Toshiba's lurch from crisis to crisis since 2015

DataFloq

Here is a timeline of Toshiba' woes since 2015. 2015 - Toshiba discloses accounting malpractices across multiple divisions, which involved top management. TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp plans to unveil a new business strategy on Friday.

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How To Suck At Social Media: An Indispensable Guide For Businesses

Occam's Razor

Facebook, at last count, has 1.5 billion monthly active users. YouTube has 1.2 billion users (watching 6 billion hours of videos!). Instagram has an estimated 400 million users. Those are some big gigantic numbers! I believe that every human with time to spare, and a connection to the web, should be on social media. The benefits are numerous. Facebook allows you to stay close to people you choose to. YouTube has democratized entertainment and education.

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Great Storytelling With Data: Visualize Simply And Focus Obsessively

Occam's Razor

The difference between a Reporting Squirrel and Analysis Ninja? Insights. As in, the former is in the business of providing data, the latter in the business of understanding the performance implied by the data. That understanding leads to insights about why the performance occurred, which leads to so what we should do. Do you see how far away a Reporting Squirrel's job is from that of an Analysis Ninja?

Speed, Focus, Smart Insights: 5 Google Analytics Custom Reports FTW!

Occam's Razor

Standard reports stink. Custom reports rock! If you are a regular reader of this blog, you are quite familiar with this sentiment. I've expressed it often. :). The primary reason is simple: You are unique. Your business is unique. Why would a report created for everyone work for the special someone that you are? There are other great reasons as well. Custom reports allow you to deeply focus (by eliminating the rif-raf metrics and dimensions, they save time and show just what you want).

See, Think, Do, Care Wining Combo: Content + Marketing + Measurement!

Occam's Razor

There have been tons and tons of implementations around the world of my wonderfully profitable See-Think-Do-Care business framework. This is immensely gratifying. Over the last year, I've also worked with many companies to drive new and rapid innovation in their digital strategies using the framework. In the process, I've learned a whole lot more, evolved my thinking and refined the nuances.

Digital Marketing & Analytics: Five Deadly Myths De-mythified!

Occam's Razor

In a recent set of keynotes and consulting engagements in the US, UK and Canada, I've had an overwhelming feeling that in very fundamental ways some companies make imprecise choices when it comes to their digital strategy. Not because they don't have enough money or opportunity or people. But, simply because their broader framing of what the problem was, and what their chosen solution would deliver.

Ten Hidden Gems In Google Analytics: Do Smarter Web Data Analysis!

Occam's Razor

The 80/20 rule applies to our use of web analytics tools as well. Most of us use just a small amount of power our tools contain. This hurts my feelings! Ok, not so much hurts my feelings and more that I'm sad you are not taking advantage of all of the features at your disposal to drive smarter decisions by your leadership teams. Regardless of the tool you have, it is always prudent to take a fresh look at a familiar tool every once in a while and see what you've been missing.

The Magic of Universal Analytics: Strategy, Tactics, Implementation Tips

Occam's Razor

In a Q&A after a keynote a couple of years ago, I was asked: " When will traditional business analysis subsume the web analytics silo? " " My reply: " All business will ultimately be digital, so, if anything, web analytics will subsume business analysis! " " That was a half-cheeky reply.

The Complete Digital Analytics Ecosystem: How To Win Big

Occam's Razor

The world of digital analytics seems to be insanely complicated. And, yes, some of it is. Third-party or first-party cookies anyone? And, are we tracking people, devices, web browsers or whoknowswhat? But it is a lot less complicated than you might believe. Really. A lot less complicated. I led a discussion the other day with a collection of people who were brand new to the space and some who were jaded long-term residents of Camp Web Analytics.

South Korean prosecutors indict Samsung leader Jay Y. Lee on charges concerning 2015 merger

DataFloq

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors indicted Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee on charges including manipulating stock prices and breach of trust in order to cement control of the group, a prosecution official said on Tuesday.

