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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…

The Excel Conundrum (Part 2): You Don’t Need a Certification in Excel to Master Your Data

In Part 1 we explored the challenges with Excel that lead to wasted time and inaccurate data. The good news is, you no longer have to do the heavy lifting or waste your time manually cleaning up data. You no longer have to deal with the frustration. Self-service data preparation software, like Altair Monarch, delivers an efficient solution to help you get answers from your data quickly. Self-service data preparation software runs on…

Differentiating Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Data Mining and Predictive Analytics

You can enter this question in an internet search engine and check what answers you get. Rather than doing that I will answer this question simply by “rewriting” history, so I can say it is “based on a true story”. During the Second World War, Alan Turing and his colleagues at Bletchley Park succeeded in building a machine that used electromechanical components to decipher the communications to and from German submarines operating in the Atlantic.

The Excel Conundrum (Part 1): Why Most People Struggle with Data

When tasked with using data to solve a business problem, many of us struggle to get the answers we need. Far too often, the issue is not that we have shortcomings in our analytical skills, but rather that there are limitations in the tools we have at our disposal, or that these tools have special nuances to learn and we simply don’t have the time to learn them. Do you fall into this category? Here…

Datawatch’s Marketing Survival Guide to Reporting – LinkedIn: Export Organic Analytics

Business-to-business (B2B) marketers often turn to LinkedIn to start conversations, drive word of mouth, and share content — and then run headlong into a common problem: they can’t easily get the results of their organic efforts out of the popular social networking platform.