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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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  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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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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The promise of mobile business intelligence has been talked about for some time.Many companies are beginning to implement BYOM policies: Bring Your Own Mobile.There are a number of opportunities, challenges and also solutions. The opportunities are plenty. CXO-level people on the... Read More..
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Some time ago I wrote another blog entry - Five Root Causes of Bad Data Quality in Business Intelligence. The fifth root cause of bad data quality is errors in the BI reporting logic. In the ideal world, enterprises have ONE SINGLE... Read More..
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Earlier in March of this year, I wrote about How and Why Tablets will Revolutionize BI. Now there are more articles about how it is actually spreading, like this one - Tablets 'Secret Weapon' for Getting Executives to Back BI.... Read More..
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Sometime ago I wrote in another blog entry - Five Root Causes of Bad Data Quality in Business Intelligence. The fourth root cause of Bad Data Quality is inadequate training on software systems! Many software systems suffer from inadequate buy-ins from end-users... Read More..
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There is an interesting survey out by LogiXML about usage of Business Intelligence in companies! A full 30% of respondents say they don't need it! Other interesting findings in this survey are: Microsoft BI technologies is the leading one followed... 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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