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Leveraging the Power of Big Data in Community Pharmacies

September 16, 2016 by Andrew Armstrong

The community pharmacy is responsible for assisting local residents with their health and well-being. Facing increasing competition from online service providers, learn how local pharmacies are leveraging the power of Big Data to better understand their customer's needs, improve customer loyalty, and manage product inventory more efficiently.[read more]

Video Analytics is Becoming a Major Player in Data

September 15, 2016 by Rick Delgado

Most businesses are no strangers to using video as a means to maintain good security, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg in the benefits a good video system can provide. With advances in big data analytics and automated technologies, many organizations are starting to take advantage of video analytics. It’s the direction much of the...[read more]

Is Shadow IT Still Lurking Inside Your Organization?

September 14, 2016 by Ofir Agasi

Many file-sharing applications, such as Dropbox and Google Docs, have adapted to accommodate business needs, but few meet the security, privacy or regulatory demands faced by organizations.[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]

Research Finds Mobile Analytics and BI Reach Crossroads

September 13, 2016 by Dave Menninger

Ventana Research has newly published its Mobile Analytics and Business Intelligence 2016 Value Index. The Value Index provides a comprehensive evaluation of vendors and their product offerings across seven categories. In performing that analysis, I realized that this software category is at a crossroads. Once an optional capability often...[read more]

Breaking Analytics Out Of The Box - Literally

September 12, 2016 by Bill Franks

The lines between open source and commercial products are blurring rapidly as our options for building and executing analytics grow by the day. The range of options and price points available today enable anyone from a large enterprise to a single researcher to gain access to affordable, powerful analytic tools and infrastructure. As a...[read more]

5 Advantages of Using Encryption Technology for Data Protection

September 12, 2016 by Ryan Ayers

Data breach and mega attacks are on the rise and at an all time high. With recent advancements developing in encryption technology, hackers are having are harder time breaking into sensitive data. This article overlooks five advantages of encryption technology and how it can protect confidential information.[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]

4 Business Risks That Might Prevent Big Data ROI

September 9, 2016 by Paul Barsch

Evaluating risk vs. return of a big data initiative can be tricky, especially because the open source market is so active and fluid. Financial risk aside, business risk actually plays the bigger spoiler in properly estimating future cash flows and profitability of a big data project.[read more]

Beware Relying Too Much on Power Users

September 9, 2016 by Timo Elliott

Every analytics team knows that it’s important to align with the needs of the business. But there’s a hidden danger: relying too much on power users.[read more]

Report: IoT sensors boost cold chain investments

September 8, 2016 by Supply Chain Dive

Real-time monitoring and Internet of Things technologies yield the highest return on investments for high-value goods like vaccines or commodities with high loss rates[read more]

How To Become A Data-Driven Company

September 8, 2016 by Bill Hammond

The value of big data can’t be overstated for businesses nowadays. The collection and analysis of data has allowed thousands of businesses to make decisions that are driven by that data, lending their decisions more weight and credibility – and even predicting the future with machine-learning.[read more]


How Can Workforce Analytics Drive Strategic Business Decisions?

September 7, 2016 by JACK DANIELSON'S

Workforce analytics provides business owners with a complete picture of their existing human resources, along with the critical insights necessary to make future decisions that drive business success. Let's find out some of the key benefits that workforce analytics brings to the table for businesses of all sizes.[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]

The 7 Industries That Benefit Most From Big Data

September 6, 2016 by Larry Alton

Every business in the world needs data to thrive. Data is what tells you who your customers are and how they operate, and it’s what can guide you to new insights and new innovations. Generally, the more data you have, the more specific and accurate insights you’ll be able to generate, which is why big data has become such a powerful tool...[read more]

3 Ways Ransomware Hackers Trick your Employees

September 5, 2016 by Kyle Cebull

 Many think that in order to become infected with ransomware, someone on your network has to download a program. While that is still a way to contract ransomware, there are some other ways that you should know about that require minimal effort on the part of your user. All it takes is the click of a link now to become infected with...[read more]


