What can we learn from the world's largest repository of international trade data?

Did you know the US-Malawi trade relationship is based almost entirely on tobacco? Or that apparel & accessories drive Morocco & Tunisia exports while their North African neighbors rely on oil? The United Nations Statistics Division collects detailed international trade data from more than 200 countries on the import and […]

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You know what Cupid loves? Money. Lots of money.

Look, I’ve been at this game a long time. I set Cleopatra and Marc Antony on a path to ruin. I set J-Lo and Marc Anthony on a path to eternal happiness … until they bought a stake in the Miami Dolphins. No one escapes that dumpster fire unscathed. My […]

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Making 'management by walking around' more productive

The idea of "management by walking around" has been around for a while.  First brought to prominence in Tom Peters and Robert Waterman’s best-seller In Search of Excellence, the concept is that managers get out of their offices and meet employees in their work areas to get a sense of how […]

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Data visualization: first, prepare your data

We are in the age of big data. But just because modern software makes it easy to handle large data volumes, it's worth asking: do you always need all that data? In other words, if your analytics software can accommodate and even thrive in this big data environment, does that mean […]

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Thanksgiving data visualization from the White House turkey

Well, this is a kick to the giblets. I assumed when I was summoned to the White House it was in recognition of my tireless advocacy for turkey rights. I wasn’t expecting a press conference in the rose garden or anything, just a meet and greet with the prez and […]

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Yes, we have analytics: the brain game

Many vendors claim they have analytics, and a lot of users have embraced the belief that analytics is the way to go. But what does analytics really mean, especially to business users without statistics backgrounds, and how much do they need to know about analytics to be able to make […]

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Behold, pathetic mortals, a vampire's data visualization dashboard

Greetings, insignificant souls. You may call me … Gregor Castamere. It is not my true name. I stalked this strip of land when it was called New Amsterdam. My family’s name is well known. I have lived for more than 600 years, concealing my terrible secret. I am a vampire. […]

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Analytic benchmarking against a virtual oil portfolio

Volatility. It’s a business reality for energy market participants and it’s been a wild ride for the oil marketing business over the past few weeks. How has your energy risk data helped you navigate the recent increase in volatility and precipitous price drop? This month, we are launching a recurring […]

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Exploring athletic data down to the individual stroke

Since my opening blog post about our new partnership with British Rowing and the GB Rowing Team, I’ve had a deep dive into their data, and we’re now close to our first key milestone – having all the data about a rower in a single location, so we can then […]

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Full size visual analytics power for any size budget

Imagine that you’re a large retail firm, in need of projecting sales for the next few months. With the right analytical solution, it can literally take just seconds to have a forecast in place. You drag and drop some variables and can figure out exactly which ones are underlying factors […]

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