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    The New York Times Dialect Survey was the site’s most popular post of 2013. The data behind it is based on the extensive research of Scott Golder and his team. Now, Scott turns his eye towards using social media to gather data, and how businesses can find insight in granularity within large data...
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    To execute the most effective marketing strategy for your business, you need a marketing department that actively partners with your IT department to tap into data—and new opportunities. Despite CMOs and CIOs having different viewpoints on almost everything, the most successful businesses eliminate...
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    The division of power and knowledge is enough to undermine any organization. CEOs have power, and data scientists have knowledge, but too often those forces don’t meet. However, when they do, fact-based decision making—the true mark of a functional organization—is born. The union of...
  • Blog Post: Interview: Scott Golder, Data Scientist

    The New York Times Dialect Survey was the site’s most popular post of 2013. The data behind it is based on the extensive research of Scott Golder and his team in the early 2000s, and Scott discusses how things have changed in the ten years since he conducted his research—including how easy...
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    For a lot of businesses mobility is a new-found luxury, but for others it’s a necessity that’s finally getting better. Take, for example, DeSantis Landscapes in Salem and Portland, Oregon—as a landscaping company, the very nature of its work is outside the office. DeSantis is using...
  • Blog Post: 2014 Winter Olympics: Behind the Scenes with Microsoft Dynamics and Windows Azure

    The gold medals and athletes are home, the stray dogs have been adopted, and the Windows Azure team released a stunning recap of what happened behind the scenes at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. The team has a history of helping connect fans to events they care about, from small-scale stuff like measuring...
  • Blog Post: 4 key takeaways from the Convergence 2014 conference keynote

    Convergence is the premier event for the Microsoft Dynamics Customer and Partner business community. This year’s theme of customer experience means that attendees will be fully immersed in how technology could help them delight their customers. We highlighted four takeaways from the opening...
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    “How do I work with big data without spending big money?” That’s the question more and more businesses are asking themselves. Luckily, business intelligence has become more accessible over the years with more affordable and easy-to-use tools. The name of the game is tapping into your...
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    Social media can’t just be one facet of your company’s promotional tactics. Social has to be in its veins; it has to be part of the lifeblood of your overall marketing strategy. Participating in social as a brand, though, requires that you measure your impact and progress, both overall and...