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Never before has it been more important to have every tool possible at your disposal to enable good business decisions. Although going on a gut instinct does have its benefits when the instincts are based on strong skills and years of experience, it is the ability to obtain process and use data that will likely lead to more successful business decisions. It is for this reason that most business owners recognize the value of analyzing data.
It used to be an arduous task to pore over financial documents, reports and data that came from many different sources and then finding a way to actually analyze what was being reviewed. With the advancement of technology, this is now a simpler matter as there are various software programs designed to make the job much easier. Now it is far simpler to analyze data with a business intelligence service.
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It is not just data within a company that is essential to analyze, but also data from the industry and even so broad as world economics and trends. For example, it does little good for a company to put research and development dollars into a future product that is not likely to be in demand in the marketplace.
The term business intelligence was first used in 1958 by IBM researcher, Hans Peter Luhn, although it did not become commonplace until the 1990′s. It is understood to be the process of converting raw data into something useable for decision making.
Staying on top of things is never an easy task because what works today will not necessarily work tomorrow, but keeping fresh data at hand helps.
Actor Kevin Bacon often talks about the six degrees of separation, referring to the idea that you are never more than six connections away from anyone on this earth. The idea being that you know someone who knows someone who knows someone and so on…
With an explosion of internet dating sites and the ever popular Facebook and Twitter accounts, the world is becoming even more connected that ever before. One in twelve people in the world are now on Facebook, and climbing. With that superior connection, it’s no wonder that online dating sites have exploded in the last five years. Match.com is probably the most well known site and has over 29 million people in their data base. This site guarantees you will meet your match within six months and boasts an average of 20-thousand singles joining their site every day. What ever happened to meeting someone in Church or at the grocery store?
While the Internet has changed the way we access other people, there is still no substitute for seeing that person face to face. If you’ve ever met someone through a chat room, many people are not truthful about their jobs, their weight or even the type of person they are. The Internet has paved the way for sexual predators to prowl around without a face or name and gain access to women and children whom they shouldn’t be in contact with. It’s difficult, if not impossible to police that type of behavior.
Here are some reminders about meeting dates off the Internet:
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