New Frontiers in Business Intelligence

Companies are experimenting more and more with petabytes of unstructured data like social media entries, customer support emails, complaints, suggestion boxes, etc. These are increasingly using Hadoop, MapReduce and NoQSL distributed databases like MongoDB, Casssadra, Riak and so on. On... Read More..
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If you have a job in an office currently, or if you have ever held one, you should watch the movie Office Space at your earliest opportunity. It depicts corporate stupidity in very funny ways. This week, I read the book... Read More..
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As anyone who has run a small business will tell you, the secret to success is managing cash and managing it well! But how do you get to good cash management? Greg Crabtree writes about these secrets in a... Read More..
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  A systematic approach to creativity? It might just work! Doesn't that sound like an oxymoron? Alicia Arnold has me convinced, though! Having sat in countless meetings where we were supposed to brainstorm and come up with creative solutions,... Read More..
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I had a very interesting conversation with Paul Shoemaker, CEO of American Hospital Directory (also known as ahd.com). AHD is in the business of collecting, updating and making available financial performance, quality and cost data about hospitals in the U.S.... Read More..
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Some time ago, I wrote about the utility, flexibility and versatility of the R Language and R Analytics:  Leveraging Language, Cluster and the Cloud for Analytics.Today at the OpenWorld Conference, Oracle announced that it is bundling hardware, software and a... Read More..
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How often have you been on projects that you know are trainwrecks on Day 1 of the project? Me, too. Way too many times to count.                              ... Read More..
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Yes. I mean Excel spreadsheets! That's the dirty little secret of many companies and organizations. They may have terabytes of warehouse data, tons of reports already in production and tons more in the making. Scratch the surface and you will... Read More..
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I had the great opportunity a few days ago to learn about a fabulous open source programming language called R and a company called Revolution Analytics that helps you build, on top of R, many easy-to-use statistical analysis models and... Read More..
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A few days ago I wrote another entry in this blog: Mobile Business Intelligence--Opportunities, Challenges & Solutions. I suggested that HTML5 may be a good option to pursue since you do not need to do one app each for each... Read More..
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Nari Kannan's blog explores how new approaches to business intelligence can help organizations improve the performance of business processes--whether these processes are creative or operational, internally-focused or customer-facing, intra-departmental or across functions.

Nari Kannan

Nari Kannan started and serves as the CEO of appsparq, a Mobile Applications development company based in Louisville, KY with offices in Singapore and India. Nari has over two decades of experience in computer systems development, translating product and service strategy into meaningful technology solutions, and both people and product development. Prior to this, he has served as both Chief Technology Officer and Vice President- Engineering in six successful startups, two of which he co-founded. He has proven experience in building companies, engineering teams, and software solutions from scratch in the United States and India. Prior to this, Nari started Ajira Technologies, Inc., in Pleasanton, CA, where he served as Chief Executive Officer for more than six years. While at Ajira, Nari was instrumental in developing service process management solutions that modeled, monitored, and analyzed business processes, initially targeting the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Telecom, and Banking verticals in India, and Finance, Insurance, and Healthcare verticals in the United States. Prior to this, he served as VP-Engineering at Ensenda, an ASP for local delivery services. He also served variously as Chief Technology Officer or VP-Engineering at other Bay-Area venture funded startups such as Kadiri and Ensera. He began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation as a Senior Software Engineer. Nari has a long involvement with Customer Support and other customer facing processes. At Digital Equipment Corporation he was involved with their 1800 person customer support center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was tasked with coming up with innovative tools to help customer support people do their jobs better. He holds a U.S patent for a software invention that automatically redirected email requests for customer support to the right group by digesting the contents of the request and guessing at which software or hardware support group is best equipped to handle it. At Ensera, he led a 45 person team in developing an internet based ASP service for handling auto insurance claims, coordinating information flow between end-customers, Insurance companies, Repair shops and Parts suppliers. Ensera was acquired by Mitchell Corporation in San Diego. Nari holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Loyola College, and an M.B.A degree from the University of Madras in Madras, India. He graduated with a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1985. Contact Information: Nari Kannan. Email: nari@appsparq.com Mobile: 925 353 0197. Website: www.appsparq.com View more .

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