How Big Data Is Reshaping the Fashion Industry

How Big Data Is Reshaping the Fashion Industry

Big data gets a lot of attention in discussions about the financial, healthcare, and marketing sectors -- in large part because they were already numbers-driven fields. Anyone could see how more, better data would improve efficiency and profitability there.

However, big data is having effects on other niches, such as the fashion industry, surprising to say. Fashion doesn’t seem like a good “fit� for big data because it’s so much more subjective than accounting or sales.

But fashion designers, producers, and consumers are all starting to come under the influence of big data, which is reshaping this industry, too … for the better, one hopes.

New and Better Products

In the first place, big data is useful in an engineering sense: for gathering information from customer feedback and product performance to make new and better products. High-quality makeup brands like Urban Decay continually invest in new research and development to improve their popular products even further, and new lines like the Tyme Style flatiron have made it easier for women to style their hair.

Only through intensive research and analysis are product designers able to improve their existing products … as well as introduce new concepts that consumers didn’t know they needed.

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4 Principles and Mistakes to Avoid When Using Big Data

4 Principles and Mistakes to Avoid When Using Big Data

Big Data is often hyped as the Next Big Thing, with fans claiming outlandish benefits for firms willing to use it. Yet, in many cases, companies enter into the world of Big Data without a coherent plan of what they want to achieve, and accordingly make some costly mistakes.

One of the problems is that the geeks who work with Big Data generally do not understand the cut-and-thrust of the business world, where pragmatism is often a huge virtue. Conversely, many smart, successful business people have no idea how data analytics works. This communication problem often means that clients and companies end up talking in woolly generalities, about “business transformation� or some equally vague term, and missing out on the advantages of Big Data.

Some of these problems can be avoided, however, by the implementation of a few basic steps. Let’s look at some.

1. Be Willing to Experiment

If you are thinking about adding a Big Data component to your business, it can be helpful to see this as a process of experimentation. This means two things. First, you should not pin all your hopes for the future on data analytics. Second, be open-minded about the possibilities of Big Data – what you ...


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How to Become an Omni-Channel Data-Driven Retailer

How to Become an Omni-Channel Data-Driven Retailer

In today’s digital age where customers are as likely to buy a product from an eCommerce website as from a brick and mortar store, delivering a seamless and value-adding shopping experience has become more important than ever before. The multiple shopping channels available to customers and the competition posed by other retailers have made it an absolute necessity for a retail business to integrate data inputs from different channels and use to it define an omni-channel shopping experience. 

As a Big Data and BI influencer, I have worked with a large number of businesses within and beyond the retail industry. Using this knowledge and expertise, I have developed a 5-step approach that businesses operating in the retail sector can adopt to meet the expectations of their customers and become an omni-channel, data-driven retailer. 

Step 1: Collect the Right Type of Customer Data

In their journey to becoming a data-driven organization, businesses are required to collect the right type of data — data that can help them improve the customer experience and maximize the profit they gain from their online and offline channels. 

For example, a business that operates brick and mortar stores would probably like to try different layouts and floor plans to determine ...


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9 Tips For Keeping Customer’s Data Safe

9 Tips For Keeping Customer’s Data Safe

The following are 9 ways to better protect sensitive data and encourage trust from customers. 

1.  Be sure that your privacy policy includes an accurate explanation of how customer data is used by your company. 

Trust plays a critical role in increasing consumers' willingness to share their personal data with businesses.  However, according to an HBR study, social media sites have a tendency to get one of the lowest trust ratings from consumers.

Misleading customers about the way their data is collected, stored, protected and used can create reputation and legal issues for your business.

Trade bodies and government agencies have tightened up how they deal with organizations that have deceptive statements contained in their privacy policies - so do not get caught doing this.  Double or even triple check our privacy policy to make sure all of its information is up-to-date and accurate.

What will happen if you don't?  Snapchat has been one of the victims of the new regulatory crackdown.  It was found that the company deceived users regarding personal data, including information being collected off of iPhone contact lists and using slack security measures that resulted in users being exposed to security breaches.

Snapchat was not fined.  However, the company was forced ...


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What Would the Big Data from Your Brain Tell You?

What Would the Big Data from Your Brain Tell You?

Would you really want to know?

Amongst his other amazing projects, Elon Musk wants to help hook us up to our brains.

According to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal, he is backing an operation called Neuralink, which is experimenting with putting electrodes in our brains to enhance their function. The benefits for a whole variety of conditions are obvious, but it poses a question:

Is this venture into brain technology the start of the next space race?

We have conquered many parts of our exterior world, but with lightening fast improvements in A.I. technology, will human brains now be in a race to keep up with their robot A.I. cousins? This “neural lace� technology has so many real-world applications, and it could eventually mean that an entirely different “class� of people emerge, but I would just like to ask the question whether it would be entirely healthy to have intimate access to every single thought that has ever crossed our mind?

If the technology advanced to this stage, would we want a Big Data style archive of our life?

Most of us have enough trouble remembering what we need to do from day to day, and few of us get enough sleep to ...


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MSys Free LSSGB Training to Transfer Military Skill into Civilian Job Expertise

MSys Free LSSGB Training to Transfer Military Skill into Civilian Job Expertise

To consider the candidate’s profile for the job in the firm, many organizations have their own criteria or they look for some specific certifications as a pre-requisite. A lot of time these certifications are nothing but a civilian version of military skills. Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB), Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB), Project Management Professionals (PMP) and other certifications are ways to utilize and convert your military experience into corporate job skills on a resume. These certifications also give you an understanding on how civilian processes differently from military approaches.

At MSys, we strongly believe that military Veterans have potentials to handle any project efficiently by utilizing their military experience. We also understand that Vets need to learn how they can effectively incorporate their military techniques in the corporate world before joining any firms. To guide our Veterans, MSys has started an initiative “Give Back to the Society� and is running special training programs for them. We have successfully executed our first Veteran training program on Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in the month of March and are very overwhelmed with the responses to our initiative from attendees:

Reviews on TrustPilot

Although, the success of the first Veteran training program on Lean Six Sigma Green Belt has added a feather to MSys hat, we want maximum number of Veterans to take the advantage of our upcoming LSSGB (weekend batch) and PMP training and are looking for join hands with more Veterans. The last date of registration for both the trainings is April 20th, 2017 and the process is as below:

Registration Process for LSSGB

Without Course Material and MSys LSSGB

  • Drop an email with a scan copy of any document that verifies your Veteran status at support@msystraining.com
  • Within 24 hours, you will receive a confirmation mail with other details

With Course Material and MSys LSSGB

  • Go to Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Click on the Enroll now for Batch 3 of April Month
  • Use coupon code “WEEKEND299â€�
  • Pay $299 ($99 for course material + $199 for MSys LSSGB exam)
  • Get registered yourself

Registration Process for PMP

With Course Material

  • Go to PMP Registration
  • Click on the Enroll now for batch 2 of April month
  • Use coupon code “IAMVETERAN@99â€�
  • Pay $99 for course material
  • Get register yourself

Without Course

  • Drop an email at support@msystraining.com with scan copy of document that verifies your veteran status
  • You will receive confirmation within 24 hours

We would like to congratulate our Veterans who have clear the MSys’ LSSGB certification exam after completing the course and become certified LSSGB professional.


Collaboration in the Era of Big Data; How Empowerment Will Drive Change

Collaboration in the Era of Big Data; How Empowerment Will Drive Change

As discussed in the 7 Big Data Trends for 2017, organisations need to apply big data analytics to make sense of their organisation and their environment. The impact big data analytics will have on your organisation depends on which type of business analytics is applied within the business. There are four types of analytics, ranging from descriptive and diagnostic analytics to the more advanced predictive and prescriptive analytics. These are different stages of understanding your business and the more advanced the analytics is, the more complex it will be, but also the more value it can create for your organisation.

Organisations that apply business analytics tools will be better able to understand their organisation as well as their environment. It will improve the ability to make the right decisions at the right moment and as such seize the right opportunities to create competitive advantage. Descriptive and diagnostic analytics enable an organisation to use a variety of structured data sources to achieve insights in what has happened, it is commonly referred to as business intelligence. Predictive analytics uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to discover patterns and understand relationships in various unstructured and structured data sources to develop predictions for the future. Finally, ...


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How to Navigate a Digital Transformation

How to Navigate a Digital Transformation

Perhaps you have heard the phrase “digital transformation�. What does it really mean to “digitally transform� your business?


Transformation is a thorough or dramatic change, like a sports car changing to a robot.



Digital represents software and data leveraging computing, networking, and data storage technology.


Combined together, digital transformation, in the context of business, is a thorough or dramatic change with software and data as the enabler.

Netflix digitally transformed the way we acquire and consume movies by using software and the internet to distribute movies to consumers. This digital transformation put Blockbuster out of business.

Amazon digitally transformed the way we shop, seriously crippling major retailers who have been in business for generations.

Three out of the top five S&P companies gained their position by digitally transforming entire markets. You know them as Alphabet (Google), Amazon, and Facebook. The other two in the top five just happen to be technology companies that transformed their industries with digital technology pre-internet (Apple and Microsoft).

With each digital success story, there is a tragedy. Old companies, hiding behind perceived barriers to entry, continuing to “do what they always do� until they cannot afford to do it any longer.

No Industry is Safe


Uber: Taxi industry
AirBnB: Hotels
AOL/email: Postal System
Facebook: Tabloid magazines/advertising
Amazon: Retail


Digital technology has ...


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Five Tools For Developing Augmented Reality Apps

Five Tools For Developing Augmented Reality Apps

Augmented Reality application development entails replacing the virtual world with the real world. App developers utilize AR Libraries with open source API to break down the stages of development. Here is a review of five AR tools for mobile app developers along with their merits and demerits:

1. ARToolKit

ARToolKit is a type of augmented reality software tool utilized in the development of AR apps. The major advantage of this tool is the open-source code that allows unrestricted access to the library. Other merits of the ARToolKit include:


The library aids tracking of advanced object markers via mobile device cameras thus duplicating their whereabout on the screen of the device.
It supports 2D recognition and mapping of additional elements through OpenGL
It provides a free development environment for operating systems like iOS, Linux, SGI, Windows, Mac OSX, and Android.


Although this AR library can be accessed freely, the development documentation is considerably limited. It compresses the test apps. However, some of them can be difficult to build. The examples are inadequate, and there are no plans to update the framework yet.

2. Vuforia

Vuforia is an all-inclusive SDK for augmented reality app development.

The main benefit of this tool includes a test app with annotations showing the abilities of the Vuforia and ...


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How Machine Learning is Revolutionizing Digital Enterprises

How Machine Learning is Revolutionizing Digital Enterprises

According to the prediction of IDC Futurescapes, Two-thirds of Global 2000 Enterprises CEOs will center their corporate strategy on digital transformation. A major part of the strategy should include machine-learning (ML) solutions. The implementation of these solutions could change how these enterprises view customer value and internal operating model today.

If you want to stay ahead of the game, then you cannot afford to wait for that to happen. Your digital business needs to move towards automation now while ML technology is developing rapidly. Machine learning algorithms learn from huge amounts of structured and unstructured data, e.g. text, images, video, voice, body language, and facial expressions. By that it opens a new dimension for machines with limitless applications from healthcare systems to video games and self-driving cars. 

In short, ML will connect intelligently people, business and things. It will enable completely new interaction scenarios between customers and companies and eventually allow a true intelligent enterprise. To realize the applications that are possible due to ML fully, we need to build a modern business environment. However, this will only be achieved, if businesses can understand the distinction between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). 

Understanding the Distinction Between ML and AI

Machines that could ...


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Data Vault Training – Europe & US

Data Vault Training – Europe & US

Lots of training classes on Data Vault 2.0 are on the horizon around the world thanks to a new venture that Dan Linstedt and Michael Olschimke have formed called ScaleFree. In addition to world class consulting, they are offering dozens of Data Vault 2.0 related classes, including Bootcamps, Certification, and Introduction to Data Vault Modeling. […]
6 Ways Big Data Can Help With Hiring

6 Ways Big Data Can Help With Hiring

When it comes to Big Data, big changes have occurred in the business world. Any serious business that uses Big Data has transformed their way of everyday life by using this modern tool to their advantage.

Having a centralized hub of information that you can apply in any means you imagine is a great advantage over the competition. But how can you use Big Data in order to boost your HR recruitment and help your interviewers with hiring new talent?

Employee profile

While Big Data offers a huge assortment of options when it comes to HR recruitment, it’s important to note that the human factor is just as important. That means that you can easily create an employee model based on your current staff and create the perfect profile you think will suit the company. These attributes can range from soft skills, professional skills, education, and teamwork skills and so on.

Keep in mind that these values should always be evaluated and sorted through, not taken at face value. Some of your candidates might be having bad days or anxiety issues – these are not valid inputs for your HR profiling and should be evaluated carefully.

Recruitment model

Building upon the profile you created using Big ...


