March Madness: Applying Data Analytics to Point Spreads

March 13, 2019 Adrienne Arndt

March Madness, the college basketball tournament, tips off this week with an estimated $12.1 billion in betting. All of that happens via four primary types of wagers: point spread, moneyline, point total, and prop bets. Chances are, even if you’ve never placed a bet on any of these, you might have heard of the point […]

Marketing With Memes

February 11, 2019 Evan Westermann

Memes as modern marketing? I know what you’re probably thinking, but just hear me out. Since marketing agencies and corporations first began promoting products, advertisements have evolved alongside the technology available at the time, as well as the culture and general attitude of the given society. Take for example American advertisements circa 1940; corporations drew […]

Unit Testing in .Net Part 1: Unit Test Overview

January 11, 2019 James Darling

If you asked 10 software developers if automated unit testing is important, you would likely get 10 responses stating, “Yes, it is!” Unfortunately, if you also asked these same 10 developers what automated unit testing is and how to implement it, you would also likely get 11 different definitions and best practices. In this series […]

How Credera’s Open Technology Solutions Practice Stays Sharp & Connected

January 2, 2019 Ally White

Credera’s Open Technology Solutions (OTS) practice is our largest team and focuses on building custom software solutions and integrations for our clients leveraging open source technologies. Technologies that the OTS practice frequently works with include the Spring Framework, AngularJS, React, Elastic Search, Redis, Spark, Kafka, AWS and Azure. Programming languages they frequently use include Java, […]

Reflections on Dreamforce 2018: Innovations, Favorites, & Einstein

December 18, 2018 Brian Hafferkamp

It’s been a few weeks since I had the privilege of attending and presenting at the annual Salesforce conference, Dreamforce, and I’ve finally had the chance to sit down and process all of the information presented there. It was an overwhelming, busy, and exciting week, filled with session after session of upcoming features and innovative […]

Injecting Machine Learning Into Your College Football Saturday

December 11, 2018 Maina Musa

Data has had a big impact on sports in recent years. But coming up with helpful information involves a lot of analysis and data science. Since college football is my favorite sport, I channeled my obsession into a football machine learning project to determine whether or not teams should take the risk and go for […]

How to Minimize Data Load Size for Tables in Power BI

November 28, 2018 Ashley Alston

Credera’s Analytics and Business Intelligence team recently partnered with a large manufacturing company to modernize their reporting ecosystem. After carefully analyzing their current state and future needs, we decided to replace their current solution of SQL Server Analysis Services cubes and pivot table reporting in Excel with a modernized data warehouse and Microsoft Power BI. […]

AWS QuickSight: Delivering Insights at Scale, Without the Enormous Price Tag

November 21, 2018 Ashley Alston

There are many business intelligence (BI) visualization tools on the market today. A typical trait of these tools, especially the more prominent ones, is significant cost at the enterprise sharing level. Since more and more companies are using Amazon data solutions, it only makes sense to consider Amazon’s BI visualization software as a service, QuickSight. […]

4 Crucial Components to Designing Effective Chatbots

November 13, 2018 Rushmi Stauffer

Artificial intelligence is shifting how we design for experiences. Rather than a display-and-click interface, we can simply tell the computer what to do. Conversational design is the incorporation of human-like interactions in virtual assistants such as voice-driven interfaces and messaging platforms. It’s how smart speakers strive to handle infinite cases of human commands and what […]

New Ways to Leverage SharePoint and Office 365 to Enable Collaboration

October 19, 2018 Hannah Walsh

Collaboration is becoming increasingly important in the workplace. Virtually every task today requires communication with others. Many business leaders are looking for solutions to enable both internal and external collaboration. At Credera, we believe the future of collaboration is going to be more specialized, single-focused, and will follow market demand of being nimble by leveraging […]