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The Ultimate Guide to Delivering BI Solutions

February 10, 2017 by Eran Levy

IntroductionImagine that you’re at the very end of a long development process of a BI solution for internal users within your organization. You might have the feeling that once you release your solution to its consumers your job will be easier and less demanding. Well, that might not be the case.The development stage is usually very...[read more]

How do you undergo a massive cloud migration? Ask Evernote

February 9, 2017 by CIO Dive

Evernote recently completed its full migration to the Google Cloud Platform in only 70 days, an effort that can easily take as long as 9 to 12 months.[read more]

January's Top 5 Posts on SmartData Collective

February 9, 2017 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]

Here’s Why BYOD is Finally Worthy of Your Attention

February 8, 2017 by Larry Alton

The Rise of BYOD Signals a New Shift in the American Workplace[read more]

Why Modern Data Integration? Core Drivers and Characteristics

February 8, 2017 by Julie Hunt

From the business perspective, modern data integration has become instrumental simply because a lot of data that can be useful to organizations has a very short shelf life. Business processes, initiatives, and other activities must be able to tap into data as soon as possible. Companies need to develop data management strategies that...[read more]

As big cloud providers grow, small providers pay the price

February 7, 2017 by CIO Dive

"Other" cloud providers — a group that includes the 10 providers with dramatically lower revenue than cloud leaders Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Google and IBM — are falling further behind as the leaders continue to grow their market share.[read more]

5 Metrics to Include in Your Marketing Dashboard

February 7, 2017 by Eran Levy

It’s the age of analytics, but having lots of data isn’t the same as having information you can act on. For example, checking out your visitor count and page clicks can be fun, but those numbers don’t tell you how to get more ROI out of your next marketing campaign.Setting up a marketing dashboard — whether in a standalone business...[read more]

After years in hiding, SQL Slammer worm returns with a vengeance

February 6, 2017 by CIO Dive

SQL Slammer, a computer worm that first appeared in January 2003, is back, according to Check Point, which detected a massive increase in the number of Slammer attack attempts between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4, 2016.[read more]

6 big Business Intelligence trends of 2017

February 6, 2017 by Joe Stangarone

Poised for rapid growth, Business Intelligence is undergoing some major changes. Driven in part by recent trends and development advances, the BI landscape is shifting dramatically from traditional BI solutions of the past. In this article, you’ll learn more about why BI is changing and where it’s heading.[read more]

3 Ways to Achieve IT - Business Alignment

February 3, 2017 by Annie Bustos

IT and other business units are often oil and water. They might be combined together, but they don’t mix well and tend to keep to themselves. Companies that want to compete in the fast-paced digital world need to achieve IT - business alignment. What’s required for bridging this gap is a cultural shift, where other...[read more]

Data Security: Ransomware-as-a-Service and What To Do To Avoid It

February 3, 2017 by Kyle Cebull

Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) doesn't sound like something you'd want to include in your technology toolset, does it?Data security should be high on your list of technology priorities. Similar to software-as-a-service (SaaS), RaaS is software that you--or one of your employees--download from the internet or click on a link in an...[read more]

HTTPS now the rule, rather than the exception

February 2, 2017 by CIO Dive

Sites implementing HTTPS doubled in a year and browsers are holding non-secure sites more accountable.[read more]

How to Keep Your Data Safe When Using Connected Devices

February 2, 2017 by Melissa Thompson

As individuals become more connected online and with the devices they use in their homes and even wear on their bodies, they become more susceptible to crimes such as identity theft and data hacks. The ID Analytics 2016 Online Privacy vs. Security study found a direct correlation between a consumer's amount of online exposure to their...[read more]

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Marketing Research

February 1, 2017 by Tom Anderson

Beware These Buzzwords! The Truth About Machine Learning and Artificial IntelligenceMachine learning, artificial intelligence, deep learning… Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard these terms before. Indeed, they seem to have become a must for market researchers.Unfortunately, so many precise terms have never...[read more]

Are typos and small mistakes making your business data inaccurate?

