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6 Popular E-Commerce PCI DSS Compliance Myths Explained

PCI DSS compliance applies to any business that accepts credit cards, whether they’re e-commerce or physical merchants. After all, just because your storefront is made of pixels and not brick-and-mortar doesn’t mean the PCI council is any less interested in how you secure your customers’ sensitive data. But PCI DSS is complex, and lots of businesses […]


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7 Essential Questions to Ask When Hiring an IT Security Consultant

Note: This post was written in 2014. We’ve written more content with new research since then, including Your IT Organizational Structure: Should You Centralize or Decentralize? The increasing skill and audacity of cyber criminals poses a threat to all business owners. Massive breaches at huge firms such as Target may score all the headlines, but […]


Vendor Lowdown: Tableau Business Intelligence Software

Tableau is a business intelligence (BI) and analytics tool with heavy emphasis on data discovery and self-service. Tableau’s corporate slogan, “Answer questions as fast as you can think them,” highlights the company’s insistence on providing users with a quick way to solve problems. To do this, users analyze their data via interactive visual dashboards—which allow […]


Self-Service BI: What You Need to Know

Traditionally, business intelligence (BI) platforms were complex, expensive tools which only technically sophisticated users could operate. The business would submit its requests to the IT department, which would carefully collect and analyze the relevant data to create reports and dashboards. But this was a slow process, and by the time these reports arrived on the […]


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3 Ways Data Analytics Tools Reduce Health Care Costs and Boost Efficiency

Health care costs are rising—and the desire to pay, among both insurers and government, is diminishing. Reducing costs without sacrificing quality of care is a challenge all providers face. The good news? Hospital workflows produce lots of data, which, when analyzed using business intelligence (BI) and analytics tools, can reveal ways to reduce costs and […]


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3 Ways Data Analytics Tools Boost Patient-Centric Care

With the old days of billing for services vanishing into the past, today’s health care organizations must demonstrate that the care they deliver to patients is both effective and efficient. If they cannot, then payers—whether public or private—may reduce, or even refuse to reimburse, their costs. In short: Patient-centric care is a must. But how […]


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Mitigating Analytics Risk: Essential Health Care Data Security Requirements and Questions

It’s no surprise if health care organizations are concerned about the security of the technology they use. After all, earlier this year, insurance plan provider Anthem suffered a breach that compromised the records of 80 million individuals. A few months later, researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle managed to hack into and seize […]


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How Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Boost Value-Based Care

The era of big data is here to stay—and the data is only getting bigger, especially when it comes to big data healthcare analytics. Today’s providers generate and collect data from a vast array of internal sources: electronic health records (EHRs), pharmacy sales, prescription information, lab tests and insurance claims data, to name but a […]


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To BI or Not to BI? How Dashboards Impact SMB Confidence in Data Analytics

Once the preserve of large enterprises, a new generation of business intelligence (BI) tools is today within reach of small and midsize businesses (SMBs). However, fears about the cost and complexity of this technology persist, limiting adoption by smaller businesses. In this report, we explore how SMB confidence in data analytics is impacted by the use […]


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Business Intelligence Software Buyer Report – 2015

Every year, hundreds of businesses contact Software Advice to find the best business intelligence software to fit their needs. These interactions with prospective buyers provide us with considerable insight into the broader BI software market and the trends that occur within it. We recently analyzed a random sample of these interactions to better understand the factors […]