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Data Science Primer: Reducing Downtime with Machine Learning

Downtime is one of the biggest financial risks in manufacturing. Asset-heavy companies are exposed to a lot of risk, because every time a machine breaks they lose labor costs, suffer from decreased production, and possibly even miss sales targets. But typical maintenance schedules are somewhat arbitrary and tend to be expensive. Companies pay technicians to look at machines in no danger of breaking down even as actual problems get overlooked. Machine learning allows manufacturers to combine sensor data with the power of the cloud to catch problems just before they happen, all while spending less on routine maintenance.
 

Brian Goodwin, PhD by Brian Goodwin, PhD

Data Science Primer: Clone Your Best Salesperson—Machine Learning in B2B Sales

When you use AI to help guide customer relationship management, machine learning helps you close more leads and optimize the revenue you’re getting from each one.
 
Whereas some AI projects are focused on reducing expenses—for example, by reducing manufacturing downtime—CRM-oriented AI projects are focused on expanding top-line revenue. CRM is a very strong fit for machine learning, because normally you have already gathered a lot of data on your market and your customer base.
 
If your company has been around for a while, you have data that describe past interactions. Information about the length of a sales relationship, the industry your client is in, the nature of the relationship, and the length of your typical sales cycle can all be leveraged into a predictive model. As a result, you can increase revenue and make more sales.
 

Brian Goodwin, PhD by Brian Goodwin, PhD

Data Science Primer: Predictive Analytics—How to Increase Profits Using Data You Already Have

Beyond Business Intelligence
 
Forward-thinking business leaders track KPIs and use tools like Power BI to create snapshots of what’s happening in the business from moment to moment.
 
Business intelligence is crucial because it helps leaders quantify their success and visualize relevant statistics in a meaningful way. But whereas business intelligence focuses on the present, predictive analytics looks toward the future.
 
At Concurrency we take companies beyond business intelligence by employing computational techniques to arrive at forecasts, or other predictions. Our methodologies carry a statistical rigor, which minimizes exposure to human intuition and helps you see correlations between seemingly unrelated parameters.
 

Brian Goodwin, PhD by Brian Goodwin, PhD

Data Science Primer: Sales Forecasting

Limits on humans’ abilities to take in vast amounts of data and make connections within the data set means conventional sales forecasting methods are limited in their accuracy and usefulness. Ultimately, a certain amount of human intuition is necessary—whether in what data to consider or what conclusions to draw from it.
 

Brian Goodwin, PhD by Brian Goodwin, PhD

Concurrency, Inc. Awarded in Crain’s Chicago Business’ “2018 Best Places to Work”

BROOKFIELD, WI—April 12, 2018 — Concurrency, Inc., a Microsoft-focused professional services firm helping clients achieve digital transformation, has been named among Crain’s Chicago Business magazine’s 2018 Best Places to Work. Concurrency was named the third-best place to work among all 100 finalists and among all medium-sized employers.
 

Ted Wentzel by Ted Wentzel

Using IoT on a Beer Kegerator

Being born and raised in the great state of Wisconsin, beer has been a part of most of my adult life. Couple that with my love of technology, I always wondered how I could leverage some cool tech with a beer theme. Since the proliferation of inexpensive hardware and the Internet of Things (IoT), it has now become easy (and cheap!) to provide solutions that can be used to monitor (among other things) beer-related activities. This article will describe and detail the steps I took to create a solution for monitoring beer consumption on a beer kegerator.
 

John Adali by John Adali

GDPR’s Personal Data Definition & Privacy Notice Guidelines

One of the defining transparency requirements under the General Data Protection Regulation is for organizations to allow individuals the right to be informed about the collection and use of their personal data. When personal data is collected, organizations must immediately provide individuals with a privacy notice including: how the data will be used, how long it will be held, and who it will be shared with.
 

Ted Wentzel by Ted Wentzel

Four Concurrency Experts Weigh in on the Evolution of Microsoft System Center

Editor’s note: This post brings you four perspectives from Concurrency engineers exploring the evolution of Microsoft System Center as more businesses go to the cloud.  

Understanding the future of Microsoft System Center allows IT professionals to spend budgets wisely, establish or refine cloud-migration plans, and enhance career progress as data center models change. In this four-part blog, Concurrency experts address misunderstandings and misconceptions, as well as encourage IT professionals to embrace opportunities to truly transform not only their data centers but also the way they partner with other departments within their organizations.
 

Ted Wentzel by Ted Wentzel

Concurrency awarded as Milwaukee Business Journal Fastest Growing Firm

Concurrency’s rapid growth in the last few years is a direct result of our work to help customers with their digital transformation, the integration of digital technologies such as social, mobile, analytics and cloud, in the service of transforming how their businesses work.

Jake Borzym by Jake Borzym

Tenets of Modern IT Management - 10 Part Video Series

The transformation of IT organizations into competitive advantages of their businesses has driven the adoption of Modern IT Management tenants and we've produced a 10 part video series detailing them.  You'll find below the 10 part series which walks through each tenet.

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski

VIDEO: Microsoft EMS Walkthrough

You've heard a lot about Intune and Mobile Device Management (MDM), but what about the myriad of other components that are included with the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS)?

Shannon Fritz by Shannon Fritz

Modern IT Management Defined: DevOps, ITIL, Cloud, Agile, or All of the Above?

What if I told you that you had to take your management platforms and start over, but this time you needed to plan for the next generation of how you'd work with your teams.  What if I told you that you needed to re-address how you dealt with your operational lifecycle, development, and release management.  This is what my team and I did over the last several months.  We decided that we'd look at what the management landscape will look like years from now and apply those concepts to the tools being released by Microsoft for the cloud-centric world. 

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski

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