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When should you use a strengths based interview? Guest blog by Emily Dean

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There has been a big trend in recruitment over the last 10-15 years towards competency based interviewing – a skills interview which tests how candidates have approached particular situations in the past. This is especially prevalent in IT where experience of specific software, project methodologies or data warehouses is often required. Preparing is relatively simple […]

Why Big Data Is a Big Deal at the World Cup

Posted on by Rachael

Billions of people all over the world have turn with rapt attention to Brazil, where the world’s finest soccer players are gathered for the extravaganza known as the World Cup. While everyone will have their eyes on the soccer pitch as teams compete for the title of champion, there’s much more going on behind the scenes. Indeed, big data will […]

The Long Goodbye – negotiating the tricky 3 month notice period

Posted on by Mel

The 3 month notice period is an increasingly common mandate, especially at a senior level position or for workers with highly in-demand skills. However, because of the extended timeframe, it can be tricky to negotiate how and when to leave your current position as you embark on a new job search. If you’ve decided to […]

‘Was it something we said?’ 5 ways to boost your employer brand

Posted on by Rachael

No doubt your company has worked hard to develop its customer-facing brand. But equally important to the ongoing success, growth and prosperity of any business is a clear and well managed employment brand. If the top talent doesn’t want to work for you, your enterprise can’t reach its full potential. Even the most successful businesses […]

You might as well forget your sexy big data…..

Posted on by Mark D

……if your data isn’t managed in the first place That was certainly the message I took away from this week’s MDM/Data Governance conference hosted by IRM.  We’ve been working across the whole information management market for a number of years now, having focussed initially on Business Intelligence, and very pleased I am too that we […]

Let’s go back to basics: CV writing tips from a recruiter’s perspective

Posted on by Rachael

The chances are, if you’re a job seeker, you’ve read a lot of advice on perfecting your CV. In fact, in recent KDR blog posts, we’ve addressed using CV templates, common CV blunders, and the art of selling yourself on your CV. Clearly it’s very important to fully develop the content of your CV, tailoring […]

How much is your personal data worth?

Posted on by Rachael

British ministers are looking at changes that will allow HMRC to sell taxpayers’ data to third parties. Putting aside the privacy issues, how much is personal data worth? The Guardian reported last week, ministers are considering changes in the law which would allow HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to sell taxpayers’ data to third parties. They […]

Has LinkedIn shot itself in the foot?

Posted on by Rachael

A few months ago, we wrote about LinkedIn’s new ‘Job Seeker Account’ services. To recap: for additional costs, LinkedIn has made certain functionalities available only to those job seekers willing to pay a premium. But when we took a closer look at those services, our conclusion was that they didn’t add much value. (You can […]

Are your redundancy rights being trampled on?

Posted on by Rachael

If you’ve just been made redundant, or advised it’s a possibility, it’s crucial to know what your redundancy rights are. Legally, employers are subject to certain conditions when making layoffs, and while the exact terms will vary depending on the situation, you’ll want to review the rules to be sure your redundancy rights are being […]

Do your employee rewards need to include padded cells?

Posted on by Rachael

An attractive employee rewards programme is the currency that can attract the highest calibre candidates and boost employee happiness and productivity. Are you doing enough? As profoundly simple as it may be, businesses willing to invest in the everyday comfort and well-being of their workers are reaping the rewards of easier recruitment, higher productivity and […]

‘You can stick your job.’ How to hand in your notice graciously

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Perhaps you’ve finally reached the end of your increasingly frayed, overworked tether. Or maybe you’re feeling bored, unchallenged, or fed up. When it comes time to resign from a job you’re glad to be leaving, how honest should you be in your notice letter? Jacking it all in and striding off into the sunset can […]

MH370: In the age of Big Data why has it taken so long?

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  Chances are if you live on the moon you will have heard of the search for the missing flight MH 370.  As the facts have slowly become clear there is no doubt as to the enormity of the task at hand. However the time taken to find the plane and the passengers on board […]

Getting the most out of a CV template

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CV’s tend to come in two varieties: one is individualised and tailored to apply for a specific job, while the other is a ‘one-size fits all’ CV, to keep on file with recruiters and job boards. For the latter, some job seekers opt to use a pre-set CV template – a structured form, many varieties […]

Fancy being our next guest blogger?

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We’re always on the look out for guest bloggers who would like to share their expertise or experience with our clients and candidates. If you’d like to write a guest blog  in any of the following areas we’d love to hear from you :- Information Management Data Business Intelligence Candidate/Contractor stories Recruitment/Hiring HR Please get […]

Counter offers: 3 telltale signs you’re about to fall victim.

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With the skills gap in Information Management and Business Intelligence growing ever wider, finding the right talent for your team is getting increasingly difficult. At KDR Recruitment, one trend we’re noticing is that more and more of the best candidates are receiving counter offers to stay with their current employers once they hand their notice […]

Paying extra for LinkedIn services: Is it worth it?

Posted on by Rachael

Chances are, you already have a LinkedIn profile. Initially conceived as a social networking site for professionals, LinkedIn provides a number of basic tools for free, including the opportunity to post your profile and CV, and to develop a ‘network’ of contacts. But increasingly, it has become a tool for employers and job-seekers as well, […]

Getting beyond 99% by managing exceptions – blog by Mark Humphries

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Mark Humphries is a Senior Business Consultant at IPL, a leading, independent IT & Consulting company based in Bath.   In this post Mark shares his thoughts on the importance of good data  and why getting it right is crucial to business success. In my previous blog, I made the case that getting your business to 99% […]

A blog blast from the past!

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Anyone that knows us well will probably know  we’ve been celebrating our 10th birthday!   Whilst looking back on the last 10 years and how things have changed at KDR I came across a blog our Managing Director wrote 5 years ago.   One thing I’m pleased to say hasn’t changed over the years are […]

KDR celebrates 10 Years recruiting in the Information Management market!

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  On Thursday 28th Novemeber 2013 KDR was officially 10 years old!   A big thank you to all of the candidates, clients, colleagues, suppliers and industry connections that have been part of the journey so far. We had a great day celebrating on Friday with Bucks fizz, balloons and breakfast! If you’d like to […]

KDR welcomes Rob Pritchard to the team

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A big KDR welcome to Robert Pritchard!   Rob has joined us as a Graduate Recruitment Consultant and will be learning about the Information Management industry and recruitment the KDR way over the coming months. Rob will be spending his first few weeks contacting candidates to introduce himself so feel free to get in touch […]

10 changes in Information Management recruitment in 10 years

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To celebrate KDR’s 10th birthday, we interviewed Managing Director Mark Dexter about how the industry has changed since he founded the company in 2003. His answers are honest, heartfelt and insightful… 1.       Technology has been transformational In 10 years, Mark’s approach to recruiting hasn’t changed but the use of technology has transformed the business. Back […]

The view from over the fence – case study on life as a KDR contractor

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Paul Taylor has contracted exclusively through KDR since beginning his contracting career in June 2010. KDR Managing Director Mark Dexter was involved in Paul’s decision to take the plunge and leave permanent employment.  Paul had approached KDR about a permanent role but looking at his CV, Mark saw the potential for Paul to gain back […]

Is all data valuable? Or is it just for geeks?!

Posted on by Mark D

So I’m a music geek, right? I’ve had a sneaky feeling of this fact for years but now it’s been confirmed. This feeling has now been reinforced by my interest in the live music stats site http://www.setlist.fm/.  But is this information about one of my hobbies of any value to anyone or any businesses? I’m […]

Graduate / trainee Recruitment Consultant

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KDR Recruitment; specialist Information Management recruiters, have an opportunity for a bright, confident and enthusiastic graduate who is keen to join a young and vibrant recruitment team based in Knutsford, Cheshire. You will be provided with extensive internal and external training – we work with a number of leading training providers to ensure that all […]

Demand for big data specialists grows in face of skills shortage

Posted on by Rachael

A survey of 300 senior executives in the UK, France and Germany found that 42 percent of businesses are actively recruiting or planning to recruit data scientists, analysts and other specialists to help get the best out of their big data. But 62 percent of firms agreed that there is a skills shortage in the […]

The pros and cons of recruiting passive candidates

Posted on by Rachael

Given the competitiveness of the job market currently, a job advert can attract hundreds of CVs from active job seekers. But what if the best candidates for the role aren’t even looking? Maybe the key question is not ‘Who is looking for a job?’ but ‘Who would be perfect for this job?’ – then reaching […]

5 questions contractors should ask their umbrella company

Posted on by Rachael

And no, of course we don’t mean firms that sell devices to protect you from rain! An umbrella company is an organisation that acts as an employer to contractors who are working on assignments for clients through a recruitment agency. The umbrella company processes your timesheets and payroll on behalf of the agency in return […]

Getting ahead of the game: Proactive Data Governance

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A great introduction (and more!) to the world of data governance from data governance coach Nicola Askham in a white paper.   A  must read for anyone involved in information management projects. Register here to download your free copy

