Neal Analytics

Neal Analytics is a cloud, data, and AI Microsoft Gold consulting partner supporting data-driven transformation initiatives from data strategy to solution design, architecture, development, operationalization, and support. Our expertise spans across migration and modernization, data science, AI/ML, IoT, edge computing, BI, application development, and RPA. With a focus on right-sized and pragmatic approaches towards digital transformation, Neal leverages Agile methodologies and flexible engagement models to deliver measurable customer value.

Neal Analytics achieves Modernization of Web Applications to Microsoft Azure Advanced Specialization
Neal Analytics has earned the Modernization of Web Applications to Microsoft Azure Advanced Specializations.
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Neal News: Eyes on the cloud - Azure Synapse, Purview, and Cognitive Services
This roundup features some of our top recommendations for Azure services and tools to leverage in your digital transformation.
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Chatbot solutions: Getting one step closer to decoding your customers
Chatbots can provide new insights into customer behaviors and engagement while improving the overall user experience. Here's how.
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AI controlled robotic arm for coin bags handling using Microsoft Project Bonsai
Learn how an AI-controlled robotic arm leveraging Microsoft Project Bonsai was used for handling coin bags by a financial institution
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Why we're (still) excited for Azure Synapse Analytics
Azure Synapse Analytics is now generally available! Here are a few features that we're most excited to see.
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Intelligent order sequencing for a large, international quick-serve restaurant
Learn how Neal Analytics used machine learning to optimize customer order prioritization across mobile-app, in-store and drive-through channels.
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Neal News: Streamline your customer shopping experience with AI
In this edition of Neal News, look at how AI is helping businesses streamline and improve the customer shopping experience.
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GNC transforms customer experience with Microsoft Dynamics 365
Neal Analytics helped GNC implement Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Insights to create a single, unified view of customers.
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Webinar: Autonomous Systems use cases for the energy industry
Oil & gas industries, utilities and other energy production or distribution companies can benefit from Autonomous Systems to improve their operations
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Neal News: The many use cases for computer vision
Check out the latest on computer vision and its uses in the retail, healthcare, and manufacturing industries.
5 takeaways from Microsoft Build 2021
Microsoft Build 2021 highlighted some exciting developments in AI, edge computing, and data platforms. Here are 5 things we're excited for.
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Neal News: Tips for RL solutions and data migrations
Check out a few of our tips for creating reward functions, migrating Hadoop to Databricks, and vision AI at the edge in our latest Neal News.
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3 reasons you should migrate on-prem Spark workloads running on Hadoop to Azure Databricks
Azure Databricks is the perfect cloud database for Spark workloads running on Hadoop thanks to three major cloud benefits.
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Ciruli Brothers: Designing and implementing a seamless ERP migration to the cloud
An agricultural production and distribution company needed to migrate to the cloud with minimal downtime. Here's how we helped.
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Neal News: Practice (and training) makes perfect
This roundup covers a few key techniques for accelerating DRL training with simulators, improving fairness in AI models, and more.
Neal India Hackathon 2021
Neal Analytics is hosting its first ever hackathon for India team. Let's join us to see what innovative ideas will come up during this event.
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Neal News: Azure Percept, IoT, and Cosmos DB
We roundup some of our latest articles on Azure Percept, IoT, and Azure Cosmos DB in this edition of Neal News.
Top reasons to migrate MongoDB to Cosmos DB
Looking to migrate MongoDB to the cloud? Here are a few reasons why we think Azure Cosmos DB is a great option.
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10 years, 10 iconic projects: Sales Driver Analysis for Arca Continental
The early days of Azure Machine Learning, a scrappy team, and a lot data science makes Arca Continental an iconic Neal Analytics project.
Top 3 reasons to migrate on-premises Redis to Azure Cache for Redis
Here are the top reasons why you need to migrate to Azure Cache for one of the world's most popular in-memory data structure stores, Redis
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How to forecast demand in the Post-COVID world
Leveraging organizational data with machine learning and AI provides powerful tools that can supercharge demand forecasting in uncertain times.
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Top reasons to migrate SQL Data Warehouse to Azure Synapse Analytics
An analytics service that brings together data warehousing and big data analytics, here are the top reasons to migrate SQL to Azure Synapse Analytics
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Analyzing foot traffic using computer vision at the edge
Learn how Neal Analytics helped a customer by providing real-time statistics of foot traffic at entry and exit points to maintain safety guidelines
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Major global technology firm outsources data science development, landing a new technology in the IoT ecosystem
Learn how Neal Analytics helped a global technology company accelerate customer adoption, drive broader technology use and build ecosystem accelerator...
