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Time for Spring Cleaning? Double-Down on AI-Powered Data Strategy Across Multi-Cloud Environments

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 17:00
Spring is just around the corner. Spring is the period between spring equinox and summer solstice. The equinox is the time Sun’s center crosses Earth’s equator – which means you would see sun rising exactly from the east and setting exactly in the west. And this celestial alignment results in equal length of day and night (almost!). And it is the time of super moon and glowing clouds. In northern hemisphere, this day falls in March and in southern hemisphere it falls in September. It’s a traditi...
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Ergotron’s Data Strategy Focuses on Customer Satisfaction

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 18:15
Ergotron is a leader in the digital mounting technology industry, with a clear mission: “To use ergonomic and human-centered design principles to build kinetic work environments that help our customers thrive.” Ergotron’s focus on its customer’s health, comfort and ultimate success has extended beyond its products and led to its journey to improve their customer’s experience when engaging with their customer service and sales teams. With over 200 patents ranging from display mounts and charging ...
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Driving Analytics Modernization with Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 GA

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 16:30
There’s a lot of industry talk and customer movement towards analytics modernization. After all, analytics is the proverbial rubber hitting the road when it comes to data answering business questions and guiding business decisions. The analytic visuals are critical to understanding, the sliders key to finding outliers, and mobility essential to answering business questions when and where it matters. But underlying the analytics is the data layer and unlike yesteryear when it was almost alw...
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What is the opposite of Artificial Intelligence?

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 16:30
When someone asked me that question “what is the opposite of Artificial Intelligence?”, my immediate response was “human stupidity?” But just a few days ago, one of my colleagues, who shares my enthusiasm (or one can say geekaism) for AI based technology, sent me this GIF that illustrates so well the old ways of thinking about automation and autonomous software, and I thought it is the perfect illustration of the answer to that question. Nested IF/ELSE statements are NOT Artificial Intelligence,...
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Microsoft Continues to Build the Case for Data Estate Modernization on Azure

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 16:30
With the latest release of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Microsoft doubles-down on Azure SQL DW as one of the core data services for digital transformation on Azure. In addition to the fundamental benefits of agility, on-demand scaling and unlimited compute availability, the most recent price-to-performance metrics (read the GigaOM report) are one of several the compelling arguments they have made for customers to adopt Azure SQL DW. Interestingly, Microsoft is also announcing the general availabili...
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Data Curation with an Intelligent Data Catalog

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 16:30
It’s not often that I run into the word “metadata” when I indulge in my favorite weekend habit of reading the Sunday New York Times (NYT). A few months ago, the paper published a special section focused on how NYT is digitizing and bringing back to life photographs published in the paper over fifty years ago. In this case, the metadata on each photograph came in the form of hand-written notes on when the picture was published and other related information on the back of each photograph. NYT part...
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How You Can Solve 5 of the Most Painful Supplier Information Management Challenges

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 19:00
Whether you’re talking to supply chain executives in manufacturing, in distribution, or in retail, the pain points are the same: If they’re sourcing products or services from multiple vendors, they must address some or all of these five challenges to supplier information management.   Recognize any of these? These are the five major challenges to supplier information management   No trusted view: Supply chain executives struggle to get a trusted view of all their suppliers across the ...
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Cleveland Clinic: a “Must-See” at HIMSS19

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 15:00
I’m delighted that Christopher J. Donovan, MBA, the Executive Director, Enterprise Analytics, and Andrew W. Proctor, Senior Director, Enterprise Analytics with Cleveland Clinic, will be presenting at this year’s HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando—one of the largest gatherings of Health IT professions, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Their topic is “Communicate Value & Build Support for Enterprise Analytics.” As Cleveland Clinic is such a respected ...
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Embracing Transformation with Intelligent Data at HIMSS19

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 15:00
The signs of disruption in the healthcare industry are everywhere: Massive mergers. Major employers test driving new data-driven employee-based population health and preventive care programs. A major online retailer acquiring a pharmacy benefits administrator. It’s an exciting and transformational time for the healthcare market, and the possibilities are extraordinary. Patients can benefit from better information about health choices. Physicians can be more confident about treatment plans with ...
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Genomic Health’s Data Management Road Trip to Save Lives

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 17:00
Genomic Health has one clear mission in mind: to transform treatment decisions and outcomes in cancer by delivering clinically actionable diagnostics and services. Guided by their mission, Genomic Health embarked on a road trip with a specific destination in mind – to find a data management solution that could assist them in providing personalized treatments and improve outcomes for their patients.  When they began planning their road trip, they set out a map to identify what their most importa...
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Coop Alleanza’s Holiday Shopping List for a Great Customer Experience

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 19:15
An organization’s data management journey is much like holiday shopping: sometimes the effort can feel long and complicated, but it ultimately leads to great outcomes. Just like embarking on a holiday shopping trip to your local mall or searching a variety of ecommerce sites, a “shopping trip” to solve your business’ data management challenges, begins with a few essential items: a plan that identifies all the destinations you’re targeting, and a detailed list of everything that needs to be accom...
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Data Theft – Would You Pay The Ransom?

