Market Analysis #cheap #business #ideas

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The market analysis section of your business plan should illustrate your industry and market knowledge as well as any of your research findings and conclusions. This section is usually presented after the company description .

What to Include in Your Market Analysis

Industry Description and Outlook – Describe your industry, including its current size and historic growth rate as well as other trends and characteristics (e.g. life cycle stage, projected growth rate). Next, list the major customer groups within your industry.

Information About Your Target Market – Narrow your target market to a manageable size. Many businesses make the mistake of trying to appeal to too many target markets. Research and include the following information about your market:

Distinguishing characteristics – What are the critical needs of your potential customers? Are those needs being met? What are the demographics of the group and where are they located? Are there any seasonal or cyclical purchasing trends that may impact your business?

Size of the primary target market – In addition to the size of your market, what data can you include about the annual purchases your market makes in your industry? What is the forecasted market growth for this group? For more information, see our market research guide for tips and free government resources that can help you build a market profile.

How much market share can you gain? – What is the market share percentage and number of customers you expect to obtain in a defined geographic area? Explain the logic behind your calculation.

Pricing and gross margin targets – Define your pricing structure. gross margin levels, and any discount that you plan to use.

When you include information about any of the market tests or research studies you have completed, be sure to focus only on the results of these tests. Any other details should be included in the appendix.

Competitive Analysis – Your competitive analysis should identify your competition by product line or service and market segment. Assess the following characteristics of the competitive landscape:

  • Market share
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • How important is your target market to your competitors?
  • Are there any barriers that may hinder you as you enter the market?
  • What is your window of opportunity to enter the market?
  • Are there any indirect or secondary competitors who may impact your success?
  • What barriers to market are there (e.g. changing technology, high investment cost, lack of quality personnel)?

Regulatory Restrictions – Include any customer or governmental regulatory requirements affecting your business, and how you’ll comply. Also, cite any operational or cost impact the compliance process will have on your business.

Once you’ve completed this section, you can move on to the Organization Management section of your business plan.





10 Best Stock Market Investment News, Analysis – Research Sites #www.business.com

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10 Best Stock Market Investment News, Analysis Research Sites

Ah, investing a word that can strike fear into the hearts of even the most burly and masculine of men. A subject with such a broad and potentially confusing scope of choices, it can bewilder even the most savvy of businessmen.

Even though I consider myself well-versed in general investment information, there is a world of knowledge, terminology, and strategy that is just beyond my comprehension, and will likely always be.

So where should I, the layman, turn to when I seek competent and comprehensive stock market investment research and analysis ?

Top 10 Stock Market Investment Research Websites

Keep in mind that the main focus of these sites, above all else, is equities. So if you are looking to research ETFs. mutual funds. hedge funds, or any other diversified investment type. many of these websites may not have what you are looking for.

1. Investopedia
If you are just beginning to learn about the world of investments, Investopedia is your one-stop shop for anything and everything. Here, you can look up definitions of terms, register for newsletters with valuable information, use their stock simulator to see how much an investment earns or loses over time, and much more. You can research stocks by company name or ticker symbol and get quite a bit of information about a desired company. They also have a neat Financial Edge section, which can help you with some of the important fundamental principles of personal finance and the markets.

2. Yahoo! Finance
As much as I would like to skip this one over for some of the lesser-known research portals, Yahoo! Finance is just too good. Aside from the myriad of company reports, which you are required to pay for, all of the information at Yahoo finance is free for the taking.

3. Motley Fool
Don t let the name bother you these guys are all business. Whether you are looking to do your own research, or prefer the advice of a seasoned veteran, The Motley Fool has it all. I tend to prefer to follow my own (sometimes idiotic) investment decisions, but if you need help, or want to see what the experts recommend, there are pay services at Motley Fool that may be a good option for you. I have not used them myself, but the few people that I know who have followed their advice have had nothing but positive things to say, and a good amount of success to boot.

4. The Street
If you pay any attention to the world of investing. you know the name Jim Cramer. Personally, I think he is little more than a caricature, but some people swear by him. Mr. Cramer is one of the big name contributors at The Street. That not withstanding, The Street is, in my humble opinion, the best website for investing related articles. The writers have vast knowledge and fantastic insight, without losing focus on what is important the investors for whom they write.

5. Wall Street Journal
For decades, the Wall Street Journal newspaper has been a staple for information and research for investors. Although most of us have done away with the daily black and white delivery method, the Wall Street Journal online delivers even more valuable information than its nearly obsolete predecessor. Nowadays, the Journal s online presence includes The Wall Street Journal. MarketWatch. Barron s. and SmartMoney. among others. All of these sites are valuable resources for investing information, especially when seeking out company-specific news.

6. MSN Money
Microsoft tends to be a pretty self-serving company, at least in my opinion. Even so, once you learn to glance over all of the Microsoft related news at MSN Money, what you get is another fantastic avenue for portfolio boosting. The one complaint I have with MSN Money is the formatting. When looking at stock quotes, there are no lines distinguishing ads from news or charts, which occasionally will take you off-course by clicking an advertisement by mistake.

7. Zacks Investment Research
Zack s does require a membership in order to get to the juicy stuff, but the membership is free and well worth the three minutes it takes to sign up. Here, you will be able to do in-depth research on both stocks and funds. You will also have access to many public and independent reports that will assist you on your quest for the perfect personal investment portfolio .

8. Investor Guide
Investor Guide has many of the same features you ll notice on other sites on this list, so why does it make my top ten? The stock helper tool. First, this tool helps you to determine an optimal investing strategy and style. Then, it provides a list of companies for you to research. Once your list is complete, you will see what others think of each company on your research list. Investor Guide does a great job of aggregating this information from many different sites for you. You will then evaluate the company s competition, decide what to buy, and reap the benefits.

9. Seeking Alpha
Seeking Alpha is amazing. My one complaint is that there is actually too much information packed into one page, which at times can make it difficult to navigate. If it weren t for the massive amount of content on Seeking Alpha, it would be much higher on this list. Company news is the main focus of the site, so if you have a list of companies to research, this is a pretty good place to start.

10. Online Brokerages
Personally, my account has been housed at Sharebuilder for years now, and their research tools are very good. In the beginning, they had a clumsy interface that was slow and filled with glitches. Since then, they have done an amazing job of streamlining and improving content to the point of near perfection. No matter who you invest with online, be sure to use their research tools, as most of them have easy to use interfaces with plenty of information to sort through. Some of the more popular online stock brokers include E*TRADE. TradeKing. Scottrade. and OptionsHouse .

Final Word

When you are looking to conduct your own investment research, closely monitor where you go online. It is very easy to end up on hot stock pick sites, penny stock investing sites, or poorly executed attempts at legitimacy. Many of these sites are fronts for someone to sell you their foolproof system or something similar. Everything I have provided above is free of charge, though a few of them offer paid services above and beyond what most of us need.

Do you have a preferred investment research site? Tell us about them and what features you like most in the comments below.

You are looking at Matthew Breed. He is a 30 year old sports nerd who lives in North Florida with his fiancee, Sarah. Originally in school for a Business degree that did not work out due to capricious youth and irresponsibility, he is currently “getting past” his Peter Pan syndrome and attends classes for a degree in Information Technology while working full time. His care for personal finance stems from a modest upbringing with fiscally responsible parents who highly value education and frown upon frivolity.

heyyy . Nice post you have been shared here. I would like to look forward to the next post. Thanks for sharing .will be waiting for the next post. It helps me a lot.

There s just so much tripe on Seeking Alpha that I ve stopped going there. Anyone can be a self-appointed expert on the site and there is a lot of pumping that goes on in the guise of analysis. Don t know how you can separate the wheat from the chaff.

http://www.dividendinvestor.com/ Richard Gere

Hi, some great sites. Google’s Finance can also be included. Thoughts?

I honestly can t imagine how you consider SeekingAlpha to be an informational site. Journalistically bankrupt. Opinions, not facts. The same useless opinions cycled over and over. Surely you can do better?

None of your business

Would the author of this site mind putting a DATE on his article? Or is not putting a date on it a sleazy way of milking more hits out of the page?

I agree. Investopedia is a great resource for learning stock trading.

Best online analysis is in INVESTOOLS at TD Ameritrade. They are now Number 1 in the industry.

Stock Rover is a great tool for individual investors, all the data in one dashboard. And its free! Premium version isnt too expensive either

As FatMan points out below, Seeking Alpha is garbage. Ask any CFA level analyst and you will get the same response. So much of it is agenda driven content/amateur hour content.





Health Information Technology – South Hills School of Business – Technology #south


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The South Hills Health Information Technology program trains students in ICD-10 and CPT coding, EHR (electronic health records), healthcare quality improvement, reimbursement systems, and more. Students in our HIT program will hone the high-tech skills needed to manage and analyze information for both patients and the facilities where they receive care. You’ll find career opportunities at hospitals, physician offices, nursing homes, government agencies, and other healthcare facilities.

Our HIT graduates are in demand for positions including Inpatient and/or Outpatient Coder, Health Data Analyst, Abstractor, Medical Records Manager, Health Information Management (HIM) Supervisor, and HIM Manager.

Successful students in this program are detail-oriented, enjoy working with computers and technology, analyzing data, and working in a team setting. Leadership skills are a plus, as many of our HIT graduates become supervisors or managers in a wide variety of healthcare environments.

