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11.29.22

Empire Distributors.
Journey to the Cloud: Optimizing Data Integration and Ensuring Analytics Availability

Case study

Empire Distributors, founded in 1940, is a beverage distributor (spirits, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic) headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The company has nine warehouses and 14 sales offices spread out among four states: North Carolina, Tennessee, and Colorado, in addition to Georgia.

Empire Distributors has been a Dimensional Insight customer since 2003 and has about 750 employees using Dimensional Insight products.

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10.28.22

New Press Coverage

HIStalk Interviews George Dealy, VP of Healthcare Solutions, Dimensional Insight

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11.21.22

November TechBridge Newsletter  for goods & services is here!

HOT Topics in this issue:

  • DIUC22: Application-Based Strategy
  • Using Analytics for Your ER
  • Employee Profile: Gabrielle Amarosa
  • Patterns for Exposing Data
  • 5 Metrics for “Tripledemic” Dashboards

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11.21.22

November TechBridge Newsletter  for healthcare is here!

HOT Topics in this issue:

  • DIUC22: Application-Based Strategy
  • Using Analytics for Your ER
  • Employee Profile: Gabrielle Amarosa
  • Patterns for Exposing Data
  • 5 Metrics for “Tripledemic” Dashboards

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11.17.22

New Episode of the Knowledge Forum!

  1. Automating Access Control
  2. Production Scheduling for Conditional Scripts
  3. DivePort: My Library

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11.17.22

How Analytics is Empowering Cannabis Cultivators and Manufacturers

New white paper

  • Inventory management
  • Sales programming
  • Cultivation
  • Warehousing
  • Labor shortage analysis
  • Choosing the right analytics platform

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11.16.22

What’s new in Diver Platform Help

A new type of combination chart is available in DivePort 7.1(27) and later. The vertical combination chart is a flipped version of the earlier combination chart. It uses the vertical axis as the major axis and has a bar chart option.

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11.11.22

New Press Coverage

WSWA Women’s Leadership Council Wraps Up its Annual Conference

Professional Development, Philanthropy, and Educational Focus Drives 2022 Event at The Wharf in Washington, D.C.

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11.10.22

What’s new in Diver Platform Help

In DiveTab-PC 7.1(24) and later, you can use OpenID Connect Authentication as a login method.

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10.27.22

New Press Coverage

How to improve data literacy within healthcare organizations

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11.03.22

What’s new in Diver Platform Help

In Workbench 7.1(27) and later, you can configure DI-Broadcast to work with a DiveLine from Workbench server settings. The process is similar to configuring DI-Broadcast with DI-Config or by manually modifying the atlcfg.cfg file.

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10.27.22

New Press Coverage

The Beginner’s Guide To California’s Paso Robles Wine

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10.26.22

New Press Coverage

11 Parts Of A Marketing Email Or Campaign You Should Double-Check

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10.26.22

What’s new in Diver Platform Help

DivePort 7.1(26) and later has an option that allows you to duplicate a text or indicator column in a measures portlet. If you want to create a portlet with columns that are the same except for a few attributes, you can create the column once, duplicate it, and then edit the attributes on the duplicate.

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10.21.22

New Episode of the Knowledge Forum!

  1. DI-Broadcast
  2. Excel-input
  3. Using & Customizing Stamps with Variants

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10.20.22

What’s new in Diver Platform Help

In DiveTab 7.1(21) and later, you can sort cross page columns. Dimension columns are sortable alphabetically, and the TOTAL and cross dimension columns are sortable on one of the cross page’s summary types. Summary columns are not sortable.

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10.18.22

October TechBridge Newsletter is here!

HOT Topics in this issue:

  • Increased Integration Provides More Opportunities for Pharmacy Analytics
  • Like Everything Else, the Cost of Wine is Going Up
  • The Complete Package: Why Packaging Matters in Supply Chain Analytics
  • Proper Use of Color in Data Visualization
  • New Features Found in Diver Platform Version 7.2

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10.14.22

Press release

Daily Sales Data for Control Jurisdictions Now Available on the Road

The new NABCA Gateway™ App provides subscribers with daily account level sales and market share information.

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10.13.22

What’s new in Online Help

As of Workbench 7.1(26), a new authentication type has been added: OpenID Connect (OIDC). OpenID Connect allows you to specify a third-party provider to redirect to for user authentication. Issuers can be anything from a Microsoft Azure site to Google to Facebook. More information about how OIDC works and how to implement OIDC as an authentication type can be found here.

 

10.05.22

What’s new in Diver Platform Help

If you search for a term that is included in the DI glossary, the glossary term appears with a shaded background at the top of the search results page. Although the full Glossary of DI terms has always been available in the online help systems, it wasn’t obvious to users. Now, the Glossary is accessible from the menu bar at the top of each Help page, either on its own or under the Resources category.

09.26.22

New DivePort Video!

