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Retail Data Monetization: Are you sitting on top of a retail goldmine?

May 4, 2016 by Ajith Nayar

The majority of sales generated in the 4.5 trillion dollar US retail market is in-store and the volume of transaction data collected at various points in the trading process is immense. This data is a treasure trove of customer insight as well as product performance. While many retailers mine this data to gain specific insights...[read more]

Going Beyond Good IT: What Makes Great Business Technology?

May 3, 2016 by Kyle Cebull

We have a lot of worthy competitors in the markets we serve. They provide really good IT services. Some of them are even Managed Services companies, and those companies are perfectly fine. But what does it take to stand out in a sea of competition with Managed Services companies? How can one company take “good” IT to the next level? I...[read more]

How Technology Can Strengthen the Relationship between CFOs and CEOs

April 28, 2016 by Emanuela Cecchetti

The relationship between a CEO and CFO is one of the most vital partnerships in any company. In the almost two-years since assuming my co-CEO role, I have come to even more deeply appreciate the value a CFO brings to a business and the immense complexity of the job.Technology Provides the Finance EssentialsI depend on our CFO for three...[read more]

Big Data is Impacting Small Business

April 21, 2016 by Faizan Raza
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The idea of doing anything without logging in, clicking or texting something or someone is almost unthinkable. Everything we do leaves a trail of electronic fingerprints. Companies big and small are using these pieces of data to piece together the puzzle of who we are, and how we interact with the world around us. For marketing...[read more]

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Can Big Data Help Bridge the Workplace Skills Gap?

April 20, 2016 by Joe Peters

Rapid technological advancement has led to a significant growth of demand for highly skilled workers, which is resulting in expansion of the skills gap across industries. Businesses have to leverage the commercial benefits of data-driven decisions in this area to bridge the gap and stay competitive.[read more]

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How Business Intelligence is Making Real Estate Easier

April 13, 2016 by Sean Mallon

 Real estate markets are prone to change at a moment's notice. Nothing is certain, and prevailing trends ultimately determine the success or failure of sales and deals. In many cases, small local deals are irrevocably impacted by the status of international economies. For real estate brokers and developers, this poses unique...[read more]

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Five Steps to Successfully Manage Multiple Data Platforms

April 13, 2016 by Kevin Petrie

We data folks live in exciting times.As we saw at the Strata + Hadoop show in San Jose, open source developers continue to deliver new ways to analyze high volumes of fast-moving data.One of the hottest, Apache Kafka, can feed data from thousands of applications to emerging platforms like HBase and Cassandra. Enterprises can use Kafka...[read more]

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The Future of Economics May Be in the Hands of Machine Learning

April 11, 2016 by Ari Amster

Economists have largely preferred to act within their own field and interpretations. However, the rise of big data challenges, data analytics, and machine learning is beginning to change all that. In the summer of 2015, Susan Athey, a Professor of Economics of Technology at Stanford attracted a crowd of over 250 economists for a one-day...[read more]

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New Research Reveals the Biggest Benefits of Self-Service Business Intelligence

April 11, 2016 by Jeff Zabin

With self-service BI, managers can spend more time focused on optimizing their numbers rather than compiling and trying to make sense of them. Knowledge workers can get more work done within the same timeframe, and make better, faster decisions along the way.[read more]

Dealing with Disruptive Data: Advancing BI Connectors and Integrating SQL and NoSQL Databases

April 7, 2016 by Sumit Sarkar

Don’t count on databases to have uniform data models. Far from it, you’ll find different databases storing data in a plethora of shapes and sizes. This leads to a number of challenges when it comes time for business intelligence (BI) professionals to pull useful data from non-uniform database structures. The developers building applications versus those building intelligence have vastly different preferences in how to access data.[read more]

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Using Big Data in the Online Lending Process

April 5, 2016 by Konstantin Rabin

Online lenders revolutionized the way of applying for and getting a loan. All these tedious KYC procedures and scoring got much simpler and enabled people to quickly receive needed money. But online lenders are mostly willing to give customers only small loans since they are less risky and don’t require thorough financial verification of a given client.[read more]

Big Data Analysis for Health and Safety in the Workplace

April 4, 2016 by Sarah Smith

Big data promises to transform Australian workplaces in novel, revitalizing ways. It offers hope to employees who sustain serious, life-altering injuries on-the-job.[read more]

Mastering Marketing Mayhem in a Meaningful, Meticulous Manner

April 1, 2016 by Mark Smith

I hope this title captures your attention; I’m trying to make a point about the chaos going on in managing and operating marketing. What marketing needs in 2016 is to manage and optimize its efforts in a more unified manner. This perspective kicks off a new series on the challenges for marketing to automate or execute tasks and manage...[read more]

Supercharging Sales and Commerce in 2016

March 30, 2016 by Mark Smith

For several years I have been advocating that sales organizations adapt their processes and applications to optimize both sales performance and the customer experience. For details see my research agenda for last year. However, it appears that not many sales organizations have responded to this challenge; many can barely maintain their...[read more]

Unifying Human Capital Management in 2016

March 29, 2016 by Mark Smith

Businesses and their human resource organizations feel pressure to maximize the value of their human capital in today’s intensely competitive world. Many have made or considered investments in new applications that better exploit information to efficiently recruit, engage and retain the best talent. Advanced applications not only advance...[read more]