2015

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!

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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.

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Radar: More Evil Than Pie?

Darkhorse

It is by now common knowledge among the viz-savvy crowd that pie charts are best avoided. Many pixels have been used explaining why pies are bad , when occasionally pies are good , and my personal favorite from my colleague at Darkhorse: Salvaging the Pie.

Experiment design and modeling for long-term studies in ads

The Unofficial Google Data Science Blog

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.

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

How Data Visualization Can Help Governments Address Societal Challenges

TIBCO

Until recently, data analytics and data visualization tools have commonly been used by cities and government agencies to address societal challenges such as congestion, crime, and municipal services.

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Benchmarking for excellence in healthcare

ScienceSoft

What accounts for consistent and timely delivery of high quality healthcare services? Analytical software and BI solutions help to identify and track the best practices in healthcare management and leadership, thus helping spread the knowledge across the industry.

Finding Data Quality

Jim Harris

Have you ever experienced that sinking feeling, where you sense if you don’t find data quality, then data quality will find you? In the spring of 2003, Pixar Animation Studios produced one of my all-time favorite Walt Disney Pictures— Finding Nemo.

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

Participate In Our Forrester/DMA Customer Loyalty Benchmark Research

Srividya Sridharan

This is a guest post by Samantha Ngo, Researcher on the Customer Insights team. Wonder how your loyalty strategies compare to others in the industry? As a refresh to our 2012 benchmarks, we invite you to take part in our 2015 Customer Loyalty Benchmark survey. If you manage or make decisions about your company's […]. customer insights

Encouraging Innovation in an Established Product Culture

Speaker: Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies

Innovation is both a process and an outcome. The best way to begin innovating your products is by innovating your internal process. We'll explore the challenges, solutions, and hands-on techniques for becoming a successful "agent of change" within a well-established product culture. We'll examine the importance of UX and user-centric feature analysis, the adaptation of Agile Methodologies to the creative process, as well as a way to drive successful culture change for setting expectations and winning approvals with cross-functional stakeholders. Innovation and Leadership go hand in hand. Join Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies, as we assess some case studies to see how to lead with a clear strategy well-defined tactics, and an unbiased understanding of the fundamental question: "why are you innovating?"

The TCO of analytics in the cloud and the mid-market advantage

Wise Analytics

Last week I was part of a panel discussion with Robin Bloor of the Bloor Group and Marc Clark from Teradata to discuss the TCO of cloud analytics and the strategic benefits and challenges of cloud deployments. The reality is that more organizations are looking to the cloud due to broader storage, big data management, and perceptions of lower cost and easier to maintain solutions. As organizations struggle with larger and more complex data sets, this trend will become even broader.

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.

2016 Data Predictions from Gaurav Dhillon

In(tegrate) the Clouds

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.

Make the Grade

Darkhorse

Recently the Alberta government hosted Apps for Alberta - a competition using the province’s open data. Being an Alberta-based data visualization firm, we felt encouraged, perhaps even duty-bound, to enter. So we did.

Embedding Operational Reports: Everything Product Managers Should Know

Speaker: Dean Yao, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Businesses are run with analytics - but companies continue to struggle with interpreting, analyzing, and distributing data. Operational reports help get information to the people who need it most, in formats they understand, and in a timeframe that matters. Join the webinar to learn how embedding operational reports can give your users a precisely formatted, ready-to-analyze view of their operational activities. World-class software teams are embedding operational reports to empower end users with interactive data visualizations, detailed information, and highly precise formats that can be shared via email, PDF, print, or online.

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.

Mobile BI Success: Having The Right Technology Helps, But Isn’t Enough

Martha Bennett

Between 2012 and 2014, mobile BI adoption shot up: Forrester survey data shows that the percentage of technology decision-makers who make some BI applications available on mobile devices has nearly quadrupled, and the percentage who state that BI is delivered exclusively via mobile devices has risen from 1% in 2012 to 7% in 2014. While […]. business intelligence chief information officer (CIO

Shell Basics every Data Scientist Should know -Part I

MLWhiz

Shell Commands are powerful. And life would be like hell without shell is how I like to say it(And that is probably the reason that I dislike windows).

