Data Analytics Conglomerate DTN Names Steve Matthesen As CEO

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DTN, the leading provider of independent insights, announced today that Steve Matthesen will serve as the company’s CEO, succeeding Ron Sznaider, who will remain with the organization as the Vice Chairman of the Board. The appointment comes during a period of global growth and expansion for the company.

Matthesen brings a wealth of experience in working with organizations who rely on key data and analytics to drive better business decisions. He has a proven track record of driving innovation and growth within organizations.”

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CoreLogic to Close Bloomington Offices, Lay Off 185

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Via Twin Cities Business

“Analytics firm CoreLogic Inc. is shuttering its Bloomington offices and laying off about 185 workers, a company spokeswoman confirmed Monday. The layoffs are slated to start in July and wrap up by the end of the year, according to a company notice filed with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. CoreLogic’s Bloomington offices handle the firm’s appraisal business, says spokeswoman Alyson Austin. The cuts will be affect positions across the board.”

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[UPDATED] State Regulators OK Google Electricity Contracts For $600M Becker Project

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Updated 5/15/19 1:00pm CST: State regulators OK Google electricity contracts for $600M Becker project.

Updated 3/27/19 12:45pm CST: Sherburne County votes to grant Google a tax abatement worth about $7.8 million over the 20-year period.

Updated 2/25/19 9:30am CST:  Google wants Sherburne County and the city of Becker to waive 20 years worth of future taxes, a $15m tax abatement, and a $20m state bond.

Originally posted via Star Tribune on 1/10/2019 titled: “Google Is Looking At Becker, Minn. For A $600m+ Wind-Powered Data Center ”

“Google is looking at Becker to build a giant data center that would cost at least $600 million and be powered by two dedicated wind farms.

The data center, essentially a big building full of servers, was disclosed Thursday in a regulatory filing by Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy, which is playing a big role in the project. The Google server farm would create about 50 full-time tech jobs and around 2,000 construction jobs over 18 to 24 months.”

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Telling A Story Through Statistics: MSU Hosts Data Analytics Competition

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Via Mankato Free Press

“It’s like running a marathon, but for the brain.  Fueled by cans of Red Bull and coffee from little to no sleep over a 24-hour period at Minnesota State University, 250 students from universities across the Midwest proposed solutions to water quality problems facing Minnesota.”

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Ceridian Buys Analytics Engine, Machine Learning Tech From Paysa

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“MINNEAPOLIS & TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ceridian (NYSE: CDAY; TSX: CDAY), a global human capital management (HCM) cloud-based technology company, announced today its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Clearview Logix, a Richmond, Virginia-based leading decision-support analytics company, and certain intellectual property assets, including paysa.com, from Paysa, a Palo Alto, California-based AI-powered personal career advisor. Financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed.”

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3M Opens Consumer Data Lab On Maplewood Campus

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3M Co. opened a new Consumer Data Science and Merchandising Lab at its Maplewood headquarters Tuesday to help retailers and 3M boost product sales, find efficiencies in the factory-to-delivery process and even test if the type on labels is the right size.

3M’s Consumer Business Group spent two years developing the multimillion-dollar initiative and the better part of last year building out the large and sleek space that now sits inside Building 230, across from 3M’s four-year-old Design Lab.”

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Beyond The Data Accelerates B2B ‘Big Data’ Training In 2019

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Beyond The Data (BTD) is scaling out their Data Literacy Accelerator program this year as the gap between humans and their machine get bigger.

BTD began experimenting with ‘big data’ education initiatives a year ago this month, but it wasn’t until the fall that they would launch their first virtual accelerator just for ‘big data’ enterprise applications.

15 students participated in that inaugural class with enough feedback and demand to quickly triple it with space for 40-50 now in this first quarter.

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ThreeBridge Solutions Acquires LiftPoint Consulting

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ThreeBridge Solutions, a strategic provider of business and IT consulting solutions, announced Wednesday, October 24, 2018 that they reached an agreement to acquire LiftPoint Consulting, Inc., an industry-leading provider of marketing analytics and data science solutions headquartered in Eden Prairie, MN.”

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