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Can Big Data Help Bridge the Workplace Skills Gap?

April 20, 2016 by Joe Peters

Rapid technological advancement has led to a significant growth of demand for highly skilled workers, which is resulting in expansion of the skills gap across industries. Businesses have to leverage the commercial benefits of data-driven decisions in this area to bridge the gap and stay competitive.[read more]

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How data science and IoT helping in logistic management

April 19, 2016 by Yash Mehta

Data science and IoT together have touched every bit of our life and it is needless to say that at the same time it has proven to be fruitful for various industries as well. In today’s era when we are witnessing e-commerce industry is at boom, but in the background, there is another industry that is expanding rapidly. Any guess? Well,...[read more]

Smart analytics: unlocking the true value of big data

April 19, 2016 by Jagadish Thaker
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Data is an organization’s most valuable resource. Data never sleeps. Every second massive amount of data is created from every website, phone, sensor, and whatnot. Whether data are useful or not, more often than not, we store them for future references. If we look at numbers, we generate more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day...[read more]

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How Blockchain is Challenging Finance

April 18, 2016 by Melissa Thompson

Of all the new startups during the past decade that are classed as FinTech (Financial Technology) one of the most controversial and potentially powerful is bitcoin. Growth in the use of this cyber currency has been fantastic. Bitcoin transactions per day have grown 150% during 2015. And bitcoins are circulating as never before; with a 10...[read more]

Selling IT disaster recovery to your board of directors

April 18, 2016 by April Sage

 IT Disaster recovery is all about protecting your data, and the cost of data loss can be staggering. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. As a business, you spend an enormous amount of time, planning, and money into making your...[read more]

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Big Data Trends For 2016 - Predictions by Biggies

April 18, 2016 by Rehan Sheikh

It has become imperative for companies across all industries, small or large to join the big data movement. Volumes of data (both structured and unstructured) continue to rise in manifolds as we see there is an exponential increase in the number of handheld devices and other systems that are connected to internet. It is true that this...[read more]

4 Key Takeaways from the Customer Experience Summit 2016

April 15, 2016 by Annie Bustos

We had the pleasure of attending the 5th Annual Customer Experience Strategies Summit last week in Toronto (our home town). Over the course of 2 days we listened to some amazing speakers and had some great conversations with innovative customer experience leaders from a variety of industries…and we got to enjoy some amazing food courtesy...[read more]

Approach Big Data Analytics Like A Lego Kit

April 15, 2016 by Bill Franks

A few months back I was having a conversation with a colleague of mine, Brad Elo. We were discussing the importance of operationalizing analytic processes and the need for the use of repeatable and standardized components to enable success. As part of the discussion, Brad brought up a terrific parallel between Legos and analytics...[read more]

5 Tips to Speed Up Your BPM

April 14, 2016 by Sarah Caulfield
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Business Process Management (BPM) is sometimes a difficult thing to define, let alone make more efficient. The emergence of software and computers into all kinds of business and industry have certainly made things easier, but they’ve also made them considerably more complicated.BPM.com defines it as “a discipline involving any...[read more]

Top three IoT trends to watch for in 2016

April 14, 2016 by Daniel Casarin

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a very popular topic these days. This idea that everything will eventually be connected and everyone will have access to it, has, during the past decade, matured from utopian futurism to the peak of Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. Gartner projects 6.4 billion (yes, with a b) connected...[read more]

5 Ideas For Using Big Data To Your Advantage

April 14, 2016 by Kamy Anderson
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You might want to consider how big data can work well for the demands you might hold when it comes to giving your business the upper hand. Here are a few great ideas that you can use right now to give your business a little more control over massive amounts of data like what you would come across in the world of big data and how it is organized in certain forms.[read more]

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How Business Intelligence is Making Real Estate Easier

April 13, 2016 by Sean Mallon

 Real estate markets are prone to change at a moment's notice. Nothing is certain, and prevailing trends ultimately determine the success or failure of sales and deals. In many cases, small local deals are irrevocably impacted by the status of international economies. For real estate brokers and developers, this poses unique...[read more]

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Five Steps to Successfully Manage Multiple Data Platforms

April 13, 2016 by Kevin Petrie

We data folks live in exciting times.As we saw at the Strata + Hadoop show in San Jose, open source developers continue to deliver new ways to analyze high volumes of fast-moving data.One of the hottest, Apache Kafka, can feed data from thousands of applications to emerging platforms like HBase and Cassandra. Enterprises can use Kafka...[read more]

Forgettable Technology: 4 Qualities of Really Great IT

April 13, 2016 by Kyle Cebull

We talk about you, you know. Once a month we get the entire service team together and we chat about what sorts of issues we’re resolving and how we can help you better. We don’t just strive to get great scores on our IT support surveys (which is a bonus, because our satisfaction rates are pretty incredible). We want to take time to truly...[read more]

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How Big Data Is Changing The Customer Service Industry

April 12, 2016 by Jared Jaureguy

What Is Big Data? (Just a quick refresher)Companies are driven by data, which is the only way that large companies with hundreds of thousands or millions of customers can keep up with the customer they have. A company that has a few hundred customers may be able to remember their customers offhand, but bigger companies that have millions...[read more]

