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  • Analytics, mobile apps are hot, hot, hot

    Posted November 16, 2011 - 3:32 pm

    It's clear by the increasing use of analytics software that companies are struggling to get their hands around the huge amounts of data it takes to run a successful business. But developing social, mobile, cloud computing and other applications are also driving the need for new technical skills.
  • 7 ways to do big data right using the cloud

    Posted November 1, 2011 - 3:33 pm

    There's a wealth of data out there companies can use to better understand customers and identify emerging business opportunities and threats. But how to access and work with all that data? An emerging type of service called data as a service, or DaaS, promises to help.
  • Use analytics to create a greener business

    Posted October 31, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    Investing in better analytics can help you turn environmental compliance costs into sustainability benefits
  • IBM turns up Watson-like natural language healthcare analytics

    Posted October 25, 2011 - 11:31 am

    IBM today said it was rolling out software that will help doctors and insurance companies reduce costs by better analyzing and managing huge amount of patient data.
  • 'Big data' prep: 5 things IT should do now

    Posted October 25, 2011 - 10:55 am

    Got your "big data" plan in place? If not, you may want to start thinking about implementing one.
  • Finance and 'business improvement' tech

    Posted October 24, 2011 - 6:52 pm

    Carrot or stick? That's the big question when it comes to emerging business-improvement technologies, such as analytics and spend management. Business improvement is the moniker I use for a category that transcends traditional "business intelligence." But whatever you call it, I believe it's how you view these areas, and how you present them to your employees, that will make all the difference in your outcome.
  • Gartner: The top 10 strategic technology trends for 2012

    Posted October 18, 2011 - 1:41 pm

    The technology that makes up many of the systems in the IT world today is at a critical juncture and in the next five years everything from mobile devices and applications to servers and social networking will impact IT in ways companies need to prepare for now, Gartner Vice President David Cearley says.
  • Weaving BI into the corporate fabric

    Posted October 18, 2011 - 10:11 am

    To get the most out of business intelligence projects, companies need a top-down commitment that permeates the entire organizational culture. At, for example, achieving pervasive BI has been a 10-year commitment. Insider (registration required)
  • The value of VOC systems

    Posted October 11, 2011 - 12:53 pm

    About 20 months ago, Charming Shoppes launched a customer insights project to "deliver actionable customer and market research and analysis to the business," says Jeffrey Liss, who headed up the initiative. Liss is now senior vice president of corporate strategy at the plus-size women's clothing retailer, which includes Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug and Catherines stores.
  • Storage tips from heavy-duty users

    Posted October 11, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    If you think the storage systems in your data center are out of control, imagine having 450 billion objects in your database or having to add 40 terabytes of data each week.
  • Just how boring was that Titans-Browns NFL game? Researchers say Twitter knows

    Posted October 5, 2011 - 12:52 pm

    Fans of the National Football League have plenty to be excited about so far in Houston this year, with the hometown Texans off to a 3-1 start. But just how excited are they and other NFL fans? New software from Houston’s Rice University and Motorola Mobility Applied Research Center can figure that all out using the millions of Tweets sent by fans during games.
  • Oracle's Big Data Appliance taps growing enterprise need, analysts say

    Posted October 3, 2011 - 5:19 pm

    Oracle's new Big Data Appliance should appeal to enterprises looking for more efficient ways to capture, organize and analyze vast amounts of unstructured data, analysts said.
  • Twitter analysis reveals global human moodiness

    Posted September 29, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites are often criticized for encouraging people to share thoughts of little consequence, though social scientists are finding these electronic missives, when assembled en masse and analyzed with big data tools, can offer a wealth of new information about how people think and act.
  • Our love/hate relationship with Excel

    Posted September 26, 2011 - 8:37 pm

    As much as I write about analytics and reporting, it never ceases to amaze me how -- with all the new, targeted tools on the market -- finance teams still love their spreadsheets.
  • Behind with BI? You're not alone.

    Posted September 20, 2011 - 2:15 pm

    If you feel as though your organization is behind the curve with business intelligence, you’ve got plenty of company.
  • How Twitter Web Analytics will help your business

    Posted September 13, 2011 - 8:58 pm

    Twitter announced its new Web Analytics service at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference on Tuesday. The product is poised to roll out to a wider audience over the next few weeks. Here's a look at what analytics for Twitter are supposed to do, and how they can benefit your company.
  • Wanted: BI stars

    Posted September 12, 2011 - 11:57 am

    Many businesses are looking to train or hire BI specialists who will be able to cull valuable insights from vast amounts of data. But some are finding that recruiting people with the right mix of IT and business skills is difficult, as is training in-house staffers to take on the role of BI specialist.
  • How BI is helping to predict fashion trends

    Posted September 12, 2011 - 11:42 am

    Elie Tahari, the upscale women's fashion brand and retail chain, has a pretty good idea which of its styles customers will want.
  • Kelley Blue Book taps data analytics tools to improve car valuation

    Posted September 1, 2011 - 6:04 am

    Kelley Blue Book is using sophisticated data analytics tools to sift through volumes of historical and current data to arrive at what company executives say are far better car valuations.
  • How to get started using analytics to profit from Facebook

    Posted August 31, 2011 - 7:29 pm

    Online fashion retailer Tobi integrated data from customers’ Facebook pages and their purchasing histories to better target promotions and increase sales.
  • Why big data is a big deal

    Posted August 31, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    Like 'the cloud,' the concept of 'big data' is the subject of a lot of hype and means different things to different people. Here's what it really means, who's really doing it, and what it could mean for the future of data mining.
  • IT looks for new tools to exploit 'big data'

    Posted August 31, 2011 - 12:31 pm

    Companies want to mine terabytes of user- and machine-generated data to glean details about their customers
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    IBM develops new weather prediction software

    Posted August 30, 2011 - 11:25 am

    The technology could give several days warning for impending floods.
  • Computer scientist predicts your next Facebook friends

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 6:09 pm

    Half of the friends you will add on Facebook in the future can be predicted, said Stanford University's Jure Leskovec. He has been elected as one of this year's recipients of the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowships.
  • Dell sells preconfigured Hadoop system

    Posted August 4, 2011 - 9:01 am

    Recognizing Apache Hadoop's growing presence in the field of data analysis, Dell will start selling servers preloaded with the open-source data processing platform, the company announced Thursday.
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