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McKinsey's 2016 Analytics Study Defines The Future Of Machine Learning

• U.S. retailer supply chain operations who have adopted data and analytics have seen up to a 19% increase in operating margin over the last five years.<br>• Design-to-value, supply chain management and after-sales support are three areas where analytics are making a financial contribution in …

Big Data

Behind the Scenes: How We’ve Built a $5M/Year Business in 3 Years With Content Marketing

We’re pulling back the curtain on three years of intensive learning and doing.<p>Last Thursday, I shared the story of how our startup almost died.<p>We …

You Don’t Need Big Data — You Need the Right Data

The term “big data” is ubiquitous. With exabytes of information flowing across broadband pipes, companies compete to claim the biggest, most audacious data sets. And businesses of all varieties — old and new, industrial and digital, big and small — are getting into the game.<p>Masses of social, …

Big Data

AI isn't coming for our jobs, it's coming for our planet and will one day 'colonise the galaxy'

Jürgen Schmidhuber is painting an image of the future of our Universe. And it’s plain to see, we are neither a real part of it, nor is it our …

Artificial Intelligence

Six Simple Tips For Designing Stunning Infographics

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Infographics remain one of the best forms of visual content in the digital world today. They catch the eye and they can publicize a great …

Infographics

Less Is More: Black and White Minimalism

I started taking black and white photographs after being inspired by two great masters: Ansel Adams and Michael Kenna. Ansel Adams taught me the magic of tonality in black and white; Kenna taught me about arrangements and balance.<p>The truth is that black and white photography is not defined in only …

Photography

Google just published the Material Design Awards for 2016, here are the winning Android apps

Ever since the introduction of Material Design way back at 2014’s I/O, Google has put a lot more emphasis on design than ever before. “Google Design” itself became a thing, and among the initiatives promoted by the company to bolster its overhauled aesthetic sense, there are proper MD “Awards”, …

The 17 best movies of 2016 you haven't seen yet

After all, films like <i>Finding Dory</i>, <i>Captain America: Civil War</i> and <i>Zootopia</i> attracted such broad audiences this year that all three Disney-owned properties managed to crack the $1 billion mark worldwide. Although those films were largely lauded by critics and fans, there is a growing disparity between …

38 Of The Most Inspirational Quotes...Ever

No one can deny the power of a good quote. They motivate and inspire us to be our best.<p><b>Here are 38 of my absolute favorites:</b><p>1. "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples." -Mother Teresa<p>2. "I've learned that people will forget what you said, …

Machine learning: why we mustn’t be slaves to the algorithm

There’s a huge buzz around the marvels of machine learning, but computers are only as good as the biased data we feed them<p>The tech craze <i>du jour</i> is machine learning (ML). Billions of dollars of venture capital are being poured into it. All the big tech companies are deep into it. Every computer …

Machine Learning

24-Year-Old PR Mogul Richard Lorenzen's 5 Tips for Millennial Entrepreneurs

VIP Contributor<p>Founder, Market Domination Media®<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Public relations is often regarded as one of the most fast-paced and stressful professions one can enter. But for some, the chaos and 24/7 news cycle isn't daunting, and a few, like fellow</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Vibrant Fashion Photography by Jake Hicks

<b>Jake Hicks</b> is a talented freelance photographer currently based in London, UK. Jake shoots a lot of editorial, fashion and beauty photography. He is …

How Often Should You Be Forecasting? | Articles | CFO

FP&A experts from Dropbox, Yahoo, Prezi & Dropbox will discuss forecasting in times of rapid growth at the FP&A Innovation Summit in San Diego on …

4 Lessons Pablo Escobar Can Teach You about Content Marketing

Pablo Escobar — probably not the first name that comes mind when you think about content marketing.<p>But coming from a man who built a 30 billion …

Revamp Your Demand Forecasting With These 5 Tips

Know exactly what customers want and when they want it.<p>For retailers in every industry, few things are more important than accurate demand forecasting. Yet, few retailers are good at producing forecasts that add value to their organizations.<p>Why is this?<p>The Need for Better Forecasting<p>Accurate demand …

Customer Service

R packages for forecast combinations

It has been well-known since at least 1969, when Bates and Granger wrote their famous paper on “The Combination of Forecasts”, that combining …

Sales Forecasting - What NOT to Do

Forecasting -- The Secret To Controlling Your Business (And Engaging Employees, Too)

A few years ago, a large travel-management company ran an experiment. Three of its North American branches would try out a new way of running the business. The rest would continue as before. After nine months the company compared the two groups’ performance.<p>The results? Everyone of the three …

7 Sales Books for Those Who Hate Selling - Small Business Trends

You may have heard the quote “Nothing happens until a sale is made.” If you’re a business owner who has optimized the production side of your …

Small Business

The slow, sad, and ultimately predictable decline of 3D printing

I happen to own a 2004 model, a family car with a turbo (don't ask). Way back in December, before everyone started wondering whether 3D printing was on the deadpool, I tested out a MakerBot Replicator Mini for a few weeks. It was a heady time printing out Darth Vader replicas from Thingiverse and …

Great Smoky Mountains Is America's Most Popular National Park. Here's Why.

More than nine million people visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park each year, making it the most popular national park in the United States. It …

Easy questions that computers are terrible at answering

The way artificial intelligence is progressing, you might think that a robot takeover of the human race is right around the corner. Artificial brains can now drive cars, do legal research, recognize faces, and beat the best human players at games like Go. Prominent technologists keep warning that …

New York University

You're Writing, But No One's Reading. What Now?

These 3 content marketing myths are getting in the way of a successful strategy.<p>Content marketing is an essential technique for business leaders to raise brand awareness, generate sales leads, and boost their own profiles as thought leaders.<p>Still, that's easier said than done: Follow the advice to …

Marketing

The truth behind AI, machine learning, and bots

Artificial intelligence -- in the guises of personal assistants, bots, self-driving cars, and machine learning -- is hot again, dominating Silicon …

10 Things You Can Do Today to Close More Deals

If you're not doing these 10 things, you're losing money<p>Time is money, and never is that more true than it is in sales.<p>Closing deals comes at a cost to the salesperson: the opportunity cost of closing more deals in the same amount of time.<p>As a salesperson, every call you have should be calculated, …

Selling

How to Predict Your Future with the Activity-Based Forecast

To a sales leader, hearing the simple word “forecast” can cause immediate panic, stress, and fear. Each week, month, quarter, and year, sales leaders …

The Art of Persuasion: How to Craft Words That Sell

Do your words sell? Want to sharpen your copywriting skills? To explore the art of persuasion and why it’s important to social marketers, I interview …

7 Important Things Online Entrepreneurs Should Consider Before Building a Website

Credit<p>There's a new breed of online, creative entrepreneurs popping up on our screens every day, and they need consistent communication with their target audiences. With a website built to strategically increase traffic and generate leads, online entrepreneurs can effectively engage their customers …

35 Outstanding Podcast Picks From Entrepreneurs Like You

These favorite podcasts were chosen by the real experts (a.k.a. the entrepreneurs who love to listen).<p>I thought it would be fun to create a list of popular podcasts, but download numbers can be skewed so who's to say what's popular? With that in mind I reached out to my list of peers, clients, and …

personalgrowth

The 8 Technical Skills Modern Entrepreneurs Should Pick Up

Today’s entrepreneurship environment is…complicated. Never before have you had such an extensive array of methods, techniques, tactics, strategies, and ideas for growing your business.<p>The landscape is bewildering in its variety and astonishing in its complexity. And in this brave new world of …

Marketing