Category: Big Data

The Unified Data Model
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The Unified Data Model

Data is the most important foundation in your company in the 21st century. Without a solid foundation, the rest of the house will fall. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the elephant in the room: unified data. If you haven’t read that article yet, to sum up: Bad Data is costing you more than you are...

How Mobile Apps Are Enhancing the Customer Experience
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How Mobile Apps Are Enhancing the Customer Experience

Technology is constantly evolving with 42% of users who browse the internet on a mobile device using mobile apps to aid the process.  Around 90% of mobile users prefer using apps to visit media instead of going to a website, highlighting the importance of mobile apps. But what benefits can a mobile app bring to your...

Ashley HoF success will depend on data integration
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Ashley HoF success will depend on data integration

The retail news has been dominated by reports of the buyout of House of Fraser by Mike Ashley, the owner of Sports Direct, for £90m and his vision for creating ‘the Harrods of the High Street’. Ashley’s brands are now so diverse it may be hard to see how each will truly complement each other,...

How to minimise stock wastage with data
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How to minimise stock wastage with data

Stock wastage has been highlighted as one of the big issues in the retail industry recently with the news that Burberry destroyed unsold clothes, accessories and perfume worth around £28.6m last year alone. In the past five years, £90m worth of unsold stock has been destroyed by the fashion house to protect the exclusive nature...

How Retailers can capitalise on Waistcoat Wednesday and not run out of stock
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How Retailers can capitalise on Waistcoat Wednesday and not run out of stock

The 2018 world cup is over, and as Russia looks forward to utilising the stadiums and feel good factor to create a lasting legacy for their nation, fashion retailers and clothing manufacturers are also rubbing their hands together having benefited from a somewhat unusual legacy set by England Manager, Gareth Southgate and his “waistcoat.” Southgate has...

A clearer view of your data – an Interview with Kevin Carrick
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A clearer view of your data – an Interview with Kevin Carrick

As the number of ways to buy has evolved, many retailers are plagued with data disparities caused by an evolution of several IT systems. Increasingly, retailers are finding it impossible to unify data across systems such as e-commerce platforms, customer relationship management, warehouse management, finance, product management, resource planning and EPOS – to name but...

Is Data the new oil? An exploration by Kevin Carrick & Dave Jones
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Is Data the new oil? An exploration by Kevin Carrick & Dave Jones

If you google the term ‘Data is the new oil’, you’re presented with almost 600 million results. We wanted to explore why this is such a popular and well quoted term.  Firstly, drawing on our own experiences as CIOs having worked for large multinational organisations there were some quick comparisons to make. Whether we choose...

Unified Data: The Elephant in the Room
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Unified Data: The Elephant in the Room

Inconvenient truth: you get out what you put in and data is no exception to this rule. Enterprise, unified data is the ‘elephant in the room’ in many organisations. As more organisations start to see the value of truly understanding their customers and business operations in greater detail, there are still many companies that are...