Spotlight on… Salary Trends

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As demand for certain roles increases, KDR Recruitment invariably see the average salary for that type of role go up accordingly. But which information management jobs are seeing the biggest increases in average salary at the moment? Will you need to rethink your recruitment budget based on the skills your business needs? Read on to […]

The hidden costs of unethical recruiters

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Could less-than-scrupulous recruiting practices be hurting you more than you know? High unemployment numbers in recent years have created an intensely competitive marketplace in which some recruiters are driven primarily by the final fee – with little regard for due diligence or quality of service. And, fairly or not, candidates who have a negative experience […]

Big Data: The Digital Backbone Of Formula 1

Posted on by Rachael

Formula 1 Grand Prix racing hits the silver screen next weekend in Rush, a Ron Howard film depicting the rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 F1 season. But while Howard will surely deliver all the high-speed thrills of racing’s past, its present is about much more than just car and driver. Nowadays, […]

CV blunders hit jobseekers’ chances of securing employment

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Jobseekers are hurting their chances of securing new employment by not spending enough time on their CV, according to a survey. The most common mistake is sending a general CV to employers, rather than tailoring it to a specific role, according to research by the National Careers Service. Two thirds of careers advisers said this […]

How to avoid being written off on paper

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  Few words strike more dread in the hearts of CV writers than “Sell yourself.” But if you want to avoid being written off on paper, it’s advice you will hear all the time, and with good reason. Selling yourself is not something that comes easily to many of us (particularly Information Management professionals, we […]

Big Data Changed the Way We Think About Data Warehousing

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Expectations from organisations have changed the demand for data. The change requires organisations to gather and manage very large data sets – terabytes and petabytes of data – for processes and near real-time analysis and predictive analytics, and is due, in part to a society that is increasingly fast-paced. This big data challenge impacts data […]

How to use behavioural profiling tools to build effective teams by Emily Dean

Posted on by Rachael

At KDR, clients often call us in to help them fill a role as a result of a team restructure.  However, assistance is often needed to define the role and the person who will best fit into that team.  Behavioural profiling can offer great insight in this process so we asked Emily Dean, Managing Director […]

The Gartner 2013 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies

Posted on by Rachael

The 2013 edition of Gartner’s long-running Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies focuses on “the evolving relationship between humans and machines . Gartner has chosen to feature the relationship between humans and machines due to the increased hype around smart machines, cognitive computing and the Internet of Things. Analysts believe that the relationship is being redefined through emerging […]

Could you boost your earnings if you set up a limited company?

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        If you’ve recently started contracting, either by choice or through circumstance, you may have been advised to set up your own limited company in order to get paid. But this is no light decision as you need to take on a certain amount of financial and legal responsibility.  So what are […]

Here Comes BI Change

Posted on by Rachael

Market conditions are changing quickly; firms need to make the best possible business decisions at the right time and base them on timely, accurate and relevant information from business intelligence (BI) solutions. Read the full article at source here.

Love the job, not the boss

Posted on by Mel

Is a less-than-perfect boss the ‘price of admission’ for an otherwise promising job opportunity? Maybe you have your foot in the door at a great company. You’ve interviewed for a job that aligns perfectly with your skills and career goals. Everything seems in place and you’re even starting to envision a future for yourself there. […]

The life of an apprentice – You’re Hired!

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So my time as an apprentice has come to an end but unlike the unlucky candidates in Lord Sugar’s boardroom, I’m pleased to say that I got hired! Congratulations to last night’s winner Leah Totton though.  Did you think Lord Sugar made the right choice? My permanent role as a Recruitment Administrator at KDR started […]

“How i took the plunge to become a contractor” by Paul Taylor

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June 2010 and Paul Taylor hands in his notice from his well paid, secure job as an Business Intelligence Consultant with no definite job to go to. In the middle of a recession and with a mortgage to pay, a sign of madness surely? Not at all. Paul had made the decision to quit his […]

Big Data skills shortage threat to UK economy

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More than three quarters of Big Data workers in the UK are suffering from a lack of training, with the majority being forced to learn on the job in order to keep up to date with the latest skills. Read the full article here.

Check out Susie Lee-Kilgariffs recent interview with Huddled

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Our marketing consultant Susie Lee-Kilgariff of Northern Light Marketing, who was responsible for our fantastic re brand last year, has been interviewed by Huddled. Go Susie! Oh, and we get a name check. Check it out here.

Privacy Concerns: Big Data’s Biggest Barrier?

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Businesses must be upfront with consumers about what data they’re using and why. When it comes to their personal data and how it is used, people generally don’t like surprises.  The ongoing brouhaha over leaks of several National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance  programs is a good example of this, even though the American public is […]

Appraising your recruiter. What does ‘Exceptional’ look like?

Posted on by Rachael

If you use a recruitment agency to hire permanent or contract staff for your business, you may wonder how to assess their performance.  Perhaps you have niggles with their service but aren’t sure if that’s just par for the course or whether they’re not meeting your perfectly reasonable service expectations.  Maybe you are really happy […]

Spotlight on ‘Changing Costs of Recruiting’

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Average cost to recruit by seniority and sector, 2011 and 2012 Source: CIPD Resourcing and Talent Planning Report 2012 Costs based on advertising, agency or search fees   It’s a hoary old chestnut but one still debated by many large organisations, both private and public sector. Can you save costs by bringing your recruitment in-house? […]

Why In-Memory Databases haven’t taken over the world by Matthew Napleton

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Background In this age of big data, and with the need to make better relationships with customers, businesses are demanding faster and easier access to information in order to make reliable and smart decisions. In-Memory is an emerging technology that is gaining attention as it enables users to have immediate access to the right information […]

KDR are looking for our next apprentice

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Do you know anyone that is looking to start a career in recruitment? We are looking to appoint a trainee recruitment consultant through the national apprentice scheme. Our apprentice will study a relevant NVQ whilst being trained for a career in recruitment. Standard apprentice salary plus great commission scheme! If you or anyone you know […]

How to get the best out of your recruitment agency

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Mel recently wrote her first guest blog for MacMaster Dean HR which looks at the relationship between agency recruiters and HR and how to get the best out of your recruitment agency. Read the article here.

How to spot a cowboy recruiter

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We all know that recruiters often get bad press.  Every client and candidate we speak to has had a bad experience or got a recruitment horror story to tell! But is all the bad press justified? And how can you make sure the recruiter representing you has got your best interests at heart? After all […]

Cloudera Impala brings SQL querying to Hadoop

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Cloudera on Tuesday announced the general release of its Impala query engine for Hadoop after six months of beta testing by more than 40 customers. It’s the first so-called SQL-on-Hadoop product to reach general release. But with a bevy of such systems on the way – including options from IBM (Big SQL), Hortonworks (Stinger), MapR […]

Spotlight on…. Perks

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Is your company keeping up in the rewards race? In today’s economy attracting and retaining top Information Management talent is critical to the success of your business.  Demand for skilled data professionals is higher than ever so not only is it essential that you stand out from the competition when you’re recruiting but it’s crucial […]

The Danger of ‘On the Spot’ Offers

Posted on by Mel

As an interviewer it’s easy to get excited when you’re wowed by a candidate during interview; especially if it’s been a long process to find them. All of a sudden there’s a sense of urgency to let them know you want them and find out if they feel the same way about the job.  Great […]

Apprenticeships to be the norm?

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It’s great to see David Cameron backing the government apprentice scheme! He has pledged to make apprenticeships the new norm for school leavers who are not going to university.   Read more here.

The Recruitment Widow – How to Recruit a Husband

Posted on by KaraD

I might be a nurse married to a recruitment consultant but I’ve a good history of using recruitment skills myself. In fact I recruited my husband Mark using an internet dating site! A bit of background: I was 31, single and my little sister was getting married in four months time. I didn’t want to […]

The life of an Apprentice – My top tips to help you land an Apprenticeship

Posted on by Rachael

As it is National Apprentice Week I thought I’d share my top tips to help you land a great apprentice opportunity. Do your research:  I did some research on the type of NVQ qualification I could do and decided that Business and Administration was the best option for me as going forward I want to […]

How big is Big Data?

Posted on by Mel

    One of biggest assumptions people make about Big Data is that it’s just about the amount of data.  It’s called Big Data so surely it’s about size right? Of course we know that’s not the case, but what exactly is Big Data? As recruiters in the Information Management market we hear the Big […]

Apprenticeships – Earn while you learn with Mid Cheshire College

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Our apprentice recruitment administrator Rachael was recently chosen to feature in an advert Mid Cheshire College are running for National Apprentice Week 2013. Take a look at what her assessor Nigel Parton has to say and find out more about becoming an apprentice here.  

The History of the CV

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The National Careers Service have created a great  infographic titled “The History of the CV”, showing how the CV has evolved since it’s birth in 1482, when the great Leonardo Da Vinci created the first recording CV document. The National Careers Service is the UK’s leading careers, skills and training resource for anyone aged 13+ […]

Throw enough CVs at the wall will they stick?

