Archives for November, 2011.

Predictive Analytics Q&A with Tom Davenport

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published November 17th, 2011

Tom Davenport Predictive Analytics1 photo (predictive analytics)Tom Davenport is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, the co-founder and research director of the International Institute for Analytics, and a Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics. He has published widely on the topics of analytics in business, process management, information and knowledge management, and enterprise systems. His most recent book is Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results, with Jeanne Harris and Bob Morison. He wrote or edited twelve other books, and has written over 100 articles for such publications as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, the Financial Times, and many other publications.

Ease of Use the Key to Dashboards That Work for Everyone

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published November 16th, 2011

analytics dashboard that works for everyone photo (business intelligence)If there’s anything we’ve learned about the growth of analytics it’s that users demand an easy to use, simple to share dashboard view to speed up the arrival of insights that fuel decision making.

How ‘Free-Dimensional’ Analytics are Enabling Social Collaboration

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published November 14th, 2011

spotfire 4.0 BI collaboration dashboard 300x286 photo (business intelligence tools)Stop and think for a moment about why you use business intelligence (BI) tools. OK, time’s up.

The Data Analytics of Veterans Day

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published November 11th, 2011

Today, we’ll honor the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedom. This Veterans Day, we encourage all you data pros to check out the US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Veterans Analysis & Statistics.

How HVAC Professionals Used LinkedIn This Fall

By Goodway Blogging Team | Published November 10th, 2011
The HVAC Professionals Group at LinkedIn had several interesting discussions over the last 2 months.  The groups diverse background provided some strong and valuable opinions. Top influencer of the week Noriel Ong asked a seemingly simple question about pump positioning in a chilled water loop. This lead to a discussion of the many factors involved. [...]

Becoming a Social Enterprise

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published November 10th, 2011
Becoming a Social Enterprise by Lyndsay Wise 297x300 photo (business intelligence)This is a guest blog post by Lyndsay Wise (@wiseanalytics), president and founder of WiseAnalytics. Lyndsay has ten years of IT experience in business systems analysis, software selection, and implementation of enterprise applications. She provides consulting services for small and mid-sized companies and conducts research into leading technologies, market trends, BI products and vendors, mid-market needs, and data visualization.

Traditional BI has always promised better information visibility and time savings through analytics. Unfortunately this came at a cost – it required a large data warehousing infrastructure, pre-defined reports and OLAP cubes for analysis, high-level technical skills, and dedicated IT staff to maintain the constant state of development and requests from users.

Top Data Center Power Planning Considerations

By Andrew McLeod | Published November 10th, 2011

data-center-power-planningOur Infrastructure Management Services include data center migration planning and deployment. Recently, I moved two different companies to new facilities. Both had drastically different IT needs. One was heavier on infrastructure and server room. The other was not focused so much on infrastructure as it was on phones and vendor services. For the first company, we needed to plan the data center carefully to ensure a smooth operation once we moved. One of the challenges was power. Below is some information about things to think about in your next move.  Let me know if you have other opinions or experiences.

How Bug Analysis Improves Software Engineering Postmortems.

By SPK Blogging Team | Published November 10th, 2011

engineering bug analysisYour project has released! Maybe this was the first version or iteration, or maybe it was the 10th. However, being an attentive software engineer, you’re not done yet. Now it’s time for the postmortem. So, you have your standard “what went right” and “what went wrong” meeting, but you think you might still be missing some important information that would help the next phase of your project. Try bug analysis.

How to Boost Data Analytics Adoption by Improving the User Experience

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published November 9th, 2011

how to improve data analytics adoption via user experience 300x169 photo (business analytics)Amid the current economic turbulence and the rise of the empowered customer, many companies are applying web, social, and predictive analytics to customer intelligence to help drive improved business performance.

Top 5 Reasons to Conduct an IT Outsourcing Re-Evaluation

By SPK Blogging Team | Published November 8th, 2011

it outsourcing contractIT outsourcing contracts, as noted in a recent blog post, should be treated as living documents — continuously evaluated, refined, and optimized over time. Not only do business conditions continually change, but it’s also important for outsourcing customers to conduct regular health checks to determine whether the outsourcing provider is meeting its service-level agreement (SLA) targets.