Weather, Consumer Behaviour and “The Profit of One Degree”

Who hasn’t at some point made an impulse purchase during a spell of gray and rainy days? It’s no secret that weather affects people’s moods and behaviours, which in turn affects the retail industry on a day-to-day basis. During a downpour people are much less likely to shop in-store,

Project X Labs introduces a North American weather data feed

Project X Labs is pleased to announce the launch of our North American weather data feed, available as a subscription service. Weather has a tremendous impact on the day-to-day and long term operations of numerous industries. By owning this feed, you can add context to your data and n

Attending conferences leads to our best ideas

The decision to attend or exhibit at an out of town conference (particularly a multi-day one) is difficult. By the time you factor in travel, conference fees and hotel costs, you need to be certain your business will strongly benefit from attending. Of course, MicroStrategy World is a

MicroStrategy and AWS are a match made in heaven

In the past, I have talked about Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the information one should know prior to moving your data to the cloud. After spending the last week at MicroStrategy World in Washington, D.C., our team was happy to hear that MicroStrategy has made it even easier to depl

Why we love the new MicroStrategy community portal

While attending MicroStrategy World this past week, we were happy to celebrate 20 years of the event with everyone who attended. Amidst all the celebrations, one new development piqued my interest:  MicroStrategy has started a new community page, a place for MicroStrategy product enth

Flashy visualizations: They look good… but so what?

Over the past several weeks and recently at MicroStrategy World I’ve been involved in conversations where we reviewed different types of data visualizations and what value can be derived from them. While many people who request visualizations want something flashy that seems to answer

Convincing reluctant business users to adopt visualizations

After talking to many people across all different industries at the recent MicroStrategy World conference, this was my biggest takeaway: Grid is still number one for business users. The biggest challenge IT practitioners face is trying to convince business users to view their data as

Welcome to GeoDash 4

View the press release on MarketWired here. Project X Labs revitalizes geospatial analytics with GeoDash 4 Complete with new UI, dynamic zoom, cluster operations and in-building analytics (TORONTO) Project X Labs Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of GeoDash™ 4 our location intel

7 Reasons to Launch a Career in Data and Analytics

Back in 2009, solutions marketer Nic Smith stated succinctly that “Business Intelligence is about providing the right data at the right time to the right people so that they can take the right decisions.” With the amount of data available to businesses, it is critical that the data is

Interpreting Predictive Analytics with a Grain of Salt

Predictive Analytics can be very helpful: algorithms can help retailers decide what quantities of items to order, detect instances of financial fraud or help allocate resources to control the spread of a disease. However, while these predictive tools are helping change lives for the b