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Using machine learning to improve underwriter efficiency at an insurance company
Here's how Neal Analytics helped an insurance company by leveraging ML that helped analyze documents and make the underwriting process smoother
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Bringing real-time, on-demand customer service to more than 8 million public transit patrons
Here's how Neal built AI chatbot for a public transport company to help patrons with smart card self-service and extend their customer service offerin...
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Predicting next 24-hour demand for water utility company
Here's how Neal Analytics helped a water utility company with better forecast of consumer demands to improve their operational efficiency
Driving digital transformations for sports organizations by developing a digital platform recommendation system with ML
Here's how Neal Analytics helped a global tech company with its sports digital platform to create a cloud-based recommendation system and Azure data p...
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Designing and deploying a self-service reporting platform for a global provider of fiber optic cable and equipment
Learn how Neal helped the fiber optic cable provider transfer knowledge and trained to develop self-service reporting capability using better solution...
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Computer manufacturer optimizes product lifecycle with Databricks
Learn how Neal Analytics leveraged Databricks and created a Cloud Center of Excellence to help optimize product lifecycles.
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Haulage strategy optimization for a natural resources company
Learn how Neal Analytics integrated Project Bonsai with the existing strategy simulation, which helped the natural resources company identify the best...
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Fair market value estimation for used cars at leading car exchange
Here's how Neal Analytics helped an auto dealer to identify the fair market value of cars based on details and range of "good and bad deals".
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R&D portfolio management at major offshore wind developer
Here's how Neal Analytics used portfolio management solutions for a offshore wind developer to align their R&D funding decisions
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Major oil services company: Asset health visualization
Here's how Neal Analytics built a Power BI dashboard for a oil services company that enables instantaneous report generation based on filters
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High altitude pictures with GIS metadata to C3 integration
Here's how Neal Analytics helped a defence contractor in automated ingestion of pictures and geolocation meta-data into the C3 platform from an existi...
Quick-service restaurant chain innovates customer experience with AI
Learn how a fast food chain and Neal Analytics worked to innovate the drive-thru customer experience with voice order automation and AI.
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4 tips to improve your chatbot user experience
These tips will help make AI chatbot a convenient tool for your customers by lowering friction and improving user experience.
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Self-service plagiarism checking tool for non-profit research institute
Here's how Neal Analytics helped a non-profit research institute with a plagiarism checking solution using Azure Cognitive Service and web-based UX
Quality prediction and driver analysis for french fry production
Learn how Neal Analytics helped french fries producer improve quality and line yield as well as implemented Real-time Power BI visualization to solve ...
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Optimizing database queries at an independent, privately held video game studio
Learn how Neal Analytics enabled the video game studio to query data faster, increase operational efficiency and implement a quick and effective HA/DR...
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Reducing manual investigation workloads at natural gas utility
Learn how Neal Analytics helped the gas utility company in automation, highlight gaps in data collection processes and develop new improvement strateg...
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Optimized data delivery to members and providers at a health benefits administrator
Learn how Neal Analytics helped health benefits administrator successfully deliver an improve user experience to health members and provided them on-t...
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Neal Analytics predictions for 2021: Vision, AI, and the edge
What comes next in digital transformation? Our experts have some predictions for the year. Here are some trends we expect to see in 2021.
Top 5 reasons to migrate Oracle DB to Azure
From best-in-class security to exceptional performance overall, here are the top 5 reasons to migrate Oracle DB to Azure
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Demand forecasting solution for waste reduction
Learn how a major retailer was able to reduce waste in freshly cooked goods by 33% with Advanced Demand Forecasting from Neal Analytics.
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H&R Block: Creating a competitive edge in a unique market
H&R Block wanted deeper insights into their business demand drivers. Here's how Neal Analytics used advanced analytics and ML to provide a competitive...
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Neal Analytics: Highlights of 2020
This year was one of transformation. We saw businesses innovate and implement a range solutions to adapt to the pandemic. Here are a few highlights.
Instrumenting coolers with IoT devices to remotely monitor asset health and sales for large soft drink CPG company
Learn how Neal helped this customer use IoT devices in soft-drink coolers to remotely monitor asset health and sales performance.
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Cart recommendations through a combination of customer history analysis and filtering techniques
Learn how Neal implemented historical multi-variable segmentation that helped the e-commerce company to predict likely next purchases of their custome...
