’ success or failure. The trick is to always have stock on hand to meet demand, but not have too much capital or storage space taken up with excess inventory.[read more]

Why Analytics Professionals Are Destined for Leadership

September 2, 2015 by Linda Burtch

From the phenomenal increase in the number of calls that analytics professionals are getting from recruiters, to the fact that nearly every quantitative team is planning to hire this year, it is overwhelmingly clear that there has never been a better time to be a Quant.[read more]


Retail Revolution: Should Businesses Invest in Wearables?

September 2, 2015 by Josh Althuser

The way businesses present their products in the market usually relies to the trend showcased by the mainstream media. Different inventions were being introduced either as a means of advancing humanity or in some cases, possibly a trap – making our lives dependent to those things.[read more]

Managing Big Data Integration and Security with Hadoop

September 2, 2015 by Jason Parms

An open-source framework like Hadoop offers endless possibilities for development, and with a strong management group like Apache Systems behind it, one can expect increasing numbers of modules and technologies to integrate with Hadoop to enable your business to achieve its Big Data goals – and maybe even go significantly beyond what you can envision today.[read more]

Data Cleansing vs Data Maintenance: Which One Is Most Important?

September 1, 2015 by Martin Doyle

There are always two aspects to data quality improvement. Data cleansing is the one-off process of tackling the errors within the database, ensuring retrospective anomalies are automatically located and removed. Another term, data maintenance, describes ongoing correction and verification – the process of continual improvement and regular checks.[read more]


Data, Data, Data: Communicating Successfully in the Deluge

September 1, 2015 by Daniel Matthews

Now that big data is in the mix, there’s potential for a ton of noise. The business best able to cull what’s vital from the deluge of data, turn it into information and communicate it loud and clear will ride the landslide of data to success.[read more]

What Do Marketers Really Want in Data and Technology?

August 31, 2015 by Larisa Bedgood

Data is just data unless you have the marketing technology to “make the data talk.” Marketers are increasingly in charge of marketing technology spend to drive better data outcomes. In fact, technology has become the core of marketing.[read more]

SAS Visual Analytics: Get to the Point with a Geo Coordinate Map

August 31, 2015 by Tricia Aanderud

Perhaps you’ve heard people talk about tornado alley – it’s an area down the middle of the US where tornadoes occur. Tornadoes are powerful storms – capable of sending a 2×4 wood board through a car door – scary. In the first post of this series, I noted that successful geospatial data visualizations have geography as a character in the data story. If we wanted to test or locate tornado alley, then a Geo Coordinate objects is perfect.[read more]

Data Preparation Is Essential for Predictive Analytics

August 31, 2015 by Tony Cosentino

Our research into next-generation predictive analytics shows that along with not having enough skilled resources, which I discussed in my previous analysis, NGPA AP #4 image 1the inability to readily access and integrate data is a primary reason for dissatisfaction with predictive analytics (in 62% of participating organizations).[read more]

Pentagon Implements New Cyber Security Guidelines for Cloud Vendors

August 28, 2015 by Natalie Lehrer

With the US Government's Cloud First initiative, many of the new technologies brought into the Department of Defense have been cloud based. With so many high profile hacks happening each and everyday, the Pentagon has swiftly implemented rules that vendors must abide by in terms of disclosing a potential security breach.[read more]

Migrate from Proprietary Software to Linux to Create Cost Savings

August 28, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

Amongst the top IT trends of the moment is the development of Linux Containers. Financial and technical investors, Linuxsoftware programmers and customers believe that Linux Containers will transform the way organisations manage their Linux environments from deployment to maintenance.[read more]

6 Steps to Data Disaster Recovery [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 28, 2015 by Aaron Aders

More than 70 percent of companies are not currently confident in their ability to restore data in the case of an outage. This new guide from Expedient outlines 6 Steps to Disaster Recovery Preparedness. With planning and testing, IT leaders can prepare for a disaster before it strikes.[read more]

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

“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

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]


How Data Virtualization Benefits Companies

August 26, 2015 by Mike Miranda

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]