What Lessons can the NHL Learn from Real-time Analytics in the Manufacturing Industry?

What Lessons can the NHL Learn from Real-time Analytics in the Manufacturing Industry?

NHL hockey is perhaps the fastest and most action-packed sport on the planet. With skating speeds up to 30mph and pucks regularly clocked over 100mph the tempo allows for virtually no time to stop and think and instead necessitates continuous split-second decisions. This year, in an attempt to have insight into the chaos, the NHL released an in-game app exclusively for coaching staff that...

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When Design Thinking Meets Data Science

When Design Thinking Meets Data Science

In the world of big data and predictive analytics the standard approach for gathering and analyzing data follows the CRISP-DM approach. While the CRISP-DM model has been a good approach on which to structure many projects, it suffers from the same issues waterfall-style requirements gathering approaches to software design have suffered from, including: Longer time to understand the...

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Graph Databases: Connecting the Dots

Graph Databases: Connecting the Dots

The global population of data is rapidly growing and organizations are finding themselves challenged with how to store and manage data in a way that quickly leads to tap into actionable data. Today’s business decisions demand more complex data models that precisely represent the characteristics of entities and how these entities relate to one another in the physical world.…

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The Implications of Big-data Marketing: Bigger Than You Think

The Implications of Big-data Marketing: Bigger Than You Think

Across all industries – from utilities to banking and from healthcare to education – organizations are tapping into unprecedented amounts and types of actionable “big data” to understand consumers and drive powerful engagement. This is possible through evolving tools that analyze and parse data into hyper-personalized micro-segments of consumers – enabling an organization to deliver the right...

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An agile, bottom up approach to data governance

An agile, bottom up approach to data governance

There has been a great deal of talk in recent years about how companies must adopt a data-driven strategy, however one aspect of doing this is typically forgotten: data governance. One of the key takeaways from Gartner’s Data and Analytics conference this past March was that through 2019, just 10% of companies will require oversight of operational information from line-of-business...

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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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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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How to Capture Market Share Through Data-Driven Drug Discovery

How to Capture Market Share Through Data-Driven Drug Discovery

For years pharmaceutical companies have taken existing drugs and repurposed or repositioned them to create new drugs. These new drugs are often geared towards neglected therapeutic areas. Drug repurposing has always been a solid “go to” strategy and a proven method for mitigating the financial risk of drug discovery and a means of addressing softening market share.…

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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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