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BI Case Study: Building an Open Data Portal

July 19, 2016 by Eran Levy
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This article was written by Paul Murphy, IT Program Leader at Co-operatives UK, about his experience using business intelligence technology to centralize years of messy historical data and create an open, explorable web portal. Do you have an interesting business intelligence case study to share? Email us at [email protected] one...[read more]

Infographic: 12 Quotes on Data Science from Thought Leaders

July 19, 2016 by Eran Levy

Data Science is everywhere. The explosive growth of the digital world requires professionals with not just strong skills, but also adaptability and a passion for staying on the forefront of technology. Data can be used simultaneously by many people, does not spoil, and new value and uses can be realized only after the numbers have been...[read more]

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Can Business Intelligence Help You Manage Your Workforce Better

July 19, 2016 by Rehan Sheikh

It is important to know what your employees are doing. That much seems obvious, right? But in today’s world with its increase in telecommuting and mobile working, keeping up with everybody is rarely as easy as simply just walking over to someone’s desk and asking for a quick update on project so-and-so. Note, however, that we did not say...[read more]

How hotels are using data to generate new revenue

July 19, 2016 by Mark Ross-Smith
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Hotel revenue management and use of analytics for room sales has remained largely unchanged for decades since the early 1980s when hotels started looking at yield and how they could optimize the revenue each room could generate. By the mid-1990’s, Marriott’s successful execution of revenue management strategies were adding between $...[read more]

They Know What You’re Watching (And Why You’re Watching it)

July 18, 2016 by Bill Franks

It wasn’t long ago that the entertainment industry had virtually no information on the end consumers of its products. A studio would create a television show, which would then be transmitted over the airwaves or through a satellite or cable feed. Even the broadcasters had virtually no information on which consumers watched what content....[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]

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Keeping Your Big Data Analysis Clean

July 16, 2016 by Rick Delgado

'Outlier' is a term that comes from statistics and data analytics. Math.com defines an outlier as "a value that lies outside (is much smaller or larger than) most of the other values in a set of data," and it gives a sample of values for an example. If you have the values 25, 29, 3, 32, 85, 33, 27, and 28, both 3 and 85 are your outliers...[read more]

Citizen Development 101: Understanding the Basics

July 15, 2016 by Joe Stangarone

Application development has long been a problem facing both the IT department and the business units. The IT department gets overwhelmed with new application requests. They can’t possibly complete every project when the business wants it done. Meanwhile, the business users get tired of waiting, and start bypassing the IT department altogether. Today, we explore the concept of “citizen development”, and explain how it helps address this problem.[read more]

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4 Best Practices for Backing Up and Recovering Data

July 15, 2016 by Ryan Ayers

Protecting and accessing company data is an issue every modern business, large or small, needs to prioritize. According to 24/7 Wall Street, there have been 16% more data breaches in 2016 than during the same period in 2015, and this upward trend is not new. With data breaches on the rise each year, preserving irreplaceable data should...[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]

Data Quantity, or Data Quality?

July 14, 2016 by Martin Doyle
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When we look at ways businesses embark on marketing campaigns, we can see that quantity is regarded as a good thing.Lots of traffic – good. Viral posts are the Holy Grail: they generate thousands of page views every hour. Likes and shares: the more the merrier.And from all of that traffic, and social interest, the business hopes for a...[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]

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Leveraging The Cloud, New Technology and Video To Effectively Manage A Growing Global Workforce

July 13, 2016 by Philip Cohen

The proliferation of cloud computing today enables businesses of all sizes to expand their workforce, and reduce the number of people using the office at the same time. Fortune 1000 companies claim their staff are away from their desk as much as 60 percent of time, with between 80 and 90 percent of American workers saying the option to work remotely would be advantageous.[read more]

BYOD 411: 3 Ways Pokemon Go is Impacting Businesses

July 12, 2016 by Kyle Cebull

BYOD (bring your own device) is a pretty great thing for both employees and employers. It saves the additional capital in spending money on devices and also ensures employees will always have access to their data and e-mail. But it can be difficult to manage and sometimes can cause issues if BYOD isn’t managed properly. Over the...[read more]

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Long Live KPIs: Innovation is the New Black

