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Data Fabric: Stitch Up Your Data Strategy With Visualization

You’ve probably heard that old stat (or some variation of it) about how the human brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text and numbers. It’s a point that data visualization has been capitalizing on for years. It’s also something you can use to enable your people to reach fully informed decisions faster based on massive amounts of data. For example, you could read a report about the shifts in market sentiment over the last…

Data Fabric: Skip the Patchwork with Powerful Data Prep

As any data analyst knows, when it comes to data management, preparing the data for analysis is more than half the battle (roughly 61% of it according to a recent TDWI Pulse Report). Without the right preparation it’s going to be of limited use when it comes to analysis and informing critical business decisions. That same Pulse Report found 83% of companies can only use 25% or less of their data.  And as the…

Data Fabric: Weave a Better Data Strategy Across Your Organization

By the year 2025, IDC predicts the amount of data worldwide will reach 175 zettabytes (ZB).  How much is that really? If 175ZB were stored on Blu-Ray disc, the stack would reach the moon. And consider this: that prediction is nine percent higher than it was in the previous year’s report and likely to increase again. So, needless to say, the complexity of managing and, more importantly, mining this exponentially increasing amount of data…

8 Signs That You Need Financial Reporting Help

Do your month-end and quarter-end closing activities feel like they take a year to complete? Do you wish your annual reports were like the Olympics and only came around every four years?  Do you find yourself suddenly in need of a “sick day” when forecasting time rolls around? If any of these questions resonate with a painful sting, it might be time to do something to optimize and streamline your financial reporting processes. The biggest…

Star Wars: Episode VIII and a Half – The Last Analyst (A Work of Fan Fiction)

All of the excitement around the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it made the team at Altair realize that the plight of a Jedi was not unlike that of the common analyst, who fights the never-ending battle against their own data, armed with spreadsheets and formulas instead of blasters and lightsabers. Our very own Geoff Holm, Sales Engineer, crafted a work of Star Wars fan fiction to illustrate the parallels. We hope you…