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Narrative Science Qlik Sense

Got data? This free tool will generate a story to tell you what it means

Charts and graphs may be some of the most commonly used tools for bringing data sets to life, but Narrative Science wants you to consider another one: Stories.

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Prospective Yahoo buyers would have eyes on its customer data

Potential suitors for Yahoo's Internet business could include Verizon, Comcast and AT&T, which would want to access the company's 20-year-old treasure trove of customer data.

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QlikView vs. Tableau: BI users debate the importance of pretty charts

Online reviews from business intelligence software users suggest that either QlikView or Tableau could do the job, so choosy BI buyers should consider whether it’s more important for the organization to have user-friendly charting or...

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Lenders may eye smartphone use before giving you a loan

Smartphone usage is likely to be tracked soon in the U.S. to determine whether you qualify for a loan or figure out what interest rate to charge.

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Is relying on a single content platform like Facebook worth the cost?

If you’re a website that wants to be “audience-first,” does exclusively distributing your content on a platform like Facebook Instant Articles make sense for your readers?

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Cortana now gets business data from Microsoft's Power BI service

Microsoft is bringing its Cortana virtual assistant deeper into the business world by combining its capabilities with those of Power BI, the company's business intelligence and analytics software.

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Great R packages for data import, wrangling & visualization

Here are my go-to R packages -- in a handy searchable table

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Plotly to open source its dataviz code

The JavaScript library is now free to use in any project, or offline in MATLAB, RStudio or a Jupyter notebook.

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3 ways to make social sharing work for publishers

It’s still early to effectively weigh the pros and cons of these social media partnerships for digital publishers, but what’s certain is that the way that readers access content -- and the way that publishers distribute it -- is...

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New $85K package development service backed by R Consortium

And, the consortium's Infrastructure Steering Committee has more money to award; applications are now open.

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R conference live blog: EARL Boston

Interesting tips and tidbits on how to make better use of R, live from the Effective Application of the R Language conference.

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6 tips for working with IoT and big data

Is your company looking to get started with IoT and big data, or are you looking to improve on how you’re handling it now? Here are six tips from the pros that should help anyone.

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IoT and the data-driven enterprise: How to dive into the data flood

Virtually every kind of company will eventually have to become a data-driven enterprise. It's a matter of competition. Here, experts share strategies for making the most of IoT data.

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Tableau launches free iPad dataviz app

Looking to explore data on a mobile device? Tableau brings (some of) the power and polish of its desktop software to the iPad.


Analytics and the state of knowing

Abetted by technology, our capacity to know is far outstripping what we actually know. (Insider; registration required)

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Amazon launches QuickSight business intelligence service

Amazon threw its hat into the business intelligence ring with a service called QuickSight, provided through its Amazon Web Services division.

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Project Orca, SAP's new Hana-based analytics tool, due in Q4

New analytics tools are popping up just about every day in the enterprise software arena, and on Tuesday, new details emerged on an offering from SAP.

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The myth of the 'golden metric'

What metrics actually matter? What role do they play for audience managers as we move into 2016? How should we approach all the charts and graphs presented by our myriad analytics platforms?

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