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Preventive healthcare through machine learning at a health benefits administrator
Learn how Neal Analytics helped the health benefits administration dramatically improve an existing process that was largely manual and inefficient
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Enhanced quality assurance at a leading health benefits administrator
Learn how Neal Analytics helped health benefit administration in reducing error rates in processed and audited claims using machine learning
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Churn prediction model for account representatives at a large paint company
Here's how Neal Analytics allowed data sharing between business units that enabled cross-sell opportunities and enriched customer experience for a pai...
Improving promotion targeting for a credit card company
Here's how Neal Analytics helped a credit card company improve the allocation of promotion budgets and save money on highly targeted campaigns
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Advanced forecasting improves operational planning at major field services company
Here's how leveraging forecasting models helped a field service company improve its demand and labor forecast accuracy
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Neal Analytics' top 10 blog posts of 2020
From explaining MLOps to a step-by-step tutorial on using Pyton in ADF, here are our readers' favorite Neal blog posts in 2020.
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Neal News: Autonomous Systems in the real world
Autonomous Systems are on our list as one of the most exciting developments in AI. We rounded up some of our latest content on the topic.
Top 5 reasons to migrate on-premises PostgreSQL to Azure Database for PostgreSQL
PostgreSQL is an object-relational database system with a reputation of being highly reliable and robust. Here's how it can work on Azure database.
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Top 5 reasons why you should migrate on-premises MariaDB to Azure Database for MariaDB
Enterprise-level security, easy setup, and 99% uptime are just a few reasons to migrate on-premises MariaDB to Azure Database for MariaDB
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Top 5 reasons to migrate on-premises MySQL to Azure Database for MySQL
From unmatched security to improved performance, here are 5 reasons to migrate your on-premises MySQL to Azure Database for MySQL.
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Neal News: It comes down to strategy
Digital transformation isn't achieved by flipping a switch. It requires resilient, well planned-out, and agile approach to achieve your goal.
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Snowflake: A revolutionary data warehousing experience
Snowflake recognizes storage and compute functions differently, offering increased scalability and flexibility. Here's why that matters.
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Migration and modernization: Getting the most out of your ecosystem
The migration and modernization experience can be a key to building your overall business resilience for the future.
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Neal News: Retail, manufacturing, and the race to the edge
The past few months have seen a relentless push to the intelligent cloud and edge. We’ve seen retail, healthcare, and manufacturing accelerate their...
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Migration & modernization: 3 tips for starting out
Migration & Modernization using cloud is an iterative process that builds value over time and pays off with improved decision making and opportunity.
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How to use Python for data engineering in ADF
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use Python code in Azure Data Factory and how to call your Azure function in an ADF pipeline.
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Now available: Data modernization in a month
This program leverages a set of templates and services to streamline the path to the cloud with a fully functional database on Microsoft Azure in 30 ...
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Campari Group rapidly pivots to digital outreach & gains new customer insights
Learn how Campari, the world's 6th largest liquor distributor, was able to discover new customer insights an achieve an email marketing open rate doub...
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Data retention best practices
A data retention policy helps businesses protect, store and retrieve data. Learn how retain data properly with this collection of best practices.
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How a major North American convenience store chain eliminated technical debt
With the Neal Analytics SKU Optimization solution, this company increased sales and identified the right products for the right shelves across their s...
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SKU Optimization for a Saudi-based CPG company: Getting the right product on the right shelf in over 50,000 stores
With the Neal Analytics SKU Optimization solution, this company increased sales and identified the right products for the right shelves across their s...
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Inspire 2020: The Neal Analytics approach for purpose-driven digital transformation
From autonomous systems to the intellgent edge, the Neal team creates value for customers with our approach to purpose-driven digital transformation.
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Microsoft Build 2020: Our top 4 tech takeaways
Autonomous systems, MLOps, Edge AI and computer vision for healthcare -- these are the technologies we're keeping our eye on after Build.
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4 reasons why we're excited for Azure Synapse Analytics
Azure Synapse Analytics is the next generation of Azure SQL Data Warehouse. But it's more than a simple name change. Check out why we're excited about...
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Neal Analytics announces the availability of StockView, the AI-powered stock-out detection solution
Neal Analytics, in partnership with Microsoft and Intel, unveils its new out-of-stock detection solution leveraging vision AI at the edge: StockView.
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How a video game publisher built a unified data platform for customer engagement and insights
By deploying a unified customer data platform, a game publisher was able to build a consolidated view of its players to enable future growth.
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End-to-end data estate modernization at a North American energy company
Legacy systems, disparate data, inefficient reporting -- this customer needed a holistic, data strategy to modernize their estate. That's where Neal s...