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5 Ways Big data Analytics Can Help Your eCommerce Business

5 Ways Big data Analytics Can Help Your eCommerce Business

The words ‘Big data’ are thrown around a lot these days, but there is no definition that is universally accepted. The best definition of Big data comes from analyst Doug Laney, who said in 2001 that Big data is defined by ‘The 3Vs’ – including velocity, variety and volume. This means that Big data is a large amount of content that is varied and being produced quickly. Here are five ways that Big data analytics can help your online company.

1. Examine Google Trends

Big data analytics can help your business by giving you an opportunity to examine trends on Google. Trend data shows you what kind of terms and keywords have been searched, where they were searched and who they were searched by. “This information helps you see what the public is interested in, and allows you to adapt to that specific market. Trends can also help you decide the best direction for your website�, - says Jane Reed, Operation Manager at Paper Fellows.

2. Prevent Fraud

Through the analysis of large data sets, you can identify where different kinds of fraud are most prevalent. For instance, you can find out what states or what countries that credit card fraud is most common, or where ...


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Grab the Attention of Employers by Adding Certification in the Most Appropriate Way

Grab the Attention of Employers by Adding Certification in the Most Appropriate Way

You must have learned a ton from the online or classroom course and you have been incorporating these new skills in your work too. But if you are looking to switch your job, then the question that may strike to your head is how to include an additional certification on your resume. The inappropriate inclusion of any certification can make your resume skeptical and in some cases it can make your resume worse. To understand the interpretation of employers on the additional courses on professionals’ resumes, we have consulted with several hiring managers and recruiters. Considering their views, here are some tips on how to add details of additional courses in your application:

Place Certifications in Their Proper Position

Everyone, including the board, recruiters and the hiring managers agreed that MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) and other courses can specify that you qualify for the job. Only include those courses that have taught you something related to your job. Keep the course list short and confine them to a single section, like a “Professional Training� within your work history.

Keep It Relevant

Only add certifications those are related to your job profile or you are actually using them in your work. Nobody cares if you have studied Classical Greek Art when you are working as a sales person. Instead, add only those certifications that are related to the work you expect to do. The list of certification may be change according to the job post for which you are applying.

Display How You Incorporate Your Skills into Your Work

During the discussion, recruiters also agreed that giving evidence of how one put their skills into work can help strengthen the case that the certification meant something. It’s very important for candidates to validate that they keep upgrading their skills. It is recommended for the candidates to include a special project or work to give context around the results that you have brought implementing new skills. The proper listing of courses with successfully completed projects for the same can validate that the candidate is using his/her newly acquired skills to the work.

Above are some major points that you need to keep in mind while preparing your resume after completing the course. During the training, MSys instructors will also guide you about some other factors that can help you in building a great resume and grab the attention of employers and recruiters.


Roadmap for Project Management Professional (PMP)

Roadmap for Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Professional (PMP) by Project Management Institute (PMI) is one of the most popular certifications across the globe. PMI® defines PMP® as an application of skills, knowledge and techniques to effectively execute projects. Thus, a project management professional certification can make any professional stand out from the crowd. The certification process of PMP can be confusing for most of us, this article will give you details of the entire process, from eligibility criteria to renewal of the credentials.

Eligibility Criteria for PMP

 

Individual with enough working experience in project management can take the PMP certification program. Individuals must fit in either of the following:

  • Secondary degree with minimum 5 years of experience in project management with 7500 hours leading projects and 35 hours of PDU.
  • Higher degree with minimum 3 years of experience in project management with 4500 hours leading projects and 35 hours of PDU.

Project management experience is not related to designation, but it refers that you have experience in project handling. One must be involved in all the five stages of the project management lifecycle i.e. planning, initiating, monitoring, directing and closing.

Individuals must have taken up minimum 35 hours of project management training. For the PMI, one actual hour of training or education is equivalent to one contact hour. One can either take online or in-person classroom training.

Form Filling

If you fulfill the prerequisites set for PMP, the next step is to fill up the PMP exam form. Start with creating an account at the PMI official website, followed by filling online application from listed under myPMI section. You will get 90 days to complete the application form that requires the following details:

  1. Personal details such as name, address, contact info, etc.
  2. University/college degree
  3. Details about contact hours
  4. Brief about experience of project management

After submitting the application form, you will receive the acceptance confirmation within a week.

Fees and Membership

After submitting the application form, the PMI will send you an email to pay the PMP exam fees. The current exam fee is $405 for member and $555 for non-member (this might be change after the launch of PMBOK Guide 6). The PMI membership gets you a lot of benefits at just $129 annual fee. Being a PMI member, you will receive a digital copy of PMBOK® Guide; peer-written and reviewed articles, get access to on-demand webinars, and project and business management books.

Audit Process of PMI®

On completion of the process of form filling and exam fee payment, you will immediately get to know whether your application requires an audit or not. If selected for the audit, you need to submit proof to validate the details mentioned in your application and you will get 3 month period to submit the following documents:

  1. Education certificates (photocopy of university/college degree)
  2. Printed contact hour certificate
  3. Authorized letter from the contact person listed in experience section. (separate envelops for each letter)

Put all these proofs in one envelope and send that to PMI® at registered mail and you will receive the confirmation email within a week.

Scheduling an Exam

After done with all the formalities by PMI, you can schedule your examination through PMI website. Just login to the PMI® Certification system and select your mode of examination i.e. Computer-based Test (CBT) or Paper-based Test (PBT). You can choose any date within 1 year of submitting the fee.

Examination

PMP certification exam is a closed book examination. It includes 200 multiple-choice questions that you need to attempt within 4 hours. Among 200, 25 questions are pretest questions that don’t have any effects on the score and are included to test the validity of future questions. To clear the exam, you should correctly answer at least 137 questions. If in case, you don’t clear the exam in the first attempt, you can reschedule the exam. One applicant gets 3 attempts within the period of one year. After clearing the PMP certification exam, you will be able to take your PMP® certificate within 6-8 weeks.

Certification Renewal

The PMP credentials are valid for 3-years and to renew the PMP certificate one need to earn and submit additional 60 PDUs every 3 years. However, you can earn these 60 PDUs in the certification year itself. Each dedicated hour for professional development activities will offer you one PDU. PMI has defined two ways to earn PDUs, education and profession.

1.     Educational PDUs (No limit for PDUs earned)

  • You can earn PDUs by attending events like webinars, seminars and workshops conducted by PMI® Registered Education Providers (REP) or PMI® itself.
  • By completing short term or long term courses by training institutes or a university can help you earn PDUs.
  • You can attend a PMI® Publication Quiz that includes reading articles and answering minimum 70 percent of the questions accurately.
  • Informal education activities like reading books, podcasts, articles, watching videos, etc., associated to project management, program management, project scheduling and project risk.

2.     Professional PDUs (Maximum 45 PDUs in 3-year cycle)

  • By creating a new knowledge base such as writing a book, articles, serving as a speaker, presenting a webinar, etc. for the topic of your expertise, can earn you PDUs.
  • By offering non-compensated project scheduling or project management services to non-employer.

You need to update earned PDUs in PMI’s PDU Activity Reporting form

After earning 60 PDUs at the end of the credential cycle, you can apply for renewal by paying the renewal fee, which is $60 for members and $150 for non-members.

Follow the above mentioned process to get PMP certified and to maintain your credentials for the same. MSys Training, a leading training institute in North America offers the 4-days boot camp or online classroom training with 100% money back guarantee.


Schema Definitions from an ODBC Text Source

Schema Definitions from an ODBC Text Source

Recently, I’ve worked on disjointed migration project where things just didn’t work the way you expect.  For example, you usually like to access data direct from its source (direct from a relational database) but in this situation, this was just not allowed and we were given a load of text files (hundreds) to load.  Perhaps […]
How to Balance Customer Experience With Customer Identity Management?

How to Balance Customer Experience With Customer Identity Management?

The world is going digital, and it doesn’t come as a surprise that people love getting online but there is a condition, they want to get there too soon! Yes, without any hassles without any barrier. They want more mobility but fewer hassles, and they want more security but fewer efforts in authentication. Isn’t it confusing and undoubtedly leaves businesses with one question, how can they balance customer experience with customer identity management?

Customer identity management is the latest business imperative of today. If the customers are not able to find a quick entry to your website, they don’t hesitate to go to your competitors. Growing competition and reducing patience has made every business worried. The article deals with why customer identity management is a must to customer experience and how you can balance out the both.

Present day scenario

Just like no human relationship stays the same throughout the journey, the relationship with your customers also keeps changing. That loyal customer you have from past five years, can’t be guaranteed to stay loyal in future as well. The growing technologies and increasing options have made your customers more vulnerable. The only thing that can come to your rescue is the experience you ...


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How Your Small Business Can Take Advantage of the IoT Wave

How Your Small Business Can Take Advantage of the IoT Wave

From self-driving cars, tiny chips, automatic response sensors, smart machines to smart watches, the era of connected devices is already here. The IoT refers to the idea of connecting billions of devices to the internet. This concept has mostly affected how people are conducting business today.

Presently, technology plays a primary role in any business development. Both small and large businesses are embracing the state-of-the-art technology to keep speed with the stiff competition and the current clients' expectation.

According to world giant tech companies like Google, Xero, and Cisco, the world of business has only felt the surface of what technologies such as IoT and cloud technology has to offer.

Though big business and companies have already transformed in technology, small businesses and entrepreneurs are yet to venture into this new level of technology that makes the world a global village.

It is predicted that by 2020, small businesses will be dominated by smart machines and connected devices. Small businesses and other emerging areas of business will experience a rapid growth of connected things, leading to enhanced safety and security, improved marketing endeavors, and developing new business models.

Small businesses and entrepreneurs can benefit a great deal from the IoT applications to step up against ...


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The 5 Industries With The Highest Cyber Security Risks

The 5 Industries With The Highest Cyber Security Risks

New technology means new avenues for growth in every field, but it also means new threats. In our digital age, cyber security risks are undoing some of the greatest technological advancements in key industries.

In 2015 alone, the Theft Resource Center found that over 780 data breaches occurred, leaving over 169 million records or personal information to fall into the wrong hands.

Breaches occurred in a variety of different industries leaving many to question who is the most susceptible and why. Now, two years later and thousands of hacks detected, it is clear which industries are the most vulnerable to cyber security risks.

1. Health Care

The health care industry has experienced incredible booms in the use and integration of new technology. Unfortunately, they have also been victimized by hackers because of it. Last year over 100 million patient records were stolen by cyber criminals, leaving millions of patients at high risk of having their identities stolen from anyone around the world.

Cyber criminals target the health care industry for the deeply personal patient information within it. Hospitals, clinics and other medical centers hold patients’ social security numbers, personal addresses, bank information and health information. 

2. Education

Colleges and universities are consistently targeted as well. Universities contain ...


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Is Your Data Center Protected From All Environmental Elements?

Is Your Data Center Protected From All Environmental Elements?

You’ve probably thought about how to keep your data safe from hackers, but what about the naturally occurring environmental elements that could cause massive equipment failures?

The extent to which you must worry about those things varies depending on where the data center is located and what the weather’s usually like there, but, no matter what, environmental elements can wreak havoc before you know it.

Let’s look at some of the most common environmental threats for a data center. We’ll also examine things you can do to minimize the adverse impact of those elements.

Monitoring Temperature

The temperature level of your data center is a crucial environmental element to watch. Luckily, it’s quite easy to ensure you’re within the recommended ranges for data center temperature best practices.

Guidance about temperature is constantly evolving, but current advice suggests keeping the temperature between 64.4-80.4 Fahrenheit. There are also classes of “allowable� temperatures intended to give data center personnel some flexibility.

Besides staying abreast about recommended temperature ranges, monitor your data center carefully with advanced temperature sensors placed on the top, middle and bottom of server racks. Handheld thermometers are useful for determining hot spots in a room. An alarm system can alert data center personnel if the temperature ...


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Factoring Massive Numbers: A Machine Learning Approach

Factoring Massive Numbers: A Machine Learning Approach

We are interested here in factoring numbers that are a product of two very large primes. Such numbers are used by encryption algorithms such as RSA, and the prime factors represent the keys (public and private) of the encryption code. Here you will also learn how data science techniques are applied to big data, including visualization, to derive insights. This article is good reading for the data scientist in training, who might not necessarily have easy access to interesting data: here the dataset is the set of all real numbers -- not just the integers -- and it is readily available to anyone. Much of the analysis performed here is statistical in nature, and thus, of particular interest to data scientists. 

Factoring numbers that are a product of two large primes allows you to test the strength (or weakness) of these encryption keys. It is believed that if the prime numbers in question are a few hundred binary digits long, factoring is nearly impossible: it would require years of computing power on distributed systems, to factor just one of these numbers.

While the vast majority of big numbers have some small factors and are thus easier to break, the integers that we are dealing ...


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Building a Data Lake in the Cloud 

Building a Data Lake in the Cloud 

So you want to build a Data Lake in the Cloud? Here is how.
New To Analyzing Big Data? 3 Tips For Efficient Data Analysis

New To Analyzing Big Data? 3 Tips For Efficient Data Analysis

As a business owner, you want to save as much time, money, and energy as humanly possible by streamlining your entire business from top to bottom. The more resources you can conserve, the more you can invest in your marketing efforts.