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 19:15
At Deloitte’s Experience Analytics conference this year, there was an interesting and entertaining lab focussing on how to prepare for, and respond to, a data theft. The format was a simulation of a data breach scenario: We were asked to image that we worked for a fictitious European airline who was being blackmailed. The blackmailers are threatening to publish personal information stolen from this fictitious airline if we don’t pay a ransom of £250k. Attendees were divided into groups – and eve...
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Interested in Next-Generation Analytics? It’s Time to Join the Integration Hub Club

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 18:15
It’s been an interesting and sometimes daunting task these days to read or watch the news and notice all the disruptions around the world. From political, to geological to climate-related it seems that disruption is everywhere. But not all the disruption you hear about is negative. In our business, we’ve found that often, companies that can efficiently use data to fuel their data-driven digital transformations are better able to intelligently disrupt their markets for the better. Much better. Th...
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Salesforce Customer Speeding Cancer Treatment Through Data

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 19:15
Cancer. In 2018, over 1.7MM new cases of cancer will be diagnosed, and 609K people will die from it. Chances are you know someone that has been affected by this dreadful disease. In the ongoing search for a cure, patients succumb to test after test and then varying courses of treatment. The treatments themselves are none too pleasant. A lot of it seems like trial-and-error which just increases the anxiety and uneasiness for the cancer patients. All these treatments and tests generate a lot of da...
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6 Industries Disrupting Their Markets by Uniting Master Data Management and Internet of Things

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 18:15
Data is the lifeblood of every organization today. The flood of Internet of Things (IoT) data means organizations are dealing with data streaming at breakneck speed. However, the struggle for organizations is not in collecting IoT data, but how they can make that data meaningful and useful. And more importantly, actionable. When master data management unites with IoT, that powerful combo plays a key role in helping companies make IoT data actionable. IHS forecasts that the IoT market will grow f...
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Operational Insights – It’s What’s New, Exciting, and Highly Unusual

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 18:45
I remember when I was growing up, my Dad, upon my arrival home from school or his arrival from his job, use to greet me with the same question over and over again. He would constantly ask me “What’s new and exciting or highly unusual?” And especially as a teenager, I grew quite weary of his “question” and considered it an annoyance along with his other habit of constantly embarrassing me in front of my friends or my dates. But, if he were here to ask me that question these days, I would have a r...
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Carbonite Sees Customers in 360 View

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 18:15
Do you love having a great customer experience? I do. Unfortunately, having a great customer experience seems to be the exception today rather than the rule. Many companies have realized that improvements to customer experience can pay huge dividends in customer satisfaction resulting in higher profitability. They just have had a hard time doing anything about it. Salesforce has always been a proponent for the customer. At Dreamforce, they announced the launch of Customer 360, available some tim...
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5-on-5: Foundational Big Data Management for Compelling Customer Experience

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 15:00
Basketball season is well underway, with every team putting its best five starters to take on the opponent’s starting five. Some teams started with a splash and have their winning combo of five, some are adjusting and finding their ways to win. It’s a very long season, but their foundational 5-on-5 can carry them through even to the post season. In this post, I’d like to discuss the foundational 5-on-5 big data management capabilities for delivering a compelling customer experience. 5 customer e...
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Trusted Customer Engagement with Data Governance and Privacy by Design

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 19:15
Customers today have high expectations. They expect organizations to provide relevant, timely and personalized offerings. These expectations have been shaped by the emergence of broad-scale customer-engagement transformation in recent years. Examples include organizations driving disruptive innovations in retail (Amazon), transportation (Uber), hospitality (Airbnb) and entertainment (Netflix). Along with these high expectations based on their needs, customers want their experiences with an organ...
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Transform Customer Experience with an Intelligent Data Catalog

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 18:15
As enterprises embark on their digital transformation journey, transforming customer experience has emerged as the north star guiding this journey and ensuring focus on the right set of priorities. Enterprises are engaging with their customers across multiple channels – physical, web, mobile, social media, IoT – generating a vast digital exhaust of data. Enterprises have realized that unlocking value from this data is the key to transforming customer experience. Immense computing and storage res...
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