Analytics is where it’s at with this week’s Top 5 blog posts from SAP Business Trends. There are solutions for digging out from under almost any data avalanche, from helping a fashion designer choose which pieces to highlight to accurately predicting political elections to making sense of unstructured mobile data.

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By the time a model struts down the runway, millions of people have already seen what she’s wearing.

No. 1: Big Data: The Next Big Trend in Fashion

The hottest thing in fashion isn’t stripes, solids or even paisley — it’s big data, which will fundamentally change how the fashion industry operates. David Trites catwalks us through the industry’s use of social media and analytics to engage with its customers about patterns, colors, shapes, sizes and more.

No. 2: What B2C Can Teach B2B About E-Commerce

It turns out business-to-business buyers have personal lives — and they use at least some of their free time to shop online, taking advantage of the Web’s quick and easy business-to-consumer shopping. Derek Klobucher explores how B2B buyers are now demanding a B2C-style experience on the job — and the consequences for venders who don’t provide it.

No. 3: How Nate Silver Brought Analytics to the Masses

Statisticians usually publish for research at universities, think tanks and large corporations, but Nate Silver is no ordinary statistician. Christopher Kim charts how cutting-edge technology helped a baseball geek bring analytics to the masses — and change how the world thinks.

No. 4: Mobile and Big Data: Two drivers of technology innovation

Mobile technology generates a huge part of the world’s unprecedented big data volume — which in turn requires new ways to manage data. Judith Magyar reviews new cycles of development that are necessary to help capture, manage and analyze all that information.

No. 5: Can you learn to be successful?

Failure may be the most important key to success, thanks to the lessons you learn when things go wrong. Jonathan Becher shares the virtues of asking better questions, taking calculated risks and learning from mistakes.

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