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Data Mining and Big Data / The top 10 CRM analytics buzzwords
« on: January 13, 2019, 12:35:26 PM »
Get the top CRM analytics terms and definitions and learn how analyzing customer interactions can help improve the customer experience and marketing efforts.

CRM analytics can provide businesses with a wealth of information about customer behaviors, sales and marketing campaigns, website performance and more. We've put together this list of the top terms and definitions you need to know to understand CRM analytics and successfully analyze customer interactions.

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We can divide IT systems into transactional (OLTP) and analytical (OLAP). In general we can assume that OLTP systems provide source data to data warehouses, whereas OLAP systems help to analyze it.

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Data Mining and Big Data / OLAP (online analytical processing)
« on: January 13, 2019, 12:31:54 PM »
OLAP (online analytical processing) is a computing method that enables users to easily and selectively extract and query data in order to analyze it from different points of view. OLAP business intelligence queries often aid in trends analysis, financial reporting, sales forecasting, budgeting and other planning purposes.

For example, a user can request that data be analyzed to display a spreadsheet showing all of a company's beach ball products sold in Florida in the month of July, compare revenue figures with those for the same products in September and then see a comparison of other product sales in Florida in the same time period.

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Data Mining and Big Data / OLAP and data mining: What’s the difference?
« on: January 13, 2019, 12:29:06 PM »
Defining OLAP and data mining

OLAP is a design paradigm, a way to seek information out of the physical data store. OLAP is all about summation. It aggregates information from multiple systems, and stores it in a multi-dimensional format. These could be a star schema, snowflake schema or a hybrid kind of a schema.

Data mines leverage information within and without the organization to aid in answering business questions. They involve ratios and algorithms like decision trees, nearest neighbor classification and mural networks, along with clustering of data.

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Data Mining and Big Data / Why Your Big Data Needs to Be Agile
« on: January 13, 2019, 12:00:49 PM »
When we talk about the digital transformation, we often refer to the importance of agile businesses. Enterprises willing to adapt to new technology are better poised to come out on top –but companies aren’t the only things benefiting from agility that allows them to pivot in real time.

Big data, as we know it, is just getting started. The mainstream adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) has led to massive amounts of data accruing in centers. The more businesses adopt IoT, the sooner they’ll realize that data comes with responsibility. Big data, just like big business, must be agile. But how to move mountains of data, and with agility? That is a heavy question to ponder.

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Data Mining and Big Data / The Big Opportunity of Big Data as a Service
« on: January 13, 2019, 11:59:12 AM »
Over the past few years, we’ve seen the as-a-Service (aaS) model emerging as a popular business practice. With the booming trend of moving on-premise functions to the cloud, almost every imaginable business function is being delivered as-a-service. There’s software-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service, data-as-a-service, and the newest members of the clan—marketing-as-a-service, operations-as-a-service, and even desktop-as-a-service have arrived on the scene. Can big data be far behind? No. In fact, many vendors like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have started offering cloud-based big data services.

Several reports have found that growing business investment in the cloud is pushing overall IT spending into massive figures. While it’s hard to put an exact estimate on the global big data market, we do know one thing for sure—big data technology and the service sector is a multi-million dollar market that’s growing at a rapid pace.

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Blockchain / Re: How should cryptocurrency be regulated?
« on: November 11, 2018, 07:45:12 PM »
Thanks for sharing

A Gantt chart can be very useful in planning and carrying out a project. There are a number of ways to create a Gantt chart: from pen and paper or whiteboard to very complex software programs.

This article will discuss the five basic steps that are required to create a basic Gantt chart. The examples presented make use of the automated tools in SmartDraw to create a Gantt chart.

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Software Project Management / Secrets of Successful Project Managers
« on: September 10, 2018, 01:15:30 PM »
Managing a project means facing a lot of challenging issues. There is a lot of effort involved. It begins with creating the right plan, then directing its progress to keep it on track, and finally seeing it through to fruition.

Whether you're a project manager by title or through necessity, there are some things you can do to ensure your project's success. Here are 10 secrets we were able to obtain from some of the world's best project managers.

