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Use the Cloud to Arm Yourself with Data

I recently heard Andy Crestodina, co-founder of Orbit Media Studios, say, “never bring an opinion to a data fight.” It’s a great reminder that the power of “knowing” what is causing a certain business issue and being able to quantify the impact of it will always win over “thinking” you know what may be the…
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How the Microsoft BI Platform Stacks Up

Microsoft’s BI and analytics product suite provides the best of both worlds. It combines a highly structured IT supported data management environment with a business user friendly set of self-service tools based on Excel 2013 and Office 365. Microsoft also focuses directly on the business user with its stand-alone “freemium” Power BI product offering. Power BI can…
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2 Ways to Ensure Analytics Adoption and BI ROI

In business, the integration of new policies, government regulations, and the increased need for the adoption of advanced data-driven analytics can present competitive and management challenges. Unfortunately, far too many Business Intelligence (BI) initiatives fail regardless of industry because management doesn’t take time to measure the right things. They also fail to provide the correct…
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Better Financial Management with Business Intelligence

When you’re driving a car, you look at the dashboard instruments to know what’s going on with the vehicle. You’re not measuring the gas flowing through the fuel line. You’re not taking readings of your oxygen sensor every few seconds to ensure the right mix of air and fuel. All of that data collection and…
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Set Yourself Up for Business Intelligence Adoption Success

If you have committed to a Business Intelligence project and invested in making a reality for your organization, then you know the critical importance of having it be a success.  One of the key factors that makes or breaks any business technology initiative is user adoption.  If your people aren’t using the systems and processes…
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Customizing ERP Software: Why and How Is It Done?

Wouldn’t it be perfect if the ERP system that you spent so much time and effort carefully selecting automatically fit every criterion on your checklist and naturally worked with each of your unique business processes? According to the 2015 ERP Report by independent consulting firm, Panorama Consulting, that is only a reality for the 5%…
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How Power BI Fits the New Perspective of Business Intelligence

Like all things in the tech world, Business Intelligence or Big Data has been transforming rapidly. Now, Microsoft has released a worldwide free preview of Power BI. This application embodies all that Business Intelligence is becoming. Power BI is an easy-to-use yet complex solution that will help you: Avoid Repeating BI History In the past,…
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Combining Data for Better BI

Business analysts have been bombarded with the term big data for several years, but understanding the power of data and bringing that power to bear on business intelligence are two different matters. One obstacle between understanding and implementation is that most organizations simply aren’t in a technical position to process the overwhelming amount of data…
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Why Should You Mobilize Your BI Forces?

As a business decision maker, you may often find yourself facing more and more challenges when it comes to turning all of the data available to you into usable information from which you can make decisions in a condensed time frame. This becomes especially difficult to deal with when your team is not centralized in…
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