The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence in Analytics

Evolution of artificial intelligence in analytics. Asian businesswoman in formal suit working with computer laptop for Polygonal brain shape of an artificial intelligence with various icon of smart city Internet of Things, AI and business IOT conceptArtificial intelligence is a term that is as vague as it is powerful. The decision-making processes of today’s business leaders have moved heavily towards information technology and away from intuition, but the word that is driving this change sounds like it was ripped from a science fiction story.

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Over the course of its history, AI has evolved from descriptive, to predictive, and finally to prescriptive analytics and each of these steps represents a different way that the computer is able to recreate human thought. Let’s take a look at how AI has evolved over the years. (more…)

Meet the Dimensional Insight Team: Jeroen van Berk

Jeroen van Berk - Dimensional Insight teamDimensional Insight was founded on the belief that if you take care of the customer and the employee, then the customer and the employee will take care of Dimensional Insight.

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As we kick off our 30th year in business this year, we are proud that our founding values are still practiced today and have even found their way to our international offices. Today in our employee spotlight we introduce you to Jeroen Van Berk, account and sales manager at our Leiden, Netherlands office. (more…)

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018

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It’s that time of year again when we take a retrospective look at the year gone by before we start looking ahead to 2019. We had a busy year here on the blog, where we wrote about a wealth of topics ranging from predictive analytics to blockchain to workplace culture to customer successes.

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There was so much great content on the blog this year – and so much that you read and enjoyed! So without further ado, here are the Top 10 blog posts of this year for you to peruse again and share. (more…)

Dimensional Insight Book Club: The Motivation Myth

motivation mythIt seems like we’re always waiting. We wait for inspiration to move us, opportunities to come to us, and even the train ride home that is consistently late. When we want to make a change in our lives, we find ourselves repeating these familiar patterns. But what if you broke the habit?

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In The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win, Jeff Haden shows us how to be proactive goal-setters, sharing what we can do today to reach our long-term goals of tomorrow. We recently read this book for the Dimensional Insight Book Club. Here are our thoughts. (more…)

Giving Thanks: Gratitude in the Workplace

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Thanksgiving is a time of year when many of us eat too much food, watch too much football (though my husband would say that’s not possible), and spend too much money on Black Friday sales. The busyness of the holiday makes it easy to forget what the purpose of the day is all about: gratitude.

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the past year at work: the customers I’ve visited, the projects I’ve worked on, and the co-workers I’ve collaborated with. And if you’ll allow me a moment, in the spirit of the holiday, I’d like to share some of the things I’m most thankful for. (more…)

How to Motivate Your Team to Get Analytics Results

How to Motivate Your Team to Get Analytics Results. Many hands together: group of people joining hands showing unity and supportImplementing an analytics solution can be a game changer for your organization. It allows you to turn your data into information that employees in all areas can take advantage of.

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However, despite all the promise of analytics, in practicality, implementation is often met with mixed results (a lot of failures) and a loss of momentum. How can you get your team motivated to get the results you’re looking for? Let’s examine. (more…)

How the Right Timing Can Improve Analytical Insights

How the Right Timing Can Improve Analytical Insights. Young woman holding a clock showing nearly 12There are some quirks of timing that we can’t control. We hear stories of serendipity in which a chance occurrence leads to love, success, eternal happiness! Or stories where the difference of one second is a matter of life or death. Timing seems so uncontrollable. But what if it’s not? What if there are some aspects of timing we can control? And what if this could help us do better in our jobs?

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Author Daniel Pink takes on timing in his book, “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.” Pink argues there is an optimal time to do certain types of work… and non-optimal times when you should avoid other types of work. Interestingly, when it comes to analytics, there are certain periods of the day that are better than others to gain insights. Let’s take a look. (more…)

Meet the Dimensional Insight Team: Corinne Federici

Here at Dimensional Insight, our goal is for organizations to make informed decisions that are influenced by a concrete foundation of data. For the past 30 years, we have seen companies thrive by feeling confident in the choices that they make, using numbers that they understand.

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Part of our strategy includes partnering with companies that can offer Diver Platform to their customer base. Over the last few years, we have been focusing more in this area. I recently sat down with Corinne Federici, vice president of channel development, to discuss our partner program, the future of BI, and what Corinne is up to outside of the office. (more…)

How a Growth Mindset Can Help You in Analytics

How a Growth Mindset Can Help You in AnalyticsWhen you come across something challenging, how do you react? Let’s take math as an example. Many people believe their struggles in math are due to “not having a math brain.” Others, however, keep plugging away until they figure it out and logarithms are a piece of cake.

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The former types of people have “fixed” mindsets, while the latter types have “growth” mindsets. And it’s this growth mindset that can help you reap benefits in many areas in life – including analytics. Let’s take a look. (more…)

All about Encoding: Latin1, Unicode, and the Swedish Chef

unicodeWorkbench® Visual Integrator (VI) has rich support for different types of file encoding. When you have input from multiple sources, you’ll want to make sure that the file encoding matches each of your input files. Just look at a VI script Filein input object, and you can see that it supports these encodings: auto, ascii, gb 18030, latin1, utf-8, unicode, unicode-be, and unicode-le. Likewise, Builderand Spectre™ support these encodings, too.

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Admittedly, this topic is pretty geeky, but does it pique your interest to plunge into the esoteric history of digital file encoding? What are each of these options? And, which do you choose? To answer these questions, to understand why different types of encoding are used, and to confidently make the right choices for your data, let’s start at the beginning. (more…)

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