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            In today’s online world it’s never been easier to apply for a job.  There is an ever growing number of internet job boards with recruiters advertising jobs in the thousands. Even just logging in to LinkedIn will tell you the jobs you might be interested in!   In a couple […]

Making BI Matter: Getting Your Chips on the Executive Table

Posted on by Rachael

As an information management professional and leader, there is likely no greater champion for business intelligence in your organization than you. You probably have several senior managers who act as BI cheerleaders, lauding its merit. Even with all the impetus behind the BI movement, when the chips are down and a big decision needs to […]

Spotlight on reasons people turn down a job

Posted on by Mel

So you’ve interviewed a fantastic candidate. You think you’ve found ‘the one’!  You’ll make them an offer, arrange a start date, all sorted. Simple! Or is it?! As recruiters we are in the business of dealing with people.  We’re not selling a box, shipping it out and saying ‘it will be with you tomorrow!’  There […]

Can you get out of 3 months notice?

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  The difficulties with 3 month notice periods Recruiting in the Information Management industry we’ve noticed an increasing number of candidates are on a 3 month notice period.  By the time we speak to them they are looking for a new job and are concerned about the impact this will have.  Will it be off-putting […]

What is Big Data’s Role in Enterprise Security?

Posted on by Rachael

Security releases this week from IBM and EMC’s RSA division underscore the rising role of big data in recognizing and sniping out enterprise attacks. It has also further exposed the lack of clarity and capabilities with big data to deal with potentially damaging threats ahead, according to security analyst Scott Crawford of Enterprise Management Associates. […]

How to get the best candidates to work for you

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    Effective interviewing is a crucial part of the hiring process if you want to secure the best candidates, especially in the Information Management market where top talent is in demand! The interview is your chance to sell the opportunity to the candidate, but you also want to be sure your interview process is […]

Big Data Perceptions: Good, Bad And Ugly

Posted on by Rachael

Big data will cure the common cold! Eliminate head lice! End fear and loathing in lab mice! We’ve all read the headlines about how big data — however you choose to define it — will make the world a better place. Indeed, gleaning insights from growing stockpiles of digital information is a worthy goal, and […]

It Ain’t Necessarily So by Nicola Askham

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We often read insightful articles written by journalists who have based their article on data provided by a particular respected industry association.  A lot of people make decisions based on such articles, but have you ever thought about how reliable that data might be? Just because the data comes from say the British Bankers Association, […]

Revealing Big Data’s Secrets

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Managing the access, storage and use of data effectively can provide businesses a competitive advantage. Last year I outlined what the big deal is in big data, as the initial focus on the volume, velocity and variety of data – what my colleague Tony Cosentino calls the “three V’s” – is only one small piece of […]

SAP’s Suite Take on HANA

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In a global press announcement, SAP today announced the availability of SAP Business Suite powered by HANA, the company’s in-memory platform. The announcement forwards SAP’s product realignment plan to make the popular HANA database an analytic centerpiece of all the company’s software. In this case, SAP’s existing Business Suite adds the performance advantages of highly available in-memory […]

After Flat Year, BI Goes on the Move

Posted on by Rachael

The business impact of BI software and practices have plateaued for some, though 2013 brings huge opportunities with mobile access, according to a just-released BI adoption assessment. BI Scorecard surveyed and assessed 634 business intelligence practitioners “2012 Successful BI Survey,” the sixth installment its annual gauge of adoption and trends. The state of business intelligence […]

Big Data recruitment: Making the move from Information Management to Data Science

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Our MD Mark Dexter spoke to TechRepublic to discuss Big Data and the career opportunities this brings. If you haven’t heard the furore circulating around the term Big Data, then you’ve been hiding in a time capsule under a rock in the remotest sections of Antarctica. The Harvard Business Review recently described the role as […]

The life of an apprentice – New Year, new you

Posted on by Rachael

Happy New Year! I hope that you’ve enjoyed the festive season and are looking forward to whatever the new year may bring. It’s certainly a time for reflection and this has got me thinking about my time at KDR, what I’ve achieved so far, and my hopes for the future. During my nine months as […]

Is Big Data more than a buzzword?

Posted on by Mark D

The renowned Harvard Business Review recently described the role of data scientist as ‘the sexiest job of the 21st century’. And while that seems a little far-fetched it’s fair to say that roles in Big Data attract a high average salary, or contractor rate, and there is a notable shortage of talent in the sector. […]

Big data analytics set to confound conventional adoption curve in UK

Posted on by Rachael

Four leading executives from US big data and analytics companies tell a similar story of imminent increased big data analytics adoption in the UK and Europe. Senior executives from MapR, Cloudera, ParAccel, and Pentaho traced out the likely pattern of growth in 2013 in a series of interviews with Computer Weekly. Corporate users of IT […]

Information-management.com – Top stories in 2012

Posted on by Rachael

While big data was certainly one of the top themes of the year, Information Management readers also took interest in trending industry issues such as analytics, governance, visualization, cloud computing and mobile as well as and traditional BI concerns and IT resources. Counting down to the most popular piece, here are the stories that caught […]

Hire A Data Science Team, Not A Data Scientist

Posted on by Rachael

Having trouble finding a qualified data scientist, a multitalented individual skilled at data manipulation and modeling, programming, and interface design, and also fluent in the language of business? Good luck with that. A more pragmatic approach is to build a data science team of members with particular skills that help your organization analyze and visualize […]

2013 and Years Ahead Bring Less Control for Enterprise IT

Posted on by Rachael

Enterprise IT will have less control in the years ahead, yet its most skilled members will be in high demand, according to a new forecast by Gartner Research. In a slate of enterprise information management predictions, Gartner Managing VP and Fellow Daryl C. Plummer says 2013 and 2014 will be marked by businesses following through […]

Cloud-Based Data Analytics – The Time is Now

Posted on by Rachael

Data is generated everywhere you look: social media sites, opinion sites, online retailers, Web logs, medical sites, product reviews, sensor data, and many more. This data is relevant to your business, and those who embrace it now will gain a competitive advantage. Enter the cloud, a big balloon you can stuff with all of this […]

Where BI Plans Match Reality

Posted on by Rachael

Mobile business intelligence use may triple within the year, as the implementation area is the likely leader of hot enterprise software trends, according to a new extensive survey. The BI Survey 12, formerly The OLAP Survey, covers responses from more than 2,600 end users, consultants and vendor employees, across both IT and lines of business. […]

The life of an apprentice – fitting in and the start of a new project

Posted on by Rachael

I am now in the seventh month of my apprenticeship. I have recently been given a wider role and more responsibilities AND I have just been given a new and very interesting project to start straight away! My core role is to update and maintain the Eploy database and keep up-to-date with our candidates and their […]

First Impressions

Posted on by Mel

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you’ll know that we took on our first apprentice, Rachael, earlier this year. This got us thinking about first impressions, and not just about how important they are. It spurred us to take a look at ourselves, how we work and how we conduct ourselves in everyday […]

MicroStrategy Uses Cloud to Deliver Self-serve Business Intelligence

Posted on by Rachael

New MicroStrategy service delivers some advanced business intelligence functionality to mobile and desktop users. Buying business intelligence software has traditionally involved purchasing both the software and the hardware required to run it. That’s not the model that business intelligence (BI) vendor MicroStrategy is now taking, however. MicroStrategy this week launched its Cloud Express service offering, which aims […]

How to attract the best talent

Posted on by Mel

In today’s competitive jobs market how do you ensure the best talent will want to work for you? And how do you become an employer of choice in your industry? Attracting top talent takes time and effort but it is definitely worth the investment.  After all, the people who work for you are the key […]

Spotlight on working with your recruitment agency

Posted on by Mel

You’ve decided to enlist the help of a specialist recruiter to fill your vacancy, but how do you ensure you are making the most of your recruitment agency and getting the best value? We see this as a two-way partnership – it’s not just about filling a job, but about ensuring we find the right […]

6 Lies About Big Data

Posted on by Rachael

The Information Week 2013 Big Data Survey shows we’re not lacking facts, figures, or tools to wrangle them. So why do just 9% of respondents rate themselves as extremely effective users of data? To paraphrase an old saying, if you torture data long enough, it’ll tell you what you want to hear. And putting big […]

The Hottest BI Vendors of 2012

Posted on by Rachael

Ventana Research has just released the 2012 Value Index for Business Intelligence, in which we evaluate the competency and maturity of vendors and products. Our firm has been researching this software category for almost a decade. Our latest benchmark research in business intelligence found that new technology advancements in business intelligence are critical to its future; more than […]

Gartner Sees 4.4M Big Data Jobs by 2015

Posted on by Rachael

Gartner Inc. says worldwide IT spending will increase 3.8 percent in 2013 to reach $3.7 trillion, and that excitement for big data is leading the way. By 2015, the analyst and market research firm says, 4.4 million jobs will be created to support big data. The news came from Gartner’s IT Expo being held this […]

Big Data, Meet the Huge Data That Will Shape Your Future

Posted on by Rachael

Information-Management.com: Bring me up to speed on where Blue Waters stands and where it’ll be over the next few months. Kramer: Since November, we have almost completed everything that was laid out. All the equipment is delivered and connected and operating. We had about three months of what we called an early science program, running […]

The Recruitment Widow- How to recruit a chicken!

