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Supply Chain Business Intelligence Is More Than Just Technology

August 20, 2014 by Ray Major

Supply chain BI.

Interestingly the technology implementation requires the most hard dollar costs, and returns the least in terms of ROI. The real value in Holistic BI is in garnering the corporate buy in or, in other words, training the people to make better data-driven business decisions based on the data.[read more]

We Need an "Internet of Not Only Customers"

August 8, 2014 by Peter Perera

Internet for not only customers. 

The enduring purpose of a business is indisputably to create and keep customers. That bedrock was first famously laid down by Peter Drucker and Theodore Levitt sometime around the 1960s or ‘70s. Accordingly, CRM software vendors promote fixating on customers. SalesForce, for example, says create an “Internet of Customers” and become a “Customer Company.”[read more]

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Data Scientist: Sexiest Job on the Planet

August 7, 2014 by Ray Major

Data scientist.

If you paid close attention, you could see it coming. The tortoise eventually beats the hare, but it does take time. Allow me to make my case using the following more or less chronological, non-linear and highly selective history of the modern era.[read more]

Big Data Jargon We All Need to Reign In, Right Now

August 5, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

What do you really mean by "digital," and is there really anything today that is not digital? Does digital just mean connected? Does it mean a device? What do I mean when I call a company a digital company? Do you only need have a website to be considered such?[read more]

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How to Create an OBIEE Dashboard Tutorial

August 2, 2014 by Julie Johnson

OBIEE dashboard tutorial.

This tutorial will show you the basic steps required to build an Oracle OBIEE dashboard. By building on these principles you will be able to create dashboards to meet the specific needs of your users and to give you instant oversight of your business data.[read more]

Why Oh Why Is It So Difficult? Implementing Sales and Operations Planning

August 1, 2014 by Ray Major

Sisyphus.

Embrace the fact that the data isn’t where it needs to be. Make reliable data part of the project, not a prerequisite. Doing this will help everyone envision the desired future and will set the stage for some quick wins. And quick wins will unleash the dynamic duo of momentum and optimism.[read more]

Assisted Insight: The Future of Data Discovery

August 1, 2014 by Trevor Lohrbeer

Insight.

Data discovery tools improve upon traditional business intelligence suites--yet users still slog through piles of data to find insights. It's like finding a needle in a haystack. Instead of a better magnifying glass, users need a metal detector: assisted insight.[read more]

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Where in the World Does All this ESRI World Data Come from?

July 31, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

ESRI World Data.

ESRI does have data sets of their own that are available both for free, and for licensing. They have their own demographers who come up with various cool products like “Tapestry”, which shows life groups and their habit patterns, so you could research in there and discover NASCAR fans are good at recycling.[read more]

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Mark Hurd on Data, Demographics and Devices

July 31, 2014 by Philip Cohen

Mark Hurd. 

Like Neiman Marcus, businesses can engage with customers in novel, value-generating ways like never before with big data. Smart storage solutions will allow companies to channel money into data analytics, which Hurd believes are the answer to the revolutions underway, from demographics to the culture of transparency.[read more]

How to Make Your Department More Data-Friendly

July 30, 2014 by Rishi Shah

Making data accessable. 

Big data is doing big things – or it isn't. That's the general sentiment across all industries when it comes to the topic and many professionals are coming up against the same questions: Is big data worth it? Does it produce ROI? Is it just a phase? Will data become an asset? Who are the major players? Does any of it matter?[read more]

America’s Favorite Pastime is Having a Data-Driven Renaissance

July 24, 2014 by Samantha Meckler

Baseball stadium.

Though live experiences are where sports fandom was born, the digital universe is what helps keep that fandom alive. So sports teams, leagues and venues are all charged with the task of owning and controlling the billions of data points collected each day when fans purchased merchandise, bought tickets, interact with a website, an app, a campaign, a social page, etc.[read more]

Pageviews are Dead, Engagement is King

July 24, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Which analytics matter?

The pageview as a metric is dying a slow death, and you need little more than to keep your eye on the new digital "disruptors" to see the once hailed metric's downfall. Let's first define "disruptor," because not all new digital ventures are such. In order for a disruptor to truly disrupt, the created revenue stream, if or when there is one, needs to flow to different pockets than those previously worn by the legacy brands.[read more]

Do You Have Any Rights in the Age of Big Data Analytics?

July 23, 2014 by Lachlan James

Your rights and big data.

With Big Data-related excitement on the verge of finally reaching a crescendo, many market analysts are forecasting gargantuan outlays. But, as more organizations begin to explore the potential of Big Data Analytics in greater depth, many practical, moral and legal challenges will further emerge, requiring our attention.[read more]

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Multi-Channel Retail: Where Big Box Meets Big Data

July 22, 2014 by Charles Settles

Retail and big data.

Amazon’s highly publicized unveiling of their Prime Air project was seen as a warning shot across the bow of logistics giants UPS and FedEx, but Walmart would do well to pay attention too. As noted in part one of this two-part series on multichannel-retail, Walmart’s dominance is as much because of their investment in distribution as it is because of their low cost of goods sold.[read more]

How 3 Non-Traditional Media Companies Use Media Strategy to Win Big

July 21, 2014 by Samantha Meckler

Media strategy.

There is plenty of ambiguity around the term "media." To the paranoid, it means propaganda or tabloids. To others, it is news and information. In commerce, media means engaging with customers. In tech it's often just a noun – a tangible source for knowledge, like a mobile app, a tablet, a website. In grad school, media was simply the means of influencing an audience via communication.[read more]