Partnership powers predictive and prescriptive analytics

GoodData, a specialist in business intelligence for monetization, and big data analytics consulting firm Absolutdata, sealed a partnership today with the aim of helping customers unlock the value of their data with predictive and advanced analytics capabilities on the GoodData platform.

“The thrust of our partnership is to bring our organizations together to help clients get significantly more value out of their data — driving sales, marketing conversion, efficiency within organizations, superior value and ROI to our customers,” says Anil Kaul, founder and CEO of Absolutdata.

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Dropbox touts enterprise growth at user conference

If there’s one question hanging over Dropbox these days, it’s about the company’s enterprise strategy. While the cloud storage provider has proved wildly popular among consumers, its products have had a slightly harder time gaining massive adoption in the enterprise. But the company has grown rapidly over the past several months.

Dropbox co-founder and CEO Drew Houston announced at the company’s first conference for users in San Francisco on Wednesday that there are now more than 150,000 companies paying for its Dropbox for Business product, up from the 130,000 business customers he mentioned in September. The company’s massive growth has drawn a comparison to competitor Box, which has focused primarily on providing powerful features for businesses.

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Google tries to woo enterprises with new Android for Work initiatives

Google continued its enterprise push on Wednesday with the launch of new programs relating to Android for Work, its group of features and services that help make the mobile operating system easier to manage for businesses.

To attract more companies to the program, the first 3,000 businesses that deploy enterprise mobility management services and set up Android for Work will get a free Nexus 5X phone that they can use to test all of the mobility management features in Google’s operating system. It’s a way for Google to encourage more organizations (beyond the 19,000 already testing, deploying or using Android for Work) to give it a shot.

According to Andrew Toy, Android for Work’s product management director, the company chose a Nexus phone because it will have access to the latest version of Google’s operating system and current updates.

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Shocker: When it comes to security the TSA still sucks eggs

Billions of dollars later, the TSA is still incompetent and its screening process is full of fail. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wanted answers about TSA security gaps. The DHS Office of Inspector General released a damning report and testified the TSA has not made any real improvements since it failed the last round of covert testing.

After the DHS Red Team conducted 70 covert operations in different airports across the country, it was reported in June that TSA agents missed contraband in 67 of 70 tests. Put another way, TSA failed to detect explosives or banned weapons in 95% of the checkpoint trials. Months later in September, secret tests were run again. DHS Inspector General John Roth called the results a “universal disappointing performance by the TSA screening checkpoint.”

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