Klout and Big Data

Klout uses Hadoop to crunch large volumes of data using clusters of commodity servers. Klout captures and processes over 3 billion signals a day and Hadoop is an excellent, horizontally scalable platform for just doing just that. Klout sought out a solution that leverages Hadoop’s scale and cost effectiveness while delivering “speed of thought” ad…

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Retail BI Case Studies (from microsoft.com/casestudies)

1.       Department Store Chain Speeds Reporting, Saves $600,000 a Year in Technology Costs: Florida-based Stein Mart, a large department store chain, wanted faster data reporting and new analysis capabilities. It switched from an IBM-based business intelligence system to a solution based on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 built on HP technology platform. As a result, Stein…

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8 ways Windows 8 benefits the retail industry

Here are Vic Miles (Industry Technology Strategist within Microsoft’s Retail Industry Team) perspectives on the Microsoft Build conference highlights and what it means to the retail industry: (Thanks for sharing, Vic) 1. An innovation bridge — Tablet enablement is top-of-stack when looking at the Win8 changes.  By extending the traditional desktop mode to accommodate a…

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Bring TED like experience to your kids

Sign up kids to hear from thought leaders at TEDxRedmond—the conference organized by youth, for youth. Aimed at young people (families and adults are highly encouraged to attend) interested in helping the community and the world, TEDxRedmond is a unique chance for students to learn from their peers. It will take place on September 10th…

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SQL Master Data Services Info

SQL 2008 R2 Master Data Management from a Business Perspective This article helps business stakeholders understand how to determine the master data management needs of their organization. After reading this article, business stakeholders should be empowered to define a high level vision for implementing a master data management solution within their organization. – Download a…

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Some BI Case Studies in Retail

  Department Store Chain Speeds Reporting, Saves $600,000 a Year in Technology Costs: Florida-based Stein Mart, a large department store chain, wanted faster data reporting and new analysis capabilities. It switched from an IBM-based business intelligence system to a solution based on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 built on HP technology platform. As a result, Stein…

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BI Case Studies in Hospitality (Restaurants)

Potbelly Sandwich Works: Restaurant Boosts Revenues 2.5 Percent by Giving Performance Data to Managers: Potbelly Sandwich Works is a fast-growing restaurant company. But the information on which Potbelly personnel made business decisions was limited in scope and available only to some of the people who needed it. To address the problem, Potbelly adopted a Microsoft®…

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Visualizing Data with PivotViewer

PivotViewer makes it easier to interact with massive amounts of data on the web in ways that are powerful, informative, and fun. By visualizing thousands of related items at once, users can see trends and patterns that would be hidden when looking at one item at a time. Because PivotViewer leverages Deep Zoom, it displays…

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Experiments with OData

Whats OData The Open Data Protocol (OData) is a Web protocol for querying and updating data that provides a way to unlock your data and free it from silos that exist in applications today. OData does this by applying and building upon Web technologies such as HTTP, Atom Publishing Protocol (AtomPub) and JSON to provide…

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Video: Developing Custom PowerPivot Apps

This is a very informative video that features the folks from Extended Results talking about the Calendar Analytics tool in PowerPivot. Look for more BI videos from Roger Doherty on the Databound Channel.

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