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How Big Data is Aiding in Disaster Relief

October 19, 2016 by Ryan Ayers

When it comes to disaster preparedness, predicting disasters is one of the biggest problems governments have. That is where big data technology and predictive analytics step in and provide the solution. Over recent years, big data has been able to help scientists and disaster aid agencies narrow down to the hardest hit areas.[read more]

A Shortcut Guide to Machine Learning and AI in The Enterprise

October 10, 2016 by Timo Elliott

Predictive analytics / machine learning / artificial intelligence is a hot topic – what it’s about?Using algorithms to help make better decisions has been the “next big thing in analytics” for over 25 years. It has been used in key areas such as fraud the entire time. But it’s now become a full-throated...[read more]

What’s the Difference Between Business Intelligence (BI) and EPM?

September 30, 2016 by John O'Rourke

One of my colleagues recently asked if I could write a blog post describing the difference between business intelligence (BI) and enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions. I haven’t been asked this question in a while, so maybe this is a good time to revisit these terms and technologies, what makes them different, and how...[read more]

Leveraging the Power of Big Data in Community Pharmacies

September 16, 2016 by Andrew Armstrong

The community pharmacy is responsible for assisting local residents with their health and well-being. Facing increasing competition from online service providers, learn how local pharmacies are leveraging the power of Big Data to better understand their customer's needs, improve customer loyalty, and manage product inventory more efficiently.[read more]

Video Analytics is Becoming a Major Player in Data

September 15, 2016 by Rick Delgado

Most businesses are no strangers to using video as a means to maintain good security, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg in the benefits a good video system can provide. With advances in big data analytics and automated technologies, many organizations are starting to take advantage of video analytics. It’s the direction much of the...[read more]

Research Finds Mobile Analytics and BI Reach Crossroads

September 13, 2016 by Dave Menninger

Ventana Research has newly published its Mobile Analytics and Business Intelligence 2016 Value Index. The Value Index provides a comprehensive evaluation of vendors and their product offerings across seven categories. In performing that analysis, I realized that this software category is at a crossroads. Once an optional capability often...[read more]

4 Business Risks That Might Prevent Big Data ROI

September 9, 2016 by Paul Barsch

Evaluating risk vs. return of a big data initiative can be tricky, especially because the open source market is so active and fluid. Financial risk aside, business risk actually plays the bigger spoiler in properly estimating future cash flows and profitability of a big data project.[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]

Analytics Teams: Own The Business Problem, Not An Infrastructure

August 30, 2016 by Timo Elliott

Analytics teams have devoted the last few decades building large and elaborate infrastructures that attempt to gather and harmonize essential business data.These systems are critically important to business. Yet a Forrester study found that 32% of business people felt their enterprise BI applications were too cumbersome to...[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]

4 huge BI challenges facing CIOs and IT Leaders

August 18, 2016 by Joe Stangarone

While Business Intelligence adoption has increased steadily, many businesses are finding that successful BI implementations are harder than they thought. They run into a number of common roadblocks along the way. In this article, we explore 4 of these challenges facing CIOs and IT leaders, and how to get around each one.[read more]


Rethinking Big Data’s Usability

August 16, 2016 by Josh Knauer

Big Data is supposed to make its mark on the world. But how can its impact be achieved if Big Data remains inaccesible for most business professionals? It's time to rethink the way professionals engage data.[read more]

Postgres vs. MongoDB for Storing JSON Data – Which Should You Choose?

August 15, 2016 by Eran Levy

In the fast-moving world of unstructured data, does it make more sense to use a database management system (DBMS) built from the start to handle the widely accepted JSON data format? Or can an SQL database that now includes JSON functionality be a better choice? Postgres with its SQL roots started offering NoSQL functionality early on...[read more]

Big Data Projects – When You're Not Getting the ROI You Expect

August 8, 2016 by Paul Barsch

Some failing big data projects get millions more pumped into them with the hope that they’ll break even. At some point good money needs to stop chasing bad projects, but it takes leadership to make the right decision.[read more]


Five Ways Self-Service Data Prep Empowers Excel Users

August 5, 2016 by Jon Pilkington

Microsoft Excel is one of the most widely used business intelligence and reporting tools. More than just a spreadsheet, Excel allows users to collect and integrate data for critical analysis and reporting. It’s easy to use, readily available as part of the Microsoft Office solution suite and provides users with the ability to perform...[read more]