“The Health Information Technology program (HIT) prepares graduates for a career in many different settings in the healthcare field. They are exposed to current applications and processes being used in the profession. Graduates receive extensive hands-on training in pertinent areas such as ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, CPT-4, electronic health records, encoders, etc. The small class size along with faculty who remain current in their field of expertise allow us to provide the latest information in the class setting. The students are eligible to sit for the national RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) certification exam as well as several coding certification exams.”

Kay Strigle
HIT Program Coordinator / Instructor at the State College Main Campus

HIT Graduates Can Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Only Two Years with St. Francis University!

South Hills students graduating with the Associate in Specialized Technology Degree in Health Information Technology are eligible for a bachelor degree completion program in Healthcare Management or Health Studies through St. Francis University Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies.

Finish your Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Management or Health Studies in only two years or less through online, weekend, and evening classes in State College or Altoona. South Hills students will be guaranteed acceptance with a 2.0 GPA and up to 64 credits from our HIT program will automatically transfer into the program. Students and alumni may transfer in additional credits through military or other colleges as applicable, accepting up to 98 credits. The customizable curriculum allows you to take as few or as many classes as you want so you can balance work, family, and life. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. This program can also be completed fully online. Both programs are also fully online.

For more information about Bachelor’s degree completion, visit the St. Francis website or call the Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies at 814-472-3012 .

With two years of hands-on training and strong skillsets, our HIT graduates are prepared for a variety of healthcare career options, including:

  • Abstractor
  • Coding Manager
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Inpatient and/or Outpatient Coder
  • Medical Records Manager
  • Medical Records Specialist
  • Health Information Management (HIM) Manager
  • Health Information Management (HIM) Supervisor

Each HIT student completes a semester-long internship before graduation, providing real world experience invaluable to a career in the healthcare field. We have placed interns at locations including:

  • Central PA Podiatry Associates
  • Centre Crest
  • Drayer Physical Therapy
  • HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Geisinger- Lewistown
  • Homewood at Martinsburg
  • James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center
  • Jersey Shore Hospital
  • Mount Nittany Medical Center
  • Mount Nittany Physician’s Group
  • State Correctional Institute at Rockview
  • Susquehanna Health Systems
  • Tyrone Hospital
  • University Orthopedics

Graduates of the HIT Program at South Hills are well-trained and in demand for their up-to-date knowledge of today’s medical technology, versatility, and work ethics. Some of the many locations employing our graduates include:

  • Blair Medical Associates
  • Brookline Retirement Village
  • Cardiology Associates
  • Centre Medical and Surgical Associates
  • Cornerstone Family Eye Care
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates
  • Medical Billing and Management Services
  • Nittany Eye Associates
  • Meadows Psychiatric Center
  • Penn State Family Medicine
  • Penn State Hershey Medical Center
  • Pyramid Health Care
  • State College Orthodontics
  • Valley View Nursing Home

Synovial Fluid Analysis #synovial #fluid #analysis, # #2006 #21st #abnormal #abnormally #activities


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Synovial Fluid Analysis

Synovial fluid analysis is a group of tests that examine joint (synovial) fluid. The tests help diagnose and treat joint-related problems.

Alternative Names

Joint fluid analysis; Joint fluid aspiration

How the test is performed

A sample of synovial fluid is needed for this test. Synovial fluid is normally a thick, straw-colored liquid found in small amounts in joints, bursae, and tendon sheaths.

After the area is cleaned, the health care provider will insert a sterile needle through the skin and into the joint space. Once in the joint, fluid is drawn through the needle into a sterile syringe.

The fluid sample is sent to the laboratory. The laboratory technician will check the sample’s color and clarity, and then place it under a microscope to check it for red and white blood cells, crystals (in the case of gout), and bacteria. In addition, there may be a chemical analysis, and if infection is a concern, a sample will be cultured to see if any bacteria grow.

How to prepare for the test

Normally, no special preparation is necessary, but contact your health care provider before the test to make sure. Tell your doctor if you are taking blood thinners, as they can affect test results.

How the test will feel

Occasionally, the health care provider will first inject local anesthesia with a small needle, which will sting. The aspiration is done with a larger needle and may also cause some pain. The procedure usually lasts less than one minute.

Why the test is performed

The test can help diagnose the cause of pain or swelling in joints. Removing the fluid can also help relieve joint pain.

This test may be used to diagnose:

  • Gout
  • Infection
  • Other inflammatory joint conditions
  • Joint injury
  • Osteoarthritis

What abnormal results mean

Abnormal joint fluid may look cloudy or abnormally thick.

Blood in the joint fluid may be a sign of injury inside the joint or a body-wide bleeding problem. An excess amount of normal synovial fluid can also be a sign of osteoarthritis.

What the risks are

  • Infection of the joint — unusual but more common with repeated aspirations
  • Bleeding into the joint space

Special considerations

Ice or cold packs may be applied to the joint for 24 to 36 hours after the test to reduce the swelling and joint pain. Depending on the exact problem, you can probably resume your normal activities after the procedure. Talk to your health care provider to determine what activity is most appropriate for you.

References

Knight JA, Kjeldsberg CR. Cerebrospinal, synovial, and serous body fluids. In: McPherson RA, Pincus MR, eds. Henry’s Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods. 21st ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2006:chap 28.

Review Date: 7/10/2009

The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only — they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. Copyright 2010 A.D.A.M. Inc. as modified by University of California San Francisco. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.

Information developed by A.D.A.M. Inc. regarding tests and test results may not directly correspond with information provided by UCSF Medical Center. Please discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.

Getting Care


10 Best Stock Market Investment News, Analysis – Research Sites #small #business

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10 Best Stock Market Investment News, Analysis Research Sites

Ah, investing a word that can strike fear into the hearts of even the most burly and masculine of men. A subject with such a broad and potentially confusing scope of choices, it can bewilder even the most savvy of businessmen.

Even though I consider myself well-versed in general investment information, there is a world of knowledge, terminology, and strategy that is just beyond my comprehension, and will likely always be.

So where should I, the layman, turn to when I seek competent and comprehensive stock market investment research and analysis ?

Top 10 Stock Market Investment Research Websites

Keep in mind that the main focus of these sites, above all else, is equities. So if you are looking to research ETFs. mutual funds. hedge funds, or any other diversified investment type. many of these websites may not have what you are looking for.

1. Investopedia
If you are just beginning to learn about the world of investments, Investopedia is your one-stop shop for anything and everything. Here, you can look up definitions of terms, register for newsletters with valuable information, use their stock simulator to see how much an investment earns or loses over time, and much more. You can research stocks by company name or ticker symbol and get quite a bit of information about a desired company. They also have a neat Financial Edge section, which can help you with some of the important fundamental principles of personal finance and the markets.

2. Yahoo! Finance
As much as I would like to skip this one over for some of the lesser-known research portals, Yahoo! Finance is just too good. Aside from the myriad of company reports, which you are required to pay for, all of the information at Yahoo finance is free for the taking.

3. Motley Fool
Don t let the name bother you these guys are all business. Whether you are looking to do your own research, or prefer the advice of a seasoned veteran, The Motley Fool has it all. I tend to prefer to follow my own (sometimes idiotic) investment decisions, but if you need help, or want to see what the experts recommend, there are pay services at Motley Fool that may be a good option for you. I have not used them myself, but the few people that I know who have followed their advice have had nothing but positive things to say, and a good amount of success to boot.

4. The Street
If you pay any attention to the world of investing. you know the name Jim Cramer. Personally, I think he is little more than a caricature, but some people swear by him. Mr. Cramer is one of the big name contributors at The Street. That not withstanding, The Street is, in my humble opinion, the best website for investing related articles. The writers have vast knowledge and fantastic insight, without losing focus on what is important the investors for whom they write.

5. Wall Street Journal
For decades, the Wall Street Journal newspaper has been a staple for information and research for investors. Although most of us have done away with the daily black and white delivery method, the Wall Street Journal online delivers even more valuable information than its nearly obsolete predecessor. Nowadays, the Journal s online presence includes The Wall Street Journal. MarketWatch. Barron s. and SmartMoney. among others. All of these sites are valuable resources for investing information, especially when seeking out company-specific news.

6. MSN Money
Microsoft tends to be a pretty self-serving company, at least in my opinion. Even so, once you learn to glance over all of the Microsoft related news at MSN Money, what you get is another fantastic avenue for portfolio boosting. The one complaint I have with MSN Money is the formatting. When looking at stock quotes, there are no lines distinguishing ads from news or charts, which occasionally will take you off-course by clicking an advertisement by mistake.

7. Zacks Investment Research
Zack s does require a membership in order to get to the juicy stuff, but the membership is free and well worth the three minutes it takes to sign up. Here, you will be able to do in-depth research on both stocks and funds. You will also have access to many public and independent reports that will assist you on your quest for the perfect personal investment portfolio .

8. Investor Guide
Investor Guide has many of the same features you ll notice on other sites on this list, so why does it make my top ten? The stock helper tool. First, this tool helps you to determine an optimal investing strategy and style. Then, it provides a list of companies for you to research. Once your list is complete, you will see what others think of each company on your research list. Investor Guide does a great job of aggregating this information from many different sites for you. You will then evaluate the company s competition, decide what to buy, and reap the benefits.

9. Seeking Alpha
Seeking Alpha is amazing. My one complaint is that there is actually too much information packed into one page, which at times can make it difficult to navigate. If it weren t for the massive amount of content on Seeking Alpha, it would be much higher on this list. Company news is the main focus of the site, so if you have a list of companies to research, this is a pretty good place to start.

