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The sdg Blog is designed to show you who we are and what we're all about. Whether you're looking to read up on the latest technologies, trying to improve your soft skills, or wondering what we've been up to, our blog offers something for everybody.

Helping Clients Succeed

The 21st century business landscape is one of constant change. And within this new setting we see the need for businesses to continually reinvent themselves to meet the demands of any given market. Whether it be finding new product or service differentiation, the continuous streamlining of business processes, or changing pricing strategies, businesses need to stay on top of their markets more...
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Beating Trebek: Using Hadoop to Win Big at Jeopardy!

Every second of every day, millions upon millions of facts and data points are being generated and stored somewhere. As our capabilities of tracking and storing this data become more powerful, there is an equal need to be able to analyze and produce actionable information from it. From this, the term “Big Data” was coined.  Hadoop  is a software framework with a funny sounding name...
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sdg Named a Best Place to Work for the 7th Time

Last week, the  Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal  announced the  Best Places to Work  winners for 2014. After completing an anonymous survey regarding overall job satisfaction, our employees voted sdg as one of the top-scoring businesses for the  seventh  year! We will be featured in the  Business Journal’s  August 15 publication to honor this...
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Soul Power: The Importance of a Project's "Soul"

In the consulting world, you are often brought on to a project where the vision and goal have already been determined and masterminded. The client brings on development resources to execute the vision and project management resources to manage and maintain momentum. Unfortunately, the soul of a project, or its purpose and meaning to the organization, can be lost in the myriad of details and...
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The Do's and Don'ts of Presenting to Executives

From time to time, it’s necessary to present to senior leaders or executives in our company. Often times these leaders are characterized as being so busy that they can be difficult to pin down, have multiple business areas that they are juggling, and oversee significant swaths of the company’s operations. When asked to present to leaders at an Executive or Director level, many people fail...
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