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July 2009 Blog Posts (12)

American Recovery Act Business Intelligence: What are the Implications for the BI Community?

The American Recovery Act Business Intelligence mandates detailed reporting at the enterprise level, about how the government money was spent. It also forces grant beneficiaries to provide accurate lift measurements accomplished thanks to the recovery funds.

While many companies already perform this type of auditing using various BI platforms, e.g. to provide accurate core financial and non-financial summary statistics to Wall Street, the Recovery Act enacted last February should… Continue

Added by Vincent Granville on July 31, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Facebook Era Presented by Clara Shih, CEO of CrowdContext

Presented by: Clara Shih, CEO of CrowdContext

Date: Wednesday, 19 August 2009, 6:30 PM

Location: Hewlett Packard

Bldg. 48, Oak Room

Pruneridge and Wolfe, Cupertino, CA


The Facebook Era (Prentice Hall 2009) is a newly released book about how social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are ushering in a new era of business, relationships, and culture. It also discusses what companies need to do… Continue

Added by Patricia Hoffman, Ph.D. on July 29, 2009 at 1:05pm — No Comments

The ROI of Technology – getting the ‘Return on Information’ through Analytics

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A lot of resources are spent on technology. Not just the implementation, but the maintenance, training, upgrades, etc.

So the question is….do we get all of the value out of it that we should? Are we getting the ROI?

Technology: efficient process, valuable information.

Beyond process efficiencies, technology can provide significant advantage when the… Continue

Added by Nicholas.Garbis on July 29, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Why do some places have a bimodal distribution of temperature?

The duration of daylight has a sinusoidal relationship to time of year, with increasing amplitude as you move away from the equator towards the poles. This is the main 'forcing function' determining temperature. If you plot the frequency distribution for a sine curve, it is close to uniform, with fairly steeply shelving shoulders. Superimpose random variation, and you would expect to get an approximately Gaussian distribution - like we get here in the UK.

So - why do some places have… Continue

Added by Robert Newcombe on July 28, 2009 at 6:22am — 3 Comments

#18: Here's a thought...

Less is more

We live in an era of plenty. As marketers, we need to help our companies focus and prioritize on the things that matter most to our customers. Since marketing is responsible for the “voice of the customer,” we must help steer R&D, product management, finance, operations and other corporate functions towards adding (or subtracting) features/functionality from our products and services that will actually make a competitive difference. Sometimes, less is… Continue

Added by Brian Roger on July 27, 2009 at 1:32pm — No Comments

There's No "One Version of the Truth" in Educating Ourselves

There's No "One Version of the Truth" in Educating Ourselves

Thanks to Gary Cokins for the honorable mention in his recent blog post. Gary discusses an article by Craig Schiff entitled "An Incomplete Education: How Not to Get Your Team Up To Speed on Business Performance Management".

Craig's piece made… Continue

Added by Joey Fitts on July 23, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Irrationality and Randomness

There was this recent discussion, in which I inadvertently got into, which mixed up contexts and concepts such as irrationality,distribution properties, randomness, and practical randomness.

The other players in the discussion did a good job but… Continue

Added by Gurumurthi V. Ramanan on July 22, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Current SAS Openings


My name is Mark Hall with TEKsystems in Richmond, VA. If you are unfamiliar with this company, we are the largest IT staffing and services provider in the United States. I am currently recruiting on the following positions for a client here in the Richmond area and would love to speak in further detail with anyone who might be interested. The client has multiple needs so, if you know a colleague who is looking, I would like to speak with him/her as well. In case you have any… Continue

Added by Mark Hall on July 22, 2009 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Clouds for education in Ethiopia

Clouds mean better education in Ethiopia. 250,000 teachers nationwide can download curriculum, keep track of academic records and securely transfer student data throughout the education system. Now need to track performance and apply learning analytics.

• “As U.S. companies start… Continue

Added by Joey Fitts on July 21, 2009 at 2:28pm — 1 Comment

#17: Here's a thought

An occasional series in which a review of recent posts on SmartData Collective reveals the following nuggets:

Bad data, good data, relevant data

Not so much about timing, but an important message nevertheless… When developing a service agreement with internal client groups, external customers, vendors, reporting teams, or anyone that needs your data, be prepared to get 'acquainted' with them. Wine and dine them, understand their needs, desires and limitations. What is it… Continue

Added by Brian Roger on July 12, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Factor Modeling in the European Context: The ECB

The present paper focuses on the factor modelling, which has been widely used in macroeconomic forecasting in recent years. Within that approach, there are a number of technical issues that require attention. These include (i) the number of factors to include in a factor augmented forecasting equation, (ii) the speci…cation of the dynamics in the aforementioned equation, (iii) the information from which to extract the factors, including the issue of whether and how to select a subset of the… Continue

Added by John A Morrison on July 6, 2009 at 1:08am — No Comments

#16: Here's a thought...

An occasional series in which a review of recent posts on SmartData Collective reveals the following nuggets:

It’s all in the math

Sophisticated analytical applications and data warehousing technologies are helping “bring data to life” for governments, citizens and businesses... Through the use of powerful data-visualization applications, government agencies, businesses and citizens are able to explore data to uncover mathematical patterns and connections to help improve… Continue

Added by Brian Roger on July 5, 2009 at 6:25pm — No Comments

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