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Investigating the Potential of Data Preparation

November 22, 2016 by Dave Menninger

Data preparation is critical to the effectiveness of both operational and analytic business processes. Operational processes today are fed by streams of constantly generated data. Our data and analytics in the cloud benchmark research shows that more than half (55%) of organizations spend the most time in their analytic processes...[read more]

Report: AWS launching cloud-based machine learning service

November 22, 2016 by CIO Dive

Amazon Web Services is reportedly launching its own artificial intelligence service to tie into its cloud offerings[read more]

One-third of shadow IT services present significant risk to the enterprise

November 21, 2016 by CIO Dive

Dive Brief:More than half (61%) of large enterprises now have a cloud governance policy in place to help control shadow IT, according to a new report from Sky High Networks. The company examined data for more than 30 million users worldwide for the report. Among the organizations with a policy in place, Sky High found only 5.4% of...[read more]

Are You Ready For Artificially-Intelligent Enterprise Applications?

November 18, 2016 by Timo Elliott

We’re now clearly in an exponential technology world. Each year brings the same amount of innovation as the previous several years — and the human brain finds it hard to imagine the consequences.For perhaps the first time in history, technology is evolving faster than we expect it to. For example, experts estimated that it...[read more]

Shedding Light on Dark Data: How to Get Started

November 17, 2016 by Tom Anderson

Move over Big Data. There’s a new buzzword: dark data.It’s actually not so new—Gartner coined the term a couple years back—but dark data is finally starting to catch on in market research circles and it represents a huge untapped opportunity for insights!Gartner defined dark data as “the information assets organizations collect, process...[read more]

4 Use Cases for Embedded Analytics Which Boost Business Performance

November 17, 2016 by Eran Levy

Organizations that analyze their data can gain insights into their markets and their operations, become more productive and competitive and offer greater software capabilities and value to their customers. It makes sense that such analytics are available “at the point of data,” where data is produced by an application or consumed by end-...[read more]

SD-WAN promises ground-breaking network optimization so why the cold feet?

November 16, 2016 by Marc Sollars

IT departments are starting to think about their wide area network (WAN) strategies to ensure application performance based on the quality of the network route taken. Yet, Despite Gartner’s estimate that 30 percent of firms will use SD-WAN by 2019, these capabilities have not been fully defined for IT professionals. And there’s no one product that meets every firm’s needs.[read more]

How to Ensure Your CRM Data is Fit for Purpose

November 15, 2016 by Martin Doyle

Constantly improving the quality of your data is essential to remain ahead of your competition. Failure to keep your data up to date will result in a 30% erosion in the value of your most valuable asset, your data, which is why it’s imperative to manage and maintain it effectively. What’s more, as explained by Experian, 99% of...[read more]

CIO Priorities for 2017 – Managing the Tech and Talent Challenges

November 15, 2016 by Annie Bustos

The approach of a new year brings about thoughts for the future. For CIOs, it’s a time to consider the year ahead and create a priority list for both staffing needs and the platforms and tools that will be refined or implemented. The challenge lies in finding capable team members to lead the latest initiatives and to put in place new...[read more]

Information Is Now The Core Of Your Business

November 14, 2016 by Timo Elliott

Data is at the very core of the business models of the future – and this means wrenching change for some organizations.We tend to think of our information systems as a foundation layer that supports the “real” business of the organization – for example, by providing the information executives need to steer the business and make the right...[read more]

6 Ways Your Smart Home Data Will Help You Live a Better Life

November 14, 2016 by Larry Alton

Smart home technology is beginning to go mainstream, and it’s only a matter of time before integrated “smart homes” are as commonplace as smartphones are today. Through interconnected, wireless systems, we’ll have full control over our homes, remotely controlling and monitoring temperatures, humidity levels, and even the function of our...[read more]

Ethical Implications Of Industrialized Analytics

November 11, 2016 by Bill Franks

As analytics are embedded more and more deeply into processes and systems that we interact with, they now directly impact us far more than in the past. No longer constrained to providing marketing offers or assessing the risk of a credit application, analytics are beginning to make truly life and death decisions in areas as diverse as...[read more]

IoT's role growing as cities are pressed to get smarter

November 11, 2016 by CIO Dive

Cities are looking to the Internet of Things to help them track and report on sustainability and climate change goals required under various environmental regulations such COP 21 and Horizon 2020.[read more]

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The Analytics Software Learning Curve – How Steep Should You Go?

