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As the owner and architect for the big data products at Pitney Bowes, I’m always trying to make sure that the products we build solve real problems for you, our customers. Version 3.1 of our geocoder for Hadoop has some nice additions based on valuable feedback from our users. In past versions of the product, we had a Spark driver application that was essentially a black box - it took a CSV and some preferences as input and produced essentially the same CSV with some additional columns from the geocoder. This was a great place to start but we quickly realized that we needed to do more. We were hearing comments like: What if my data isn't in a CSV (e.g. Parquet, ...
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Greetings all, I want to thank you for your engagement in the new Knowledge Communities as we've gone through our Beta. Despite a few bugs and hiccups, we can all agree that our new home has more possibilities than ever before. You’ve helped us optimize and stabilize the new site, and I’m happy to say the Beta will be coming to a close soon - January 18th to be precise. You might be asking yourself, "what does that mean?" Mostly, it means that all the basic functionality of the site is working as designed. In the next few days we’ll be rolling out a few design elements to improve usability and discoverability. Of course we still have lots of other improvements ...
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I have no other choice but to agree when you say upgrading EngageOne Compose to a newer release is time-consuming and requires planning.   EngageOne 4.4 Service Pack 8 is now available to all our clients. If you have not decided to upgrade to the latest release yet, read on to find out how it can change the lives of your designing team.   I would not recommend an upgrade if I didn’t believe the value of the upgrade exceeded the effort to upgrade tenfold. I think the new EngageOne Compose 4.4 Service Pack 8 is worth the time and effort. There are several new features in EngageOne Compose 4.4.8, but I want to talk about just one – one that will be enough ...
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One thing was more frequent in 2018 than anything else in the world of Information Technology. It’s the number of data breaches. The world has seen over 600 data breaches in 2018 that compromised 4.5 billion records.   I am sure information security is the highest priority in every organization and yours too.   Generally, all organizations rely on their vendors to provide them guidance to secure their products. At Pitney Bowes, we do get a lot of questions about the security of our products. I had the privilege to work on a few of them.   Now:   The challenge with many client requests is, they are too generic. I don’t have a direct answer ...
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An EngageOne Compose rollout in any enterprise takes several months to complete. I am fortunate enough to have worked with multiple clients directly and experience the obstacles they have to overcome to complete the implementation.  I believe, if we compare successful and failed projects, there are always patterns. The question is: how do we find the patterns? The answers lie in the support issues database. I got to work and reviewed support issues from past EngageOne Compose implementations and discovered a few mistakes that are common among all support issues. Here’s the kicker:   There are only three mistakes that contributed to 70% of ...
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Greetings Community members, Many of you have asked for a place to make suggestions and give feedback on the Knowledge Communities itself. We're working on a more official place to put together Community related ideas, but for now, please add comments to this blog post if you have suggestions or feedback for the site. I want to make this site helpful and inspiring for you, so please share your feedback so I can continue to make improvements that will help all our members. Thank you, Sydney Lawton Community Manage
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Greetings Knowledge Community members! I'd like to introduce myself officially to you - I'm Sydney Lawton , the Community Manager here on the Knowledge Communities. I used to be in Software Support taking cases for the Spectrum Technology Platform. You may have heard my voice on some YouTube videos for Technical Support as well. I'm excited to be here in the communities, helping you to find the places to connect with each other and with experts for anything you may want to talk about with PB Software and Data. When I'm not wearing my Community Manager hat, I am an avid game nerd - both on a table and on a console. I love to sing and am extremely proud of ...
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Evolution of Data Quality – Getting Smart in the ‘Age of the Customer’ Recently I was thinking back to the date when I joined Pitney Bowes. It’s been more than 9 years now and I think that’s a long time. Facebook at that time was 5 years old, WhatsApp was just launched and Instagram wasn’t even born. Today, Facebook is not only alive and kicking, but also owns WhatsApp and Instagram. That’s a great example of evolution! But hey, why I am talking about Facebook? Two reasons – a) It is our customer and b) we are helping them evolve… :)  Pitney Bowes Data Quality evolution goes back to 30 years. In 1993, we launched stand-alone list products which ...
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MapInfo Pro v17.0.2 is more than a minor update. We took advantage of a development cycle initially geared toward adding new language coverage to bring you some really awesome capability that our clients have requested. Specifically: MapInfo ProViewer – expand the use of mapping to others in your organization.  This version is similar to the 32-bit version, but now it’s the same interface and code base as the full version of MapInfo Pro.  Users can view maps, data, and layouts and print to a pdf, printer, or save to an image file.  It’s a free version, so users can’t edit or save changes without upgrading to the full version. Learn more about the viewer ...
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Welcome to the Knowledge Communities! We have a tour video to help you learn your way around the site. Watch the video, and let us know if you have any questions about what you can do to participate in the community.
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This video demonstrates both batch and transactional geocoding processes in MapInfo Pro v16. Pitney Bowes' class-leading geocoding process and data is now available to all Pro users to improve your efficiency and results. In version 17, the interface has changed a bit but the process is largely the same. Refer to the attached document for further detail (version 17 video is on the way).  Geocoding_with_MiPro-2.pdf MapInfo Pro v16 makes it easy for you to geocode your address data with a new cloud based service that provides the most accurate and comprehensive geocoding results available. Geocoding your location, customer or prospect ...
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This is a good first introduction to MapInfo Pro Advanced, which delivers unsurpassed capabilities for processing and analyzing raster data. 1) MapInfo Pro Advanced is a next generation raster GIS add-on for MapInfo Pro. Here is a short video tutorial that introduces these capabilities.  Scroll down for additional videos. 2) This video introduces how to get information and statistics about your raster files. 3) This video introduces some raster processing operations, including how to merge many individual raster files into a single file. The community contains much more information on how to these functions. I recommend using the search function ...
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MapInfo Pro was one of the first desktop GIS platform on the scene way back in the 80’s and continues to set the pace for usability and data management. Below you’ll find some select videos and articles to help you become familiar with Pro. Explore Li360 and our extensive knowledge base for more detailed information using the search bar above, or ask a member of the community for advice. If you have used an earlier version of Pro you may also want to check out the resources we have for becoming familiar with the 64-bit interface. Introduction to MapInfo Pro Learn the basic process of creating a map with your data. This video covers basic menus and ...
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First, let me thank you for being part of Li360 and welcome you to our new site. The design and performance of the old site was not ideal to say the least, so I am very happy to bring you to a new platform that has been proven with thousands of organizations and that can be customized to work even better, as needed. I hope things are easy to find and intuitive, but we are here to help with questions. I'll start by answering a few you may have. If I miss any, just reply below. Please remember, the site is still beta-ish, but if you see something, say something. You may find something that still needs a little work. I've tried to cover the larger points of what ...
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Often when you create a MapBasic application, you need to process for example all the records in a table. Typically, you would do this via a loop that runs thru all the records of the table. If it is a large table, you want to give the user some kind of information about how far the processing is. Is it at 10%, 50% or almost done? That is very helpful for the user to know. The easy way to do this is by printing a bit of information to the Message window via the Print statement: Print "Record " & nRowID & " of " & TableInfo(__TABLE__TO__PROCESS, TAB_INFO_NROWS) The example above will print the current record number and the total number of ...
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Ray Just reviwing site and set up and checking what there
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checking set up
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