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Why Returning $1 Trillion to Shareholders is a Bad Idea

May 4, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

With creaking IT infrastructures and under-investment in other areas such as plants, equipment, employee training and more, excessive share buybacks aren't just a flawed strategy; they are a dangerous one for the future health of companies across the globe.[read more]

Consider This: The Big Data Workout

May 4, 2015 by Martyn Jones

Big data workout.

Miss Piggy said, “Never eat more than you can lift”. That statement is no less true today, especially when it comes to Big Data. The biggest disadvantage of Big Data is that there is so much of it, and one of the biggest problems with Big Data is that few people can agree on what it is. Overcoming the disadvantage of size is possible; overcoming the problem of understanding may take some time.[read more]

Predictive Analytics Interview Series: Viswanath Srikanth of Cisco

May 4, 2015 by Eric Siegel

Viswanath Srikanth of Cisco.

Predictive Analytics is used for understanding propensity to buy, amount of potential purchase as well as identifying leads. Identified leads are actively pursued by our outbound marketing teams (email, contact centers) and by our Sales teams. The lead potential is a very useful filter in prioritizing which leads to pursue, significantly cutting down on unproductive calls.[read more]

How to Solve a Difficult Forecasting Problem

May 3, 2015 by Michael Gilliland

Boulder on cliff. 

Too often, in dealing with our urgent business forecasting problems, we go for the costly and time-consuming solution. Sometimes it may not be obvious that there are alternative approaches. Or sometimes we may have hired an unscrupulous consultant who will (of course) suggest a costly and time-consuming answer.[read more]

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The Data Lake Debate: Conclusion (With Apologies to the Rolling Stones)

April 30, 2015 by Jill Dyché

The Data Lake Debate.

In an homage to the Rolling Stones, I blithely suggested that if you try sometimes, you get what you need—be it more funding, access to third-party data, a more effective executive sponsor, or a Hadoop distribution provider. It’s not an easy decision, but I’d call the data lake debate a draw. After all, when it comes to the verdict on whether or not a data lake is a worthwhile investment, the success stories will start to emerge. In the meantime, I’m happy to watch those stories unfold. Time, after all, is on my side. Yes it is.[read more]

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How the Internet of Things and Big Data Are Changing Our World

April 28, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

I just bought a new vacuum cleaner that will tell me how many calories I have burnt during cleaning or let me know how much energy I have saved… There are sensors you can buy to turn your home into a smart home, and when attached to apps, they can perform a command or send you a message when certain things happen, like turning on a light when it detects motion at the front door, or sending you a text message when the liquor cabinet is opened.[read more]

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Big Data and Advanced Technology Fuel Gamification in the Workplace

May 2, 2015 by Jessica Oaks

Gamification.

There is one common component that needs to happen when it comes to working or playing a game—engagement. As society transitions into a full-blown digitalization era, advanced technology and big data are being leveraged in the workplace to increase employee engagement through gamification.[read more]

Software-as-a-Service: Implications for [Truly] Enterprise Applications

May 1, 2015 by Gayle Nixon

Enterprise applications and SaaS.

Trillium Cloud, as a SaaS offering, sits atop the cloud technology stack, sharing the “aaS” suffix that is common to cloud infrastructure (IaaS) and platform (PaaS) elements. The commonality of terminology can tend to focus attention solely on SaaS as a technology model within cloud-based architectures, with emphasis on “technology.”[read more]

Adaptive Insights Highlights Importance of Strategic Finance

May 1, 2015 by Robert Kugel

Importance of strategic finance.

I have long advocated the use of dedicated planning applications rather than desktop spreadsheets for handling planning processes. The inherent technology limitations of spreadsheets make them a poor choice because they consume time needlessly and prevent organizations from being able to forecast, plan, analyze and replan effectively. Yet spreadsheets remain the leading technology used for planning.[read more]

6 Ways to Futureproof Your Linux Infrastructure [SLIDESHARE]

May 1, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

Linux infrastructure.

Future-proofing isn't just about investing in the latest hardware and buying into the latest technology to keep your IT team happy. There are sound business reasons to do it and sensible, cost effective strategies. IT is a depreciating asset. Before you commit to major capital expenditure on renewal, look at converting to a hybrid Cloud system.[read more]

Cloud Based Communications Are Now a Must for All Businesses

April 30, 2015 by Peter Davidson

Cloud based communications.

The advantages offered by cloud based communication systems are simply perfect for all modern businesses and before long it is expected that it would be the preferred communication system for all businesses. Now is the perfect time for anyone to embrace the technological advances of the cloud, enhancing their communication abilities tenfold. There are no major installations, maintenance costs, or monthly plans to worry about – everything is straightforward, user-friendly, and incredibly productive for companies of all sizes.[read more]

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Rising Demand for Cloud-Based Video Conferencing

April 30, 2015 by Anand Srivastava

Cloud-based video conferencing.

It’s all about connecting. With the distances involved for telecommuters and far-flung members of your staff, calling a meeting ought to be more complicated than ever. Instead companies are finding that with cloud-based apps that meetings are easier and more productive, and that more staff are engaged and contributing. Kiss the room based system and its intensive upkeep good bye, and find out what lighter, more versatile cloud systems mean to the hard and soft costs of meeting culture.[read more]

Do Your Customers Hide Their Data?

April 29, 2015 by Martin Doyle

Hidden data.

Personal data has an image problem. People are increasingly wary of handing over their details to websites – particularly when they have no intention to engage long term. Many marketers set out to obtain email addresses, yet do very little to ensure the email addresses they get are valid. This is the beginning of a vicious circle for the business they’re working for.[read more]

Predictive Analytics Interview Series: Jack Levis of UPS

April 29, 2015 by Eric Siegel

Jack Levis of UPS.

We use a tremendous number of predictive and prescriptive models at UPS. They are used to help make decisions, which range from where to build a facility and what type of aircraft to purchase to which packages go in each trailer and how to maintain our delivery fleet.[read more]

SaaS Buyers and Customers Beware: Data Issues Are Cloudy

April 29, 2015 by Robert Kugel

Data issues are cloudy.

It strikes me that we are still in the naïve stage of the cloud software revolution, but it’s time to imagine the worst that can happen. I recommend that SaaS vendor user groups focus on the contractual aspects of their relationship with vendor, especially with respect to their data.[read more]

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5 Must Read Books for CIOs

April 28, 2015 by Jared Jaureguy

Books for CIOs.

Most CIOs find themselves at the forefront of change and innovation in whatever business they’re in. Many times, they are the ones to suggest using new technologies to help out their companies, often bucking the status quo. The position of CIO is certainly not an easy one and many will admit to wanting as much help as they can get in guiding them on the best path.[read more]

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DevOps Professionals' Survey Shows Salary Trends & Job Security

April 28, 2015 by Anand Srinivasan

DevOps.

DevOps, or the practice of operations and development engineers working together throughout the entire service lifecycle, is a relatively new, but rapidly growing field. As more enterprises turn to a DevOps approach for their applications and operations, DevOps professionals are noticing growth and stability in their jobs.[read more]

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The True Cost of Unused Software in Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 26, 2015 by Sophie Davidson
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Cost of unused software.

A recent study shows that businesses are spending excessive amounts of mony on software that is never being used! Just over 25% of software bought my companies remains dormant, what has resulted in the loss of around 3.5M in the UK alone.[read more]