Archives for September, 2011.

Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM): A Valuable Tool for Facility Managers

By Goodway Blogging Team | Published September 22nd, 2011
A few weeks ago, we discussed the value of certain certifications such as CFM, FM, or CHFM.  Now let’s take a look at another respected credential, the Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) designation.  This is obtained from the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE), a great organization which I happen to belong to.  Although I am not [...]

Healthcare BI Helps Physicians Improve Patient Care

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published September 21st, 2011

Healthcare BI 216x300 photo (healthcare bi)Yesterday’s post discussed how the integration of business intelligence and healthcare-related smartphone apps is helping physicians save lives. Healthcare BI can also help providers when it comes to determining the ideal size of a patient panel – establishing which patients are assigned to which doctors in a practice, according to this article.

Five Reasons To Use Application Management Services

By SPK Blogging Team | Published September 21st, 2011

application management servicesApplication management services sounds intriguing; have a company host and run your applications, and separate your business from your infrastructure.  Anyone who’s dealt with the stress of IT planning and purchasing understands the temptation to use application management.

Diagnosing Disease Using Smartphone Apps and Data Visualization

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published September 20th, 2011

diagnosing disease with smartphone app 233x300 photo (data visualization)While many companies are using mobile analytics to measure their mobile advertising and marketing campaigns, scientists are developing healthcare-related smartphone apps that could actually save lives. The new apps are designed to help doctors by integrating with medical devices, enabling the smartphone to become the tool for data handling, analytics, visualization and communication.

The Data Analytics of “Going for It” on Fourth Down

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published September 19th, 2011

the data analytics of going for it on fourth down1 photo (sports analytics)It was early in the game, but the San Diego Chargers sensed they needed go for it on fourth and goal in order to keep pace with the Patriots’ explosive offense. That was the situation during the first quarter of yesterday’s NFL game in New England. The Chargers failed to score on the play and eventually lost the game. Today, I imagine many Monday morning quarterbacks are second guessing the decision to go for it so early in the game.  However, I know one person who isn’t.  This guy believes it’s statistically more rational to always go for it on fourth down regardless of the situation. His name is Kevin Kelley, head coach of the Little Rock, Arkansas Pulaski Bruins believes.

Four Unavoidable Reasons To Take IT Out of Corporate IT

By SPK Blogging Team | Published September 19th, 2011

take IT outside of IT departmentIn the world of IT, solutions become problems with alarming regularity.  The new software of today is the upgrade nightmare of tomorrow.  The policies that solved problems create new ones years later.

How to Install Software Packages Using Ninite

By Ron Ross | Published September 16th, 2011

This week we want to have a look at a useful website that enables us to quickly and accurately install any of a large number of useful software packages. The website,, presents a large number of current freeware packages, along with trial versions of a few others.
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Let’s say you have a computer (or several computers) on which you want to install Firefix, Notepad++, Skype, Hulu, 7Zip, Filezilla, and perhaps a number of other applications. Ordinarily this could be a tedious process of downloading each package and running through all the install screens for each one. But by using Ninite, a single installer is created which you can launch and forget. Run it on one or multiple computers and then go get coffee while it’s doing its work.

How Mobile Analytics Can Help Marketers

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published September 15th, 2011

mobile analytics1 photo (mobile analytics)As we gear up for the release of the “Moneyball” movie next week, let’s start this mobile analytics post with a professional sports reference. Although the Pittsburgh Penguins lost in round one of the Stanley Cup hockey playoffs, the Penguins are winning a different type of game off the ice. The National Hockey League franchise is using mobile analytics to improve their marketing program, according to Direct Marketing News.

What Happened to Google Wave? A Look at Collaboration Alternatives

By Ed Chung | Published September 15th, 2011

Two years ago, Google announced a new product: Wave. Their (and I use the term loosely, since all new Google products seem to come from the same giant, faceless Googleplex) original goal was to unify messaging – have you thought about how many tools you use to communicate and coordinate?

HVAC Chiller Maintenance: It’s About That Time

By Goodway Blogging Team | Published September 14th, 2011
Now that the hot weather is winding down here in the northeast, it’s time to think about laying up your chilled water system for the winter. Some plants do a dry lay-up with the condenser ends pulled off, and piping open to the atmosphere. Other plants do a wet lay-up with a chiller tube cleaner [...]