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  • November 16, 2016 16 Nov'16

    Don't let bad data dashboard design crash your reports

    Data dashboard design best practices aren't just about making sure reports look good. They're also closely tied to ensuring dashboards function properly.

  • October 06, 2016 06 Oct'16

    Effective data visualization crystallizes a company's crystal ball

    What's in your toolbox? October's issue of Business Information turns the tables and puts that burning question to Capital One and several other business intelligence and data analytics software users. As the burgeoning worlds of structured and unstructured data collide, companies see urgency in predicting consumer behavior, technology trends and marketplace hiccups. Predictive analytics can foretell the future, but peering into a crystal ball chock full of statistics is tantamount to walking through a strange town with no street signs. Effective data visualization tools are the street signs in the form of easy-to-understand charts, graphs, illustrations and more. Visualized data helps business executives make sense of the analytics and arms them with the ammunition they need to see the big picture and formulate intelligent corporate, marketing and sales decisions. In a TechTarget survey on planned software investments, predictive analytics and data visualization tools top the list of BI and analytics technologies. But visualized data goes far beyond presentations for business executives.

    In our cover story, reporter Ed Burns reveals that data scientists and analytics managers at companies like Capital One, Macys.com, BuildingIQ, ArcBest and Omega Point Research rely heavily on effective data visualization throughout the analytics process, from initial exploration to predictive modeling to reporting results. "Visualization is the bread and butter," says Boris Savkovic, lead data scientist at BuildingIQ. "It helps expose patterns over time as well as patterns between different variables."

    The surge in predictive analytics and visualization tools can be largely attributed to the rise of big data. For IT teams charged with assembling big data architectures, editor Craig Stedman, in another feature, examines the abundance of technologies available and, paradoxically, the complications that creates. And therein lies the rub. "To pull it all together, I can say that 10 people didn't sleep for a year," relates Vinoth Chandar, Uber senior software engineer.

    Also in this issue, learn how a security expert and cryptographer is using big data analytics and the cloud to make open source code safe for app developers and off-limits to hackers.

  • May 02, 2016 02 May'16

    EMC Unity all-flash midrange array opens EMC World 2016

    Along with its Unity all-flash array and Virtustream Storage Cloud, EMC announces copy data management, ViPR 3.0 and predictive analytics at EMC World.

  • April 19, 2016 19 Apr'16

    Workday gives debt collectors predictive analytics software

    Workday is providing predictive analytics to help in collection of bills and scorecards for managing employees and projects, while Zuora is upgrading with big data analytics.

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    The line of business Enterprise Management product S/4HANA Supply Chain offers a production-planning component that features materials planning tools and intuitive dashboards. Continue Reading

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    Use business value dashboards to manage the progress of IT initiatives and track IT spending. A business value dashboard visualizes that data so corporate can understand IT value. Continue Reading

  • LBS technology expands customer service, business operations

    Many modern consumers and workers are always tuned-in to the digital world. They have laptops, tablets and smartphones that chirp and beep away with incoming messages. Those devices are also sending out information -- tweets and texts, yes -- but also location data. Companies looking to score an edge are turning to location-based services (LBS) technology to better engage and understand consumers and workers.

    In the cover story of the October 2015 issue of Business Information, executive editor Lauren Horwitz reveals some of the creative ways companies are employing LBS technology to reach out to customers at the right time and in the right place. But for that timing to be just right, Horwitz writes later in a column, businesses and IT professionals need to dig deep into customer data gathered from sources such as account information, social media and online chats. If they do that, targeted encounters with customers will have a better chance for success.

    Organizations are also benefiting greatly from LBS technology in tracking the work routines of their own employees. In another feature, reporter Ed Burns looks at two very divergent industries, healthcare and trucking. First, he demonstrates how one major hospital used location tracking to improve the floor movements of its nurses. Burns continues with the story of a large package-delivery company that integrated routes and weather data to more accurately estimate delivery time.

    On a more personal note, this issue covers job satisfaction of IT professionals. Also, find out how one business intelligence director convinced a governor and his cabinet to overhaul the state's inefficient database management system. Continue Reading

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