10. Online Brokerages
Personally, my account has been housed at Sharebuilder for years now, and their research tools are very good. In the beginning, they had a clumsy interface that was slow and filled with glitches. Since then, they have done an amazing job of streamlining and improving content to the point of near perfection. No matter who you invest with online, be sure to use their research tools, as most of them have easy to use interfaces with plenty of information to sort through. Some of the more popular online stock brokers include E*TRADE. TradeKing. Scottrade. and OptionsHouse .

Final Word

When you are looking to conduct your own investment research, closely monitor where you go online. It is very easy to end up on hot stock pick sites, penny stock investing sites, or poorly executed attempts at legitimacy. Many of these sites are fronts for someone to sell you their foolproof system or something similar. Everything I have provided above is free of charge, though a few of them offer paid services above and beyond what most of us need.

Do you have a preferred investment research site? Tell us about them and what features you like most in the comments below.

You are looking at Matthew Breed. He is a 30 year old sports nerd who lives in North Florida with his fiancee, Sarah. Originally in school for a Business degree that did not work out due to capricious youth and irresponsibility, he is currently “getting past” his Peter Pan syndrome and attends classes for a degree in Information Technology while working full time. His care for personal finance stems from a modest upbringing with fiscally responsible parents who highly value education and frown upon frivolity.

heyyy . Nice post you have been shared here. I would like to look forward to the next post. Thanks for sharing .will be waiting for the next post. It helps me a lot.

There s just so much tripe on Seeking Alpha that I ve stopped going there. Anyone can be a self-appointed expert on the site and there is a lot of pumping that goes on in the guise of analysis. Don t know how you can separate the wheat from the chaff.

http://www.dividendinvestor.com/ Richard Gere

Hi, some great sites. Google’s Finance can also be included. Thoughts?

I honestly can t imagine how you consider SeekingAlpha to be an informational site. Journalistically bankrupt. Opinions, not facts. The same useless opinions cycled over and over. Surely you can do better?

None of your business

Would the author of this site mind putting a DATE on his article? Or is not putting a date on it a sleazy way of milking more hits out of the page?

I agree. Investopedia is a great resource for learning stock trading.

Best online analysis is in INVESTOOLS at TD Ameritrade. They are now Number 1 in the industry.

Stock Rover is a great tool for individual investors, all the data in one dashboard. And its free! Premium version isnt too expensive either

As FatMan points out below, Seeking Alpha is garbage. Ask any CFA level analyst and you will get the same response. So much of it is agenda driven content/amateur hour content.





Six of the Best Open Source Data Mining Tools – The New


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Six of the Best Open Source Data Mining Tools

It is rightfully said that data is money in today’s world. Along with the transition to an app-based world comes the exponential growth of data. However, most of the data is unstructured and hence it takes a process and method to extract useful information from the data and transform it into understandable and usable form. This is where data mining comes into picture. Plenty of tools are available for data mining tasks using artificial intelligence, machine learning and other techniques to extract data.

Here are six powerful open source data mining tools available:

Written in the Java Programming language, this tool offers advanced analytics through template-based frameworks. A bonus: Users hardly have to write any code. Offered as a service, rather than a piece of local software, this tool holds top position on the list of data mining tools.

In addition to data mining, RapidMiner also provides functionality like data preprocessing and visualization, predictive analytics and statistical modeling, evaluation, and deployment. What makes it even more powerful is that it provides learning schemes, models and algorithms from WEKA and R scripts.

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RapidMiner is distributed under the AGPL open source licence and can be downloaded from SourceForge where it is rated the number one business analytics software.

The original non-Java version of WEKA primarily was developed for analyzing data from the agricultural domain. With the Java-based version, the tool is very sophisticated and used in many different applications including visualization and algorithms for data analysis and predictive modeling. Its free under the GNU General Public License, which is a big plus compared to RapidMiner, because users can customize it however they please.

WEKA supports several standard data mining tasks, including data preprocessing, clustering, classification, regression, visualization and feature selection.
WEKA would be more powerful with the addition of sequence modeling, which currently is not included.

What if I tell you that Project R, a GNU project, is written in R itself? It’s primarily written in C and Fortran. And a lot of its modules are written in R itself. It’s a free software programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics. The R language is widely used among data miners for developing statistical software and data analysis. Ease of use and extensibility has raised R s popularity substantially in recent years.

Besides data mining it provides statistical and graphical techniques, including linear and nonlinear modeling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, clustering, and others.

Python is picking up in popularity because it’s simple and easy to learn yet powerful. Hence, when it comes to looking for a tool for your work and you are a Python developer, look no further than Orange, a Python-based, powerful and open source tool for both novices and experts.


You will fall in love with this tool’s visual programming and Python scripting. It also has components for machine learning, add-ons for bioinformatics and text mining. It’s packed with features for data analytics.

Data preprocessing has three main components: extraction, transformation and loading. KNIME does all three. It gives you a graphical user interface to allow for the assembly of nodes for data processing. It is an open source data analytics, reporting and integration platform. KNIME also integrates various components for machine learning and data mining through its modular data pipelining concept and has caught the eye of business intelligence and financial data analysis.

Written in Java and based on Eclipse, KNIME is easy to extend and to add plugins. Additional functionalities can be added on the go. Plenty of data integration modules are already included in the core version.

When it comes to language processing tasks, nothing can beat NLTK. NLTK provides a pool of language processing tools including data mining, machine learning, data scraping, sentiment analysis and other various language processing tasks. All you need to do is install NLTK, pull a package for your favorite task and you are ready to go. Because it’s written in Python, you can build applications on top if it, customizing it for small tasks.

Chandan Goopta is a data researcher at Kathmandu University, focusing on building intelligent algorithms for sentiment analysis.


How to Monitor Network Traffic #monitor #network #traffic, #network #traffic #monitoring, #network


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How to Monitor Network Traffic

Capsa

As a network analyzer (aka. packet sniffer & protocol analyzer), Capsa makes network monitoring and analysis easy for us with its intuitive and information-rich tab views. With the great network monitoring capacity of Capsa network analyzer. we can quickly identify network bottleneck and detect network abnormities. This article is to show you how to monitor network traffic with Capsa’s network analyzer.

Network traffic monitoring in the Dashboard tab

If we want to have a graphical view of the statistics or get a trend chart of the network traffic. then we can use the graphs in the Dashboard tab. It provides a great many of statistic graphs from global network to a specific node. You are able to as well create almost any kind of graph based on any MAC address, IP address and protocol, etc. With these graphs, you can easily find out anomalies of the network and get useful statistics.

Figure 1: monitor network traffic in the Dashboard tab

Network traffic monitoring in the Summary tab

The Summary tab provides general information of the entire network or the selected node in the Node Explorer window. In the Summary tab we can get a quick view of the total traffic, real-time traffic, broadcast traffic, multicast traffic and so on. When we switch among the node in the Node Explorer window, corresponding traffic information will be provided.

Figure 2: monitor network traffic in the Summary tab

Network traffic monitoring in the Physical Endpoint and IP Endpoint tabs

In these two endpoint tabs (Physical Endpoint and IP Endpoint), we can monitor network traffic information of each physical address node and IP address node, both local and remote. With their easy sorting feature we can easily find out the nodes with abnormal traffic, such as which hosts are generating or have generated the largest traffic.

Figure 3: monitor network traffic by endpoints

Network traffic monitoring in the Protocol tab

The Protocol tab lists all protocols applied in your network transmission. In the Protocol tab we can monitor network traffic by each protocol. By analyzing the protocols in the network traffic, we can easily understand what applications are consuming the network bandwidth, for example, the HTTP stands for website browsing, and the POP3 stands for email, etc.

Figure 4: monitor network traffic in the Protocol tab

Network traffic monitoring in the conversation tabs

The conversations are shown in four tabs: Physical Conversation, IP Conversation, TCP Conversation and UDP Conversation. We can monitor network traffic by each conversation type and the figure out which conversation has generated the largest network traffic.

Figure 5: monitor network traffic by conversations

Network traffic monitoring in the Matrix tab

The Matrix tab visualizes all network connections and traffic details in one single graph. The weight of the lines between the nodes indicates the traffic volume and the color indicates the status. As we move the cursor on a specific node, network traffic details of the node will be provided.

Figure 6: monitor network traffic in the Matrix tab

As we can see, with Capsa we can not only monitor network traffic in convenience, but also analyze network traffic in different levels, it enables us to quickly and efficiently detect network abnormities and troubleshoot network problems.


Pharmaceutical Conferences #conference #series #llc, #pharma #conferences, #pharma #summits, #pharma #events, #pharma


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Welcome to The Pharmaceutical Conferences

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Market Analysis #vending #machines #business

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The market analysis section of your business plan should illustrate your industry and market knowledge as well as any of your research findings and conclusions. This section is usually presented after the company description .

What to Include in Your Market Analysis

Industry Description and Outlook – Describe your industry, including its current size and historic growth rate as well as other trends and characteristics (e.g. life cycle stage, projected growth rate). Next, list the major customer groups within your industry.

Information About Your Target Market – Narrow your target market to a manageable size. Many businesses make the mistake of trying to appeal to too many target markets. Research and include the following information about your market:

Distinguishing characteristics – What are the critical needs of your potential customers? Are those needs being met? What are the demographics of the group and where are they located? Are there any seasonal or cyclical purchasing trends that may impact your business?

