Archive | October 2013

How to get started with MongoSoup

Nice. I want to try this out

comSysto Blog

Following up our MongoDB Munich Thank You Post today we would like to show you how to deploy an application on CloudControl and use MongoSoup as the data storage. As an example we use a little web application that displays movies from The Movie Database. The source code is available on GitHub.

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MicroStrategy Introduces Free Analytics Tool for the Desktop

Will need to check out the new free tool

Michael Sandberg's Data Visualization Blog

Last Tuesday, October 22, 2013, MicroStrategy revamped and expanded its line of BI software to incorporate big-data analytics and desktop visualization.

“We’re delivering a substantial new set of functionality,” said Kevin Spurway, MicroStrategy’s vice president of industry and mobile marketing.

The company has rebranded and upgraded its flagship BI application, now called the MicroStrategy Analytics Platform, and has introduced a new desktop application designed to allow business analysts to easily parse large data sets from different sources.

MicroStrategy Analytics Enterprise 9.4, a significant upgrade from MicroStrategy 9.3.1, includes a new capability the company calls data blending, which allows users to combine data from more than one source; the software stores the data in working memory without the need for a separate data integration product.

“Previously, we were able to combine data from different sources, but it required work from IT. Now any business user can grab data from different sources…

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What the heck is self-service BI?

“IT needs to give ownership of the data back to the users.”
Absolutely

SAP BI Blog

Times are changing in the world of business intelligence it seams. Over the past decade we have seen BI tools evolve from the crude integrated development environment (IDE) into stunning tools that can be used by business analysts and power users. In many cases these tools have become so easy to use, that even a novice business user could analyze data. Many years ago BusinessObjects started this trend with Desktop Intelligence (As it’s known today) and Web Intelligence. While these tools were often labeled “ad hoc” reporting tools, a new breed of “self-service” BI tools have recently emerged.  With self-service BI gaining ground every day, one should ask why this trend has momentum. I believe there are a few reasons self-service is becoming a necessity in the mind of some organizations. At the same time I see huge potential for these tools to repeat the mistakes of the past. Within…

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What Problems does Power BI solve?

Paras Doshi - Blog

I’m at PASS Summit 13 this week and I’m seeing nice amount of excitement among Business Intelligence Pros about “Power BI” so I thought I would post a brief post about problems that Power BI addresses:

#1: Mobile BI:

  • The Visualizations that you’ll publish to Power BI sites would use the HTML 5 rendering & hence the support for Mobile BI.
  • There’s also a native Microsoft Power BI app for Windows 8 so you can use surface tablets for Mobile BI. IOs (apple) or Android native apps have NOT been announced yet.

#2: An end-to-end self-service suite of tools for Power Users:

  • Users will be enabled to search, analyze and visualize data using Power Query, Power Pivot & Power View. Plus it allows them a way to collaborate with each other.

#3: Easier way to search for data that’s available inside & outside for organization:

  • One of the key themes…

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What Problems does Power BI solve?

Paras Doshi - Blog

I’m at PASS Summit 13 this week and I’m seeing nice amount of excitement among Business Intelligence Pros about “Power BI” so I thought I would post a brief post about problems that Power BI addresses:

#1: Mobile BI:

  • The Visualizations that you’ll publish to Power BI sites would use the HTML 5 rendering & hence the support for Mobile BI.
  • There’s also a native Microsoft Power BI app for Windows 8 so you can use surface tablets for Mobile BI. IOs (apple) or Android native apps have NOT been announced yet.

#2: An end-to-end self-service suite of tools for Power Users:

  • Users will be enabled to search, analyze and visualize data using Power Query, Power Pivot & Power View. Plus it allows them a way to collaborate with each other.

#3: Easier way to search for data that’s available inside & outside for organization:

  • One of the key themes…

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The Strategic Role of ‘Business Analytics’

Signature Solutions' Insights

Modern day data science and analytics serve as one of the best decision-support tools for top management by creating predictive models that help management focus on ‘precise targets’.  Precision is the key to competitive edge.   People are diverse, and their needs are best catered specifically.  Marketers need to customize their messages and promotions for target audiences; management wants to pick the best candidates for jobs; public authorities need to prioritize services to the most needed. With limited resources, precise targeting is the most cost-effective and profitable way of doing business.  This is where data and analytics play a crucial role. Several world best companies have acquired their current positions through strategic business analytics.

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Analytics Adoption Restricted by Shortage of Talent: Study

BusinessLeadershipManagement (BLM)

In a recent study on the analytics tools and skills of executives in the analytics industry, it was revealed that while the vast majority of organizations view analytics as critical to day-to-day decisions, there is a current shortage of analytics talent which prevents further adoption of the instrument to advance the organisation’s goals.

Nearly 83 percent of survey respondents indicated that analytics is critical to their organizations’ decision-making processes and that they rely on data-driven insight rather than past experiences, intuitions and gut feelings. Although the vast majority felt that analytics is important, more than 65 percent of respondents believe that their organization has a shortage of people with skills to glean insights from data.

The survey found that the biggest factors holding organizations back from using analytics include:

  • Lack of skills/training/education (19 percent)
  • Lack of funding or resources (18 percent)
  • Inadequate support from executives (10 percent)
  • Data is not…

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