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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]

5 Best Management Tools That Help Your Restaurant Business

July 15, 2015 by Peter Davidson

Your restaurant is an increasingly difficult business to manage due to ever growing competition, decreased margins, and rising costs. Effectively controlling these variables through modern tools can help your business grow in the direction that you want it to. Simply making good food and providing a positive atmosphere is no longer good enough to continually attract enough customers. You need to evolve to use the most effective tools for your business.[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]

Visual Studio 2015 Brings Improved Performance Testing Tools

July 8, 2015 by Mariia Lvovych

A lot of testing resources are consumed in checking whether an application functions as expected, but not much attention is paid to see if the application is quick to do the task.[read more]

Best Practice Linux Guide: Your Cloud Strategy

July 3, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

The Cloud is becoming an all-encompassing presence on the Internet. Whether it’s public, private or hosted, your organisation will undoubtedly be under pressure to not only adopt some form of Cloud strategy to keep up with competitors but will also increasingly experience internal pressures to adopt new tools and techniques such as continual integration tools and concepts such as containers.[read more]

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Accounting Software Saves Time and Money for Businesses

July 1, 2015 by Rehan Sheikh

When I first opened my business, I thought I was going to have to pay an accountant a large salary to help keep my books balanced. I didn't feel confident in my ability to handle it myself, and I knew that mistakes could cause major problems for the future of my business. When I finally found accounting software that was easy to use, I was able to free up the costs associated with hiring an accountant. With today's programs, anyone can be their own business accountant by choosing the right user-friendly accounting software.[read more]

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A Day Late and Big Data Architecture Short

June 29, 2015 by Paul Barsch

In the mad-dash to “do something” in big data without a strategy, IT managers and business users alike seem to continuously jump on the latest technology (today it’s Spark) and thus become inevitable case studies for Gartner’s well documented hype cycle.[read more]

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Big Data Hadoop Use Cases in the Oil and Gas Industry

June 22, 2015 by Dave Mendle
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While U.S. oil production has begun expanding - so much so that the International Energy Agency predicts that by 2016 the US will surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia - the rest of the world’s oil production has ceased to expand. In an effort to streamline and optimize oil and gas production methods, advances in instrumentation, process automation, collaboration, and data management are being developed.[read more]

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How Big Data Affects Us Through the Internet of Things

June 19, 2015 by Dave Mendle

Although big data is ever-present in our lives, it can be difficult to understand how much it really has changed our day-to-day living. Let’s take a closer look at how big data has weaved its way into the lives of many consumers today, via the Internet of Things (IoT).[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]

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The Data Lake: A More Balanced Perspective

June 17, 2015 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

The recent data lake debate with my colleague, Anne Buff, may be over, but the discussion in many organizations is just getting started. What we learned during the debate—and you may be discovering in your own organization—is that it forces the larger discussion of managing growing volumes of data in a big data world. With the onslaught of big data technologies in recent years, organizations are having to look once again at the underlying technologies supporting their data collection, processing, storage, and analysis activities. And right now, the Hadoop-based data lake happens to be a very popular option.[read more]

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Is Your Data Big?

June 15, 2015 by Dave Mendle
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So you’ve heard all the buzz about data. It’s big. Apparently, big data is all around us. That’s what they say anyway. Truthfully, it can be difficult as a business owner to identify where you stand in the grand universe of big data. How big is your data? How are you using it? Would you benefit from using the right big data technology? In short, how do you know if your business is part of this big data revolution? Well, let me help you answer that.[read more]

10 Reasons Why Now Is the Time to Get into Big Data

June 12, 2015 by Rick Delgado

Big data is a key that'll explain specifically what your consumers really think about your product. Big data is even being used in medical research for companies that do personalized medicine or companion diagnostics, and need to analyze large amounts of biological data. You'll be able to use your insight to easily get a better picture of your customers based out of different geographic areas and belonging to different demographic groups.[read more]

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Using Recommendation Engines to Reduce Subscription Service Churn

June 12, 2015 by Dave Mendle

Recommendation engines are the digital version of the pot of gold at the end of the Big Data rainbow. Imagine being able to know, in near-time, what your customers really want and when they want it. For a subscription service, the gold is even brighter: You can deliver your customers’ desires directly to them, leading to a dramatic reduction in churn.[read more]