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Minding the KPI Gap – A Critical Part of the EPM Process

November 30, 2016 by John O'Rourke

Key performance indicators, or KPIs, are a critical component of an overall corporate or enterprise performance management (CPM/EPM) process. They play an important part in monitoring financial and operational results on a regular basis, and highlighting areas that might need attention. But there are many considerations here:...[read more]

IIoT Benefits & Security Considerations for Sensor-2-Server

November 30, 2016 by Scott Allen

SCADA will likely always have value for industrial communications but, going forward, there will be an increase in the use other technologies as well. Additionally, with more technology physically in the field, there is always going to be a focus on data security.[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]

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Five Data Preparation and Analytics Predictions for 2017

November 29, 2016 by Jon Pilkington

 Believe it or not, 2017 is fast approaching. And while 2016 was a breakthrough year in the self-service data preparation and analytics world, 2017 will bring just as many – if not more – innovations that continue to transform how data scientists, data analysts, and business users harness insights to deliver business value and...[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]

Are You Ready For Artificially-Intelligent Enterprise Applications?

November 18, 2016 by Timo Elliott

We’re now clearly in an exponential technology world. Each year brings the same amount of innovation as the previous several years — and the human brain finds it hard to imagine the consequences.For perhaps the first time in history, technology is evolving faster than we expect it to. For example, experts estimated that it...[read more]

4 Use Cases for Embedded Analytics Which Boost Business Performance

November 17, 2016 by Eran Levy

Organizations that analyze their data can gain insights into their markets and their operations, become more productive and competitive and offer greater software capabilities and value to their customers. It makes sense that such analytics are available “at the point of data,” where data is produced by an application or consumed by end-...[read more]

Information Is Now The Core Of Your Business

November 14, 2016 by Timo Elliott

Data is at the very core of the business models of the future – and this means wrenching change for some organizations.We tend to think of our information systems as a foundation layer that supports the “real” business of the organization – for example, by providing the information executives need to steer the business and make the right...[read more]

Ethical Implications Of Industrialized Analytics

November 11, 2016 by Bill Franks

As analytics are embedded more and more deeply into processes and systems that we interact with, they now directly impact us far more than in the past. No longer constrained to providing marketing offers or assessing the risk of a credit application, analytics are beginning to make truly life and death decisions in areas as diverse as...[read more]

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Will Predictive Analytics and POS Save Small Retailers from Extinction?

November 4, 2016 by Rehan A. Shaik

Global brick-and-mortar retailers are struggling to compete against their digital rivals. Smaller retailers have been suffering the most, because they can’t compete on the same margins as larger competitors. Some experts have warned that small retailers will eventually be extinct. According to Marc Bain:“In a recent survey (pdf), 58% of...[read more]

After 31 Years of Spreadsheets, It’s Time to Move On

November 2, 2016 by John O'Rourke

The spreadsheet isn’t going away anytime soon. But the reliance on it as a standalone tool is waning, as the use of enterprise performance management solutions rises.It was 31 years ago this September that the world was introduced to Excel. As one of the first killer apps, there’s no question the spreadsheet changed the way everybody...[read more]

How We Combined Different Methods to Create Advanced Time Series Prediction

November 1, 2016 by Taras Firman

Today, businesses need to be able to predict demand and trends to stay in line with any sudden market changes and economy swings. This is exactly where forecasting tools, powered by Data Science, come into play, enabling organizations to successfully deal with strategic and capacity planning. Smart forecasting techniques can be used to...[read more]

Why I’m Teaching Twitch to Predict the Future

October 31, 2016 by Daniel Hernandez-Stewart

Predicting the future is not a theoretical superpower. It is a skill we already rely on to make decisions, and like any other skill it can be rapidly improved with deliberate practice. Unsurprisingly, deliberate practice looks like making predictions within a domain and comparing the results to reality. This year I’ve built a culture of doing just that at Twitch. It’s the most exciting work I’ve ever done.[read more]

Access Layer Data and Sensor-2-Server

October 28, 2016 by Scott Allen

S2S is intelligent communication that begins at the sensor level and targets servers for specific reasons. These servers could include anything from a SCADA data server, that collects and monitors through the SCADA system, or a Big Data engine. S2S could be leveraged in a predictive analytics environment or server farm that compares data at rest to data in motion at the access layer of the network.[read more]