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CargoSmart Uses Big Data to Transform Shipping Processes and analyzes big data events to gain competitive advantage, valuable insight and vastly improved customer service

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TIBCO Spotfire

According to Steve Siu, CEO of CargoSmart, the shipping industry is expansive and volatile, but using big data will provide a competitive advantage and lead to industry transformation.

“We are managing big data from over 5,500 vessels covering 90% of the world’s ocean container traffic,” he says. “Our mission is to derive insights from which our customers can optimize shipment routes, lower transportation and fuel costs and reduce the risk of late arrivals.”

Connecting an Organization to Create Spontaneous Value

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Microsoft SharePoint

Initiative used SharePoint 2007 to build its corporate intranet, but never saw significant engagement with the tool. Seeking a better collaboration solution, Initiative identified Yammer in early 2011 as a tool that would allow employees to collaborate through multiple channels with a low barrier to entry. With Yammer, Initiative has become a more collaborative and efficient company through the serendipitous connections that occur on Yammer every day. Experts are connected, employees save time and Initiative gains spontaneous business value.

U.S. Army Europe saves more than $150,000 by automating database translation

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General

Before migrating to Microsoft Dynamics CRM, U.S. Army Europe needed to translate portions of a SQL Server database used for screening and hiring local nationals. Using the Microsoft Translator API, Microsoft Visual C#, and the common language runtime (CLR) environment, engineers automated the translation of select SQL Server data into English. As a result, the Army saved about $150,500 (about 1,750 hours) in manual translation costs, avoided a seven month delay and maintained access to all of its historical employment screening data.

Police department uses Office 365 to make faster decisions and better serve the community

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Microsoft SharePoint

The Richland Police Department wanted to streamline its flow of information so that officers could spend less time filing reports and more time serving the community. It also sought to encourage collaboration among department staff for faster decision making. The department adopted Microsoft Office 365, which officers use to connect with colleagues and file reports from the field, gain access to critical real-time information to help protect the public and work as a team to develop strategies and keep the community safe.

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