A DivePort video called Adding Basic Background Elements to a Page has been added to the online Video Library.

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09.22.22

In DivePort 7.1(27) and later, you can add a box plot to indicator portlets and as an indicator column in measures portlets.

In DivePort 7.1(27) and later, you can add a box plot to indicator portlets and as an indicator column in measures portlets.

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09.21.22

What’s new in 7.2

  • DivePort
    • My Library
    • New QuickView Portlet Functions
    • Additional Default Stamp Types
  • Spectre
    • Faster cBases
    • New Input Types
  • Workbench
    • Markdown Editor
    • Updated Table Editor
    • ODBC Registry

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09.09.22

September TechBridge Newsletter is here!

HOT Topics in this issue:

  • All The ‘Cool Kids’ Are Investing In Wine
  • How Analytics Can Help Solve Your Patient Leakage Problem
  • Are We in a Recession? Here’s What the Data Says
  • Taking Links Out of the Supply Chain to Improve Efficiency
  • What to Look for in a Cannabis Analytics Solution

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09.08.22

What’s new in Diver Platform Help

DiveTab PC’s 7.1(24) included an improved UI experience for presentation, menu, central, and overview pages. Exporting to and opening data in ProDiver from DiveTab was also introduced.

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08.31.22

What’s new in Diver Platform Help

In Workbench Help, the Visual Integrator calc functions information has been reorganized, reformatted, and revised for clarity. The list of alphabetized functions has been reworked, as have the pages for each function category.

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08.26.22

What’s new in Diver Platform Help

DivePort Combination charts display multiple values as superimposed area, column/bar, line, spline, or spline area charts. Starting in DivePort 7.1(27), a new Vertical Combination chart is available. This chart is a flipped version of the earlier combination chart and uses the vertical axis as the major axis instead of the horizontal axis.

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08.18.22

Fedway Associates:
Improving sales effectiveness in a constantly changing industry with Program Advisor

Case study

Fedway Associates is a wine and spirits distributor based in Basking Ridge, New Jersey that services more than 7,000 restaurants, clubs, taverns, and retail stores. The company markets products that cover every category of the beverage alcohol industry, and it represents the world’s leading distillers, wineries, and importers.

Fedway Associates has been a Dimensional Insight customer since 2000. The company’s relationship with Dimensional Insight has led to a deeply ingrained data culture at Fedway, with employees feeling empowered to make their own decisions using the data available to them.

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08.16.22

5 Ways Analytics Supports the Modern Beverage Alcohol Distributor

New white paper

In an effort to shift their strategies from reactive to proactive and meet the demands of the modern age, beverage alcohol distributors are seeking tools that allow for more-informed decision-making and in a timelier fashion. Subsequently, more than ever before, they are investing in the power of their data and are using analytics platforms to help bring together their fractured company architecture and drive results that align with their marketing, sales, and financial initiatives.

In this white paper, we will examine the most impactful ways that modern distributors are using data analytics to optimize and support their operations.

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08.16.22

August TechBridge Newsletter is here!

HOT Topics in this issue:

  • What an Exciting Location for Our Users’ Conference!
  • Solar Gets a New Life with Storage
  • This Year’s Hottest Vintage? NFTs
  • 5 Business Intelligence & Analytics Trends that Are Shaping 2022
  • How Analytics Can Make a Difference in the Radiology Department

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08.11.22

Dimensional Insight Named an Overall Leader by Dresner Advisory Services in 2022 Industry Excellence Awards

Dimensional Insight recognized for business intelligence leadership for 7th consecutive year and is named “Best in Class” for most sales measures

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08.11.22

What’s new in Diver Platform Help

If you want to create a measures portlet that has multiple columns that are the same except for a few attributes, as of DivePort 7.1(26) you can make a duplicate copy of an existing text or indicator column, and then edit the attributes on the new column.

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08.08.22

How analytics can help address revenue cycle challenges

New article by George Dealy for Physicians Practice

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08.08.22

What’s new in Diver Platform Help

In DiveTab 7.1(25), stamps have been updated with a new stamp type, time range comparisons, and additional capabilities to customize stamps and stamp analysis pages.

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07.22.22

New Episode of the Knowledge Forum!

  1. Measure Factory DivePort Central Pages
  2. Proper Use of Color in Data Visualizations
  3. Calculations in Spectre Build Scripts vs. cPlans

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07.21.22

How putting employees first makes you a better leader with Kathy Sucich

In this episode of the B2B Leadership podcast, best-selling author and leadership coach Nils Vinje speaks with Kathy Sucich, Vice President of Marketing at Dimensional Insight.

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07.19.22

What’s new in Diver Platform Help

A detailed DI-ODBC reference page has been added to Workbench Help. It includes descriptions and relevant examples of all SQL statements, functions, and operators available in DI-ODBC. It is intended to supplement the DI-ODBC SQL Grammar Quick Reference page and help users better understand what tools are available.

