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"Tech Savvy" Means "Customer Savvy" for Midsized Companies

November 26, 2014 by Julie Hunt

Wowing customers

Technology is no longer simply back office automation or work productivity tools addressing the day to day of the business. When companies combine technologies with effective practices and processes around meeting customer needs on every level, competitive edge and revenue growth usually follow as natural outcomes.[read more]

Moving Beyond Common SMB BI Implementation Knowledge Challenges

November 25, 2014 by Lyndsay Wise

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Many SMBs are still struggling with their BI implementations. They are either starting from scratch or trying to figure out how to expand their traditional BI implementations - neither of which is easy, as both require the ability to translate business requirements into technical needs and apply the right set of tools to meet the needs of the business.[read more]

Data Quality: The Secret Assassin of CRM?

November 25, 2014 by Martin Doyle
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Data quality

There’s a silent virus lurking in many CRMs. It’s a virus that slowly gets a foothold in the system, then slowly starts to deprive it of oxygen, choking it until it can no longer breathe. As the CRM starts to suffer, the business starts to falter. So what is the virus? The secret assassin of the CRM? It’s poor quality data.[read more]

Gaming the Forecast

November 24, 2014 by Michael Gilliland

John Mello

Business forecasting is a highly politicized process, subject to the biases and personal agendas of all forecasting process participants. John Mello provides a useful taxonomy of seven such games that bias the forecasting process and degrade forecast accuracy.[read more]

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5 Ways Hadoop Can Help Healthcare Organizations and You

November 23, 2014 by Sameer Nori

Hadoop and healthcare

There are many different use cases for Hadoop in healthcare. Some of them include helping doctors, patients, and healthcare organizations include personalized treatment planning, assisted diagnosis, fraud detection, and monitoring patient vital signs. Learn how Hadoop is being implemented in each of these use cases.[read more]

iBeacons, Retail and Information Overload: How Macy's Is Kickstarting Retail's Data Warehousing Needs

November 19, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Macy's

Macy’s is using iBeacon technology in combination with Shopkick, a location-based coupon dispenser app used by top national retailers, to finally capitalize on what those in the big data and Internet of Things industries have said was long coming: an offline data-driven retail experience.[read more]

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Spotlight on Traitify: Who The Hell Are You, Anyway?

November 18, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

Traitify

DataWeek/API World this past September earned my ink as an overall exceptional conference, and as a spotlight on big data company SiSense. I did not, however, cover any of the API companies in attendance, other than a brief mention. But one I found super interesting and compelling is Traitify.[read more]

3 Ways to Adapt to the Shift Toward Online Privacy (Ethically, Nonetheless)

November 17, 2014 by Rishi Shah

Online privacy / shutterstock

The push toward online privacy continues to gain momentum. Those of us in the industry need to be prepared as the transition occurs so that we have strong business practices in place, understand how data collected today is different from data collected yesterday, and figure out real value exchanges.[read more]

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IT MPG: Measuring the Value of IT Is Simple Math

November 14, 2014 by Bob Dvorak

Nearly 65 percent of U.S. organizations reported an increase in IT budgets in 2014, according to the annual SIM IT Trends Study, with the average percentage of revenue allocated to IT this year at more than five percent. But what exactly do we get for all that money?[read more]

Social Business and Digital Strategy

November 13, 2014 by Michael Fauscette

digital transformation

Social business, collaboration, community and content: is there real business value tucked away in those words? Are businesses really feeling the pressure to do some things differently, and by changing can they be more competitive, grow faster and be more successful?[read more]

3 Business Questions Big Data Helps to Answer

November 11, 2014 by Bernard Marr
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Before you start collecting and analyzing data, it’s important that you know what questions you want to answer. Here are three important business questions that big data can help to answer, along with examples of how companies are already answering them using big data.[read more]

15 Companies from Airports to Retail Already Using Beacon Technology

November 11, 2014 by Trips Reddy

Beacon technology

Despite the fact that iBeacons have become the buzzword of the offline marketing world, there are growing privacy concerns among consumers, which are perpetuating unfounded myths and slowing down implementation in many cities, including New York. Here are 15 examples of companies already using various types of beacons.[read more]

How to Get Started with Value Add Forecasting

November 6, 2014 by Ray Major

Value add forecasting.

So the promise of using statistical algorithms, forecasting and predictive analytics is now added to the list of a company’s number one priorities. There is a sense of urgency surrounding this new high profile initiative. One may ask, “What’s next?” Well, here are a few steps that you will need to take to deploy your forecasts successfully.[read more]

Forecasting: It’s What’s Hot in Supply Chain Analytics

October 29, 2014 by Ray Major

Supply chain analytics.

In the world of commerce, every business ecosystem has a type of supply chain that is critical to corporate operations. These supply chains rely on a network of plants and facilities to add value to and transform raw materials into a final product.[read more]

The Journey to Big Data Literacy: 9 Must-Read Books to Discover Your Inner Data Scientist

October 28, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

The Human Face of Big Data

If you have relatively low big data understanding or knowledge, like the vast majority of us, then here is your way in, your ticket to thought leadership[read more]