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"With appropriate education, all employees will become "analytic amateurs" in the regular course of getting their work done through data-driven processes, Davenport said. "Analytics have to become everybody's job." Pioneering Companies Enter a New Data Analytics Phase http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Magic of manufacturing to be explored in Oct. 9, 10 conference in Billings http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- 7th Annual Downtown Montana Conference, 9/24-26, Helena, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Montana Nonprofit Association Annual Conference, 10/1-3, Helena http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Java EE and Oracle Fundamentals Training - Register Today!
If you want to deliver an application on the web, you'll find this course essential.
- Free Online Training - OneNote, 9/12 - ikuw Solutions
Collect all the info you need all in one spot, quickly organize your thoughts, and share or work with others on the same project.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Home Depot confirms breach in US, Canada stores - Impact on small contractors could be significant
The breach could turn out to be one of the biggest in history.
- How the Home Depot Credit-Card Breach Affects Small Contractors
The hack may have disproportionately affected small business owners: Professional builders and contractors account for as much as 40 percent of Home Depot sales and 4 percent of the chain's total customers
- NSF 'Exploring' the Establishment of a National Network of Big Data Hubs
These hubs will help to continue and scale up the activities and partnerships launched under the National Big Data R&D Initiative and also serve as a catalyst for economic prosperity by supporting the growth of the U.S. big data industry.
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership
- 7th Annual Downtown Montana Conference, 9/24-26, Helena, Montana
Join us to explore the intersections of our conference avenues - Pride - Placemaking - Potential
- Growing Businesses Under the Big Sky - Montana Business Resources Division
We offer key finance, technical, and information assistance for private business, local and regional development corporations, and local communities aimed at improving, enhancing and diversifying Montana's economy. Business Resources Division Start-Up Checklist
The 2014 Compete Smart Manufacturing Conference, 10/9-10, Billings, Montana
- "Introduction To The DoD SBIR Program" Webinar, 9/16
A general overview of the DoD SBIR/STTR Programs as well as information on specific needs of the participating agencies: Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Army, Navy, Air Force, Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD).
- Magic of manufacturing to be explored in Oct. 9, 10 conference in Billings
A broad selection of training will be offered on winning strategies, advanced technology, marketing, Lean manufacturing, finance and performance excellence.
Come Home Montana
- Big Data IsTransforming Real Estate
Consider what's going on in San Francisco.
- Getting the CMO and CIO to work as partners - McKinsey & Company
Companies that are more data driven are 5 percent more productive and 6 percent more profitable than other companies.
- Unleashing the value of advanced analytics in insurance
Today's advanced analytics in insurance push far beyond the boundaries of traditional actuarial science.
- How CIOs can lead their company's information business
The job is to make data-driven insights available to frontline decision makers in a timely manner.
- Telecom Companies Tap Analytics for Growth
With the effective use of analytics, real-time marketing can now respond within one to five minutes of an event.
- Cognitive Computing
Deep learning techniques are being applied against a relevant data set to reveal what you should know, or the likelihood of something being true--answers to the questions you never thought to ask.
- Your supply chain is costing you money - Reason #2 Poorly executed or non-existent sales and operations planning
Effective S&OP tools also include the ability to integrate the data that drives S&OP. While Excel can be fine to do the initial S&OP model, moving to the next level of S&OP effectiveness requires a more integrated, responsive and collaborative application.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Analytics & Business Intelligence - Vubiquity
The Director of Analytics & Business Intelligence is responsible for establishing and implementing the overall BI strategy across the organization with a strong focus on data analysis, data mining, reporting and advanced visualizations across disparate data environments including big data platforms.
- Montana Monster Munchies - Bozeman-based cookie company hiring 42 employees
They've been to Montana State University, the Bozeman Job Service, reached out through the company's Facebook page, Craigslist and the Butte Pre-Release Center in an effort to drum up enough part-time help to fill the order.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Production Assistant (multiple openings) - Montana Monster Munchies
We currently have part-time and full-time temporary positions available now through the end of December.
- "Missoula - an Unsuspectingly Cool Town" - 20 U.S. Cities You Must Visit In Your 20s
When you envision Montana, you probably think wide open spaces, horses and cowboys, right? Well, Missoula will surprise you.
Montana Economic Development
- MSU business college to honor eight Montana family businesses on Oct. 10
Eight businesses will receive Family Business Day awards at the 2014 Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship State Farm Insurance Family Business Day, set for Friday, Oct. 10, at the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn in Bozeman.
- The Trials of Montana Timber
In the past 40 years, the state's timber industry has dwindled due to diminished log supply and volatile markets. What's next?
- Lake County Community Development Corporation Recipient of US Treasury Department Community Development Financial Institution Funds
"This CDFI award will enable us to do even more throughout the Lake, Mineral and Sanders County communities we serve, and enhances our ability to keep doing what we do best - assisting in the growth and success of our businesses and our communities." LCCDC Executive Director, Billie Lee
- Analysis: Butte should flaunt strengths
"This is a city that generates a lot of publicity for the wrong reasons."
- Seven Career Moves for Every College Graduate
While getting your degree is a time-consuming experience, it's important to focus not only on academics but also on the other areas that will help you have a successful career.
- New Economic Gardening Program in Western Montana
"The market research provided to us through the Economic Gardening Pilot resulted helped us identify and focus our limited resources on the best possible markets and resulted in over $100,000 in sales which immediately enabled new hires." Michael Fitzgerald -co-founder and CEO of Submittable
Incubators and R&D
- State labor department launches Choose Idaho website
The Idaho Department of Labor hopes a new web-based initiative, "Choose Idaho," will bring workers to Idaho and keep Idahoans from leaving the state for jobs, by pairing them with Idaho employers in need of skilled workers.
