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Is self-service BI the right or wrong approach for front-line decision support?

There is a lot of hype and confusion around self-service BI and what some industry analysts call “traditional BI.”

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AtScale looks to easily add BI on Hadoop

AtScale has released AtScale Intelligence Platform 3.0, which aimes to give business users the capability to interactively query Hadoop data without the need for extensive preprocessing or movement off the cluster.

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Amazon's new BI tool may hurt more of its partners

At re:Invent Amazon Web Services launched QuickSight, a business.

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Hadoop is slowly eating conventional analytics

The components of the Hadoop ecosystem won't overthrow Teredata or IBM Netezza any time soon, but ultimately, the commodity solution almost always wins.

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Data analytics are 'gold' for pharmaceutical distributor

H.D. Smith is using cloud analytics software to get a better handle on its supply chain, allowing it to slice and dice inventory by profit margin and customer as well as track the shipping route of prescriptions and health and other...

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How data finds the truth -- in baseball and in business

Speaking at the NetSuite NYSE Disruption Summit at the New York Stock Exchange, baseball luminaries Bill James and Billy Beane talk data, truth and the new frontier for sabermetrics.

It’s time for PDF 2.0

Love for PDFs is no surprise in the business world. But the rise of sophisticated BI and analytic tools is changing how organizations operate and communicate. As users demand more and more out of their analytics, the “fixed-layout...

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All your big data will mean nothing without systems of insight

Businesses want to use data to understand customers, but they can’t do that without harnessing insights and consistently turning data into effective action.

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Bossie Awards 2015: The best open source big data tools

Our top picks in distributed data processing, streaming analytics, machine learning, and other corners of large-scale data analytics

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Microsoft's Cortana gives Salesforce customers insights into sales pipeline

Microsoft and Alpine Metrics have joined forces with to bring the power of predictive analytics to the sales pipeline.


The big greenfield cannabis cloud

The marijuana business is making the leap from paper ledgers to the cloud and big data analytics, offering a provocative example for us all.

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Looking for your most valuable data? Follow the money

The value chain for data can be generalized into the degrees of separation between money and the data. The closer to the money that the data is, the higher its potential value.

How data analytics helped DirectBuy gain new customer insights

How data analytics helped DirectBuy gain new customer insights

As part of its digital transformation, the membership retail club is using analytics software to strengthen its business in the face of threats from and other ecommerce providers.

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Why Power BI is the future of Excel

Excel isn't going away, but it's going to stop accumulating extra tools like barnacles. Instead Power BI Desktop will become the self-service analytics hub.

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13 more big data & analytics companies to watch

BIG MONEY FOR BIG DATAImage by ThinkstockSo many big data and analytics-focused startups are getting funding these days that I’ve been inspired to compile a second slideshow highlighting these companies (see “13 Big Data and...

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The best open source reporting tools

Pentaho edges JasperReports and Eclipse BIRT is test of open source options for creating reports.

Open-source startup hopes to change the way businesses visualize data

SlamData’s main appeal is that it works natively with data from NoSQL databases like MongoDB, which means it doesn’t need to translate unstructured data into the usual relational format. That’s an improvement over common analysis...

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Can Microsoft’s Azure bring machine learning to the masses?

While the very phrase 'machine learning' may conjure up fantastic images of evil robot overlords and other science fiction references, the technology as been around for some time. Here’s how Microsoft aims to make it as available and...

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