If you’re smart, you’re already streamlining your small needs like outsourcing minor tasks, hiring short-term contracted staff members, and using professionally programmed and pre-made documents to make sure your paperwork is up to par. These aspects of running a business are probably “old hat� to you.

While you’re streamlining the everyday aspects of running your business, hopefully, you’re not forgetting to streamline your data analytics as well. If you’re collecting any kind of data, it’s likely coming from multiple sources. And since you can’t afford to dilute the efficiency of your business, here are three tips to tighten it up.

1. Make sure your devices and programs are collecting data

This may sound obvious to some, but if you’re new to data analysis, you may not be aware that the collection of data from the devices and programs you use within your network is entirely determined by settings within your control. Some devices automatically log data no matter what; however, many devices have ...


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10 Things that make Embedded Java the best for the Internet of Things

10 Things that make Embedded Java the best for the Internet of Things

The acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle in 2010 has pushed Java more towards enterprises, rather than individual application development. The Java 8 platform includes a specific library suite that targets embedded system programming, thus making up for the lost ground due to lack of specific functionalities in the earlier versions of Java.

Here’s what you need to know about Embedded Java, if you are considering a Java Development Company for your next embedded enterprise application:

1. IoT has marked the start of a new era for Embedded Java.

Embedded systems was the domain of low level languages like C, until the present. However, with IoT (Internet of Things), machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is a real possibility that needs full-fledged application programming with an elaborate user interface. 

Earlier, developers used to program in the language specific to the platform. With Java for embedded systems, developers can leverage the ‘Write once, run anywhere’ paradigm and port the same code to embedded devices with a few tweaks.

2. Embedded Java reduces the time and cost required for application development.

The IDE (NetBeans from Oracle, etc.) for embedded Java development are free of cost, and so are the debugging tools. This makes embedded application programming possible on optimum cost reduction ...


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So You Want to Be a Data Scientist? – It’s Complicated

So You Want to Be a Data Scientist? – It’s Complicated

Rock stars. That’s what some people are calling data scientists. And right now, data science is the sexiest tech career field, at least according to LinkedIn in a recent report of top skills for 2017. Since the term was first coined in 2001, data science has come to mean a large group of activities which combine statistical analysis and data mining.

Anyone who is considering a career in data science needs to understand first, the myriad of things such a career involves, the type of education and training required, and exactly what the job market holds. And because the field is growing so fast, students and mid-career professionals both have an opportunity to move into data science careers, if they get the right education and training.

The Field is Broad and Varied

There is no single definition of data science, as it varies with industry, specific business, and what the purpose of the data scientist’s role is. And different roles require different skill sets, therefore the educational and training path is not uniform. Data scientists can come from many fields – math, statistics, computer science, and even engineering. But the role the scientist is to play is now generally broken down into two ...


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Enterprise Performance Management: Not That Popular But Still Bloody Relevant

Enterprise Performance Management: Not That Popular But Still Bloody Relevant


While performing my usual Googling during preparation for one of my latest reports on enterprise performance management (EPM), I noticed a huge difference in popularity between EPM and, for example, big data (Figure 1).

From a market trend perspective, it is fair to acknowledge that the EPM software market has taken a hit from the hype surrounding the emergence of technology trends in the data management space, such as business analytics and, particularly, big data.

Figure 1: Searches for big data, compared with those for EPM (Source: Google Trends)

In the last four years, at least, interest in big data has grown exponentially, making it a huge emerging market in the software industry. The same has happened with other data management related solutions such as analytics.

While this is not that surprising, my initial reaction came with a bit of discomfort. Such a huge difference makes one wonder how many companies have simply jumped onto the big data wagon rather than making a measured and thoughtful decision regarding the best way to deploy their big data initiative to fit within the larger data management infrastructure in place, especially with regards to having the system co-exist and collaborate effectively with EPM and existing analytics solutions.

Now, don’t get me wrong; I’m not against the deployment of big data solutions and all the potential benefits. On the contrary, I think these solutions are changing the data management landscape for good. But I can’t deny that, over the past couple of years, a number of companies, once past the hype and euphoria, have raised valid concerns about the efficiency of their existing big data initiatives and have questioned its value within the overall data management machinery already in place, especially alongside EPM and analytics solutions, which are vital for measuring performance and providing the right tools for strategy and planning.

The Analytics/EPM/Big Data Conundrum
A study published by Iron Mountain and PwC titled How Organizations Can Unlock Value and Insight from the Information they Hold, for which researchers interviewed 1,800 senior business executives in Europe and North America, concluded that:

“Businesses across all sectors are falling short of realizing the information advantage.�

Even more interesting is that, in the same report, when evaluating what they call an Information Value Index, the authors realized that:

“The enterprise sector, scoring 52.6, performs only slightly better than the mid-market (48.8).�

For some, including me, this statement is surprising. One might have imagined that large companies, which commonly have large data management infrastructures, would logically have already mastered, or at least reached an acceptable level of maturity with, their general data management operations. But despite the availability of a greater number of tools and solutions to deal with data, important issues remain as to finding, on one hand, the right way to make existing and new sources of data play a better role within the intrinsic mechanics of the business, and, on the other, how these solutions can play nicely with existing data management solutions such as EPM and business intelligence (BI).

Despite a number of big data success stories—and examples do exist, including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Xerox, and The Weather Company—some information workers, especially those in key areas of the business like finance and other related areas, are:


  • somehow not understanding the potential of big data initiatives within their areas of interest and how to use these to their advantage in the operational, tactical, and strategic execution and planning of their organization, rather than using them for in tangential decisions or for relevant yet siloed management tasks.
  • oftentimes swamped with day-to-day data requests and the pressure to deliver based on the amount of data already at their disposal. This means they have a hard time deciphering exactly how to integrate these projects effectively with their own data management arsenals.

In addition, it seems that for a number of information workers on the financial business planning and execution side, key processes and operations remain isolated from others that are directly related to their areas of concern.
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The Job Still Needs to Be Done
On the flip side, despite the extensive growth of and hype for big data and advanced analytics solutions, for certain business professionals, especially those in areas such as finance and operations, interest in the EPM software market has not waned.

In every organization, key people from these important areas of the business understand that improving operations and performance is an essential organizational goal. Companies still need to reduce the cost of their performance management cycles as well as make them increasingly agile to be able to promptly respond to the organization’s needs. Frequently, this implies relying on traditional practices and software capabilities.

Activities such as financial reporting, performance monitoring, and strategy planning still assume a big role in any organization concerned with improving its performance and operational efficiency (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Population’s perception of EPM functional area relevance (%)
(Source: 2016 Enterprise Performance Management Market Landscape Report)

So, as new technologies make their way into the enterprise world, a core fact remains: organizations still have basic business problems to solve, including budget and sales planning, and financial consolidation and reporting.

Not only do many organizations find the basic aspects of EPM relevant to their practices, an increasing number of them are also becoming more conscious of the importance of performing specific tasks with the software. This signals that organizations have a need to continuously improve their operations and business performance and analyze transactional information while also evolving and expanding the analytic power of the organization beyond this limit.

How Can EPM Fit Within the New Data Management Technology Framework?
When confronted with the need for better integration, some companies will find they need to deploy new data technology solutions, while others will need to make existing EPM practices work along with new technologies to increase analytics accuracy and boost business performance.

In both cases, a number of organizations have taken a holistic approach, to balance business needs by taking a series of steps to enable the integration of data management solutions. Some of these steps include:


  • taking a realistic business approach towards technology integration. Understanding the business model and its processes is the starting point. But while technical feasibility is vital, it is equally important to take into account a practical business approach to understand how a company generates value through the use of data. This usually means taking an inside-out approach to understanding, by taking control of data from internal sources and that which might come from structured information channels and/or tangible assets (production, sales, purchase orders, etc.). Only after this is done should the potential external data points be identified. In many cases these will come in the form of data from intangible assets (branding, customer experiences) that can directly benefit the specific process, both new or already in place.


  • identifying how data provided by these new technologies can be exploited. Once you understand the business model and how specific big data points can benefit the existing performance measuring process, it is possible to analyze and understand how these new incoming data sources can be incorporated or integrated into the existing data analysis cycle. This means understanding how it will be collected (period, frequency, level of granularity, etc.) and how it will be prepared, curated, and integrated into the existing process to increase its readiness for the specific business model.
  • recognizing how to amplify the value of data. By recognizing and making one or two of these sources effectively relate and improve the existing analytics portfolio, organizations can build a solid data management foundation. Once organizations can identify where these new sources of information can provide extended insights into common business processes, the value of the data can be amplified to help explain customer behavior and needs; to see how branding affects sales increases or decreases; or even to find out which sales regions need improved manufacturing processes.

All this may be easier said than done, and the effort devoted to achieving this is considerable, but if you are thinking in terms of the overall business strategy, it makes sense to take a business-to-technical approach that can have a direct impact on the efficiency, efficacy, and success of the adoption of EPM/big data projects while also improving chances of adoption, understanding, and commitment to these projects.

So…
Companies need to understand how the value of data can be amplified by integrating key big data points with the “traditional� data management cycle so it effectively collaborates with the performance management process, from business financial monitoring to planning and strategy.

While enterprise performance management initiatives are alive and kicking, new big data technologies can be put to work alongside them to expand the EPM software’s capabilities and reach.

The full potential of big data for enterprise performance management will only be realized when enterprises are able to fully leverage all available internal and external data sources towards the same business performance management goal to better understand their knowledge-based capital.

(Originally published on TEC's Blog)
Healthcare IT Security and The Internet of Things

Healthcare IT Security and The Internet of Things

The major distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack which targeted Dyn shook a lot of people, especially experts in IT security. Dyn is well known for offering domain name services (DNS), and the attack crippled most parts of the internet. In simple terms, a DNS provider has the same role of air traffic controller, that is, the provider routes internet traffic. The DDoS attack made major services like Spotify, Twitter and Netflix to load slower than normal or even unavailable.

Investigators found that the cyber attackers found weaknesses in the devices – wireless enabled baby monitors and smart home appliances which were connected to these major services. The attackers then used the Mirai malware to unleash botnets. In other words, the attackers exploited susceptible Internet of Things (IoT) for the attack to be successful. It is estimated that over 500,000 devices have been infected by the Mirai malware. Also, the Mirai malware attack affected Allscripts and Athena Health who deal with EHR devices.

Why healthcare is more vulnerable than other sectors

Security experts in healthcare IT industry have warned that IT security in healthcare is no longer about medical data or healthcare. Recent data breaches in healthcare were attributed to security compromises in their HIPAA business associates. Cyber ...


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Why Big Data Has To Make Sense To People

Why Big Data Has To Make Sense To People

You might have three PhDs and a brain the size of a football, but if you can’t explain things in simple language to others, it will be a struggle to maximise your potential impact on the world. Of course, there are many notable exceptions of academically brilliant individuals who have transformed the world, but people such as Einstein, Newton, Hawking, et al., often developed their theories in the confines of their labs and studies.

Data Science professionals, clever as they may be, have no choice but to work extremely closely with their non-scientifically-minded colleagues. I’d just like to say that intelligence is important in business, but it is far from the only success factor. A practical focus on getting things done and an ability to get on with other people are two things that every great leader has, and what you might call EQ is sometimes more important than IQ.

So, for the data gurus to make a difference, it is essential that they learn to translate the data into something that everyone would appreciate. This might involve dazzling visualisation and colourful graphics, and it might even involve the odd bit of humour to help the points to sink in.

If the data ...


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The Role Of Machine Learning In Marketing Research And Automation

The Role Of Machine Learning In Marketing Research And Automation

Marketing campaigns generate tons of data that can be used to understand customer preferences and behavior. This includes structured data (information like name and location that prospects provide voluntarily) as well as lots of semi-structured and unstructured data. Social media texts, navigation behavior on your website, photos and emails are all examples of unstructured data that can reveal a lot about the customer when studied individually but may not convey anything at a holistic level.

Let us take an example. A study of user behavior on a popular apparel store showed that 20% of visitors from search engines hit the ‘Buy’ button within two minutes of landing while 30% of visitors bounced (quit the page) for the same keyword. Navigational study of individual users showed that some users quit after checking out the various color variants of the product while a few other users quit as soon as the page finished loading.

At an individual level, it is easy to identify a fix for each of these visitors who do not convert. Perhaps some of these users did not find the product in the color they were looking for while others decided that the product was not for them as soon as ...


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5 Ways Big Data In The Marketing World Will Affect Consumers

5 Ways Big Data In The Marketing World Will Affect Consumers

Do you ever feel like certain companies are following you around the internet? It's easy to think they know your every thought, but in this particular case, there is a reasonable explanation for why you see them everywhere. That doesn't mean companies don't have so much of your info it would blow your mind.

Big data is going to change the way companies operate. In most cases, it will help consumers too, at least some of the time. It's going to have a much bigger impact on your life in the future, so let's look at a couple of things from the marketing world that will affect you going forwards.

