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3 Trends for Data & Analytics in 2016

Data, data, data!  IBM estimates that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years.  When we use our computers, tablets and smartphones, immense volumes of data are being generated.  Companies are tapping into this data as a potential source of competitive advantage.  After harnessing this data, predictive analytics […]

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Thanks Godfrey Sullivan, First Ballot Hall of Famer

“Godfrey, I think history is going to judge you as one of the truly iconic Silicon Valley CEOs.” –Greg McDowell, JMP Securities Analyst (11/19/2015) With Splunk’s Q3 earnings release was the additional announcement that Godfrey Sullivan would be handing over the CEO reins to Doug Merritt. I don’t know Silicon Valley history enough to confirm […]

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Cyber Security Awareness Month brings plenty of awareness

October 1st marked the beginning of the United States’ National Cyber Security Awareness month.  Three days into the month, awareness is exactly what we have. Last week, Experian and T-Mobile announced a significant data breach.  What’s worse is that the hackers were able to maintain the breach for over two years.  T-Mobile CEO John Legere, […]

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IBM Watson Analytics: The Time is Now

In mid-May, at the IBM Vision Conference, IBM announced a deal for a free year of licenses of IBM Watson Analytics for existing Cognos BI and TM1 customers. If you missed that offer, IBM has recently introduced another offer for free licenses: Watson Analytics Professional Edition Up to 60 users 6 months of use Offer […]

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Insights From Reliable Asset World

Perficient was a Gold Sponsor of this year’s conference, which brought together experts in asset maintenance related processes, training, tools and machinery. The keynote speaker at the conference was Perficient’s David Reiber. As former owner of General Motors Global Maximo Deployment, David knows a thing or thousand about asset maintenance and reliability. What I found […]

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Big Data and the Skies

Earlier this week, I read a news article about the use of Twitter, or more accurately, the use of data collected from Twitter to prohibit a passenger from boarding a United Airlines flight. Strangely enough, the person banned from the flight was probably among the people who should know the most about cyber-security and perceived […]

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The New National Emergency: Cyber Threats

In a blog post earlier this year, I discussed the increasing role data security is playing in the world today.  As mentioned in the article, 2014 was dubbed the “Year of the Data Breach”.  Around the time of the post, Sony had just been hacked.  Subsequently we learned there was credible evidence the cyber-attack was […]

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How does Currency Volatility Affect Your Business?

In a blog post earlier this year, I discussed the precipitous drop in energy prices.  From roughly mid 2014 through early 2015, the price of crude oil was cut in half, and the related dominoes started to fall.  Companies were affected directly or indirectly by the new price level of oil.  Public and private entities […]

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Is your Analytics Data Safer in the Cloud?

Leaders in information technology have traditionally been concerned with their company’s sensitive financial data residing in the cloud.  The concern is that with sensitive data in the cloud, it is at risk of being accessed by the wrong people. After 2014, or as I have seen it referred, the year of the data breach, one […]

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How do Lower Energy Prices Affect Your Business?

Business leaders around the world are fully aware of the precipitous drop in energy prices. Oil prices are reported to be at 5 year lows, with the absolute price per barrel cut roughly in half in 2014. This weekend in Chicago, there was a specific gas station, to which I am fortunate to live near, […]

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Cognos TM1 TurboIntegrator – Run-time or Read-time?

In this blog I wanted to take some time to describe certain “behaviors” of Cognos TM1 TurboIntegrator processes. Access to Processes As of version 10.2 (or as of this writing), TM1 Server lists all processes (in alphabetical order) under the consolidation “Processes”. The visibility of processes can be controlled by implementing TM1 security. TM1 groups […]

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Using Splunk with Cognos TM1

IBM Cognos TM1 offers powerful enterprise planning, forecasting, and analysis capabilities. These benefits are best realized by extending the solution across departments for a consolidated, integrated planning process, leveraging business-specific financial models that mirror business strategy. Our years of experience implementing TM1 have shown an increasing demand on support personnel to coordinate data transferring and […]

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What the IBM – Star Analytics Acquisition Means for IBM BA

I encourage you to read up on IBM’s announcement Monday, February 5 to acquire Star Analytics. There is a lot to think about with this deal for those of us working on IBM BA efforts: Star Analytics will fold into the IBM BA software portfolio ran today by ex-Cognos COO Les Rechan. The products will be part of the […]

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Financial Integration and Improvements with IBM Cognos TM1 Version 10.1.0

IBM Cognos has officially released Cognos TM1 10.1, improving the company’s flagship Financial Budgeting and Forecasting software.  The new features guide can be found here (PDF). The main takeaways we at Perficient have as we have been in Partner Sessions, the TM1 10.1 Beta Program, and various other IBM learning opportunities are these: Improve Market […]

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Additional Tools Make Growing Performance Management Programs Agile and Scalable

At Perficient, we often talk to customers about the technical “requirements” to deliver Performance Management solutions.  Every situation is different – based on chosen platform, user counts and profiles, concurrency, hardware, OS, network, and a myriad of other items depending how deep you want to go. Especially for Business Intelligence, what we always find in […]

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