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Azure Data Factory and Visual Studio

Ms SQL Girl

Great news ! Azure Data Factory is now generally available. AND, there are quite a number of tutorials to help you get started. One thing that I’d like to highlight is there is an Azure Data Factory extension in Visual Studio. Yes, that means you can edit your workflow locally.

Your 2-Part Metrics Audit for High-Value Products

Speaker: Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, Startup Patterns

You know what they say: what's measured improves. As product managers we're in a golden age of being able to get all sorts of metrics and run all sorts of experiments. But what are your measurements and analytics focused on? Are they really truly objective? Do they contribute to the ultimate vision of your product? And is everybody clear on that vision? Join Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, as he takes you through a two-part measurement audit. First, you'll learn how to make sure your measurements actually align with your product strategy. And second, you'll learn how to evaluate your culture of using measurements, so future experiments will more consistently provide high-value results.

Fear has Replaced Apathy as the Number One Enemy of Data

Jim Harris

Background: “Apathy is the enemy of data quality”. I began work on data quality in the late 1980s at the great Bell Laboratories. We worked in partnership with a couple of AT&T groups and made rapid strides.

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

The Customer Insights Research Team Is Hiring!

Srividya Sridharan

Gone are the days when we have to “sell” the idea of using customer and marketing data to drive better business decisions. The sheer scale and diversity of customer data will provide rich new sources of insight and allow firms to effectively engage with customers using enterprise marketing technologies. In fact, customer analytics solutions, one […]. customer analytics customer insights customer intelligence

Watch Out for Business Intelligence "Gotchas"

Howard Dresner

When it comes to commentary with valuable real-world insights, I can always count on the participants at my weekly #BIWisdom tweetchats on Fridays. I kicked off a recent discussion with this question to the group: “What are the top five worst practices in business intelligence?” It took only a few minutes for them to toss out a lot more than five. As I commented then, there are a bunch of successful overachievers who participate in #BIWisdom tweetchats!

Assessing and Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Speaker: Magnus Penker, CEO & Founder, Innovation360 Group

Welcome to an interactive empowering session on how to sharpen your future through innovation management, which can help guide your company’s goals. During this webinar, Magnus Penker, international thought leader and author, will dive into how to assess and foster culture and capabilities for innovation.

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.

Addressing the Last Mile – Middleware in Focus

In(tegrate) the Clouds

Check out this post by Glenn Donovan: The History of Middleware. From the enterprise service bus (ESB) to the integration competency center (ICC), he has a lot to say about the good, bad and ugly of legacy enterprise application integration (EAI) and extract, transform and load (ETL) technologies.

Pluck the Low-Hanging Fruit

Darkhorse

This is part two in a series of articles about effective analytics implementation. The first part “ The Five Faces of Analytics ” explores the roles necessary to develop a successful analytics team. So you’ve assembled a team of world beaters and they’re chomping at the bit.

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.

Measure the Immeasurable: Beyond Vanity Metrics

Speaker: Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor, Product School

As a product manager, it's your job to realize your product’s vision by executing your chosen strategy. It’s also your job to deliver value to the business. Ultimately, these two outcomes are aligned so the temptation is to focus primarily on business metrics. Doing this can cause you to lose focus on the real value you are trying to achieve, in favor of moving the vanity metrics such as launches and time spent. Join Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor at Product School, as she explains how to use immeasurable success criteria along with your more standard KPIs to deliver products that don't just get used a lot, but deliver real value.

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.

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!

Crushing It With Competitive Intelligence Analysis: Best Metrics, Reports

Occam's Razor

Half-way through this post, you'll seriously wonder why you've spent so much time obsessing with Adobe/Google Analytics/Chartbeat or other web analytics tool.