1 - More Big Data Equals Popular Products

You gave up your freedom a long time ago when you started signing up to every social media network under the sun. Then the smartphone came along and now everyone is glued to the internet more often than not.

We're going to see the same trend going forwards as augmented reality, virtual reality, and lots of wearable devices become mainstream. The amount of big data companies will have at their disposal will make products even more popular.

2 - Ads Will Become A Lot More Targeted

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A Successful Effort to Transform Veterans Professional Life by MSys

A Successful Effort to Transform Veterans Professional Life by MSys

“When You are Acting Selflessly, You are at Your Bravest�, we have learned this from our Veterans and to honor them MSys have conducted free training program.

At MSys, we believe Veterans have all the potential to efficiently handle the responsibilities of lead in any organization, yet they require to give direction to their ability. To help Vets to mold their skills according to the corporate world, MSys have put their best feet forward and scheduled free training session for Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) and Project Management Professional (PMP) on March 28th-31st, 2017. But, as many of veterans wanted to be a part of both the training session, we have considered their request and rescheduled the PMP online class to April 25th – 28th, 2017.

To make this training fruitful for maximum Veterans, we are arranging another weekend batch for Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training in the month of April, dated April 29th – 30th and May 6th – 7th, 2017. We request our Vets to get themselves enroll for the PMP or LSSGB weekend class on or before April 20th, 2017. To know more about the registration process for Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, you can read “Another Effort by MSys to Help Veterans – Organizing Free LSSGB Weekend Classesâ€�; and forPMP registration process, consider reading “Why Veteran should Take Free LSSGB and PMP Training with MSys Training?â€�

Two days of Veteran Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training have completed and we have received heartwarming responses from our Veteran participants. Today, MSys feels proud that we took this initiative that gave us a chance to serve our heroes and give back a little of their service.

Thank You Veterans, Your Feedback Matters the Most to MSys

We would like to give a special thanks to our instructor Jason Saturn, a master Lean Six Sigma instructor at MSys to make this program a successful one. With his wide-experience and world class teaching skills, he always won the heart of our participants.


Three Industries That Can Benefit From Augmented Reality

Three Industries That Can Benefit From Augmented Reality

Virtual and augmented reality has remained a buzzword for technology fans and it's on everyone's radar for the upcoming year as well. Mobile devices are the wave of the future and to connect with users, more and more businesses and industries alike are turning to VR and AR and hoping to use their potential. App development has begun taking a turn for better, and more creative ways to both use and integrate VR and AR.

Augmented reality app development has already begun proving it's worth the cost and effort. It has begun to profoundly impact real estate, education and gaming.

Real Estate

Real estate is typically a difficult market, with clients taking a long time to buy or even rent. Although commissions are significant, real estate professionals don't like to wait and are hoping to use every tool available to move the sale cycle along. Augmented reality on a realtor's site can provide information that hasn't been seen before prior to a home walk-through. App developers can create presentations that bring the client into the home and offer views that even human eyes are not accustomed to seeing, such as the layout from above, the location in a development or the height of ...


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The Future of the Cloud

The Future of the Cloud

It has been less than a year since Google first provided a glimpse into its vision for cloud computing. If there is any company that should be paid attention to in this area, it's Google. Special attention should occur when the chairman of Google's parent company, Alphabet, claims that the next five years will hold even more innovation than the previous five years when it comes to cloud computing. Looking back at the last five years, that is quite the statement.

The biggest part of the keynote address focused on machine learning. This gives us a good idea of where cloud computing in general wil go. Google has since proven just how serious it is about machine learning with the news being filled with buzz about DeepMind. 

Looking at the keynote address we can surmise that machine learning will be a regular part of our lives within the next five years. According to Google, their machine learning software could work in something like an API in the fugure. Developers will be able to plug the software in and focus on creating.

The end goal is that machines will be able to parse through the millions of terabytes of data that humankind collects every ...


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The Future is Bright for Banking

The Future is Bright for Banking

2018 is likely to be a game-changing year for the banking and finance sector. As the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Revised Payment Service Directive (PSD2) are implemented across the European Union, the exclusive control of banks and other financial institutions on financial data of their customers is about to end. These new regulations will open the door to almost any company interested in claiming a share, particularly the tech giants, such as Amazon, Facebook, Google. 



While this may look like a challenge to many, we, as journey science experts, view this as an opportunity for banks to partner with large tech, eCommerce, and FinTech enterprises and leverage their expertise at managing customer experiences to revolutionize customer journeys and offer an improved, more holistic experience to their end-users. 

In this article, we have reviewed how implementation of PSD2 and GDPR will transform the banking and finance industry and result in a new wave of partnerships between banks and ecosystem enterprises to create a win-win situation for everyone, including customers, financial institutions, major tech players, such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, eCommerce companies, as well as small FinTech start-ups. 

How Upcoming Regulations Will Revolutionise the Banking Industry

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Another Effort by MSys to Help Veterans – Organizing Free LSSGB Weekend Classes

Another Effort by MSys to Help Veterans – Organizing Free LSSGB Weekend Classes

With an intention of helping our Veterans to mark their presence in the corporate world, MSys Training had started the “Give Back to the Society” campaign on February 28th, 2017. We are overwhelmed with the response by Veterans as well as civilians for our initiative. During this one month journey, we got a chance to meet highly talented Veterans from across the states who have potential to be a part of any organization and we are glad that with this initiative we became part of their life. Initially, we had plans of conducting both LSSGB and PMP free online class on March 28th – 31st, 2017. However, most of our Vets wanted to attend both LSSGB and PMP, hence MSys decided to reschedule the PMP online class to April 25th – 28th, 2017 and extended the registration date to April 20th, 2017.

We have received more than 90 registration requests, but due to class limitation few of them missed this chance. With over 30 confirmed attendees in our March 28th LSSGB free online class (2 batches), MSys smelled a need of a weekend training to allow maximum Veterans taking advantage of our free online class and decided to conduct another free online training session on Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) on 2 consecutive weekends i.e. April 29th – 30th and May 6th – 7th, 2017.

Our LSSGB training will offer numerous benefits and here are some highlighting features:

  • 4 days online classroom training by lead Lean Six Sigma instructors at MSys
  • Discounted MSys LSSGB certification exam fee and IASSC accredited LSSGB course material
  • 40% off on online self-learning on future training programs and 30% off on online and in-person classroom training
  • Career guidance from MSys consultants
  • $100 bonus on every successful referral enrollment (this won’t be applicable on Veterans training programs’ registration)

 

The 4-day online classroom LSSGB training is held on April 29th – 30th and May 6th – 7th, 2017 and the last date to get registered for the session is April 20th, 2017. To enroll for MSys Training’s weekend training program on LSSGB (Lean Six Sigma Green Belt), follow the below registration process.

 

Registration Process for LSSGB

Without Course Material and MSys LSSGB

  • Drop an email with a scan copy of any document that verifies your Veteran status at support@msystraining.com
  • Within 24 hours, you will receive a confirmation mail with other details

With Course Material and MSys LSSGB

  • Go to Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Click on the Enroll now for Batch 3 of April Month
  • Use coupon code “WEEKEND299â€�
  • Pay $299 ($99 for course material + $199 for MSys LSSGB exam)
  • Get registered yourself

Some common questions that can arise in your mind while registering for the training session, if you don’t get your answers in this list, feel free to contact us:

When do I get my training details?

One of our training consultants will send you the www.GoToMeeting.com login credential before 5 days to the training start date. You will receive an enrollment confirmation email within 24 hours of your registration request.

Do I get the MSys courseware?

Yes, Veterans can avail MSys courseware by paying just $99 per license.

How much do I pay to attend this training?

You don’t need to pay anything to attend the 4 days online class. You will have to pay only if you decide to purchase course material, MSys LSSGB exam voucher or online class recorded videos. You will pay $299

How to take the LSSGB Certification Exam?

You can appear for the MSys LSSGB exam and get certified in just $199.

What is the difference between MSys Veterans free classes and paid classes?

There is no alteration between our paid and free training program. MSys Training is hosting this free class for Vets to understand the current market situation and help them to get those extra skills needed to excel in the corporate world.

Is there any difference between MSys and IASSC certification?

Both the certifications are globally recognized. IASSC comes with 1 attempt and is a close book exam, whereas MSys LSSGB exam is an open book exam with 3 attempts. You can either go for MSys LSSGB exam @ $199 or IASSC LSSGB exam @ $399.

Do I get a course completion certificate?

Yes, on completion of 4 days online classroom training, MSys will send you a 35 PDUs certificate to your registered email address.

At MSys Training, we believe “We Rise by Lifting Others!” and the success of our “Give Back to the Society” proved that again.


Guiding Principles for ITIL Practitioners

Guiding Principles for ITIL Practitioners

The ITIL Practitioner is the latest qualification included to the ITIL service lifecycle. The ITIL Practitioner certification is based upon the knowledge gained during ITIL Foundation level and offers you with the ability to recognize and deliver service improvements using a practical approach to adapting and adopting the ITIL framework. Below are the nine guiding principles of ITIL Practitioner:

  • Design for Experience: Services and processes should be designed and defined from the outset to develop a satisfying experience for the end user or customer.
  • Focus on the Value: In IT Service Management (ITSM), everything and anything should be designed to deliver the value to customers and the customer chooses what is valuable to them.
  • Start where you are: You don’t need to start from the scratch. Always try and consider first what can be achieved from what you already have.
  • Work Holistically: No component or service can stand alone. Services are complicated systems that have to be designed, deployed, considered, improved and managed with an awareness of the whole.
  • Progress Iteratively: Many of us want to do multiple things in one go, but you should resist yourself from the temptation of doing everything in one go. Divide the work into small, manageable tasks that deliver something useful and keep going. Combining all small efforts into one can create a great change.
  • Observe Directly: Make decision depending on the information that is true and keep checking the source of the activity at regular intervals and observe it directly.
  • Be Transparent: Be honest and clear about the facts. Be aware of what is happening and the source from where those rumors are arriving. Speak from a position of knowledge.
  • Keep it Simple: Always do what is required to deliver the desired outcomes and try to eliminate that which is extravagant.
  • Collaborate: Work with your subordinates creatively towards a desired goal. Combined effort will create commitment, resulting benefit from different perspectives.

At MSys Training, we offer the ITIL Practitioner training gives the understanding of the tools and techniques. The 2days training will help you to implement ITIL methodologies more effectively in your organization.


How 6th Edition of PMBOK will Affect PMP Aspirants in 2017?

How 6th Edition of PMBOK will Affect PMP Aspirants in 2017?

The PMI is about to launch the sixth edition of PMBOK® (Project Management Body of Knowledge) Guide in the third quarter of 2017. PMI keep reviewing and updating the PMBOK® Guide to incorporate the latest trends and updates in the project management field and to avoid any errors/inconsistencies/omissions of the previous PMBOK® Guide edition. The PMP exam will also have effects of this new version of PMBOK guide and will witness major changes.

If you are a PMP® Aspirant and looking to get PMP® certified in 2017, then the great news for you that there will be no changes to the PMI-PMP® examination this year. The changes, according to PMBOK Guide 6th Edition will be reflected on the PMP® Exam from 2018 onwards.

The 6th edition of PMBOK® Guide does not have much effect on PMP® certification aspirants in 2017 and the currently available PMP prep materials, including online PMP courses and prep resources and books are still relevant and useful for the PMP® Exam in 2017. The only effect of this new version of the PMBOK® Guide on PMP aspirants is more on the psychological side.

Although PMI has not made any declaration, but considering previous experience, it is presumed that the PMP® exam will be based on the current edition of PMBOK® Guide 5 throughout 2017. And we can see the effects of the PMBOK Guide sixth edition on the PMP® exam in January 2018 onwards. PMP® aspirants who have started preparing for PMP® certification now will be able to get certified based on the current PMP® syllabus and PMBOK® Guide 5th version.

The only psychological effect of the 6th edition of the PMBOK® Guide on PMP® certification aspirants in 2017 is that if they did not clear the exam in 2017, they would need to prepare for the examination based on the PMBOK Guide 6th version in 2018, as the syllabus will be changed. It seems that in 2017, PMP® certification aspirants have less opportunities and time than usual.

Why Should Go PMP® Certification in 2017?

If you are looking to appear for the PMP certification exam in 2017, then you are highly recommended to take action NOW:

  • The PMBOK® Guide 5th edition (current edition) and the PMP® exam are common and you will get lots of study materials and resources readily.
  • It has been predicted that the exam fee for PMP® may see a hike in 2018.
  • You can witness changes in the format of the PMP® exam.
  • The difficulty level will be high after adapting a PMBOK® Guide version 6
  • The PMP® online courses and exam preparation books may not be available to release on the updated versions of PMP® exams.
  • The new prep materials based on the new PMBOK® Guide 6th edition expected to have lots of errors in terminology and project management processes.

Hence, if you don’t get PMP® certified in 2017, there are chances that you cannot get PMP® certified in the first or even second quarter of 2018, which will affect to your career plan.


How Lean Six Sigma Help Healthcare Sectors to Grow?

