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    Some Data Mining Tutorials for the Retail Industry

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    To stay competitive, retailers must understand not only current consumer behavior, but must also be able to predict future consumer behavior. This can help retailers reduce churn, improve sales, and improve customer loyalty. SQL Server 2012 offers predictive...
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    Retail Competitor Analysis using Excel

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    For quite a while, I have been looking for data sources that enable me to import Retail Store locations for any retailer. A recent blog post (Thank you Microsoft BI Team) gave me the idea of using data from Yelp for importing Retail Store data for several...
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    Creating Mobile Retail Store Feedback Forms using SkyDrive, Excel, QR Codes, NFC Tags

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    This is an experiment that I tried with some of the capabilities of Skydrive Survey Forms and QR Codes or NFC. The goal was to create a mobile feedback form that could be loaded either by tapping an NFC tag or scanning a QR code. To create the form I...
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    Correlating Retail Store Sales with Demographic Data

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    Retailers are facing growing challenges extracting business value from their data. The growth of data continues, due to new devices and sensors and rapidly declining hardware cost. Data complexity is increasing as retailers handle both structured data...
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    Weather Patterns & Retail

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    Weather patterns have a huge impact on retail sales. By using weather data to analyze the impact and correlation to sales, you can identify the most important weather parameters and trigger points for your business. A useful source of weather data is...
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    Some Big Data Case Studies from Microsoft

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    The world of data is changing and retailers are challenged by the increasing scale, complexity and velocity of data. The past few decades have seen exponential growth in computing and storage: driven by Moore's Law, computing power has increased dramatically...
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    Big Data in the New Age of Real-time Retail

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    Guest Post by Patrick Carter, Founder and President, Digital Folio, Inc. Digital Folio provides a next-generation retail competitive intelligence network that leverages the power of the crowd to deliver near real-time retail product pricing and availability...
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    Microsoft & Big Data @ NRF13

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    Retailers today, face growing challenges extracting business value from their data: First, the relentless growth of data continues, due to the proliferation of new devices and sensors, and rapidly declining hardware cost.  More retailers now store...
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    Office 365 & Outdoor Brands

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    There has been a lot of buzz in the last few days around Office 365 deployments in the Retail Industry. For instance, Scandinavian outdoor brand, Helly Hansen , best known for apparel that is the optimal combination of purposeful design, protection and...
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    Enabling Great Customer Experiences with Big Data

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    Once again, this year, I will be presenting in the Big !deas Session at NRF. This time around, I will be co-presenting with Patrick Carter, (CEO of Digital Folio) and David Waters (Sr, Director of Business Development at Retail Insight). Details of session...
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    Interesting Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing Stories from the Retail Industry

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    Retailer Drives Nationwide Selling Strategy and Cuts TCO by $600,000 with BI Solution : Stein Mart, a nationwide department store, needed better access to business data to set prices each week. By implementing a Microsoft data warehouse and business intelligence...
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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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