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Building Information Technology Liquidity

August 25, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

In the financial world, liquid assets can allow companies to react and capitalize on market opportunities. Liquidity in IT means that companies have enough extra compute firepower, people resources and are agile enough with IT processes to respond to unplanned events and demand, in whatever shape, form or order they arrive.[read more]

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How Companies Use Big Data Successfully

August 22, 2014 by Jessica Oaks

Big data.

One of the greatest benefits afforded businesses by data analysis is that decisions can be made not based on hunches, but on hard numbers. As soon as a company realizes this, it can start taking concrete steps to address legitimate and documented needs – customer needs, internal needs, logistics needs, and more.[read more]

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Can Fossil Analysis Software Help Us Plan Curriculum?

August 20, 2014 by J. Kevin Byrne

Fossil analysis software.

Paleontologists use (free) software (known as PAST) for their statistical analysis. I bumped into it via key-word web-search to support academic planning I was doing. I offloaded it, took a close look, and I discovered I could use a specific menu within it (hierarchical analysis) to help reconceptualize curriculum at my design college.[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]

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Adapting to Winds of Change

August 6, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

There’s much work to do before you can take advantage of cloud resources, and just-in-time planning doesn't cut it. With the flexibility, speed and power that cloud offers, there’s really no excuses to let opportunities to capture unplanned demand pass you by.[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]

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The Rule of Three Works for IT

July 14, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

The rule of three is a teaching, writing or presenting device where a key concept is broken into three easy to remember pieces. Does the rule of three apply to the fields of technology and business? Going forward, let’s be sure to use more tricolons in our training materials, internal presentations and customer whitepapers.[read more]

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Retail is Dead. Long Live Retail!

July 14, 2014 by Charles Settles

Using data for retail.

Walmart has several strategies to grow their ecommerce operation. Their distribution system is already the model upon which others are built — including Amazon’s. They have already been leveraging their supply chain management system, built on collaborative, vendor-managed inventory, to secure their place as the largest retailer in the world.[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]

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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]

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Creating a More Efficient Data Center

June 16, 2014 by Cameron Graham

Efficient data centers.

Once you start thinking about how much electricity it takes to power the servers that house all this information, the sheer magnitude becomes clear. To put it in perspective, one large data center can use as much electricity as a small town. What constitutes a “large” data center? A typical data center may be over 15,000 square feet.[read more]

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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]

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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]

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Ramifications of IT Infrastructure Everywhere

May 20, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Most people don’t notice that information technology pervades our daily lives. Some IT infrastructure is in the open and easy to spot, however plenty of IT infrastructures are nearly invisible as they reside in locked network rooms or heavily guarded data centers. Let's take off the covers of this often invisible underpinning and examine just a few ramifications of IT infrastructure everywhere.[read more]

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Wearable Tech in the Current Healthcare System

May 16, 2014 by Zach Taiji

Wearable tech.

Adapting to and adopting these technologies can be done; however, there is a cost in terms of money and time, and a need for a strong champion in hospitals and clinics to drive change. There will also be an extensive FDA review process for wearable technologies, which may result in longer adoption times for some of these devices.[read more]