A royal wedding, two new business analytics blogs and a few words on forecasting
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Did you watch the Royal Wedding? Nearly half of humanity tuned in today to watch the nuptials of Prince William and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey, if the most optimistic estimates are to be believed. The final TV numbers aren’t in yet, but the reported surge in demand for electricity - 2,400 MW and the fourth highest in UK history - points to some astoundingly high numbers when all is said and done. The event was also an internet sensation. ISP and traffic monitor Akamai reported traffic peaking at 5.3 million page views per minute at 8:30 AM Eastern, making the event the sixth biggest event in internet history. Millions more added to the excitement through Twitter, with its API peaking at 3,000 tweets per second. Web video provider Livestream's 300,000 concurrent more than doubled its previous record of 130,000 viewers who tuned into watch the Oscars.
I’m not a big royal watcher, but I did enjoy the pomp and precision, and the sense of a shared occasion. It’s not every day you get to wake up knowing that half of humanity is watching and sharing their views on a few meters of fabric.
Performance events on now
We can’t promise quite the same level of pomp at our Performance or Finance Forum events, but we can promise that you’ll come away with a better understanding of how much better your business could perform with a little help from IBM Business Analytics software and the people who build them. Performance events are taking place now in North America, with events in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific to happen starting in September.
Like our new look?
It hasn’t garnered quite the same level of excitement as that of Kate’s dress, but today we did roll out our new-look Performance Perspectives blog. You’ve probably already noticed some nifty Facebook and Twitter integration, an easier-to-use front page and a new masthead image that corresponds with our new Business Analytics Software home page. While I’m excited about the blog, I can guarantee that more people here are excited about the home page. Check it out if you can.
Two more business analytics blogs to bookmark
Fraser Anderson has brought Business Analytics SupportLink into the blogosphere, bringing with him technical tips and tricks from across our product portfolio, plus the latest news from our Education and Services teams. His latest entry is on Self-paced virtual classes and definitely worth a look.
And, from our support team in Pune, India comes IBM BA News and Views. Darshan Donni and team promise compendium of product news and event information. They’ve kicked it off with a post on next months Business Analytics Forum India and promise weekly postings in the months to come. Very exciting.
Finally, a quick word on Forecasting
The tireless Christoph Papenfuss continues his blogging unabated, with a new post on our Best Practices in Rolling Forecasts Workshop. The result of our longstanding collaboration with Finance Forum speakers David Axson and Steve Morlidge, the half-day workshops help you develop proven practices that many of our customers are using to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their Finance processes. Here’s a sampling of the questions on the agenda:
Christoph has delivered more than 100 of these in the past three years, so I think it’s safe to say there’s a lot of interest in finding out the answers. If you’re interested in conducting one for your own organization, simply send Christoph an email to learn more.