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Delivering BI and Data Analytics on Converged Systems

Business intelligence and big data analytics workloads place high demands on the underlying infrastructure in terms of performance, capacity, reliability and security. In addition, the enormous growth of unstructured data and the Internet of Things (IoT) forces IT departments to embrace infrastructure solutions that are both cost efficient and simple to deploy. If not, they run the risk of costs spiraling out of control to support these workloads. According to Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG),1 I...Read More

How Can Data Mining Benefit My Company

“Everything that informs us of something useful that we didn’t already know is a potential signal. If it matters and deserves a response, its potential is actualized – Data Mining” Data mining avows the hidden precious stones among the heaps of amounts of data. Data mining assists the organizations analyze the preposterous amounts of data to detect the regular arrangements or learn the upcoming things. Without automation it is impossible to process the data. In short, data mining is the process ...Read More

IBM and Girls Who Code Partner to Advance Cognitive and Data Science Opportunities for Girls

IBM has witnessed firsthand the passion that Girls Who Code has for training, supporting and inspiring young women to choose careers in development and data science. We have seen the relationship between IBM and Girls Who Code blossom over the past few years with IBM’s support of the Summer Immersion Programs. IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty and Girls Who Code founder and CEO Reshma Saujani announce a new partnership at IBM InterConnect 2017 to foster cognitive and data science learning oppor...Read More

How to make analytics modernization work in practice

We like to think of analytics as a logical discipline, where investment decisions are consistently rational and predictable. Not so. Customer organisations are driven by all the usual complex and sometimes contradictory forces. Business users want analytics to help them make good customer facing decisions as quickly as possible, while the legal team wants assurances that data usage meets regulatory, legal and ethical standards. The challenge for organisations is to balance all these perspectives...Read More

Introducing MapR Converged Data Platform for Docker

Today we took a big step in our convergence vision by announcing the MapR Converged Data Platform for Docker, which includes the MapR Persistent Application Client Container (PACC).  This is noteworthy because the new generation of converged applications is as much about deploying operational, user-facing applications as performing analytics and machine learning, and containers are the future of application deployment.  In this post I’ll talk about what exactly persistence means in the new age o...Read More

Journey Science in Telecom: Take Customer Experience to the Next Level

Journey Science, being derived from connected data from different customer activities, has become pivotal for the telecommunications industry, providing the means to drastically improve the customer experience and retention. It has the ability to link together scattered pieces of data, and enhance a telco business’s objectives. Siloed approaches are becoming obsolete – take call centers as an example – there is only so much that you can do with data from only one system. By using insights from c...Read More

Why Business Analytics in the Cloud?

Today’s businesses want an infrastructure that champions speed and flexibility. As a result, we’ve seen massive adoption of cloud services, from Salesforce to Workday, to Google Analytics. But is the cloud right for business analytics? And is it right for your business? What are the factors you should consider before sending your analytics skyward? Tableau has the answer. Deployment Why are organizations going cloud? In a survey conducted by IDC, 76 percent of users cited speed to deployment as ...Read More

Embracing the Analytics Vision

Organizational readiness is a key foundation to delivering data-driven customer experiences. There is a tendency for enterprises to jump headlong into technology, but technology alone won’t deliver a satisfying customer experience. Delivering a successful customer experience requires a mix of activities and competencies, from data integration to technology implementations to training to rethinking processes, and it doesn’t happen overnight. Among challenges seen, the leading area of concern to e...Read More

Three Things That Happen When You Collaborate in the Cloud

Good dashboards contain valuable information that can be used to make critical business decisions. But, to be truly effective, they need to be able to be shared and collaborated on across different teams and departments. Putting dashboards in the hands of the right people can lead to new insights and better decision making. When it comes to distribution though, some organizations still rely on sending email attachments back and forth, but this leads to version control issues—not collaboration. T...Read More

Where does Data Integration add value for Analytics

Data integration is of great importance in the context of big data and data blending, but is also relevant to any case where you need to leverage more than a few spreadsheets or relational database tables to get maximum results. As noted by TDWI in “Ten Ways Data Integration Provides Business Value,” sales and service teams depend on a complete view of a customer leveraging all relevant information, and data integration techniques and tools are key to facilitating this construct. One area where ...Read More

