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5 challenges that stymie Business Intelligence adoption in the transportation industry

5 challenges that stymie Business Intelligence adoption in the transportation industry
The demand for Business Intelligence (BI) in the transportation industry is palpable. Tackling volatile costs, tighter regulations, and the pressure to chase sustainability, requires transportation companies to leverage data to identify and snap up opportunities for growth. While increasing liberalization and globalization have opened new avenues for expansion for transportation companies, they also need to understand and tackle evolving geo-political regulations and risk due to heightened exposure to factors not under their control. Business Intelligence has proven to be exceptionally useful to tackle such challenges. It helps companies gain clarity about their transportation costs, and hence give them the ability to control it more effectively. BI also helps them identify negative trends and pre-empt them before their impact is felt, while also providing them with the opportunity to explore opportunities through the analysis of alternate scenarios. Naturally, BI for transportation is not a new phenomenon. In case you want to know...
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Natural Language Processing in Business Intelligence: Potentials and Pitfalls

Natural Language Processing in Business Intelligence: Potentials and Pitfalls
In our last blog on BI trends to watch we touched on the exciting prospect of Natural Language Processing (NLP) becoming a tool for building queries in business intelligence. Advances in NLP are giving rise to potentially groundbreaking technology, and the subject deserves more than a cursory glance. In this blog we’ll explore some of the pitfalls, challenges and barriers that have kept NLP out of BI, as well as some of the exciting possibilities of its application as BI developers begin to integrate NLP into BI. If search engines like Google have been using NLP technology for the past couple of years, why is BI only beginning to make use of this incredible tool? Clearly it’s not for lack of interest, demand, or potential applications. Bridging the chasm between human language and machine language is far more complicated than one might imagine. Computer scientists have been racking their brains over...
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Business Intelligence Trends to Watch in 2017

Business Intelligence Trends to Watch in 2017
Now that we’re solidly in Q2 2017 we’re looking at emerging trends and what to watch for in Business Intelligence for the remainder of the year. This year appears to be focused on expansion, integration and collaboration, as well as some interesting advances in the field. Many of the trends we reported on from 2016 continue to factor heavily in the market, as do new iterations of familiar concepts and ubiquity of BI applications. BI functions that were once only available to large organizations are becoming available to small businesses through cloud-based applications and services like AWS and Microsoft Azure, and BI products are becoming ever more user friendly so that they are available to more individuals. Self-Service Data Prep BI continues to move out of the realm of IT and analysts and into the hands of end users. Self-Service Data Procurement has become commonplace and has allowed those in various...
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Overcoming Challenges with Maintaining Enterprise Mobile Applications

Overcoming Challenges with Maintaining Enterprise Mobile Applications
There are many use cases for implementing enterprise mobile applications, and although they are becoming more popular, there are still many challenges to overcome throughout the process. We’ve previously written about overcoming challenges with testing mobile apps, but after your app is deployed into production how do you plan to maintain it? Unfortunately, application maintenance isn’t as glamorous as other initiatives, but having support in place is a necessary solution to ensuring your mobile apps are functioning properly and continue to add new business value to your users. Enterprise app maintenance is also expensive and difficult to maintain – constantly scaling resources and priorities adds more layers of complexity to the task. Let’s explore some of the biggest challenges with maintaining these applications, and how these issues can be overcome with the right planning, processes, and implementation. Maintaining Mobile App User Adoption Many business users in the enterprise don’t use the...
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Improving your BI Systems with ITIL Process Management

Improving your BI Systems with ITIL Process Management
If you’re a left-brained, analytical thinker, like I am, then you love the efficiency and consistency that universal processes can deliver. I’m system-oriented, and will develop procedures, templates, and process flows for almost everything I do. It requires an initial investment of time and effort, but the return is that I deliver better results, more quickly, and I free-up mental space (creative capital) for other uses. ITIL Process Management has the potential to similarly affect your entire IT infrastructure, and thus your BI. The focus is on a systematic, proactive approach to eliminating root problems, and minimizing reactively (and repeatedly) addressing individual incidents while simultaneously allocating IT resources to those places they are most needed and will yield the greatest returns. I’m not going to dive into the details of ITIL in this blog, so if you’re not familiar with ITIL there are plenty of short videos available to give you...
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