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Data Quality

Are typos and small mistakes making your business data inaccurate?

February 1, 2017 by Martin Doyle

As typos and spelling mistakes make up to 58% of data inaccuracy issues, here we look at how much even a small mistake can cost your business…According to Experian, when it comes to data inaccuracy, much of it is down to human error, in particular, spelling mistakes. The reason for this lies in an over-reliance on manual data entry...[read more]

Why Lean Data Management Is Vital for Agile Companies

December 19, 2016 by Larry Alton

Data management is becoming more and more significant to a company’s success. Insights through data can allow you to improve the efficiency of your operations, understand your customers better, and ultimately make your enterprise more profitable. Unfortunately, those insights don’t always come easily; your data must go through a number...[read more]

Why Does Data Decay so Fast?

December 14, 2016 by Martin Doyle

People change jobs, get promoted and move home. Companies go out of business, expand and relocate. Every one of these changes contributes to data decay. It’s been said that business databases degrade by around 30% per year, but why?[read more]

Common Ground: Solving the Survey-GIS Gap

November 29, 2016 by Ron Bisio

Surveying and GIS both provide answers to the same basic questions: “Where is it?” “What is it?” “How does it relate to things around it?” “What about it is interesting or important?” And they both seek to address the most important question: “How can I get the information to people who need it?” So, given the similarities, why the gap, be it real or perceived?[read more]

The Alibaba, Amazon, and eBay Way to Black Friday Success

November 23, 2016 by Eran Levy

On Black Friday in 2015, online shoppers spent an estimated $2.7 billion. So, when do you think the big E-guys start to prepare for Black Friday? Here’s one hint: e-commerce sales on Thanksgiving Day, 2015, already totaled $1.73 billion (Adobe Digital Index figures.) Here’s another hint. The National Retail Federation recently stated...[read more]

Investigating the Potential of Data Preparation

November 22, 2016 by Dave Menninger

Data preparation is critical to the effectiveness of both operational and analytic business processes. Operational processes today are fed by streams of constantly generated data. Our data and analytics in the cloud benchmark research shows that more than half (55%) of organizations spend the most time in their analytic processes...[read more]

Shedding Light on Dark Data: How to Get Started

November 17, 2016 by Tom Anderson

Move over Big Data. There’s a new buzzword: dark data.It’s actually not so new—Gartner coined the term a couple years back—but dark data is finally starting to catch on in market research circles and it represents a huge untapped opportunity for insights!Gartner defined dark data as “the information assets organizations collect, process...[read more]

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Want to Fully Leverage Data? Change the Way You Operate

November 9, 2016 by Rado Kotorov

We’re on the edge of a paradigm shift in the way organizations operate–and rightfully so. New technologies are developed daily and will only contribute to even larger volumes of information. To take advantage of the value data holds, enterprises need different skill-sets, decision-making structures and a new lens for evaluating business challenges.[read more]

Quality vs Quantity in Customer Service Analytics

October 27, 2016 by Eran Levy

Business intelligence and analytics are used across a wide variety of industries to improve operational efficiency and business processes. However, when analyzing any type of data, it’s important to know what you’re looking for. Let’s look at a recent example from the customer service industry to understand this concept.The Business...[read more]

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How will Analytics and the Internet of Things Influence Marketing in Coming Years?

October 24, 2016 by Philip Piletic

The Internet of Things (IoT) is defined as the increased interconnectivity between all devices capable of using wireless communication technology. It's estimated that by the year 2020, there will be between 50 and 75 billion devices connected to the internet worldwide. Where there's connectivity, there's information. And smart people know how to turn information into profit.[read more]

Why You Should Already Have a Data Governance Strategy

October 21, 2016 by Eran Levy

Garbage in, garbage out. This motto has been true ever since punched cards and teletype terminals. Today’s sophisticated IT systems depend just as much on good quality data to bring value to their users, whether in accounting, production, or business intelligence. However, data doesn’t automatically format itself properly, any more than...[read more]

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Why It's Time To Get Smart About Recovery

October 20, 2016 by Livia Alexandra

Analytics is all the hype these days, and for good reason. Taking the power of analytics and applying it to the backup and recovery process will be a boon for the IT industry. Analytics will help deal with the data hoarding epidemic and ensure critical data is backed up, without financing storage space and data management for all those pictures of your aunt's cats.[read more]

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The True Vision of Big Data in Healthcare

October 19, 2016 by Jared Jaureguy
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From the impact of wearable technology to the potential for boosting cancer research, there’s been a lot of buzz about big data in the healthcare space. However, the true vision of big data in healthcare lies not in individual data collection or disparate applications, but in the potential of combining healthcare data to create new...[read more]

Demystifying Data Warehouses, Data Lakes and Data Marts

October 12, 2016 by Eran Levy

As data and analytics become a more integral part of business processes in an organization, so the non-DBAs among us might start to feel lost in a sea of technical terms which are frequently thrown around by technical teams.[read more]

Big Data Misconceptions

September 20, 2016 by Martin Doyle

The idea and concept of “Big Data” has been around for a while now, however it seems there are many people who still believe it is shrouded in mystery. Therefore, in the following post, we are going to debunk some of the top big data misconceptions.Every business has access to data, from transactional, mobile, financial and behavioural...[read more]