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Oracle Gaining Traction in Cloud Market

January 27, 2015 by Natalie Lehrer

Oracle.

Oracle reports that their total revenues involving cloud products totaled $590M for the fourth quarter of 2014. This figure represents a 47% bump in revenue over their second quarter numbers. Of that $590M, $364M was related directly to Oracle's PaaS and SaaS offerings. Consequently, IaaS represented $155M of Oracle's total cloud revenues.[read more]

The Architecture After Cloud

January 26, 2015 by MIKE20 Governance Association

After cloud?

I think that Zach Nelson (Netsuite’s CEO) was wrong when he said that “cloud is the last computing architecture” but I also believe that his quote is a healthy challenge to take computing and business architectures to a new level.[read more]

Why Don’t Midsized Software Vendors Target Mid-Market Companies?

January 26, 2015 by Julie Hunt

Marketing.

Many midsized software vendors adversely fumble the critical pursuit of game-changing market intelligence research and analysis that lead to strong go-to-market strategies. Continuously updated market intelligence is the keystone for understanding what software products vendors should be selling - and why; and to determine which customers and markets are the best fit for the vendor's offering now and in the future.[read more]

Virtual Reality: A New Creative Medium Where the Default State Is Belief

January 26, 2015 by Chris Dixon

Virtual reality.

In the VR community, “presence” is a term of art. It’s the idea that once VR reaches a certain quality level your brain is actually tricked — at the lowest, most primal level — into believing that what you see in front of you is reality. Studies show that even if you rationally believe you’re not truly standing at the edge of a steep cliff, and even if you try with all your might to jump, your legs will buckle. Your low-level lizard brain won’t let you do it.[read more]

ATM Replenishment: Forecasting and Optimization

January 25, 2015 by Michael Gilliland

ATM.

ATM replenishment is a perfect example of combining two areas of advanced analytics, forecasting and optimization. For DBS Bank, the first step was to understand withdrawal activity. Withdrawal rate is impacted by many factors, such as location, day of week, day of month, and time of day, and can be dramatically impacted by holidays or other special events.[read more]

Business Analytics Error: Learn from Uber’s Mistake During the Sydney Terror Attack

January 24, 2015 by RK Paleru
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Uber.

Recently, as a sad day of terror ended in Sydney, a bad case of Uber’s analytical approach to pricing came to light - an “algorithm based price surge.” Uber’s algorithm driven price surge started overcharging people fleeing the Central Business District (CBD) of Sydney following the terror attack.[read more]

Hybrid Cloud: You Don’t Have to Go All In

January 23, 2015 by Kyle Cebull

Hybrid cloud.

If you have a powerful application that isn’t browser based, but want to be able to access it from anywhere, finding a provider to host your application could be your first step. You can still retain your onsite server and get the flexibility that comes with cloud access for your employees and your applications. This solution embraces onsite hardware while providing the access that remote employees need.[read more]

Analytics Capability Landscape: The Importance of Decisions

January 23, 2015 by James Taylor

Analytics.

As part of my recently completed research on the analytic capability landscape, we did an interesting straw poll. We asked those attending a webinar on the topic which of these was the business goal for their analytic efforts today and how did they see that changing in the next 12-24 months.[read more]

Can Enterprise IT Borrow from Lean Startup Thinking?

January 23, 2015 by James MacLennan

Eric Ries.

The enterprise shift to “consumerization” is more than just the desire to use my iPhone and upset my work-life balance. It’s something akin to instant gratification – people have ideas about how information can augment, automate, and transform how they transact business, connect with customers, and comprehend the activity that surrounds them.[read more]

Data Mining Interview: Dr. A. Fazel Famili

January 22, 2015 by Sandro Saitta

Dr. A. Fazel Famili.

In the early days of data mining work, especially applied data mining projects, our challenge was to educate owners of data what data mining was, what would be the advantages of companies opening the door and providing us with their data and access to real-world data.[read more]

Actuate and OpenText: The Background and Potential Future

January 22, 2015 by Tony Cosentino

Types of big data for analytics.

