The Myths of Business Analytics Part 2: Databases Replace Data Lakes

In part 1 of this series we discussed the confusing landscape of business analytics and the components necessary for a complete solution. In part 2 of the series, we will discuss one aspect of business analytics solutions that is vital for success - the utilization of a data lake. The data lake is a place for all your data sources to enter

By |2020-06-22T15:43:24+00:00June 22nd, 2020|Data Practices, education|

Blacklight Solutions Welcomes Loree Misch as VP of Strategy and Finance

AUSTIN, TEXAS JUNE 2, 2020    Blacklight Solutions, a local applied analytics company, has named accomplished finance and private equity executive Loree Misch as its Vice President of Strategy and Finance. Misch has a deep background of growing companies in executive roles as a fund manager and decades of experience in strategic planning and finance. She has a strong record of discovering business obstacles and defining executable solutions while aligning stakeholder goals

By |2020-06-03T14:56:15+00:00June 3rd, 2020|News|

The Myths of Business Analytics Solutions Part 1: The Reframing

While this past decade has shown some remarkable advancements in business analytics tooling, we have also seen tremendous challenges arise in their successful use. Why? Very few organizations have the bandwidth to identify what is needed to complete a business analytics solution, unless they have experts on staff and an informed leadership team ready to

By |2020-06-01T16:35:06+00:00May 29th, 2020|Data Practices, education|

Creating Your First Software Product? 3 Ways to Plan Your Support Practice

When you build software, your approach to customer support is strategic.  If you endeavor to create your first software product, thinking about support from the beginning will help you resource your product properly once it is actively used by your customers.  The strategic question is how do you want to differentiate yourself with your support

By |2019-06-03T16:05:44+00:00June 3rd, 2019|Embedded BI, Products, Software Product Practices|

Build and Monetize a Simple Software Product

One of the simplest ways to get started with a software product for your customers is to automate the review of data.  That is especially valuable when you can identify events, anomalies or patterns and notify your customers.  This pattern of product is easily monetized because the value proposition is simple.  Use smart machines instead

By |2019-05-25T11:39:51+00:00May 25th, 2019|Data Practices, data science, KNIME, News, Products|

Workshop: Approachable Data Science

We are happy to announce our new course in Approachable Data Science offered for beginners who have no exposure to machine learning or data science techniques in their background.  There is no requirement to know a specific scripting or coding language or to have a computer science background.   With this course we are sharing our

By |2019-04-25T15:59:19+00:00April 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Come See Jonathan Mugan Speak

Blacklight Solutions is proud to be a part of the technology community here in Austin and we are excited to spotlight our new leadership positions in the community, upcoming Data Science events, and two community-focused fundraising campaigns. The Association of Computing Machinery is the largest professional organization specifically for computer scientists in the world. The

By |2019-04-11T20:36:23+00:00April 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Feeling Good about Game of Thrones, Finally

Our community work is part of our DNA, and we challenge ourselves all the time to find time in our schedules to contribute to the community.  Whether it is becoming one of the biggest fundraisers for Austin Sunshine Camps  or through our community education work with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) we continue to

By |2019-04-05T22:03:46+00:00April 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Accelerate Your Time to Market

From Services Provider to Software Vendor Your service is successful.  You are fulfilling the needs of your customers.  Your reputation is healthy, and now you are looking to expand more.  The most basic expansion strategy is asking what else you can do for your existing customers to strengthen your relationship. Offering a software product is

By |2019-04-05T15:05:23+00:00April 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|

3 Reasons Faster Achieves More in Analytics

Interested in a counter-intuitive statistic? In one survey successful business intelligence project leaders reported getting value from their implementations more than twice as fast as those that failed to meet their objectives.  A natural tension usually exists between speed and impact.  When one is prioritized in technology, too often the other suffers.  As indicated in

By |2018-04-04T11:40:51+00:00April 4th, 2018|Data Practices|