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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]

Why Data Should Be a Business Asset: The 1-10-100 Rule

August 5, 2014 by Martin Doyle

The 1-10-100 rule.

If you run a business, or even just run a household, you’ll understand that chaos creates waste. How many times have you rushed to find an important document, such as a birth certificate, only to have to pay out for an emergency replacement? How many hours have you wasted searching for lost keys, lost passports and lost letters?[read more]

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

August 1, 2014 by Ray Major


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]

Data Controls and Customer Loyalty: How Big Companies Keep Clients

July 16, 2014 by Kristen Paral

Data controls and customer loyalty.

Data controls may go hand-in-hand with maintaining accurate financial information and compliance reports, but IT leaders from some of the nation’s biggest enterprises say they also use controls for something else: Customer retention.[read more]

Data Collection 101: Where Is Your Data Coming From?

July 15, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Where is your data coming from?

Data verbiage is confusing at best and nonsensical at worst. Big data implies little other than amount. Identity data implies little more than behavior. And data scientist implies little else than data mining which implies an abundance of code and algorithms, to say the least.[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]


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]

Data-Driven Journalism Will Save Democracy and Your Identity, Too

June 3, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Data-driven journalism.

Today, with the emergence and prevalence of big data, journalism is ever-more at the front lines, fighting for proper data use for the public as well as within the journalism field itself. In the industry, this is known as data-driven journalism — a type of writing and reporting, though historically always a part of the journalistic process, that involves using analytics, numbers, point of information to tell a wider, yet more relevant narrative.[read more]


When Ideology Reigns Over Data

June 2, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Increasingly, the mantra of “let the data speak for themselves” is falling by the wayside. There are dangers to reputations, companies and global economies when researchers and/or statisticians either see what they want to see—despite the data, or worse, gently massage data to get “the right results.”[read more]

Big Data Isn’t Just a Product of the Internet, It Is the "New Internet

June 2, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

The "new" Internet.

It isn't only the mobile web accounting for our boom in mobile Internet usage. After all, browsers like Safari or Chrome are merely two apps in a sea of mobile apps available for mobile consumers. Instead, it is the popularity of apps in general, specifically social media apps, that are the driving force behind such high usage of mobile Internet.[read more]

Is Your Data Quality Boring?

Bored yet?

Let’s be honest here. Data Quality is good and worthy, but it can be a pretty dull affair at times. Information Management is something that “just happens”, and folks would rather not know the ins-and-outs of how the monthly Management Pack gets created.[read more]

True Data-Driven Decision Making Requires Smart, Honest Data Collection Strategies

May 21, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Data-driven decision making.

Data collection best practices remain an important, if not vital part, of your data-driven decision making policies. Without maintaining user trust via collection transparency and security, even the most resilient data-driven decision making strategy will fall short.[read more]

Securing Big Data for the Future: Why You Need a Data Rights Management Platform

May 6, 2014 by Tracey Wallace


In the big data field, transparency and security are the "play it safe" words used by every organization looking to get a foot in door. However, what those words mean offline are honesty and integrity. And as we all know, staying true to those core values are much harder, always, than ever expected.[read more]


5 Things Every Company Should Do to Cover Their Assets

April 29, 2014 by Kristen Paral

Prevent data theft.

Big data breaches, stolen credit card information and leaked personal data. When it comes to protecting your customers, how effectively and efficiently are you keeping a lockdown on your greatest assets? It’s called data governance, and having an operational strategy to maintain the integrity of an enterprise’s information is crucial.[read more]