Business Intelligence using Satellites

You just have to love big investment firms that can invest millions to return billions.   Read this article about how hedge funds and wall street firms are using satellites to view car populations in Wal-Mart parking lots!

As part of a growing trend among hedge funds and Wall Street firms, Cold War-style satellite surveillance is being used to gather market-moving information.  The surveillance pictures are often provided by private- sector companies like DigitalGlobe in Colorado and GeoEye in Virginia, which build and launch satellites and take pictures for US government intelligence agency clients and private-sector satellite analysis firms.  

That means there are two links in the chain before the satellite data gets to Wall Street—a satellite firm takes the pictures and sells them to an analysis firm, which scrutinizes the images and sells the aggregated data to hedge funds and Wall Street analysts.

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Pivot by Live Labs demonstration in Retail

We worked with the Microsoft Live Labs team and Zumiez on the creation of a business intelligence data exploration tool within SharePoint 2010.  It was highlighted at the MIX2010 event in Las Vegas.  Check it out.  If you haven’t seen Pivot, you can download it at

We use the following in the development of the solution

  • SharePoint 2010
  • Pivot
  • SilverLight 4.0 (pre-alpha)
  • SQL Server


National Retail Federation Conference and Extended Analytics

Retail's BIG Show

We are going to be at the National Retail Federation conference in New York Monday and Tuesday showing our solution developed around PIVOT by Live Labs platform.  We are located right within the Microsoft booth and are expecting some good traffic to see this amazing visual business intelligence tool.  We created a data extraction service for retail data that can be imported right within the Pivot tool.   Now you can use Pivot in many different retail business scenarios.

Stop by the Microsoft booth and check it out.