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Advice to Aspiring Data Scientists from PROS Inc.’s Neil Biehn

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by Stephanie Faris The Harvard Business Review labeled Data Science “The sexiest job of the 21st century,” catching the interest of everyone from high school students to technology veterans. But not everyone is suited to the field of data science, which requires a combination of talents that include mathematics, communication, creativity, and a thirst for…

Business Intelligence Software

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by Jelani Harper The increasing adoption rates of Big Data and data-driven processes are causing the reliance on Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics software to grow. The escalating deployment of these tools is partly responsible for the movement towards the simplification of BI, which is increasingly shifting this technology from the backrooms of IT departments…

Successful Metadata Management

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by Jelani Harper Effective Metadata Management has increasingly come to include enterprise-wide integration. A report from Gartner states, “To create greater value, you must move from managing metadata in silos to a more integrated, enterprise wide approach.” Providing a point of commonality in the terms, definitions and rules that an organization’s metadata is based on…

Data Management in a Training Organization

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by Dwayne Phillips Enterprises of all sizes and shapes have their own training departments. If a formal training department doesn’t exist, it is often easy to find an informal one. Training and creating the data that comprise training consumes resources and if the data is not properly managed, the results are a waste of time…

Selling Big Data as a Service: 5 Industries Big Data Will Improve

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by Stephanie Faris Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions are more popular than ever, a report from Siemer and Associates estimates that SaaS providers will experience a 17% growth worldwide this year, even as other segments of the software industry have slowed. Companies are increasingly turning to the Cloud for technology services, saving money while receiving levels of…

Amplifying Security Intelligence with Big Data

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by Vijay Dheap[i] “Big Data” may seem like just the latest technology buzzword, but there’s a reason why so many business leaders are sitting up and taking notice of how to put their data to work.  In tandem with the big data explosion, there’s another headline-grabbing trend hitting the business world: Corporate cyber crime is…

Data Models Versus Data Resource Models

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by Michael Brackett Data Modeling is a prominent task in most public and private sector organizations. However, traditional data modeling produces data models which are fraught with many problems that impact the development of an organization’s data resource and how that data resource supports the organization’s business information demand.[i]   A few of the prominent data…

Smart Data Management is the Key to Unlocking Big Data Value

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by Paul Bergamo Understanding the Problem Businesses are in a rush to leverage Big Data capabilities and make smarter, more profitable decisions, and there is great reason to do this as many firms are realizing quick, measurable benefits.  But, if those efforts are not well thought out, and well aligned with your data management goals…

Meeting Big Data Challenges with Hadoop

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by Stephanie Faris These days, the term “Hadoop” is connected closely with Big Data technologies. But, for those new to the Big Data field, this open-source software is an all new world. During the Enterprise World Data 2013 Conference, Vladimir Bacvanski explained these new, exciting technologies in his session, Introduction to Hadoop and Big Data…

Business Intelligence Master’s Degree Programs

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by Jelani Harper Business Intelligence (BI) is emerging as a formal collegiate discipline. According to Daniel Connolly, the interim Senior Advisor of the Department of Business Information and Analytics at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, “McKinsey projects a shortfall of 1.5 million BI analysts by 2018.” An ever increasing number of technical…