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    Webinar: The Connected Consumer – Profiling Change and Behavior in Today's Economy

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    The Connected Consumer: Profiling Change and Behavior in Today's Economy May 16, 2012 2:00pm ET/ 11:00am PT Retailers are experiencing a tectonic shift in the balance of power towards consumers. Armed with mobile technology and ever more information,...
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    How 3D Printers can impact Retail

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    3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. 3D printing is achieved using additive processes, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material. With the possibility...
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    Read MSRetail News using Mobile Apps

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    MSRetail News is available as an app on Windows Phone 7, Android and iPhone. For downloading the Windows Phone 7 App go to: http://bit.ly/JyyxK1 The MS Retail Blog is now available for download on Android and iPhone. Here is how you can download it:
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    Some Kinect Based Innovations for the Retail Industry

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    Kinect has changed the way people play games and experience entertainment. Now, Kinect for Windows offers the potential to transform how people interact with computers and Windows-embedded devices in multiple industries, including education, healthcare...
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    Interesting Data Mashup & Visualization Tools from Microsoft

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    You may be using or heard of Microsoft Excel , PowerPivot , Power View , Microsoft Visio and Microsoft SQL Reporting Services for Data Visualization but here are a list of tools from Microsoft Research, SQL Azure Labs and BI Labs: Name Description Try...
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    Big Data Analytics for Retail Recommendations

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    I love this example of Big Data Analytics at the intersection of Banking and Retail:   Recommendation services like Yelp and others rely heavily on user generated reviews that could potentially be skewed by friends and employees and are a victim...
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    Follow @msretail for Retail Industry tweets

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    @MSRETAIL is the Microsoft Retail Industry teams twitter account for sharing Retail Industry News & Insights. You can engage with us and follow the conversation by clicking on  Follow @msretail See our newsflashes . Below is a sampling of some...
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    Some Retail APIs

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    Retail Analytics Challenges

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    Crowdsourcing solutions for complex business problems has always interested me and I have been following sites like Microsoft ImagineCup , TopCoder , CodeChef , Kaggle to discover challenges of interest to the Retail Industry. So far these are the challenges...
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    Some Excellent Open Data Sources

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    Windows Azure Marketplace Find a wide variety of data including demographic, environment, financial, retail and sports. Use this data in your Microsoft Office software, BI tools and your very own custom applications. Infochimps With thousands of public...
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    Some SQL Server 2012 Resources I Like

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    Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 includes 10 chapters: PART I DATABASE ADMINISTRATION (by Ross Mistry) 1. SQL Server 2012 Editions and Engine Enhancements 2. High-Availability and Disaster-Recovery...
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    SQL Server 2012 & The Retail Industry

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    HSN maintains a business-to-business application that is used daily by hundreds of product suppliers. Driving higher availability levels for its database platform and ensuring that back-end maintenance activities are seamless to the business are keys...
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    Free Big Data eBooks from O’Reilly

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    Big Data Now: Current Perspectives from O'Reilly Radar By O'Reilly Radar Team Publisher: O'Reilly Media Released: August 2011 Pages: 137 Building Data Science Teams By DJ Patil Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Radar Released: September 2011 Pages: 25 Data...
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    Klout and Big Data

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    Klout uses Hadoop to crunch large volumes of data using clusters of commodity servers. Klout captures and processes over 3 billion signals a day and Hadoop is an excellent, horizontally scalable platform for just doing just that. Klout sought out a solution...
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    Retail BI Case Studies (from microsoft.com/casestudies)

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    1.        Department Store Chain Speeds Reporting, Saves $600,000 a Year in Technology Costs : Florida-based Stein Mart, a large department store chain, wanted faster data reporting and new analysis capabilities. It switched...
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    8 ways Windows 8 benefits the retail industry

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    Here are Vic Miles (Industry Technology Strategist within Microsoft’s Retail Industry Team) perspectives on the Microsoft Build conference highlights and what it means to the retail industry: (Thanks for sharing, Vic) 1. An innovation bridge -- Tablet...
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    Bring TED like experience to your kids

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    Sign up kids to hear from thought leaders at TEDxRedmond —the conference organized by youth , for youth. Aimed at young people (families and adults are highly encouraged to attend) interested in helping the community and the world, TEDxRedmond is a unique...
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    SQL Master Data Services Info

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    SQL 2008 R2 Master Data Management from a Business Perspective This article helps business stakeholders understand how to determine the master data management needs of their organization. After reading this article, business stakeholders should be empowered...
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    Some BI Case Studies in Retail

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      Department Store Chain Speeds Reporting, Saves $600,000 a Year in Technology Costs : Florida-based Stein Mart, a large department store chain, wanted faster data reporting and new analysis capabilities. It switched from an IBM-based business intelligence...
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    BI Case Studies in Hospitality (Restaurants)

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    Potbelly Sandwich Works : Restaurant Boosts Revenues 2.5 Percent by Giving Performance Data to Managers : Potbelly Sandwich Works is a fast-growing restaurant company. But the information on which Potbelly personnel made business decisions was limited...
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    Visualizing Data with PivotViewer

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    PivotViewer makes it easier to interact with massive amounts of data on the web in ways that are powerful, informative, and fun. By visualizing thousands of related items at once, users can see trends and patterns that would be hidden when looking at...
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    Experiments with OData

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    Whats OData The Open Data Protocol (OData) is a Web protocol for querying and updating data that provides a way to unlock your data and free it from silos that exist in applications today. OData does this by applying and building upon Web technologies...
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    Video: Developing Custom PowerPivot Apps

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    This is a very informative video that features the folks from Extended Results talking about the Calendar Analytics tool in PowerPivot. Look for more BI videos from Roger Doherty on the Databound Channel.
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    Enterprise Social Computing: Accelerating Communications and Innovations Inside the Enterprise

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    I had a opportunity & fortune to collaborate with my colleagues in the Consumer Goods Industry team at Microsoft recently to work on a joint whitepaper on Enterprise Social Computing. The effort was sponsored by the GMA Information Systems Committee...
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    Instant Feedback with Mobile Forms & Microsoft Tag

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    I have been looking for ways of finding alternatives to paper forms for signups, surveys and feedback. Digital alternatives for these forms would improve efficiencies for many businesses including retail, restaurants, hotels and schools. Digital forms...
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