Miscalculated Risk

9 minute read

“We’re in the final stages of testing and anticipate your system will go live three weeks from today.”

Finally.

After too many months and too much money, the tech company was finally reporting that it was just a few minor tweaks away from launching the shiny new, custom software system that would…

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The Distress Call

10 minute read

The call from the West Coast came in to our Baltimore office on a Monday afternoon. The caller (we’ll call her Lois) was on Day 3 of a total system shutdown. She was officially in crisis. Lois’s firm – a 24/7 public records research firm that earns much of its…

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Join the “BI” Gathering

6 minute read

Managing data and analysis in the increasingly complex financial services landscape is more critical than ever. New legislation, increased compliance requirements and continued risk due to uncertain economic times have necessitated significant additional IT investment. Leaders in the financial services industry are under intense pressure to not only meet compliance…

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Put Your Sales Team On Autopilot

6 minute read

There’s no doubt that salespeople are grateful for technology assists. Remember having to memorize every client’s kid’s name and baseball average to make them feel special? Or toting around a bulky Rolodex that included everything you ever wanted to know about your client – including birthdays and favorite restaurants –…

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Data By The Book

9 minute read

Big data, with all of its vastness and mystery – and confusion – is actually a remarkably straightforward concept: store everything for later analysis. Because once it’s gone, you can’t get it back. The end.

Ok…so there’s more to the big data story. And while the term big data is both…

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Mashing, Mixing and Maximizing Data

5 minute read

Data is a game changer. 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day – and the data comes in all shapes and sizes.  Long gone is the notion that data is just for reporting, or collecting. Mix some innovative understanding of data with some good old-fashioned diligence, and voila…

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Mining for Gold in Your Data

5 minute read

Infotech research giant Gartner defines data mining as the process of discovering meaningful correlations, patterns and trends by sifting through large amounts of data stored in repositories. In short: “There’s gold in them hills!”

We are in the middle of a data gold rush these days, because processing and…

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A Symphony of Big Data

7 minute read

Imagine what a symphony and big data have in common. Forget, for a moment, about attending the symphony or using a data management system—and imagine being the creator, or the architect. To compose a symphony, there must be an overarching understanding of how the entire orchestra works together to create…

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