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Arca Continental: Big data boosts business for soft drink bottler
Arca Continental had the data. The challenge was gaining insight from it. Learn how this customer leveraged Neal's ML and data science expertise to ge...
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Automating the customer journey and experience for a travel accessory company
There's a lot invovled in planning a camping trip. This company wanted to automate it. Here's how Neal used Microsoft Cognitive Services and Bot Frame...
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Chatbots: Automating internal operations at a major pharmaceutical company
Here's how Neal helped a pharmaceutical company automate addressing questions related to purchase order status and dramatically saved time and cost.
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Chatbots: Automating internal customer service for a pharmaceutical company
Neal Analytics created a chat bot to help this pharmaceutical company surface information for internal customers to improve efficiency and satisfactio...
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Voice ordering automation
How do you make a drive-thru location even more efficient? Neal Analytics leveraged voice ordering automation to modernize the drive-thru experience.
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Chatbots: Automating customer service at a major utilities company
This utilities company knew customers wanted an easy way to start, stop, or modify their service. Here's how Neal Analytics built a chat bot to do tha...
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Using robotic process automation for financial forecasting
Better, faster, cheaper, and more accurate. Learn how Neal Analytics used RPA and machine learning to improve this customer's finanical forecasting.
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MARS Drinks sells more through less-friction in the ordering process
Learn how Neal used Azure IoT, Power BI and AI to offer MARS Drinks to improve predictive maintenance and value chain insights.
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CONA optimizes SKU portfolios by equipping sellers with ML
CONA empowered field sellers with data insights by leveraging a cloud-based platform and user-friendly, mobile dashboards. Here's how we built it.
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Multi-National glass manufacturer: Predictive maintenance for manufacturing equipment
Equipment failure and downtime are costly. That's why this glass manufacturer came to Neal for help on a predictive maintenance solution.
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High tech aerospace manufacturer: Data infrastructure creation and pipeline automation
The aerospace manufacturer's disparate data environment made traceability a challenge. Here's how Neal built the data infrastructure and pipeline to c...
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Automotive part manufacturer: Quality prediction and driver analysis for aluminum castings
With machine learning, this automotive part manufacturer was able to predict product quality and proactively identify manufacturing part failures.
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Market leading craft brewery: Scenario identification and prioritization
This brewery wanted to tap into their data. Here's how the Neal team helped them identify valuable use cases and build a strategy.
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High tech manufacturer: Setup of EDW
Learn how Neal stabilized an ongoing EDW project, improving the Azure infrastructure for business intelligence, security, and scalability.
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Unplanned shutdown prevention at major natural gas producer
Learn how Neal Analytics leveraged sensor data to detect potential shutdowns, increase production, and reduce overall downtime.
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Multi-National oil & gas company: Pump jack predictive maintenance
Neal created a predictive maintenance solution by using Azure Machine Learning and equipment data to identify patterns and improve remote-diagnostics.
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Oil & gas service provider: Tank level forecasting
Inaccurate tank levels can lead to issues in maintenance and operations. Learn how Neal used Azure ML and Power BI to improve tank level forecasts.
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Database modernization for internal services team at major global technology company
Learn how Neal Analytics helped this tech company build a more resilient ETL and Data Warehouse approach for its internal services team.
Costco Travel: Improving reporting systems and practices
Costco Travel extended their database and reporting capabilities by building a modern Enterprise Data Warehouse on top of their existing system. Here'...
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Cleveland school districts: student dropout prevention
With machine learning and analytics, these school districts were able to gain visiblity on the rate of student dropouts and improve intervention succe...
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Cleveland school district: School curriculum evaluation
Neal Analytics worked with this school district to improve curriculum evaluation with machine learning and data analytics in a cost-effective manner.
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Implementing data warehouse, business intelligence, and machine learning for Wilco
Wilco needed visibility on their four lines of business. Here's how they tore down data silos and increased profits with a modern data warehouse.
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Automating text mining analytics at a major philanthropic foundation
Neal Analytics developed a chatbot that used machine learning and text mining techniques to analyze grant proposals and predict success based on inter...
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Data warehousing: Creating a reporting environment
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HIPAA compliant cloud infrastructure: Assessment and remediation for a payments processor
Compliance can be complicated. Neal worked with this payments processor to ensure HIPAA compliant cloud infrastructure and improve overall data securi...
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Automating ICD-10 coding and claims payments processing for a medical service provider
ICD-10 coding and claims processing can demand a lot of time from medical teams. Learn how Neal automated the process to improve efficiency and accura...
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Early warning indicators: Identifying high-risk customers
Neal Analytics leveraged predictive modeling to help this credit card company proactively identify high-risk customers and reduce losses.
