This latest BriefingsDirect big data innovation discussion examines how Conservation International (CI) in Arlington, Virginia uses new technology to pursue more data about what's going on in tropical forests and other ecosystems around the world.

As a non-profit, they have a goal of a sustainable planet, but we're going to learn how they've learned to measure what was once unmeasurable -- and then to share that data to promote change and improvement.

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To learn how big data helps manage environmental impact, BriefingsDirect sat down with Eric Fegraus, Director of Information Systems at Conservation International.The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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The next BriefingsDirect thought-leader interview focuses on what winning sales organizations do to separate themselves from the competition by creating market advantage through improved user experiences and better information services.

We'll hear from RAIN Group about a recent study on sales that uncovers what sales leaders do differently to foster loyalty and gain repeat business.

And we'll also hear from National Business Furniture on how they're leveraging online business networks to enable more collaborative and innovative processes that enhance their relationships, improve customer satisfaction, and boost sales.

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So with that, please join our guests, Mike Schultz, President of RAIN Group, based in Framingham, Mass., and Brady Seiberlich, IT e-Procurement and Development Manager at National Business Furniture, based in Milwaukee. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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The next BriefingsDirect thought-leader interview focuses on the Ariba product roadmap for 2015 -- and beyond.

Ariba’s product and services roadmap is rapidly evolving, including improved business cloud services, refined user experience features, and the use of increasingly intelligent networks. BriefingsDirect had an opportunity to learn first-hand how at the recent 2015 Ariba LIVE Conference in Las Vegas.

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To learn more about the recent news at Ariba LIVE -- and also what to expect from both Ariba and SAP in the coming months -- we sat down with Chris Haydon, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Ariba, an SAP company. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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The latest BriefingsDirect mobile development innovation discussion examines how Globe Testing, based in Madrid, helps startups make the leap to cloud-first and mobile-first software development. 

We'll explore how Globe Testing pushes the envelope on Agile development and applications development management using HP tools and platforms.

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To learn more about modern software testing as a service we're joined by Jose Aracil, CEO of Globe Testing, based in the company's Berlin office. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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Business networks and big data are joining to give companies new means to identify and eliminate slavery and other labor risks from across their complex global supply chains.

Data-savvy B2B participants in these networks can now newly uncover unsavory and illegal labor practices that may be hidden deep inside multi-level supplier ecosystems.

The next BriefingsDirect best business practices panel discussion focuses on how Made in a Free World, a nonprofit group in San Francisco, is partnering with Ariba, an SAP company, to shine more light across the supply chain networks to not only stem these labor practices, but also reduce the risks that companies may unwittingly incur from within their own pool of buying.

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To explain practical and effective approaches to forced-labor risk determination and mitigation, we're joined by Tim Minahan, Senior Vice President of Ariba, and Justin Dillon, CEO and Founder at Made In A Free World in San Francisco. The panel is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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This BriefingsDirect big data innovation discussion examines how Avito, a Russian eCommerce site and portal, uses big data technology to improve fraud detection, as well as better understand how their users adapt to new advertising approaches.

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To learn more about how big data offers new insights to the eCommerce portal user experience, BriefingsDirect sat down with Nikolay Golov, Chief Data Warehousing Architect at Avito in Moscow. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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This BriefingsDirect big data innovation discussion examines how GoodData has created a business intelligence (BI)-as-a-service capability across multiple industries to enable users to take advantage of both big-data performance as well as cloud delivery efficiencies.

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To learn more, we're joined by Tomas Jirotka, Product Manager of GoodData; Eamon O'Neill, the Director of Product Management at HP Vertica, and Karel Jakubec, Software Engineer at GoodData. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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The next BriefingsDirect enterprise mobile strategy discussion comes to you directly from the recent Kony World 2015 Conference in Orlando.

This series of penetrating discussions on the latest in enterprise mobility explores advancements in applications design and deployment technologies across the full spectrum of edge devices and operating environments.

Our next innovator interview focuses on how Source Refrigeration and HVAC has been extending the productivity of its workforce, much of it in the field, through the use of innovative mobile applications and services.

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We'll delve in to how Source Refrigeration has created a boundaryless enterprise and reaped the rewards of Agile processes and the ability to extend data and intelligence to where it’s needed most.

To learn how their successful mobile journey has unfolded, we welcome Hal Kolp, Vice President of Information Technology at Source Refrigeration and HVAC in Anaheim, California. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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The next BriefingsDirect IT systems performance innovation case study interview highlights how INFOTEC in Mexico City improves its service desk and monitoring operations and enjoys impressive results -- an incident reduction of more than 20 percent -- from those efforts.

INFOTEC needed to react better to systems failures, to significantly reduce the time to repair, and to learn from those failures to prevent future ones. Now, by deploying advanced IT service management (ITSM) tools, the ISP's users have a much higher quality of dependable service. 

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To learn more about how they obtained such improvements, we're joined by Victor Hugo Piña García, the Service Desk and Monitoring Manager at INFOTEC. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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The next BriefingsDirect big data innovation case study interview highlights how InfoScout in San Francisco gleans new levels of accurate insights into retail buyer behavior by collecting data directly from consumers’ sales receipts.

In order to better analyze actual retail behaviors and patterns, InfoScout provides incentives for buyers to share their receipts, but InfoScout is then faced with the daunting task of managing and cleansing that essential data to provide actionable and understandable insights. 

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To learn more about how big -- and even messy -- data can be harnessed for near real time business analysis benefits, please join me in welcoming our guests, Tibor Mozes, Senior Vice President of Data Engineering, and Jared Schrieber, the Co-founder and CEO, both at InfoScout, based in San Francisco. The discussion is moderated by me, Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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