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Tableau moves to subscription pricing for its BI products

Tableau is making a big change in the way it sells its business intelligence products. The company announced Thursday that all of its software will be available as a subscription, rather than a single license plus a service fee. Businesses will need to pay $70 per user per month for a license of Tableau Desktop Professional, and $35 per user ... Read More »

IDG Contributor Network: Welcome to a world of sensors

Increasingly, we live in a sensor-laden world. Almost every electronic device in our lives has some kind of sensor in it, possibly many. We don’t tend to think of sensors when looking at our phones, refrigerators, cars, airplanes and buildings, but believe me, they’re in there. And increasingly, we’re going to be aware of them. They’re going to take on ... Read More »

IDG Contributor Network: Putting data into the sales process with InsideSales

InsideSales.com is one of an increasing number of players that aims to offer sales teams tools to make them more efficient and effective. In its case, InsideSales came about through the post-graduate research of co-founder Dave Elkington. As Elkington studied artificial intelligence, he soon came to realize that A.I. has existed for decades — the math that is behind A.I. ... Read More »

H&R Block turns to A.I. to tackle your tax return

How would you feel about an artificial intelligence system handling your taxes this year? HR Block, the tax services company, is betting that customers will be willing to have A.I. assist their human tax preparers in getting them the biggest refunds possible or at least reduce how much they owe. The company, which has about 12,000 offices in the U.S. ... Read More »

H&R Block turns to A.I. to tackle your tax return

How would you feel about an artificial intelligence system handling your taxes this year? HR Block, the tax services company, is betting that customers will be willing to have A.I. assist their human tax preparers in getting them the biggest refunds possible or at least reduce how much they owe. The company, which has about 12,000 offices in the U.S. ... Read More »

Why great chief data officers are so hard to find

Chief data officers (CDOs) are among the most highly sought-after executives among corporations for whom data analytics has become a cornerstone of digital strategies. But the rush to promote data-crunching experts to the CDO role has created a new challenge: Finding a leader who can use data to help drive a business transformation. Companies eager to establish data analytics have ... Read More »

How to use data analytics to improve outcomes of project

Ted Friedman, vice president and analyst at Gartner, predicts the following three trends will drive fundamental changes in the use of data and analytics: Instead of just reflecting business performance, data analytics will become the driver of operations. Data and analytics will become infused in an organization’s architecture from end to end, creating a holistic approach — and this will ... Read More »

IDG Contributor Network: LinkedIn ramps up its sales tool offering

When Microsoft announced that it was acquiring professional social network LinkedIn, many people gasped at the huge price tag. The fact that Microsoft was engaged in a bidding war against Salesforce for the network helped in that regard, but most people took the perspective that the price tag was an indication of the value that Microsoft and others saw in ... Read More »

IDG Contributor Network: With deep learning, the data-rich get richer

In a previous post I discussed the promising applications for deep learning in the enterprise. The greatest potential for deep learning is in adding business-relevant structure to less-structured, sense-like data — such as images, audio and other sensor data. How quickly does the tone and affect of a support call from a frustrated customer change, broken down by support rep? ... Read More »

Data the key ingredient for restaurant chain success

Businesses have more data than ever about their operations, supply chains and customers. The problem is often they can’t see it, don’t know where it is, and don’t have an easy way to pull it all together and analyze it. So, they are unable to make smart decisions and can lose thousands of dollars a year.  It’s a challenge restaurant ... Read More »

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