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Monthly Archives: February 2010

02/26
2010

Plug In To Energy Analytics To See Power Waste And Costs

j0434862 150x150 Plug In To Energy Analytics To See Power Waste And CostsData analytics is all about delivering insights you might never see without the details, software and intelligence to ask the right questions.  Everyone has data – but not everyone has knowledge.  New companies like PowerHouse Dynamics are letting us track electric use down to each outlet to see how much it costs even when devices are turned off but left plugged in.

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02/25
2010

Data Analytics Batting Clean-up at Boston Conference

j0427816 150x150 Data Analytics Batting Clean up at Boston ConferenceSure, pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training to prepare for another baseball season and the Winter Olympics are in full swing in Vancouver, but the back office pros of data analytics in sports are heading to chilly Boston for the real “winter classic.”  Since 2004, MIT Sloan School has hosted a conference on analytics in sports and this year’s lineup promises to bring their A-Game (insert your own sports clichés here for extra credit).

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02/24
2010

Information Access and Data Visualization Key to Government’s Transparency Agenda

j04004221 150x150 Information Access and Data Visualization Key to Governments Transparency Agenda The Obama Administration’s transparency and open government initiative has stirred much interest from both supporters and critics. Following Government 2.0 aspirations, a major mechanism to deliver this new transparency is through upgraded websites with greater focus on usability, improved access to various stores of information, and newer data visualization capabilities to aid understanding of the information itself.  Seconding the need and support for this type of public initiative, the UK recently announced its own open data agenda.

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02/23
2010

(Re)defining Business Intelligence

j0443765 150x150 (Re)defining Business IntelligenceWhat is business intelligence?  Ask ten co-workers to define business intelligence and you’ll likely get a number of answers
(including words like database, data warehouse, data mining, analytics, competitive information, visualization, risk analysis, etc.).
But, we’d be willing to bet that all of the definitions would be different.

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02/22
2010

The Twitter Data Visualization Playground

j0405138 150x150 The Twitter Data Visualization PlaygroundData  visualization is cool.” So said the author of this piece on Twitter data visualization and business intelligence tools from the Harvard Business Review.

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02/19
2010

Map For That? Term Doesn’t Do Justice to Data Visualization

j04433661 150x150 Map For That? Term Doesn’t Do Justice to Data Visualization  Politics and cell phone coverage are two subjects that get people complaining about the status quo.  They are also common reasons for seeking insights from details in maps derived from user information and data visualization.  The intelligence comes from watching those maps evolve over time or adapt to shifting trends.  New ways of looking at details and the dissatisfaction that leads to changes – with candidates and political party, devices or choice of carrier – is the difference between looking at a photo and watching a movie.

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02/18
2010

Spotfire Seeks Business Intelligence and Analytics Presentations at the R User Conference

j0443464 150x150 Spotfire Seeks Business Intelligence and Analytics Presentations at the R User ConferenceAre you a Spotfire user with a great business intelligence or analytics story to share?  We’re looking for Spotfire users to talk about their Spotfire successes using R/S+ in commercial applications at the upcoming R User Conference. 

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02/17
2010

Visualization and Risk – Awesome and Scary At The Same Time

Risks Interconnect Map 150x150 Visualization and Risk – Awesome and Scary At The Same TimeCheck out this blog on VizWorld showing an ultra cool use of visualization from The World Economic Forum. The Risk Interconnect Map (RIM) 2010, while very cool, is very serious use of data analytics, risk, and visualization.  This map shows the risks to everyday life as we know it.  The map breaks world risk down by data points including:

  • Percent likelihood of occurrence
  • Cost severity in US$ Billions
  • The Risk Landscape (mapped to severity and likelihood)
  • Connection strength (between risks)

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02/16
2010

Analytics Gone Awry?

j0442499 150x150 Analytics Gone Awry?One goal of analytics is to provide the information needed for strategic (and sometimes rapid) decision making.  Even if the quality of the information is stellar, strategic decisions still need to have a human factor to them. 

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02/15
2010

Social Media and Business Analytics – Businesses Flux Capacitor

j04440812 150x150 Social Media and Business Analytics – Businesses Flux CapacitorAs Doc told us all in the Back to the Future movies, the flux capacitor is “what makes time travel possible.”  After reading this article on eMarketer.com, we found ourselves thinking that maybe, business analytics is “what makes social media possible.”

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