Tag Archives: Business Analytics

Weekly recap: 5 trends that will drive the future of tech, don’t be fooled by false metrics, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on tech trends, false metrics, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Don’t be fooled by false metrics
As one of the points made in this recent article on reporting, false metrics are a common problem in the world of reporting and BI. While we certainly have no shortage of data, choosing the right data is often the biggest hurdle faced when building reports or BI apps. Continue reading

Weekly recap: 10 time management tips, predictive analytics, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on time management tips, predictive analytics, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Predictive analytics. Making little decisions with big data
As I mentioned in this article, predictive analytics is one of the next big trends in Business Intelligence. What is it, and how is it useful? This article attempts to answer those questions. Continue reading

Weekly recap: 6 uncomfortable questions IT teams should ask, HTML mistakes to avoid, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on HTML mistakes, data visualization, and more. I hope you find them useful:

HTML tag mistakes you should really avoid
If you ever edit your web application’s presentation layer at the source level, you should read this article. It describes a few common HTML mistakes that can cause problems if not corrected.

6 uncomfortable questions IT teams should ask
Would you describe your IT staff as “innovative”? This article takes a look at some highly innovative IT departments, as well as some hard questions that IT staffs must ask themselves if they want to be on that level. While the questions are good, I’d say that most of them boil down to this: How quickly can your IT department meet your user’s needs? Continue reading

Weekly recap: Most intriguing new phones of 2012, crazy security tricks, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on the most notable smartphones, crazy security tricks, ways to optimize business analytics, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Mobile: The biggest change to hit retailing in 50 years
This article explains how mobile is completely revolutionizing the retail industry, but I think you could say the same thing for most any industry. Of course, mobile probably affects your industry in a different way than it affects the retail industry, but it’s a trend that cannot be ignored…regardless of industry. The big question: How can your business take advantage of the mobile revolution? For many companies, this involves bringing business apps to mobile devices, which can be a difficult and confusing endeavor if you don’t know where to start. If your company is considering mobile, here’s a whitepaper that might help: The beginner’s guide to creating mobile applications for your business. Continue reading

Weekly recap: 7 facts and myths about HTML5, analytics trends, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on HTML5 myths, trends in analytics, javascript plugins, and more. I hope you find them useful:

12 essential javascript form plugins
Forms are everywhere in business applications, but they don’t offer many capabilities by default. However, with a little javascript, your formerly dull forms can actually do some pretty cool things. This article lists a few great plugins that will really spice up your web apps. Continue reading

4 IT resolutions to boost business

Save MoneyAt the beginning of every year, millions of people make new year’s resolutions. These resolutions usually focus on goals, eliminating bad habits, or personal growth.  But, what about companies?  Do any companies make resolutions? After all, I’m sure most companies have goals, bad habits that need fixing, or areas for growth. With that in mind, I’ve come up with 4 IT-related resolution ideas that could help your company grow or eliminate bad habits: Continue reading

What is business intelligence?

EducationJust the other day, someone asked me this question: “What is business intelligence?” It got me thinking…I frequently write about business intelligence (BI) and why it’s important, but I’ve never really defined the term. In this post, I’d like to take a step back and give you the what, why, who, where, when, and how of business intelligence. Sound good? Okay, let’s get started…

What is business intelligence?
Most companies collect and store data covering all areas of their business. This data sits in a database and is really pretty useless in this format. What do I mean by that? If you looked at data in a database, it wouldn’t make any sense and would most definitely overwhelm you. This is where business intelligence comes into play. Business intelligence is the process of taking that (overwhelming) data in your database and presenting it in an understandable, accessible, and useful fashion. Continue reading

How companies fail with their data

Save MoneyAccording to Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google), we now create in two days as much information as humanity did from the beginning of recorded history until 2003 (Quote taken from this article). This growing data trend applies to business too–Gartner predicts that enterprise data in all forms will grow 650% over the next 5 years.

I recently reviewed the results of a business data survey covering 543 executives in 17 countries. The results confirmed Schmidt’s statement and Gartner’s prediction: The majority of respondents feel overwhelmed by the influx of data and believe it will greatly impact their business.

The question is this: What are you doing with all of this data? Continue reading

Top 10 technologies for 2011

Save MoneyWant to save money, increase productivity, or gain a competitive advantage? Stay on top of the latest technology trends. When you keep your eye on the latest trends in the tech world, you’ll run across some new opportunities for your company.

But how do you know which trends will stick and which will fade? Gartner recently published the results of their research into the top technologies for 2011. Technologies on this list will most likely affect many aspects of the business world in the coming years. Continue reading