Convenience Store Performance Dashboards - KPI's with Drilldowns

Convenience Store Performance Dashboards – KPI’s with Drilldowns

May 18, 2014 — 

Convenience store KPI’s with drilldowns save time. A good graph is worth hours of analysis and a focused drill-down saves hours more. Graphs and drilldowns are favorite tools of analysts. Quickly assessing key performance trends and then being able to see the data that makes the trend is a great tool for maintaining accountability towards

Convenience Store Accountability Rules – Oh Yeah!

Convenience Store Accountability Rules – Oh Yeah!

May 12, 2014 — 

Entering the store for coffee and a snack, a warm ‘hello’ springs from behind the counter while several clients form short lines at 3 registers. The busy store is clean and well organized. Such management does not happen by accident. Oh yeah – convenience store accountability rules make a difference. Accountability is a key component

How Big is Big in Big Data?

How Big is Big in Big Data?

May 4, 2014 — 

As Big Data becomes more popular, the question often asked is ‘What is Big Data?’ While there are lots of ways to answer, one part of the answer inevitably includes quantity. While there is no precise definition of how much is necessary to be considered Big, most accept that amount of data keeps getting bigger.

KPI Sharing-  How does your company compare?

KPI Sharing- How does your company compare?

May 2, 2014 — 

As part of our tracking and accountability work, we study best practices. We want to see how companies are using KPI’s in their drive for higher sales and better operational results. The May Poll is complete and the results are in.  Please check our Survey page for a more detailed survey regarding how companies are publishing

7 Tips for Big Data Success

7 Tips for Big Data Success

April 25, 2014 — 

Experienced Big Data users understand the paradox – Big data starts small. Rather than rush to implement new techniques and technology a small win can help to drive big results. Patience is often hard when there are big problems to solve, but creating a solid foundation for success can make things go faster when you

Accountability lessons from prison

Accountability lessons from prison

April 19, 2014 — 

Standing in the Sally port waiting to enter Dillwyn Correctional Institute on a clear spring afternoon, a cold reality of prison life encloses each instructor. The course they are about to lead is an experiment to prepare inmates for successful re-entry to society. Can convicted felons operate a successful business after they complete their sentence?

Social Capital - A surprising reminder for entrepreneurs

Social Capital – A surprising reminder for entrepreneurs

April 11, 2014 — 

Social Capital – A surprising reminder for entrepreneurs. Dr. John Thomas of the UVA Cooper Center presented a summary of how communities are using a new approach to address challenging socio-economic situations at the Crater Community Hospice breakfast meeting at Virginia State University on April 2, 2014. The breakfast commemorated the 20th year of service to

Healthcare Big Data Trends

Healthcare Big Data Trends

April 10, 2014 — 

Examining our health system to see how Big Data can improve results What a great summary of how Big Data analytics, ETL and Dashboards can improve outcomes: Active decision making, statistical support for treatments, performance accountability, collaboration, regulatory compliance, remote service, planning, logistical support of operations. Read more on this article with our friends at

Convenience Store Performance Analytics like Google Dashboard

Convenience Store Performance Analytics like Google Dashboard

April 6, 2014 — 

Managing Convenience Store performance like Google analytics manages a web site. Google analytics uses key performance indicators to show how a web site is performing. With this information you can track your web site performance and determine how your marketing programs are working in terms of bringing people to a site and getting them to

Data Migration - Plan the Plan

Data Migration – Plan the Plan

March 28, 2014 — 

Data is critical to most operations. Naturally, more projects involve integration. It is a complicated job. To simply data migration – plan the plan first. Implementing new systems is part of any IT life cycle. Business must continue to increase productivity and IT systems are a key part of many improvement efforts. It is typical

Agile Dashboards with Pentaho CTools

Agile Dashboards with Pentaho CTools

March 14, 2014 — 

Dashboards are very powerful tools to implement tracking and accountability. They provide a quick and simple means to share data to assess performance objectively – identify strengths and weaknesses one of the key data points to help with accountability. Their use is easily justified in large organizations with important goals and often warrants extensive investments

ETL Performance troubleshooting with Pentaho Data interchange

ETL Performance troubleshooting with Pentaho Data interchange

February 17, 2014 — 

System monitoring, memory, partitioning, CPU balancing and disk arrays are all part of making the ETL performance of your Pentaho Data Interchange fast and efficient. System monitoring is a critical first step and catch all for performance issues. As the amount of your data grows, processing the data becomes more of a challenge and can

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