How Lean Six Sigma Help Healthcare Sectors to Grow?

Lean Six Sigma is a process of eliminating defects from the organization. In the healthcare industry, a defect can be the question of life or death. The Lean Six Sigma methodology can help healthcare sectors to enhance patient safety by removing life-threatening errors. The Lean Six Sigma has a five-step approach, as Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) to improve performance of the processes. The lean and six sigma help you to focus on the enhancement of the patient experience by assuring your processes deliver the desired results.

The Lean and Six Sigma in health care try to improve the quality by making project deliverables measurable and more discrete, maintain a strong customer focus over organizational, better results, and improving the quality within a designated time frame.

The health care firms are incorporating lean and six sigma methodologies for quite a long time now. The lean six sigma can help in many ways to improve quality of the healthcare services. For instance, utilizing Lean approaches in pilot programs may reduce the turnaround time for pathologist reports from an anatomical pathology lab. Lean and Six Sigma methodologies can help to minimize the backlog in the pharmacy, reduce time to enter new medication orders, decreasing time required to perform several tests on patients and complete chart entries, and handling electronic payment for larger vendor accounts.

There are numerous applications of an integrated Lean Six Sigma approach that led to minimizing the complexity of hiring full-time and part-time staff, enhancing way to scheduling of the operating room by creating a new pre-surgical admissions process, and emerging a new work planning system to completion of equipment maintenance requests. There are numerous successful applications of Lean and Six Sigma have been reported at numerous many health care firms.

Taking these benefits into consideration, many healthcare organizations have adopted a variety of Lean strategies to enhance the quality of their services.

If you are a healthcare professional and looking to improve the performance of any module of your organization or the overall performance of the firm, I recommend you to get connected with MSys Training. They have a team of expert trainers, who give you a thorough understanding of the Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques along with their application. Not only they will give you understanding on the subject, but they also train you to pass the certification exam which is worldwide recognized.


How Big Data is Changing the Recruitment Industry

How Big Data is Changing the Recruitment Industry

The recruitment business has evolved immensely. In its early years, recruitment was all about placing ads in the newspaper and getting a call from the interested candidates. Companies and organisations would have to wait for the word to get out or mostly accept potential candidates referred by their employees. Then came the job portals, which made it easy for both the job seekers and the companies to connect with each other. It helped candidates to understand the job profile better and the companies to see if the candidates are a good fit before calling them for an interview. For the last few years, with the rise of the internet and the impact of social media in recruitment, the whole recruitment industry has seen a tremendous change.

This age of internet for the recruitment industry is creating a wealth of information through various sources like candidates’ resumes, job applications, job reviews, interview reviews, etc. It can be said that the future of the industry is going to be driven by big data. With the help of big data, organisations can mine the right candidate and understand the best skills in a candidate that will be a good fit to the job profile. ...


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How Big Data Can Change the Education System in Few Years

How Big Data Can Change the Education System in Few Years

Big data is offering us the opportunity to look at things we could only guess at before. This allows us to look at things from new angles, study them in ways that were impossible just a few years ago and get new insights that we didn’t even know where out there. In this way it is changing almost every industry it’s touching, like healthcare, logistics and – yes – education.

The thing about education is that because it’s quite a conservative industry, many of the changes are still on the horizon. That means that we’re going to see some dramatic changes over the next few years that will transform the industry dramatically. Here we’re going to explore some of those changes and ramifications so that you can see which way the tide is flowing. That will let you make informed decisions and stay ahead of the curve. 

It allows us to recognize problems earlier

In traditional teaching atmospheres, children could often struggle in silence for months before the problem really manifested. By that time, they were often so far behind that it made it incredibly difficult for the student to catch up again. It would often take serious help from the teachers, the ...


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How to Use Data to Fuel More Conversions

How to Use Data to Fuel More Conversions

People are living their lives online more so than ever before.  From shopping, researching, dating, socializing, reading news, and staying connected to the world around them, online interconnectivity is now the new norm.  With so much activity taking place in the digital sphere, the goal of every ecommerce site is to capitalize on opportunities and convert online shoppers.  However, what many fail to realize is that consumers don’t always head to an ecommerce site to purchase.  It may be the end goal, but the first time they visit, they are browsing, researching, and comparing prices. In fact, according to recent research by Episerver, ninety-two percent of consumers visit a brand’s website for the first time to do something other than make a purchase.

Other key findings from the report include:


Even when visiting a brand’s website or mobile app with the intent of purchasing, a third (32 percent) of consumers rarely or never make a purchase.
Online shoppers list desktop computer(s) as their outright digital channel of choice, followed by smartphone(s) and tablet(s).
Two-thirds of shoppers expect to make more online purchases in 2017 than they did in 2016. This will be more pronounced among shoppers who purchase every time they visit a brand’s website ...


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Achieving Success With Your Big Data Initiatives – A Vendors Perspective

Achieving Success With Your Big Data Initiatives – A Vendors Perspective

Big data analytics offers revolutionary capabilities but achieving results requires a strategic vision—and a view into how it can create business value. Over the last few years, the term "big data" has evolved from a vague concept into a mainstream business strategy. But somewhere at the intersection of conceptual promise and real-world implementation, many business leaders, including CIOs, have faced a tough realization: putting the concept to work requires different tools, technologies and strategies than in the past. 

Imagine you are a CIO who has identified a business use case for Big data analytics but is figuring out how to go about executing it. Tools, platforms, skillset and domain expertise all these weigh on your mind as you try to put together a team. Roping in an external partner is an advised course whether for consulting or for full implementation. The reason is simple: your experienced partner knows best as to what works and where things can fail. So he can limit your downside risk and at the same time maximize your upside gain.

Valiance recently did a Big data analytics project with an enterprise communications firm whereby we were supposed to extract customer insights from terabytes of unstructured data they had. ...


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How Edge Computing will Make Widespread IoT Use Possible

How Edge Computing will Make Widespread IoT Use Possible

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a dream for many people working in the tech and big data fields for years. Despite the exciting implications of widespread IoT use, however, the concept has been slow to catch on with the general public—with a few exceptions. Smart home devices are gaining popularity, and there is a lot of interest in the progress of self-driving vehicles, but the potential of IoT has still been largely unexplored. IoT devices could touch every corner of our lives, and we’re not harnessing much of that power at all. But why? Partially, because of our current Internet infrastructure. It’s just not up to the task of handling the massive amounts of data collected by IoT devices. The good news? The cloud and edge computing could make widespread IoT use possible.

What are Cloud and Fog Computing?

These days, cloud computing is something we use every day. Instead of storing data on a local server or a hard drive, it is saved on the “cloud�, which is made up of remote servers, allowing the data to be retrieved and processed wherever there is an Internet connection. There are limitations to the cloud however—and those limitations are tied to ...


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SQL Performance Anxiety: Why Your Server Might be Running Slow

SQL Performance Anxiety: Why Your Server Might be Running Slow

You’re new to the SQL game. Maybe you just got hired for a new a job with corporate. Maybe you’re running your own business. Maybe someone is just hitting you up for the customary “Hey, you’re a tech guy� kind of questions. In any case, someone may be asking you to optimize a system you’re just now familiarizing yourself with. And if you’re reading this, then the problem you’re facing is that an SQL server is underperforming (read: slow as snails). But before you go buying a bunch of new hardware for the machine, consider that the problem might be a little more mundane.

“Garbage In, Garbage Out�

The “human� error is probably the most common issue for all computer problems (how many times have you had to tell grandma to plug in the printer cord?). It’s natural for us to make mistakes, but sometimes those mistakes are hard to pin down and rectify. It’s this way with a database.

SQL servers are built on databases, which are built on tables, which are built out of information values. When the information is wrong, untidy, old, or redundant, the tables reflect the sloppy groundwork. Then the databases fail to organize things properly or give ...


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From the Internet of Cows, Smart Nations to implantable Smartphones, healing Chips, smart Tattoos or 3D smart Organs

From the Internet of Cows, Smart Nations to implantable Smartphones, healing Chips, smart Tattoos or 3D smart Organs

The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects like devices, vehicles, buildings and other items that have electronics and software embedded within them. They have sensors, and are networked so they can collect and exchange data. The IoT creates opportunities for integration of the physical world into computer systems. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system and is able to operate within the existing internet infrastructure.

Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion connected objects by 2020. According to McKinsey, if policy makers and businesses get it right, linking the physical and digital worlds could generate up to $ 11.1 trillion a year in economic value by 2025.

Think about this from a mobile perspective. In 2016 more than 1.5 billion smartphones were sold. We’re in a mobile world; a world where your mobile has evolved into the remote control of your digital life. There are 2.6 billion smartphone users today but more than 7 billion smartphones are in circulation among the 3.4 billion people who have internet, even though more than half of the global population has no access to internet today. The accessibility and speed of change is happening in mobile development. People ...


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How AI led Context-Aware Computing Can Power the Next Generation of Smart Apps?

How AI led Context-Aware Computing Can Power the Next Generation of Smart Apps?

The fields of artificial intelligence and deep learning have witnessed monumental progress in the past few years with some pioneering technologies set to transform the way we live our lives. From changing how businesses are run and making them more efficient to making cars intelligent enough that they can drive themselves, AI never fails to amaze us with its unlimited potential and prowess over combining the processes of digital computing and algorithms to forge together crucial memory architectures based on layers of neural information networks.

But how can AI become more personal to humans and augment their life experiences? Is there a medium to make available a critically intelligent personal assistant that knows what we want it to do and how we want to do it powered by AI?

The way and the medium both are apps, as it is the promising platform for AI to endear itself to humans and become indispensable. The mobile platform is growing due to its wide appeal to the masses and the number of apps downloaded is also growing consequently as a result of this.

Nearly 268 billion apps have been downloaded by 2017 and the number is expected to grow even further because apps provide an ...


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Why Nespresso Became the Apple of the Coffee

Why Nespresso Became the Apple of the Coffee

Setting the scene. Nespresso, part of the Nestlé Global Group based in Switzerland, is by far my favourite coffee brand. I enjoy four of them every day.

Like many industries, the coffee industry has changed over the last years. Single-cup coffee brewing is on the rise, and Nestlé holds almost 30% of the global brewing market systems. Nespresso was founded in 1987, is present in more than sixty-four countries, employs 12,000 people, has annual revenue of four billion dollars, more than 450 boutiques in premier locations, five million Facebook fans, and 340,000 unique online customers every day. Since 2012 they sold close to 28 billion aluminum capsules.

What happened?

Nespresso transformed coffee from a simple product to a sophisticated coffee drinking experience by enabling personalised and engaging connections, blending the physical with the digital to act as one. The company wants to deliver the perfect coffee experience, while you take your time to enjoy the moment. It has a very clear why: ‘Coffee is at the heart of all we do. Yet consumer pleasure is why we do it.’ And through this shaping the global coffee culture.

Nespresso surrounded the coffee brand with machines, capsules, accessories, online/ offline shops, smart distribution, great design, premium boutiques ...


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The Big Deal about Big Data for Small Business

The Big Deal about Big Data for Small Business

Taking advantage of Big Data is easier than ever before in today’s market. Believe it or not, this model of centralized information structure is sometimes far more suited to small businesses rather than big corporations. Using a central hub and having access to everything at once is one of the best innovations in business today, so what’s the real big deal about big data? How can your small business implement it in order to grow and expand?

Follow trends

One of the best ways to utilize Big Data in an everyday working environment is to follow your client’s trends. This means that you can always see what their shopping and service usage patterns look like. You can use this data to quickly and efficiently shift your marketing and business strategies to suit their needs and become more relevant in their lives.

Having full access to all of your customer’s and partner’s business operations is a significant advantage of Big Data. Not only are you constantly aware of what’s going on in the market, but you can also use this knowledge to get industry insight and develop new business ideas in the process.

Manage HR

While small businesses don’t have nowhere as much HR capacity as ...


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Big Data’s Big Impact on the Food You Eat Every Day

Big Data’s Big Impact on the Food You Eat Every Day

How safe is the food you eat? How can you tell?

There are at-home precautions you can take to minimize your chances of consuming tainted food. For example, you can ensure all your cooked meats reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees before serving, wash your equipment thoroughly to avoid cross-contamination, and refrigerate key foods to keep them from growing bacteria. But what about the safety of your food before it gets to the grocery store?

Recalls are still commonplace, with outbreaks of E. coli, salmonella, and other hazards still jeopardizing human health. Fortunately, thanks to big data and data analysis, our food supply chain is getting safer.

Better Traceability

For starters, the global food market has become incredibly complex. Ingredients are produced around the world, shipped everywhere, and in many cases, go through several phases of processing and transportation before they make it to a finished product. When an outbreak is detected in a given product, this makes it difficult to track exactly which ingredient or which batch was responsible for the outbreak.

Thankfully, companies like FoodLogiQ are making it easier to incorporate traceability into the supply chain. Using a lot-level traceability software like FoodLogiQ Connect allows companies to reasonably identify and track the ...


