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Interpreting Analytics Isn’t Always Cut and Dry

Interpreting Analytics Isn’t Always Cut and Dry

In business, making good decisions is a must. You have to manage risk well. Today’s business is using analytics to drive decision making, and therefore needs to design and implement platforms that make this possible. If a business doesn’t properly set up their analytics or intelligence systems, their decisions may not be made with a useful perspective. Let’s take a look at these systems to see if you may be being fooled by your own numbers.

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Logistical Problems Can Weigh Down a Business

Logistical Problems Can Weigh Down a Business

Today’s business has to be concerned about more variables than ever. Companies that depend on their supply chain, and those that distribute goods, need to be able to rely on their management to coordinate efficient and effective business. In the past, business moved slower, and the management of a supply chain was done by a department of people. Today, the process is significantly more streamlined. Today, we’ll take a look at contemporary supply chain management and how thorough logistics can be a real difference maker.

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There Are Answers In Your Company’s Data

There Are Answers In Your Company’s Data

When you’re making important decisions for your business, you need solid data to back them up. Through the use of business analytics, you can take advantage of your quantifiable data to find the right decisions for your business. We’ll discuss the process of using business analytics and how it can be used to your business’ advantage.

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Data Warehousing and What It Can Do for Your Business

Data Warehousing and What It Can Do for Your Business

Data is one of the things in business that you collect naturally and can benefit from, but do you have a system in place that lets you collect and store it for future use? Considering how vital data collection is to the success of any organization, it’s reasonable to suggest that data storage can be a valuable investment for your business’s long-term futures and goals.

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Take Advantage of Big Data to One-Up the Competition

Take Advantage of Big Data to One-Up the Competition

Your business’s IT strategy is of incredible importance, especially when you consider how much your operations stand to benefit from a functional infrastructure. More than anything, though, IT can ensure that your business remains competitive in a world where the slightest advantage can mean all the difference.

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Buying and Selling Data is a $300-Billion Per Year Industry

b2ap3_thumbnail_i_love_it_when_they_call_me_big_data_400.jpgThere’s no question that mobile devices have changed the way society works on a fundamental level. It’s hard to imagine even leaving the house without your trusty smartphone by your side. The iPhone was once advertised as “life in your pocket,” and this phrase has proven to be entirely too true. Eight years following the introduction of these devices, businesses have grown reliant on this type of mobile technology to stay relevant in their chosen industry.

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How the Most Successful Marketers are Using Big Data

b2ap3_thumbnail_your_data_analytics_400.jpgBig data analytics are changing the way that businesses handle their marketing endeavors. You might even have a data collection strategy yourself that’s helped you make changes to your business model. However, do you understand why these changes are being made?

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Big Data Can Bring Big Change to Your Profits

b2ap3_thumbnail_using_your_collection_of_big_data_400.jpgBig data analytics are incredibly important to the average modern business owner, especially when considering how competitive your industry is. You want to get every edge you possibly can. A good business is a growing business, and yours can’t grow without analyzing trends in your industry. This is how big data helps just about any ordinary business become extraordinary.

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Unsent IE Error Reports Turn Up in the Most Shocking of Places!

b2ap3_thumbnail_ie_reports_found_400.jpgMicrosoft’s Internet Explorer is one of the most widely used web browsers, despite the fact that it has a tendency to crash from time to time. In order to improve the product and prevent future bugs, glitches, and crashes, IE creates an error report after every crash. Most of these reports go unsent, or so Microsoft thought.

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3 Paths for the Internet of Things

b2ap3_thumbnail_internet_of_things_paths_400.jpgWhether the world is ready for it or not, the Internet of Things (IoT) is on its way. As such, there is a lot of controversy about what actually constitutes the Internet of Things. Infoworld argues that a lot of what the public claims to be part of the IoT, is actually not a part of it, and that we need a more substantial definition for this oncoming phenomenon.

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How Much Dark Data Lurks in Your Company’s Shadows?

b2ap3_thumbnail_dark_data_400.jpgDoes your business know how much of its data is valuable and used? According to IDG Research Services, not much of it is really used for anything. Only about 28 percent has any real value to it. This means that the majority of your stored and maintained data is going unused and taking up space and resources. This information is called "dark data."