Information Builders Honored for Exceptional Customer Service by the 2015 American Business Awards

Information Builders

Information Builders , a leader in business intelligence ( BI ) and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions, today announced that it has been honored with four 2015 Stevie Awards for outstanding customer service by the American Business Awards

Information Builders Celebrates 40 Years of Innovation at Summit 2015

Information Builders

Today at its 2015 Summit User Conference, Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence ( BI ) and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions announced three new capabilities that build on the companys 40 years of innovation in the BI and analytics industry

Upcoming Power BI Workshop in Brisbane – 27 Mar 2015

Ms SQL Girl

27 Mar 2015 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Early bird (until 13 Feb 2015) $265.00. I’m pleased to announce that I will be delivering a one day workshop as one of the two precons at SQL Saturday 382, Brisbane. The details of the course are listed below. I look forward to seeing you in Brisbane! Actionable Visualisation In Power BI. SQL Saturday 382 Brisbane, QLD. Regular price $315.00. Register at [link]. Modules. Introduction to Power BI.

Upcoming Power BI Workshop in Brisbane – 27 Mar 2015

Ms SQL Girl

27 Mar 2015 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Early bird (until 13 Feb 2015) $265.00. I’m pleased to announce that I will be delivering a one day workshop as one of the two precons at SQL Saturday 382, Brisbane. The details of the course are listed below. I look forward to seeing you in Brisbane! Actionable Visualisation In Power BI. SQL Saturday 382 Brisbane, QLD. Regular price $315.00. Register at [link]. Modules. Introduction to Power BI.

Information Builders Recognizes Customers With 2015 Awards of Distinction

Information Builders

At its annual Summit User Conference, Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence ( BI ) and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions, today announced the winners of its 2015 Awards of Distinction. The program recognizes the companys customers from a variety of industries for innovative use of technology and commitment to improving business processes through better access to data

The hardest parts of data science

Data Science and Beyond

Contrary to common belief, the hardest part of data science isn’t building an accurate model or obtaining good, clean data. It is much harder to define feasible problems and come up with reasonable ways of measuring solutions.

City of Charlotte Selected As a 2015 PTI Solutions Award Winner

Information Builders

Information Builders , a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions, today announced that the Public Technology Institute (PTI) has named its customer, the City of Charlotte, a 2015 Solutions Award Winner in the IT and Telecommunications category

Upcoming Power BI Workshop in Huntington Beach, CA – Apr 10, 2015

Ms SQL Girl

Apr 10, 2015 7:45 AM – 5:15 PM. Early bird (until Apr 1, 2015) $99.00. I’m pleased to announce that I will be delivering a one day workshop as one of the three precons at SQL Saturday 389, Huntington Beach, California. The details of the course are listed below. If you are confused about the different versions of Power BI that are available, this course is definitely ideal for you.

Upcoming Power BI Workshop in Huntington Beach, CA – Apr 10, 2015

Ms SQL Girl

Apr 10, 2015 7:45 AM – 5:15 PM. Early bird (until Apr 1, 2015) $99.00. I’m pleased to announce that I will be delivering a one day workshop as one of the three precons at SQL Saturday 389, Huntington Beach, California. The details of the course are listed below. If you are confused about the different versions of Power BI that are available, this course is definitely ideal for you.

How to get a job at Google — as a data scientist

The Unofficial Google Data Science Blog

by SEAN GERRISH If you are a regular at this blog, thanks for reading. We will continue to bring you posts from the range of data science activities at Google. This post is different. It is for those who are interested enough in our activities to consider joining us. We briefly highlight some of the things we look for in data scientists we hire at Google and give tips on ways to prepare. At Google we’re always looking for talented people, and we’re interested in hiring great data scientists.

The wonderful world of recommender systems

Data Science and Beyond

I recently gave a talk about recommender systems at the Data Science Sydney meetup (the slides are available here). This post roughly follows the outline of the talk, expanding on some of the key points in non-slide form (i.e., complete sentences and paragraphs!).