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Bio-Artificial Intelligence: A lesson in Why AI Algorithms must “Know” the Field

Bio-Artificial Intelligence: A lesson in Why AI Algorithms must “Know” the Field

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all the rage. It seems that every time I surf the web, I see a new AI product, ranging from consumer electronics, to cars, to social media apps, to high-end analytical software. For example, check out these other articles on AI in Internet Marketing, the Legal Profession, and several other application areas. There are even AI products advertised in the airports. Forget what the pundits say about AI being a big part of our future. Just look around to see that the future is here now.

AI Approaches Must Adapt to the Problem at Hand

With the increasing prevalence of AI, we see successes and failures in the use of the technology. I have seen many questions on Quora along the lines of “What Artificial Intelligence algorithm should I use for mining the web?� Clearly, this is an unanswerable question; without knowing what the goal is, the correct approach cannot be defined. This is an extreme example, but to me, it is indicative of the same problems we have seen historically with other new technologies. There is a tendency to rush in with the new hammer in the toolkit and bang on everything like it is a nail.

The ...


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Bio-Artificial Intelligence: A lesson in Why AI Algorithms must “Know” the Field

Bio-Artificial Intelligence: A lesson in Why AI Algorithms must “Know” the Field

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all the rage. It seems that every time I surf the web, I see a new AI product, ranging from consumer electronics, to cars, to social media apps, to high-end analytical software. For example, check out these other articles on AI in Internet Marketing, the Legal Profession, and several other application areas. There are even AI products advertised in the airports. Forget what the pundits say about AI being a big part of our future. Just look around to see that the future is here now.

AI Approaches Must Adapt to the Problem at Hand

With the increasing prevalence of AI, we see successes and failures in the use of the technology. I have seen many questions on Quora along the lines of “What Artificial Intelligence algorithm should I use for mining the web?� Clearly, this is an unanswerable question; without knowing what the goal is, the correct approach cannot be defined. This is an extreme example, but to me, it is indicative of the same problems we have seen historically with other new technologies. There is a tendency to rush in with the new hammer in the toolkit and bang on everything like it is a nail.

The ...


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Top 5 Vulnerabilities In APIs

Top 5 Vulnerabilities In APIs

A vulnerability in the context of software applications is a violation of the defined security policies. Modern web apps are centered on the idea of keeping the workflow logic in the client side and its interaction with the server using APIs (application programming interface). Developers try to make the APIs as stateless as possible, in accordance with the REST principles. This, however, adds a new attack surface. Poorly designed APIs are often subjected to attacks. Here are top 5 API vulnerabilities that you need to take care of in 2017:

1.DDoS

Poorly designed APIs are often a target of DDoS attacks. Often developers do not put rate limits on the APIs, or block malicious requests. Sometimes API endpoints have complex logic behind them which is computationally heavy to run, like authentication logic that requires a hashing algorithm like Bcrpyt. When an attacker finds out such an endpoint, they spam it with requests taking the whole system down. Such endpoints should be served independently from the main APIs so that limited functionality is affected in an attack. Rate limits should also be applied differently to different APIs; authenticated users may raise their rate limits though.

2. Enumerated Resources

APIs that have enumerated resources are a ...


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7 Reasons Why Serverless Computing will Create a Revolution in Cloud Technology

7 Reasons Why Serverless Computing will Create a Revolution in Cloud Technology

Of late, you may have heard this term - Serverless Computing. It is a term that has been around in the developer’s world for more than a year, and it has already caused a paradigm shift in the field of cloud technology.

In this article, we will examine the reasons that caused serverless computing to be such a major trend.

Serverless Computing is a computing code execution model where the developers are relieved of several time-consuming activities so that they can focus on other important tasks.

This trend is also known as Function as a Service (FaaS) where the cloud vendor is responsible for starting and stopping a function’s container platform, check infrastructure security, reduce maintenance efforts, improve scalability, so on and so forth at low operational costs.

The aim is to develop microservice oriented solutions to help decompose complex applications into small, easily manageable and exchangeable modules.

This brings us to the question - are there really ‘serverless’ computing services?

Of course, it is only logical that there should be servers in the background, but developers need not bother about the operation or provisioning of these servers; the entire server management is done by the cloud provider. Thus, the developer can devote more of his time ...


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5 Ways Big Data In The Marketing World Will Affect Consumers

5 Ways Big Data In The Marketing World Will Affect Consumers

Do you ever feel like certain companies are following you around the internet? It's easy to think they know your every thought, but in this particular case there is a reasonable explanation for why you see them everywhere. That doesn't mean companies don't have so much of your info it would blow your mind.

Big data is going to change the way companies operate. In most cases it will help consumers too, at least some of the time. It's going to have a much bigger impact on your life in the future, so let's look at a couple of things from the marketing world that will affect you going forwards.

1 - More Big Data Equals Popular Products

You gave up your freedom a long time ago when you started signing up to every social media network under the sun. Then the smartphone came along and now everyone is glued to the internet more often than not.

We're going to see the exact same trend going forwards as augmented reality, virtual reality, and lots of wearable devices become mainstream. The amount of big data companies will have at their disposal will make products even more popular.

2 - Ads Will Become A Lot More Targeted

Let's use real time bidding as ...


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How the IoT is Affecting Property Management

How the IoT is Affecting Property Management

At its heart, the Internet of Things (IoT) is all about connection. Connection between smart devices, WiFi, beacons, etc. to collect data on such things as lighting, temperature or the presence of people. With the IoT, the idea is for make our everyday devices “smarter�--get them talking to each other to share information and then analyze this information for us to gain insights on when to run a dishwasher to save energy or how to set up a store display for foot traffic. For the property management industry, the aim of the IoT is to connect property owners, managers and even tenants to each other. Similarly, it is then to connect these individuals to data insights generated from everyday routine activities. Although much of what the IoT can offer is still in its infancy, it is already having a large impact on property management.

Within the industry, security is a main concern for both the tenant and building owners, and the IoT offers some truly amazing solutions. Wireless sensors allow property owners and managers to offer tenants virtual guard services. Tenants or managers can program the sensors through an app to customize their security. For example, if the tenant works from ...


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Microsoft and VMware Will Square-off in the Hybrid Cloud

Microsoft and VMware Will Square-off in the Hybrid Cloud

Many enterprises will be on the road to the hybrid cloud and they will find Microsoft and VMware waiting for them with highly differentiated approaches. Who will win?
What to Look For When Picking a Big Data-as-a-Service Provider

What to Look For When Picking a Big Data-as-a-Service Provider

The Big Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) market is one to definitely keep an eye on in the coming years. It’s been quickly growing as more and more companies understand the value that big data solutions can bring to their individual organizations. This is especially true among mid-size businesses which likely didn’t have the budget or resources to invest in things like constructing their own data centers or employing the best data scientists. With the rise of BDaaS, all of the potential found within big data is now at their fingertips in much the same way other cloud services have led to more opportunities and capabilities. While a company may want to work with a BDaaS provider, choosing one can prove to be difficult. The BDaaS market is changing, at time rapidly so, making the decision a challenging one. Though the market is evolving, there are a number of things you can look for when you’re considering a BDaaS provider.

The first thing you’ll want to do is evaluate your company’s needs. Since this will be different for each organization, it’s a good beginning step for determining a BDaaS provider. When you know the ways in which big data will help your business, you ...


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Big Data & Analytics – Getting Started on Your Journey

Big Data & Analytics – Getting Started on Your Journey

There has been a lot of talk and content published around the application of Big Data within enterprises. 

In the past 6-7 years that we’ve been involved in this sector, we’ve seen a significant amount of money being spent by corporates to get value from various data technologies. But the missing piece we often see and ask our clients is: Where and how is the wider business involved?   

For example, many CIOs have approved the spend to build Hadoop clusters or similar but with little thought into how the wider business will go on to use this technology. Furthermore, the business doesn’t really understand the technology and what it could do for them.

The problem doesn’t get any easier now that we’re seeing a lot of hype around Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The biggest problem I’m seeing today is that there seems to be very little connection between Big Data & Analytics and Machine Learning/AI.

The hype over the last few years has also moved to Digital Transformation and what that means to an industry, and more recently toward the application of blockchain technology (but that’s for another time).

In this post I will focus on how to get started on your Big Data & ...


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How Is Big Data Changing Supply Chain Management

How Is Big Data Changing Supply Chain Management

In the last couple of years, big data technology was implemented in many different industries. Big data innovations have uplifted the business process to another level by introducing more predictability and by automating the decision making-process. Implementation of big data into the supply chain management has shown similar results. The use of big data technology has enabled companies to react faster to the changes within their supply chain and to drastically improve customer experience. In this article, we’re going to analyze some of the new supply trends that are directly connected with the big data technology implementation.

Real-time tracking

Today, every modern retail company offers a real-time tracking feature. Time tracking data can also be used as a basis for the innovation of the supply chain, especially when it’s combined with the data coming from the social sources, like eCommerce analytics, social networks, news, weather, etc. Big data allows companies to plan their future inventory and supply routes in real time, without relying on historical data. This functionality is very important for the accuracy of the eCommerce logistics process.

The biggest couriers have already replaced the outdated ERP tracking technology with the Internet of Things sensors, which can follow the whole shipment process ...


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Your Number One Priority: Your Data

Your Number One Priority: Your Data

Behind every successful company, whether it’s a multinational corporation or the smallest start-up, is clean and qualified data. In the following article, we share some of the best ways you can grow and protect your most valuable asset… Your data.

If you want to increase the success of business and maximise upon the sales and/or marketing activities you undertake, you need to ensure the data you have is of good quality.

Here we share how you can grow, improve and protect your data…

Invest time and money in growing your data

Data is your business’ most valuable asset, it’s therefore no surprise that we recommend you invest in it. In order for your business to grow, you need to invest time and money in sales and marketing activities. This essentially enables you to grow your data, by measuring what activities work and which don’t, along with the ability to record customer and prospect data.

Recording all business data should be a consistent and continual process, as it will enable you to remain agile and on-trend. It will enable you to react to the most accurate, up to date information available and stay ahead of the competition.

Ways you can grow your data include:


Buying in data from ...


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Brace Yourselves for the Sweeping Changes Brought by Virtual Reality

Brace Yourselves for the Sweeping Changes Brought by Virtual Reality

Technologies change so often that, unless you pay attention to everything relevant happening around you, it’s easy to miss out the latest advancements. The good news is that virtual reality isn’t likely to go unnoticed, even by those who don’t consider themselves tech-savvy individuals. In fact, VR tech is here to stay and it will leave an unmistakable mark on the industry. Some industries are likely to adopt the new technology before others, as it is expected to set important milestones for online entertainment.

The idea is not exactly new, as Hollywood blockbusters and sci-fi movies pitched the concept to a dazzled audience a long time ago. Until recently, this was regarded as fringe technology and most expected it to be prohibitively expensive. The early virtual reality headsets were very limited and not exactly affordable for regular people. The good news is that as technology gets better, the costs decrease and even the best VR headsets are likely to become mainstream in the near future.

A New Way to Experience the World Around You

There are so many ways in which virtual reality can be used that it’s difficult to make any long-term forecasts. However, there are some areas such as online entertainment ...


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Data-Driven Marketing 2017: 80% of Marketers Agree that Data is More Critical Than Ever

Data-Driven Marketing 2017: 80% of Marketers Agree that Data is More Critical Than Ever

Data is an integral component to any successful marketing or advertising strategy.  Once a novel concept, data-driven marketing is now essential for establishing meaningful connections and personalized experiences with today’s consumers.

In research by the Winterberry Group in partnership with the Global Direct Marketing Association (GDMA), almost 80% of respondents said that they see customer data as critical to their marketing and advertising assets. More than half (53.4 percent) increased their year-on-year spend on data-driven marketing and advertising in 2016.

Additional findings from the report include:


Almost 90% maintain databases to host information on customers and prospects to improve how they manage and use data
88% are actively segmenting information to better target and engage customers for activities and offers
64% of respondents are purchasing third-party data to support targeted marketing campaigns


Marketers are also spending more on data strategies. In another report conducted in 2016 by Winterberry in conjunction with the DMA, over 40% of respondents in the survey said they expected their use of data-driven marketing to “increase somewhat� or “increase significantly� in Q4 2016. More than 40% of executives also said that they expected their Q4 2016 revenues generated by data-driven marketing efforts to “increase significantly� or “increase somewhat.�



How Reliable is Your Data?

While ...


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How Big data & AI are Improving Internet Marketing

How Big data & AI are Improving Internet Marketing

Big data is touching our lives in numerous ways. By the year 2020, nearly 1.7 trillion megabytes of new information will be generated every second. The big data revolution is playing a tremendous role in the future of online marketing as well.

Here are some ways big data is a boon for the Internet marketing profession.

More Granular Approach to Optimization

Whether companies are trying to generate leads, boost Facebook or Instagram likes or focus on direct selling, they need to collect plenty of data to optimize their campaigns. Creating successful online marketing campaigns requires extensive testing and optimization. The more variables you track, the easier it is to improve your campaigns.