February 1, 2017 by Martin Doyle

As typos and spelling mistakes make up to 58% of data inaccuracy issues, here we look at how much even a small mistake can cost your business…According to Experian, when it comes to data inaccuracy, much of it is down to human error, in particular, spelling mistakes. The reason for this lies in an over-reliance on manual data entry...[read more]

Finding A Ray of Sun Among the Clouds – Selecting a Cloud Provider

January 31, 2017 by Annie Bustos

The cloud provider market has matured, but there are still many providers out there, each with their own offerings and value propositions. Many of these providers are focusing on just one aspect of their service such as their technology stack or reliability claims, making it harder to focus on the ideal partner. Picking the right...[read more]

The Big Data Universe

January 31, 2017 by Peter James Thomas

The above image is part of a much bigger infographic produced by The Royal Society about machine learning. You can view the whole image here.I felt that this component was interesting in a stand-alone capacity.The legend explains that a petabyte (Pb) is equal to a million gigabytes (Gb) [1], or 1 Pb = 106 Gb. A gigabyte itself is a...[read more]

Business Transformation Demands Modern Data Integration

January 30, 2017 by Julie Hunt

  Business and Data Transformations Forward-moving businesses and their data needs comprise a whole new world that is constantly changing. This new data-smart world is built on expanded approaches to data integration that have become known collectively as Modern Data Integration. If businesses want the right kind of data to...[read more]


From Data to Decision: What is the REAL Crowdsourcing?

January 27, 2017 by Romi Mahajan

So the choice to crowdsource effectively is ours to make. I challenge us all to make it.[read more]

Challenges of Big Data in Education

January 26, 2017 by Sarah Smith

How can educators use effectively use big data, and what can be accomplished with it? What are the downsides and challenges of big data, if any?[read more]

IoT hits pay dirt where needs and capabilities align

January 25, 2017 by Supply Chain Dive

In a number of sectors — such as manufacturing, logistics and waste — IoT is paying dividends.[read more]

Digital Strategy and Customer Relationships: Big Value in Tight Connections

January 24, 2017 by James MacLennan

But now, we think about customer-facing, customer-centric processes, with their own collection of supporting systems and derived data. Quite possibly the most over-simplified part of digital strategy – it’s not as simple as building a website or an app, spending time and money on design with no thought to supporting process.[read more]

How the Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott can leverage data to compete with Airbnb

January 24, 2017 by Eran Levy

Data is everywhere and it seems everyone these days is on a quest for data. Information is power and is treated as a valuable resource by most digitally-aware companies. According to Jaron Lanier, information is more important than physical labor.Data is what allowed Google to launch Google Flight and become a dominant player in the...[read more]

Accenture saved a customer $100M using automation

January 23, 2017 by CIO Dive

An Accenture CEO said his firm saved one of its banking clients $100 million by automating jobs in its compliance division.[read more]

How Analytics is Making Basketball a More Beautiful Game

January 20, 2017 by Timo Elliott

The NBA is the #1 global sports league — and analytics is helping make it even better.The NBA London Global Games 2017 were held last week, accompanied by an NBA-sponsored Leaders Meet: Innovation technology event in London earlier in the day.The event was kicked off by Steve Hellmuth, NBA’s EVP Media Operations and...[read more]


Data-Backed Insights on Whether Email Marketing is Still Relevant

January 20, 2017 by Daan Pepijn

The last time I checked, £38 is the average ROI for every £1 invested in email marketing (source).The figure is a telltale sign of how powerful email marketing is. It’s data like this that compels the marketers and business owners to allocate a big portion of their marketing budget in their email marketing campaigns.The figure above,...[read more]

How CRM upgrades could better supply chain management

January 19, 2017 by Supply Chain Dive

Dive Brief:Continued investments in mobility and social integration will enable new trends in customer relationship management (CRM) technology throughout 2017, Destination reported last week.CRM solutions will become increasingly personalized yet simplified, as client demands increase the need for deep data while...[read more]

How To Create A 360-Degree Customer View Using Data

January 19, 2017 by Mark Ross-Smith

How valuable would it be to know everything about your customer’s interactions with your competition? Creating a 360-degree customer view is considered the holy grail of customer intelligence, and you can create it, today.Would you like to know how much they’re spending, when they’re spending, why they’re buying with the competition and...[read more]

How to build a dashboard that your executives will love

January 18, 2017 by Joe Stangarone

Businesses have access to more data than ever before. But, is this data actually helping business leaders make more informed decisions? In many cases, the answer is “No.” Why? Far too few businesses actually capitalize on their data. In this article, you’ll learn how effective dashboards will help you capitalize on your data, as well as tips for building dashboards that executives will love.[read more]

Why Predictions Are Not Enough

January 18, 2017 by Bill Franks

In recent times, I have read a number of articles lamenting the frequent lack of value resulting from large scale analytics and data science initiatives. While I have seen substantial value driven from many efforts, I have also seen examples where the results were very poor. My belief is that oftentimes the problems can be boiled down to...[read more]