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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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Power BI gets robust mapping with ArcGIS

Microsoft free Power BI is slated to get some serious mapping capabilities, as Microsoft yesterday announced ArcGIS for Power BI by Esri is on the way sometime this year.

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Esri joins the R Consortium

It's another sign of R's push into the enterprise, as the geospatial analysis vendor joins companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Google.

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How to download new Census data with R

Here's how to get data from the just-released 2015 American Community Survey using R.

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Bottlenose aims to automate data science tasks

Its Nerve Center 3 product targets the mid-range of the market

Computerworld digital edition - September 2016 [cover]

Read CW's September digital magazine!

In this issue: The 2016 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards, honoring 20 organizations that used clear-eyed analytics to achieve a wide spectrum of gains.

Utah Transit Authority, left to right: Edison Pascascio Sr., Eric Callison, Sarah Lin, Beth Wavrek

Utah Transit Authority

Analytics reporting tools at this 2016 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree put state transit data into the hands of end users.

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University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Predictive analytics paired with real-time data helps lower the rate of surgical infections for this 2016 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree. 

TD Bank, L-R: Crisp, Reid, Fu, Oliveros, Gillies, Modir and Paul

TD Bank

This 2016 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree uses a data management tool to give its business users on-demand access to data. 

Qiagen's 80-person e-commerce team [2016]


An analytics database at this 2016 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree combines multiple data streams and sources to drive revenue.

Pinterest employees: Nelson Gines, Maggie Laush,  Shira Netter, Maggie Armato, Jordan Skye Paul


An app that predicts customer satisfaction replaces manual triage of support requests at this 2016 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree.

Life Fitness employees [2016]

Life Fitness

Remote diagnostics developed by this 2016 Data+ Editors' Choice Awards honoree keep fitness equipment in shape.

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