A must-read for petroleum professionals

Oil companies are being forced to explore in geologically complex and remote areas to exploit more unconventional hydrocarbon deposits.  New engineering technology has pushed the envelope of previous upstream experience.  No guidebook existed on how computing methodologies can contribute to E&P performance at reduced risk.  Until now. A new book […]

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Only leaders can transform organizations

When the Apple Macintosh hit the market, analysts were not impressed. But Steve Jobs’ vision ended up transforming our lives. Apple is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and has become a global household name. Jobs’ ability to direct his organization to develop easy to use products not only met […]

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Valentine’s Day might be romantic, but making money off it requires data driven decision-making

Valentine’s Day is one of those make-or-break holidays for gift retailers. They are selling "nice to have" items, not necessities. Many use some type of analytics to segment customers for personalized messages. It's not as straightforward as it sounds, especially if the organization hasn't committed to an enterprise-wide approach to […]

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3 ways SMBs can manage their big data

Inc.com blogger Jessica Stillman recently wrote about small businesses getting baffled by big data. These companies, she reported, struggle to even define what big data means – much less manage it to their advantage. I think that the issue is not limited to just smaller and midsize companies. Even larger […]

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Education experts share how districts use data to drive proactive decisions

I love working with the Education industry and with our partners and customers. They are always so eager and willing to help that it really makes my job fun and easy. Plus, they are doing some amazing things to help districts, teachers and students. And everyone knows, teachers and schools […]

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Best practice #10: publicize the system

We have come very far in our journey (I started this series in March) to the 10 best practices from education customers for information management, reporting and analytics. Lets’ recap our journey of the previous nine blogs: Securing executive sponsorship. Identifying and involving stakeholders early and assessing their unique needs. […]

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Best practice #9: Empower users with training

We have come very far in our journey to 10 best practices from education customer for information management, reporting and analytics. We are up to Best Practice #9: Empower Users by Providing Training and Self-Help Materials. Most education professionals will need training in order to understand data, reports and analytics. […]

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Best practice #8: Develop in-house IT expertise

It is exciting and overwhelming when you first get new software for information management, reporting and analytics. This is especially true once your users first get their hands on the data and new reports. I recall first hand when I was a system engineer and had been with SAS for […]

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Best Practice #7: Collecting and acting on user feedback

In my last post, we discussed the best way to process and deliver reports to stakeholders. So now that that you have launched the portal and users are happily using it, the work doesn’t stop there. Almost immediately, you need to start gathering feedback from users about how they are […]

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Best Practice #6: Interface design is important for reporting

As we begin the second half of our series on the 10 best practices for information management, reporting and analytics let’s review what we have learned so far. We now understand the importance of securing executive sponsorship, identifying and involving stakeholders early and assessing their unique needs, identifying and integrating […]

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