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SAP HANA Brings ROI of More Than 500% for the University of Kentucky

April 14, 2014 by Timo Elliott

SAP HANA brings ROI.

“The university believes that SAP HANA will help it realize other benefits, such as improved staff utilization rates, efficiencies in budgeting, and even revenue-producing mobile applications, although this study has not quantified these potential benefits because they are less near term in nature.”[read more]

The Great Debate: SAS vs. R

April 14, 2014 by Linda Burtch

SAS vs. R.

Despite hearing more about R from clients and candidates than ever before, determining whether R was actually more popular than SAS proved difficult. A quick Google search for “R vs. SAS” returns more than a few pages dedicated to each side, as well as several heated LinkedIn discussions relating to the topic, with no definitive answers.[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]

When Machine Learning Isn’t Learning

April 12, 2014 by Bill Franks
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When machine learning isn’t learning.

I have no issue if the market wants to label algorithms that are based on iterative rules as machine learning. I do wonder, however, how many people are just following the hype and do not understand that what they think is an algorithm that is learning and adapting is really just a set of complex rules.[read more]

No, Hadoop Is Not Going To Replace Your Data Warehouse

April 11, 2014 by Timo Elliott

Hadoop and your data warehouse.

The real opportunity of new technologies like Hadoop and In-Memory processing is to enable new, more flexible, analytics-focused, actionable applications. And that takes much more than just a platform. Organizations want best-practice business applications capable of analyzing big data and putting it in the hands of people on the front line of your organization that need it, via cloud and mobile devices.[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]

A Look Into How Data Centers Actually Work [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 11, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

How data centers work.

Everything on the Internet has a home and these homes are typically built in the U.S. There are many data centers in the U.S. and they are the backbone that keeps the Internet, Internet of Things and Industrial Internet running. Of course, they can also be expensive, complex, and often polluting to the environment they’re in.[read more]

Technology Spending Puts Focus on BI

April 10, 2014 by Roman Vladimirov

Focus on BI.

It's no secret that technology is becoming a bigger part of business across nearly every industry, and companies are wising up to this growing trend. A recent report from the International Data Corporation examined technology spending across 12 different segments in the United States between 2012 and 2017.[read more]

Equifax Delivers Insightful Analytics for Compliance with Affordable Care Act

April 10, 2014 by Mark Smith

Insightful analytics.

Equifax is dedicating itself to the range of compliance needs to help employers be sure they are doing everything possible to meet their responsibilities regarding regulations like the Affordable Care Act. If your organization is not confident in how it manages these tasks, we suggest evaluating how Equifax can help it establish and maintain compliance.[read more]

What the Internet of Things Means for Physical Industries [VIDEO]

April 10, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

The extension of the Internet to the physical world is a huge step forward and in this video Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute, talks about what this will mean for us. He explains that “the Internet has transformed digital industries, while the Internet of Things will transform physical industries.[read more]

What Makes Effective Business Intelligence?

April 9, 2014 by Roman Vladimirov

Effective business intelligence.

Business intelligence can help companies align their marketing, sales and other strategies to better benefit the operation and growth of the business. As technology advances, the options for business intelligence have grown and changed and will continue to adapt to the needs of businesses.[read more]

How Big Data Centers Impact the Environment [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 9, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

Big data centers and the environment.

Big Data requires massive data centres to store all the data that we collectively generate. These data centres require a lot of electricity that has a big impact on the environment. So how do companies such as Microsoft, Amazon or Google ensure that their data centres are environmentally friendly?[read more]

Analytics Revolution: Why the Struggle for Growth?

April 9, 2014 by Naagesh Padmanaban

Growth.

Big data or new modeling techniques by themselves would not produce a disruptive innovation. The marriage of cutting edge technology and the resulting new innovative analytical techniques that can scale is the winning recipe. This is a keystone for success in analytics practice, yet conspicuous by its absence.[read more]

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The Case for Using Data Virtualization for Big Data Analytics

April 8, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Data virtualization.

Analyzing big data is now an important part of business operations, and it requires significant time and resources to better understand and apply the solutions that big data offers. One developing technology that is greatly simplifying this process is virtualization, specifically data virtualization, which is allowing businesses in increase their value while turning big data analytics into an important enterprise tool.[read more]

NICE Delivers Customer Interactions with Next Generation Workforce Optimization

April 8, 2014 by Richard Snow

Customer interactions.

In my research of NICE Systems for several years I have remarked often that its biggest challenge is to integrate all the products that now make up its Customer Interaction Management suite. Through acquisitions, in-house development and partnerships, this suite has grown to include interaction recording, quality management, workforce management and many others.[read more]