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January 2010

  • Article: Analytics Fresh and on Demand
    Posted: 1/29/2010
    This story appears in the First Quarter 2010 issue of

    Analytics: Hot, fresh and on demand
    With shrinking budgets and IT staffs, organizations are finding answers with hosted solutions

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  • Article: Business Analytics Gets Social at SAS
    Posted: 1/29/2010
    Friday, January 29th, 2010 by Frank Reed

    As the largest privately-held software company in the world, SAS often flies under the radar because what they do isn?t sexy. Instead, it is necessary.

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  • Article: Building a Better Banking World
    Posted: 1/29/2010
    This story appears in the First Quarter 2010 issue of sascom.

    Building a better banking world
    The benefits of a unified approach to fighting fraud

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  • Business This Week January 28, 2010
    Posted: 1/29/2010
    Business this week
    Jan 28th 2010
    From The Economist print edition
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  • Weekly Indicators January 28, 2010
    Posted: 1/29/2010
    Overview
    Jan 28th 2010
    From The Economist print edition
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  • Article: How Visa, Using Card Fees, Dominates a Market
    Posted: 1/27/2010
    The New York Times
    January 5, 2010

    By ANDREW MARTIN

    Every day, millions of Americans stand at store checkout counters and make a seemingly random decision: after swiping their debit card, they choose whether to punch in a code, or to sign their name.

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  • Article: Analytics Key to Business Going Forward
    Posted: 1/27/2010
    December 13, 2009

    Analytics key to business strategies going forward

    13 December, 2009
    By Mark Cox

    Top-performing companies were 15 times more likely to apply analytics to strategic decisions than their underperforming peers, according to a new IBM study of the role information-based decision making is playing in successful business strategies during the current economic cycle.


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  • Article: Improving Interviews by Using Forced-Choice Questions
    Posted: 1/27/2010
    Improving Interviews by Using Forced-Choice Questions to Replace Yes-No Questions

    by
    Dr. John Sullivan

    Dec 1, 2009, 6:00 am ET

    Most managers share the fear of hiring a bad fit, no matter how technically qualified the candidate might be. Unfortunately, most attempts to measure fit suffer from a fatal flaw: that being the way cultural screening questions are asked.

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  • Article: IBM Deploys Analytics for a 'Smarter Planet'
    Posted: 1/27/2010
    News
    IBM deploys analytics for a 'Smarter Planet'
    Date: 30th November
    Source: www.hindu.com/biz/2009/11/30/stories/2009113050081400.htm (link resides outside of ibm.com)

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  • Article: Next Steps for Analytics in the Big-Data Era
    Posted: 1/27/2010
    By Doug Henschen
    November 23, 2009
    With interest in analytics exploding along with the data that makes predictive analysis possible, there's no doubt that data-driven decision-making is the way forward for most organizations. But do these firms have the talent they need to pull important metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) out of their data? And how prepared are executives to draw insights and make quick decisions based on their analyses? With CIO surveys, salary surveys and job listings all pointing toward surging interest in analytics, software vendors, commercial interests and universities are scrambling to develop the needed talent.

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  • Business This Week 1/21/10
    Posted: 1/21/2010
    Business this week
    Jan 21st 2010
    From The Economist print edition
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  • Weekly Indicators 1/21/10
    Posted: 1/21/2010
    Overview
    Jan 21st 2010
    From The Economist print edition
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  • Employment Stats 1/14/10
    Posted: 1/21/2010
    Weekly Jobless Claims (Seasonally Adjusted), Week Ending 1/9 (reported 1/14) 444,000
    Weekly Jobless Claims Change from Previous Week (seasonally adjusted) 11,000
    Payroll Employment (Nonfarm Jobs Created or Lost), December -85,000
    Unemployment Rate, December 10 percent
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  • Business This Week 1/14/10
    Posted: 1/15/2010
    Business this week
    Jan 14th 2010
    From The Economist print edition
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  • Weekly Indicators 1/14/10
    Posted: 1/15/2010
    Overview
    Jan 14th 2010
    From The Economist print edition
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  • Employment Stats 12/31/09
    Posted: 1/10/2010
    Weekly Jobless Claims (Seasonally Adjusted), Week Ending 12/26 (reported 12/31) 432,000
    Weekly Jobless Claims Change from Previous Week (seasonally adjusted) -22,000
    Payroll Employment (Nonfarm Jobs Created or Lost), November -11,000
    Unemployment Rate, November 10 percent
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  • SAS Talks Webinar Series Presents
    Posted: 1/6/2010
    An Introduction to Creating Multisheet Microsoft Excel Workbooks the Easy Way with SASŪ

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  • Most H-1B visa holders are under 35-years-old
    Posted: 1/6/2010
    From: www.itworld.com
    U.S. figures show most H-1B visa holders are under 35-years-old

    by Patrick Thibodeau

    January 4, 2010 ?


    The U.S. reached the 85,000 H-1B visa cap late last month thanks to a fourth quarter spike in demand .

    And, according to data recently released by the AFL-CIO labor union, most of the visa-holders are less than 35-years-old and most likely from India. About half work in computer-related occupations. The AFL-CIO compiled its numbers from a number of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service reports showing the make-up of visa users.

    With the reaching of the H-1B cap, the USCIS now won't accept new visa applications until April 1 for fiscal 2011, which begins on Oct. 1.

    The government data studied by the AFL-CIO covers a number of years through the 2008 fiscal year and shows a largely consistent pattern of visa usage. For instance, 54% of 2008 visa recipients were from India, close to the percentage from the past several years, according to the USCIS reports. Two thirds of H-1B petitions approved in 2008 were for workers between the ages of 25 and 34, compared to 48% in 2007 and 66% in 2006.

    The relative youthfulness of H-1B petitioners is likely to reinforce the concerns of visa critics who contend that the pool of young of workers is helping to foster age discrimination in the IT workplace . Estimates by various industry groups puts the number of IT workers in the U.S. between 4 to 6 million people. The total depends on what occupational groups are counted.

    Indian nationals are the dominant recipients of the visa. Of the total number of H-1B visas issued for initial employment in 2008, for example, 61,739 were to workers from India, followed by 9,157, or 8.8%, from China. Canadians accounted for 3,968 visas or 3.9% of the total, and the Philippines, 3,957, or 3.5%.

    The AFL-CIO released the USCIS reports as part of a report on the visa program, called Gaming the System: Guest Worker Visa Programs and Professional and Technical Workers in the U.S.

    Computerworld

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