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Predictive Model Ensembles: Pros and Cons

Many recent machine learning challenges winners are predictive model ensembles. We have seen this in the news. Data science challenges are hosted on many platforms. Techniques included decision trees, regression, and neural networks. And, winning ensembles used these in concert. But, let’s understand the pros and cons of an ensemble approach. Pros of Model Ensembles […]

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Machine Learning Models Have People Skills

I like seeing patterns across domains. Consider machine learning models and employees. Both models and people can be appraised. What is an employee appraisal? Employee “performance appraisal has three basic functions: (1) to provide adequate feedback to each person on his or her performance; (2) to serve as a basis for modifying or changing behavior […]

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Data Strategy at Strata Data Conf New York

It’s no secret that data is a massive asset when it comes to making better business decisions. But gaining the valuable insights required to make those decisions requires quality data that you can trust. And to accomplish this you need a data strategy. Without understanding your business objectives, identifying use cases, knowing how your users […]

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How the Telecommunications Industry is Positioned for Greatness

Change happens in the business world. The telecommunications industry is a principal example of the fluid, dynamic and rapidly evolving business environment. The dividers between telecommunications, technology and entertainment are becoming less-and-less prevalent; thus creating an entirely new telecommunications industry. Blockchain Technologies Blockchain in the telecommunications industry isn’t a crazy idea to fathom at all. […]

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How Cloud-Based CRMs Are Enhancing Customer Care

Most businesses today wouldn’t know what to do without their customer relationship management (CRM) system. Increasingly, most wouldn’t know what to do without their cloud-based CRM system specifically, either. It is this reliance that shows how important modern CRM systems are to customer care. The way in which businesses have used CRM systems have changed, […]

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Meet Perficient’s Chief Strategists: Christine Livingston

Thrilling our clients with innovation and impact – it’s not just rhetoric. This belief is instrumental for our clients’ success. In 2018, we announced the first class of Chief Strategists, who provide vision and leadership to help our clients remain competitive. Get to know each of our strategists as they share their unique insights on […]

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Six Trends Moving the Needle in Customer Care: Analytics

Consumers are digitally savvy, well informed, and more demanding than ever. Not investing in resources that digitally transform customer care will become a competitive disadvantage. This series explores six technology trends for delivering smarter and more strategic customer care. Trend #1: Analytics Help You Anticipate Customer Needs Data and analytics go hand in hand to […]

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Driving Digital Transformation with ML in Oracle Analytics [Webinar]

The adoption of machine learning (ML) is increasing at near-breakneck speed. As organizations seek innovative ideas on how to improve the business, Oracle Analytics Cloud with ML capabilities is leading the charge. With built-in drag-and-drop functions into visualizations and autonomous prediction execution, Oracle Analytics puts the power of machine learning in your hands. Join us […]

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Data as Experience: The Basic User Role

I kicked off this blog series by introducing the concept that data is really only valuable when it reaches the end users. There are a number of user types. For our purposes, I want to highlight on these five and focus on the first: The basic user The power user The data scientist The executive […]

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Perficient wins Cognitive Analytics Award for IBM Watson Solution

Earlier this week, Perficient won the 2017 IBM Beacon Award for an Outstanding Watson Solution. These awards are selected by a panel of IBM executives, industry analysts, and media members, to recognize partners that are delivering exceptional IBM-based solutions and transforming the way clients and industries do business in the cognitive era. This year’s award […]

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Role of Analytics & BI Platforms in Digital Transformation

This is the era of “wanting to be engaged and needing to be informed”. For ages, lagging indicators such as customer sales and customer problem solving were the driving factors for customer satisfaction. However, using predictive analytics to understand valuable customers and appropriately engage with them is a key aspect of business intelligence, as pointed […]

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[Video] A Look At Bank of America’s New Chatbot And ATM

Money20/20, the world’s largest conference geared towards the financial services industry, continues to generate big announcements from heavy hitters. Just yesterday, Bank of America’s Head of Digital Banking, Michelle Moore, introduced us to Erica (a play off the company’s name), a digital assistant that is driven by artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and cognitive messaging. The […]

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Preventive Technologies, Predictive Analytics and Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes and an additional 86 million have pre-diabetes – a precursor to the full disease. These numbers continue to rise as do the medical costs associated with treatment. In fact, medical costs for people with diabetes are twice as high compared to people without […]

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Why Predictive Analytics & Connected Health Are New BFFs

I had a fun conversation recently about a patient population that is near and dear to my heart. Near because, well, I am a member of this particular patient population, and dear because, even though I grew up in San Diego, I consider myself a Cincinnatian by heart. Long live the Queen City. The conversation […]

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Deciding which Predictive Maintenance Tools to use First

It has been my experience that when applying the proper predictive tools strategies to critical assets, it gets confusing about where to apply capital expense, training, and people. Here are 3 factors to help determine which predictive maintenance tool to use first: Always start with the asset life cycle plan (6 months, 6 years, etc). […]

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IBM Amplify 2016: Cognitive Computing and Watson on Display

Today IBM opened its Amplify conference focusing on IBM Commerce, Marketing and Digital Experience products.  This year is IBM’s 20th anniversary of their commerce product.  IBM customers now sell $100b annually through their commerce systems.  Gartner has listed IBM Commerce as a leader in this space yet again this year. The opening video focused on […]

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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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10 Healthcare Analytics Trends for 2016: Trend #6

TREND #6: USE PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS TO REDUCE READMISSIONS AND IMPROVE OUTCOMES Predictive Analytics solutions uncover insights from trends and patterns to determine the impact of operational adjustments and market forces on healthcare organizations. Statistical analysis and predictive modeling expand on the findings gained through business intelligence solutions to answer “What will happen?” given certain business […]

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Healthcare CIO Series: Exploring Healthcare Analytics

I am teaming up with CIO David Chou (@dchou1107), an executive with more than 13 years of experience in the healthcare industry to bring you a series of blog posts that provide a unique perspective on some of the healthcare industry’s biggest trends and challenges. David has been named to several “Top Social CIO” and […]

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The End of IT?

A few years ago Adrian Cockcroft, cloud architect at Netflix at the time, posted this blog which caused quite a stir among the IT community. It described how Netflix had almost done away with DevOps (or even plain Ops) using the cloud (AWS in this case) to come up with yet another new IT buzzword called NoOps. Many […]

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