Size of the primary target market – In addition to the size of your market, what data can you include about the annual purchases your market makes in your industry? What is the forecasted market growth for this group? For more information, see our market research guide for tips and free government resources that can help you build a market profile.

How much market share can you gain? – What is the market share percentage and number of customers you expect to obtain in a defined geographic area? Explain the logic behind your calculation.

Pricing and gross margin targets – Define your pricing structure. gross margin levels, and any discount that you plan to use.

When you include information about any of the market tests or research studies you have completed, be sure to focus only on the results of these tests. Any other details should be included in the appendix.

Competitive Analysis – Your competitive analysis should identify your competition by product line or service and market segment. Assess the following characteristics of the competitive landscape:

  • Market share
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • How important is your target market to your competitors?
  • Are there any barriers that may hinder you as you enter the market?
  • What is your window of opportunity to enter the market?
  • Are there any indirect or secondary competitors who may impact your success?
  • What barriers to market are there (e.g. changing technology, high investment cost, lack of quality personnel)?

Regulatory Restrictions – Include any customer or governmental regulatory requirements affecting your business, and how you’ll comply. Also, cite any operational or cost impact the compliance process will have on your business.

Once you’ve completed this section, you can move on to the Organization Management section of your business plan.





Unsecured Personal Loans Gather Momentum As Expands Its Portfolio To Cut #personal-loans.com


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Unsecured Personal Loans Gather Momentum As Personal-Loans.com Expands Its Portfolio To Cut Interest Rates

NEW YORK. Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Unsecured personal loans are making a dramatic turnaround due to key strategic initiatives launched by Personal-Loans.com. The company launched a three-pronged strategy to cut interest rates dramatically and give a much-needed push to the personal loans marketplace.

In an official statement to the press, Personal-Loans.com made the following announcement:

We have leveraged three critical strategies to help consumers save money on unsecured personal loans. First, we expanded our portfolio of lenders and our overall reach within the lender marketplace; second, our company completely revised our technological infrastructure to facilitate the matching process; finally, a strong team of experts have worked very hard to strengthen our lender relationships and negotiate the best offerings possible. The combined effect of these strategies is a powerful portfolio of banks, lenders, and other financial institutions that works collectively to drive down the overall cost of applying for an unsecured personal loan. Cumulatively, we have saved millions of dollars for our customers.

Adrianna, who recently applied for a short term personal loan through Personal-Loans.com was rather surprised to see the dramatic difference in interest rates between Personal-Loans.com and her local lender. In her own words: I was completely bowled over by the difference. A low interest rate can make all the difference in my decision-making process. Why would I ever go back to my local lender when I can get a much better offer in just thirty seconds? Isn’t competition the most fundamental principle of capitalism?

Relationships make all the difference in this market. When a lender knows that it can easily obtain a much larger volume of customers from us, they wouldn’t mind passing on the savings in marketing expenses to our customers. It is a win-win for all parties. It is no wonder, we enjoy nearly 70% to 80% referral rates. That’s pretty high in our industry, says Roger Render. CEO of Personal-Loans.com.

Since we revised our portfolio, we have witnessed a significant momentum in new loan applications in comparison to last year. I strongly believe that customers are appreciating our offerings and are very excited to finally be able to secure low interest personal loans , adds Render.

Personal-Loans.com is a free site where consumers can fill out short, thirty-second unsecured personal loan application and receive free quotes from a large network of lenders. The company utilizes a wide array of platforms and algorithms to quickly connect customers with banks and lenders who specialize in offering loans to individuals and businesses with different credit profiles, including those with credit issues.

Over the past fifteen years, the company has assisted thousands of individuals obtain low interest personal loans. In addition to its offerings, a dedicated team of loan experts offers 24/7 support to customers requiring assistance either with filling out the application or with loan-related questions and issues.

SOURCE Personal-Loans.com Ltd


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How to open an online stock trading account #shares #trading, #trading, #stock


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Singapore Saving Bonds VS Fixed Deposit

1. Fixed deposits is guaranteed by the bank where your fixed deposit is put in. All bank deposits are further insured under Singapore deposit insurance scheme up to 50,000. Singapore saving bonds are issued and guaranteed by the government of the Republic of Singapore. A government bond has traditionally been viewed as risk free until [ ]

How long would it take before you can make a stable income from trading?

How long is a piece of string? The best answer anyone can come up with is somewhere between 6 months and never – which isn’t very helpful! Therefore, what this FAQ will aim to do is to outline practical steps that you can take that will help you to get from wherever you are now [ ]

New Exciting Overseas Education Limited IPO: Apply or not?

Overseas Education (OEL) has launched its initial public offering (IPO) to raise $56.1 million. The 125 million shares to be issued, comprising of 3.75 million shares for the public and 121.25 million placement shares, are priced at 48 cents each. The issue price is 6.6 times Overseas Education s earnings per share of 7.3 cents for [ ]

Singapore 2012 biggest IPO: Far East Hospitality Trust

RIDING on the hospitality sector s robust growth, Far East Organization is set to offer investors a bite off its assets via the group s first hospitality trust listing Far East Hospitality Trust (Far East H-Trust). The listing of the hospitality stapled group, which comprises both Far East H-Reit and Far East H-BT, is expected to [ ]

What are the main reasons to trade in CFD when you can trade in the shares directly? Leveraging to increase investment capacity You can create a larger position without having to fund yourself in full. We leverage leverage for a variety of CFDs with a maximum leverage of 200: 1. And CFD CFD trading is not [ ]

One of the earliest futures market is found in the Edo Shogunate of Japan. As rice prices began to have a significant impact on economic and military activities. Chamber of Commerce for rice decide to stock and control the sale of rice based on the production of rice and the market expectations of rice. In [ ]

Contract for Difference (CFD) is an over-the-counter trading instrument that allows traders to take advantage of leverage in the spot market to trade on indices and commodity markets without actually buying the underlying securities. CFD is essentially a financial derivative product in which both parties (brokers and customers) trade at the difference between the opening [ ]

The Objectives of futures trading Futures trading has two purposes, one speculative profit, and second, hedging. 1. Speculation Definition: Futures trading in the futures market for the purpose of obtaining the spread proceeds. Specific approach: investors according to their futures price changes to judge, continue to buy or sell futures contracts, through the spread to obtain [ ]

Futures trading is developed on the basis of spot transactions, through the futures exchange in the futures contracts for the standardization of the conduct of an organized form of transactions. In the futures market, most companies trading futures contracts is designed to avoid the risk of fluctuations in spot prices, and most investors are to [ ]

1. Fixed deposits is guaranteed by the bank where your fixed deposit is put in. All bank deposits are further insured under Singapore deposit insurance scheme up to 50,000. Singapore saving bonds are issued and guaranteed by the government of the Republic of Singapore. A government bond has traditionally been viewed as risk free until [ ]

A. Procedures and Supporting Documents Complete the application form on your computer and sign on the printout copy. Mail in the signed copy, together with supporting documents as listed below to CDP. Nationality Supporting Documents Required Singaporean Singapore pink Identification card (NRIC)( Photocopy ) OR Singapore Armed Forces ( SAF ) Identification card ( Photocopy ) OR [ ]

What Is Money Market Investment? The money market fund is a unique type of fund that is able to generate profits in a volatile environment. Since it provides excellent security and assured profitability, money market funds are often a favourite choice for many investors. Examples of money market instruments are savings, government loans, policy-oriented financial [ ]

Basic Terminology Let us first get some basic terminology out of the way so that we can make sure we are all on the same page. Market Maker – A market maker is any firm that is ready to buy and sell a particular stock or commodity on a regular and continuous basis, as a [ ]

What Exactly Is Spread Trading? Are you looking to become a skilled spread trader? Have you always been interested in the field but didn’t know much about it? Well, look no further! In this article, we will tell you all you need to know about spread trading. A spread trade, in finance, refers to a [ ]

The biggest financial market in the world is the foreign exchange (forex) market, and it is much larger than stock markets. Forex trading is dependent on the exchange rate. At its most basic meaning, the exchange rate is simply the price paid for one currency in exchange for another currency. In layman’s terms, the value [ ]

Fundamental analysis is an important part of stock analysis. At the most basic level, fundamental analysis is about getting a grasp of the health of a business and what its continued outlook will be in the future. It is more than just an overview of the company in financial terms. Although reading and understanding financial [ ]


Market Analysis #loans #for #starting #a #business

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The market analysis section of your business plan should illustrate your industry and market knowledge as well as any of your research findings and conclusions. This section is usually presented after the company description .

What to Include in Your Market Analysis

Industry Description and Outlook – Describe your industry, including its current size and historic growth rate as well as other trends and characteristics (e.g. life cycle stage, projected growth rate). Next, list the major customer groups within your industry.

Information About Your Target Market – Narrow your target market to a manageable size. Many businesses make the mistake of trying to appeal to too many target markets. Research and include the following information about your market:

Distinguishing characteristics – What are the critical needs of your potential customers? Are those needs being met? What are the demographics of the group and where are they located? Are there any seasonal or cyclical purchasing trends that may impact your business?

Size of the primary target market – In addition to the size of your market, what data can you include about the annual purchases your market makes in your industry? What is the forecasted market growth for this group? For more information, see our market research guide for tips and free government resources that can help you build a market profile.

How much market share can you gain? – What is the market share percentage and number of customers you expect to obtain in a defined geographic area? Explain the logic behind your calculation.

