Category: Cloud BI

How “Able” Is Your ETL Process? 8 Ways To Modernize Data Prep, Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog, I gave a high-level comparison of traditional extract, transfer and load (ETL) tools, desktop data preparation tools and Birst’s modern, built-for-the-cloud ETL tools for data analytics. In this blog, I’ll dive deeper into the eight key ways that, of the three options, Birst is best “able” to meet the rigorous requirements of today’s enterprise users.

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Seven Steps to Success for Predictive Analytics in Financial Services

Remember when you began your career and the prospect of retirement was an event in the distant future? How many of the poor decisions you made over the years could have made for a better retirement outcome had you had a crystal ball to see into the future? With better knowledge about the future, would your decisions have been different?

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How Are You Analyzing and Adjusting to the Mobile Shopper?

Every retailer is facing a similar challenge. If you are a retailer and constantly feel the pinch from online giants like Amazon and Google, you have an opportunity to gain back control and competitive advantage with more personalized products and services, building that intimate relationship that these giants simply cannot provide.

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How “Able” Is Your ETL Process? Modernizing Data Prep, Part 1

For all the exciting discovery that data analytics enables, data preparation involves, for most users, an equal amount of drudgery. That’s true for a number of reasons, first and foremost being that enterprise data is rarely structured for analytic use; it’s often designed for transactional system performance or to minimize storage. Wrangling in data that’s spread across different locations and technologies (database, cube, cloud-based, on-premises, flat files, etc.), and then cleaning up “dirty” (incorrect, improperly encoded, duplicated or blank) data is a time-consuming and labor-intensive task, constantly repeated as data sources come and go.

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What AI Means to a Retailer Dedicated to Customer Experience

Retailers are focused more than ever on quickly adjusting to changing customer preferences and demand. Specialty’s Café and Bakery is a great example of a retailer that is using data to drive decisions related to product development and selection, inventories, staffing, and more to attract and keep customers.

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