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5 Tips for Protecting Your Data Assets More Effectively

June 26, 2015 by Keith Tully

Actions taken after data has been compromised in any way can have a significant bearing on how matters unfold and how much damage is done as a result. Companies and particularly their IT experts need to be ready at all times to react to and deal with such issues as they arise. There is no way to guarantee that all data breaches can be protected against but a robust contingency plan can go a long way towards ensuring the ramifications are minimized.[read more]

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The Importance of Cleaning Up Your Dark Data

June 24, 2015 by Rick Delgado

Few trends have had as big of an impact on businesses as big data. Companies of all shapes and sizes have taken to big data with eagerness as they realize how much it can benefit their organizations. There’s little disputing big data’s impressive advantages, from opening up new avenues of innovation to increasing business productivity.[read more]

Taking Control of Your CRM Data

June 23, 2015 by Martin Doyle

CRMs are supposed to be used to achieve better efficiency. By investing time in the CRM, sales teams should be able to identify leads, retain existing customers and successfully recruit new clients to the fold. Sadly, many CRMs fail to perform well. No system could feasibly solve every problem in your business, but if the CRM is creaking under the weight of dirty data, it could actually be hindering progress.[read more]

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Redefining Loyalty Programs with Big Data and Hadoop

June 11, 2015 by Dave Mendle

A loyalty program should not be about points, rewards, or status. While these perks may attract consumers, they don’t foster loyalty. The focus of these programs should be to collect useful data that can be used to build relationships that benefit both the consumer and the brand.[read more]

How Small Businesses Can Use Big Data

June 10, 2015 by Keith Tully
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As a small business owner, you may think that Big Data could not be any sort of help to you. After all, that market is for big businesses with lots and lots of resources. In reality that isn’t actually true. As a small business you can make use of Big Data in your own unique way.[read more]

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Why the Chief Data Officer is the Hottest Job of the 21st Century

May 20, 2015 by Jeff Brown
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Cheif data officer.

In 2012, Harvard Business Review boldly named the Data Scientist “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century.” In 2013, reporters at CNBC gave the same nod to data analysts, saying it was one of the most sought-after positions. Even U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker came out praising the Chief Data Officer (CDO).[read more]

Do Your Customers Hide Their Data?

April 29, 2015 by Martin Doyle

Hidden data.

Personal data has an image problem. People are increasingly wary of handing over their details to websites – particularly when they have no intention to engage long term. Many marketers set out to obtain email addresses, yet do very little to ensure the email addresses they get are valid. This is the beginning of a vicious circle for the business they’re working for.[read more]

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Learn from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Data Management Hard Knocks

April 23, 2015 by Jeff Brown

Big data error.

The school mistakenly sent acceptance emails to hundreds of hopefuls who applied to Carnegie Mellon’s prestigious Master of Science in Computer Science program. A few hours later, an email with a much different tone arrived in their inboxes. A school statement read: “This error was the result of serious mistakes in our process for generating acceptance letters.”[read more]

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A Better Way to Model Data

April 21, 2015 by Mark Hargraves

Data modeling.

Over 8 years ago, the Spider Schema Data Model was created to provide an easier way to model OLTP data into a supported OLAP data model with the advantages of the OLTP data model. Over the last 8 years this data model has been proven out and is: faster at data processing, uses less storage space, is more flexible, and provides full support for not only OLAP, but OLTP, and Big Data.[read more]

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Data Lakes and Network Optimization: What’s Next for Telecommunications and Big Data

March 31, 2015 by Sameer Nori

Telecommunication. 

Relational data warehouses served communications service providers well in the past, but it’s time to start thinking beyond columns and rows. Unstructured data will be the fuel that powers risk management and decision-making in the near future. And to use all sorts of data to its fullest potential, we need new ways of storing, accessing and analyzing that data.[read more]

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3 Data Management Tips for Winning the Rest of ACA Open Enrollment

January 16, 2015 by Jeff Brown

With open enrollment well underway, here are a few tips to make sure your data stays accurate, regardless what might be happening in the marketplaces. Some states have experienced glitches, which makes data collection and processing all the more complicated for insurers that want to make sure they have every bit of required information about their new customers.[read more]

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The World’s Largest, Fastest, Most Agile Supply Chain

December 31, 2014 by Keith Peterson

Supply chain.

There is one shipping firm in the world, maybe the galaxy, that is counted on more than FedEx, UPS, and DHL combined. In fact, this organization has an even more complex supply chain. It takes its own orders, makes its own goods, and ships them all in one night.[read more]

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Business (NOT) as Usual: 3 Big Business Intelligence Predictions for 2015

December 30, 2014 by Ray Major

BI.

Each year, I work with dozens of clients in a quest to help them effectively implement their Business Intelligence systems. And each year, based on my experiences, I have put together a top 10 list of trends and predictions for the upcoming year.[read more]

How to Improve Your Receivables Position With Better Risk Analysis

December 23, 2014 by Keith Peterson
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Risk analysis.

If you drive a car then you know what a dashboard is. There are two main gauges that we are all very familiar with – the speedometer and the fuel gauge. The other gauges we don’t usually take much notice of. It is a similar story if you are running a business – the speedo is revenue and the fuel gauge is money in the bank, and it is those two measures most businesses keep an eagle eye on.[read more]

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Cyber Security: Locking Out the Grinch from Your Application Network

December 18, 2014 by Bob Dvorak

Security.

How do you leave your chimney open for Santa while keeping the Grinch safely locked out? The right application management strategy can help outline where vulnerabilities lie and how to fix security weaknesses, minimizing your organization’s overall attack surface.[read more]