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GDPR: Converting SAS jobs to data movement operations in Azure
Learn how Neal Analytics improved data traceability, ensured GDPR compliance, and reduced costs for this insurance company by leveraging Azure.
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Bloomingdale's: Maximizing campaign efficiency and customer loyalty
Learn how Bloomingdale's was able to drive more customer-centric marketing, reduce churn, improve loyalty, and optimize their marketing spend.
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The Neal Analytics team: We're here to help
These are stressful times. So remember: Neal Analytics is here to help! We've done remote setups long before COVID-19, and we're always on the lookout...
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Helping make Microsoft's nonprofit data warehouse "Quickstart" real
Neal can help customize this Quickstart to any nonprofit scope, enabling Power BI-generated analytics and a templatized data warehouse accelerator.
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How to create a custom authorizer for AWS API Gateway using serverless Lambda function in Node and .NET Core
A lambda function and the AWS API Gateway can be used together you can build secure serverless APIs. One way is to create custom authorizers.
Majid Al Futtaim: Developing the AI platform for an international conglomerate
Learn how Neal Analytics drove significant business impacts for an international conglomerate by developing a robust AI platform.
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Barilla Group: Trade promotion optimization
Learn how Trade Promotion Optimization enhanced decision-making for Barilla Group’s Key Account and Trade Marketing Managers and maximized campaign ...
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Is your business ready for predictive maintenance?
What do you need to leverage an AI-powered predictive maintenance solution? Learn what types of data are used, and how to scope your plan, in this art...
What is the difference between ML and AI?
Machine learning and artifical intelligence are related, but different. Learn about key use cases for AI and ML with these examples.
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Choosing right engagement model for your data initiative
Data-driven business transformation initiatives equire specific skill sets that are hard to find. Here's how to leverage engagement model for the best...
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The 10 roles required to staff a successful data analytics project
Data-driven transformation initiatives require specialized skillsets at different stages. This guide covers the 10 roles you need for a successful dat...
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Build your own Retail of the Future demo
At Ignite 2019, Microsoft and Intel showcased a “retail of the future” demo. Neal Analytics built this demo using Azure Stack Edge. You can find t...
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Top 5 criteria to look for when choosing a Customer Data Platform (CDP)
What features does your business need from a customer data platform? Here are 5 things we recommend looking for when choosing your CDP.
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White Paper: The path to data driven
What are the advabtages of being a data-driven organization? How do you start? Peter James Thomas lays out the path to becoming data-driven.
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Neal Analytics recognized in Gartner's 2019 Market Guide for Data and Analytics Service Providers
Our expertise ranges from AI to data engineering and agile methodologies. Here's why Gartner recognized Neal as a Data and Analytics Service Provider.
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Empowering your organization to embrace a data culture with Power BI
Learn how Power BI enables you to access, manipulate, and then apply the data you already have to generate valuable insights.
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How technology has changed three key roles in finance
From digitizing data to applying sales driver analysis and early warning indicators, here's how technology changed three key roles in the finance sect...
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Start your data journey with Azure Synapse Analytics and Power BI
What does the Microsoft Analytics platform offer your business? A modern data platform with services like Azure Synapse and Power BI to boost your ROI...
Azure Synapse Analytics for structured big data
Features like a secondary index, automatic restore points, and PolyBase make Azure Synapse Analytics a great enterprise database solution.
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Azure Synapse Analytics for Structured Big Data
Learn how big data analytics platforms helps businesses load, store, and analyze large volumes of data at high speed and timely manner
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How to work with raw data for data science
There is more to data science than just implementing an algorithm, you need to first understand what you’re dealing with and what it could potential...
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Microsoft's Azure Machine Learning Workbench from zero to first model
Microsoft’s new Azure Machine Learning Workbench can do a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to modeling, data transformation, and Exploratory D...
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Tackling the cloud data workloads with Azure Data Factory v2
Azure Data Factory allows you to create “data-driven workflows”, called pipelines, for orchestrating and automating data movement and data transfo...
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Managing incremental loads through ADF V2 using the Lookup activity
Microsoft’s Azure Platform, Azure Data Factory (ADF) stands as the most effective data management tool for extract, transform, and load processes (E...
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Why move to the cloud?
The cloud offers businesses advantages in security, cost-effectiveness, and scalability. Here's why migrating to the cloud is a strategic move.
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Security threats associated with Internet of Things (IoT)
The increase in IoT devices will bring up more security threats, so it is very necessary to understand the vulnerabilities and act upon it