Actuate’s foundational asset is BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools) and its developer community. With more than 3.5 million developers and 13.5 million downloads, the BIRT developer environment is used in a variety of companies on a global basis. The BIRT community includes Java developers as well as sophisticated business intelligence design professionals, which I discussed in my outline of analytics personas.[read more]

What Is CRM? A Holistic Approach to Customer Relationship Mangement

January 22, 2015 by Martin Doyle
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What is CRM?

In a recent blog article by Salesforce, they explain what a CRM system is and the impact of using a CRM system can have on businesses. “CRM helps organizations be more effective and efficient in their day-to-day tasks and assists them in reaching long-term business objectives and goals."[read more]

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Using Big Data to Boost Your Business

January 21, 2015 by Rick Delgado

Big data.

These are just a few of the ways big data can benefit your business. Even if you’re a small business, the benefits of big data can be gained through open source software, analytical startups, and cloud computing vendors. With these resources, you can go beyond what is cloud computing and big data and jump straight to the benefits.[read more]

Where to Go to Learn About Network Security

January 21, 2015 by MIKE20 Governance Association

Network security.

The one thought on seemingly every business’s mind is network security. This is understandable given the damaging attacks launched on companies like Home Depot, Target, and Sony in the past year-and-a-half or so. After seeing the effects of data breaches involving large corporations, businesses are taking their security more seriously now than ever before, and many are quickly realizing it’s far from an easy task.[read more]

Are Your Business Applications Unnecessarily Complex?

January 21, 2015 by Timo Elliott

Make it simple.

Some business application vendors have tried to provide better analytics for business applications by adding another layer of in-memory processing — making the system even MORE complex. It’s time to get rid of the unnatural separation of transactions and analytics, and time to stop unnecessarily storing endless duplicates of core data: the future of business application is simple.[read more]

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Revealed! 4 Key Big Data Jobs and How Much They Pay

January 20, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

There are lots of roles that involve working with analytics and big data, and people doing these jobs give themselves many different names. If you want to be employed working with data, searching the job sites will yield many possible roles – data engineer, information architect, data analyst – and the distinction is not always clear.[read more]

The Indispensable Guide to Chart Design and Data Visualization [PART 1]

January 20, 2015 by Mark Ledwich

Chart design.

The purpose of this post is to provide a comprehensive visual cheat sheet for deciding which chart type to use and why. The visualizations that you ultimately choose should show the information in a clear way that can lead to action on the data. That's the whole point of business intelligence.[read more]

Business Intelligence Is the Key [INFOGRAPHIC]

January 20, 2015 by Sam Hudgins

Business intellegence.

Knowledge is the new frontier and those ahead of the game are the true leaders in the world today. Having an edge on the competition or involving a new process into the daily workflow are some of the keys to success in our age of information. With data being such a precious commodity, we should all find best practices on how to create, manage and disperse this knowledge.[read more]

Free Data Sources to Upgrade Your Business Decision-Making

January 19, 2015 by Eran Levy

Data.

We know by now that data is essential to the modern business. Everyone collects it, and most have some sort of analysis plan or software in place. But what a lot of companies still haven’t gotten the hang of is using outside data sources to boost their strategic decision-making. This requires a BI software that can combine your internal data with third-party sources, to analyze it and gain new insights.[read more]

Aligning Big Data

January 18, 2015 by Martyn Jones

Aligning big data.

This is an overview of the realignment and placement of Big Data into a more generalized architectural framework, an architecture that integrates data warehousing (DW 2.0), business intelligence and statistical analysis.[read more]

Interview with Jonathon Karelse, Co-Founder of NorthFind Partners

January 17, 2015 by Michael Gilliland

Jonathon Karelse.

