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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]

Teradata Takes On Cloud and Developers with Big Data & Analytics

September 23, 2016 by Dave Menninger

Teradata recently held its annual Partners conference, at which gather several thousand customers and partners from around the world. This was the first Partners event since Vic Lund was appointed president and CEO in May. Year on year, Teradata’s revenues are down about 5 percent, which likely prompted some changes at the company....[read more]

The Start-ups Guide to IT: Where to Invest your Money for Business Technology

September 23, 2016 by Kyle Cebull

 As a startup, it’s important to make smart investments with your capital in order to maximize the return and have the most possible business impact. Well-funded startups can sometimes spend money in the wrong areas. Here are our best tips on where startups should invest their money when it comes to business technology:An IT...[read more]

What’s New in Finance Transformation? EPM, Cloud, Big Data and More

September 17, 2016 by John O'Rourke

The worlds of Finance and EPM are rapidly changing.  Finance teams are shifting their focus from counting and scorekeeping to adding strategic value to the business,  They are freeing up time to help managers consider the possibilities and make better decisions that can impact future results. To gain a better sense of the...[read more]

3 Steps to Improving Agility in Financial Budgeting and Planning

September 14, 2016 by John O'Rourke

Financial agility is becoming a necessity in the business world, as the world of business continues to evolve and become even more dynamic.Today, there is rarely an aspect to business that isn't constantly fluctuating, evolving, and adapting to trends. Business tends to be one giant set of variables, and consistency is a rarity.It's on...[read more]

6 Things IT Executives Need to Know About Cloud-Based EPM

September 13, 2016 by John O'Rourke

Enterprise performance management (EPM) processes – such as budgeting, planning, financial consolidation, reporting, and analysis – are clearly owned and managed by the CFO and Finance department and can be extended across the enterprise. The systems used to support these processes are typically evaluated, selected, and maintained...[read more]

Database Corner: Beginner’s Guide to MySQL Storage Engines

September 10, 2016 by Eran Levy

When a database is created, one often overlooked but critical factor in performance is the storage engine (particularly as the database grows). In many instances, the temptation is to just accept the default and continue on developing your project. This can lead to unexpected negative impacts on performance, backups, and data integrity...[read more]

8 Ways to Fine-tune your SQL Queries (for production databases)

September 7, 2016 by Eran Levy

In organizations that operate without a data warehouse or separate analytical database for reporting, the only source of the latest and up-to-date data may be in the live production database. When querying a production database, optimization is key. An inefficient query may pose a burden on the production database’s resources, and cause...[read more]

A Deep Dive in Big Data

September 6, 2016 by Ron Bisio

Geospatial big data can include information from an assortment of sensors and data collection methods. Points and features with their associated attributes can be gathered using handheld or survey-grade GNSS, dedicated field computers or even smartphones. These data sets are small compared to other techniques, but they provide very high levels of precision and detail and can be updated rapidly. Mobile mapping systems combine lidar, imaging, GNSS and other sensors to capture large quantities of 3D information.[read more]

A Recipe for Cooking with the Hadoop Ecosystem

August 26, 2016 by Dave Menninger

It’s part of my job to cover the ecosystem of Hadoop, the open source big data technology, but sometimes it makes my head spin. If this is not your primary job, how can you possibly keep up? I hope that a discussion of what I’ve found to be most important will help those who don’t have the time and energy to devote to this wide-ranging...[read more]

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How listening to our cars will improve the driving experience

August 21, 2016 by Mahbubul Alam

Smart technology is already being used in cars, but we're just at the very beginning.  It’s a given that Over-the-Air  (OTA) software updates for both drivers and automotive OEMs will be an integral part of new cars. The total vehicles predicted to have OTA map updates for example will exceed 32 million by 2022.  New code...[read more]

The Growing Fear of Excel and Why It's Finally Nearing Extinction

August 10, 2016 by John O'Rourke
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For the past 30 years, Excel has been integral to businesses everywhere.It's become the foundation of countless business processes, aiding in computing, financial tasks, IT projects, marketing, and so much more. It's no wonder Excel was such a hit from the start.With its ability to process mathematical equations, store and organize data...[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]

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6 Ways Big Data is Entering the World of Video Marketing

August 5, 2016 by Abdullahi Muhammed

Learn how companies are using big data to help improve video marketing strategies and to learn how to improve consumer experiences.[read more]

A Call for Change: 6 Indicators You Need a New Approach to Budgeting

August 2, 2016 by John O'Rourke

Perhaps you've been considering implementing a new approach to budgeting but are concerned it will be too complicated or time-consuming.Maybe you think there is a better approach, but you simply aren't sure what it is. The first step in any budgeting process overhaul is to identify the need for a change. Only then can you begin...[read more]