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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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    Microsoft Recognized by Gartner as a Leader in Business Intelligence

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    Microsoft Business Intelligence delivers on the vision of “Pervasive Insight” as witnessed by the higher than average deployment of BI solutions recorded by our customers. By providing end user BI capabilities through familiar Microsoft Office experiences...
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    Webinar: Retailer showcases how advanced end-to-end business intelligence and data warehousing technology provides faster sales reports, in-depth market analysis, and business forecasting resulting

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    Stein Mart, a Tier One off-price department store chain, focuses on unique merchandise selection on a fast rotation with limited inventory on each item per store. With a business model that relies heavily on performance analytics and reporting, the 268...
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    Target runs business-critical applications on Microsoft virtualization technologies

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    Microsoft Corp. announced Monday that Target Corp. is running business-critical workloads for all its retail stores on 15,000 virtual machines using Microsoft virtualization and management technologies, giving its IT department greater agility and economies...
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    Case Study of Sharepoint Usage in Retail Stores

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    LINK “Pacific Sunwear was certainly one of the first retailers to bring Office SharePoint Server into the POS environment,” says Marc Huynen, Solution Architect at Neudesic. “It represented an imaginative leap on the company’s part—but one we were able...
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    Organizations Speed Business Results With New Appliances From HP and Microsoft

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    http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2011/jan11/01-18HPMSAppliancesPR.mspx?rss_fdn=Press%20Releases   There is a great retail story of early adoption in here:   The solution enables end users to share data analyses built with Microsoft’s...
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    Announcing: Store Systems Architecture Guidance

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    This document provides architecture recommendations for building, deploying, and managing the Microsoft Branch Infrastructure solution in a retail environment. The guide covers the fundamentals of the branch office infrastructure and how the Microsoft...
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    Bing and Social Shopping

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    Avoid the crazy mall crowds & chill out with Bing & Facebook to create the calmest shopping experience ever http://on.fb.me/hDvCwF ... And if you have to hit the malls use Bing’s new mall maps to Get in, get out, and avoid the crowds http://bit...
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    Highlights from @MSRETAIL

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    Some of the trends that we have noticed in the retail industry: 1.      Checkins to boost Foot Traffic and Customer Engagement: Sports Authority Check-In Promo Boosts Foot Traffic, Customer Engagement http://bit.ly/gmYgNX Social Point...
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