Posted on by KaraD

Hi I’m Kara, I’ve been married to Mark, proprietor of KDR, for eight years and for almost all of the time we have been a couple (nearly 10 years) we have been in business together. KDR started in the box room in our first house, Mark took care of the recruitment side of the business, […]

Information Careers in 2013: The Hottest Jobs and Highest Salaries

Posted on by Rachael

Unemployment numbers for IT last month were stagnant, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The outlook is much rosier for demand and salaries with specific IT careers in the years ahead. Robert Half Technology, an IT hiring and advisory firm, released its 2013 information professional salary guide, an annual […]

Data Quality; Practising what we preach – Part 2

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A couple of months ago I blogged about a major data cleansing project we were embarking on to ensure our candidate information is current. Our apprentice Rachael has been well and truly initiated into the company with this assignment and her efforts have started to make a real difference to the quality of service that […]

Big data advice from big names, Coca-Cola and Lastminute.com

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Speakers at the recent Big Data Europe event in London advised businesses not to cross the creepy line and to be aware that data is rotten fruit. Speaking in a personal capacity as a subject matter expert, Katherine Fithen, chief privacy officer at Coca-Cola, put forward a “privacy by design approach” at the event. In her role, Fithen […]

Webinar – Structuring your Information Management career path

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If you missed the webinar we hosted on behalf of DAMA UK you can listen to the recording here. Mark Dexter shares his advice on how to structure your Information Management career path and how to ensure you land the best opportunities.

What’s new with LinkedIn?

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Over the summer we have all noticed the many changes LinkedIn have been rolling out to its 175+ million users as part of its first major redesign.  A lot of these changes seem to be purely to the look and design, giving LinkedIn a much needed update!  However,  they have also added some interesting new […]

BI Integration with Hadoop: What Does It Mean?

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There’s certainly a lot of hype out there about big data. As I previously wrote some of it is indeed hype, but there are still many legitimate big data cases – I saw a great example during my last business trip. Hadoop certainly plays a key role in the big data revolution, so all business intelligence (BI) vendors are […]

Big Data Squeezes Legacy IT Spending: IDC

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Along with cloud computing, mobile, and social networking, big data will account for a growing percentage of IT spending, leaving little to maintain older systems, says IDC study. Big data really isn’t new. Data has been getting bigger for years, and companies have been finding ways to glean insights from their growing stockpiles of data […]

Employers – creating a good impression through social media

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The benefits of social media and the importance of maintaining an up-to-date and positive social media persona are discussed widely in recruitment, particularly in relation to candidates. We’ve blogged and written about this topic many times, our last piece was “tips for successful social profiles”. We should, however, remember that candidates are active too, scouring […]

The life of an apprentice – why be an apprentice?

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Hello, I’m Rachael Berry.  I recently joined KDR as a recruitment administrator on an apprentice scheme, which has generated quite a lot of interest! Maybe it’s because it’s not that common in the recruitment industry or maybe it’s down to the increasing profile of apprenticeships. A lot of people have asked how it is working […]

Five tips for success with social media profiles

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There’s no doubt that social media has become an essential part of a recruiter’s tool box for finding and assessing relevant candidates. But this is not just an instrument of recruitment agencies – many employers, both big and small, are now implementing social strategies to find the best talent. A recent survey by Eurocom Worldwide […]

KDR Recruitment strengthens team with three new appointments

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Information management recruiter KDR has grown its account management team with the appointment of three new starters. IT and technical recruitment specialist Sean Cody, 27, from Northwich, previously worked for Evolution Recruitment, Warrington, and Kelly Services UK, Liverpool. He is taking his expertise to KDR, where he has been appointed as account manager. Sean is […]

New Gartner report dissects the hype around big data technologies

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Big data can add another line to its ever-expanding resume: It now has its own hype cycle. Stamford, Conn.-based consultancy Gartner Inc. recently released the Hype Cycle for Big Data, 2012 – its first hype cycle report devoted solely to the topic. The hype cycle includes a heady definition as well as a listing of 47 big data […]

7 Deadly Sins Of Big Data Users

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We’re swimming in a vast sea of data that’s rising every year. And according to Josh Williams, president and chief science officer of Kontagent, a social and mobile analytics company, companies that collect, analyze, and interpret data accurately–and act upon it quickly–have a significant competitive advantage. At the Kontagent Konnect user conference in late May, Williams made […]

New website and branding quadruples data specialists job seeking with KDR

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Leading information management recruiter, KDR has doubled traffic to its website and quadrupled candidate applications over two months, following the launch of a new website and branding. The company embarked on a full appraisal of its marketing activity to strengthen its position in the sector; becoming the first choice for employers seeking information management experts […]

NASA’s Mars Data Mission

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When all the hugs and rounds of cheering at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena finally died down late last Sunday night, the scientists, engineers and navigators who had just improbably placed a car-sized planetary rover onto the surface of Mars dutifully returned to their terminals to commence years of surface exploration. The details of the entry, […]

Spotlight on Shortlisting – Case Study

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As professional recruiters there are many techniques that we use to source the best candidates for our clients.  In fact, advertising a job is a very small part of what we do!   Our search extends into  manipulating our candidate database, scouring the internet, job boards and social media as well as head-hunting and networking.  However, when we […]

How to ensure the recruitment process runs smoothly

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Where to start Before you start the recruitment process it is important that you have clear goals and timescales in place, so take some time to plan this with colleagues who will be involved.  Initial planning should ensure everyone has a good understanding of the type of skills, experience, qualifications and personality fit that are […]

A Renaissance for Business Intelligence?

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Old and new uses of business intelligence are on the rise, and enterprises of all sizes are juggling with the complexity of taking on more tools, users and advanced capabilities, according to a new BI market survey. In the 2012 edition of its annual “Wisdom of Crowds: Business Intelligence Market Study,” Dresner Advisory Services gauged […]

MapR’s Google deal marks second Big Data Cloud win

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Just two weeks after inking a deal with Amazon Web Services, MapR gets an exclusive to run Hadoop services on the Google Compute Engine. MapR’s latest deal is tied to Google’s big June 28 announcement of theGoogle Compute Engine, new infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) that sets up the search giant as a public-cloud rival to Amazon Web […]

Cloud – overhyped or a new paradigm? by John Coppins – Kognitio Cloud

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The word ‘overhyped’ always comes up in conversation when discussing the Cloud and, being English and, hence, innately conservative and cynical, there is a natural tendency to view anything in vogue as overhyped. Indeed, those purveyors of wisdom, Gartner, even have ‘Cloud’ at the top of the ‘hype cycle’ and about to plunge into the […]

Should You Hire Outside Your Industry?

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It’s often politically unpopular and seemingly risky to hire for a key role outside of the boundaries of your firm’s industry. It also might be just the right thing to infuse your team or organization with fresh perspectives and new ideas. I’m an unabashed fan of diversity in all forms and flavors, however, one that doesn’t […]

The state of Hadoop: Strong and poised to explode

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Now six years old, the Apache Hadoop platform for storing and processing huge amounts of data — perhaps the catalyst of the current big data movement — appears ready for its closeup. According to the companies leading the Hadoop charge, they’re already beating away customers with a stick. Continual improvements to make Hadoop consumable by mainstream business […]

What Big Data means for the future of Self-service Business Intelligence

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In today’s fast-paced, consumer-driven world, major corporations, like Visa, MasterCard, Facebook and Google, are turning to big data technologies, such as Hadoop, to analyze the massive amounts of business transaction and application data. In addition, the financial markets of the world’s trading centers are starting to tackle advanced analytics on billions of dollars of trade […]

Cloudera releases next-generation Hadoop platform

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Looking to stay ahead of Hortonworks and MapR in the Hadoop market, Cloudera delivers high availability, better security, and easier system management. Cloudera has a big lead in supplying software and support for the world’s existing Apache Hadoop deployments, but that’s a still-small market, with emerging rivals including Hortonworks and MapR presenting new competition. That’s […]

Microsoft does Big Data – Hadoop on Windows

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The Hadoop Summit 2012 in San Jose June 13 and 14 could see a the public coming out of Hadoop on Microsoft Windows Server. The move, probably either at Hadoop or at Microsoft’s Tech Ed starting June 11, makes Hadoop, a previously a somewhat exotic big data analytical tool, available on one of the world’s […]

Kalido and Teradata provide joint solution for accelerated Data Warehouse deployment

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Data analytics vendor Teradata and information management software provider Kalido have announced a new joint solution that they say  will allow customers to build or expand a data warehouse in 90 days or less, providing deeper analytics to users for improved business decision-making. This solution combines the Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance with the Kalido Information […]

