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Forbes: Big Data and Technology are Changing the Retail World


In the late 1970s, sales and SKUs were listed on enormous spreadsheets. Buyers flew around the country and world finding the optimal products to fill the store’s shelves.

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New York Times: Dickens, Austen, and Twain – Through a Digital Lens

ANY list of the leading novelists of the 19th century, writing in English, would almost surely include Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Mark Twain.

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Big Data: The Death of the Theorist

According to a recent article in Wired UK, as supercomputers increase in power and the tools to use them become less obtuse, whole new academic disciplines are beginning to feel the benefits of crunching data.

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Wall Street Journal: Much Hadoop About Nothing

One analyst believes Big Data — analytics software that parses large amounts of data for potentially useful business information — has fallen into the “trough of disillusionment,” a lull in the technology’s progression.

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New Era of Healthcare Data Security Begins

The enhanced set of protections finalized in the omnibus HIPAA privacy and security rule released Jan.17 now becomes the new baseline for anyone who handles health information. It doesn’t change meaningful use requirements, but combined, the two may drive more providers to protect patient data, according to privacy and security experts.

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Gartner: BI and analytics need to scale up to support growth in data


Raw data can be changed into actionable insight. But for this to happen, Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics need to scale up to support the growth in data sources, according to latest predictions from analyst firm Gartner. Business intelligence leaders must embrace a broadening range of information assets to help their organizations.

"New business insights and improved decision making with greater finesse are the key benefits achievable from turning more data into actionable insights, whether that data is from an increasing array of data sources from within or outside of the organization," said Daniel Yuen, research director at Gartner.

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Technorati: Big Data to Reach $43 Billion by 2018, In-Memory Solutions Sought


The globally challenging data handling task has businesses scrambling for tech assistance, seeking out plausible avenues for handling large datasets which normally structured server environments could handle with ease. Compiling consumer data, ridiculously sized numbers and trying desperately to process them systematically has becomes somewhat problematic, especially since big data became the newest buzzword. In fact, big data is expected to amass $43 billion within five years, according to MarketWatch news release which depicts current big data value is somewhere near $6.3 billion. Here’s how various companies are reacting to data trends.

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Forbes: Oracle named 'Big Data Tech Stock to Buy Now'

According to a recent article in Forbes, the drastic decline in enterprise IT spending has been horrible for companies that rely on corporate investments to grow revenues. However, that will not be the case in 2013. With industry experts projecting a strong rebound in enterprise spending as companies look to migrate their networks further into the cloud, here are a few companies that stand to benefit from this shift.

Stock to Buy Now: Oracle, Price Target - $40

With another solid quarter in the books for NetApp, Oracle is still finding it hard to dispel market concerns about its ability to fend off increased competition from the likes of and Microsoft. Aside from being a dominant tech power that is positioned for sustained growth, Oracle consistently demonstrates that it is able to grow where rivals can’t.

For the period ending November 30th, Oracle reported net income of $2.6 billion, or 53 cents per share – representing an 18% increase year-over-year. The company said excluding charges related to acquisitions and other costs, earnings would have arrived at 64 cents per share – enough to beat analysts’ estimates of 61 cents per share.

The company reported a 3% increase in revenue reaching $9.1 billion – exceeding Street estimates by $900 million. Software licenses and subscriptions business performed exceptionally well – soaring 17% year-over-year. This was good enough to exceed management’s most bullish projections three months ago.
FEATURED WHITEPAPER: Master Data Management Best PracticesThis is certainly an encouraging sign for investors since roughly a quarter of Oracle’s revenue comes from a stream of new licenses and subscriptions. What’s more, the Street continues to take for granted Oracle’s strong cash position, deep market penetration and innovative strategies.

As it stands, there is no other name that ties in all of the cloud benefits and data analytics together as Oracle. At $32 per share, the stock still presents excellent value as it has a chance to reach $40 during the course of the next 6 – 12 months.FEATURED WHITEPAPER: Master Data Management Best Practices

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Big Data and Beyond: 10 BI Trends for 2013

According to Enterprise Apps Today, Big Data will continue to dominate business intelligence in 2013, but experts are beginning to see a growing sophistication in how companies use it.

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EVENT: Houston Oracle Hyperion Networking Lunch @ The Tasting Room

US-Analytics invites you to join us at the

Oracle Hyperion Networking Luncheon

Thursday, December 13 | 11:30am - 1:30pm

The Tasting Room, 1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Please RSVP

There’s a lot of noise around Oracle Enterprise Performance Management. Sales representatives are good at highlighting the value in their software. Consultants provide great insight from their experience. But what happens after the consultants leave and you're left to establish best practices internally?

Hear the lessons learned over years of developing and executing an EPM strategy from former Senior Director of Financial Applications at AEI, Patrick Dwyer.

During lunch, hear the lessons learned from AEI Energy's Oracle Hyperion implementation to gain a better understanding of:

  • What NOT to do when designing an EPM strategy
  • How to layout an effective application roadmap
  • The Balancing Act: Technical + Business Process Complexities
  • Your EPM Support Team: Finding the right people for the job

We hope you can join us for good food and conversation at The Tasting Room next month.

See you there!

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