With Memorial Day approaching, it’s a good time to visit the VA’s National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics. The website is nothing fancy—but there are some valuable data insights about the men and women who have served our country, from the American Revolution to the current day. Start your… Read More →
Nothing has produced more news—and news coverage–in the past few weeks than the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But one aspect that hasn’t received much media attention is the sophisticated super-computing at work behind the scenes. One dramatic example: The National Science Foundation has made… Read More →
We saw with the primaries across the country earlier this week that the voting public is voting for change. In a number of instances, the old-guard incumbent was bounced in favor of the shiny new prospect touting a different approach, touting a change. These candidates likely won on their ability… Read More →
Looking over the challenges that face the banking industry—from media scrutiny to customer alienation to increasing regulation—you might think this is not the best time for banks to focus on expanding their business intelligence capabilities. But according to the Aberdeen Group’s brand-new report, you would be wrong.
I don’t know about you, but when I first watched the film “Minority Report” and saw targeted billboard advertisements adapt to Tom Cruise’s character as his retinas were scanned, it sent chills down my spine. We all know we are being watched as we move about, both physically and online. Smarter… Read More →
If I told you there were 7 Steps To Making Better Decisions you’d say “It has to be more complicated.” So don’t take my advice, listen to Gary Smith of the consulting firm Doyen who wrote down all seven for Information Week. He consults on project management and offers these… Read More →
A few years ago, information visualization guru Edward Tufte introduced the “sparklines” concept. For an overview, visit this excerpt from his book Beautiful Evidence. But briefly: sparklines are “data-intense, design-simple” graphics that can be put into the space of a word.
At our recent Tibco Business Intelligence conference, we talked a lot about the “two second advantage.” What is the hook of the two second advantage?
Martin Flusberg is CEO of Powerhouse Dynamics, creator of EMonitor, a software and device combination that tracks and analyzes home electrical use down to an individual circuit or outlet. It also delivers reports and comparisons that make it easy for consumers to reduce “phantom” electric used by stand-by devices, or… Read More →
Who doesn’t love a meeting? Well, actually, most people don’t. Meetings can be too long, too boring, irrelevant and get in the way of getting work done. But there is hope. A report by CITO showcases how one company uses analytics to change tired, dull meetings into productive, working sessions.