Automating Data Analysis Is a Must for Midsize Businesses

Midsize company leaders are right to be excited about the opportunities for harnessing the value in their large datasets. But the data in midsize companies tends to be messy — spreadsheets and plain-text files, many in different formats, are difficult (if not impossible) to integrate. It takes a lot of time and money to clean it up to make it useful. Poor-quality, disintegrated data can sabotage even the best initiatives, including AI designed to increase value and efficiency. HdL Companies, a Brea, California–headquartered government services firm, used their data strategically and has seen significant efficiency gains. The author offers three lessons for leaders to consider when getting started with automating data analysis.

As midsize companies grow, they develop data flows and data lakes (repositories for both structured and unstructured data) that are too big for one person, or even a team, to manipulate and use effectively. And even if a

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Tanger Center creates business boom for downtown businesses

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Broadway is back, and that means business is booming in downtown Greensboro.

Business owners say the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts has created an influx of customers.

Regina Lynskey showed up at the Tanger Center ticket officer Thursday afternoon to get her ticker for the last day of the Broadway Performance “WICKED.”

“I’m coming from Pelham, North Carolina. I drove 45 minutes to get here, and it’s worth every minute,” she said.

“Three family members are coming from Chapel Hill to see ‘Porgy and Bess’ in January. When I say people are coming from all over the region they truly are,” Betty Cone said.

Tanger Center performances like “WICKED” brought thousands of people into downtown Greensboro.

“They are selling out really fast,” Lynskey said.

This means a business boom for people

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China keeps benchmark lending rate unchanged

SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Wednesday as China kept its benchmark lending rate unchanged.

The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong rose 1.35% to close at 26,136.02 leading gains among major markets in the region.

Shares of Chinese tech firms listed in the city surged, with Tencent up 2.1% while Alibaba soared 6.67% and Meituan jumped 2.87%. The Hang Seng Tech index also gained 2.65% to 6,691.33.

Alibaba’s gains came amid reports that its founder Jack Ma, who has largely been out of public view for months since making comments that appeared to criticize Chinese regulators, was traveling Europe.

Mainland Chinese stocks closed lower, with the Shanghai composite slipping 0.17% to 3,587 while the Shenzhen component dipped 0.328% to 14,452.25.

China on Wednesday kept the one-year loan prime rate (LPR) unchanged at 3.85% while the five-year LPR was also held steady at 4.65%. That was in

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As Nicaragua Government Crackdown Continues, Police Arrest Business Executives | World News

MANAGUA (Reuters) – Nicaraguan police detained the two top executives of the nation’s largest business association on Thursday, amid a wave of arrests ahead of Nov. 7 elections in which President Daniel Ortega will seek a fourth consecutive term, according to the association and authorities.

The Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP) president, Michael Healy, was detained after leaving an interview at the attorney general’s office, and its vice president, Alvaro Vargas, was arrested at home.

Both men are members of the Civic Alliance, an opposition group that has suffered the arrest of two presidential candidates.

The executives are accused of “laundering money, property and assets to the detriment of the Nicaraguan state and society,” as well as calling for foreign intervention and sanctions against Nicaragua, local police said in a statement.

Ortega’s government has become increasingly isolated and criticized internationally for its crackdowns against the president’s opponents and critical

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