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From Master Data to Master Graph

October 6, 2015 by Peter Perera

Today’s CRM and Master Data Management (MDM) technologies don’t enable complete customer knowledge. In fact, they unwittingly turn customer focus into customer tunnel vision. We need an epistemic graph database - a context-aware master graph - to make possible richer, fuller customer stories and expanded 360-degree views for total awareness.[read more]


Hadoop and Spark: Better Together

October 1, 2015 by Jim Scott

The various online reports about the end of Hadoop as a big data framework bring to mind Mark Twain’s notable quote about the reports of his demise being an exaggeration. Hadoop is very much alive, and numerous organizations continue to make it a key component of their big data and analytics initiatives.[read more]

7 Ways Your Business Can Use Big Data Better

September 29, 2015 by Tiffany Rowe

Big data offers insight that can, at times, seem almost god-like in its breadth, depth, and application. Especially for businesses in dire need of a competitive edge, it's hard to overstate the excitement and possibilities that such a wealth of information offers. That being said, big data is only as useful as it is properly wielded, and the question of how to wield it isn't always easily answered. If your business has already embraced the promise of big data, here are seven ways you can still use it better.[read more]

Managed Service Providers VS Partners: The New Way to Align Your IT and Business Strategies

September 17, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

IT as a Service is changing. It started with the Break and Fix model where a provider was paid to install hard and software then waited for the panic call from their customers when something went wrong. Managed Service Providers (MSP) take a more active approach, having negotiated with a customer a certain level of service, they guarantee to provide it.[read more]


How Excel Can Help You Measure Value and Engagement

September 16, 2015 by Sean Mallon

Knowing how much the value of each customer to your site is worth is crucial, especially if you buy advertising and need to track whether or not you are making a profit as a result of your marketing spend. Knowing how much money you can dedicate to advertising whilst still being able to at least break even is important, and it’s more and more vital that you are aware of the long term value of your customers.[read more]

Best Practice Cloud Security: Is Your Cloud Secure Inside and Out?

September 10, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

Cloud security is such a burning issue because data is the gold and the oil of any modern organization. Enterprises large and small need to think about how they can prevent hackers from compromising their Cloud services. Yet not all attacks occur from outside of an organization.[read more]

Managing Big Data Integration and Security with Hadoop

September 2, 2015 by Jason Parms

An open-source framework like Hadoop offers endless possibilities for development, and with a strong management group like Apache Systems behind it, one can expect increasing numbers of modules and technologies to integrate with Hadoop to enable your business to achieve its Big Data goals – and maybe even go significantly beyond what you can envision today.[read more]


Data, Data, Data: Communicating Successfully in the Deluge

September 1, 2015 by Daniel Matthews

Now that big data is in the mix, there’s potential for a ton of noise. The business best able to cull what’s vital from the deluge of data, turn it into information and communicate it loud and clear will ride the landslide of data to success.[read more]

Migrate from Proprietary Software to Linux to Create Cost Savings

August 28, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

Amongst the top IT trends of the moment is the development of Linux Containers. Financial and technical investors, Linuxsoftware programmers and customers believe that Linux Containers will transform the way organisations manage their Linux environments from deployment to maintenance.[read more]


3 Reasons to Learn and Use Google App Engine

August 26, 2015 by Anand Srinivasan

While some people say you can find anything you’re looking for on the internet, this simply isn’t true. Ask any business owner who’s searched for a software solution, only to realize that no technology exists to satisfy their particular demand. What do you do in these situations?[read more]

Automate the Boring But Essential Parts of Your Data Warehouse

August 12, 2015 by Keith Peterson

To deliver on your company’s future demands for data and insights, you will need to maintain your existing data warehouse – and add the great new capabilities available with big data management and in-memory analytics. The real opportunity is in making those technologies work together smoothly with minimum effort and risk.[read more]

Six IT Essentials for Life Science Systems Integration

August 11, 2015 by Glenn Johnson

Companies of all sizes, from early-phase start-ups to Big Pharma must continuously collaborate to ensure quality, comply with regulations, and mitigate risks in each stage of the product development life cycle. Here are six key requirements for a future-proof integration platform that can help meet the demands of life science organizations.[read more]

Amazon's Cloud Computing Giant is Getting Closer to Full Takeover

August 7, 2015 by Xander Schofield

Not many know that Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud computing franchise, is just less than a decade in age and already taking a commanding lead among its peers. Amazon has indicated that in the first quarter of 2015, it made $1.57 billion with a profit of $265 million from 2014’s $1.05 billion sales within the first quarter and a profit of $245 million. Nonetheless, Amazon Web Services’ margins had dipped to 16.9 percent from those reported in 2014’s first quarter that stood at 23.3 percent.[read more]

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]