Before major advances in server technology and cloud computing, brands had to restrict the data they monitored, which limited their ability to optimize their campaigns. Today, big data allows them to retain much more extensive records of their marketing campaigns, which makes optimizing campaigns easier than ever.

Provide Better Targeting

Every experienced marketer agrees that targeting is the most important part of online marketing. Targeting your ads to the right users has a greater impact on your ROI than your landing pages, ads, day parting and virtually every other variable you can picture.

Big data ...


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Virtual Reality In Educational Use: A Few Notable Examples

Virtual Reality In Educational Use: A Few Notable Examples

Back in the old days, as in a few years ago, children were taught using chalkboards and textbooks. Some lucky classes had video and social or physical interaction in their lesson plans. Now it seems that virtual reality application development has found at least one permanent home, in the classroom.

Google has a new platform called Google Expeditions. Its purpose is to bring virtual reality to the classroom using the Google Cardboard headset. Some teams will also teach the teacher, going to classrooms to show instructors how to implement the program. Kits are available for purchase already on the Google site. The virtual reality app developers plan to have students and teacher share a visit to locations not easily explained through textbooks. It's also a perfect venue for the teacher to lecture while she shares the same view, selecting specific topics in the view or directing kids' attention to areas they'd miss on a real field trip.

Although field trips are fun, they tend to be a cumbersome process for educators. Kids miss school time and parents need to give special permission. With app development deployed towards education, bringing the sites, countries and world historic events to the classroom has become easier. ...


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How Will Big Data Change the Future of Employee Retention

How Will Big Data Change the Future of Employee Retention

Attrition hurts businesses. When it comes to employee turnover, around 70% of organizations report that attrition “has a negative financial impact due to the cost of recruiting, hiring, and training a replacement employee and the overtime work of current employees that’s required until the organization can fill the vacant position.�

You spend a great deal of time and money training employees. You rely on them, you entrust them with all your internal secrets, you grow attached to them in both a practical and emotional sense. Then all of a sudden, they’re gone. You know some level of attrition is inevitable, but isn’t there a way to go beyond all the normal efforts to ensure they’ll stick around?

The commonsense advice is to improve your HR and pay attention to employee engagement. Worldwide, in 2016 Gallup found only 13% of workers are engaged, while the US numbers stand at 32%. Disengaged employees are more likely to leave, while engaged employees are likely to help a business succeed. According to a study from Harvard Business Review, 71% of respondents view employee engagement as “very important to achieving overall organizational success�.

Employee retention through the strategic use of big data is already happening. Bank of America ...


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Big Data Strategy (Part III): is Your Company Data-Driven?

Big Data Strategy (Part III): is Your Company Data-Driven?

If you missed the first two parts, I have previously proposed some tips for analyzing corporate data as well as a data maturity map to understand the stage of data development of an organization. Now, in this final article, I want to conclude this mini-series with final food for thoughts and considerations on big data capabilities in a company context.

I. Where is home for big data capabilities?

First of all, I want to spend few more words regarding the organizational home (Pearson and Wegener, 2013) for data analytics. I claimed that the Centre of Excellence is the cutting-edge structure to incorporate and supervise the data functions within a company. Its main task is to coordinate cross-units activities, which include:


Maintaining and upgrading the technological infrastructures;
Deciding what data have to be gathered and from which department;
Helping with the talents recruitment;
Planning the insights generation phase and stating the privacy, compliance, and ethics policies.


However, other forms may exist, and it is essential to know them since sometimes they might fit better into preexisting business models.



Data analytics organizational models

The figure shows different combinations of data analytics independence and business models. It ranges from business units (BUs) that are completely independent one from the other, to independent BUs that join the efforts in some ...


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Data Vault 2.0 Online Training – Early Adopter

Data Vault 2.0 Online Training – Early Adopter

Finally you have an option to get authentic Data Vault 2.0 training online from Dan Linstedt!
A Look at the Role of Big Data in SEO

A Look at the Role of Big Data in SEO

The concept of big data can seem a bit elusive to most people. There are thousands of possible applications and just when you think you have a grasp on it, something changes. But from a business and marketing perspective, it’s important that you recognize how big data is related to SEO.

Google: The World’s Largest Data Corporation

It’s impossible to separate big data from SEO, if for no other reason than Google is the original and largest big data organization in the world. As SEO expert Jiyan Wei explains, “They have become the institution they are today by analyzing enormous sets of data, making automated inferences, and providing intelligence back to consumers. By studying Google’s methodology and applying their findings, search professionals have been intimately involved with big data for quite some time.�

When you consider that Google is the leader in the SEO industry, it becomes clear that big data and SEO will forever be intertwined. The future of search will be determined by big data, as will the manner in which businesses optimize their websites and digital content.

Data is what makes the massive (and growing) amount of content on the internet decipherable. It’s how users are able to filter out the ...


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Why Every Business Is A Data Business

Why Every Business Is A Data Business

Hello friend: I am here to give you a wake-up call.

You know that business you have been spending precious time and effort building for 5, 10, 20, 30, 50 or maybe even 100 years? You know, the one that builds widgets or sells professional services or has killer technology or does something that's going to change the world or maybe something not even remotely close to any of that?

What would you say if I told you that this business produces a hidden source of revenue, some may even call it a secret product, that can help you make both your top line and bottom line numbers every quarter?

No, this is not #fakenews. It is true. Simply by existing, every company produces something called DATA, and it is time for you and your company to wake up and start monetizing it. As someone who has spent their entire career in and around data and analytics businesses, I assure you: there's gold in them thar hills.

Taking A Lesson From Fast Food Restaurants

If you recall, not too long ago, gas prices were averaging close to $4.00/gallon nationally. As the economy slowed, predictably we all began to opine for alternate, and more cost efficient, ...


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How to Secure Your Cloud-based Applications From Cyber Security Attacks

How to Secure Your Cloud-based Applications From Cyber Security Attacks

We think our customers’ data and business information is safe if we store everything in the cloud. This is true to some extent and this kind of shift has also made businesses from small to big save a lot of money by reducing their IT expenses, access scalable tools, and reduction of on-site load of their IT infrastructure. According to CSA (Cloud Security Alliance), nearly 70% of the businesses across the globe now operate in the cloud.

With benefits like great flexibility, automatic software updates, etc. the number 70%, isn’t that big. However, even cloud has its own downsides for storing apps that have loads and loads of data. That is the main reason the remaining 30% business owners are still in dilemma whether to go to the cloud or not as they can not make a move without stringent security practices in place.

Today, we will discuss the top 5 of security tips for cloud-based applications you should be aware of.

1. Develop a Threat Model

Develop a threat model for every cloud app that you are taking into consideration for cloud deployment. Find out the potential threats, both in terms of technical and business issues, no matter whether these threats can be ...


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How To Better Interpret Big Data

How To Better Interpret Big Data

Big data has become a very popular buzzword in the business world. Tons of articles talk about how big data can influence your business decisions and lead to new insights, but how do you interpret your big data? Statistics are notorious for being manipulatable, and raw numbers can be hard to make heads or tails of.

Before data can be utilized to improve a business, healthcare, or science, it needs to be interpreted. As with any scientific experiment, after the data is collected, that information needs to be processed and analyzed. This allows mistakes to be identified, outliers to be examined and discredited, and decisions to be made about how useful the information is.

Where Is The Data Coming From?

Before you even start to interpret the data, you need to determine the sources of the data. Big data can be about any number of subjects, like consumer behaviors, the efficiency of machines, weather patterns, and crime statistics.

Interpreting that data starts with a strong understanding of its subjects and the tactics used to gather it. If there is a bunch of data about consumer online shopping patterns, but all of the information is from one website, then the data can’t be trusted as all ...


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The GDPR: 5 Questions Data-Driven Companies Should Ask to Manage Risks and Reputation

The GDPR: 5 Questions Data-Driven Companies Should Ask to Manage Risks and Reputation

Data is rapidly becoming the lifeblood of the global economy. In the world of Big Data and artificial intelligence, data represents a new type of economic asset that can offer companies a decisive competitive advantage, as well as damage the reputation and bottom-line of those that remain unsuccessful at ensuring the security and confidentiality of critical corporate and customer data. 

Despite the severe repercussions of compromised data security, until recently, the fines for breach of data protection regulations were limited and enforcement actions infrequent. However, the introduction of a potentially revolutionary European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is likely to transform the way data-driven companies handle customer data by exposing them to the risk of hefty fines and severe penalties in the event of incompliance and data breach. 



In this article, I have tried to summarise the implications of GDPR implementation for data-driven companies, as well as the measures businesses can take to ensure the security and privacy of client’s data and avoid the penalties associated with non-compliance. 

How Does GDPR Impact Data-Driven Organisations? 

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) stands out from all existing regulations because of its breadth of client data protection. From conditions on cross-border data transfer to the need to implement, ...


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8 Ways Your Team Can Take Advantage of Big Data

8 Ways Your Team Can Take Advantage of Big Data

Managing any type of business in today’s digital age can prove challenging. Whether you are into IT, legalities, sales or any sort of work that requires careful data management, you might have heard of Big Data. It’s more than a concept, allowing you and your team to operate much more freely and progressively than before. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can take advantage of Big Data and utilize it to the best of your abilities.

Develop new strategies

By allowing you quick and easy access to a diverse library of data, Big Data allows you and your team to develop strategies you haven’t considered before. This is because the data you will be using is centralized and any type of information is available at the press of a button. Use this advantage to brainstorm ideas and run simulations in order to maximize your productivity and drive your business forward.

Communicate with clients

Sometimes it seems impossible to actually communicate with your client. This is why Big Data allows you to cross-reference, calculate and determine what your clients want and what their next steps will be in your relationship. Relying on data and analysis to determine what your clients want ...


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Mobile Payments: Are They More Secure Than Credit Cards?

Mobile Payments: Are They More Secure Than Credit Cards?

With all the buzz that’s been surrounding our online privacy, cybercrime has become an important issue in everyday life. After all, we trust our most sensitive information to many different websites, believing that they have the safeguards in place to keep our private information private. Unfortunately, our data isn’t safe at all—a fact that’s made clear by the large number of data breaches and cases of identity theft that continue to grow each year. Though encryption and cybersecurity are getting more sophisticated every year, so are the hackers intent on stealing our data. Because of all this, many people are worried about the trend toward mobile payments isn’t secure—that it will open them up to having their financial and personal information stolen. Others maintain that mobile payments are more secure than credit cards. So who’s right in this scenario?

Chip Cards vs. Magnetic Strip

Recently, most new credit cards have started to feature “chip� technology, in addition to the traditional magnetic strip. This chip technology is more secure than swiping a card, because it doesn’t store the card number and name of the person in the system—it generates a code unique to that transaction, rather than providing the vendor with the actual ...


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Case Studies

Case Studies

Career development programs have potentials to help professionals to work on their skills for career betterment. Nowadays, wide array of strategies and activities are available that support career development. Doing so can give help professionals to get the real-life career opportunities. Below are some case studies that show how the career development programs help:

Career Advancer 

Introduction and Background

Carlos has been working as a Quality engineer in a reputed organization for the past 10 years. During this period, he has acknowledged various negative as well as positive aspects of his career. During the discussion, we come to know that Carlos had an interest towards advertising, but he pursued a degree in engineering to make a career in IT industry. After completing his graduation, he got a good job with a handsome salary. After working in the industry for around 10 years, he started feeling like he is receiving nominal increases in his salary and now he certainly feel he is underpaid.

Proposed Solution

LSSBBAfter discussing his roles and responsibilities during his working experience and found that he worked as a team leader for various years. His only concern was salary growth. Considering his 10 years’ experience in QA, we have recommended him to go for Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) from MSys Training. LSSBB helped him to grow his professional skills that help him in getting a new job with a good salary hike.

Trainers at MSys training help him to sharp his communication and personal skills too. Now, he is working with the Fortune 500 firm with good salary and live stress free life.

 

Major Outcome

MSys Training helps him to refine his skills and polished his networking abilities. The LSSBB helped him to explore the job market. Carlos has now joined one of the Fortune 500 companies as a QA team lead.

 

Career Transitioner

Introduction and Background

Jeff is a working professional with one of the reputed firm in the California. He has total 8 years of experience into IT and he is very passionate about his work. Even after working for so long in the same industry, he cannot see any growth and concern about the same that led to mental stress. He also has an experience in handling team in the absence of his manager.

Proposed Solution

CAPMDuring the counseling session, we come to know that he is really good with his work and has a great team handling skills as he do in the absence of his manger. After having a thorough discussion on his career profile, we understand that he had not done any certification or any additional courses that can help him to achieve his career goals. Considering his knowledge, skills and experience, we recommend him to go for the project management course offered by MSys, a leading training provider in the USA.

He joined their CAPM certification course and clear the exam. Being certified from the best training provider, he come across better job opportunities and get a good hike in his salary. Now working with the global firm as a team lead and happy with his career growth.

Major Outcome

The MSys CAPM certification helped Jeff to explore his skills and credibility, which boost his self-confidence and fill him with the energy to sharp his skill and come across better opportunities.


