Data Cleansing Types and Benefits

What do we mean by data cleansing? It defines that a set of data is accurate. Companies rely heavily on computerization of data in a simple way, so data cleansing is a very regular task. In cleansing operation, to check for the accuracy and consistency different types of tools are used to check for consistency and accuracy.

Data Cleansing is of two categories depending upon the complexity of tasks.

Simple Cleaning. In order to verify accuracy various set of records are read by individual person or group of persons. In this task, correction of spelling mistakes and typos are done, proper filling and labeling of mislabeled data are done. Further incomplete and missing entries are completed. In order to ease operations, outdated and unrecoverable data are eliminated.

Complex cleansing. In this data, verification is done by a computer program according to a set of rules and procedures provided by the user. Misspelled words are corrected and the data which has not been updated since last five years are deleted. Even the missing city in the database can be filled by a more complex program. This is based on postal pin code and changes in currency types on pricing.

Data cleansing is required for creating efficiency of data related businesses. If the database is not updated or not correct, there is no use of contracting clients by the way of phone numbers given in the databases or sending regular emails saved to the addresses thereon. Further, it ensures that there is always consistent and correct data available in the databases. This helps to minimize errors and assists to maintain useful and meaningful records even if there is a large volume of data stored.

When two database work in cycle, data cleansing is considered as more relevant. Customer information available at one branch is available at the other branch and this gets updated at one branch gets automatically revised in the database of other branches also.

Database cleansing use techniques like transformation, rationalization, and standardization. Further, these comprise data profiling, data enrichment, and augmentation. So, databases need to be run through data cleansing periodically in order to avoid the errors which could lead to inefficient work and more complications. This process involves conversion, formatting, and preparation for upload. Since it is time-consuming, it is wiser to wiser to outsource the selected components. of business and it requires a lot of experience in data migration.

Small Business Server Migration Guide

So, your business has grown large enough that you need your first server. Congratulations! Acquiring a server is a big decision, many expanding businesses struggle with deciding what server to get. While buying a first server is more involved than buying a PC, a smartphone, or a tablet, it’s less intimidating if you keep some basic information in mind during the process.

Here are some important things to consider when choosing a small business server.

Have you considered the Cloud?

Your first choice when it comes to servers is whether or not you actually need one physically in your office. For businesses tight on space, introducing a business server may not be the best idea. Leasing a server on the cloud sometimes makes more sense-especially for small businesses that don’t have a robust IT infrastructure. However, there are limits to what you can do with a cloud-based server. If you decide that you definitely need the server on premises, then you should choose whether to assemble a server in-house or to purchase a pre-built.

Find a snug fit.

There are different types of servers for an assortment of needs, so evaluate the needs of your business accordingly. What do you want your server to do?

Server Type: Network Attached Storage (NAS) or Application Server

The first choice you’ll have to make is between a NAS server and a more conventional application server. NAS servers, such as the LaCie 2big NAS, are specialized devices that provide shared access to files and folders, as well as other network resources such as printers. Application servers, such as HP’s MicroServer Gen8 share folders and printers too, but they use a full-fledged server operating system that can run myriad types of software and typically provides a broader repertoire of features.

A big advantage to NAS servers is that they’re relatively inexpensive. Another is that they’re usually simple enough that non-technical people can handle setup and management chores, such as configuring user/group accounts, shared folders, access permissions, etc. However, since NAS servers run proprietary operating systems (typically a compact and customized version of Linux), they won’t necessarily run the software your business needs.

If you choose an application server, you can install QuickBooks or any other application you want-as long as it’s available for the operating system (OS) you choose. Windows is naturally quite common, but so are various flavors of Linux. The presence of a full server OS tends to provide more sophisticated features and better integration with your other networked computers. For example, Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 can automatically perform complete system backups of each PC on your network. Application servers also have the cost-saving benefit of being able to run virtual servers (multiple servers simultaneously on a single piece of hardware).

Building or Buying

Building and buying both have their advantages and disadvantages. Buying a server gives you plenty of value from bundled software, warranty, and support from a brand-name manufacturer. Building a server on the other hand, gives you the opportunity to custom-tailor your build to your application. Keep in mind that purchasing a pre-built server may still require you to physically build out the system. For instance, some pre-built systems may not include hard drives, memory, or optical drives. You need to install them in-house.

Anticipate future growth

In general, understanding the process of purchasing a file server with enough ram and hard drive space is akin to the process of buying a regular PC. However, you need to take into account the amount of people that will be accessing your network. In addition, when accounting for the number of network users, also take hard drive space into consideration.

