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Cocktail Parties, Christmas Plans and MiFID II

Bloomberg recently reported about the ticking clock for MiFID II and how the regulatory change due to come into effect in January 2018 has impacted the working lives of financial professionals on both the buy and sell side. As reported in the article: “If you have started MiFID II projects too late, you won’t have time for anything else for the rest of the year and can’t even celebrate Christmas,” Christian Schoeppe, the head of…

The Secret To Better People Analytics and Reporting

Big Data isn’t the problem.  Despite the hype around “big data,” and the pressure on different business functions to prove out how they’re using big data to improve their business, HR departments don’t have a big data problem. HR departments are actually dealing with a data quality problem and a data access problem. In fact, if you try to solve your data issues from a “big data” angle, you’d be barking up the wrong tree…

Selecting the Right Self-Service Data Preparation Offering for Your Business

Note: This article originally appeared in SmartDataCollective. Self-service data preparation solution should enable users to prep less and analyze more, while providing true enterprise collaboration and agility. You’ve completed the research, and you now know that the return on investment (ROI) of self-service data preparation technology is not only proven, but invaluable.It automates and simplifies data retrieval and preparation processes, enabling even novice business users to easily and rapidly extract, manipulate, enrich and…

Turn 10 mins at HR Tech into less stressful people analytics and reporting

We’re on a mission to help you at the HR Tech Conference On October 10, thousands of HR professionals will gather at the HR Tech Conference in Las Vegas. This is the 20th year for this conference, which provides insights into technology that improves the way HR works. One area that will be of interest to most attendees is how to simplify reporting. Reporting is essential for HR, and the data from those reports informs…

Solving 3 Government Intelligence Challenges with Data Prep Platforms

With daily headlines about terrorism attacks, government security and intelligence agencies are under constant pressure to analyze data quickly to uncover threats before an attack occurs. Yet in a world overrun with information, sorting through, preparing and analyzing intelligence to detect these threats can be nearly impossible without the proper data preparation and analysis tools. The problem is that the rising amount of data — especially that generated by real-time social media and messaging —…

Using Our Own Tools to Sell More Effectively

Guest blog contribution by Dan Bolon, Federal Solutions You might not typically see Sales Reps or Account Managers building complex data transformations in analytics tools, which are generally reserved for analysts in Finance, Marketing, BI or Operations. But at Altair Corporation, some are ‘eating the company’s own dog food’ and are leveraging our own Monarch solution to sell more effectively. If you’re in sales, you probably are constantly asking yourself a few questions (or, at…

Generate More Impactful Marketing Insights With Self-Service Data Prep

How can you evolve your marketing dashboards to ensure business impact of marketing activity is crystal clear to your leadership team? For years, finance departments faced similar reporting challenges, but today they use self-service data preparation tools that make getting at data stored in PDFs, spreadsheets, databases and other repositories, cleaning and manipulating it, and delivering it for analysis fast and easy. These data “prep” tools can work just as well for marketers, too,…

The Shortcut To Becoming an Excel Spreadsheet Champion

  Did you know that a 17-year-old from northern Virginia just won the world championship for Excel spreadsheets? Did you know he was also the first American to win that title in 16 years? You read that right. There is a world championship for Excel spreadsheets, and it was won by a teenager who has never set foot in an office. (Though his dream job is to do data analytics for baseball, “Moneyball” style.)…

Marketing Reporting Survival Guide: 5 Tips to Improve Google Analytics Referral Traffic Reports

In the age of inbound marketing, referral traffic to your website can be make or break for your business. Success hinges on your ability to deliver the right content to the right buyer in the right online channel at the right time. That means sharing helpful, engaging content across blogs, social media and earned media to attract visitors to your website. In turn, the visitors consume information and convert to leads. Google Analytics can provide…

Fast-forward through the hard work with data prep – even in criminal investigations

Guest Blog from Stephen Smay, Solutions Architect at Datawatch Here at Datawatch, most of our customers use our product to enable fast and effective data preparation in the world of financial or medical data, but data is data, and the applications in other areas are nearly limitless. Being a fan of data myself, I’m always on the lookout for interesting or unique uses for our product. Also being a fan of college football and true…