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“The Most Connected Human on Earth” - Chris Dancy on Technology and Life, Part 2

b2ap3_thumbnail_dancy2_400.jpgThe other day, we introduced you to "the most connected human on Earth", Chris Dancy, and his story. Dancy had lost his job due to corporate downsizing, which in turn led the former IT manager to use his knowledge for the study of quantitative technologies and systems as part of a "quantitative life existence." In this second installment of our interview, Chris is going to explain how you too can lead a similar lifestyle.

Most tech-savvy people in this world will agree that if technology can provide the benefits it promises, it is worth giving a shot. However, these same people might feel uneasy about using technology to monitor so much of their personal lives. For Chris, it's about the differentiation between the "augmented self" that is displayed over the Internet, and your real-world self. Ultimately, the user has to lay down the fine line between shareable and non shareable, and it's up to you to determine what information you broadcast online and what you keep to yourself.

However, a person needs to be careful not to be too involved with their "augmented life". Rather, they should focus on finding balance between their online presence and their own earthly existence. Chris believes that taking advantage of as much technology as possible can ensure a successful future. Wired Magazine explains, "Dancy doesn't think that all tracking is necessarily positive, but he's fatalistic about the future. Even if workers reject more Orwellian surveillance from employers — or companies determine these measures to be counterproductive — individual workers will likely use self-tracking to gain a competitive edge."

How To Make Quantitative Technology Your Own
You might feel ready to get involved with quantitative technology, but you should carefully consider the benefits of it before doing so. There are so many types of technology that can be used to segue into a data-driven existence, and it might seem a bit overwhelming if you don't know what to look for. Chris offered Computerware some advice for the average tech user wishing to adopt this new lifestyle.

  • "Start at home. Put a nest thermostat in your house. Understand how the thermostat uses weather and behavior to self adjust. Watch it change as the climate changes. Watch it learn." With a smartphone-connected thermostat, you'll be able to adjust the temperature of your home from anywhere, and gather information at the same time. It's the perfect first step toward integrating more technology into your life.
  • "Then get a fitbit. Wear it all the time, but only look at the data every two weeks. Then use that data and compare it to your schedule, see if you can find patterns." The fitbit, for Chris, has come with health benefits. Chris stated in an interview with FOX Business that he lost 100 pounds thanks to his lifestyle allowing him to track his health habits!
  • "Stay off the 'news hype' 'tech fetish' cycle. There will always be something new and cool to talk about with peers and friends. Learn who you are and what you do. Work in 2020 is about awareness of information and how people will live a data-driven lifestyle."

With so much technology at his disposal, Chris is bound to have some favorites. We asked him the question, "If you had to limit yourself to five, which five would you choose?" In response, Chris selected a few of his favorites. So, if you are looking to quantify your life with lots of useful technology, these are a must.

1. A fitness tracker (anything on the market, like the Fitbit Flex)
2. Wireless scale (anything on the market, like the Fitbit Aria)
3. Automatic (a car sensor)
4. Cube Sensor (an environmental sensor)
5. Evernote

Outfit Your Business Plan For the Quantitative Revolution!
If you want your company to succeed in the near future, contact Computerware. We can provide you with all of the skills you need to put your business at the head of the pack. We asked Mr. Dancy what his thoughts were about what to look for in an IT company when seeking to expand your technological horizons. Chris suggests that businesses ask about three specific technical topics when looking for a knowledgeable IT provider- "What is your time frame for 'location aware', 'proximity-based', and 'wearable' technology integration? If they can't answer at least one, change IT providers today."

  • Location Aware - Devices that use technologies like GPS to deliver specific information based on your location.
  • Proximity-Based Technology - A wide variety of devices that connect over WiFi, Bluetooth, or NFC (Near Field Communication) connections to deliver analytics and information.
  • Wearable Technology Integration - Devices like smart watches, Google Glass, and fitness trackers, that makes Internet-connected technology even more mobile.

Computerware knows all about the latest tech trends. Don't let the technology revolution leave your business in the dust. Call us at (703) 821-8200 today, and we'll help you transform your business into "the most connected business on Earth!"

Learn more about Chris Dancy by checking out his website: http://www.chrisdancy.com/

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IBM CEO Explains the Importance of Data Management

b2ap3_thumbnail_data400.jpgAs doing business becomes more complex and competitive, having access to accurate data is becoming increasingly important. This is the assessment of IBM chair, president and CEO Ginni Rometty from her speech on October 2nd at the IBM InterConnect 2013 event. According to Rometty, businesses that successfully use data will share these three characteristics.

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