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  • IBM's Watson loses its head

    Posted March 4, 2014 - 3:29 pm

    An executive intended to help drive Watson to a $10 billion business suddenly departs.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Salesforce.com buying social monitoring vendor Radian6

    Posted March 30, 2011 - 12:07 pm

    Salesforce.com plans to buy social media monitoring vendor Radian6, whose technology tracks conversations occurring on social sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, the company said Wednesday.
  • Big data to drive a surveillance society

    Posted March 24, 2011 - 4:38 pm

    Vendors and users of big data analytics gathered in New York this week to discuss the latest developments in a technology that they say will offer Web users and their customers a far more personalized experience while alleviating the need to throw away useful data.
  • How SaaS will impact 6 key software categories

    Posted March 1, 2011 - 6:30 pm

    SaaS will steal the show in certain categories but remain a bit player in others, Forrester research shows. Here's a look at how SaaS will affect IT management tools, ERP applications and more, for the next two years.
  • BI in the cloud: Advice for success

    Posted February 24, 2011 - 6:21 pm

    To get the benefits of BI in the cloud, pay attention to vendor contract details and integration needs
  • IBM's Watson: A new era in analytics?

    Posted February 17, 2011 - 11:51 pm

    If you've been following the Jeopardy-IBM Watson faceoff this week, then you have witnessed a breakthrough in analytics and in new architectures for mining and analyzing diverse types of information in a single application. Watson and its successors may usher in a new approach to computing, combining as it does, so many disparate techniques to create a "thinking" machine. IBM has combined deep NLP with machine learning, a voting algorithm, a method of interpreting the questions and assessing them by formulating parallel hypotheses, and Hadoop and UIMA for preprocessing, as well as the usual search, fuzzy matching software and of course an in-memory caching system to save time in retrieval. To me, the strength of this system is the combination of all of these, and it is remarkable in that it doesn't rely on just one. In Watson, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
  • HP buying Vertica for analytics

    Posted February 14, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    Hewlett-Packard announced Monday it plans to buy data warehousing and analytics vendor Vertica for an undisclosed sum.
  • Beyond IT: Analytics education for professionals

    Posted February 10, 2011 - 3:05 pm

    I recently spoke to a professor in the information systems department of the University of Georgia business school. We were talking about the explosive growth in analytics and the need for more investment in analytics education for future business professionals. He proudly spoke about the coverage of analytics, data design and management and allied technology topics in the curriculum for the IT specialization at the business school. Then I asked him about the coverage of analytics in other business school departments, aimed at students aspiring to be finance, marketing, or supply chain professionals. Why couldn't a module on applying analytics to decisions typical of a business function be inserted into each of these business classes? He agreed this would be valuable, but admitted that his school hadn't reached that point yet or even recognized this as an objective.
  • Big opportunities brewing in marketplace for Big Data

    Posted February 3, 2011 - 1:16 pm

    Companies such as Microsoft and Infochimps are getting involved in the $100 billion market for specialized data services
  • IT execs hope iPad, PlayBook can boost decision-making process

    Posted February 2, 2011 - 4:55 pm

    IT executives at Chevron and TD Bank are testing whether tablets like Apple's iPad and the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook can be used to improve workflow processes int their companies.
  • BP puts real-time data at heart of safety turnaround

    Posted February 2, 2011 - 11:57 am

    BP has insisted that real time data, and a tight control of staff and technology processes, will be at the heart of turning round its troubled safety record.
  • O2 analyzes customer calls to drive iPhone sales

    Posted February 1, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    Analysing customer data has helped O2 to fine-tune its marketing and target the most profitable customers.
  • BellaDati analyzes enterprise data in the cloud

    Posted January 18, 2011 - 6:34 pm

    The BI solution, BellaDati, developed by the Czech company, Trgiman, and recently released in its version 2.3, is designed as an easy-to-use, yet complete analytical tool also targeted at small and medium businesses. Apart from business intelligence functionality, it includes features like market and media intelligence.
  • IBM doubles down on business analytics

    Posted January 11, 2011 - 6:14 pm

    Billions of dollars, millions of man-hours, and thousands of projects at IBM are all focused on the same thing: turning scads of enterprise data into useful information.
  • The state of BI tools

    Posted December 13, 2010 - 10:04 am

    If you're in the market for BI tools, here's the lowdown on who's offering what, from the major vendors to small startups.
  • CRM: Four dirty little secrets of marketing automation

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 5:53 pm

    In the heat of a sales cycle, marketing automation vendors tell you all the great news about how their systems will increase conversion rates, improve sales effectiveness, and save time. When used properly, marketing automation systems do all that. What the sales reps don't tell you is...
  • Biggest barrier to business analytics adoption: People

    Posted November 11, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    Business analytics is atop most companies' apps wish lists. The business goal, of course, is to make sense of the enormous amount of data and information housed in their servers--and stop making critical decisions from the gut.
  • Developing Business Models to Adapt to Economic Uncertainty

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 1:21 pm

    Are you struggling to keep the models that inform your company’s decision-making up-to-date with rapidly changing business and economic conditions?
  • Enterprise Social Networking v Unified Communications

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 8:26 pm

    I have to concede that enterprise social networking (eSN) has been around for a very long time. In fact, it has been around so long that it has only recently been identified as social networking. In the not-so-distant past eSN was called unified communications and collaboration.
  • Something's Coming, Something Good, If I Can Wait

    Posted September 16, 2008 - 2:43 pm

    The Internet is a wonderful thing. Within an hour after posting my blog entry lambasting RitzCamera.com for its online order-processing system, we heard from the company. They promised to investigate.
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