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[Guide] 2018 State of the Car Rental Industry

Everyone in business knows: if you’re too late to the game, your competitors can overstep your position and take away market share. But it can be incredibly challenging to determine the right time to pivot and focus on the trends that may completely transform an industry. Enterprise Holdings, Hertz Global Holdings, Avis Budget Group and […]

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Requirements Gathering For FDIC Part 370

For each of the technical work streams involved in a company’s Part 370 response, requirements will need to be defined and vetted with key stakeholders across the organization, as well as potentially with regulators. We have extensive experience creating business, functional, and technical requirements across a number of different companies in the financial services space. […]

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DataStax Advanced Security : Eat your vegetables first

I see companies start down their Big Data/NoSQL journey with a Proof of Concept mindset and they almost always end up funding a science project by confusing early wins on established products with progress. Cassandra is ten years old and DataStax has 500 customers in 50 countries. This stuff works; what you need is a […]

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[Guide] 2018 State of the Airline Industry

The airline industry is scrutinized by passengers and analysts alike, mostly for two reasons. One, many people take one or more flights a year and have personal experiences that leave lasting impressions. Two, the industry’s economic impact is unprecedented. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), “Aviation accounts for more than 5% of our [United […]

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[Guide] 2018 State of the Insurance Industry

Creating value for customers, employees, partners, and shareholders has always been the core objective of insurance companies. Today, the only difference is that stakeholder expectations are evolving faster because of technical innovation. While expectations are increasing, it is becoming more challenging to establish and retain relationships, and grow at more profitable levels. Our new guide […]

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DataStax Advanced Turbo Under the Covers – Part 2

I implement distributed persistence solutions for enterprises. For use cases involving highly-available, low latency processing, I typically use DataStax Enterprise. Apache Cassandra provides great persistence characteristics for a real-time, distributed transactional store. For real-time stream processing, I’m a Spark fan. Throw in Solr and graph, add in operational support, and I have all of my […]

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Solving the Multiemployer Pension Plan Crisis

At the end of 2017, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) estimated that multiemployer plans were underfunded by $65.1 billion, an increase of $6.3 billion from the end of 2016. The Budget Act of 2018 established the “Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans.” This committee held its first meeting on March 14, […]

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DataStax Advanced Turbo Under the Covers – Part 1

I implement distributed persistence solutions for enterprises. For use cases involving highly-available, low latency processing, I typically use DataStax Enterprise. Apache Cassandra provides great persistence characteristics for a real-time, distributed transactional store. For real-time stream processing, I’m a Spark fan. Throw in Solr and graph, add in operational support, and I have all of my […]

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Building Data Streaming APIs

Internet produces 2.5 Exabytes of data every day. Data management systems will accumulate 44 Zettabytes of data by the end of 2020. To put things in perspective, 1 Zettabyte is equivalent to 1 trillion Gigabytes. That is a lot of data and most of if contains relevant information.  Automated workflows, social media, government agencies and IOTs […]

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FDIC Part 370 Program Management

A bank’s response to Part 370 will require a multi-year, multi-functional program that could encompass dozens of individual projects. Given the scope and scale of affected institutions, most will already have several layers of project management responsible for different areas of the business. A strong response to Part 370 will need to integrate those different […]

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Using Cynefin Framework for Complicated HC Projects

So far in this blog series I have discussed using the Cynefin framework for providing guidance in determining the best SDLC methodology to use for a particular type of project defined by the framework as well as delving into the Chaotic type of project. This month I will focus on the Complicated type of projects […]

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Hardship Distribution Changes: Impact on Retirement Plan Sponsors

When it left the House of Representatives in December 2017, the Tax Reform and Jobs Act carried several changes to the limits that should be placed on hardship withdrawals. While those changes never made it to the final version, many of them are included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. These include: Plans may […]

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Process Reengineering For FDIC Part 370 Compliance

In order to support the initial and ongoing response to Part 370, most organizations will need to implement new processes around data and account management, reporting, and file generation. While each of these process updates can happen individually under those projects, it would be beneficial for a company to take a holistic approach to process […]

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Using Cynefin Framework for Complex HC Projects

So far in this blog series I have discussed using the Cynefin framework for providing guidance in determining the best SDLC methodology to use for a particular type of project defined by the framework as well as delving into the chaotic type of project. This month I will focus on the Complex type of projects […]

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California Wildfires: Considerations for Retirement Plan Sponsors

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 addresses relief for the California wildfires of 2017, including, but not limited to: “Qualified individuals” whose primary residences were in specific wildlife disaster zones between October 8 and December 31, 2017 have several new opportunities to access plan benefits that are not otherwise available, including not being hit with […]

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How to Improve Patient Interactions with Web Analytics

Monitoring website traffic and evaluating its performance are the first steps in web analytics for your provider site. Analyzing web data to identify ways to better engage patients-consumers across the site is fundamental. Optimizing key visitor task conversion funnels and working towards improving the overall health of your site are just a few ideas to […]

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Is Artificial Intelligence the Future in Healthcare?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has already established a dominant disruption in transportation, marketing and financial services, among other divisions. In the realm of healthcare, AI is gaining momentum and has the potential to considerably change the industry, from the exam room to the back office to the supply chain. The concept of AI is no longer […]

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Perficient Expands Analytics Expertise with Southport Acquisition

We’re excited to announce the acquisition of Southport Services Group, an award-winning MicroStrategy consulting firm specializing in the development, implementation, integration and support of analytics, business intelligence and data warehousing solutions. Southport deepens Perficient’s analytics expertise and enables us to provide more powerful data-driven digital transformation solutions for our customers. Additionally, this acquisition increases Perficient’s […]

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Amazon Knows What You Want to Buy BEFORE You Buy It

I was reading an article about “Amazon using its MultiDimensional Datasets”. The news never gets old to me that Amazon Retail leveraging its Big Data Ecosystem to access 1,000,000,000 GB of data on more than 1,400,000 servers to increase sales through predictive analytics does personalized recommendations, price optimization, and anticipatory predictions on what the customer […]

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What is the Future for Data Science Platforms?

What will the future hold for data science and machine learning platforms? Most of you already saw Gartner’s perspective in their latest Magic Quadrant on the evolution of data science that was released at the beginning of 2018 and are familiar with the outcome. However, did you ever ask yourself why SAS, KNIME, RapidMiner, and H2O.ai became […]

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