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The Perfect Data Visualization Tool for Finance, Marketing, HR, Logistics – and Even Sales Reps

Everyone knows that a picture is worth 1,000 words—or, in a business context, that complex data is much easier to convey and understand when presented visually. Data visualization can be an incredibly powerful tool, from customer and team presentations to internal performance reporting. But who has time, the expertise, or the attention span for that? (more…)

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Predictive Thursdays: Helping Customers Understand Predictive Modeling – Or Not

The SAP HANA Center of Excellence is focused on helping our customers create systems of innovation, and typically that requires using historical data to produce a solution based on advanced analytics or machine learning. Whenever we start working on a project, I inevitably ask the customer the following question. “How important is it that you understand how the predictive model works?” Customers, especially ones new to predictive, have no idea how to answer this, but before we proceed I insist they provide some guidance. (more…)

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Project Dream: Election 2016 Contest

With all of the media coverage surrounding the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, you can’t help but be intrigued.  Republican, Democrat or Independent – no matter what your personal views may be, one can assume that most of the population would be exercising their right to vote.  But did you know that less than 50% of young and diverse voters (ages 18-24) have been hitting the polls? (more…)

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GRC Tuesdays: Return on Investment for Your GRC Program Anyone?

When launching a new governance, risk and compliance (GRC) program or deciding to select a software solution to support it, one is usually asked to provide the ROI of the project. In short, the return on investment (ROI) is defined as the outcome of an investment – be it positive (gain) or negative (loss). For many non-GRC stakeholders, a GRC project is just like any other project—you invest capital so you expect to gain something out of it. And this is what justifies the budget request. Unfortunately, GRC doesn’t really work like this. It’s more like insurance—you’re relieved you got coverage when a 12-ton truck reverses into your brand new Mini…


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Predictive Thursdays: The Time to Change Is Now

The world is speeding ahead at a significant pace towards a major revolution—the data-driven economy.  Several data-driven start-ups in the last decade have become large corporations (Google, Facebook, Twitter), with billions of people reached and influenced by their innovations. Here is a list of the hottest start-ups that are looking to mature to the big league.


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