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20 Must-Read Finance Books in 2018 | Investopedia

The world of finance has provided the backdrop for many dramas, from mergers and acquisitions and Wall Street shenanigans to Tulip Mania, and let's …

Investing

These Are The 5 Microsoft Skills Data Analysts Need To Know

This course that teaches everything from how to make your data interactive to how to automate complex tasks, and it’s only $29.<p>Microsoft programs are …

Dashboards Are a Waste of Time and Money

Dashboards are often a waste of everyone’s time and money — and so are the companies that sell them. They’re not a strategy.<p>Having done the “Big …

Beyond Excel: What analysts — not data scientists — need

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Alteryx.</i><p>Harvard Business School (HBS) is filled with nearly identical rooms. With the exception of one: Aldrich 108. In that room there is an odd plaque on the wall. Why? Aldrich 108 was the birthplace of VisiCalc. And HBS knows that the first spreadsheet that …

Big Data

Why Investments In Big Data And Analytics Are Not Yet Paying Off

Working smarter, rather than simply investing more, is the key to gaining value from Big Data and analytics in business, according to a new report.<p>The report, Broken Links: Why analytics investments have yet to pay off, from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and global sales and marketing firm …

Building the perfect analytics stack: It’s now about choice and customization

Several years ago, we had a television network client who, the morning after their show aired, would eagerly ask, “How did I do last night?” What she meant was: How did the network’s shows perform the previous evening?<p>But answering that basic question wasn’t so simple a few years ago. Why? Because …

Media Industry

Excel Reporting: 5 Reasons Why It Is Bad For Business

We’ve entered the age of big data, in which more and more companies are seeing the value and importance of data in many different areas of their business, from market and customer research, to internal sales figures and HR analytics.<p>But we’ve also entered big data’s awkward teenage years when more …

Building Your Big Data Infrastructure: 4 Key Components Every Business Needs To Consider

Big data can bring huge benefits to businesses of all sizes. However, as with any business project, proper preparation and planning is essential, especially when it comes to infrastructure. Until recently it was hard for companies to get into big data without making heavy infrastructure investments …

How Smart Data Lakes are Revolutionizing Enterprise Analytics

As the quantity and diversity of relevant data grows within and outside of the enterprise, business users and IT are struggling to extract maximum …

Big Data

Want to do your own analytics? Google's free Data Studio takes on Microsoft's Power BI

Google has rolled out a free version of its Data Studio 360, the data visualization toolset for building reports and charts from multiple data …

Beyond Dashboards: Good Business Intelligence is About Actionable Data

Business intelligence is a lot more than visually appealing dashboards. With a market size of roughly $14 billion, business analytics software companies are making actionable sense of an endless stream of data.<p>Simply defined as the "transformation of raw data into meaningful and useful information …

Goldman Sachs' Recommended Reading List - Written About, By or For Money Managers and Traders

Goldman Sachs put together a list of the best books and it is impressive and long – unfortunately it is hard to sift through since it just has the …

6 Key Financial Analytics Every Manager Should Know

In today’s data-filled world, analytics is an essential part of staying competitive. Financial analytics help businesses understand current and past performance, predict future performance and make smarter decisions. Let’s look at some of the key financial analytics that any business, regardless of …

Big Data

Here are 10 daily habits that could make you a millionaire

<i>Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article stated that Daniel Ally became a self-made millionaire at age 24. We are no longer confident in those assertions and have removed them.</i><p>You have to pay the cost if you want to be the boss.<p>The cost is discipline. No leader can achieve success without …

Self-improvement

Microsoft’s New Data-Viz Tool Puts Excel Charts To Shame

SandDance is free-to-use software that will make you feel like a data science guru.<p>All of us have experienced the horrors of the Excel graph. (A few of us, surely, are even responsible for bringing this misery onto others.) Enter Microsoft’s new data-visualization tool, which will make you look …

Data analytics software maker Splunk's revenue jumps 49 percent

(Reuters) - Data analytics software maker Splunk Inc reported a 49 percent rise in quarterly revenue as businesses increasingly turn to data analytics to secure their networks from a surge in highly sophisticated cyber attacks.<p>The company’s net loss rose to $79.3 million, or 61 cents per share, in …

Cyber-attacks

The Most Important Skill in Data Science: Mining and Visualizing your Data

While data scientists have many resources in their tool belt, our research shows that proficiency with Data mining and visualization tools …

The 9 Best Marketing And Sales Analytics - Every Manager Should Know About

Sales and marketing analytics are essential to unlocking commercially relevant insights, increasing revenue and profitability, and improving brand perception. With the help of the right analytics, you can uncover new markets, new audience niches, areas for future development and much more. Let’s …

Marketing

These Incredibly Simple Home Improvement Ideas Will Make Your Guests Instantly Jealous!

There are many advantages to owning your own home. Perhaps the best advantage is financial – your home literally becomes your savings account. Every …

Home Improvement

The 18 Best Analytics Tools Every Business Manager Should Know

The goal of any business analytic tool is to analyze data and extract actionable and commercially relevant information that you can use to increase results or performance. But with so many tools available it can be difficult to know what to use and when.<p>I thought it might be useful to look at some …

Big Data

Long Term Financial Planning with Financial Data Analytics

Big data is a statement that covers all information processing and gathering on a macro scale. With so much data flowing, a common thread is needed …

Big Data

Practical Steps to Building an Analytics Culture

Building an analytics culture in the enterprise is incredibly important. It’s far more important than any single capability, technology or technique. …

Infographic: Business Analytics vs. Data Science

<b>Source</b>: Taylor Meadows, Comparing Data Science and Analytics, Data Science Central, October 22, 2015, …

Easy-to-use-dashboards-and-analytics-that-help-you-make-better-and-quicker-decisions.

What Finance Must Do to Integrate Big Data Into Planning and Forecasting

Big data may be big news, but many financial planning and analysis (FP&A) groups are still trying to come to grips with small data. Can FP&A move …

Are you an analytics leader, student, or skeptic?

<b>As marketing continues to become progressively more digital, it is important that all those within the industry understand the value of analyzing and</b> …

Big Data

Seven Ways Analytics Are Changing CEO Leadership

Data and its accompanying insights are having a profound impact on the value and efficacy of both marketing and corporate communications at the …

CEOs

Google Sheets and Google Analytics Part 2: Segments and Filters

If you’ve ever struggled with how to pull quick reports comparing multiple properties or how to customize and automate dashboards with your data, the …

Analytics

Retail Analytics: Living on the Edge

Activity at the National Retail Federation's Big Show 2016 in New York highlighted the importance of building out analytics capabilities at the …

National Retail Federation