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The Business Creative: Shared Traits of Artists and Entrepreneurs

The Business Creative: Shared Traits of Artists and Entrepreneurs

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We love Chicago. We love living here, and it sits at a unique intersection between business, technology, and creativity. With that in mind, we were excited to hear the perspective of fellow entrepreneurs during this panel discussion. Event Takeaways The panel was moderated by Genevieve Theirs, who not only founded Sittercity but is also a … Read More

Chicago City Data Users Group – Cook County’s Open Data Ecosystem

Chicago City Data Users Group – Cook County’s Open Data Ecosystem

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There’s nothing that excites us more than hearing about how our fellow Chicagoans are leveraging open data to promote civic engagement, to power innovation and to supercharge economic opportunity. We attended the Chicago City Data Users Group meetup to hear about what data and toolsets that Cook County provides for everyone. This event was titled, “Cook County’s … Read More

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Cognitive Technology for Public Services

Cognitive Technology for Public Services

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We have one last set of cognitive technology examples to help us see those big AI dreams become a reality for your business. The tools that make artificial intelligence (AI) in business possible show up in so many different industries. Cognitive technology in brick-and-mortar retail has been giving customers a better experience. The movie business … Read More

Cognitive Technology Meets the Movies

Cognitive Technology Meets the Movies

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We’ve been talking cognitive technology solutions lately. Remember that cognitive technologies are the tools that pump artificial intelligence (AI) into business. To help us get to know what we can really do with futuristic AI, we’re looking at cognitive technology examples in use in the real world. Last week we looked at cognitive technology in … Read More

Cognitive Technology & In-Store Retail

Cognitive Technology & In-Store Retail

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We’ve talked about cognitive technology solutions as the tools that pull Artificial Intelligence (AI) into business. With options like Azure Cognitive Services or IBM’s Watson cognitive services, it is possible for retailers to put cognitive technology to use in-store. But maybe thinking about using AI feels too much like a daydream about Jetson’s style robot … Read More

What is Cognitive Technology?

What is Cognitive Technology?

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Today we’re taking a bigger picture look at the umbrella concept of cognitive technology. You probably know more about cognitive technology than you think. Remember that we’ve talked about Artificial Intelligence (AI) being an overall term for “smart” computing?  Well, cognitive technologies are the underlying tools that make AI possible. First, what do we mean by … Read More

Local Services & The Open Data Initiative

Local Services & The Open Data Initiative

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To round out our discussion of open data basics let’s think about local business services and the open data initiative. Like open data usage in real estate and urban planning, the open data initiative is opening doors for better products and services at the local level. So, how do sprawling data sets help a business connect with … Read More

Urban Planning & The Open Data Initiative

Urban Planning & The Open Data Initiative

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In our open data usage series, we’ve walked through the question what is open data and looked at some example open data sets. To get a better sense of the many possibilities for open data usage, we dived a bit deeper into open data and real estate. Now we’ll turn our focus to urban planning and … Read More

Open Data Usage in Real Estate

Open Data Usage in Real Estate

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Now that we’ve sorted through the basics of the open data initiative, we’re taking a closer look at open data usage across a range of industries. First up: open data usage in real estate. Open Data Usage in Real Estate What kinds of data in the open data initiative are impacting the real estate world? … Read More

What is Open Data?

What is Open Data?

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We’re taking a look at another big movement in the information age: the open data initiative. Not sure what open data is all about? Join in as we ask what is open data and begin thinking about its usage. What is Open Data: A Definition Open data is information that is free for anyone to … Read More

Data Lake Analytics: Ecommerce Retailer Examples

Data Lake Analytics: Ecommerce Retailer Examples

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Remember that we’ve had data lakes explained as a place to store data from different sources, in whatever format it comes, whether structured or unstructured. We’re exploring beyond the data lake definition, looking at practical uses of data lake analytics. So far, we’ve covered data lake analytics in politics and in supply chain management. Now we’re … Read More

Big Data Basics

Big Data Basics

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Big data is the way businesses do business today. Your company is using a fair amount of data to get to know your customers, no doubt. You’ve probably heard of a thousand more ways that big data analytics are giving companies new insights. But how do you know if you’re keeping enough data? The right … Read More