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Risk Assessment in Project Management | Simplilearn

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Risk Assessment in Project Management | Simplilearn The last thing that any project will want to face is risks. Projects are designed to take advantage of resources and opportunities and with these, come uncertainty, challenges and risk. Hence risk management becomes a very important key to all project success. The project risk management plan addresses the process behind risk management and the ris...Read More.
How is Data Analytics Changing the Web Design Landscape?

How is Data Analytics Changing the Web Design Landscape?

In the past, people usually relied on intuition or gut feeling when it comes to the matters of design. Unfortunately, this kind of approach is highly unreliable. Sure, those with a lot of experience in the field will unknowingly draw patterns from their previous success or failures, but this usually comes down to a limited number of people (who have enough experience in the first place). Today, web designers have something much more reliable to lean on- the notion of data analytics.

John Wanamaker once said that one half of everything he spends on marketing goes to waste. The problem, however, is that he can never know which half. Still, this statement was uttered ages ago and today things are much different than they were at the time. Thanks to the internet and numerous analytics tools we have at disposal, in 2017 it is more or less possible to accurately predict which factors affect website or app users the most. By knowing this, you can also see which website elements are most likely to result in a great ROI.

What Kind of Data Are We Talking About?

We keep repeating this word data, but what kind of data are we actually talking about. ...


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Why Enhanced Connectivity Offers the Opportunity for Superior Data Analysis

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Today's small businesses often have more numerous opportunities to employ data analysis than they might realize. Devices, appliances and equipment that maintain a constant connection to the Internet can often yield valuable information suitable for use in data analysis efforts. Being able to develop a clearer picture of their needs, situation and any opportunities that may be just over the horizon can ensure that small businesses are able to enhance the overall efficiency and profitability of their operations. The enhanced connectivity behind the so-called Internet of Things may offer significant benefits when it comes to auditing or analyzing data.

Putting Big Data to Work for Small Businesses

When it comes to the competitive world of business, being able to base decisions on more accurate information is often crucial. Small businesses can utilize data analysis in order to fine-tune cost-effective marketing efforts, analyze their current operations in an effort to identify areas of waste or inefficiency as well as ensuring that future policy changes and the implementation of new workflow processes may be tracked and assessed to greater effect. The electronic devices, systems and business equipment that businesses may rely upon during the course of their day to day operations may be able ...


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The Ethics of Big Data and the Latent Threat to Democracy

The Ethics of Big Data and the Latent Threat to Democracy

One of the most cliched, overused, yet poignant quotes comes from a dying Uncle Ben, speaking to Peter Parker on the eve of becoming Spider-Man:

“With great power comes great responsibility.�

Big Data and the IoT represent some of the most powerful technological advances that mankind has ever seen in its relatively short history. Social and cultural norms dictate that the average citizen of any developed country owns and regularly uses a smartphone, a social media profile, and a myriad of other devices that are connected to the cloud. The data these users generate is genuinely useful and can contribute to grandiose marketing efforts, widespread government initiatives, and important humanitarian efforts as well. However, there’s a more sinister side to big data and analytics usage that we can’t ignore, and that responsibility demands we confront with an ethical framework.

A New, Confused Field of Research

The problem with approaching the ethics of Big Data is that nobody can really agree yet on a framework. This is due to multiple factors, but, in her piece “Scientists Are Just As Confused About the Ethics of Big-Data Research As You,� published via Wired in mid 2016, tech author Sarah Zhang argues that “the risks—and rewards—of analyzing big, ...


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Mastering Data: A Comprehensive Take on MDM and Analytics

Mastering Data: A Comprehensive Take on MDM and Analytics

Today, CEOs and their associated teams can access a broader pool of data that no one could have imagined 10-15 years ago. The issue was not related to lack of information or over-bundling of information, but fetching the right information to make decision-making easy and hassle-free.

A pervasive analytical strategy strengthens activities and welcomes a self-service mechanism, coupled with encompassing guidance and supervision from people accessible to the data. This kind of strict governance often plays an influential role in curbing data quality issues, wrong decision-making and redundant evaluations.

Embrace Master Data Management! MDM is mostly overlooked though it is one of the essential driving factors in making an organisation completely data-driven. A comprehensive data management strategy comprises efforts focused to preserve data quality and better data governance throughout a diverse range of business applications. With efficient MDM tools and techniques, companies can now enjoy better access control, expansive oversights, along with tracking the origin and decency of data in order to ensure improved safety and consistency across wide decision-making procedures.

By combining data analytics with improved governance and supervision with the help of MDM, companies tend to find higher user satisfaction levels. Owing to high quality, trusted data, easy access to data and ...


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The Day-to-Day Life of a Data Scientist

The Day-to-Day Life of a Data Scientist

Many businesses and industries understand there is great potential ready to be unlocked in data science, so much so that they’re eager to hire the best data scientists. Despite this, there is still a great deal of confusion about what exactly a data scientist does. Broadly speaking, data scientists use data to solve problems for the businesses and clients they work with, but that general explanation doesn’t even begin to delve into their individual responsibilities and what their day-to-day schedules and tasks are like. To better understand how data scientists work, it’s important to get a feel for what they do in a typical work day. Note, however, that the following is a mere generalization and that daily tasks can differ greatly depending on the data scientist and who they work for. This should only be read as a wide view and not a concrete example.

It may come as a surprise to some business leaders, but the typical day for a data scientist can resemble a typical day for any employee. Meetings are common, and they usually happen on a daily basis. In fact, that’s how many data scientists begin their day, talking about and discussing the work they were ...


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The Day-to-Day Live of a Data Scientist

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Many businesses and industries understand there is great potential ready to be unlocked in data science, so much so that they’re eager to hire the best data scientists. Despite this, there is still a great deal of confusion about what exactly a data scientist does. Broadly speaking, data scientists use data to solve problems for the businesses and clients they work with, but that general explanation doesn’t even begin to delve into their individual responsibilities and what their day-to-day schedules and tasks are like. To better understand how data scientists work, it’s important to get a feel for what they do in a typical work day. Note, however, that the following is a mere generalization and that daily tasks can differ greatly depending on the data scientist and who they work for. This should only be read as a wide view and not a concrete example.

It may come as a surprise to some business leaders, but the typical day for a data scientist can resemble a typical day for any employee. Meetings are common, and they usually happen on a daily basis. In fact, that’s how many data scientists begin their day, talking about and discussing the work they were ...


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How the Internet of Things Changes Big Data Analytics

How the Internet of Things Changes Big Data Analytics

The internet of things is going to have a dramatic and far-reaching impact on the world that we can’t even imagine. By the year 2020, there will be somewhere in the vicinity of 28 billion sensors online. That’s more than four per person. And from there it will only multiply.

That means that there will just be tremendous amounts of data pouring in. More data then we can, at this point, process. In fact, we might never be able to process it as even as ramp up our ability to process data, the number of sensors is going to keep growing. You can almost see it as an arms race between the data and the ability to process it.

Even if we can’t process that data, it won’t just disappear. Instead, it will get dumped into huge servers, as the storage space for information continues to plummet and it becomes easier to just put things on disk than to do anything with them.

So what does all this mean for big data?

For one thing, it means that if you want to make sure that you can use this incredible river of data, you’ll need to start early. You’ll need to start picking and ...


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How New Technologies Are Challenging the Ad Industry Status Quo

How New Technologies Are Challenging the Ad Industry Status Quo

They say that advertising isn’t exact science and most of the times you need to be patient and hope for the best. This is obviously something that advertising companies would like their clients to believe indefinitely. Until recently, it was difficult to quantify results and a trial and error process was regarded as acceptable in most cases. Once again, technology came to the rescue and data science changed the way the game is played in this industry.

Today it is much easier for clients to estimate the success of their ongoing promotions and they can make educated decisions. An ample program will require just as much involvement and time spent on advertising, but at least results are easier to quantify. If something doesn’t work according to the plan, at least you know why and can make the necessary changes. The wheels are set in motion and data driven creativity is changing advertising faster than anyone could’ve predicted a couple of years ago.

Know Everything About the Targeted Audience

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BI Success – Does the tail wag the dog?

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I am watching recorded event this morning about the keys to Business Intelligence success. The top 4 points that were provided are; Finding the right (executive sponsor) Don’t build what they ask for, build what they need Offer up a buffet (deliver multiple options) Don’t try to boil the ocean. Lets be honest, there’s nothing […]
How Analytics Is Evolving Like the Medical Field

How Analytics Is Evolving Like the Medical Field

It used to be that a doctor was a doctor for the most part. Even a century ago, unless you lived in a large city, people likely had a town doctor who handled most every type of ailment and guided most any type of treatment. Given the limited medical knowledge and lack of sophisticated treatment options during this time, these generalists could often provide a level of care that was comparable to the best available. Today, that is no longer true in medicine and a similar trend is playing out in analytics.

The Proliferation of Specialists

Today, the medical profession still has general practitioners who are usually our first line of defense. However, there are also specialists focused on a wide range of specialties within medicine. Radiologists, surgeons, orthopedists, and more are among those we interact with on a regular basis. Even within these specialties, there are sub-specialties. For example, brain surgeons and heart surgeons. While all medical professionals go through the same basic training, many then focus on training in a specific area.

When I started in analytics just a few decades ago, most of us were similar to the town doctor. For the most part, we were generalists who would apply ...


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How Big Data Is Changing the Business World, and Why It Matters

How Big Data Is Changing the Business World, and Why It Matters

In the not too distant past businesses ran on data collected through store visits, coupon redemption, mailed surveys and the ever present telemarketing calls. Information is still collected this way, but there is an increasing reliance on web searches, email contacts and online analytic tools. The information that is collected online can gauge customer behavior more accurately than traditional means.

The fact is that more and more people conduct their business online opposed to face-to-face. So a small business that has an online component to their products and services is more likely to attract business. It is also understandably smart to consider providing products and services online because:



It is instant gratification for your customer. Online tools make it very easy to track and ship products.


It provides you with an avenue to showcase your products and services to customers.


You can customize the customer's experience and understand their buying patterns.



A lot of the benefits of online business come from collecting, analyzing, and using big data. Here are some ways in which it is changing the business world.

Big Data Changes How You View Your Customers

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The Top 5 Software Development Trends in 2017

The Top 5 Software Development Trends in 2017

As digital start-ups continue to transform industries around the world, businesses need to do all they can to stay competitive. We've heard all about the benefits new technologies can bring, but what should IT professionals be doing right now to stay ahead of the game? The challenges of a rapidly changing environment can seem daunting, but with the right knowledge and preparation, they can be harnessed to propel a company forward. Here are the top software development trends that are shaping enterprise this year.

Automation

It might seem strange to start with something that's been around for a few years now, but we're set to see a huge transformation in how IT automation is implemented. Opportunistic scripting is well-loved by administrators, but the time has come for it to be replaced by a more systemic implementation. The current gold standard is based around heuristic design — using data from operations to learn how a system works, before applying automation accordingly. 

In order to manage this change, experts recommend appointing an automation leader in IT, as well as providing incentives for administrators.

Machine Learning

Heuristic automation itself has only been made possible by recent advances in artificial intelligence. And just as the term 'Big Data' reverberated ...


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8 Amazing Smart Home IoT Devices Available in 2017

8 Amazing Smart Home IoT Devices Available in 2017

Do you sometimes feel like your home greets you like an old friend when you come home from a long day in the office? Well, what if it could? The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to develop rapidly, with new devices becoming available every year. Smart homes are one of the most widely adopted IoT applications currently available to consumers, and devices for smart homes are becoming more popular each year. One of the biggest benefits of smart home devices is that they are totally customizable—you can choose the devices that make sense for your life. But what options are out there? Well, we still haven’t seen a device that will cook your breakfast for you, but these 8 cutting-edge smart home IoT devices are available this year, and could make your life a whole lot easier. 

1. Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat

Let’s face it, not everyone likes a room to be the same temperature. You won’t always be able to agree on what makes for a comfortable room, but you will be able to optimize your preferences with the Sensi Thermostat. The Sensi allows you to set different temperature schedules, depending on the day of the week, giving you better control over ...


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7 Reasons to Switch to Cloud Hosting in 2017

7 Reasons to Switch to Cloud Hosting in 2017

Cloud computing is here to stay – that’s a fact. While some were still skeptical of the wide-ranging effects of the “cloud revolution� several years ago, it has become clear that outsourced, cloud-based computing and infrastructure solutions are the wave of the future.

Still, some people are skeptical. Even though cloud hosting is one of the earliest “cloud� technologies, there are still individuals and companies who aren’t making use of the cloud – and are missing out on the many benefits of websites that are hosted on the cloud.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the top 6 reasons your website should be running on the cloud, to give you an inside perspective on the benefits of cloud web hosting.

1. Lower Costs

Hosting a website on your own is expensive. You have to invest in server architecture, licensing, and operating costs for an on-premises server. Not only that, you’ll have to have IT staff who are able to service and maintain your equipment – or you’ll have to outsource to another IT firm that is willing to do so.

Cloud hosting allows you to avoid all of this. By simply paying a flat fee per month, your website will be hosted on ...


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