Archives for September, 2011.

What Big Data has Helped Us Learn About Wall Street

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published September 13th, 2011

Big Data and Wall Street Bailout 300x210 photo (big data)So I bet you thought you knew just how big the federal government’s 2008 bailout of the American and European banking industries was—$500 billion, right?

Making Collaborative BI Happen

By Spotfire Blog Editor | Published September 12th, 2011

thumbnail6 photo (collaborative bi 2)Everyone loves to talk about collaboration. It evokes positive associations – teamwork, sharing, and a host of others. And it fits our experience that great ideas and successful efforts usually happen when people come together. So it is no surprise that collaboration has become a hot topic in the BI community.

How to Backup an ESXi Server with GhettoVCB

By Andrew McLeod | Published September 12th, 2011

vmwareVMWare is wonderful for getting full utilization of scarce resource.  However, if you’re on a limited budget, affording ESX clustered hosts for all needs is overkill.  Sometimes a free ESXi server is enough.

How Predictive Analytics Can Save Zebras

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published September 9th, 2011

Predictive Analytics Saves Zebras 300x199 photo (predictive analytics)Predictive analytics can be used to drive brand loyalty, create cross-sell as well as upsell opportunities, predict and manage operations and resources, and identify and target the best customers—not to mention in can help save zebras.

Deloitte Analytics: A Social Media Website for BI Insiders

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published September 8th, 2011

Delloite Analytics photo (business intelligence jobs)Consulting, auditing, and analytics giant Deloitte has combined two very contemporary technologies – business analytics and social media – in a newly launched website, Real Analytics,

Shipboard Maintenance: Pressure Washing the Ship’s Main Engine & Auxiliaries

By Goodway Blogging Team | Published September 7th, 2011
Can you see the casualty before it happens? I was once asked to survey the operational condition and readiness of a ship’s engineering and propulsion plant prior to purchase. Well, what I found was totally unacceptable! The equipment was so dirty and grimy one could barely make out the color of paint on the main [...]

How Data Analytics and BI Pros Used Twitter in August

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published September 6th, 2011

twitter2 photo (analytics and twitter)It’s just what you need for your first day back at work after the three-day weekend – all the key Twitter happenings in data analytics and BI for the month of August. This month, we’re looking at the consumerization of collaborative BI, several awards and a new acronym for collaborative BI.

Leveraging Netapp’s Deduplication Feature

By Mike Solinap | Published September 2nd, 2011

Application managementWe recently obtained the necessary licenses required to enable one of our clients’ FAS2050 filers for deduplication.  Currently, deduplication is offered by Netapp for free.  You simply need to get in touch with your reseller and request both ASIS licenses and Nearstore licenses.  The Nearstore license for FAS should also be available at no cost as well.  Once Netapp has approved the request, the new license codes should be available on

The Data Analytics of Labor Day – Infographic

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published September 2nd, 2011

This weekend is considered the last blast of summer with millions traveling and millions of kids and teachers getting ready to hit the books next week.

How to Setup a Local Redhat 5 Update Repository

By Brad Tinder | Published September 1st, 2011

Redhat5 Server ManagementIn a previous post, my colleague Mike described how to setup a Redhat 4 (RHEL4) local update repository. With Redhat 5 (RHEL5), the procedure to setup a local repository has changed somewhat. At SPK, we often will setup a local update repository for Redhat or Debian/Ubuntu-based Linux servers as part of our infrastructure management service. Setting up a local repository reduces overall patching time and WAN bandwidth significantly which means less downtime and happy users.