- Going Local: Connecting the National Labs to their Regions to Maximize Innovation and Growth
Unfortunately, legacy operating procedures limit the DOE labs' ability to engage fully with the regional economies in which they are located. This lack of consistent engagement with regional technology clusters has likely limited the labs' overall contributions to U.S. economic growth.
- Butte-Silver Bow County, MSE teaming up to foster entrepreneurship
MSE hopes to open a "maker's space" - something of an inventors workshop - that can turn ideas into prototypes.
Regional Economic Development
- Franchise Brands With Higher-Than-Average Default Rates
Franchisees of the 10 brands in the ranking defaulted at more than double the rate for SBA borrowers who invested in all other chains, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of charge-offs of all SBA-backed franchise loans in the past decade.
- New grant program to support smart development around transit lines is open for business
A program created in the 2012 transportation law to help communities plan for transit-oriented development is open for business -- and T4America is ready to help your community win some of that grant funding.
Montana Education Excellence
- What Can a 2-Minute Video Say About the Next 4 Years in College?
Ever since George Mason University started inviting prospective students to send in videos as part of their application materials, Matthew P. Boyce, the interim admissions director there, has seen applicants try to prove their mettle in some odd ways.
- California Bill Sets Sights on Curbing Campus Sexual Assaults
California is poised to become the first state to require all colleges that receive state funds to strengthen their policies on sexual assault by mandating that students give active consent to one another before all sexual activity, either by saying "yes" to a spoken query or by signaling assent in a nonverbal way.
- Student Debt Collections Are Leaving the Elderly in Poverty
Seniors hold a small minority of all student debt in the country, but their fate is a cautionary tale for today's students taking out more and bigger loans. It is also a sign of financial stress to come for people who are heading toward retirement.
- Montana's Juneau launches pro-Common Core campaign
"Montana's new higher learning standards tell teachers and parents what every student should be able to do, grade-by-grade, to stay on the path to success."
- Carroll College ranked top regional college in West
Carroll held the top spot for Regional Colleges in the West with its 82 percent average Freshman Retention Rate.
- MSU celebrates its inventors, aims to expand research
"I think we need to brag," Reijo Pera said. "Montanans don't brag. We need to tell the story of just how great we are."
- Montana Tech ranked in top 10 for highest starting salary
Tech's median early career salary is roughly $70,000 annually.
Funding and Building your Business
- OurMissoula.org developing overarching guide for coordinated growth and community enhancement in the Missoula Urban Services Area.
We'd love to hear from you.
- 'Orphan Girl' plays to packed theater
"I'm just loving it," said Brick Patrick, hometown star of the documentary. "I'm excited for Butte. I thought it came together pretty well - I think the film looked great."
Connectivity & Communications
- The Strategic Way To Hire a Sales Team
Companies typically spend much more money and hire many more people, annually, in their sales function than they do anywhere else in the firm.
- Uncertain About Hiring, Some Companies Try 'Test Drives'
It may sound extreme, but this arrangement is becoming more common, especially at small, fast-growing companies where turnover can be high.
- Stanford engineers aim to connect the world with ant-sized radios
Costing just pennies to make, tiny radios-on-a-chip are designed to serve as controllers or sensors for the 'Internet of Things.'
- California Controller Unveils First Open Data Portal
Yearly tax revenues and expenditures are on display for all cities and counties with the launch of the state's new interactive portal.
- "Welcome to the future of state government." - Indiana Statehouse Now Features High Tech Data Hub
The new data hub is intended to put real-time data -- on everything from traffic fatalities to meth busts to infant mortality -- at the fingertips of policymakers.
- Indiana Management and Performance Hub Takes Transparency to the Next Level
"Government moving at the speed of business."
- Montana Nonprofit Association Annual Conference, 10/1-3, Helena
Participants in the MNA 2014 Conference will explore ways we can generate increasingly vibrant and effective nonprofit organizations, a more sustainable sector, and stronger Montana communities by intentionally cultivating organizational cultures characterized by high engagement at every level.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- In Big Sky, It Takes 2 Guys to Change The Light Bulbs--and No Fear
Tending to These Aging Airway Beacons Isn't for Faint of Heart; Don't Forget Bear Spray
- Silicon Valley Investor Backs $1 Million Prize to End Death
Life is like a box of chocolates, and that bugs the heck out of Silicon Valley.
- Here's one reason for why the cable bundle offers so many channels you don't want
Why do cable subscribers end up with so many channels they have no interest in watching? Blame ESPN, says a small Cedar Falls, Iowa, cable provider.
- Why Apple Devices Will Soon Rule Every Aspect of Your Life
Apple has turned our world into one big ubiquitous computer.
- Navy's Exoskeleton Could Make Workers 20 Times More Productive
You can imagine that it could be useful for other industries like construction or mining--"anywhere there's a complex and irregular environment," says Miller. "We're expecting other industries to see it and say, 'We want something similar.'"
- Do Self-Driving Cars Spell Doom for Auto Insurers?
Human error accounts for 90 percent of road accidents
- Tesla will have self-driving cars in three years, Elon Musk says - Audi "soon"
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk says the automaker could introduce self-driving technology in three years. Several other firms, most notably Tesla's partner Mercedes-Benz, already feature significant autonomous features in its high-end cars that is absent from the Tesla Model S.
- Journey tracking app will use cyclist data to make cities safer for bikes
Anyone that downloads the app agrees that their data can be anonymously sent to TravelAI, creating an accurate and real-time information resource.
- What You Need to Know Before the First Ever Formula E (Electic) Race This Weekend
If the new sport "can make strides in improving battery life, storage, energy, charging times, lifespan, and take that knowledge to regular electric vehicles, it will be a good thing for everybody."
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