Oracle to buy social SaaS provider Vitrue

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May 24, 2012 – Oracle announced it has acquired SaaS social marketing and customer engagement platform provider Vitrue. Vitrue’s platforms scale across social media outlets to publish content, track clients and deal with customer service in a way that ties in with brand and marketing goals, according to the company website. Social platforms are offered as-a-service, […]

SAP to buy Ariba

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May 22, 2012 – SAP AG announced a $4.3 billion buy of cloud collaboration provider Ariba from subsidiary SAP America, a week after the German-based enterprise software vendor rolled out a new cloud strategy and offerings at its annual user conference. SAP stated that the deal would lead to combination of Ariba’s buyer-seller collaboration network […]

MapR announces the most open distribution for Hadoop

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SAN JOSE, Calif., May 23, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — MapR Technologies, the provider of the industry’s most advanced distribution for Apache Hadoop, today announced a range of initiatives that further establishes MapR as the most open distribution for Hadoop. This announcement follows MapR’s inclusion in the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) as a solution provider […]

Collaborative BI Brings Consumer Culture to Business Decision-Making

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Digital behavioral patterns from our personal lives are infiltrating the workplace. Tablet devices, social networks and cloud-based applications are now commonplace business tools, and not just because social functionality is another business fad riding the enterprise trend wave of today. When applied to business decision-making, social capabilities have a proven impact on business efficiency and […]

SAP shares five-point BI improvement plan

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SAP is innovating on core business intelligence, visual analysis, mobile, social, and deep analytics. SAP Hana and a new visual discovery tool, Visual Intelligence, took center stage at SAPPRIRE last week. But more noteworthy to me is the fact that SAP is once again innovating in business intelligence (BI), not just integrating products. Specifically, SAP […]

SAP president claims €1bn worth of in-memory business in the pipeline

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SAP has €1 billion (£808 million) worth of business in the pipeline for its in-memory HANA product, according to SAP’s president of sales Robert Enslin. Talking to Computerworld UK at an SAP Forum event in London today, Enslin said that SAP’s revenue figures for HANA in 2011 were 250 million, but the company was currently in talks […]

SAP swallows Sybase, CEO John Chen’s role uncertain

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Sybase will be a SAP brand, not a separate subsidiary, in an integration that eliminates the longtime Sybase CEO’s current role. The big Sybase sign at 1 Sybase Drive in Dublin, California, has come down, soon to be replaced by an SAP sign. It’s a change that symbolizes the switch from “Sybase, an SAP Company” […]

SAP adds more apps to run on HANA In-Memory platform

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SAP is throwing more support behind its HANA in-memory computing platform with the introduction of eight business application, a mix of on-premise and cloud delivered solutions. At its Sapphire user conference in Orlando, Fla., SAP launched HANA apps such as the Sales and Operations Planning tool that translates demand fluctuations into plans for adjusting manufacturing, […]

Google launches BigQuery, Cloud Business Intelligence service for Big Data

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Big Data focuses on the analysis and utilization of the vast amount of unstructured data generated in many industries and companies that would normally not processed or used to generate reports, forecasts or for supporting decision-making. Thanks to Big Data service providers, companies can now squeeze all the information they have and improve their performance, […]

Data quality; practising what we preach

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Any business, large or small, can be guilty of focusing on the now, rather than the future, particularly when things are busy. To a certain degree we have fallen into that trap.  However, now the KDR Recruitment re-brand and web site re-launch is out of the way it is time to remember the business we […]

Explosive growth expected for Hadoop

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IDG News Service - The market for software related to the Hadoop and MapReduce programming frameworks for large-scale data analysis will jump from $77 million in 2011 to $812.8 million in 2016, a compound annual growth rate of 60.2%, according to a new report released Monday by analyst firm IDC. Hadoop is an open-source implementation of […]

Tibco adds Hadoop support to Spotfire analytics tool

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Tibco has brought its Spotfire in-memory analytics software into the burgeoning ecosystem around Hadoop, an open-source framework for processing large sets of information, the company announced Tuesday. Spotfire 4.5 will become generally available this month and features a data service connector to Hadoop, which is known for its ability to handle unstructured data such as […]

Teradata to acquire eCircle

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May 2, 2012 – Teradata announced an agreement to buy cloud marketing integration provider eCircle, as a move to expand its European presence and step up integrated marketing capabilities of a previous acquisition, Aprimo. eCircle specializes in on-demand, customized digital messaging solutions for marketing teams digging through large and unstructured data sets. Messaging and integration capabilities […]

6 ways to build your LinkedIn network

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1. Join a number of groups that are relevant to your areas of expertise and industry. If you share a group with someone it is a great ice breaker and a genuine reason for asking them to connect. 2. Keep an eye out for people who start or contribute to discussions as this may give you good […]

Eight reasons why you should not accept a counter-offer from your current employer

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Well, you finally bit the bullet and handed your notice in.  It’s getting more and more common for employers to simply view this as a negotiating tactic and then start trying to woo you back.  In my experience, counter-offers are often counter-productive and there are many good reasons why you should step away. Your current […]

How to get yourself noticed on LinkedIn

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So your LinkedIn profile is up to date and hopefully people will get in touch with you about relevant jobs but you can increase your chances of finding something by: Use the “who’s viewed my profile” on your home page.  A recruiter has checked you out?  Don’t be afraid to send them a message asking […]

How to resign from your job

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If you’ve reached the point where you’re ready to resign, it is important to try and leave on good terms and with a positive impression.  Your current employer may be contacted for a reference and it is also important to protect your own reputation within your industry. Here are our tips on how to resign […]

How to use Twitter to find a new job

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Many companies and recruiters now use Twitter to tweet about job opportunities.  If you are on Twitter there are a few things you can do to look for them. Set up # tag searches based on keywords that would be used on job postings eg if you are a Business Intelligence consultant looking for a […]

How to win a phone interview

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The hiring process often moves at lightning speed, leaving hiring managers no time for casual phone calls. That makes the phone screen a serious first interview. If applicants don’t treat it as such, it could be “one and done.” Here are some tips on how to win a phone interview.   Take it seriously When you […]

Job hunting using LinkedIn

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LinkedIn is probably the most important social networking tool for job hunting professionals looking for a new position or hoping to be found for one! Companies actively use LinkedIn as part of their internal recruitment process and most recruiters proactively use the network to seek out potential candidates.  So if you don’t already have a […]

QlikTech launches global partner certification program for business discovery

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QlikTech, (NASDAQ: QLIK) a leader in Business Discovery—user-driven Business Intelligence (BI), today launched a new certification program designed to help its partners differentiate themselves in the growing market for Business Discovery. The new QlikView 11 Certification Program, available to members of the Qonnect Partner Program, validates the knowledge and skills of QlikView partners and acknowledges an […]

Take part in Howard Dresners Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence market study

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The objective of the study is to collect data on trends, vendors and products in the Business Intelligence marketplace data collection takes place until the 2nd April 2012 and qualified users that complete the survey will get a complimentary copy of the findings for their personal use so it’s well worth the 15 minutes spent […]

SAS Prepares Hadoop-Powered In-Memory BI Platform

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Analytics giant SAS is planning to step up competition in the business intelligence arena with a new high-performance platform that will hit on three of the hottest hot buttons in the data-analysis arena: big data, in-memory, and business analytics. SAS executives said the planned hardware-ready software package will combine the scalability of the Hadoop Distributed […]

A Big, Cloudy, Mobile and Social World

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At this year’s Microstrategy annual user conference, the company emphasized four key themes: mobility, cloud computing, big data and social media. In this post, David Menninger assesses what MicroStrategy is doing in each of the first three areas. Michael Saylor, MicroStrategy’s CEO, is enamored with Apple and its mobile technology, which sure seems to be a […]

Big Data is More Than Hadoop

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We recently published the results of our benchmark research on Big Data to complement the previously published benchmark research onHadoop and Information Management. Ventana Research undertook this research to acquire real-world information about levels of maturity, trends and best practices in organizations’ use of large-scale data management systems now commonly called Big Data. The results are illuminating. […]

Teradata-Oracle Alliance Introduces Next-Generation BI Capabilities

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To accommodate escalating data volumes and end users, companies are pursuing heightened technology capabilities that cut through data complexity, extend the scope of their BI, and speed delivery of new types of useful information to growing communities of business users. Through ongoing integration and optimization of Oracle Business Intelligence and Teradata platform family technologies, the […]

Data Science Maturity

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I had the opportunity to participate in two pretty good conferences in 2011. The first was the data science-oriented Strata by O’Reilly in February, the other the more traditional BI/Netezza-focused Enzee Universe in June. One striking difference between the two was the median age of participants: it seems baby-faced “Stratans” might well have been the […]

Gartner: The future of Business Intelligence and Analytics

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Egham, UK, January 10, 2012— By 2014, fewer than 30 percent of business intelligence (BI) initiatives will align analytics completely with enterprise business drivers, despite alignment being the foremost BI challenge, according to Gartner, Inc. Cloud offerings will account for just 3 percent of BI revenue by 2013, despite every major BI platform vendor presenting one. […]

MDM in 2012

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by Rob Karel for Information Management Happy New Year! As we kick off 2012, I’d like to reflect on what was accomplished during the past year in the “trusted data” areas of master data management (MDM), data quality (DQ), and data governance and consider what we might expect in the year to come. I also […]

Are your skills up to date?

