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Comment on Xero + Microsoft Power BI = Big data for small business by Kim J Boland

Does this give the opportunity to look at Xero data in an OLAP data cube?

Small Business

Just Using Big Data Isn’t Enough Anymore

Big Data has quickly become an established fact for Fortune 1000 firms — such is the conclusion of a Big Data executive survey that my firm has conducted for the past four years.<p>The survey gathers perspectives from a small but influential group of executives — chief information officers, chief data …

Machine Learning and Cognitive Systems, Part 2: Big Data Analytics

In the first part of this series, I described a bit of what machine learning is and its potential to become a mainstream technology in the industry …

Artificial Intelligence: Gods, egos and Ex Machina

Even with its flaws, last year’s <i>Ex Machina</i> perfectly captured the curious relationship between artificial intelligence, God and ego. A tiny change in its closing moments would have given it an intriguing new dimension.<p>It’s taken me a year and a several viewings to collect my thoughts about <i>Ex …

These are the best books Bill Gates read in 2015

When Bill Gates isn’t convincing the world’s billionaires to give their fortunes away, he’s known to curl up with a good book or ten. For the past several years the philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder has published a year-end list of favorite books on his personal blog, and this year he’s been …

Bill Gates

Best TV 2018: the best UHD 4K TVs to buy for maximum lounge bragging rights

By Steve May<p>Right now is a very good time to buy the best TVs of 2018. They're all 4K UHD and there's an increasing amount of 4K stuff on Netflix, …

Dolby Atmos

4 Gmail tricks that will completely change your workday​ ​

Sometimes it's fantastic, like when my best friend and I send each other cool links all morning while simultaneously talking on Gchat. But other times, as I'm watching my inbox fill up at the speed of light, it can just be overwhelming.<p>Gmail and I have finally come to a mutually respectful …

Productivity

Secrets of the Tories' election 'war room'

Facebook, curries and 'koala of the day' - how the Conservatives won<p>Lynton Crosby was furious. The man hired to run the Conservative campaign feared that a succession of blunders by David Cameron and George Osborne would ruin the party’s hopes of beating one of the weakest Labour candidates in …

The six burning questions for firms looking to make money from big data

Big data has been touted as the 'new oil for business', representing incredible potential financial rewards. How should they go about using it, asks Professor Andy Neely<p>In the fast moving world of big data, firms big and small are increasingly looking to capitalise on the use of information to …

How to Give a Stellar Presentation

Speaking in front of a group — no matter how big or small — can be stressful. Preparation is key, of course, whether it’s your first or your hundredth time. From preparing your slides to wrapping up your talk, what should you do to give a presentation that people will remember?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> …

What to Do When People Draw Different Conclusions From the Same Data

<i>“In God we trust; all others must bring data.”</i><p>That famous line from statistician William Edwards Deming has become a mantra for data-driven companies, because it points to the promise of finding objective answers. But in practice, as every analyst knows, interpreting data is a messy, subjective …

Disney's $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband

If you want to imagine how the world will look in just a few years, once our cell phones become the keepers of both our money and identity, skip …

The Best Way to Keep Building Muscle After 40

Follow these rules to see big gains as you age<p>If you're over 40, you probably have more “stuff” going on in your life than you did at 21, making it difficult to focus on eating right and training regularly. And the enthusiasm you once had for exercise—especially if you haven’t seen the results you …

Zero Belly, Zero Excuses

The best iPad apps for Disney world

The sad truth is that countries have been invaded with less careful planning than is required to ensure an optimal vacation at Walt Disney World. It …

Walt Disney World Resort

Help Your Overwhelmed, Stressed-Out Team

Is your team stressed out? These days, everyone seems overwhelmed and way too busy. But even when your team members have a lot on their plates, they don’t have to sacrifice their health or happiness. What can you do to reduce your team’s stress? How can you help them focus on what really needs to …

We Still Don’t Know the Difference Between Change and Transformation

It’s been almost 10 years since HBR published John Kotter’s classic article,”Why Transformation Efforts Fail.” And although his suggestions for how to improve the odds have been widely accepted, the success rate of major corporate change programs remains essentially unchanged — it still hovers at …

Best ski and snowboarding apps to power up the slopes

By Max Parker

Apps

The best Black Friday deals 2017: all of the best remaining deals

Best deals by category<p>All the best Black Friday deals<br>TV and AV deals<br>Laptop and Macbook deals<br>Mobile phone deals<br>PS4, Xbox, Nintendo deals<br>Headphone and …

Stack Overflow: It's the End of the World as We Know It...

Some say the world will end in fire, some say with sentient robots turning against their human masters. I’ve always been fond of dystopian and …

4 Fast Rules for Perfect Surf and Turf

With a few simple prep tricks and a ripping-hot grill, you can put your local steakhouse chain to shame<p>Man was made to devour juicy steak. And when some geniuses decided to throw shrimp over the coals as well, the perfect combination of surf and turf was born. This recipe comes courtesy of Kyle …

Master the Half Windsor Knot

Brush up on your tie-tying skills with these 7 easy steps<p>Knotting a lightweight cotton, knit, or linen tie can be tricky. Add some heft with a half Windsor knot, suggests designer David Hart.<p><i>Follow us @MensHealthStyle for more style and grooming tips.</i>

A Presentation Isn’t Always the Right Way to Communicate

We rarely think about whether presentations are the <i>best</i> way to express our ideas; we just blindly create and deliver them. By some estimates, 350 presentations, on average, are delivered every second of every day.<p>Unfortunately, presentations can’t be the Swiss Army knife of communication. Though …

How Will You Make Your 2014 Numbers?

A good B2B infographic design, How Will You Make Your 2014 Numbers from Zilliant gives you 3 options to leverage when setting prices. Good luck …

The best backpack or laptop bag 2018

By Spencer Hart<p>Here at T3 we have scoured the vast reaches of tech-luggage-obscurity to find the best backpacks and laptop bags around. Whether …

Use Your Data to Get a Holistic View of the Customer

A few years ago, at LiveNation Entertainment we were accumulating a lot of data from consumers but weren’t doing much with it—and we weren’t sure what <i>could</i> be done with it (a pretty common situation for companies these days).<p>After thinking about the data strategically, we figured out ways to put it …

The Twelve Sales Metrics that Matter Most

Sales is both an art and a science. It is the skillful combination of emotion and logic, people and process, free-thinking and organization. I recently conducted an extensive research project involving more than one-hundred vice presidents of sales at top technology companies (software, cloud, …

How You Can AirPlay Music To An Unsupported Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be reviewing Cambridge Audio’s Minx Go, the BRAVEN 710, and Jawbone’s Big JamBox. All of these are great speakers, but …

How to Improve Your Mobile Marketing Strategy

A catchy Facebook ad has sucked you in yet again — you're just a couple clicks away from owning another completely impractical pair of …