More information →

07.12.22

July TechBridge Newsletter is here!

HOT Topics in this issue:

  • DIUC22: Networking, Education, Fun—All in Two Days!
  • RTD Cocktails, Hard Seltzers Prepare for Summer
  • How Hospitals Can Use Data to Go Green
  • The Cannabis Cultivation Data You Should Be Collecting
  • How to Create Conditional Click Actions

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07.12.22

New ProDiver Video!

A ProDiver video called Using Exception Coloring has been added to the online Video Library.

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How Analytics Can Help Hospitals Better Manage Their ICUs

How Analytics Can Help Hospitals Better Manage Their ICUs

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There’s a renewed focus on the capacity of hospital intensive care units (ICUs), particularly those at pediatric hospitals, because of high respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) virus counts, in conjunction with the flu and COVID-19. Amid high utilization of ICUs, how can hospitals better manage their resources and staff?

ICUs have a unique set of challenges due to the acuity of patients, the types of resources needed (such as ventilators), and higher per-patient levels of staffing and necessary specializations. An analytics platform can help give insights into these challenges. Let’s take a look.

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What Data Can Tell Us About Mental Health

What Data Can Tell Us About Mental Health

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Mental illnesses affect more than 52 million Americans, or about 20 percent of the U.S. adult population, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). It would seem something afflicting so many people would provide plenty of data to study, but there is a tricky aspect to data surrounding mental health.

The NIMH, which is part of the National Institutes of Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, estimates only about half of people with mental illnesses receive treatment. Most of the data about mental health in the United States comes from those people already in treatment. So there is data, but it is more often coming from those who have already begun the process of seeking help.

Researchers are working to better understand mental health and to figure out how to intervene earlier. They’re using the data they do have to inform artificial intelligence (AI) tools in order to do so.

What mental health research using data looks like

Research in the field of mental health takes many shapes. Some of it focuses on identifying causes or symptoms, as well as finding the most effective treatments. That can, in turn, help develop preventative measures that can combat mental illnesses. Data scientists have recently begun using machine learning to go through larger data sets in the hopes of finding patterns that can reveal some of this information.

Other research uses data for treatment and intervention, such as working to understand when someone is most likely to harm themselves. There are a number of different researchers taking this approach. They use data collected from crisis counseling hotlines or even through apps that check in with people about how they are feeling throughout the day.

The benefits of the data

One of the obstacles preventing people from seeking treatment is accessibility. In 2018, Harvard Business review reported that 40% of Americans live in areas designated by the federal government as having a shortage of mental health professionals. Even those who live in an area with access to services might not be able to afford them.

This is another benefit to the technology. In cases like this, artificial intelligence plays a major role in providing some kind of treatment. Chatbots have been designed that can help patients work through depression or anxiety. The University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies developed a virtual therapist named Ellie. In addition to simulating a human conversation like other chatbots, Ellie can detect nonverbal cues and respond to those. Researchers say that patients see Ellie as less judgmental than a person, and have been more willing to open up in those sessions.

Ellie gathers this type of data to inform specialists. Patients speaking to Ellie have information collected like their rate of speech and the amount of time they pause before answering questions, in addition to the movement and position of points on their face. Ellie was funded to help treat veterans suffering with PTSD, and because of the analysis, researchers discovered patients with PTSD touch their heads and hands more frequently than patients without PTSD.

How data can be used

The Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 text-based mental health support and crisis intervention. In addition, it shares its data to empower journalists, researchers, school administrators, parents, and others to understand what their communities face in the hopes of working together to prevent future crises.

Since it began in August of 2013, Crisis Text Line has handled more than seven million texts, and it uses data gathered from those texts for a number of purposes. One way is with machine learning, identifying from previous conversations exactly which words or emojis are used in texts that present the highest risk, so that if not enough volunteers are available to respond to a text, those high-risk texters can be prioritized.

As an example of the type of information someone can learn from the organization’s “Crisis Trends”, if a user selects ‘Suicide’ from the filter, they look at co-occurring issues for texters who contacted the crisis line about suicidal thoughts.

Source: Crisis Text Line website, https://crisistrends.org/#faq

In addition, users can filter by crisis types to see the top words used in texts related to that issue, which may be helpful in identifying someone at-risk.

As widespread as the numbers indicate the issue of mental health is, the issue casts an even wider shadow when you consider all of the other people it affects. One person with mental illness becomes many dealing with the issue when you consider family or other loved ones, or even the people with whom that person interacts in a given day.

Data plays an important role in the work being done to help with treatment. An important piece to remember, though, is that collaboration is important. Data scientists don’t have the subject-area expertise that mental health experts do. And the opposite is true – most therapists, for example, don’t have the capacity to develop a machine learning tool. Working together, though, can result in the types of tools that can reveal more than either can by themselves.