What is a CAO and who needs one?

What is a CAO and who needs one?

After recently returning from the Gartner Data & Analytics conference in Texas earlier this month, I was contemplating many of the overarching themes presented during the sessions. One interesting theme was the establishment of a Chief Analytics Officer (CAO) and/or a Chief Data Officer (CDO). As I listened to the sessions, I was having trouble deciphering if the interest at the conference...

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AI will be the Next Great User Interface – Once it has Emotional Intelligence

AI will be the Next Great User Interface – Once it has Emotional Intelligence

In December Amazon made my holiday shopping as effortless as it’s ever been. In a not-so-subtle attempt to get its Alexa Voice Service technology on a smooth surface in every home around the globe, the world’s leading online retailer slashed the price of its second-generation Echo Dot to $39.99, and moved nine times more units than it had in the previous holiday season.…

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Can geography research help solve population health issues in Chicago? Perspectives of an academic-turned consultant

Can geography research help solve population health issues in Chicago? Perspectives of an academic-turned consultant

By now the concept of a ‘food desert’ has become a common term in diet and obesity research: it is a place where few grocery stores or healthy food options are accessible to residents, and as a result may cause obesity or other health problems. Using the same concept, what if instead we focused on health behaviors and outcomes for those who live in ‘doctor deserts’, in areas where there are...

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Internet of Things (IoT) Part 1: A game changer

Internet of Things (IoT) Part 1: A game changer

What is IoT? The Internet of Things (IoT) is a phrase still unknown to 80% of people, yet it is a reality that will change the world. It refers to devices that collect and transmit data through the Internet. According to a recent survey it is estimated that in the next 20 years, IoT investments and related jobs will contribute about $10 – $15 trillion to global GDP.…

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Trends and Takeaways from SQL PASS

Trends and Takeaways from SQL PASS

I recently attended SQL PASS Summit in Seattle, a conference focusing on Microsoft Data Platform users. The conference brings over 4000 people from around the world who all get excited about data to one place. This year, Microsoft unveiled a handful of new products and a slew of upgrades and new features to existing products.…

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Configuring Custom Render Formats for SQL Server Reporting Services in SharePoint-Integrated Mode

Configuring Custom Render Formats for SQL Server Reporting Services in SharePoint-Integrated Mode

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a very versatile tool, allowing report users to export reports in many standard render formats, including Excel, PDF, CSV, and many others. However, there are many reasons why a user may need to export a report in a non-standard format. For example, a user may need to export data from an SSRS report in to a legacy application that requires a very...

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Conquering Supply Chain Data Disparity

Conquering Supply Chain Data Disparity

Many manufacturing and distribution companies are trying to leverage data in order to solve a variety of business problems. Some companies are focused on improving delays or inaccuracies in order fulfillment. Some are trying to consolidate logistics spend or improve forecast accuracy; while others look to streamline inventory levels and more efficiently store product.…

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The Big Data Analytics Revolution – How Big Data Has Changed Business Intelligence

The Big Data Analytics Revolution – How Big Data Has Changed Business Intelligence

Big Data is mainstream. Over the past few years, the Big Data buzz has dissipated as companies look to shift from awareness to action. At O’Reilly’s Strata+Hadoop conference last September, I was excited to hear the victorious claim that Big Data had gone mainstream and ever since I have seen evidence through our clients, partners, and publicized examples of Big Data cases.…

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Advanced QlikView Security Permissions

Advanced QlikView Security Permissions

When developing dashboards that display sensitive information, there are often a variety of security requirements that must be considered during design and development. These requirements depend on the number and types of users and the structure of the business. Very commonly, some users should have access to only a subset of data while others should be able to view all of the data. …

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Why You Should Blend Instead of Join in Tableau

Why You Should Blend Instead of Join in Tableau

Data blending in Tableau is the operation of combining multiple data sources into the same view by finding common fields between them to join on. Unlike an ordinary join, which combines data sources at the lowest granularity before any aggregation is done, a data blend can join data sources after aggregation is performed on the individual sources; ultimately limiting the number of records that...

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