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Thanks for visiting my blog. As co-founder of the BeyeNETWORK, acquired by TechTarget in 2010, I am privileged to participate in many industry-related activities as a BeyeNETWORK expert covering business intelligence and analytics. These events provide me with a unique insider perspective into the business intelligence ecosystem, its products and the vendors that provide those products. I'll be sharing that invaluable information with you through this blog, which will also be a reflection my business philosophy. And, just to make this interesting, I'll be sure to include my personal point of view on a wide range of topics and share some of the stories of people I meet in my travels.

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Ron is an independent analyst, consultant and editorial expert with extensive knowledge and experience in business intelligence, big data, analytics and data warehousing. Currently president of Powell Interactive Media, which specializes in consulting and podcast services, he is also Executive Producer of The World Transformed Fast Forward series. In 2004, Ron founded the BeyeNETWORK, which was acquired by Tech Target in 2010.  Prior to the founding of the BeyeNETWORK, Ron was cofounder, publisher and editorial director of DM Review (now Information Management). He maintains an expert channel and blog on the BeyeNETWORK and may be contacted by email at rpowell@powellinteractivemedia.com. 

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With election day just a week away, we're all evaluating our choices so we'll be prepared to cast our ballots on November 6. In the spirit of educated decision making, Information Builders' Jake Freivald, Vice President of Corporate Marketing provides a guest post and infographic for my blog -- this time focusing on education. (If you didn't see his Decision 2012 healthcare blog, click here.

Here's Jake's guest post:

Everyone believes that higher education should be a priority for America, but they differ on the ways in which it should be addressed. President Obama has pushed plans for student loan forgiveness and consolidation, hoping that by providing the funding that families need, more people will be able to afford the education needed to stay competitive. Governor Romney says that "a flood of federal dollars is driving up tuition and burdening too many young Americans with substantial debt and too few opportunities." (See: http://www.mittromney.com/issues/education.)
Regardless of our individual opinions on the situation, it's clear that the federal government is investing large amounts of money in loans and grants that will help students get a college education. Since that's unlikely to change immediately, we can focus narrowly on the question: What is that investment getting us?
The infographic below highlights some of the questions and a few answers that we should be asking to determine where this money should go, regardless of who the President is in the next four years.
It also shows why business intelligence -- and predictive analytics in particular, probably using big data stores that collect information on millions of student loan recipients -- will be important for institutions and the government in the next five years.
Feel free to share this infographic with your friends and colleagues. And I'll be back a little later in the week with one more post, this time on financial regulations. Stay tuned!

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Posted October 30, 2012 9:30 AM
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