Pricing and gross margin targets – Define your pricing structure. gross margin levels, and any discount that you plan to use.

When you include information about any of the market tests or research studies you have completed, be sure to focus only on the results of these tests. Any other details should be included in the appendix.

Competitive Analysis – Your competitive analysis should identify your competition by product line or service and market segment. Assess the following characteristics of the competitive landscape:

  • Market share
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • How important is your target market to your competitors?
  • Are there any barriers that may hinder you as you enter the market?
  • What is your window of opportunity to enter the market?
  • Are there any indirect or secondary competitors who may impact your success?
  • What barriers to market are there (e.g. changing technology, high investment cost, lack of quality personnel)?

Regulatory Restrictions – Include any customer or governmental regulatory requirements affecting your business, and how you’ll comply. Also, cite any operational or cost impact the compliance process will have on your business.

Once you’ve completed this section, you can move on to the Organization Management section of your business plan.





ISO 22000 Food Safety Standard in Plain English #food #safety #plan #template,


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Identify CCPs for each of the control measures that will be used by your HACCP plan to manage and control food safety hazards.

7.6.3 Specify critical limits for each critical control point (CCP).

Specify critical limits for each CCP in order to ensure that you do not exceed acceptable food safety hazard levels for end products.

Explain why you have chosen your particular critical limits and document your rationale.

Use your critical limits to ensure that you do not exceed acceptable food safety hazard levels.

Establish a monitoring system for each CCP.

Establish procedures and instructions to help you monitor your CCPs and critical limits.

Establish a record keeping system to track your CCP monitoring activities.

Use your HACCP plan to describe the actions you plan to take when you exceed or violate critical limits.

Establish and maintain procedures to handle products that are potentially unsafe.

7.7
Update preliminary
documents and
programs


Microsoft Windows Syslogs, Application Logs & Event Logs #microsoft #log #management, #microsoft


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Microsoft Windows Log Management. Mastered.

Q: How much log data can be sent to Nagios Log Server?

A: We don’t cap the amount of log data that is sent to Nagios Log Server. Instead, the limit for the amount of log data that can be handled is based on the physical hardware of the Nagios Log Server instances.

Q: What is an instance? Why would I want one?

A: Nagios Log Server systems are based on a clustering model. Each server in the cluster is called an instance. Adding instances to your cluster allows for data redundancy and a balanced workload.

Q: Is there a Free Edition of Nagios Log Server?

A: Yes! Nagios started in the Open Source community and we hold strong to our roots. Nagios Log Server is free to use for up to 500MB of log data per day. This makes it easy to monitor small environments or to try it in your environment before you make a purchase decision.

Q: What types of logs can be sent to Nagios Log Server?

A: Right out-of-the-box, Nagios is configured to be able to receive Windows Event Logs, Linux Syslogs, and Network Device Syslogs – as well as log information from any Windows and Linux machine. Additional log types can be added through the convenient GUI configuration wizard.

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Nagios Log Server, unlike many of our competitors, allows you to have full access to all of your log data no matter your license level. We don’t believe in charging you for your own data. We don’t think it’s fair. Your only limitation is the hardware/VM that you put Log Server on, but with Log Server’s ability to quickly scale to your environment, your monitoring needs are always met. Get started with Nagios Log Server today at the exclusive introductory price of only $1995.

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Nagios Log Server is licensed based on the number of cluster instances you implement in your environment. A Nagios Log Server system is comprised of any number of cluster server instances. Each instance communicates with each other to both replicate/backup your data and load-balance your system to maintain an efficient log monitoring system.

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Jacek Rostowski lauds UK voters for seeing through the prime minister’s effort to avoid accountability for Brexit.

The UK’s snap election has dealt a devastating blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party, decimating its majority and resulting in a hung parliament. May’s political strategy of avoiding any meaningful discussions about Brexit has clearly backfired. READ MORE

The Economic Consequences of a Hung Parliament

Diane Coyle argues that the UK’s new political uncertainty heightens the need for industrial policy.

Britain’s just-completed election will produce a weak government and considerable uncertainty – and not only about the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The greater the political instability, the more acute is the need for a framework that will finally start to address the deep divisions and challenges facing the British economy. READ MORE

Theresa May’s Other Citizens of Nowhere

Jan-Werner Mueller takes the UK prime minister to task for embracing denationalization as a counterterrorism measure.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has embraced the revocation of individuals’ citizenship as a counterterrorism measure. In fact, no country has gone further than May’s UK in normalizing this immoral and ineffective policy. READ MORE

A Brexit Strategy for a Weak UK Government

Ngaire Woods warns that the UK is at risk of making three classic negotiating mistakes.

As Prime Minister Theresa May seeks to form a new government, she also needs to get down to the nitty-gritty of negotiating Britain’s exit from the EU. Preparations for the Brexit negotiations have been underway for some time, but they have so far been impeded by three elementary negotiating mistakes. READ MORE

The Snap Election Trap

Raj Persaud, ET AL

Raj Persaud & Adrian Furnham invoke a psychological theory that could have predicted Theresa May’s resounding defeat.

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s humiliating electoral defeat could have been predicted by a well-established psychological theory. While competent leaders have no fear that their future policies will turn off voters, insecure leaders will try to capitalize on popularity whenever they have it. READ MORE

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Riding in Cabs with Joseph Nye

Joseph S. Nye discusses great power politics with PS’s Mark Leonard, the director of the European Council on Foreign Relations


Wrightslaw – Functional Behavioral Assessments: What? Why? How? Who? by Stephen Starin,


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Functional Behavioral Assessments:
What, Why, When, Where, and Who?
by
Stephen Starin, Ph.D.

The recent amendments to IDEA are final. School districts are now required to conduct functional behavioral analyses of problem behaviors, under certain circumstances.

Unfortunately, IDEA does not provide specific guidelines regarding the conduct of a functional behavioral assessment. Each school district is left to its own devices when interpreting the guidelines and may opt for lower quality standards.

Below are my comments on conducting a functional behavioral assessment (FBA). These comments are based upon my formal training as a behavior analyst and over 20 years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with serious problem behaviors. I’ve tried to avoid technical jargon for ease of discussion.

What is a “Functional Behavioral Assessment”?

The term “Functional Behavioral Assessment ” comes from what is called a “Functional Assessment” or “Functional Analysis” in the field of applied behavior analysis. This is the process of determining the cause (or “function”) of behavior before developing an intervention. The intervention must be based on the hypothesized cause (function) of behavior.

Why Do Functional Behavioral Assessments?

Failure to base the intervention on the specific cause (function) very often results in ineffective and unnecessarily restrictive procedures.

For example, consider the case of a young child who has learned that screaming is an effective way of avoiding or escaping unpleasant tasks. Using timeout in this situation would provide the child with exactly what he wants (avoiding the task) and is likely to make the problem worse, not better. Without an adequate functional behavioral assessment, we would not know the true function of the young child�s screaming and therefore may select an inappropriate intervention.

How Do You Determine the Cause or Function of Behavior?

There are three ways of getting at the function (cause) of the behavior: (a) interviews and rating scales,
(b) direct and systematic observation of the person’s behavior, and
(c) manipulating different environmental events to see how behavior changes. The first two are generally referred to as functional assessments whereas the third is generally referred to as a functional analysis.

Several different interviews and rating scales have been developed to try to get at the function (cause) of behavior. However, reliability is usually poor and these should be used only as a starting point for systematic and direct observation of the person�s behavior. Relying exclusively on interviews and rating scales should never be considered a functional assessment. Besides having poor reliability, it would never hold up in court with an expert witness.

A more reliable method involves directly observing the person’s behavior in his or her natural environment and analyzing the behavior�s antecedents (environmental events that immediately precede the problem behavior) and consequences (environmental events that immediately follow the problem behavior).

Types of Problem Behavior

Problem behavior typically falls into one or more of three general categories: (a) behavior that produces attention and other desired events (e.g. access to toys, desired activities),
(b) behavior that allows the person to avoid or escape demands or other undesired events/activities, and
(c) behavior that occurs because of its sensory consequences (relieves pain, feels good, etc.). The antecedents and consequences are analyzed to see which function(s) the behavior fulfills. Problem behavior can also serve more than one function, further complicating the matter. The interview, combined with direct observation of the behavior is what most people use in determining the function of the behavior. This is fine when the data collected on the antecedents and consequences is clear. Most of the time this is sufficient in determining the behavior�s function(s).

Systematic Manipulation of Environment

In some cases, however, direct observation does not give a clear picture of the behavior�s functions and systematically manipulating various environmental events becomes necessary. The most common way of systematically manipulating the environment is to put the person in several different situations and carefully observe how the behavior changes.

For example, to determine the function of screaming, we could arrange for attention to be given to the child each time she screams and measure how frequently screaming occurs. We could also make demands on the child, terminating them each time she screams and measure how frequently it occurs. In addition, we could leave the child alone and measure how often screaming occurs. If screaming is more frequent when attention is given, we hypothesize that it occurs to get attention. If screaming is more frequent when demands are made, we can assume that screaming has served to let the person escape or avoid demands. Finally, if screaming is more frequent when left alone, we can assume that it is occurring because of its sensory consequences. This third method should be reserved only for situations in which the functions of behavior are not clear through systematic and direct observation.

What About Qualifications and Training?

An important question is “Who should be involved in the functional behavioral assessment?” The interview is important in gathering preliminary information that will guide later direct observation. As such, it is important to talk to the people who know the child the best: parents, teachers and significant others.

