Intro What will break Internet of Things (IoT) out of the novelty basket and into the mainstream? When we say mainstream, we mean television and mobile phone mainstream, i.e. in every household and in every pocket. The answer is data – people pay for data-based services, and businesses that harness the power of data and […]

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All businesses strive to get the best possible outcome in an uncertain and competitive world.  But really achieving that goal means businesses must understand their complete contexts — themselves, their competition, and the markets they serve — far more clearly and accurately than they typically do at present. That’s where advanced analytics can make a […]

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Introduction The traditional method of analyzing data once it has been collected and saved is no longer fit for purpose. Today’s technology requires data analysis while it is being created, while it is being transferred from one device to another, and while it is at its destination (i.e. while it is stored). Technology that just […]

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Mobile is taking over the Business Intelligence (BI) world. So is the cloud. And Big Data, especially “unstructured” Big Data, is just beginning to revolutionize the ways that enterprises conduct their strategic planning. Those are a few headline results from a new Oracle study of the BI landscape in 2014. None of the findings is […]

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No branch of business operations has been more thoroughly transformed by the computer age than finance, the original “data-driven” business discipline. Successive technology revolutions have given rise to Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solutions that seek to provide not only a fuller view of financial numbers, but to place those numbers in broader context. A couple […]

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How many times have you read an article about data quality that uses the phrase “garbage in, garbage out”? It is almost a cliché, but when it comes to big data, there is no other phrase that better sums up the challenges faced by organizations that want to use data and use it well. Big […]

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All the rage right now in big data and analytics is advanced visualizations. These are fast-becoming coveted features in the growing market for maps and charts and other new and innovative ways of visualizing and processing all that data. Within the last year, almost every business intelligence and analytics vendor has added an advanced visualization […]

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By 2017, it is predicted that most business users – in addition to the analysts – will have access to their own version of self-service business intelligence tools. The ability to prepare their own data for analysis has been a long time coming, and the pace of change from the rigid, hierarchical, organizational structure of […]

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We’re living in a world where you no longer need IT to tease information from raw data. In the ‘Analytics 3.0’ era, data-driven insights are delivered via self-service tools. Personal editions of consumer-friendly tools have brought advanced analysis and insight to more people than ever, all presented in beautiful, engaging visualizations. Virginia Backaitis, writing for […]

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