In December the Institute of Business Forecasting published the first of a new blog series on Forecast Value Added. Each month I will be interviewing an industry forecasting practitioner (or consultant/vendor) about their use of FVA analysis. The December interview featured Jonathon Karelse, co-founder of NorthFind Partners.[read more]

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3 Data Management Tips for Winning the Rest of ACA Open Enrollment

January 16, 2015 by Jeff Brown

With open enrollment well underway, here are a few tips to make sure your data stays accurate, regardless what might be happening in the marketplaces. Some states have experienced glitches, which makes data collection and processing all the more complicated for insurers that want to make sure they have every bit of required information about their new customers.[read more]

2015: The Year of IoT Pioneers, Analytics and Data Privacy

January 16, 2015 by Puneet Pandit

2015.

This past year welcomed widespread Internet of Things (IoT) adoption and hype, big data implementation, and growing concerns around data privacy and cloud deployment. As 2014 draws to a close, we look ahead with much anticipation for what promises to be a signature year for machine learning, predictive analytics, new IoT pioneers and a full overhaul in the distribution of the IoT.[read more]

Is the Data in Your CRM a Ticking Time Bomb?

January 16, 2015 by Martin Doyle
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Is your CRM a ticking time bomb?

The maturing CRM market is a reflection of our desire for data. Data lets us understand our customers, communicate more effectively with those customers, and segment them for more effective marketing. This is why many businesses harvest massive amounts of data about their customers and store it in their CRM, then leave it to fester, either neglecting it or harvesting even more.[read more]

Keeping Big Data Secure: Should You Consider Data Masking?

January 15, 2015 by MIKE20 Governance Association

Data masking.

Big data is a boon to every industry. And as data volumes continue their exponential rise, the need to protect sensitive information from being compromised is greater than ever before. The recent data breach of Sony Pictures, and new national threats from foreign factions serve as a cautionary tale for government and private enterprise to be constantly on guard and on the lookout for new and better solutions to keep sensitive information secure.[read more]

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Storage Virtualization Take Off and Other Predictions for 2015

January 15, 2015 by Rick Delgado

Storage virtualization.

The future looks bright for virtualization. With the ways the technology improves productivity and makes companies more agile, the value behind virtualization will be something businesses won’t be able to turn away from. Virtualization can affect nearly every aspect of a business, most often for the better. As long as an organization has the personnel to understand and effectively deploy it, the benefits from virtualization will continue paying dividends in 2015 and many years beyond that.[read more]

VC Investment Analytics on 20 Years of Investment Data

January 15, 2015 by Nilesh Jethwa

VC investment analytics.

In this article, we will perform straight analytics on a huge dataset available from https://www.pwcmoneytree.com/. PWC Money Tree provides a data dump of all the venture capital investments from 1995 onwards. Having data that goes that far back should give us what we need to extract interesting and helpful findings.[read more]

How to Make Sure Your CRM Dashboards Are More Than Just Pretty Pictures [VIDEO]

January 14, 2015 by Dan Edwards

CRM dashboards.

With all the options for dashboards, table designs and multi-dimensional analytics, your data in Dynamics CRM needs to be more than just a series of pretty, static pictures. This tips and tricks video is a brief example of how interactive and easy the dashboards and reports can be.[read more]

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How Your Small Business Should be Taking Advantage of Big Data

January 14, 2015 by Philip Cohen

Big data and small business.

Big data has been a term widely related to big business. However, more small businesses are taking advantage of the insights that it can offer. If you own a small business and you're not sure how you should take advantage of big data, keep reading for more helpful tips.[read more]

Spice Up Your Spreadsheets: Boosting BI with Google Spreadsheets

January 14, 2015 by Eran Levy

Spreadsheets.

Google Spreadsheets isn’t as simple as you think it is, it’s actually a serious Business Intelligence asset. For those of you that may be scoffing, I’m not kidding. According to Google, more than 5 million businesses are already using the recently rebranded Apps for Work.[read more]