Server Storage Capacity and Redundancy

The primary purpose of any server-NAS or application-is to store, share, and protect files. That makes the amount of storage capacity and type of redundancy it offers major considerations. Any respectable small business server uses at least two hard drives configured via RAID (levels 1, 10, 5 to ensure against data loss. Obviously, the greater the number of drives a small business server supports, the more storage capacity will provide.

What Operating System Do You Plan to Run?

The operating system you plan to use on your server is also extremely important. Pre-built server workstations often don’t include operating systems, so you need to purchase your software separately. This leaves you room to choose your own software and hypervisor licenses. While many small businesses choose Windows Server, some may go with a Linux distribution.

Make sure that your server can take the heat.

We’re all aware of the loud sounds that a regular desktop can make when the internal fan is activated to prevent overheating. This often occurs with smaller servers, especially when there isn’t a dedicated air-conditioned room inside the business to prevent this effect. A server with an advanced feature set will be able to sense when it’s overheating and shut itself down to prevent damage. A server from a no-name manufacturer will sometimes lack this heat-sensing protection mechanism.

Pick a provider that specializes in small business servers.

This will ensure that you have access to round-the-clock customer support should something go wrong. If you feel that you can use some help, we would be happy to help you. Our team of Small Business Server Specialists have years of invaluable, in-the-trenches experience with managing and monitoring Small Business IT infrastructure.

Choosing a business server workstation-especially your first one-can either improve the way professionals carry out their tasks or be a potential bottleneck. If they don’t have enough storage bays, you may easily find yourself rushing to purchase another machine with even more drive bays.

What Do HP Envy Printers Do?

The latest models have been more about high general performance and less about gaming. The latest revision is the HP ENVY Printers which is based on the new 4th generation of Intel Core I processors. It features a design that is more akin to the previous ENVY h8 than the ENVY h9 Phoenix which is a good thing as the h9 featured a bit too many lights for the average user.Surprisingly, the HP ENVY 700-060 is based around the Intel Core i5-4430 quad core processor. This is the lowest grade of the new 4th generation Intel Core I processors currently available. It is a decent processor for most users but it is slower than most of the competition that is offering the faster i5-4670 or the Core i7-4770 processors. This will really only impact those users that are doing extremely demanding tasks such as desktop video editing. The processor is matched up with 10GB of DDR3 memory which is a bit unusual. It is compromised of two 4GB and two 1GB modules to get that result and the performance difference between it and 8GB is negligible. Those looking at future memory upgrades will want to remove the 1GB module pair.One of the big advantages that the HP ENVY 700-060 has over the competition is the use of a solid state drive.

Some companies have elected to use some small SSDs for cache but this system uses a 128GB as the primary boot and application drive. This is a relatively small drive and can quickly fill up if users store their data files there. To combat this problem, HP has also included a secondary two terabyte hard drive for storing your larger data files and keep the SSD for the operating system and applications for the best performance. This provides it with a larger amount of storage space but also some exceptional performance when booting up the system in roughly ten seconds and loading applications. If you want to add extra storage space, HP does provide the system with four USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external storage drives. A standard dual layer DVD burner still remains in the system for playback and recording of CD or DVD media even though it is not as relevant now.The big flaw with the HP ENVY 700-060 is the graphics system. Pretty much every competing system at this price point includes a dedicated graphics card, even if it is a very low end one. HP has elected instead to rely on the Intel HD Graphics 4600 that is built into the Core i5 processor. This is a slight improvement over the HD Graphics 4000 found in the previous generation of Intel processors. It still lacks any significant 3D performance such that it can really only be used for older games at low resolution and detail levels. What it does provide though is some nice acceleration for video encoding when used with Quick Sync enabled applications.

Now there is space within the system for installing a dedicated graphics card and the power supply is a decent 460 watt meaning that it can handle some decently strong performing 3D cards.HP has been including wireless networking functions in many of the desktops for several years now. This has always been nice and convenient for dealing with connecting the computer into a home network. What is disappointing to see is that HP only includes a 2.4GHz capable Wi-Fi solution. This means that it can’t use the less cluttered 5GHz spectrum for 802.11a or 802.11n standards. This dual-band support is becoming a bit more common in the desktop space now as the costs are fairly minimal to add it.

Priced between $800 and $900, the HP ENVY 700-060 had a fair amount of competition. The closest competitor that includes a solid state drive for caching is Acer with its Aspire AT3 but the system does cost $1000. That provides it with a faster Core i7, 16GB of memory and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 graphics card.

Now for those that don’t necessarily care about the solid state drive, there are a number of options including the ASUS Essentio M51AC and Dell XPS 8700. Both of these are in the same price range as the HP system but come with a faster i7-4770. The ASUS does not feature any Wi-Fi networking but has a GeForce GT 625 graphics card. The Dell on the other hand only has a one terabyte hard drive but features a Radeon HD 7570 graphics card and dual-band Wi-Fi networking.

