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Smart Cities of the Future: An Innovation or Intrusion?

August 29, 2016 by Andrew Armstrong

Smart cities of the future offer the promise of less traffic, lower crime rates, stronger economies, and a reduced carbon footprint through the use of technology. This post looks at these positive benefits, in addition to potential concerns over security breaches and privacy issues that many fear from smart cities.[read more]

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5 Dark Data Sources that Lead to Better Marketing Analytics

August 29, 2016 by Jon Pilkington

Marketers have greater opportunities to reach target audiences today than ever before. There are endless ways to engage with prospects and customers thanks to the plethora of marketing channels, solutions, and approaches now available. And, when it...[read more]

A Recipe for Cooking with the Hadoop Ecosystem

August 26, 2016 by Dave Menninger

It’s part of my job to cover the ecosystem of Hadoop, the open source big data technology, but sometimes it makes my head spin. If this is not your primary job, how can you possibly keep up? I hope that a discussion of what I’ve found to be most...[read more]

How to become a Data Driven Business

August 25, 2016 by Martin Doyle

Data is everywhere. All businesses have access to it. Yet, turning data into actionable insights and becoming a data-driven business can be difficult to achieve.What does data-driven mean?A data-driven business utilises data to inform every...[read more]

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Cloud Managed Services Provider (MSP) Is it really about services or winning customer trust?

August 24, 2016 by Alakh Verma

            We have entered the era of outcome economy, or it would be appropriate to say that we are slowly entering the era of consumer trust economy. We can conclude that customers across the industry are shying...[read more]

Data Lakes: Safe Way to Swim in Big Data?

August 23, 2016 by Dave Menninger

It has been more than five years since James Dixon of Pentaho coined the term “data lake.” His original post suggests, “If you think of a data mart as a store of bottled water – cleansed and packaged and structured for easy consumption – the...[read more]

Getting Started with BI on ERP: an MS Dynamics Example

August 30, 2016 by Eran Levy

For any business intelligence solution to be effective, it needs to have demonstrable value for business users and to actually gain some traction within the organization. However, modern BI adoption can be a very complex task, especially when applied on top of numerous and complicated systems in the organization.Overly complicated data...[read more]

Tips for Exploring Financial Data with Business Intelligence

August 27, 2016 by Eran Levy

One of the main advantages modern business intelligence brings to the table is the ability to perform exploratory data analysis – i.e., testing new hypothesis leading to further data collection and analyses, beyond merely examining the present state of affairs. How does this apply to the realm of financial data analytics?From...[read more]

Four Key Steps For Enterprise IoT Security

August 26, 2016 by Timo Elliott

There’s been a lot of press recently about the problems of IoT security: easily hackable smart locks, as many as 100M Volkswagens at risk, vulnerable light bulbs, and even sex toys that spy on you.Here are some key concepts for the future of IoT security in the enterprise:First, IoT is going to save a lot of livesIt’s ...[read more]

What Makes a BI Team World Class?

August 25, 2016 by Timo Elliott

Some years ago, I was asked to do a presentation for a Nordic Telecom company. The company had grown rapidly through acquisitions around Europe and so had lots of different systems and silos of analytics tools throughout the company.In an attempt to rationalize existing solutions and provide more value to the business, the...[read more]

7 Data Modeling Mistakes that Will Sink your Analysis

August 24, 2016 by Eran Levy

You have a goal. You want to gain actionable insights from all of this data that you have been collecting. So, how do you make sure to model your data so that you can actually gain these insights and answer the business questions that you have? You plan. When the planning stage is skimped on or skipped altogether, the result is horrible...[read more]

The Worst Case Scenario: Manufacturing Company Data Loss

August 23, 2016 by Kyle Cebull

We don’t often like to think about the worst case scenario when it comes to our businesses, but the fact of the matter is that at any moment something terrible could happen with your business technology, resulting in data loss. You have to be prepared for every scenario and have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan in place. But what...[read more]