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Big Data: The 4 Layers Everyone Must Know

July 29, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

There is still so much confusion surrounding Big Data. I thought it might help to clarify the 4 key layers of a big data system - i.e. the different stages the data itself has to pass through on its journey from raw statistic or snippet of unstructured data (for example, social media post) to actionable insight.[read more]

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3 Organizations That Can See the Future with Predictive Analytics

July 26, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff

Predictive analytics.

The ability to foresee the future would certainly be the ultimate competitive advantage. In reality though, no business has a crystal ball for making critical decisions. That’s why all critical business decisions have always carried a certain amount of risk. This risk has always and will always be part of the competitive game.[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]

What Is .net Framework?

July 3, 2014 by Chris Misterka

Microsoft .net.

Microsoft .NET Framework is a project originally started by Microsoft during the 1990s. The original name for it was Next Generation Windows Services. Simply put, it is a programming framework that Microsoft released for the Windows operating system that allows software developers to create applications easier than ever before.[read more]

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Big Data Is Changing Every Industry, Even Yours!

July 1, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

For a business, the ability to have its production, stock control, distribution and security systems all connected and talking to each other will mean greater efficiency and less waste. Every area of industry is learning to reap the benefits of big data analysis, and it looks certain that finding innovative methods of gathering, recording and analyzing data is going to play a big part of business in the foreseeable future.[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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A Quick Guide to Structured and Unstructured Data

June 28, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff
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Guide to structured and unstructured data.

Big data has opened doors never before considered by many businesses. The idea of utilizing unstructured data for analysis has in the past been far too expensive for most companies to consider. Thanks to technologies such as Hadoop, unstructured data analysis is becoming more common in the business world.[read more]

A Simple Explanation of Supply Chain Business Intelligence

June 26, 2014 by Ray Major

Supply chain BI.

You’ve heard that BI improves decision making, helps your company optimize the transportation and logistics space, allowing companies to be more profitable and increase efficiencies. Good news: it does all that and more. So where do you start? Well, first of all let’s understand what Business Intelligence means.[read more]

Longview Tax Software Helps Tax Departments Be More Strategic

June 26, 2014 by Robert Kugel

Tax software.

Longview’s tax offering consists of four main components. Its Tax Data Platform can be the central repository of a corporation’s tax information. I’ve commented on the need to maintain tax data separate from the data that’s used for financial reporting, managerial accounting and performance management.[read more]

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What's Hadoop? Here's a Simple Explanation for Everyone

June 24, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Hadoop is one of those words that is inextricably linked to the concept of Big Data. But what really is Hadoop? This posts aims to demystify the term and explain, in simple and every-day language, what Hadoop is, the key components of it as well as how it came about and is used today.[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]

Collaboration Is Vital to Success [VIDEO]

June 23, 2014 by Ray Major

The BIg IDEA video series.

The value derived from “Business Intelligence” comes not from the data itself, but the ability to interpret, interact with, and learn from that data. And the best way to accomplish this is to give your people the tools to share their insights and knowledge as simply and easily as possible.[read more]

How Technology Changed Customer Relation Management Systems

June 20, 2014 by Jessica Oaks
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Customer relation management systems.

Prior to the advent of digital technologies such as software and hardware, Internet and cloud-based programs, and data analysis tools, CRM was inefficient, often unreliable, and difficult. Now, with the help of technology, CRM has become, if not perfect, at least streamlined and more effective. There now exist tools which allow businesses to lower costs and increase revenue, all through customer relations.[read more]

Hadoop in the Big Data Stack

June 12, 2014 by Radhika Subramanian

Hadoop.

Now the flexibility of volume and the types of data collected begins to match the requirements of real business use cases. Where the data warehouse required careful data management, Hadoop’s approach allows for frequent data dumps, giving organizations the ability to treat data storage however they want.[read more]

Informatica Unveils New Platform and Tools for Information Optimization

June 4, 2014 by Mark Smith

Informatica unveils new platform.

Informatica has been growing substantially and is getting close to US$1 billion in annual software revenue. We have recognized its success through rating it a Hot vendor in our Data Integration Value Index and naming one of its customers, the CIO of UMass Memorial Health Care, the Chief Information Officer in our 2013 Leadership Awards.[read more]