MDM in a Big Data World – ON TOUR

Ed. Note: Our own Harj Dhillon shares his thoughts on Informatica World Tour in Boston below.

It was a full house.  Over 100 people attended the Informatica World Tour city stop in Boston on November 19th, where our CTO, Chris Blotto, keynoted a session on “MDM in a Big Data World.”

The objective of the session was to educate business and IT practitioners on top-of-mind topics, such as data lakes, security, cloud adaption, and MDM. Our partner, Informatica, shares a common vision in viewing data as valuable enterprise asset, with their product suite purpose-built to move data quickly, securely, and with traceability to the end user.

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Alex Kouznetsov on How to Become a Semantic Architect

Want to know what it takes to work in data and analytics? Every other Friday, our own Informationists will share their thoughts, experiences, and advice on what they do and what they did to get there. Expect to see a wide range of answers from individuals in the same lines of work; our Informationists come from all walks of life, which only shows that there’s more than one way to get on the right career track.

Following our last post in this series on Natesan Dhanasekar and how to become a big data engineer, this post features Alexandre Kouznetsov, Semantic Architect. Alex received his Masters in Electronic Business Technology from the University of Ottawa and his PhD in Computer Science and Math from St. Petersburg State University. He has more than 20 years of industrial and academic experience in information technology, computer science, and software development across government, telecommunications, and biomedical organizations. Continue reading Alex Kouznetsov on How to Become a Semantic Architect

6 Best Practices for Data Visualization

Over the past few years, capabilities for visualizing data have expanded greatly – and just as the Internet has democratized the exchange of information, cutting-edge visualization tools are democratizing the ability to represent data graphically.  But democratization doesn’t guarantee quality; creating a good visualization that conveys information clearly, concisely, and in context requires a lot more than the ability to create a graph with a few clicks.

So, what differentiates a great visualization from a mediocre one?  The measure of a good visualization is how well it communicates information quickly to someone who hasn’t previously seen the viz.  Here are six visualization best practices to help you take your presentation of information up a notch. Continue reading 6 Best Practices for Data Visualization

Chris Blotto to Speak on MDM in a Big Data World at Informatica World Tour

Knowledgent’s CTO, Chris Blotto, will be speaking at the Boston stop on the Informatica World Tour on Wednesday, November 19 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. During the Informatica World Tour, industry experts will discuss innovations that will take the concept of a data platform to an entirely new level. Attendees will learn about technology shifts that are propelling us forward in a data-centric world – where data is not a by-product, but the fuel that powers transformations in business, society, and individual lives. With cloud applications, mobile devices, and globally dispersed teams – data is everywhere and it matters more than ever. Continue reading Chris Blotto to Speak on MDM in a Big Data World at Informatica World Tour

Case Study: How a Commercial Distribution Company Leveraged Data Visualization for Better Analytics

Challenges

Our client, a commercial distribution company, had grown rapidly through a series of acquisitions. However, they were struggling to align critical business information to enable data-driven decision making. Vital Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) data originated from a variety of disparate data architectures and source systems. Key corporate stakeholders were making strategic decisions based on manually assembled reports, which lacked measurable consistency, data reliability, and metric transparency.

As a result, our client realized that they needed a way to visualize Key Performance Indicators across the organization. The organization had a vision to create near real-time dashboards, with a consistent user interface, across Sales, Finance, and Operations. Knowledgent was engaged to design and deliver an Enterprise Data Warehouse and data visualization solution, implemented in an Agile methodology.

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Natesan Dhanasekar on How to Become a Big Data Engineer

Want to know what it takes to work in data and analytics? Every other Friday, our own Informationists will share their thoughts, experiences, and advice on what they do and what they did to get there. Expect to see a wide range of answers from individuals in the same lines of work; our Informationists come from all walks of life, which only shows that there’s more than one way to get on the right career track.

Following our last post in this series on Chris Kratochvil, Program Manager, this week’s post features Natesan Dhanasekar. Nat earned his Masters in Computer Applications and has leveraged his Big Data Engineering expertise across the healthcare, insurance, and banking industries in Chennai, India, and in areas of the United States, including Dallas, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis.

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Knowledgent Expanding Presence in Boston with New Office

Our presence in New England has been growing significantly, and we’re very excited to announce a new Knowledgent office opening in Boston!  Several months ago, we chose the location for our new office and ever since have been working on the build out (including layout, furniture, technology, etc.). Thing really started to move along from mid-July through October, and we’ll be ready to move-in next month, by mid-November. Continue reading Knowledgent Expanding Presence in Boston with New Office