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In this article Forrester Reseach evaluate the current market leaders in the the BI product market.  In this they rate 12 leading product vendors on their current offering, their strategy and their market presence.  They break these areas down into subsections and give each area a weighting to arrive at a final score. It looks […]

Oracle’s Big Data Powered by Cloudera’s Hadoop

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Oracle first announced the Big Data engineered system at its OpenWorld conference in October of 2011. At that time, Oracle did not reveal how they would be delivering Hadoop, which is an open source Apache project. Oracle could have chosen to go it alone, or they could have partnered with any one of a number of […]

Data Science Skepticism

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I don’t think you’d get much argument from the data science community that the emerging field involves components of business, technology and statistical science. “Veteran” DS’ers will also note both inquisitive and skeptical dispositions as keys to success in the discipline. LinkedIn’s Monica Rogati observes that data scientists are at the intersection of Columbus and Columbo – […]

Data Science or BI? Part 2 from Information Management

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For me though, none of the new thinking has supplanted the seminal “What is Data Science?” article by Mike Loukides as the DS manifesto. The first and most important differentiator of data science for Loukides: enabling the “creation of data products.” I have more than a few disagreements with what’s written in the report, “Data […]

Data Science or BI? Part 1 from Information Management

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The idea was to assemble a data set from information readily accessible on the web that would be suitable for interactive visualization and predictive modeling. My searches took me to website of the Current Population Survey, a joint data initiative between the bureaus of Census and Labor Statistics. There I discovered the annual CPS March Supplement […]

Kalido Directs Data Governance

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Kalido recently introduced version 9 of its Information Engine product. The company has been around for 10 years but has had difficulty establishing its identity in the information management market. Kalido was perhaps ahead of its time, partly a vendor of data integration, partly master data management and partly data governance. As an example of the positioning […]

Big Data’s Big Need? Data Scientists

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The EMC Data Science Survey involved responses from nearly 500 IT decision-makers from the U.S., Europe, India and China. Questions surrounded the definition of the evolving position of the data scientist as an IT specialist dealing with the exponential growth in data sources, but in different, deeper ways than other business intelligence professionals. Eighty-three percent […]

SAP to Buy SuccessFactors for $3.4 Billion to Match Oracle

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SAP will purchase San Mateo, California-based SuccessFactors, which makes software used to manage employee performance, for $40 per share, 52 percent more than the closing price in New York trading on Dec. 2, Walldorf, Germany-based SAP said in an e-mailed statement today. SAP is promoting cloud computing, which lets clients rent software delivered over the […]

More BI packages add collaboration: Who Needs It?

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Add Tibco Spotfire to the long list of business intelligence (BI) and analytics vendors that have added collaborative features and capabilities over the last two years. Tibco’s Spotfire 4.0 release announced last week “expands the boundaries of analytics,” the company’s press release proclaims. How many times have I heard this yarn about making BI more […]

Top 10 BI Predictions for 2012

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It’s all about getting things done. Standards, a single version of the truth, and enterprise-grade platforms continue to be important, but individual BI tools with the functionality to get things done trumps standards. Enterprises will learn to live with multiple BI tools. Forrester client inquiries about how to live with multiple BI tools far exceed […]

Social Media Monitoring: You’re Doing It Wrong

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With more than three quarters of a billion people on Facebook, companies know that social media is important. But just because companies know the power of social media, it doesn’t mean they’re getting the most from it. Today, most companies are starting with monitoring: testing the waters before dipping a toe in, understanding the framework […]

Raising money for Billie’s Butterfly

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Tickets are selling like the proverbial hotcakes for a charity ball to be held at Toft Cricket Club on Friday 25th November.  The ball is in aid of the Billie Butterfly Fund, raising vital funds for four year old Billie Bainbridge who was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the brain stem in July this year and whose […]

Steve Jobs Leaves an Indelible Mark on Business Intelligence

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About 30 years ago, perhaps on this very day, I was sitting in front of an Apple II working on a VisiCalc spreadsheet. At the time, I don’t think I even knew who Steve Jobs was. I wasn’t in the software industry yet. I was working for a public accounting firm. The Apple II sat […]

Microsoft adds Big Data to SQL Server 2012

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Microsoft announced Wednesday that the next major release of its database platform will be called SQL Server 2012. The release was expected and the name is no shocker, but Microsoft added a couple of surprises. First, the platform will include big data processing capabilities based on Apache Hadoop. And second, new touch-based data exploration capabilities […]

Oracle Exalytics Aims for Business Intelligence at the Speed of Thought

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Exalytics is an in-memory database appliance that leverages parallelism and DRAM to accelerate business intelligence (BI) queries. “Everything runs faster if you keep it in DRAM, when you keep it in main memory,” Ellison said. “So we decided to put together a piece of hardware and a piece of software where the database is parallel and […]

Oracle launching ‘Big Data’ in-memory appliances

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The Big Data Appliance and Oracle Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine were lined up outside the main keynote hall on Sunday at Oracle’s OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. A row of security guards stood before the roped-off machines, which also included Oracle’s previously released Exadata database machine and Exalogic application server appliance. The guards ordered showgoers […]

It’s all In the Memory: New Battleground for BI and Analytics

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While the development of large-memory computing is not really new, it took a while for the software industry to adapt to 64-bit hardware processing and operating system platforms. Throw in the difficult learning curve for creating software to work with parallel processing, and it’s easy to see why the move from older systems has taken […]

Social Networking Inside the Enterprise

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Here’s an eye-opener: the worldwide market for business intelligence software is forecast to grow 9.7 percent, reaching $10.8 billion in 2011, according to analyst research. There is no reason to believe that this will change in the years to follow. As the online world continues to fragment and business environments evolve, data streams will get […]

Information News and Views on Linked In

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Back in July we launched our Linked In group Information Management News and Views with the aim of  allowing people in our industry to share news stories, market information and discuss industry related topics. We now have nearly 100 members and some thought provoking discussions going on! We welcome new members so if you would like to […]

IBM Updates Cognos BI Software

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IBM’s Cognos BI is a sprawling suite of BI tools with dozens of components that run the gamut from reporting and dashboards to scorecards, what-if analysis, predictive analytics, statistical analysis, and online analytical processing (OLAP). The software doesn’t run on the IBM i server (its server components require Unix, Linux, or Windows), but plenty of […]

Addressing Analytics in 2012

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October 27, 2011 – About two months ago, a study declared the pervasiveness of analytics still lacking effectiveness because of a dearth of complementary analytical skills and talent. Businesses appear poised to attack this problem head-on in 2012. According to new research from Accenture and SAS, 72 percent of business leaders will increase spending on […]

Our first YouTube Video!

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If you would like to know more about who we are and what we do take a look at our KDR company presentation by following here: KDR Recruitment Channel       Tell us what you think on

IBM puts Cognos analytics on the iPad

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IBM says Cognos on the iPad helps employees in key sectors – such as financial services, healthcare, government, communications, retail, and travel and transportation – benefit from analytics on the go. Application areas include medicine, social services and financial services. IBM says Cognos on the iPad could be used by doctors and dentists to analyse […]

SAP Business Objects BI 4.0 now available

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What’s New with SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0? This release includes the latest versions for Web Intelligence, Dashboards, Crystal Reports, Explorer,  the Business Intelligence Platform, Edge BI and Information Steward and completes the BI 4.0 development cycle with the Analysis, and Data Services solutions already being GA. Unified on a common infrastructure and with a user […]

Teradata: All in the Family of Appliances and Big Data

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With the benefit of hindsight, I realize that Teradata is at the center of a trend in the information management market toward broader availability and acceptance of a range of data appliances. Teradata has been in what’s now called the appliance business for decades, but only in the last decade have other vendors, beginning with […]

SAP unveils two new applictions on HANA platform

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The applications join the SAP BusinessObjects Strategic Workforce Planning application, as part of the family of applications enabled by the SAP HANA platform. SAP Smart Meter Analytics, powered by SAP HANA, aims to help utility companies to instantly turn ‘big data’ into insights that they can use to develop more tailored customer offerings. With the […]

How To Win Executive R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Data Modeling

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Most data management professionals understand the negative impact of poor or no data architecture practices. Often, the design is completed up front and the model becomes a nice piece of art hanging on the wall with no practical value. Or, there is little or no upfront design and it becomes the Wild West. This leads […]

Essential Guide to Big Data: Part 1

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Step forward “big data”, a term that has evolved to describe exceptionally large, diverse repositories of digital information and the processes organisations use to organise, search and extract the data they contain. Never slow to spot a revenue opportunity, many of today’s IT giants are big on big data, especially where demand for massively parallel […]