Direct observation should be carried out only by a person who has been thoroughly trained on collecting and analyzing this type of information. Directly manipulating environment events should be conducted only by a well-trained behavior analyst or someone else with a high degree of training and experience conducting these manipulations for they can pose danger to the person if not done correctly.

As can be seen, a functional behavioral assessment is more than a group of people sitting around a table trying to determine the cause. Although it is important to gather information from significant people in the person�s life, it is not enough.

Someone knowledgeable about behavior must be in the classroom and/or family home directly observing and measuring the behavior. Although this takes time, it is usually time well spent because the intervention is more likely to be effective than one developed without careful consideration of the behavior�s function(s).

Don�t Waste Valuable Time!

Time is precious. Time should not be wasted on interventions (behavioral or otherwise) when there is no evidence that this particular intervention is likely to work, for this particular child, in this particular situation.

About the Author

Dr. Stephen Starin
is the Executive Director and Senior Behavior Analyst for Behavior Analysis and Therapy, Inc. He is the former Director of Behavior Analysis for the State of Florida and is a Past President of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis.

You can contact Behavior Analysis and Therapy, Inc. at (888) 423-4284 or on the Internet at http://www.behavior-analysis.org/


Numerical Analysis – Statistics: MATLAB, R, NumPy, Julia #r #analysis #software


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The data type used to hold a combined date and time value.

The Gregorian calendar was introduced in 1582. The Proleptic Gregorian Calendar is sometimes used for earlier dates, but in the Proleptic Gregorian Calendar the year 1 CE is preceded by the year 1 BCE. The MATLAB epoch thus starts at the beginning of the year 1 BCE, but uses a zero to refer to this year.

The data type used to hold the difference between two date/time types.

How to get the year, the month as an integer from 1 through 12, and the day of the month from a date/time value.

In Octave, but not MATLAB, one can use index notation on the return value of a function:

How to get the hour as an integer from 0 through 23, the minute, and the second from a date/time value.

How to build a date/time value from the year, month, day, hour, minute, and second as integers.

How to convert a date value to a string using the default format for the locale.

How to parse a date/time value from a string in the manner of strptime from the C standard library.

How to write a date/time value to a string in the manner of strftime from the C standard library.

Permitted data types for array elements.

Arrays in Octave can only contain numeric elements.

Array literals can have a nested structure, but Octave will flatten them. The following literals create the same array:

Logical values can be put into an array because true and false are synonyms for 1 and 0. Thus the following literals create the same arrays:

If a string is encountered in an array literal, the string is treated as an array of ASCII values and it is concatenated with other ASCII values to produce as string. The following literals all create the same string:

If the other numeric values in an array literal that includes a string are not integer values that fit into a ASCII byte, then they are converted to byte sized values.

Array literals can have a nested structure, but R will flatten them. The following literals produce the same array of 6 elements:

If an array literal contains a mixture of booleans and numbers, then the boolean literals will be converted to 1 (for TRUE and T) and 0 (for FALSE and F).

If an array literal contains strings and either booleans or numbers, then the booleans and numbers will be converted to their string representations. For the booleans the string representations are “TRUE'” and “FALSE”.

The syntax, if any, for an array literal.

The array literal

will create an array with 5 elements of class char.

How to make an address copy, a shallow copy, and a deep copy of an array.

After an address copy is made, modifications to the copy also modify the original array.

After a shallow copy is made, the addition, removal, or replacement of elements in the copy does not modify of the original array. However, if elements in the copy are modified, those elements are also modified in the original array.

A deep copy is a recursive copy. The original array is copied and a deep copy is performed on all elements of the array. No change to the contents of the copy will modify the contents of the original array.

An arithmetic sequence is a sequence of numeric values in which consecutive terms have a constant difference.

An arithmetic sequence with a difference of 1.

An arithmetic sequence with a difference of 10.

An arithmetic sequence with a difference of 0.1.

An arithmetic sequence where the difference is computed using the start and end values and the number of elements.

How to iterate over an arithmetic sequence.

How to convert an arithmetic sequence to an array.

Multidimensional arrays are a generalization of arrays which map tuples of integers to values. All tuples in the domain of a multidimensional array have the same length; this length is the dimension of the array.

The multidimensional arrays described in this sheet are homogeneous, meaning that the values are all of the same type. This restriction allows the implementation to store the values of the multidimensional array in a contiguous region of memory without the use of references or points.

Multidimensional arrays should be contrasted with nested arrays. When arrays are nested, the innermost nested arrays contain the values and the other arrays contain references to arrays. The syntax for looking up a value is usually different:

How to get the type of the values stored in a multidimensional array.

How to benchmark code.

The basic data type of MATLAB is a matrix of floats. There is no distinction between a scalar and a 1×1 matrix, and functions that work on scalars typically work on matrices as well by performing the scalar function on each entry in the matrix and returning the results in a matrix with the same dimensions. Operators such as the logical operators (‘ ‘ ‘|’ ‘!’), relational operators (‘==’, ‘!=’, ‘ ‘, ‘ ‘), and arithmetic operators (‘+’, ‘-‘) all work this way. However the multiplication ‘*’ and division ‘/’ operators perform matrix multiplication and matrix division, respectively. The .* and ./ operators are available if entry-wise multiplication or division is desired.

Floats are by default double precision; single precision can be specified with the single constructor. MATLAB has convenient matrix literal notation: commas or spaces can be used to separate row entries, and semicolons or newlines can be used to separate rows.

Arrays and vectors are implemented as single-row (1xn ) matrices. As a result an n -element vector must be transposed before it can be multiplied on the right of a mxn matrix.

Numeric literals that lack a decimal point such as 17 and -34 create floats, in contrast to most other programming languages. To create an integer, an integer constructor which specifies the size such as int8 and uint16 must be used. Matrices of integers are supported, but the entries in a given matrix must all have the same numeric type.

Strings are implemented as single-row (1xn ) matrices of characters. Matrices cannot contain strings. If a string is put in matrix literal, each character in the string becomes an entry in the resulting matrix. This is consistent with how matrices are treated if they are nested inside another matrix. The following literals all yield the same string or 1xn matrix of characters:

true and false are functions which return matrices of ones and zeros. The ones and zeros have type logical instead of double. which is created by the literals 1 and 0. Other than having a different class, the 0 and 1 of type logical behave the same as the 0 and 1 of type double .

MATLAB has a tuple type (in MATLAB terminology, a cell array) which can be used to hold multiple strings. It can also hold values with different types.

The primitive data types of R are vectors of floats, vectors of strings, and vectors of booleans. There is no distinction between a scalar and a vector with one entry in it. Functions and operators which accept a scalar argument will typically accept a vector argument, returning a vector of the same size with the scalar operation performed on each the entries of the original vector.

The scalars in a vector must all be of the same type, but R also provides a list data type which can be used as a tuple (entries accessed by index), record (entries accessed by name), or even as a dictionary.

In addition R provides a data frame type which is a list (in R terminology) of vectors all of the same length. Data frames are equivalent to the data sets of other statistical analysis packages.

NumPy is a Python library which provides a data type called array. It differs from the Python list data type in the following ways:

  • N-dimensional. Although the list type can be nested to hold higher dimension data, the array can hold higher dimension data in a space efficient manner without using indirection.
  • homogeneous. The elements of an array are restricted to be of a specified type. The NumPy library introduces new primitive types not available in vanilla Python. However, the element type of an array can be object which permits storing anything in the array.

In the reference sheet the array section covers the vanilla Python list and the multidimensional array section covers the NumPy array .

List the NumPy primitive types

SciPy, Matplotlib, and Pandas are libraries which depend on Numpy.


Excel 2010 Data Analysis #data #analysis #toolpak #excel


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Excel 2010 Data Analysis

Introduction

The popularity of Excel around the world needs no explanation. It includes almost all the features to satisfy the needs of professionals. Microsoft Excel also bundles strong features for statistical and engineering calculations. All such features are called Data Analysis techniques and Excel contains the DataAnalysis (aka. Analysis Toolpak ) tab.

How To Enable Data Analysis ( Analysis Toolpak)

Data Analysis(Analysis Toolpak) is an add-in for Microsoft Excel which is disabled by default. To enable it click the Office button, then go to Options .

Click on the Add-Ins option and you will see Analysis ToolPak option in the list. Hit the Go button at the bottom.

How To Access Data Analysis

Once you have enabled it, go to the Data tab and locate the Data Analysis option under the Analysis category.

A Bird’s Eye View Of Data Analysis

In order to use the Data Analysis feature of Excel, you must be familiar with Engineering and Statistical terminology. Hit the Data Analysis option and it will launch the screenshot as shown below. Now choose the appropriate option and Excel will process your data according to the option that you selected.

Followings is the list of Engineering and statistical functions which you can perform with the Data Analysis option.

  • Anova: Single Factor
  • Anova: Two-Factor with Replication
  • Anova: Two-Factor Without Replication
  • Correlation
  • Covariance
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Exponential Smoothing
  • F-Test Two Sample for Variance
  • Fourier Analysis
  • Histogram
  • Moving Average
  • Random Number Generation
  • Rank and Percents
  • Regression
  • Sampling
  • t-Test: Paired Two Sample for Means
  • t-Test: Two-Sample Assuming Equal Variances
  • t-Test: Two-Sample Assuming Unequal Variances
  • Z-Test: Two-Samples for Mean

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At last, after countless hours trying to understand why all the posts for producing bell curves refered to the data anlysis section ..which of course didn t exist until I came across this invaluable information. Many, many thanks, greatly appreciated. I can t help wondering why this isn t made public knowledge or referenced more clearly in Excel. What the heck I have it now well done you guys!

thank you very much. But now I m still can t understand it. hixxx. ohhh my homework

It s pretty frustrating to hide this several menues deep. With all the customization availabel in this version, how do I add frequently used functions, like regression analysis, to a top level toolbar?

