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When Blacklight evaluated technologies for the partners in our platform, the cloud provider was a major piece of the decision. We needed a partner that was robust, provides virtually infinite scale, clear pricing and most of all the breadth of tools our customers most need. While other providers offered great integration for a specific stack,

By | 2017-12-20T14:37:50+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Data Practices, Embedded BI, Engineering, Products|

Illuminations NewsCard Q4 2017

Amazon certainly knows how to go big at a conference.  With nearly 50,000 attendees AWS re:Invent was spread across Las Vegas hotels and included fully booked sessions from end to end.    Over 1000 sessions were held and venues spanned the MGM, Aria, Venetian, LINQ and Mirage elevating conference logistics and unfortunately wait

By | 2017-12-11T19:28:14+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Observations from AWS re:Invent

Amazon certainly knows how to go big at a conference.  With nearly 50,000 attendees AWS re:Invent was spread across Las Vegas hotels and included fully booked sessions from end to end.    Over 1000 sessions were held and venues spanned the MGM, Aria, Venetian, LINQ and Mirage elevating conference logistics and unfortunately wait times to

Testing Automation in Embedded BI

Congratulations, you’ve made the choice to embed a BI solution into your product line. You have thought through the implications of building it yourself and have decided you want to focus your team on what makes you money, your specific domain. Unless you sell a BI solution, you don’t want to keep up with the

By | 2017-11-19T13:37:42+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Embedded BI|

Strategic Partnerships

We are excited to have recently become Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Hortonworks consulting partners. In addition to our partnerships with KNIME and Yellowfin. Since the beginning of this company we have been striving to do more for our clients and faster.  New capabilities emerge for our clients with this combination of technologies, a combination

By | 2017-11-14T11:43:48+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Observations from KNIME Summit 2017

Any analytics project today requires data integration, cleansing, manipulation and often they require machine learning.  In order to solve these problems a hodge podge of tooling is typically required.  That usually leads to glueing technologies together that were never meant to really work with each other in the same place.   The problem is exacerbated

Calculemus!  The Confusing Vocabulary of Artificial Intelligence

You are probably the type of executive that wants to fully understand the emerging opportunities in tech, but when it comes to artificial intelligence are left wondering if the field is just full of hype. There certainly has been plenty of hype lately and combined with all of those articles about the looming threat from advances in

By | 2017-10-27T16:56:31+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Artificial Intelligence, data science, Machine Learning|

BI Vendor Analytics – Q4 2017

We like to use our data skills to help people. We have found that to be a quick route to trust and credibility. One of our most popular recent posts made use of research Blacklight had conducted on business intelligence tool features. Choosing a BI tool has gotten wildly complicated as the web proliferates with

By | 2017-10-19T16:22:36+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Avoid Making Your Data Ten Times More Expensive

When 83% of companies believe their revenue is affected because of data quality problems, we need to take a look at what is going wrong. Few endeavors have received the media attention, promise, and even hype as the revolution organizations today are undergoing to become data-driven. But the value from that investment and work evaporates when the data

By | 2017-10-16T11:36:30+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Data Practices|

Capture Your Audience with Visualizations

When you are creating insightful visualizations with data, everything depends on the right starting point.  Developing a method and having standards for your visuals is critical to building engagement from your audience.  You don't just want something that people can understand, but something that informs them in surprising ways.  Accomplishing that objective means spending time

By | 2017-10-06T11:35:07+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|