Archives for February, 2012.

Five Steps to Take if Your IT Outsourcing Agreement Goes South

By SPK Blogging Team | Published February 29th, 2012

IT outsourcingIT outsourcing relationships can be fraught with challenges, ranging from communications breakdowns between client and provider to issues surrounding performance. If an IT outsourcing agreement isn’t meeting your company’s expectations (e.g. SLA targets are missed; anticipated cost savings haven’t materialized), here are five steps your decision makers can take to examine their options:

The Data Analytics of Leap Year

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published February 29th, 2012

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The Rise of Workforce Analytics

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published February 28th, 2012

WorkforceAnalytics PersonIcon3DGeneric 150x150 photo (talent analytics predictive analytics advanced analytics )A growing number of human resources (HR) teams are using workforce analytics to help with workforce charting, workforce/skills optimization, succession planning and other aspects of talent management.

Distinguishing Between Virtual Teams and IT Outsourcing

By SPK Blogging Team | Published February 27th, 2012

One of the benefits of an IT outsourcing partnership is that it can offer companies the option of working with virtual teams who can help support different types of IT and business operations, regardless of the locations of the workers. Teams and team members who work in different geographic locations can help companies accomplish a wide variety of IT tasks, such companies include global financial services firms that use a follow-the-sun approach to complete data processing efforts each day.

How to Setup License Statistics Free Version

By Brad Tinder | Published February 27th, 2012

Software asset management tools, particularly license usage and monitoring software are gaining more and more interest among large corporations. It should come as no surprise since by utilizing such tools they stand to gain upwards to 10% in cost reductions and that could add up to thousands of dollars in savings! But what about the small business? They too can generate savings by monitoring  how, who, when is using their software licenses. And while there are free tools to do this, none do it better than License Statistics. Recently, X-Formation released a free version of License Statistics, which can help small businesses monitor their license usage without hitting their bottom line.

The Data Analytics of the Oscars

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published February 27th, 2012

oscar viz1 407x1024 photo (sports analytics data analytics advanced analytics )Data pros tuned in to the Academy Awards last night to watch the film “Moneyball” take a stab at a very subjective award. With the movie up for six awards (including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing and Sound Mixing), it was a night of anticipation for sports and analytics fans.

Big Data Hits Madison Avenue

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published February 24th, 2012

shopping madison2 150x150 photo (vertical markets marketing business intelligence big data advanced analytics )Big data can help decision makers learn a lot about customer preferences, attitudes, needs, and recent purchasing behaviors. So it’s only natural for advertising execs to hitch their wagons to the big data movement in their zeal to deliver relevant and meaningful promotions to more targeted groups of would-be consumers.

Top Six Reasons Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a Hot Topic

By Goodway Blogging Team | Published February 23rd, 2012
Take a breath. Smell anything? Probably not anything unusual, but the air you’re breathing inside your home or office may not be of the quality you expect. New challenges in indoor air quality (IAQ) that stem from natural disasters, technological advances and even building materials and design are occurring in the HVAC space. In this [...]

The Big Data Debate – Scientist vs. Analyst

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published February 23rd, 2012

web hosting conversion testing 150x150 photo (data scientist 2 data analytics business analytics big data )In a recent #GartnerChat, there was conflicting opinion surrounding the haute job title “data scientist.” Our own Brett Stupakevich (@Brett2Point0) said that “ideally end users should be empowered to explore their own data and seek their own insights through self-service.” Gartner analyst Carol Rozwell (@CRozwell) had a similar take. She wrote, “Shouldn’t the average person be able to derive value from data . . . [even though] some people refuse to see the truth in data?”

Turning Geothermal Energy into a Hot HVAC Technology

By Goodway Blogging Team | Published February 21st, 2012
One way to ensure that your facility remains up and running is to invest in the most up-to-date HVAC equipment and technologies. And one of the hottest HVAC technologies this year is geothermal technology. Geothermal heat pump systems, for example, use 25%-50% less electricity than conventional heating or cooling systems. And they can reduce energy [...]