I know people have already said thank you, but what i should actually say is you are the boom


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10 Best Stock Market Investment News, Analysis – Research Sites #denver #business

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10 Best Stock Market Investment News, Analysis Research Sites

Ah, investing a word that can strike fear into the hearts of even the most burly and masculine of men. A subject with such a broad and potentially confusing scope of choices, it can bewilder even the most savvy of businessmen.

Even though I consider myself well-versed in general investment information, there is a world of knowledge, terminology, and strategy that is just beyond my comprehension, and will likely always be.

So where should I, the layman, turn to when I seek competent and comprehensive stock market investment research and analysis ?

Top 10 Stock Market Investment Research Websites

Keep in mind that the main focus of these sites, above all else, is equities. So if you are looking to research ETFs. mutual funds. hedge funds, or any other diversified investment type. many of these websites may not have what you are looking for.

1. Investopedia
If you are just beginning to learn about the world of investments, Investopedia is your one-stop shop for anything and everything. Here, you can look up definitions of terms, register for newsletters with valuable information, use their stock simulator to see how much an investment earns or loses over time, and much more. You can research stocks by company name or ticker symbol and get quite a bit of information about a desired company. They also have a neat Financial Edge section, which can help you with some of the important fundamental principles of personal finance and the markets.

2. Yahoo! Finance
As much as I would like to skip this one over for some of the lesser-known research portals, Yahoo! Finance is just too good. Aside from the myriad of company reports, which you are required to pay for, all of the information at Yahoo finance is free for the taking.

3. Motley Fool
Don t let the name bother you these guys are all business. Whether you are looking to do your own research, or prefer the advice of a seasoned veteran, The Motley Fool has it all. I tend to prefer to follow my own (sometimes idiotic) investment decisions, but if you need help, or want to see what the experts recommend, there are pay services at Motley Fool that may be a good option for you. I have not used them myself, but the few people that I know who have followed their advice have had nothing but positive things to say, and a good amount of success to boot.

4. The Street
If you pay any attention to the world of investing. you know the name Jim Cramer. Personally, I think he is little more than a caricature, but some people swear by him. Mr. Cramer is one of the big name contributors at The Street. That not withstanding, The Street is, in my humble opinion, the best website for investing related articles. The writers have vast knowledge and fantastic insight, without losing focus on what is important the investors for whom they write.

5. Wall Street Journal
For decades, the Wall Street Journal newspaper has been a staple for information and research for investors. Although most of us have done away with the daily black and white delivery method, the Wall Street Journal online delivers even more valuable information than its nearly obsolete predecessor. Nowadays, the Journal s online presence includes The Wall Street Journal. MarketWatch. Barron s. and SmartMoney. among others. All of these sites are valuable resources for investing information, especially when seeking out company-specific news.

6. MSN Money
Microsoft tends to be a pretty self-serving company, at least in my opinion. Even so, once you learn to glance over all of the Microsoft related news at MSN Money, what you get is another fantastic avenue for portfolio boosting. The one complaint I have with MSN Money is the formatting. When looking at stock quotes, there are no lines distinguishing ads from news or charts, which occasionally will take you off-course by clicking an advertisement by mistake.

7. Zacks Investment Research
Zack s does require a membership in order to get to the juicy stuff, but the membership is free and well worth the three minutes it takes to sign up. Here, you will be able to do in-depth research on both stocks and funds. You will also have access to many public and independent reports that will assist you on your quest for the perfect personal investment portfolio .

8. Investor Guide
Investor Guide has many of the same features you ll notice on other sites on this list, so why does it make my top ten? The stock helper tool. First, this tool helps you to determine an optimal investing strategy and style. Then, it provides a list of companies for you to research. Once your list is complete, you will see what others think of each company on your research list. Investor Guide does a great job of aggregating this information from many different sites for you. You will then evaluate the company s competition, decide what to buy, and reap the benefits.

9. Seeking Alpha
Seeking Alpha is amazing. My one complaint is that there is actually too much information packed into one page, which at times can make it difficult to navigate. If it weren t for the massive amount of content on Seeking Alpha, it would be much higher on this list. Company news is the main focus of the site, so if you have a list of companies to research, this is a pretty good place to start.

10. Online Brokerages
Personally, my account has been housed at Sharebuilder for years now, and their research tools are very good. In the beginning, they had a clumsy interface that was slow and filled with glitches. Since then, they have done an amazing job of streamlining and improving content to the point of near perfection. No matter who you invest with online, be sure to use their research tools, as most of them have easy to use interfaces with plenty of information to sort through. Some of the more popular online stock brokers include E*TRADE. TradeKing. Scottrade. and OptionsHouse .

Final Word

When you are looking to conduct your own investment research, closely monitor where you go online. It is very easy to end up on hot stock pick sites, penny stock investing sites, or poorly executed attempts at legitimacy. Many of these sites are fronts for someone to sell you their foolproof system or something similar. Everything I have provided above is free of charge, though a few of them offer paid services above and beyond what most of us need.

Do you have a preferred investment research site? Tell us about them and what features you like most in the comments below.

You are looking at Matthew Breed. He is a 30 year old sports nerd who lives in North Florida with his fiancee, Sarah. Originally in school for a Business degree that did not work out due to capricious youth and irresponsibility, he is currently “getting past” his Peter Pan syndrome and attends classes for a degree in Information Technology while working full time. His care for personal finance stems from a modest upbringing with fiscally responsible parents who highly value education and frown upon frivolity.

heyyy . Nice post you have been shared here. I would like to look forward to the next post. Thanks for sharing .will be waiting for the next post. It helps me a lot.

There s just so much tripe on Seeking Alpha that I ve stopped going there. Anyone can be a self-appointed expert on the site and there is a lot of pumping that goes on in the guise of analysis. Don t know how you can separate the wheat from the chaff.

http://www.dividendinvestor.com/ Richard Gere

Hi, some great sites. Google’s Finance can also be included. Thoughts?

I honestly can t imagine how you consider SeekingAlpha to be an informational site. Journalistically bankrupt. Opinions, not facts. The same useless opinions cycled over and over. Surely you can do better?

None of your business

Would the author of this site mind putting a DATE on his article? Or is not putting a date on it a sleazy way of milking more hits out of the page?

I agree. Investopedia is a great resource for learning stock trading.

Best online analysis is in INVESTOOLS at TD Ameritrade. They are now Number 1 in the industry.

Stock Rover is a great tool for individual investors, all the data in one dashboard. And its free! Premium version isnt too expensive either

As FatMan points out below, Seeking Alpha is garbage. Ask any CFA level analyst and you will get the same response. So much of it is agenda driven content/amateur hour content.





Call Accounting for Hospitality: More Than Just Guest Call Billing #hotel #call


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How can ProfitWatch help your property?
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  • Improve localized marketing campaigns with geographic call plotters
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Windows Event Log Analyzer #windows #log #analysis


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Windows Event Log Viewer is a windows based event management software that allow users to import logs from remote or local windows 7 / 2008 / Vista / 2003 / XP / 2000 /NT machines and presents those to users in a GUI based environment. This windows log viewer / windows log analyzer analyzes events logs recorded in Security, System, Application, Hardware events file, which make it easy for IT security and IT auditing professionals to understand and analyze them for example, failed logon attempt, system privileges used, unauthorized access and changes for forensic purposes in case of a breach and also track error which occurs on the machine.

Windows log viewer / windows log analyzer also helps administrators to browse and view event logs pertaining to types like Error Logs, Informational Logs, Warning Logs, Audit Logs and Windows Security Logs in a well tailored format for reporting and easy understandability. This event viewer will also help in monitoring administers and Users activities. Users can view different logs according to their specific requirements which allow users to track event by event ID, by log type or by category. It also supports sorting of events by time, date, computer, category, event, user and message.

This windows event viewer facilitates IT security professionals by supporting the security and regulatory compliance reporting process. Windows event viewer supports Windows 7 / Windows 2008 / Windows Vista / Windows 2003 / Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Windows NT machines.

Windows Event Log Viewer also facilitates in achieving strengthened governance, control and regulatory compliance like Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) (USA). Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) (USA). Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) (USA), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) (USA). Data Protection (EU, UK, Canadian), J-SOX (Japan), LSF (France), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI/DSS), security frameworks such as ISO 27001 and COBIT or NIST. This event viewer for windows extends a number of options and reporting methods to the user. User can also export windows event log reports generated by Windows Event Log Viewer to other formats, like pdf, rpt, xls, doc and rtf.

Key Features and Benefits:

  • User friendly and easy to use.
  • Helps in log viewing log analyzing.
  • Hence this event log viewer helps user in better event log management.
  • Helps in enforcement of Regulatory Compliance Standards.
  • Detect problems with an authorization or access control implementation.
  • Helps to identify a possible brute force attack.
  • Helps to identify a possible password guessing by users.
  • Helps to identify a possible misuse of privileges.
  • Helps in identifying individual accountability.
  • Helps in conducting forensics, gathering evidence and reconstruction of events.
  • Helps in identifying intrusion detection.
  • Helps in conducting investigations of suspicious activities.
  • Helps in event log monitoring which gathers data about specific Users/Administrator activities
  • Helps an auditor in performing an audit.
  • Export log reports to different formats.

