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Getting Started in ‘Big Data’ - The CFO Report - WSJ
February 4, 2014 | WSJ |by JAMES WILLHITE.

executives and recruiters, who compete for talent in the nascent specialty, point to hiring strategies that can get a big-data operation off the ground. They say they look for specific industry experience, poach from data-rich rivals, rely on interview questions that screen out weaker candidates and recommend starting with small projects.

David Ginsberg, chief data scientist at business-software maker SAP AG , said communication skills are critically important in the field, and that a key player on his big-data team is a “guy who can translate Ph.D. to English. Those are the hardest people to find.”

Along with the ability to explain their findings, data scientists need to have a proven record of being able to pluck useful information from data that often lack an obvious structure and may even come from a dubious source. This expertise doesn’t always cut across industry lines. A scientist with a keen knowledge of the entertainment industry, for example, won’t necessarily be able to transfer his skills to the fast-food market.

Some candidates can make the leap. Wolters Kluwer NV, a Netherlands-based information-services provider, has had some success in filling big-data jobs by recruiting from other, data-rich industries, such as financial services. “We have found tremendous success with going to alternative sources and looking at different businesses and saying, ‘What can you bring into our business?’ ” said Kevin Entricken, the company’s chief financial officer.
massive_data_sets  analytics  data_scientists  cross-industry  recruiting  howto  poaching  plain_English  connecting_the_dots  storytelling  SAP  Wolters_Kluwer  expertise  Communicating_&_Connecting  unstructured_data  war_for_talent  talent  PhDs  executive_search  artificial_intelligence  nontraditional 
june 2014 by jerryking
New software allows insurers to track driving habits and personalize premiums - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Aug. 19 2013,

The ability to monitor and adapt to the behaviour of individual customers, for example, was part of the rationale for last month’s announcement by Loblaw Cos. Ltd. that it will acquire Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. for $12.4-billion. Shoppers’ Optimum loyalty program will give Loblaw purchasing information on some 10 million customers.
Omar_el_Akkad  telematics  insurance  personalization  massive_data_sets  pattern_recognition  data_mining  sensors  meat_space  SAP  Shoppers  loyalty_management  Loblaws 
january 2014 by jerryking
Web-Based Software Services Take Hold -
May 15, 2007 | WSJ |By VAUHINI VARA.
Web-Based Software Services Take Hold
Accounting Quirk, Fewer Hassles, Lower Costs Lure Businesses to Sector
SaaS  SAP  Oracle  Salesforce 
january 2013 by jerryking
In Ad Campaign, SAP Looks Beyond Business Customers -
April 16, 2012, 12:14 am
In Ad Campaign, SAP Looks Beyond Business Customers
SAP  WPP  Ogilvy_&_Mather  advertising_agencies  advertising 
april 2012 by jerryking
Service Software Making Inroads
Nov 18, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by Jessica
Hodgson.On-demand software companies, like Inc. and
Netsuite Inc., are benefiting from the recession, grabbing new corporate
customers faster than their traditional software competitors.

Revenue increased by more than 10% at each of the three largest
on-demand software companies by market capitalization in the last
earnings period.

By comparison, Oracle Corp. and SAP AG, the world's largest on-site
business software makers, posted single-digit declines. Market watchers
say more gains are likely as companies become familiar and comfortable
with the software.
SaaS  Freshbooks  Salesforce  oracle  SAP 
november 2009 by jerryking

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