Big Data: Coming to a Little Screen Near You

April 12, 2016 by Faizan Raza

Pop the popcorn and fire up your favorite movie and TV show streaming service. While this might sound like the start of an average evening after work, you're not alone. No, I don't mean we’re being visited from another dimension. I mean the service you're using to stream your favorite show is monitoring what you're doing.What shows are...[read more]

Blockchain disrupting many industries

April 12, 2016 by Sandeep Raut

Until recently, Blockchain was a term only known to geeks and specialists. But in the last six months it has become a buzzword.In very simple terms Blockchain is the act of recording events in a database. The database itself is referred to as the Blockchain. Once data is added to the Blockchain, it cannot be removed from the database or...[read more]

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The Future of Economics May Be in the Hands of Machine Learning

April 11, 2016 by Ari Amster

Economists have largely preferred to act within their own field and interpretations. However, the rise of big data challenges, data analytics, and machine learning is beginning to change all that. In the summer of 2015, Susan Athey, a Professor of Economics of Technology at Stanford attracted a crowd of over 250 economists for a one-day...[read more]

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4 Ways to Close the Communication Gap and Get Your Data Seen

April 11, 2016 by John Kelly

Data experts and executive management teams know that for businesses to stay competitive and dynamic, data must be not only well understood, but also effectively applied. One of the major challenges for anyone working with data is not only to enlighten others about the story it tells, but also to effectively persuade executive leadership to turn those insights into actions. Smart leaders see that the data revolution is also a management revolution. To ensure they get the most out of their data, you (as a data scientist) need to be able to recognize and respond to typical roadblocks. Knowing what to do if you encounter this issue can help smooth disconnects between management and data experts and ensure a bright future for the business's bottom line.[read more]

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New Research Reveals the Biggest Benefits of Self-Service Business Intelligence

April 11, 2016 by Jeff Zabin

With self-service BI, managers can spend more time focused on optimizing their numbers rather than compiling and trying to make sense of them. Knowledge workers can get more work done within the same timeframe, and make better, faster decisions along the way.[read more]

IoT Field Notes: How to Identify Customer Value

April 10, 2016 by James MacLennan

When introducing the idea of Smart, Connected Products (a.k.a. the Internet of Things, or IoT), one of the many early conversations are about creating value. The focus will be different, based on who you’re talking with; with a product manager, you’re talking about how much revenue can be generated. The CEO and the Board, on the other...[read more]

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5 Ways Local Governments Can Benefit By Embracing The Cloud

April 8, 2016 by Elianna Hyde
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Many people look at the way their local government operates and think that they are still working like it is the stone age. They see governments working with massive amounts of paperwork. They look at the amount of time that it takes to get information or to get anything done that involves the local government. It leaves people to wonder if there is anything that can be done to improve the way the local government operates.[read more]

The Panama Papers- It’s all about the data!

April 8, 2016 by Jagadish Thaker

The Panama Papers has set an excellent example for the world about the importance of data science when it comes to analyzing big data. This leak makes us realize that appropriate approaches are needed to handle the challenges of data management for the present and the future.[read more]

The Data Quality Tipping Point

April 8, 2016 by Martin Doyle

Whatever your business sector, data is your most valuable asset. Along with the machinery and stock you hold, data and insights hold the key to profit and growth. But it has the unique ability to unite every department, and every function. It can reveal problems in processes, drive productivity among your staff and ensure everyone is ‘singing from the same hymn sheet..[read more]

The Standard Method of Performing Transposition

April 7, 2016 by Jim King

Sometimes the source data needs to be transposed before displaying it in the report. But cross table can only handle the most basic transposition. Most of the scenarios need to be dealt with using SQL, report script or Java script. Each way has its own trick with high degree of difficulty.  esProc supports dynamic scripting, order-...[read more]

How to Increase the Amount of Text Data for Analysis

April 7, 2016 by Tom Anderson

How to Increase the Amount of Text Data for Analysis – Text Analytics Tips by GosiaIf you find yourself slightly disappointed by the quantity or quality of text comments provided by your respondents you are definitely not alone. This is a common problem especially when survey respondents are not compensated for their answers and...[read more]

Dealing with Disruptive Data: Advancing BI Connectors and Integrating SQL and NoSQL Databases

April 7, 2016 by Sumit Sarkar

Don’t count on databases to have uniform data models. Far from it, you’ll find different databases storing data in a plethora of shapes and sizes. This leads to a number of challenges when it comes time for business intelligence (BI) professionals to pull useful data from non-uniform database structures. The developers building applications versus those building intelligence have vastly different preferences in how to access data.[read more]

Disrupting Nation State Hackers With the Security Basics

April 6, 2016 by Thu Pham

Earlier this year at the USENIX Enigma information security conference held in San Francisco, NSA’s Rob Joyce gave a talk, Disrupting Nation State Hackers on how to keep people like him (nation state and other types of hackers) out of their systems.[read more]

Does the Future Lie with Embedded BI?

April 6, 2016 by Eran Levy

As of today, March 2016, it seems that Business Intelligence software has become a nearly consensual part of any data-driven organization. Today companies large and small are realizing, more than ever, that “data is power”, and that harnessing this power requires the right tools for the job.[read more]

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Five Key Benefits of Retiring Legacy Applications to the Data Lake

April 6, 2016 by Sean Martin

With its promise to transform data management and analytics by providing access to all data across the enterprise, the data lake is quickly becoming more than just an industry buzzword.[read more]