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International: Top News And Analysis #ideas #for #business

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The 52-year war between the Colombian government and FARC insurgents officially ended on Monday with the start of a ceasefire.

Policymakers at the U.S. Federal Reserve have been accused of using ambiguous and evasive language after several days of commentary.

The current uncertainty over when the U.K. will start the process of quitting the European Union has banks on tenterhooks.

CNBC Meets speaks to legendary country musician Dolly Parton on her life, career and future business plans.

CNBC Meets speaks to Dolly Parton, who takes the time to discuss her humble beginnings, business acumen and success as a music icon.

Dolly Parton talks to CNBC about her business acumen with Dollywood, her film career, and the success of her “Imagination Library”.

The euro/yen chart has multiple features which suggest a downside target near 107.

An opportunity can be found in every market, not just in the markets your look at regularly. This is one of them.

Despite its short-term behavior, the long-term outlook for oil is bullish with medium term targets at $58.





Market Analysis #business #planning #software

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The market analysis section of your business plan should illustrate your industry and market knowledge as well as any of your research findings and conclusions. This section is usually presented after the company description .

What to Include in Your Market Analysis

Industry Description and Outlook – Describe your industry, including its current size and historic growth rate as well as other trends and characteristics (e.g. life cycle stage, projected growth rate). Next, list the major customer groups within your industry.

Information About Your Target Market – Narrow your target market to a manageable size. Many businesses make the mistake of trying to appeal to too many target markets. Research and include the following information about your market:

Distinguishing characteristics – What are the critical needs of your potential customers? Are those needs being met? What are the demographics of the group and where are they located? Are there any seasonal or cyclical purchasing trends that may impact your business?

Size of the primary target market – In addition to the size of your market, what data can you include about the annual purchases your market makes in your industry? What is the forecasted market growth for this group? For more information, see our market research guide for tips and free government resources that can help you build a market profile.

How much market share can you gain? – What is the market share percentage and number of customers you expect to obtain in a defined geographic area? Explain the logic behind your calculation.

Pricing and gross margin targets – Define your pricing structure. gross margin levels, and any discount that you plan to use.

When you include information about any of the market tests or research studies you have completed, be sure to focus only on the results of these tests. Any other details should be included in the appendix.

Competitive Analysis – Your competitive analysis should identify your competition by product line or service and market segment. Assess the following characteristics of the competitive landscape:

  • Market share
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • How important is your target market to your competitors?
  • Are there any barriers that may hinder you as you enter the market?
  • What is your window of opportunity to enter the market?
  • Are there any indirect or secondary competitors who may impact your success?
  • What barriers to market are there (e.g. changing technology, high investment cost, lack of quality personnel)?

Regulatory Restrictions – Include any customer or governmental regulatory requirements affecting your business, and how you’ll comply. Also, cite any operational or cost impact the compliance process will have on your business.

Once you’ve completed this section, you can move on to the Organization Management section of your business plan.





Market Analysis #start #business #ideas

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The market analysis section of your business plan should illustrate your industry and market knowledge as well as any of your research findings and conclusions. This section is usually presented after the company description .

What to Include in Your Market Analysis

Industry Description and Outlook – Describe your industry, including its current size and historic growth rate as well as other trends and characteristics (e.g. life cycle stage, projected growth rate). Next, list the major customer groups within your industry.

Information About Your Target Market – Narrow your target market to a manageable size. Many businesses make the mistake of trying to appeal to too many target markets. Research and include the following information about your market:

Distinguishing characteristics – What are the critical needs of your potential customers? Are those needs being met? What are the demographics of the group and where are they located? Are there any seasonal or cyclical purchasing trends that may impact your business?

Size of the primary target market – In addition to the size of your market, what data can you include about the annual purchases your market makes in your industry? What is the forecasted market growth for this group? For more information, see our market research guide for tips and free government resources that can help you build a market profile.

How much market share can you gain? – What is the market share percentage and number of customers you expect to obtain in a defined geographic area? Explain the logic behind your calculation.

Pricing and gross margin targets – Define your pricing structure. gross margin levels, and any discount that you plan to use.

When you include information about any of the market tests or research studies you have completed, be sure to focus only on the results of these tests. Any other details should be included in the appendix.

Competitive Analysis – Your competitive analysis should identify your competition by product line or service and market segment. Assess the following characteristics of the competitive landscape:

  • Market share
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • How important is your target market to your competitors?
  • Are there any barriers that may hinder you as you enter the market?
  • What is your window of opportunity to enter the market?
  • Are there any indirect or secondary competitors who may impact your success?
  • What barriers to market are there (e.g. changing technology, high investment cost, lack of quality personnel)?

Regulatory Restrictions – Include any customer or governmental regulatory requirements affecting your business, and how you’ll comply. Also, cite any operational or cost impact the compliance process will have on your business.

Once you’ve completed this section, you can move on to the Organization Management section of your business plan.





Business process planning and analysis in strategic planning #small #business #association #loans

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Business process planning and analysis in strategic planning

Business process planning: Why process analysis is crucial for successful strategy development for any company

Most businesses typically spend time each 12 months acquiring new strategy goals and objectives. Goals are designed that reflect the complete strategy of the firm. Business objectives are then created along with the department level to assistance general
corporation goals. Goals are made to measure the progress in the direction of achieving distinct business objectives. And every single employee has goals that support complete tactics and strategies.

In a ideal world, there would not be any conflicting goals. All division goals would in actuality aid the business goals. Every employee would understand these objectives and recognize how to do the job he or she performs and contribute to the overall organization.

The corporation’s strategic plans would be executed flawlessly and the story would usually have a joyful ending. However, strategic objectives might be created in isolation. Department goals could be self serving and may not assist any other critical for business goals. Business departmental objectives could be in battle along with one or more objectives in reality.

Without proper strategic planning people will usually just see their own story or situation and have no thought what is going on outside their scope and activities.

The accumulation of processes, tools, resources and daily routines that take place in every single business organizational system is what finally determines an organization’s good or poor results. So business processes of any type of kind have to be analyzed so they support key business objectives.

Process analysis is specifically helpful in ensuring the accomplishment of business goals and objectives relating to client, consumer or customer service operations which is directly linked to profitability of the business.

A crucial key to transforming a business is the total comprehension of all the processes involved in it. This knowledge is necessary from any management approach to be of really worth, and it can be incorporated in overall good quality administration. Example of such a business systems and processes is ISO quality system which helps businesses identify, analyze and improve business processes, In adition audits like the Sarbanes Oxley allow managers to create better understanding of the company s operations.

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International: Top News And Analysis #business #card #ideas

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The 52-year war between the Colombian government and FARC insurgents officially ended on Monday with the start of a ceasefire.

Policymakers at the U.S. Federal Reserve have been accused of using ambiguous and evasive language after several days of commentary.

The current uncertainty over when the U.K. will start the process of quitting the European Union has banks on tenterhooks.

CNBC Meets speaks to legendary country musician Dolly Parton on her life, career and future business plans.

CNBC Meets speaks to Dolly Parton, who takes the time to discuss her humble beginnings, business acumen and success as a music icon.

Dolly Parton talks to CNBC about her business acumen with Dollywood, her film career, and the success of her “Imagination Library”.

The euro/yen chart has multiple features which suggest a downside target near 107.

An opportunity can be found in every market, not just in the markets your look at regularly. This is one of them.

Despite its short-term behavior, the long-term outlook for oil is bullish with medium term targets at $58.





Business process planning and analysis in strategic planning #business #credit #reports

#business process

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Business process planning and analysis in strategic planning

Business process planning: Why process analysis is crucial for successful strategy development for any company

Most businesses typically spend time each 12 months acquiring new strategy goals and objectives. Goals are designed that reflect the complete strategy of the firm. Business objectives are then created along with the department level to assistance general
corporation goals. Goals are made to measure the progress in the direction of achieving distinct business objectives. And every single employee has goals that support complete tactics and strategies.

In a ideal world, there would not be any conflicting goals. All division goals would in actuality aid the business goals. Every employee would understand these objectives and recognize how to do the job he or she performs and contribute to the overall organization.

The corporation’s strategic plans would be executed flawlessly and the story would usually have a joyful ending. However, strategic objectives might be created in isolation. Department goals could be self serving and may not assist any other critical for business goals. Business departmental objectives could be in battle along with one or more objectives in reality.

Without proper strategic planning people will usually just see their own story or situation and have no thought what is going on outside their scope and activities.

The accumulation of processes, tools, resources and daily routines that take place in every single business organizational system is what finally determines an organization’s good or poor results. So business processes of any type of kind have to be analyzed so they support key business objectives.

Process analysis is specifically helpful in ensuring the accomplishment of business goals and objectives relating to client, consumer or customer service operations which is directly linked to profitability of the business.

A crucial key to transforming a business is the total comprehension of all the processes involved in it. This knowledge is necessary from any management approach to be of really worth, and it can be incorporated in overall good quality administration. Example of such a business systems and processes is ISO quality system which helps businesses identify, analyze and improve business processes, In adition audits like the Sarbanes Oxley allow managers to create better understanding of the company s operations.

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