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    Machine Learning API’s for Retail

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    One of the interesting announcements that came out of Strata+Hadoop World last week was the new machine learning (ML) capabilities in the Azure Marketplace . Not only can data scientists build models and publish it as a webservice, but they can also share...
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    Analyzing Data from just about any site using Power BI

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    I stumbled upon an interesting application called Kimono that lets you convert data available on any website to an API. One you define what data you want to extract from a page and make it available as an API that returns JSON, you can then use Power...
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    Analyzing LinkedIn Data using PowerBI

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    LinkedIn is another source of data for some interesting data analytics using Power BI. The LinkedIn APIs enable you to access a lot of the LinkedIn data. I have found the easiest way to generate the query string for Power Query is by using the API Console...
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    Visualizing Retailer POS Data using PowerBI

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    Consumer Goods Companies strive to be more demand driven to improve revenue while reducing Out-Of-Stock issues. CG Companies rely on Demand Signal Repositories (DSR) to streamline the supply chain.  A DSR is a demand data warehouse of retailer and...
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    80+ Big Data Stories from the Retail Sector

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    Retailers operate in an environment that demands real-time data to make decisions about churn, spending patterns, share of wallet, cross-selling and up-selling.  The ability to harness both internal as well as third party data enables more informed...
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    Analyzing Shopping via Social Channels

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    Omni-Channel Retailing evolved from multi-channel retailing, with a specific focus on a seamless approach to the consumer experience through all available shopping channels: mobile, computers, brick-and-mortar, social, television, radio, direct mail,...
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    Data Visualization for Salesforce using PowerBI

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    TL;DR: Democratizing Analytics capabilities for Line of Business (LOB) applications is a powerful capability of Power BI. Power BI in combination with LOB applications can empower Retailers with Insights from key business processes. Here is an example...
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    Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Service and what it means to the Retail Industry

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    Retailers, today, have access to a variety of data sources that include social media, opendata, data generated by the internet of things. The combination of their proprietary data with public and purchased data provides valuable insights into customer...
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    Machine Learning Resources

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    Machine learning not only is big in Microsoft Research , but it is pervasive throughout all Microsoft products. So whenever you use a Microsoft product you're using a system that's been generated from machine learning. By leveraging insights from Office...
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    Visualizing Netflix vs Redbox with Google Trends and Power BI

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    Here is a visualization that I pulled together comparing search data for Netflix vs Redbox using Google Trends. The data was imported into (and cleansed) Excel 2013 using Power Query. You need a Frames Capable browser to view this content. You can...
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    Analyzing Inbound Tourism for defining new markets

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    Analyzing Inbound tourism is essential for the Retail, Travel and Hospitality Industries for better understanding tourism flows and creating marketing strategies for specific countries. I found the raw data for this in spreadsheet format from the UNData...
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    SQL Server 2014 in the Retail Sector

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    SQL Server 2014 enables customers to build mission-critical applications and Big Data solutions using high-performance, in-memory technology across OLTP, data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics workloads without having to buy expensive add...
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    Visualizing the Data Exhaust of the Internet of Your Things

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    I use a lot of devices (and smartphone apps) that collect data on the activities that I do; and one of them is Windsurfing. On my windsurfing session last weekend, I wore a Garmin 310XT to collect location and speed data. The GPS lets me export the data...
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    BigData at MarketMix

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    Thanks to Duane Bedard & Tina Munro of eSageGroup , I participated in a panel discussion at MarketMix with the brilliant Data Scientists: Jason Gowans of Nordstrom and Jon Francis of Nike. Duane Bedard did an excellent job of moderating the conversation...
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    Big Data Retail Forum

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    I presented at the Big Data Retail Forum this morning and it was an interesting mix of Retail and Consumer companies. The focus of the presentation was on the convergence of "Democratization of Data" & "Democratization of Tools"...
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    Accessing PowerBI Dashboards using Mobile

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    I recently blogged about using Bing Ads Intelligence to analyze Search trends for Outdoor Activities and visualize it using Power BI. The blog had an accompanying Power View visualization showing the search traffic for the different keywords as well as...
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    Retailer Insights Through Search & Visualization

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    Costco, which caters to suburban families, according to a report in the Seattle Times hopes to add a new demographic through improved technology and offerings such as organic food. According to the report, Costco is taking incremental steps to draw in...
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    Analyzing Seattle 911 Data using PowerBI

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    I just discovered that any Socrata-Powered Website supports OData feeds( http://www.socrata.com/customer-spotlight/ ). OData ( http://www.odata.org/ ) is a standardized protocol for creating and consuming data APIs. OData consumers are applications that...
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    Using Power Map to Analyze Public Retailer Data

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    Here is a video that I put together for Retail showcasing Power Map with public data available for Nordstrom, Bloomingdale, Saks & Neiman Marcus. This is part of a visualization that we put together to showcase several layers of public data available...
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    Visualizing Wal-mart

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    Wal-Mart opened its first store in 1962, in Rogers, Arkansas and today there are 4835 Wal-Mart stores in the United States (as of Jan 31, 2014). I was reading a paper called “ THE DIFFUSION OF WAL-MART AND ECONOMIES OF DENSITY ” describing...
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    Lets visualize Beer because it’s 5 pm somewhere

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    Just chanced on an excellent source of brewery and beer distribution data maintained by the folks over at Seek A Brew . They have some interesting geospatial visualization of beer distribution. Seek A Brew has a community maintained distribution spreadsheet...
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    Data Visualization: Smartphone Subscriber Market Share

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    According to comScore 156 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (65.2 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in December, up 3.2% since September. The report can be viewed here In this Power View visualization, I took...
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    Interactive Data Visualization: What Outdoor Activity is most popular with 18-24 yr olds?

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    Bing Ads Intelligence is a powerful keyword research tool that allows you to build and expand on your keyword lists using the familiar Microsoft Office Excel interface. It enables you to easily gauge the performance of relevant keywords on the Yahoo Bing...
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    Visualizing Seahawks vs Broncos with PowerBI

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    I’m not much into spectator sport but I do love stats and with all the buzz on the Superbowl around, decided to run some data visualizations to get a feel of the action. Since the Superbowl is one of the most watched annual events, chances are that...
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    How the Internet of Things will impact Retail

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    I came across a fascinating blog post by Stephen Wolfram on the launch of the Wolfram Connected Devices Project . The media is abuzz with news about everyday devices having the capability of collecting data and communicating with other devices via the...
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