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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]

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]

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]

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Practice Fusion's Partnership with Merck Shows the Future of Medical Data

June 30, 2014 by Cameron Graham

Medical data.

Practice Fusion recently partnered with vaccine manufacturer and drug company Merck to launch an online healthcare portal for physicians called Population Health Management. The idea is that the roughly 112,000 medical professionals who use Practice Fusion’s free EHR program will be able to compare their patient’s vaccination rates to those of neighboring practices.[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]

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Beware of Big Data Technology Zealotry

June 23, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Invariably, there are hundreds of additional arguments proffered by big data vendors and technology zealots inhabiting organizations just like yours. However, there are few crisp binary choices in technology decision making, especially in today’s heterogeneous big data environments. Beware big data zealots that counsel you otherwise.[read more]

2020: US Banks Are Betting Big on Analytics

May 31, 2014 by Naagesh Padmanaban

US banks and analytics.

Most US Banks – small and big are on board this transformational journey. These initiatives involve great investments and outcomes are keenly tracked. Many careers are at stake. But those that succeed will form the backbone of US Banks 2020. This obviously will result in intense competition and change the banking landscape in the US forever.[read more]

Business Intelligence and Your Business: Ignorance Is Not Bliss

May 28, 2014 by Ray Major
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Ignorance is not bliss, you need BI.

Once you have identified the data sources needed, we can use those to impact your business processes. You can measure those business processes using your performance indicators and result indicators - and those in turn support your KRIs and KPIs, which support your critical success factors and ultimately help you achieve your corporate goals.[read more]

Mobile Advertising, Clustering Algorithms, and Your Ticket for a Free Ride

May 4, 2014 by Lillian Pierson

Mobile advertising and clustering algorithms.

Because of some pretty bad-ass data science and Google’s ever-increasing awesomeness, it looks like one day in the not too distant future, we will all be able to get a free (or heavily-discounted) ride. A taxi ride, that is.[read more]

Creating Unbiased, Meaningful Data During the Big Data Revolution

April 30, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Data visualization.

It's true that there is a rapidly materializing landscape for data visualization best practices and conventions, both in terms of tools and techniques and in terms of how to responsibly and accurately convey information. One theme that came up often at the conference was the dichotomy between "exploratory" infographics and "explanatory" ones.[read more]

Is Your Company Ready to Deploy Business Intelligence Intelligently?

April 22, 2014 by Ray Major

Ready to deploy BI?

Although the majority of data-driven enterprises may have or use BI software or systems, a recent survey we took of IT executives revealed that there is a vast difference between having BI and using BI to the company’s full advantage. There is an even larger chasm between the cost to implement BI and the value realized from those efforts.[read more]

Forget Big Data, We Need Smart Data [VIDEO]

April 14, 2014 by Lachlan James

BI.TV

The interactive portion of this episode directs your attention towards two thought-provoking discussions taking place on LinkedIn. The first conversation was instigated by the question “Why do BI implementations fail?” and can be found on the Business Intelligence Professionals Group.[read more]

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A Complete Guide to Overcoming Executives’ Concerns about Hadoop

April 13, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff
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Overcoming executives’ concerns about Hadoop.

CEOs are often critical of adopting new technology, and for good reason. New technology is expensive and all too often fails to come through and offer any real value to the company. This could present a challenge for IT managers who want to implement Apache Hadoop, the increasingly popular and cost-effective framework for large-scale, data-intensive deployments, into the company’s technology infrastructure.[read more]

Defining Business Intelligence 3.0

April 11, 2014 by Lachlan James

Business intelligence 3.0.

So what exactly is Business Intelligence 3.0? Is it a mass of meaningless marketing messages, a collection of multiple BI advancements, or does it represent a single technological shift that many have misconstrued? Well, according to Bill Cabiro, it’s none of the above. Cabiro contends that BI 3.0 represents two things: A changing philosophy regarding BI user types and an amalgamation, or confusion, of terms.[read more]

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How Your Hadoop Distribution Could Lose Your Data Forever

March 27, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff

Hadoop distribution could lose your data forever.

Relational database users have long depended on foundational protection techniques, such as data replication and snapshots. Today, both are also implemented in standard Hadoop architectures. Their method of application and effectiveness, however, is not the same across distributions.[read more]