Predictive analytics increases performance at Foot Locker

January 2, 2016
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Predictive analytics increases performance at Foot Locker

The global athletic footwear market includes heavyweights such as Walmart, The Sports Authority, and The Finnish Line, according to Hoovers and Yahoo! Finance. With 14,567 employees in more than 3,400 store locations, the company is the current leader in its industry with total revenue of $7.32B .  Though compared to Walmart with $484.03B in revenue,…

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Big data, cancer and demographics

January 2, 2016
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Big data, cancer and demographics

Big data mining for business exploitation reaches into most aspects of our daily lives.  In California, the Los Angeles County Cancer Surveillance Program began in the late 1960s as a monitoring and logging registry of all cases of cancer in the region.  With more than 1.7 million bits of data that constantly is updating, this…

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Research expense and innovation edge at Siemens

January 2, 2016
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Research expense and innovation edge at Siemens

Siemens, a German industrial group, believes that one of the solutions for increasing its innovation lead is to increase research and development spending.  The 5.2 billion USD expense represents a 7% increase this year that is going primarily to automation, digitization, and energy systems.  This is about 6 % of total sales. The increased investment…

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US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration upgrades safety standards

January 2, 2016
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US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration upgrades safety standards

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is upgrading its ratings for pedestrian safety, crash worthiness and crash avoidance for trucks and cars. The New Car Assessment Program focuses on specific crash avoidance technology.  This includes forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind-spot detection, lower beam head lighting, semi-automatic headlamp beam switching, amber rear turn…

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When data reporting confronts ethical behavior

November 6, 2015
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When data reporting confronts ethical behavior

We know that how we present data often can affect the audience’s conclusions about the data.  In a recent article from Travel Weekly on the Department of Transportation’s on-time stats for airline arrivals, the argument is made that the airline industry pads its own statistics in order reap cost benefits, which may or may not…

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The Dew Nation drives massive growth of mysterious Mountain Dew

November 6, 2015
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The Dew Nation drives massive growth of mysterious Mountain Dew

                          What is the core competency or capability that underlies the success of Mountain Dew? Drinkers of the sugary, caffeinated, colored, flavored, and carbonated beverage remain loyal in spite of the overall decline in sales across the soda industry.  Owned by PepsiCo, the…

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