Understanding Cloud Services And Their Benefits

September 3, 2016 by Sean Mallon

You have probably heard people talking about the Cloud, but unless you use it yourself you may be unsure why it matters. Cloud services are the catch-all term for outsourced online hosting and storage services, operated through third party software that you manage yourself or employ an agent to look after. Instead of maintaining...[read more]

Five Reasons to NEVER Design a Survey without a Comment Field

September 2, 2016 by Tom Anderson

The good news is that most researchers do, in fact, understand and appreciate the value of comment data from open-ended questions.Indeed, many say feedback in consumers’ own words is indispensable.Among researchers we recently polled:70% would NEVER launch tracker OR even an ad-hoc (66%) survey without a comment field80% DO NOT agree...[read more]

The State of Performance Management for Hybrid Clouds

September 2, 2016 by Sean Shado Shado

IT Administrators have more choices today than ever before on how to run the workloads that are mission-critical for the business — physical, virtual, on-premises, in Clouds, or some combination. That’s why it’s vital to find a performance management toolset to help inform those choices.The Move to VirtualIn virtualized infrastructures,...[read more]


Top 5 Posts on SmartData Collective [August]

September 1, 2016 by Patrick Sutton

SmartData Collective is about bringing together the brightest minds in Big Data and Analytics. Our goal is to offer a platform to share ideas, experiences, and skills with a community that shares that passion. We receive dozens of contributions from the best in the industry every day. To make sure you didn't miss out, here's a look at...[read more]

Why your IT Company’s Security Expertise Matters

September 1, 2016 by Kyle Cebull

 Can you tell the difference between an IT consultant with in-depth security expertise and one that doesn’t have it? In a world where proposals reign, it’s hard to designate the difference between an IT company or individual with the right security expertise from those that just don’t have it. It’s always interesting to me when...[read more]


Big Data and IP Rights – Where Their Paths Meet

September 1, 2016 by Sean Mallon

Big data has been a game changer for almost every industry. While it has created many new opportunities for businesses to improve efficiency and provide higher quality services, it also raises some other concerns. One of the biggest challenges is protecting intellectual property rights (IP) in the era of big data. ...[read more]

Delivering Quality - Where it Counts, When it Counts

August 31, 2016 by Gayle Nixon

Considering a data quality program? What’s the best way to implement it? One of the decisions that organizations must make is where data quality (Trillium’s focus) fits within their overall approach to technology architecture and business solutions. Is data quality technology a “solution” unto itself or is it a service that is delivered...[read more]


Are You Securing Your Data Enough With Encryption and 2FA?

August 31, 2016 by Anand Srinivasan

Some researchers have started wondering if the encryption and 2FA technologies deployed by many enterprises today is all but a security theater - a means to demonstrate improved security while not adding enough to actually make the system secure.[read more]

Getting Started with BI on ERP: an MS Dynamics Example

August 30, 2016 by Eran Levy

For any business intelligence solution to be effective, it needs to have demonstrable value for business users and to actually gain some traction within the organization. However, modern BI adoption can be a very complex task, especially when applied on top of numerous and complicated systems in the organization.Overly complicated data...[read more]

Analytics Teams: Own The Business Problem, Not An Infrastructure

August 30, 2016 by Timo Elliott

Analytics teams have devoted the last few decades building large and elaborate infrastructures that attempt to gather and harmonize essential business data.These systems are critically important to business. Yet a Forrester study found that 32% of business people felt their enterprise BI applications were too cumbersome to...[read more]


Smart Cities of the Future: An Innovation or Intrusion?

August 29, 2016 by Andrew Armstrong

Smart cities of the future offer the promise of less traffic, lower crime rates, stronger economies, and a reduced carbon footprint through the use of technology. This post looks at these positive benefits, in addition to potential concerns over security breaches and privacy issues that many fear from smart cities.[read more]


5 Dark Data Sources that Lead to Better Marketing Analytics

August 29, 2016 by Jon Pilkington

Marketers have greater opportunities to reach target audiences today than ever before. There are endless ways to engage with prospects and customers thanks to the plethora of marketing channels, solutions, and approaches now available. And, when it comes to marketing analytics, the volumes of data these tools generate provide immense...[read more]