November 10, 2016 by Paco Darcey

There are a few different, and sometimes opposing forces in analytics software which make the process of evaluating, purchasing, implementing and using BI software products a complex process. The rapid pace of unstructured and structured data growth in many companies requires a reporting system which is sophisticated and powerful for:...[read more]

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Data Center Risk Assessment: Dangers of Arc Flash

November 10, 2016 by Megan Nichols

Data servers have access to their own cooling and power systems, however, without proper safety precautions, they're exposed to electrical risks, like arc flash. Don't let your data center fall victim.[read more]

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Want to Fully Leverage Data? Change the Way You Operate

November 9, 2016 by Rado Kotorov

We’re on the edge of a paradigm shift in the way organizations operate–and rightfully so. New technologies are developed daily and will only contribute to even larger volumes of information. To take advantage of the value data holds, enterprises need different skill-sets, decision-making structures and a new lens for evaluating business challenges.[read more]

Public vs. Private vs. Hybrid Cloud - Exploring the use Cases

November 8, 2016 by Annie Bustos

How do you choose the right cloud implementation model for your business - public, private, hybrid?Before I get into the nitty gritty, let’s first take a look at what the private cloud is. The essential difference between the public and private models is “sharing.” With a public cloud infrastructure, there is shared physical hardware...[read more]

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Responding to a Data Breach Starts at the Top

November 8, 2016 by Ryan Ayers

Data breaches can tarnish a company’s reputation, making it very difficult to win back customer loyalty and support. A leader’s response to a data breach can mean the difference between damage control and total chaos.[read more]

Expanding the Data Stream

November 7, 2016 by Ron Bisio

A skillful blend of people and technology can provide valuable data for GIS[read more]

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4 Ways You Can Use Big Data to Market to Millennials in 2017

November 7, 2016 by Rehan Sheikh

Millennials are making a huge impact on the world. Since passing the Baby Boomers in population in 2012, it was forecasted that business practices needed to shift their marketing strategies soon. Well, ‘soon’ has arrived and by 2017, you’ll need to focus your marketing more toward this generation.Big data is going to be a key factor in...[read more]

6 key areas to examine in any BI solution

November 4, 2016 by Joe Stangarone

Business Intelligence solutions have grown rapidly over the last few years. The modern business now has more BI tools than ever to choose from. How can you select the right BI tool? What elements should they look for? In this article, we explore a few not-so-obvious areas you can’t ignore when choosing a BI solution.[read more]

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Will Predictive Analytics and POS Save Small Retailers from Extinction?

November 4, 2016 by Rehan Sheikh

Global brick-and-mortar retailers are struggling to compete against their digital rivals. Smaller retailers have been suffering the most, because they can’t compete on the same margins as larger competitors. Some experts have warned that small retailers will eventually be extinct. According to Marc Bain:“In a recent survey (pdf), 58% of...[read more]

Even after Dyn DDoS attack, businesses shouldn't ditch DNS providers, analyst says

November 3, 2016 by CIO Dive

Dive Brief:Businesses should not dump their DNS service providers simply because of the massive DDoS attack on Dyn last month, says Gartner analyst Bob Gill in an interview with CIO. Instead, Gill suggests businesses concerned about DDoS attacks ensure their critical websites rely on more than one DNS provider.The...[read more]

From Operations to Insights: Business Analytics Meets NoSQL

November 3, 2016 by Eran Levy

Many people love NoSQL databases because they can throw their data into them without a care (almost) and let the NoSQL database sort out the storage. Writes and reads of “lumps” of data can be blazingly fast, making them favorite tools for many developers seeking performance for their applications. But analytics? If you’ve thrown in your...[read more]

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Hybrid Systems Integrations for Right Sized ERP

November 2, 2016 by Glenn Johnson

Finding the right integration strategy across ERP, CRM, Warehouse Management, PLM and cloud environments[read more]

After 31 Years of Spreadsheets, It’s Time to Move On

November 2, 2016 by John O'Rourke

The spreadsheet isn’t going away anytime soon. But the reliance on it as a standalone tool is waning, as the use of enterprise performance management solutions rises.It was 31 years ago this September that the world was introduced to Excel. As one of the first killer apps, there’s no question the spreadsheet changed the way everybody...[read more]

How We Combined Different Methods to Create Advanced Time Series Prediction

November 1, 2016 by Taras Firman

Today, businesses need to be able to predict demand and trends to stay in line with any sudden market changes and economy swings. This is exactly where forecasting tools, powered by Data Science, come into play, enabling organizations to successfully deal with strategic and capacity planning. Smart forecasting techniques can be used to...[read more]

Why I’m Teaching Twitch to Predict the Future

October 31, 2016 by Daniel Hernandez-Stewart

Predicting the future is not a theoretical superpower. It is a skill we already rely on to make decisions, and like any other skill it can be rapidly improved with deliberate practice. Unsurprisingly, deliberate practice looks like making predictions within a domain and comparing the results to reality. This year I’ve built a culture of doing just that at Twitch. It’s the most exciting work I’ve ever done.[read more]

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Big Data Pitfalls That Undermine Marketing Automation Goals

October 31, 2016 by Rehan Sheikh

According to the Lenskold Group’s 2013 Lead Generation Marketing Effectiveness Study, 49% of businesses use marketing automation. Marketing automation allows businesses to cut costs and make better informed marketing decisions.Successful marketing automation strategies are highly dependent on big data. Brands should understand the role...[read more]

Access Layer Data and Sensor-2-Server

October 28, 2016 by Scott Allen

S2S is intelligent communication that begins at the sensor level and targets servers for specific reasons. These servers could include anything from a SCADA data server, that collects and monitors through the SCADA system, or a Big Data engine. S2S could be leveraged in a predictive analytics environment or server farm that compares data at rest to data in motion at the access layer of the network.[read more]