Big Data: Part 2 – Technology

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Apache Hadoop is seen by many experts as a driving force behind big data analytics. Hadoop is an open-source distributed file system that supports parallel processing of large-scale unstructured data spread across multiple connected systems. It incorporates various open-source software elements, including the Chukwa data collection and monitoring system, the HBase database, the Hive data […]

Review: QlikTech’s QlikView Business Intelligence platform

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Analysts have remarked on QlikView’s user-driven approach to BI, which focuses on ease-of-use for both IT professionals and non-technical users. The suite also differentiates itself from other BI platforms by being wholly based on an in-memory data store. By utilising in-memory, as opposed to traditional disk storage, the BI application can refresh data in real […]

Review: Jaspersoft’s Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition

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Jaspersoft provides a broad BI suite covering reporting, online analytical processing (OLAP), data visualisation and data integration. It also features interactive, web-based reports, dashboards and analysis, and comes at a fraction of the licence cost of offerings from commercial suppliers BI Enterprise also supports a range of implementation options such as on-premise, multi-tenant software-as-a-service (SaaS), […]

IBM to acquire security intelligence company i2

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Under the terms of the agreement, i2 will be integrated into IBM’s Software Group. Financial terms were not disclosed. i2 provides intelligence analytics for crime and fraud prevention based in Cambridge, UK with US headquarters in McLean, Va. IBM said that with over 4,500 customers in 150 countries, i2′s clients span multiple sectors globally such […]

SAP and Oracle battle, customers avoid choosing sides

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Score a battle victory for SAP this week with its strong quarterly earnings and first gain in software license market share against rival Oracle in eighteen months. But it’s not who wins the battle, as the old saying goes, it’s who wins the war. Which vendor is in a better strategic position? SAP says its […]

Devising a ‘Big’ Data Strategy

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By Jorge Lopez We are entering an age where data is becoming an extension of our daily lives. With online and offline behavior blending into a single entity, we are witnessing unprecedented creation and demand for information. This explosion of data fueled from new sources such as mobile devices, collaboration tools and social networks is […]

SAP and Google put Business Analytics on the map

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Features in the partnership would enable SAP customers to visualize and analyze data sets based on geospatial boundaries found in Google’s Maps and Earth applications, according to a news release. In return, information from Google applications such as its vehicle traffic reports could be entered into SAP supply chain and distribution systems to optimize routes, […]

Low-Cost Options for Predictive Analytics Challenge

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On the software side of the question, the vendor with the largest marketshare by far in advanced analytic tools is SAS, which held 35.2% of the market in 2010, according to IDC figures. IBM with its SPSS unit held the second highest share at 16.2% while Microsoft was third with just 1.9% of the market. The […]

Made in IBM Labs: Researchers Demonstrate Breakthrough Storage Performance for Big Data Applications

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Growing at unprecedented scales, this advance unifies data environments on a single platform, instead of being distributed across several systems that must be separately managed. It also dramatically reduces and simplifies data management tasks, allowing more information to be stored in the same technology, rather than continuing to buy more and more storage. In 1998, […]

SAS positioned in Visionaries quadrant in Gartner report

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The Gartner report explained those in the “Visionaries quadrant are driving innovation in the market through integration with business process modeling, continuous controls monitoring, risk analytics, targeted vertical industry solutions, and other advanced capabilities beyond the core functions required to be in the Magic Quadrant. Visionaries have a solid understanding of the market, as demonstrated […]

Oracle Leader in 2011 Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study

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Published by Dresner Advisory Services LLC, the report features four different BI industry sub-categories in which to group vendors and analyze market behavior and direction. Titans are the largest vendors, with extensive product and service offerings – including Business Intelligence. According to the report, “Oracle was ranked number one – overall – for its segment for […]

SAS® Business Intelligence accompanies Barclays Bank’s development in France

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“We needed the KPIs to support our strategy and sales management team,” explained Patrick Moyon, Head of Tools and Commercial Support. “Our objectives were to improve sales efficiency – including a better approach to sales meetings – and to give managers motivation tools and the ability to synchronize activities through shared KPIs.” The performance management […]

The SAP HANA Blog – SAP HANA by any other name…..

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Following the conversations taking place on Twitter and blogs, it sounds like there are a lot of questions regarding the branding and naming of SAP HANA. So, in this post I’d like to try to clarify the different offerings related to the SAP HANA™ platform, especially in light of  our availability announcement. As you know, […]

SAS Celebrates 35 Years as an Analytic Innovator

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CARY, NC  (Jul. 11, 2011)  – From humble beginnings at North Carolina State University in 1976 to a 900-acre collegiate-style campus and more than 400 global offices, SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, turns 35 this month.  Since its inception, SAS’ deep analytic expertise has helped its customers transform the world in unique ways:  protecting endangered […]

Microstrategy announces general availability of Microstrategy Cloud

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MicroStrategy Cloud is the first cloud-based service to enable rapid, cost-effective development of business intelligence, mobile and social apps, leveraging hundreds of thousands of terabytes of data and scaling to hundreds of thousands of users. The announcement of MicroStrategy Cloud was made today at the company’s worldwide launch event and European user conference in Monte Carlo. […]

10.0 Release of SAP BusinessObjects Governance, Risk, and Compliance Solutions

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The software helps organizations reduce the cost and effort required to manage risk and compliance programs; more confidently protect revenue streams, shareholder value and reputation; and optimize organizational performance and results. With business analytics solutions from SAP, organizations can benefit from unified solutions for business intelligence (BI), data warehousing, enterprise information management (EIM), enterprise performance […]

Starbucks BI Test:Can Managers Beat Heatwave?

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Starbucks is testing a new business intelligence platform designed to enable store managers to order supplies, schedule employees, and otherwise act on information delivered through mobile devices. The BI platform is MicroStrategy 9.2.1, an upgrade announced on Wednesday that includes a Transaction Services feature designed to take users of mobile apps and Web-based dashboards from insight […]

QlikView shares Business Intelligence with iPad

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As with the existing range of QlikView products, QlikView for iPad provides users with access to real-time analytics. “QlikView for iPad is fundamentally the same QlikView we see everywhere else, and that’s a conscious approach we have taken in terms of our strategy for mobile BIs,” QlikTech Australia & New Zealand regional director, Mark Sands, said. […]

Intel Labs invests £18m in cloud computing and embedded tech research

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The centres will use open IP models where results will be made publicly available through technical publications and open-source software releases, in a bid to encourage collaborative research. These new centres are expected to open amazing possibilities,” said Justin Rattner, Intel CIO. “Imagine, for example, future cars equipped with embedded sensors and microprocessors to constantly […]

5 Cloud Migration Tips from IBM’s CIO

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IBM has promised to deliver earnings of $20 per share to stockowners by 2015. The public commitment puts pressure not just on revenue generators like salespeople and product specialists, it also has the company’s IT management under the gun to reduce costs without hurting Big Blue’s ability to operate and innovate on a global basis. […]

KDR Newsletter – June 2011

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If you missed our June Newsletter catch up here       Tell us what you think on

Business Intelligence Tools – Going Global

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IDC made note of a growing preference among end users for departmental and incremental projects and subscription pricing. In another pattern found in the research, SaaS or cloud BI offerings are growing three times faster than the rest of the market SAP and IBM were the top two BI tools vendors in 2010, capturing more […]

SAP Crystal Reports & SAP BI 4.0 What’s New?

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The presentation covers two versions of Crystal Reports that will be out simultaneously: SAP Crystal Reports 2011 and SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise. The slides were presented during a live webinar hosted by SAP on June 22nd. View the full presentation on the SAP Community Network here     Tell us what you think on

What has been happening at KDR?

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As the sun finally starts to shine on our unpredictable British summer, it’s time to put the brollies away and send out a market update to our candidates, clients, suppliers and friends.   It’s been a while, and for that I apologise, but it’s been a while for a very good reason; we have been […]

KDR Goes Social!

