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Alison Bolen 2
What's better than enterprise search? Text mining.

Last week I saw a slide from a customer presentation that said 85 percent of that company's data is unstructured data. This isn't usual, either. But what does it mean? First and foremost, it means the data we're all collecting at unprecedented rates is no longer stored strictly in spreadsheets

Beverly Brown 0
SAS plugged in book billed as next "Good to Great"

Walk into any Borders or Barnes & Noble in the U.S. in January and right up front will be stacks of books in shiny silver-and-red jackets – Businessweek columnist Keith McFarland’s highly anticipated book Breakthrough Company - How Everyday Companies Become Extraordinary Performers. The book, inspired by the late business

Peter Dorrington 0
Primal leadership and me

I recently re-read Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence by Goleman, Boyatzis & McKee, and was struck by how much of my time I get caught between the poles of trying to be a "Commanding leader" or a "Democratic leader" (or, sometimes, any kind of leader at all).

Kelly Levoyer 0
Another domino falls

As the buzz around the IBM acquisition of Cognos continues to spread, my colleagues here at SAS' world headquarters are engaging in their usual activities: briefing our international colleagues, reaching out to analysts and journalists, responding to interview requests. Still, the mood here is far from hectic -- we, like

Diane Lennox 0
Top books by friends of SAS

In a recent issue of its e-mail newsletter, “CIO Minute Editor’s Pick," CIO magazine listed its top five must-read management books for IT executives. I can’t imagine why I would be surprised that of the five authors, three have direct relationships with SAS. Each has written and/or spoken about the

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What is your standard for agility?

I've received a lot of reactions to my sascom article Getting a real return on your ERP investment. Many questions have focused on my statements about agility and the differences between agility in operational (ERP) and decisional (Business Analytics) environments. Agility in an operational environment means that your IT department

Alison Bolen 0
What kind of expert is best?

Years ago, when I was a fledgling writer, I would get frustrated to read guest columns in my favorite magazines by non-writers. You know what I mean: fitness articles by Gabby Reese or business columns by Donald Trump. As a writer, I argued that teaching a writer a topic was

Kelly Levoyer 0
Going, going...green!

It's Day 2 of the Premier Business Leadership Series here in Vegas, which kicked off this morning with a special edition of BetterManagement TODAY. (The show is taped live in the heart of the networking area of the conference.) One of the featured guests--and a keynote speaker yesterday--was Andrew Winston,

Alison Bolen 0
Pull my finger ... er, I mean ... my blog post

I've never been a fan of the old "pull my finger" prank. I'm not above bathroom humor in general, but even as a kid I wasn't interested in actively participating in someone else's less-than-pleasant bodily functions. Some people feel the same way about blogs: "Eww," they think. "Don't make me

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