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Is Your IT Architecture Ready for Big Data?

January 5, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Companies desperately need to assess their current situation and future business needs, and then design and deliver on a IT architecture that will deliver insights from all data types.[read more]

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The World’s Largest, Fastest, Most Agile Supply Chain

December 31, 2014 by Keith Peterson

Supply chain.

There is one shipping firm in the world, maybe the galaxy, that is counted on more than FedEx, UPS, and DHL combined. In fact, this organization has an even more complex supply chain. It takes its own orders, makes its own goods, and ships them all in one night.[read more]

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Business (NOT) as Usual: 3 Big Business Intelligence Predictions for 2015

December 30, 2014 by Ray Major

BI.

Each year, I work with dozens of clients in a quest to help them effectively implement their Business Intelligence systems. And each year, based on my experiences, I have put together a top 10 list of trends and predictions for the upcoming year.[read more]

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Cyber Security: Locking Out the Grinch from Your Application Network

December 18, 2014 by Bob Dvorak

Security.

How do you leave your chimney open for Santa while keeping the Grinch safely locked out? The right application management strategy can help outline where vulnerabilities lie and how to fix security weaknesses, minimizing your organization’s overall attack surface.[read more]

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Employee Analysis: How Growth in Employee Strength Relates to Profits

December 11, 2014 by Nilesh Jethwa

Employee analysis.

In this article, we will perform some analysis on the employee related metrics from the top tech companies. All of the top tech companies are selected based on their current market capitalization with the exception of Yahoo. The year 2014 is not included as part of this analysis.[read more]

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Changing Your Mind About Big Data Isn’t Dumb

December 8, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

While big data technologies have enjoyed plenty of hype, there’s a new reality setting in regarding getting more value from big data investments. With this in mind, it's OK to step back for a moment, pause your programs for a time if necessary, and—yes, even change your mind about big data.[read more]

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How Data Visualization Can Benefit SMBs

December 1, 2014 by Cameron Graham
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Data visualization.

Data visualization is a term mostly associated with big brands and corporations. Companies like Target, Deloitte, GitHub and Time Warner Cable all use data visualization tools to analyze and interpret information about their customers, allowing them to better target their marketing and sales efforts, improve internal processes. For many small businesses, data visualization is still a foreign concept.[read more]

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Storytelling with the Sounds of Big Data

November 10, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Trying to internally “sell” the merits of a big data program to your executive team? Numbers and facts probably won’t make the sales pitch complete. You will also need to appeal to the emotional side of the sale by incorporating the sounds of big data.[read more]

Spotlight on SiSense: BI Without the Bandwidth

October 9, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

Spotlight on SiSense.

I was at DataWeek/API World in mid-September 2014 (last week at the time of this writing) and saw some interesting things, almost entirely around Big Data. The two items that stood out for me, were the Graph DataBase system Neo4j (which I wish I had time and a reason to dig into more), and SiSense, who absolutely blew my mind.[read more]

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Is Big Data the Silver Bullet for Advanced Supply Chain Analytics?

September 24, 2014 by Ray Major

Analytics.

Leveraging “Big Data” is coming up more and more as a “must have” in conversations I’m having with clients and prospects, not only in the food and beverage industry, but in other industries that have supply chain applications as an integral part of their operations.[read more]

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CAPEX Deferred Eventually Makes the Company Sick

September 22, 2014 by Paul Barsch
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Risky Business column.

Instead of investments in IT, machinery, buildings and more, CEOs and CFOs are content to predominantly spend cash on stock buy-backs and/or dividends. Deferring CAPEX spend, or “sweating the assets” will work for a little while, but it’s not a strategy for long-term success.[read more]

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Don’t Let Internal Obstructionists Derail Your S&OP Initiative

September 10, 2014 by Ray Major

Obstructionists.

I recently ran across an article by Tracy Parsons where she identified obstructionist within an organizations as people who are “Paid by the No.” I found that statement to be not only quite funny, but also quite accurate. We’ve all experienced them.[read more]

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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]