July 12, 2016 by Melissa Thermidor

When you think of creativity and community, the last thing that comes to mind is a Key Performance Indicator - just writing that out made me feel completely dead inside. They've been around since the stone age, yet they remain the same and we continue to bang on about how important and necessary they are every chance we get.[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]

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Greening the Workplace 1.0: Going Paperless

July 11, 2016 by Chris Barry

Several new technologies allow you to transform your office into a less wasteful and more energy efficient space - and it starts with reducing paper usage.[read more]

How Data Is Transforming the Health Care Industry

July 9, 2016 by Melissa Thompson
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The use of data is substantially changing most industries and practices across the world these days, but none perhaps more than the health care sector. In recent years, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, private practices, payment processing providers, and others have been able to accumulate and exchange information more easily than...[read more]

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Towards Energy Efficiency with Cloud Computing

July 8, 2016 by Joe Peters

Cloud computing continues grabbing headlines as one of the biggest technology trends gains momentum. Businesses and individuals have come to realize the benefits of the cloud, including convenience and cost savings, so they increasingly choose cloud services to stay competitive.The cloud has leveled the playing field in many ways,...[read more]

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5 Reasons Mobile BI Adoption is on the Rise

July 8, 2016 by Paco Darcey

The jury is still out on whether mobile device screen real estate is large enough for comprehensive BI dashboards. But other devices like tablets are undoubtedly rising to meet the challenge. Let's examine some key factors driving mobile adoption in the analytics marketplace.[read more]

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Personal Data Protection: Identity Theft Is on the Rise

July 8, 2016 by David Balaban

In 2015, varying with the type of identity theft, identity thieves harmed eighteen million people only in the USA. That’s approximately twofold increase compared to 2014.The shift from the stripe to chip cards has encouraged criminals to switch to scientifically advanced methods of operation. For crooks, the Social Security Number is the...[read more]

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Lessons To Learn From How Google Stores Its Data

July 7, 2016 by Anand Srinivasan

Storing and managing such a humongous volume of data is no easy task and how Google handles this data is a lesson for anybody who deals with cloud and big data.[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]

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How Big Data Analytics is Driving The Future of Technological Business Success

July 6, 2016 by Rehan Sheikh
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Why Big Data Analytics is pertinent to ultimate business sucessThere are many tools available to help keep businesses ahead of their competition, but perhaps none are as valuable as those that provide data analysis. Analyzing public data can enable a business to preempt trends and understand customers’ needs and desires. This last can be...[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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Call for Contributors

July 5, 2016 by Patrick Sutton

Did you know that you can contribute to SmartData Collective? That’s right, SDC has an open call for contributors and is looking for new voices to join our community. What does it mean to be a contributor? A SmartData Collective contributor provides content to be published on the site. That can be original writing produced exclusively...[read more]

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Use Big Data to Increase Direct Sales Bottom Line

July 5, 2016 by Jessica Oaks

Big data can be overwhelming. But parse through it and you may find that it aids tremendously in marketing and sales. And this is just as true for direct sales as it is more traditional indirect sales via various advertising channels. Though Big Data may seem to be the exclusive domain of the mega-corporation, with its large teams made...[read more]

How Airlines Measure Loyalty Using Big Data & Analytics

July 5, 2016 by Mark Ross-Smith

An ongoing debate in the loyalty world is what type of customer is more important? One that spends big on airline tickets or one that filters millions of credit card miles through the banks?[read more]

IT Outsourcing: Benefits, Risks and Best Practices

July 5, 2016 by Annie Bustos

With CRM, BI, storage, document management and other systems moving rapidly to the cloud, companies that are slow to make the shift to the latest cloud-based platforms will be left behind. These cloud-based systems are essential for the modern firm that wants to be agile, leverage information for growth and deliver the best possible...[read more]

Three Areas of Business to Optimize with Big Data

July 2, 2016 by Kyle Cebull

Data is great isn’t it? It’s nice to look at all those amazing dashboards that your business application offers you. If you’ve taken any time to analyze the data available to you, you probably have some interesting analytics on your business delivery. Whether you’re in manufacturing, accounting, customer service, or another line of work...[read more]