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A Great User Experience Starts With Asking Your Customers What They Need

Given some recent unfavorable press about the Kinect, I felt compelled to share my experience from 2010, when this technology was a major breakthrough in innovation and had a record-breaking product release. Our experience working with the Kinect product team is still one of my favorite examples …

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The technology that is out to disrupt Wall Street has been overhyped

That's the message from Bob Garrison, the chief information officer at Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC).<p>The blockchain, a kind of distributed ledger, promises to improve security, lower costs and increase the speed of transaction settlement. You can read a fuller explanation here.<p>Wall …

Xavi Hernández: 500 partidos, 7 Ligas y 96 pases de gol

Tras jugar ante el Espanyol, el capitán azulgrana se convierte en el octavo jugador que alcanza el medio millar de partidos en Liga<p>El de Xavi es un …

Why You Wake Up With A Crick In Your Neck — And How To Avoid It

Aidan Jones/flickr<p>BI Answers: Why do you wake up with a crick in the neck?<p>If you've never woken up unable to turn your head without pain, those of us with an intimate understanding of the term "crick in the neck" are extremely jealous.<p>But why does it happen? Why are there days we wake up unable to …

Data Doesn’t Speak for Itself

I trained as a statistician and first joined Bell Labs in the network performance group. A year or two after I started, it was time for my first big presentation at AT&T Headquarters. I completed my prep well in advance and rehearsed carefully. Then I was off to the big meeting.<p>It could not have …

10 Kinds of Stories to Tell with Data

For almost a decade I have heard that good quantitative analysts can “tell a story with data.” Narrative is—along with visual analytics—an important way to communicate analytical results to non-analytical people. Very few people would question the value of such stories, but just knowing that they …

How Data Visualization Answered One of Retail’s Most Vexing Questions

Sometimes it’s relatively easy to know what your customers are doing. In e-commerce, advances in tracking and analytics have made it possible for retailers to understand what individual customers are doing <i>before</i> they make a purchase, and to gather and analyze hundreds and thousands of data points …

This Excel Trick Helps You Find Exactly What You're Looking For In A Heap Of Data

Conditional formatting in excel allows you to format cells based on a set of rules. This will draw attention to the data you want to highlight and make your spreadsheets more user friendly.<p><i>Produced by Sara Silverstein.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video: On Facebook</b>

The 22 Most Important Finance Books Ever Written

In case you missed them, we've compiled a list of 22 classic works that every Wall Streeter should read.<p>These are the books that show up time and again in lists of books recommended by the pros themselves.<p>Topics covered include everything from the fundamentals of investing to the stories behind …

16 Free Online Business Courses That Are Actually Worth Your Time

Increasingly, it's possible to get an extremely well-rounded business education from the best professors in the world without enrolling in a university or even leaving your house.<p>While online courses won't necessarily give you the pay boost of a traditional two-year MBA and probably won't land you …

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Stop Assuming Your Data Will Bring You Riches

<i>“We have a treasure trove of data, it’s highly valuable”.</i><p><i>“If we can unlock the value of all our data, we will have a wholly new revenue stream”.</i><p><i>“Hedge Funds will love our data — they will practically buy any set of data that might give them a potential edge”.</i><p>These are just a sample of thoughts from …

How to Reward Your Stellar Team

You’ve been told that getting the most from your team depends on rewarding and recognizing them collectively. But it’s tough to do that, especially when most management systems are so focused on individual performance, undermining the very teamwork you’re hoping to encourage. Luckily, you don’t …

The Value of Big Data Isn’t the Data

It is clear that a new age is upon us. Evidence-based decision-making (aka Big Data) is not just the latest fad, it’s the future of how we are going to guide and grow business. But let’s be very clear: There is a huge distinction to be made between “evidence” and “data.” The former is the end game …