A One Day Accounting Close? Utopia via People, Process, & Technology

November 30, 2015

The pressure for an accelerated accounting close can be relentless, as evidenced by the $1.3 billion Toshiba accounting scandal this spring. The electronic manufacturing giant admitted it had overstated profits by $1.3 billion going back to fiscal 2008/2009. An accounting probe in July led to the CEO and several board members resigning and a 30… Read More »

Data Modeling Requires Detailed Mapping — Learn Why

November 30, 2015

Mapping is an important step to understanding your data and where the data resides in your ecosystem. Mapping takes us from the known to the unknown and is effectively accomplished by using mapping tools, adopting best practices, and having a common understanding of how the mappings will be used. But mapping does take a considerable amount… Read More »

The Revenge of the Schema: Why Structure Is Crucial to Success with Big Data

November 16, 2015

One way to look at progress in technology is to recognize that each new generation provides a better version of what we’ve always wanted. If you look back at the claims for Hollerith punch card-based computing or the first generation of IBM mainframes, you find that the language is recognizable and can be found in… Read More »

Investing in New Technology? Don’t Forget These 5 Value-Adding Steps

November 12, 2015

By Data and Analytics Staff IT departments are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest technological advance that will change the way their company works. But striking a balance between IT’s desire to implement a new technology, and the impact of said technology on the company’s bottom line, often can be tricky. For… Read More »

The Data Management Imperative: Business Initiative Alignment

October 20, 2015

Bring your data management program out of the IT back office and into the enterprise spotlight   By Anita Filippi The job of a data management professional is a tough one. How do you get ahead of the curve to build out the foundational components of an analytic ecosystem and still serve the immediate, and… Read More »

Aster on Hadoop is Hadoop for Everyone!

October 19, 2015

One of the biggest announcements at Teradata Partners 2015 is that Aster will run on Hadoop. Many of our customers have already invested in a Hadoop data lake and want to do more than just store data. Storing data is helpful but not all that interesting. What if you could easily do advanced analytics without… Read More »

How Analytics Turns IoT Data into Dollars

October 19, 2015

The buzz around the term “Internet of Things” (IoT) amplifies with each passing day. It’s taking some time, however, for everyone to fully comprehend just how valuable this phenomenon has become for our world and our economy. Part of this has to do with the learning curve in understanding the sophisticated technologies and analytics involved.… Read More »

Simplifying SAP R/3 is irrelevant for users

October 14, 2015

Part two of a series about an old ‘SAP’ dog who learns a new trick Today more than ever, SAP is more focused on technology (HANA) than data. When they do focus on data, they talk about simplifying it because simplification is necessary to make said technology work better. In SAP terms, simplification means fewer… Read More »

Analytic R&D – Blazing New Trails

October 13, 2015

By Vinnie Dessecker, senior consultant, big data – Strategy and Governance Center of Excellence There is an ever increasing need for businesses to engage in analytic innovation – exploring new, disparate and more data to gain insights to new products, services or other opportunities for an organization and its customers. Analytic innovation is really about… Read More »

A Vision for an Analytic Infrastructure

October 12, 2015

by Dan Woods An analytic infrastructure can be much like Mark Twain’s definition of a classic: “A book which people praise and don’t read.” An analytics platform is often referred to but rarely architected. Business analysts and data scientists often talk about the power of analytics without talking about the end game. But to make… Read More »