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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]

Leveraging Analytics to Improve Enterprise Performance Management

July 18, 2016 by John O'Rourke

The key to operating a thriving enterprise is continuously managing performance.Measuring and monitoring business performance relies on a process of defining clear objectives, planning and budgeting, and evaluating progress at established intervals to ensure the company is keeping pace with their outlined objectives.In doing so,...[read more]

6 Tips to Improve the Accuracy and Efficiency of Sales Planning

July 14, 2016 by John O'Rourke

 Sales planning is critical to businesses, but in order to achieve optimal efficiency, businesses need to take a new approach.Effective sales planning should entail a combination of data analysis, discipline, and operational engagement. To achieve optimal sales planning, businesses need to be implementing financial and sales...[read more]

Handle Facebook Parse Migration the Expert Way

July 13, 2016 by Ritesh Patil

Parse is Facebook’s cloud mobile solution. Recently, the social networking behemoth announced that it would be discontinuing Parse from January 2017. This means app developers using Parse to develop applications will have to migrate to another platform. However, this is not as easy as it sounds. A lot of considerations will have to be...[read more]

A Two-Stage Approach to Financial Return for Data Lakes

July 11, 2016 by Paul Barsch

Depending on whether you “build” your data lake in the cloud or on premise, it could take anywhere from six months to a year to be fully deployed. But those companies that are faithful to creating and using a big data platform should see not only break-even but real return too.[read more]

How the New Revenue Recognition Rules Could Impact Budgeting and Planning

July 7, 2016 by John O'Rourke

There’s been a lot of buzz in the accounting and finance community recently about the upcoming change in revenue recognition guidelines from the FASB and IASB. To date, most of the focus has been on the transactional accounting impact of the new guidelines.  But Robert Kugel, SVP and Research Director at Ventana Research,...[read more]

Pros and Cons of Using MySQL for Analytical Reporting

July 6, 2016 by Eran Levy

Is MySQL a good solution for reporting and data analytics? The internet is bombarded with 1000’s of guides or courses to installing, configuring, and optimizing MySQL for running analytics. However, none of these write-ups stop to even ask the question: “Is MySQL the right solution for business intelligence?”With the obvious caveat that...[read more]

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Keeping Sales & Marketing Data in Order: What startups must learn from the enterprise.

June 29, 2016 by Maria Grineva

Keeping Sales & Marketing Data in Order: What startups must learn from the enterprise.Nowadays it’s hard to find a startup CEO or CTO who’s not thinking about how their company can maximize the value of its data. Yet, most of the startups I speak with are shocked to learn how much money they’re leaving on the table as a result of...[read more]

Retail Data Monetization: Are you sitting on top of a retail goldmine?

June 28, 2016 by Ajith Nayar

The majority of sales generated in the 4.5 trillion dollar US retail market is in-store and the volume of transaction data collected at various points in the trading process is immense. This data is a treasure trove of customer insight as well as product performance. While many retailers mine this data to gain specific insights into understanding their shoppers better, the possibilities that such data analysis opens up is largely untapped.[read more]

Dreading the Next Budgeting Cycle? Try These Tips to Make Life Easier

June 23, 2016 by John O'Rourke

Budgeting is perhaps the most dreaded aspect of operating a business. Between the painstaking process of developing the budget, the wrangling over monetary allocation, and the challenges of accurately projecting future revenues and costs, budgeting is a tedious and consuming process that many businesses find exacerbating.Fortunately,...[read more]