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Social Networking sites such as Linked In and Twitter are a great way for both recruiters and job seekers to connect and stay in touch, but more importantly it’s a fantastic way to keep up to date with latest industry news, trends and get involved with relevant discussions. Last month we spoke to many of our current […]

Gartner Says Solving ‘Big Data’ Challenge Involves More Than Just Managing Volumes of Data

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Big data is a popular term used to acknowledge the exponential growth, availability and use of information in the data-rich landscape of tomorrow. The term “big data” puts an inordinate focus on the issue of information volume (in every aspect from storage through transform/transport to analysis). Big data is also heavily weighted toward current issues […]

Innovations in SAP Business Objects BI 4.0

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By Pierre Leroux I’ve logged quite a few air miles in the past 6 months and met numerous SAP customers, partners, colleagues, and mentors. Most of my time was spent talking about SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 and answering related questions. If I were to pick the question that I’ve heard the most it would have to […]

Microstrategy Delivers 2-Second Response Times to Mobile Users on Apple iPad2

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The benchmark test results further show that MicroStrategy is capable of sustaining such response times even as query volumes were increased to 265 KiloCycles, which equates to 265,000 round-trip queries per hour. The test ran using MicroStrategy 9.0.2 installed on commodity Intel-based hardware with a typical retail price of $14,620, and using a 64-bit Windows operating […]

Gartner Says Worldwide Enterprise Software Revenue to Grow 9.5 Percent in 2011

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Gartner analysts will announce the latest overall worldwide IT spending forecast on June 30. The findings will be available on the Gartner Quarterly IT Spending Forecast site atwww.gartner.com/quarterly-it-forecast. The forecast will include a breakout of IT spending by hardware, software, services, and telecom. “The market for enterprise software continues to recover well following the 2009 […]

SAP HANA Now Available to Customers Worldwide

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First conceived last spring, SAP HANA was delivered to select customers in November 2010 and today is made generally available as promised. SAP HANA has one of the fastest growing sales pipelines for new products in SAP’s history. SAP HANA introduces a new paradigm of real real-time computing, allowing companies to re-think their existing business […]

What is the Cloud Really?

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The pay-as-you-go model is not unique to the cloud. In the 70’s and 80’s we called them service bureaus; in the 90’s they were ASP’s’; around 2000 SaaS was the latest buzzword until 2006 when Google started called it the cloud. So pay-as-you-go is clearly a characteristic of the cloud, but it is not a […]

The Future of Business Intelligence is in Education

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How BI Is Used in the Organization Herschel writes that the BI is used in decision support at all levels of the organization with product, market and trend analysis as the leading uses in the strategic arena. In tactical uses, we’re seeing a wide range of performance management, marketing, forecasting, and planning alongside profitability measurements. […]

New Product News

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Endeca Technologies updated its customer experience management platform, Endeca InFront. New to Endeca InFront are added and updated tools for multichannel engagement and content targeting, enhanced insight into customer data, and increased speed and transparency with its content acquisition system. Flux announced the availability of its integration offering for Cognos Business Intelligence. Flux includes advanced enterprise job scheduling […]

Ballmer to IBM,Oracle You dont know Big Data

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Microsoft is doubling down on “big data,” one of the tech trends that’s emerging as a top priority for its customers, says Steve Ballmer. But Microsoft’s CEO isn’t talking about the kind of internal business intelligence that he says are the focus for IBM, Oracle and other rivals. In a day of interviews with four […]

SAP Makes Analytics Easy for SME’s

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Via flexible deployment options, SAP® Crystal Server 2011 software and the 4.0 release of SAP® BusinessObjects™ Edge Business Intelligence (BI) software are designed to help enable customers to get up and running quickly to better understand all facets of their businesses and make confident, data-driven decisions as events unfold, in real time. These latest solutions […]

SAS Leads Advanced Analytics Market by Wide Margin

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Owning 35.2 percent of the market, SAS’ share grew from 34.7 percent of the analytics market in 2009. Customer investment in SAS® Analytics demonstrates the tremendous value organizations reap from discovering new business opportunities, increased customer knowledge, more efficient operation and greater profitability. “For 35 years, SAS has been the gold standard in analytics,” said […]

MicroStrategy to Unveil Innovative New Technologies: Big Data, Mobile Intelligence, Cloud

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Big data: Companies are gathering more data than ever before, and are finding it increasingly challenging to use this data to make informed business decisions. MicroStrategy’s BI platform, known for its ability to access big data, can help companies uncover and leverage rich consumer insights from large volumes of data. Visual Insight, a new data […]

‘Big Blue’ Birthday

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IBM Corp., which celebrates its centennial this month, has achieved remarkable success over the years by developing innovative technology products and services and by continuing to transform its brand to adapt to a changing world. The company was founded on June 16, 1911, as Computing Tabulating and Recording (CTR) Co., making such products as punch-card […]

SAP Storms Ahead in BI Market

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Based on sales of software licenses and maintenance revenue including subscriptions, IDC’s market survey found that SAP had outstripped the entire worldwide BI market for the fifth consecutive year on financial performance and strategy management (FPSM) applications. SAP revenue for FPSM was $629 million, constituting a 24.9 percent market share in the category Full Article […]

Microsoft Business Intelligence News

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16th May 2011: TechED North America 2011 is in full swing this week and we’re excited to share some of the Business Intelligence capabilities coming in the upcoming release of SQL Server Code Name “Denali.” Just over a year ago we released an exciting innovation in the Business Intelligence space – PowerPivot for Excel 2010.  […]

New Global IBM Study Confirms Cloud Computing Poised to Take Off at Companies

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As demand for ever-growing amounts of information continues to increase, companies are seeking simple and direct access to data and applications that cloud  computing delivers in a cost-efficient, always-available manner. The use of cloud, which began in supporting deployments mainly inside companies, has now also grown common between organizations and their partners and customers. In […]

What you need to know about IBM Cognos 10

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This article from Computer Weekly provides an overview of IBM’s recently announced Cognos 10 which allows greater access to data in a more interactive and intuitive analytical workspace. It also leverages better caching and query management giving quicker results. Key characteristics users are likely to find attractive include: Broader analytical capabilities. Cognos 10 includes business […]

HP Denies Neoview Cut, Hires SAP Exec

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Hewlett-Packard has denied a report that it is backing away from business intelligence and its Neoview data warehousing solution. Meanwhile, HP confirmed last week that it has hired software marketing veteran Marge Breya. Breya joined HP from SAP, where she was an executive vice president and general manager reporting directly to Jim-Hagemann Snabe, co-CEO. Breya […]

SAP launches business intelligence applications marketplace

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SAP announced it has created a dedicated business analytics area in its EcoHub online applications marketplace, which will include both its own tools and those developed by partners. They set up the EcoHub website in October 2008 and started including a limited number of partner offerings in 2009 before expanding the service out in October 2010. […]

Business intelligence requires cultural transformation, says Gartner

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Chief information officers must ensure that business intelligence (BI) programmes are treated as a “cultural transformation of the business, instead of an IT project”, analyst house Gartner has said. Full article: computerworlduk.com     Tell us what you think on      

Movers and Shakers

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joins us as an account manager. With invaluable experience in niche recruitment, Emma is looking forward to helping our clients use business intelligence to their commercial advantage. Mark Townsend is our new resource specialist, charged with seeking out the top talent in data management. After honing his skills as a resource specialist Chris Bongard has […]

Business intelligence and supercomputing collide

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This article explores: – How a combination of supercomputing and business analytics is increasing profit returns – How the future of this technology will become much more wide spread across the enterprise – How this technology reduced risk computations for a bank in Singapore down from 18 hours to just 12 minutes. Full article: Silicon.com […]

Heineken and Hillarys Blinds dramatically increase the flexibility of their business data

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The analysis highlights: – Heineken wanted to move all their data to a single location with an emphasis on quality of data rather than quantity – This allowed Heineken to build a far greater picture of customer activity – Hillary Blinds customer call centre service levels and client relationships have risen as a result of […]

Tech-savvy put business intelligence to work

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This article in USA today talks about some of the benefits business are getting from understandign and using the data they own. The amount of data is now truly mind boggling, and growing BI savvy organisations are gaing huge competitive egde by using their data IBM alone has a target if $16bn revenues from BI […]

IT heavyweights rally in data warehousing race

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IBM is keeping up with the Joneses, and all for the bargain price of $1.7bn. That’s how much its recent purchase of the Massachusetts-based Netezza Corporation set it back, a move that has put IBM on par with Oracle in the burgeoning data management arena. Oracle’s Exadata data warehousing widget was quickly becoming the Rolls […]

Data management appointments double as solvency II looms

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How things can change in 12 months. As the insurance industry prepares for next year’s Solvency Two initiative, information management contractors have never been in such high demand. We’ve successfully placed double the number of contractors in information management roles compared with quarter four of last year. In contrast to the majority of business sectors, […]

Seven years on; an age of information evolution

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When we started out in 2003, we never dared to dream we’d be working with many of the same clients and professionals seven years later. With hindsight, that’s the beauty of staying a specialist – you can really get under the skin of an industry with its attendant highs, lows, opportunities and obstacles, and be […]

Case Study: Soft drinks manufacturer A.G. Barr achieves comprehensive data analysis with IBM Solutio

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IBM Business Partner helped create a central data repository based on IBM InfoSphere Balanced Warehouse. The benefits and details of this case study illustrate: – How implementation supported a change in A.G. Barr’s business philosophy to a more customer focused approach – How it bolstered their decision-making process, allowing A.G. Barr to spot potential business […]

Better collaboration with SAP calls from SAP user group

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Alan Bowling, chairman of the UK & Ireland SAP User Group, welcomed the participation of Jim Hagemann Snabe, co-CEO of SAP. “This is a great coup for the user group and the first time we’ve had the company’s CEO participate at our conference. To us, it’s a great sign that SAP really wants to get […]