Would You Take Advice From a Robot?

Recently I visited a wholesale nursery where the planting operations had been taken over by robots. It saves time, money and helps with scarce labour resources.

In my industry, robo-solutions are becoming more popular too. You may have seen ads for providers of low-cost, automated investment advice called “robo-advisors.” They are main stream in the US and on their way to Australia.

Answer a few questions online, plug in your login information, and boom! You have an investment allocation according to your age and risk tolerance. For some investors, this is perfectly appropriate. Their situation may be fairly simple and they don’t need (or want to pay for) more complex or ongoing advice. The solution is OK for a small single-account portfolio.

But not all financial decisions can be made with if-then statements or rules that a computer program can follow. Life is hard to automate. Some months you take home less and spend more. Sometimes, things need repair or you go on a vacation. Perhaps a job changes, retirement plans change-and all of this impacts your savings, investment and retirement plan. It’s hard to imagine a website or app managing all of these scenarios because the issue is not purely numbers-it encompasses human behaviour, random chance and the hard numbers of cash flow and taxes.

On the other hand, some things are purely numbers. Take portfolio rebalancing, for example-it just makes sense to use technology to speed up the task of selling and buying when your investments drift out of balance from your target allocation. Yet even when the numbers are cut-and-dried, it helps to have a human touch to override the rules when necessary-for example, if certain investments are attractively priced, it might make sense to buy “on sale,” even if the allocation is not exact. A human manager ensures the outcome occurs as intended-and that it occurs at all. (Most individual investors do not rebalance. They don’t like selling off some winners and buy the losers, even if it is in line with their long-term goals!)

There is no question that automated apps and robo-solutions are huge drivers of innovation and cost-cutting in all industries, not just finance. It makes sense to use the best tools available for the job, like the nursery that can do the job better than a person. The same goes for your hard-earned money. Advisors should use the latest technology, but technology alone isn’t enough. A person is still needed to guide the operation, and provide advice to the “client” based on years of training and expertise.

I’ve seen several articles in industry magazines about the “robo threat” to advisors. But if an advisor’s only value is performing transactions that can be done by a bunch of ones and zeros, they are not earning their fee. Rather than seeing robo-solutions as a threat I see a huge advantage. We let humans do what humans are good at-connecting on a personal level, and using our expertise to help meet complex challenges.

Robert Rushford: Rushford Matheson Advisory
Business Advisory is more than steering companies through the rough patches. Robert and his team of professional advisers work with businesses to ensure they understand tax implications, audit processes, legal ramifications and the importance of structuring their company in accordance with all the rules and regulations surrounding modern business practices.

Afterlife Bots – A Dead Man’s Petition

No, neither am I a Ted-famous Tech geek spiritual guru nor am I in contact with the afterlife. I am just fascinated by the buzzwords “Machine Learning” and “AI” and a little overwhelmed by the number of articles mentioning those words on my news feed.

I remember reading a line in a news article that “Bots are getting better at imitating humans”. Why not hire one and decrease workload by 50%. Well, I suppose we are working towards it.

Google recently announced that their AI-enabled assistant (with 6 voices) can book a hair-cut appointment seamlessly (Well I want a shave as well, and I want it to go and do grocery shopping handpicking the freshest tomatoes from the lot).

Jokes apart: kudos to the team of brilliant scientists, engineers, and others who are working day and night to make this happen.

Coming back to my original story.

Let’s start with Human life (and relationships) – Data Gathering

“Quite a digital world”. We are capturing and storing our personal life events as much as we can digitally (Thanks to social media, external hard disks, and pen-drives). Why not store our entire life in a 1000 Petabyte storage device. Capture every second – actions, events, habits, decisions, etc. Imagine if we can see and experience our parents’ childhood or see “What all Mahatma Gandhi did in his entire life”. Interesting right?

We all know how quickly robotics, machine learning, and AI are evolving.

What if we combine robotics, machine learning, and human life data? Can we create a human replica bot which would respond similarly, make decisions similarly, have similar habits basis the 1000 Petabyte data fed. All in all, can that bot be my replacement after my death?. Can it be my AFTER-LIFE BOT?

Literally, nothing can replace a dead human being. I was not fortunate to see my grandfather or meet him. But will my great grand/grandkids know about me? The answer is I do not know. We all are striving hard to leave a legacy behind us. Why not use robots and machine intelligence to duplicate ourselves. We do have ample amount of data to feed ~79 years (average age of human being) or ~2 Billion moments. Don’t you want your great grandkids to remember you after you are gone?