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Sisense brings its analytics platform to chat bots

Analytics firm Sisense has brought its BI platform to chat bots, allowing customers to ask natural-language questions about their data while in Slack, Skype, Facebook Messenger or Telegram.

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These R packages import sports, weather, stock data and more

Want to look at salary trends? Check a stock's price history? Look at the performance of your favorite sports team? Here's how to easily pull publicly available data into R.

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R resources for Election Night

Want to geek out with data as the returns come in? Here are some ideas.

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Why I won't be in suspense this presidential election night (in tweets)

I'm with Sam Wang: There's drama, and then there's data.

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IBM engineer sees AR trumping VR for data visualization

When it comes to enterprise data visualization, IBM Software Engineer Rosstin Murphy thinks augmented reality trumps virtual reality. Here's why.

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Many executives still mistrust insights from data and analytics

Organizations say they are increasingly focusing on data-driven decision-making to guide their businesses, but a majority of business leaders lack confidence in the insights generated from data and analytics. Professional services...

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Microsoft adds R data visualizations without R to Power BI

You can now use some R visuals without actually knowing R

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Align intelligence, UX and data to power exceptional customer moments

Increasing investments in intelligent applications is just one step to creating incredible customer experiences.

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With IBM's Watson, GlaxoSmithKline tackles sniffle and cough questions

GlaxoSmithKline plans to team up with IBM's artificial intelligence-fueled Watson to reach customers.

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MicroStrategy Desktop BI software now free

Today's announcement adds to the no-cost self-service BI landscape that include Tableau Public, Microsoft Power BI and some versions of Qlik, among others.

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Gartner: A.I. to become a top business investment priority

Mention artificial intelligence and a discussion about the robot wipeout of humankind is sure to follow. But it's also a technology that businesses will increasingly trust in decision-making, Gartner analysts said at the research...

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To build or buy software: Ask these 5 questions first

Whether to build or buy software is a common question organizations of all sizes face. There are benefits to both. Here are five questions you can ask yourself next time you're facing a build-versus-buy scenario.

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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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SkyGiraffe's Tableau connector aims to ease business data visualization

SkyGiraffe is launching a new connector Tuesday that lets companies take live data from a diverse set of systems of record and visualize it in Tableau.

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How UPS delivers predictive analytics

The global shipping company’s BI and big data analytics platform offers increased visibility and control and the capability to identify patterns and movement across its transportation network. For customers this means foul weather...

60+ R resources to improve your data skills

From books to videos to online tutorials -- most free! -- here are plenty of ideas to burnish your R knowledge.

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Google Sheets Explore: A work in progress

I take Google Sheets' new natural-language queries for a test drive. Here's what I found.

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10% off SAP Crystal Reports 2016, Through Friday Only - Deal Alert

SAP Crystal Reports turns almost any data source into interactive, actionable information that can be accessed offline or online, from applications, portals and mobile devices. Currently discounted, for a limited time.

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