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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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5 Ways Smart Use of Credit Data Can Save Businesses Money

December 18, 2014 by Mark Halstead

Credit data.

There are an ever-expanding variety of ways in which big data and analytics of all kinds can save and make money for companies in a huge range of industries. But how exactly can seamless and straightforward access to comprehensively credit data save your business money?[read more]

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New Generation of Technology Will Rely on Analytics, Study Shows

December 16, 2014 by Jeff Brown

“We are in a time of profound change for business, technology and IT leadership,” said Leon Kappelman, Ph.D., Professor at the University of North Texas and SIM’s lead researcher and Professor of Information Systems at the University of North Texas. “Results show the focus of IT organizations and their leaders is changing, with a new emphasis on business value, strategy, innovation and speed.”[read more]

The Well-Architected Data Model: Can an Industry Data Model Support Physical Instantiation?

December 11, 2014 by Ryan Garrett

Data.

A recent blog “Why use an Industry Data Model?” discussed how industry data models bring exceptional business value to customers by providing a logical “blueprint” for data integration and enterprise analytics within well-defined business spaces. If this data model is expanded to include a template industry physical data model (iPDM), can the model realistically be expected to support a database physical implementation?[read more]

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Big Data and the Internet of Things: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

December 10, 2014 by Tamara Dull
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The Big Data MOPS Series.

What is the relationship between big data and the Internet of Things? There is clearly a relationship between big data and IoT. The Mauritius conference helps confirm that. In fact, I would propose that big data is a subset of the IoT discussion.[read more]

How to Stay Out of Cash Flow Crises Using Cash Position Analysis

December 10, 2014 by Keith Peterson

Cash position analysis.

Cash flow is the lifeblood of every company. Diligent financial analysis, including the Cash Position Waterfall, is an essential component to monitoring the current health of your business. However not all of us are financial analysts who like to wade through detailed spreadsheets.[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]

Collaboration Between Teams Using the Same Data in Different Ways

December 8, 2014 by Peter James Thomas

Collaboration.

The title of the discussion thread posted was “Business Intelligence vs. Business Analytics: What’s the Difference?” and the original poster was Jon Dohner from Information Builders. To me the thread topic is something of an old chestnut and takes me back to the heady days of early 2009. Back then, Big Data was maybe a lot more than just a twinkle in Doug Cutting and Mike Cafarella‘s eyes, but it had yet to rise to its current level of media ubiquity.[read more]

Data Innovation in Africa

December 6, 2014 by Travis Korte

Africa.

While many commentators have focused on data-driven innovation in the United States and Western Europe, developing regions, such as Africa, also offer important opportunities to use data to improve economic conditions and quality of life. Three major areas where data can help are improving health care, protecting the environment, and reducing crime and corruption.[read more]

Buyers Beware: Data Visualization Is Not Data Analytics

December 5, 2014 by Eran Levy

Data analytics.

The term Business Intelligence solution can be a deceiving one. Many software solutions that call themselves BI can actually only offer you half of what you need. Here it’s important to make the distinction between two types of business analysis and intelligence tools: end-to-end solutions and ones that are merely front-end.[read more]

Is Your CRM Data the Elephant in the Room?

December 4, 2014 by Martin Doyle
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CRM data elephant.

Ditch primitive capture methods, such as spreadsheets and Word documents. Ensure your CRM software has data quality modules that perform automatic checks on data. And invest in enhancement and enrichment of data so that you can understand more about your market and segment your customers more effectively.[read more]

Dynamic Cybersecurity Needs: Reassessing Security

November 30, 2014 by Thu Pham

cybersecurity needs

As a recent report on Defending Data by Nuix found, cybersecurity needs are dynamic - 73 percent of surveyed participants report that their organization’s cybersecurity needs have changed in the past year. Another 69 percent expect their needs to change again within another year.[read more]

Big Data Ethics and Your Privacy [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 29, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

Internet saturated nations

Unlike a few years ago, a lot more people understand that services like Google, Facebook or Twitter are not free of charge, but are paid for with our data. How do we feel about that? How do we feel about privacy and security? And what are some of the common Internet values related to privacy?[read more]

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Mobile Apps, Business Apps and Network Security

November 28, 2014 by Rick Delgado

mobile apps

Today’s cybercriminals are inventive. They’re creative and find an increasing number of ways to access and exploit personal and professional information. Criminals aren’t respectful of the work-life balance. If we use our personal computer at work, and then bring it home for personal use, our work information on the device is still up for grabs.[read more]

Intacct Improves Cloud of Collaboration, Payments and Reporting

November 27, 2014 by Robert Kugel

Top-ranked tech innovation priorities

Financial management software provider Intacct recently held its fourth annual user conference. The company used the occasion to announce Intacct Collaborate, a capability built into its software that enables finance and accounting organizations to work together to answer questions or resolve issues while performing a process.[read more]