Ventana Research Names Information Builders Top Vendor in 2015 Value Index for Analytics and BI

Information Builders

Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence ( BI ) and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions, today announced that it was ranked as the top overall vendor in the 2015 Ventana Research Value Index for Analytics and Business Intelligence

Experiment design and modeling for long-term studies in ads

The Unofficial Google Data Science Blog

Recently, we presented some basic insights from our effort to measure and predict long-term effects at KDD 2015 [1]. References [1] Henning Hohnhold, Deirdre O'Brien, Diane Tang, Focus on the Long-Term: It's better for Users and Business , Proceedings 21st Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, 2015. [2] by HENNING HOHNHOLD, DEIRDRE O'BRIEN, and DIANE TANG In this post we discuss the challenges in measuring and modeling the long-term effect of ads on user behavior.

5 Signs You Need Better Cloud Integration

In(tegrate) the Clouds

I recently participated in an online web conference called Cloudcon 2015: Integration and Web APIs where I reviewed 5 signs you need better cloud integration: You’re Struggling with the Integrator’s Dilemma. You Have Unintegrated Integration: You Thought Cloud = API Utopia. You Still Have Swivel Chair Integration. You’re Considering Going Back to On-Prem Due to Diminishing SaaS Returns. It’s a topic I wrote about in this blog post last year.

This holiday season, give me real insights

Data Science and Beyond

Merriam-Webster defines an insight as an understanding of the true nature of something. Many companies seem to define an insight as any piece of data or information, which I would call a pseudo-insight.

Migrating a simple web application from MongoDB to Elasticsearch

Data Science and Beyond

Bandcamp Recommender (BCRecommender) is a web application that serves music recommendations from Bandcamp. I recently switched BCRecommender’s data store from MongoDB to Elasticsearch. This has made it possible to offer a richer search experience to users at a similar cost.

Miscommunicating science: Simplistic models, nutritionism, and the art of storytelling

Data Science and Beyond

I recently finished reading the book In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan. The book criticises nutritionism – the idea that one should eat according to the sum of measured nutrients while ignoring the food that contains these nutrients.

Learning SQL Server, R and Azure Online With 24HOP

Ms SQL Girl

24 June 2015 9:00 PM PDT / 25 June 2015 4:00 AM UTC / 25 June 2015 2:00 PM AEST. 25 June 2015 1:00 AM PDT / 25 June 2015 8:00 AM UTC / 25 June 2015 6:00 PM AEST. Yes, it’s that time of the year again with 24 Hours of PASS. I’m very proud to see 24 amazing speakers lined up from different parts of the world. Check them out here. These webinars on SQL Server, R, Azure and Professional Development topics are free.

Learning SQL Server, R and Azure Online With 24HOP

Ms SQL Girl

24 June 2015 9:00 PM PDT / 25 June 2015 4:00 AM UTC / 25 June 2015 2:00 PM AEST. 25 June 2015 1:00 AM PDT / 25 June 2015 8:00 AM UTC / 25 June 2015 6:00 PM AEST. Yes, it’s that time of the year again with 24 Hours of PASS. I’m very proud to see 24 amazing speakers lined up from different parts of the world. Check them out here. These webinars on SQL Server, R, Azure and Professional Development topics are free.

2016 Data Predictions from Gaurav Dhillon

In(tegrate) the Clouds

I shared some of my 2016 predictions in my previous post and summarized the most popular 2015 SnapLogic blog posts here. Gaurav Dhillon , the co-founder and CEO of SnapLogic , who also co-founded Informatica in the early ’90’s and was CEO of that company for 12 years, posted 4 data predictions and 1 market prediction this week on LinkedIn and the SnapLogic blog. His predictions are as follows: Data Eats the World and Integration Strategies Will Drive Digital Transformation.

