Archives for February, 2012.

How the Consumerization of Data Leads to Additional Quality of Life Improvements

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published February 21st, 2012

600x300 150x150 photo (public data healthcare bi big data advanced analytics )In the third post of our series about how people everywhere can use data and tools to make the world a better place, we shared with you ways in which the consumerization of data helps us to live better.

Software Development Using Kanban

By Carlos Almeida | Published February 17th, 2012

Software Development Using Kanban
The SPK development team engages with customers utilizing agile principals. This typically means incremental sprint deliveries of code as part of a scrum model. At a recent engagement, we employed an interesting variation of this called Kanban.

How to Battle the Looming Shortage of Data Scientists

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published February 17th, 2012

coats 150x150 photo (data scientist 2 business intelligence jobs advanced analytics )Consider it a supply and demand challenge.

Security basics with IPTables

By Andrew McLeod | Published February 16th, 2012

When on the internet, there’s always concerns of security.   If you’re listening on some services but not others, you need to modify the Linux firewall to allow this. internet security basics

Taking a Dimension-Free View of Data

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published February 16th, 2012

data exploration 150x150 photo (unstructured data collaborative bi 2 big data advanced analytics )One of the biggest challenges facing businesses today is the intimidating nature of big data.

The Data Analytics of Valentine’s Day

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published February 14th, 2012
WelovespendingValentines2012 4f3994f14f0f1 w450 photo (data visualization data analytics advanced analytics )What’s the big deal about a holiday invented by the greeting card companies? The U.S. Census Bureau reports that a lady named Esther Howland sold the first mass-produced valentine cards in the 1840s. She was definitely on to something. The Greeting Card Association estimates that Americans will send about 150 million cards this year. Today, if you’re in a relationship, you may get in “trouble” if you don’t remember it! Maybe that’s the driver behind the big business that is Valentine’s Day. It’s also the day singles loathe more than any other.So, for all you data geeks, we’re bringing you the data analytics of Valentine’s Day. So break open that heart-shaped chocolate box and gather a little watercooler fodder about the sweetest holiday of the year.

How Much is a Valentine Worth?

Oracle Database Cloning Made Easy

By Mike Solinap | Published February 14th, 2012

As a systems integrator, I spend my time behind a variety of applications every day.  Each of these applications stores its data in some type of database.  The most common databases I deal with are typically MySQL, Oracle, DB2, Postgres, and MS SQL Server.

Preventative Maintenance Critical Component: Consistency

By Goodway Blogging Team | Published February 13th, 2012
This post is the last in a series that covered what I call “critical components” — processes or physical items that are must-haves for your preventative maintenance program. One of the things that I have often observed when looking at preventative maintenance programs is a lack of consistency. Basically, when performing  preventative maintenance (PM), or other maintenance processes [...]

How Big Data is Creating the Future of Science Fiction

By Spotfire Blogging Team | Published February 13th, 2012

Sci fi world 150x150 photo (advanced analytics) Yesterday at the top of my gmail account was this message: “M.S. in Analytics——How do I become a data scientist? Northwestern Engineering.” Now raise your hand if you’ve had a similar experience.

Bad Changeset Management, Release Management Can Be Disastrous for Your Company

By SPK Blogging Team | Published February 13th, 2012

The core activities of configuration management (i.e. changeset management and release management) are essential to control the changes made to a system and to administer the release of its different versions. However getting it wrong damages your brand, customer confidence and ultimately your business.