Introduction to Data Mashups and Data Blending

Three years after the McKinsey Global Institute highlighted the value of data blending (see above), we are seeing how increasingly important it is for organizations to bring data from disparate sources together in an analytics-ready fashion. Indeed, the majority of organizations (52%) surveyed in a 2015 Forrester Consulting study are, on average, blending 50 or more data sources — and 12% are blending over 1,000 sources. Highlighting the importance of emerging data to the mashup trend, two third...Read More

10 Business Intelligence Trends for 2017

Over the last few years, data has become the lifeblood of organizations. Those that harnessed the power of this data by empowering business users found competitive advantage and were able to innovate faster. This change caused tension in organizations between the old way and the new modern approach to BI. Tension grew between control and agility, self-service and governance. IT and the business started partnering together to maximize the impact of their data. Modern BI becomes the new normal. In...Read More

How Can Data Disrupt Corporate Thinking? Let’s Count the Ways

There are many mainly abstract concepts that bring potential benefits that are impossible to quantify, such as “digital transformation.” Data, however, is not so abstract – it is real, it is tangible, and the benefits understanding and leveraging it brings to enterprises can make a measurable, notable difference. Call it what you will, but data “disruption,” as described in a recent McKinsey report, is a great way to describe the impact of a well-tuned, innovative data analytics strategy that tu...Read More

Amazon’s Go Stores Set to Disrupt the Retail Market

Amazon Go has the potential to impact the overall in-store customer experience. Retail CIOs should observe the pilot; however, consumer reception and mitigation of consumer data security concerns will determine the service’s fate. On December 5 2016, Amazon announced the beta launch of its Amazon Go convenience-style grocery store. Amazon has opened one Go store in Seattle, Washington. It is only available to employees but a public launch date is set for early 2017. Analysis Amazon’s Go leverage...Read More

10 Cloud Trends for 2017

In 2016, cloud technologies went mainstream. But with maturity came the realization that moving to the cloud doesn’t happen overnight. CIOs are prioritizing hosted computing and cloud data storage. But they’re approaching the shift as a gradual, multi-year journey. IT teams are gearing up for this shift as well. They are building expertise with new training priorities and recruiting employees with cloud experience. Here are the ten trends we see shaping 2017. IT shifts its skill set Continued gr...Read More

Understanding BI analytics tools and their benefits

Business intelligence analytics tools can leverage data and convert it to actionable information that can benefit organizations. Enterprises are awash in data about their customers, prospects, internal business processes, suppliers, partners and competitors. Often, they can’t leverage this flood of data and convert it to actionable information for growing revenue, increasing profitability and efficiently operating the business. Business intelligence (BI) tools are the technology that enabl...Read More

Tableau 10.2 beta is here

Got the winter blues? We’ve got a cure in the form of Tableau 10.2 beta! Tableau 10.2 comes with a host of new features for data rockstars and IT champions alike. Our new features for data prep and analysis are designed to help you do more with your data. And our accessibility features and added web-authoring power will help enterprises scale. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the hottest features. Spatial files image: http://cdnl.tblsft.com/sites/default/files/blog/biomes_of_south_africa.png...Read More

CartoDB for BI and Analytics | Case Study

Rilos leverages the Power of CartoDB with Business Analysis App Geomatrix About Rilos Rilos is a business to business consulting firm, currently operating in 15 countries worldwide, exclusively focused on retail location intelligence solutions that provide strategic data analysis through a single technological platform. Combining up-to-date geographic, socioeconomic, and market data along with expert modeling of consumer behaviors, Rilos helps clients minimize risk, make more informed decisions,...Read More

3 tips for the non-traditional Tableau analyst

BI ToolsNote: The following is a guest post by Tableau Zen Master Bridget Winds Cogley. I didn’t start my career in anything remotely close to this field. No, I went into American Sign Language interpreting and spent a good bit of time with a startup. Somehow, I ended up here. (“Here” is lost in the woods somewhere. There are trees and they’re lovely. And maybe a fire. And probably hot chocolate. With ice cream. IN the hot chocolate, because that’s how we do it in Cbus.) If you’re an oddball lik...Read More

Reduce Cloud Data Transfer and API Costs with an Integration Hub

As large organizations around the world embrace cloud applications and platforms, they find that data transfer and API request costs can become a significant expense. As the number of point-to-point integrations between SaaS apps, such as Salesforce.com, Adobe and Workday, cloud services, such as AWS, Azure and Google Cloud, and on-premises systems proliferate, the data transfer and API charges start to add up. For Cloud First companies, Informatica has seen these integrations expanding into the...Read More