You don’t need a data scientist (yet)

Data Science and Beyond

The hype around big data has caused many organisations to hire data scientists without giving much thought to what these data scientists are going to do and whether they’re actually needed. This is a source of frustration for all parties involved.

Replacing Sawzall — a case study in domain-specific language migration

The Unofficial Google Data Science Blog

by AARON BECKER In a previous post, we described how data scientists at Google used Sawzall to perform powerful, scalable analysis. However, over the last three years we’ve eliminated almost all our Sawzall code, and now the niche that Sawzall occupied in our software ecosystem is mostly filled by Go.

Learning to rank for personalised search (Yandex Search Personalisation – Kaggle Competition Summary – Part 2)

Data Science and Beyond

This is the second and last post summarising my team’s solution for the Yandex search personalisation Kaggle competition. See the first post for a summary of the dataset, evaluation approach, and some thoughts about search engine optimisation and privacy.

Goodbye, Parse.com

Data Science and Beyond

Over the past year, I’ve been using Parse‘s free backend-as-a-service and web hosting to serve BCRecommender (music recommendation service) and Price Dingo (now-closed shopping comparison engine). The main lesson: You get what you pay for.

A Few 2016 Technology Predictions

In(tegrate) the Clouds

Merv Adrian (@merv) December 19, 2015. What is the most important news item about a software company that occurred in 2015 that belongs in the capsule, and why? The resurgence of Microsoft as a cloud company was big news in 2015. Who was the biggest tech disruptor in 2015? Microsoft’s resurgence is the biggest news of 2015, but Amazon, and specifically AWS, has done the most to disrupt traditional approaches to delivering (and purchasing) software in the enterprise.

On procedural and declarative programming in MapReduce

The Unofficial Google Data Science Blog

by SEAN GERRISH and AMIR NAJMI To deliver the services our users have come to rely upon, Googlers have to process a lot of data — often at web-scale. For doing analyses quickly, it helps to abstract away as much of the repeated work as possible. In this post, we’ll describe some things we have learned about mixing declarative and procedural programing paradigms to simplify MapReduce as used by data scientists.

Learning about deep learning through album cover classification

Data Science and Beyond

In the past month, I’ve spent some time on my album cover classification project. The goal of this project is for me to learn about deep learning by working on an actual problem.

Mobile Marketing 2015: Rethink Customer Acquisition, Intent Targeting

Occam's Razor

Two companies, Skullcandy and TripIt, delivering on four amazing outcomes that inspire us to set the bar significantly higher for our mobile efforts in 2015 (or sooner!). That is what all marketing in 2015 will look like. In 2015, marketing will look like a turbo-charged version of what Skullcandy, P&G, TripIt and Pageonce are doing. Mobile Marketing 2015: Rethink Customer Acquisition, Intent Targeting is a post from: Occam's Razor by Avinash Kaushik.

Hopping on the deep learning bandwagon

Data Science and Beyond

I’ve been meaning to get into deep learning for the last few years. Now, the stars having finally aligned and I have the time and motivation to work on a small project that will hopefully improve my understanding of the field.

First steps in data science: author-aware sentiment analysis

Data Science and Beyond

People often ask me what’s the best way of becoming a data scientist. The way I got there was by first becoming a software engineer and then doing a PhD in what was essentially data science (before it became such a popular term).

My divestment from fossil fuels

Data Science and Beyond

This post covers recent choices I've made to reduce my exposure to fossil fuels, including practical steps that can be taken by Australians and generally applicable lessons. I recently read Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, which deeply influenced me.

Research

Data Science and Beyond

I did my PhD at Monash University under the supervision of Ingrid Zukerman and Fabian Bohnert. I started in March 2009 and submitted my thesis in August 2012.

The long road to a lifestyle business

Data Science and Beyond

Almost a year ago, I left my last full-time job and decided to set on an independent path that includes data science consulting and work on my own projects. The ultimate goal is not to have to sell my time for money by generating enough passive income to live comfortably.