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Benjamin Hall Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 2:45pm Categories:

CB Insights recently released a report outlining trends which they say will shape the technology sector in 2019.

The company which uses machine learning to mine terabytes of data and knowledge in order to help clients "see where the [tech] world is going," has identified 14 of the tech trends they'll be watching closely this year. According to CB Insights, here are just a few of the ways that technology will impact our lives in 2019:

Hyper-personalizaton: The more data collected about an individual, the more intimately companies believe they can understand and market to them...

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Benjamin Hall Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 1:24pm Categories:

What's a CDOO?

According to Gartner, "By 2022, 40% of midsize enterprises will have evolved the role of chief information officer (CIO) into chief digital operating officer (CDOO)."

As the business environment shifts and adapts through digital innovations, many roles and resources will need to be reallocated. In the next four years, Gartner predicts that the expansion of cloud services as a core for business' financial management and planning will "cause issues for 60% of organizations." 

For businesses, digital integration will be both complex and uncomfortable. ...

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Benjamin Hall Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 5:23pm Categories:

It's the week of Thanksgiving, which means it's time to start shopping!

According to the National Retail Federation, "Consumers say they will spend an average $1,007 on gifts, decorations and more this holiday season." And while many holiday shoppers will invariably wait until the last minute, online shopping and same-day delivery have made last-minute purchases even easier. 

"Confidence is near an all-time high, unemployment is the lowest we've seen in decades and take-home wages are up. All of that is reflected in consumers' buying plans" - National Retail Federation, CEO...

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Benjamin Hall Monday, November 12, 2018 - 3:32pm Categories:

Blockchain’s burgeoning popularity in the business world has attracted a lot of attention, but Blockchain currencies have also attracted a lot of hackers.

Cybersecurity firm CipherTrace estimates that the theft of digital currencies through the hacking of exchanges and trading platforms in 2018 amounts to $927 million. In September, hackers stole an estimated $59 million from Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif. According to Reuters, Crypto exchange hacks are already 250% higher than throughout all of 2017.

"Increased fraudulent activity and attention of hacker groups to ...

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Benjamin Hall Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 2:26pm Categories: Uncategorized

According to PwC, "Financial technology—FinTech for short— describes the evolving intersection of financial services and technology. The term can refer to startups, technology companies, or even legacy providers."

FinTech helps companies manage financial operations and processes. The term has become synonymous with all things finance; however, FinTech market segments generally encompass:

digital payments (Ex. PayPal; Google Wallet) 

alternative financing (Ex. Kickstarter; Indiegogo) 

alternative lending (Ex. LendingClub; Prosper)

personal finance (Ex....

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Benjamin Hall Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 2:27pm Categories: Blogs, Business, Business Library, Electronic Resources

You've heard of IBISWorld for industry research, but have you heard of ProcurementIQ? 

ProcurementIQ is a division of IBISWorld that helps purchasing professionals and supply chain researchers gain valuable insight into almost any product or service category. 

Procurement research reports provide essential data on topics like pricing dynamics, product characteristics, supplier benchmarking, supply chain risks, and negotiation questions and tactics. 

Similar to other Gast Business Library resources, ProcurementIQ also provides independent data and analysis from trusted...

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Benjamin Hall Monday, October 15, 2018 - 4:09pm Categories: Uncategorized

Formatting citations in a style like APA is a standardized means of giving credit to the person or company who created the content you use. If you've written an academic paper, or even a case study, you've probably been asked to cite your sources.

The citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. For example:

MLA style (Modern Language Association) is typically used by the Humanities  APA style (American Psychological Association) is commonly used by Education, Psychology, and Business Chicago (University of Chicago) is generally used by History and some of... Continue reading "Citing Business Information"...
Benjamin Hall Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 9:35am Categories: Database Updates, Library News

If you're an entrepreneur, you've probably heard of PrivCo.

PrivCo is often considered the authority on private company financial data. The database provides coverage on more than 940,000 privately held firms, 19,000 investors, and 154,000 funding rounds, and it's one of over 100 databases that the Gast Business Library subscribes to. 

Recently, PrivCo added an additional 100,000 executive contacts! They've also improved export functionality within the database, and they're continuing to add and iterate private market content for researchers, entrepreneurs, and anyone who may...

Continue reading "The Bloomberg of Private Companies"...
Benjamin Hall Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 1:07pm Categories:

According to Forrester Research, Business Intelligence is "A set of methodologies, processes, architectures, and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information…” 

One resource which transforms raw data into meaningful information is called Passport GMID.

Passport GMID provides information on countries, companies, markets and consumers. It provides comparable statistics for more than 200 countries, including economic indicators, health, consumer spending, lifestyles, and more.

This MSU Libraries database also provides valuable brand share...

Continue reading "Brands in the World"...
Benjamin Hall Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 2:40pm Categories:

Home to just over 10 million people, Michigan’s 14 metropolitan regions are supported by a host of industries, including construction in Kalamazoo, information technologies in Ann Arbor, and financial services in Detroit.

How good is Michigan for business though?

According to a 2018 study from CNBC, Michigan ranks 11th out of all 50 states for business, and 3rd for technology and innovation. The fastest growing careers in the Great Lakes State include: Health Specialties Teachers (+25.4%), Physician’s Assistants (+30%), Software App Developers (+31%), and Nurse Practitioners...

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