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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]

7 Ways to Make Your Small Business More Efficient

August 27, 2015 by Sarah Caulfield
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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]

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The Ultimate Guide to Building a Smart Office

August 25, 2015 by Sean M

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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Less Dogma Equals Better Decision Making

August 17, 2015 by Paul Barsch
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Some of the biggest breakthroughs come as a result of challenging assumptions; especially those that are commonly accepted. But first you'll need to put processes, systems and people in place to continually overcome preconceived notions.[read more]

Automate the Boring But Essential Parts of Your Data Warehouse

August 12, 2015 by Keith Peterson

To deliver on your company’s future demands for data and insights, you will need to maintain your existing data warehouse – and add the great new capabilities available with big data management and in-memory analytics. The real opportunity is in making those technologies work together smoothly with minimum effort and risk.[read more]

Want More Actionable Information from Your BI? Support Your IT Team’s Need for Data Warehouse Automation

August 6, 2015 by Keith Peterson

If your organization is relatively new to BI but has successfully built some new reports with one of the great visualization tools on the market, you will soon find yourselves in need of a better data organization environment.[read more]

How to Implement BPM in Your Organization

August 3, 2015 by Sarah Caulfield

Business Process Management, or BPM, can be a fairly broad term. It encompasses a whole set of tools and techniques that enhance how you run your business, no matter what that business may be. Using BPM, those who run a business can better serve the customer and meet the organization's goals. One secret of BPM's success is that it does not just apply to management or to regular employees or to a particular department. The best kind of BPM is a company-wide implementation.[read more]

Using Procurement Analytics to Simplify Your Supplier Reconciliation

July 20, 2015 by Keith Peterson

Ask finance managers to name a necessary evil of their responsibilities and many will cite reconciling goods received against invoices not received (“GR-NI”). The GR-NI issue is time-consuming to manage but not exactly mission critical to finding new business.[read more]

The (Foreseeable) Future of Cloud Computing Explained

July 20, 2015 by Rick Delgado

The idea of connecting the world with information and data is not a new one and goes back to the 60s when the person credited with developing the first web connection, J.C.R Licklider, thought of interconnecting virtually everyone at any location or site. While the internet seems like what Licklider had in mind, cloud computing is clearly turning out to be another idea that’s probably what the pioneer had in mind.[read more]

Big Data: Where Did All The Water Go?

July 15, 2015 by Shawn Gordon

Nighttime Flow Analysis works by using an optimal time to analyze for leaks. This is typically at night, when household water consumption is significantly low. At the lowest point, the observed GPM from the area is entered into the solution. By comparing this observation to the expected flow, the utility can iterate through different Sub-DMA configurations and target the problems so they are fixed much sooner.[read more]

Taking the Mystery Out of Big Data

July 10, 2015 by Doug Lautzenheiser
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In the not-so-distant past, firms tracked their own internal transactions and master data (products, customers, employees, and so forth) but little else. Companies probably only had very large databases if their industry called for high-volume and high-speed applications such as telecommunication, shipping, or point of sales. Even then, these transactions were all formatted in a standard way and could be saved inside the relational database IBM designed in the 1960s.[read more]

How Data Is Helping Sports Teams Increase ROI, Even in Off-Season

July 10, 2015 by Trips Reddy

Learn how the Florida Panthers are unifying data from disparate systems, third-party vendors and social media sites, so they can see who’s buying tickets, attending games and interacting with their content. This enables the Panthers to get a “360-degree fan view,” communicate one-to-one with them, sell thousands of tickets, find sponsorships and match the right experiences with the right fans.[read more]

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Big Data for SMEs

July 9, 2015 by Bruce Robbins

I can see a large number of advantages for SME's in using big data technology on small and private data sets but are there also many reasons for them to look to Big Data itself. A recent survey we ran found that it is the top priority for SME's but first of all; what is big data?[read more]

5 Ways That Qantas Is Using Data to Delight Customers and Build Loyalty

June 18, 2015 by Trips Reddy

While many retail, sports, manufacturing, healthcare and entertainment companies are already using data to improve customer experiences, the airline industry hasn’t caught up yet. But a handful of airlines are trying to change both this. By using a customer data platform like Umbel to merge web, mobile and social data from multiple sources, and training their staff to use this data better, airlines like Southwest, United and Qantas are using actionable data insights to deliver personalized customer experiences that delight flyers and build loyalty.[read more]

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4 Considerations When Choosing a Hadoop Distribution

June 18, 2015 by Dave Mendle

Choosing the right Hadoop distribution can be a tricky process. Many businesses looking to adopt Hadoop in their data infrastructure have a hard time figuring out what really differentiates one distribution from another. With so many options available, it’s easy to get lost in the choices.[read more]