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Software Project Management / 10 Icebergs That Will Sink Your Project
« on: September 10, 2018, 01:12:51 PM »
The Titanic was said to be unsinkable. We know what happened.
Many projects seem just as solid at the outset, buoyed by the optimism that naturally comes with new things. But there are a myriad of obstacles that can quickly turn a project into a disaster.
The ten potential icebergs that can sink your ship:
1. Unclear goals
2. Insufficient detail
3. Scope creep
4. Wrong people for the job
5. Accountability issues
6. Inconsistent processes
7. Poor communication
8. Unrealistic deadlines
9. Risk management
10. Stakeholder apathy

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Psychological Support / Take the Stress Out of Deadlines
« on: July 25, 2018, 03:04:48 PM »
Three Simple Steps to Getting Any Project Done on Time
Here are the three steps the world's most successful people use to complete a project of any size on time.

1. Identify the biggest, most important tasks first. Begin by breaking each of them into smaller tasks. Do this until each task can be accomplished in no more than two days. Break up big, vague tasks like "update the website" into a larger number of more specific tasks. This will enable you to estimate, with much greater accuracy, the time you need to complete the entire project.

2. Assign tasks and chart the schedule. Make a Gantt chart—a table showing each task, the person who will do it, the start date and how long it will take. Be realistic about the work load of each person. Spread the tasks out so that a new one doesn't begin until the previous one is complete. If the work of one person has to be complete before a task performed by someone else can start, build this in, too. Be sure to take holidays and weekends into account.

3. Estimate the completion date and monitor progress. The end date of your last task tells you when your project will be complete. Update your chart with the actual dates of completion for each task as the project progresses. This will tell you, at a glance, whether your project is on schedule. If it's not, you will know precisely how far it is behind so you can make better management decisions.

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Faculty Forum / Strategic Planning for Bottom Line Results
« on: July 02, 2018, 04:05:04 PM »
Can a strategic plan truly yield bottom-line results? Or is it just a waste of time?

The answer to both questions can be yes. It's critical to plan for success. More importantly, there are steps to follow to make it happen.

Most businesses don't do any strategic planning. And, of the ones who do, most treat it as nothing more than an academic exercise. This is unfortunate. With some effort and a willingness to make hard decisions, it's possible to create more than just strategy.

It's possible to realize bottom-line results from a well-developed strategic plan that is then put into action and followed through.

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Faculty Forum / Three Steps to Take Today to Avert Disaster Tomorrow
« on: July 01, 2018, 11:50:44 AM »
Your best insurance policy for the loss of key employees is to document their jobs as thoroughly as possible. This can be done in three steps.

1. Make a list of the regular tasks that each employee does. A flowchart diagram is the most effective and efficient way to do this.
2. For each regular task, carefully document the steps that must be performed. A flowchart is ideal for showing the different steps that occur as the result of an action or decision. Anyone can easily follow the steps as they occur in an orderly, logical progression.
3. Make the information easily accessible to other employees. This makes it much easier to train people in backup roles or to onboard new hires.


Faculty Forum / Three Steps to Better Meetings
« on: June 25, 2018, 11:35:33 AM »
Your meetings will be shorter and more productive if you follow this simple formula.

1. Create a visual agenda ahead of time using a mind map you can edit in real time. Display it on the conference room projector (or on your screen using an online meeting platform such as GoToMeeting™ or WebEx™).

2. Move through the agenda items, noting decisions on the mind map. If action items are needed, decide in the meeting who is responsible. There are a few ways to do this in SmartDraw. You can assign the item to that person using Trello, change the shape of the task so it has a row that can show assignment, or simply add a shape representing the person and drag the task under their name in the hierarchy. Everyone in the meeting sees the action item assigned. There is no room for different interpretations of action taken and the person assigned the task is publicly accountable for completing it.

3. Upon conclusion of the meeting, distribute the action item document, in visual format (which becomes the minutes of the meeting), to each attendee by sending them a link.


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