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How Do You Turn Supply Chain Data into Actionable Information?

July 4, 2014 by Ray Major

Supply chain data.

Okay, so you’re committed to rolling out Business Intelligence across your supply chain, you have tons of data, so how do you turn that data in to actionable information? There is a continuum in terms of presentation of data that allows for continuous sophistication in understanding and interpreting data.[read more]


Big Data Is Changing Every Industry, Even Yours!

July 1, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

For a business, the ability to have its production, stock control, distribution and security systems all connected and talking to each other will mean greater efficiency and less waste. Every area of industry is learning to reap the benefits of big data analysis, and it looks certain that finding innovative methods of gathering, recording and analyzing data is going to play a big part of business in the foreseeable future.[read more]

Empowering the Business Ecosystem with Business Intelligence [VIDEO]

June 30, 2014 by Ray Major

The BIg IDEA video series.

There is a lot of information that resides in a company's database that can be very useful to vendors, suppliers, distributors and more. By providing this data to the right people, you now enable them with the ability to make better business decisions based on understandable, easy-to-use information.[read more]

A Simple Explanation of Supply Chain Business Intelligence

June 26, 2014 by Ray Major

Supply chain BI.

You’ve heard that BI improves decision making, helps your company optimize the transportation and logistics space, allowing companies to be more profitable and increase efficiencies. Good news: it does all that and more. So where do you start? Well, first of all let’s understand what Business Intelligence means.[read more]


What's Hadoop? Here's a Simple Explanation for Everyone

June 24, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Hadoop is one of those words that is inextricably linked to the concept of Big Data. But what really is Hadoop? This posts aims to demystify the term and explain, in simple and every-day language, what Hadoop is, the key components of it as well as how it came about and is used today.[read more]

Big Data’s Athletic Moment: Turning Sporting Arenas into Preferred Business Venues

June 24, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Big data’s athletic moment.

Today, the opportunity to better the in-arena experience, one that is tailored for exactly how the fans use the space, is bigger than ever before. In the future, the sports arena or stadium may very well become the preferred business venue. Boston's TD Garden is also taking advantage of their professional fans, teaming up with LinkedIn to develop a business network within the arena.[read more]

Collaboration Is Vital to Success [VIDEO]

June 23, 2014 by Ray Major

The BIg IDEA video series.

The value derived from “Business Intelligence” comes not from the data itself, but the ability to interpret, interact with, and learn from that data. And the best way to accomplish this is to give your people the tools to share their insights and knowledge as simply and easily as possible.[read more]

How Technology Changed Customer Relation Management Systems

June 20, 2014 by Jessica Oaks

Customer relation management systems.

Prior to the advent of digital technologies such as software and hardware, Internet and cloud-based programs, and data analysis tools, CRM was inefficient, often unreliable, and difficult. Now, with the help of technology, CRM has become, if not perfect, at least streamlined and more effective. There now exist tools which allow businesses to lower costs and increase revenue, all through customer relations.[read more]

Why This Cloud ERP Provider Is Getting Interested in eCommerce

June 19, 2014 by Anand Srinivasan


NetSuite made an announcement during the course of the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition. The company announced a platform that will aid wholesale distributors in fast-tracking their B2B e-commerce deployment. So what exactly is NetSuite up to?[read more]


Implementing Successful Business Intelligence Projects: What the 2014 World Cup Can Teach Us

June 18, 2014 by Richard Thelwell

The World Cup and BI.

One of the biggest concerns for World Cup organisers has been the security concerns brought about by recent strikes throughout the country, many of which have escalated into violence. With key political figures from around the world expected to be in attendance, it is crucial that security is tight.[read more]


How Big Data Will Change Marketing Forever

June 17, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Companies have been collecting data on us for decades, but since we all went online - and in particular since we got social online - the amount we give away about ourselves and the number of ways a business can exploit that information, have exploded.[read more]

Introducing the Knowledge Worker [VIDEO]

June 15, 2014 by Ray Major

BIg idea video.

There’s been a fundamental shift in the workforce over the last 50 years. In years past, many occupations required manual labor and physical work to accomplish daily tasks, where today the majority of the workforce uses the knowledge they've acquired about their business ecosystem to accomplish their job goals.[read more]


How Amazon Uses Big Data to Boost Its Performance

June 10, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

We all know that Amazon pioneered e-commerce in many ways, but possibly one of its greatest innovations was the personalized recommendation system – which, of course, is built on the big data it gathers from its millions of customer transactions. Amazon has grown far beyond its original inception as an online bookshop.[read more]


What does Whale Vomit have in Common with Big Data and Analytics?

June 5, 2014 by Ray Major

Whale vomit and value.

Many businesses are figurative whales. They create voluminous amounts of data as a by-product of just existing as a business. Some of the data they collect is valuable to them but, in most cases, they are unaware that much of the data that they collect might have significant value to others. It just sits there unused in the bowels of some centralized data center.[read more]

Big Data and the Internet of Things: A Powerful Combination

June 4, 2014 by Gil Allouche

Big data and the Internet of Things.

So what exactly is the internet of things? There’s so much hype surrounding it, yet many people don’t really know what it is, or what to expect from it. Simply put, the internet of things is when basically everything we do is online. To some degree we’re already seeing the beginning of that, and it’s just going to continue.[read more]