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Dealing with the Deluge of Data: Leveraging Information to Not Miss Opportunities

Dealing with the Deluge of Data: Leveraging Information to Not Miss Opportunities
We don't always realize just how much information we're creating on a daily basis. What we realize even less is just how important this data is to our everyday lives and business activities. IDC estimates that by 2025, nearly 20% of the data in the global datasphere will be critical to our daily lives and nearly 10% of that will be hypercritical. Consider this, Gartner recently pointed out that data and analytics will drive modern business operations, and not simply reflect their performance. Furthermore, executives will make data and analytics part of the business strategy, which will allow data and analytics professionals to assume new roles and create business growth. Shifting the way organization uses data and analytics more toward driving business operations requires a new approach to data architectures, which many organizations are already building. Last year, Gartner research found that 45% of IT professionals had indicated that new data...
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Lessons learned from creating Test Data Sets for QA Testing with TMS - Tracking Shipments

Lessons learned from creating Test Data Sets for QA Testing with TMS - Tracking Shipments
While managing test data isn’t cakewalk in any context, it is especially tricky in transportation because of the sheer number of variables in play. I was recently working on an application to track shipments via a user interface so that users could add/edit shipments, view delivery details with live updates on a map, and search shipments based on various criteria. One of the biggest issues that arose during a post-release retro - where we talk about the pros and cons of the project up until that release - was that our test data never quite matched with actual customer data. This wasn’t really a surprise as this is a common problem in QA testing. In-house script generation, manual insertions, masking and data scrubbing can affect the quality of data. Moreover when the requirements for testing evolve, the test data and methods to generate it must be modified as well. This makes...
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Four instances that might require outsourced technical support & maintenance

Four instances that might require outsourced technical support & maintenance
Despite all the number crunching that’s involved in planning the development of new app, the actual roadmap - in terms of hours and resources involved - is rather unpredictable. With numerous variables, such as maintenance and integration of legacy applications, sourcing talent, addressing issues in legacy and new apps, and the evolving sentiments of employees and customers, it can be hard to provide value to all the stakeholders involved and run a profitable business at the same time. Clearly, businesses that are agile - whether in sourcing resources on-demand or addressing customer issues - get ahead and stay ahead of their competition. However, this is easier said than done. Raise your hand if any of the following scenarios seem familiar: First: You are forced to maintain legacy versions of Apps while customers migrate over You have developed a new version of your app from the ground up, excitedly announced the release,...
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Learning about the Power of Data Visualization

Learning about the Power of Data Visualization
We live in a world that’s driven by data. If you take a look at your everyday life – you’ll quickly see just how much data plays a role in everything you do. Check your phone today? That just generated a lot of data. Maybe you have a smart thermostat at home? That’s definitely generating data. Or, maybe you just asked Alexa to turn on your favorite radio station. Not only does that create more data, that also helps fuel an AI engine. The point here is that in the age of data, working with information not only makes our lives easier, it gives us tools to be more productive. From power grids and water systems to hospitals, public transportation, and road networks, the growth of real-time data is remarkable for its volume and criticality. Where once data primarily drove successful business operations, today it is a vital element in the...
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Improving technology to keep transportation management costs down

Improving technology to keep transportation management costs down
Everyone is trying to reduce transportation costs by optimizing business processes, but not all succeed. To understand why that happens, one need not look into the ‘what’, but the ‘how’. The internet is dotted with scores of articles listing best practices and hacks to help shippers save on freight charges. However, what one must understand is that all such initiatives must be customized to address the context in which their organization is operating. And to do so effectively, one of the best ways is to leverage technology. But I am using technology! Sure. Every organization is using technology in some form or the other, whether it is Excel sheets, ERP, Cloud technology, or AI. But are you using the technology that serves your unique requirements? The answer is neither to jump on to the next-shiny-thing bandwagon, nor is it to be so smug about your organization’s technological prowess, that you don’t...
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