Advice for ERP Vendors, Integrators, Consultants: Integrate ERP and BI for GREAT Customer Value!

ElegantJ BI

Advice for ERP Vendors, Integrators, Consultants: Integrate ERP and BI for GREAT Customer Value! Every enterprise is cautious about IT investment. In this crazy, competitive business environment, everyone must consider the value, ROI and TCO of technology solutions. If ERP vendors want to market products and services to value conscious clients, they must provide innovative, cost-effective solutions to help the customer achieve business goals quickly and minimize investment.

Don’t Use a Row Boat to Navigate Oceans of Data

ElegantJ BI

Don’t Use a Row Boat to Navigate Oceans of Data. I recently joined a cross-functional team to recommend a business intelligence solution, improve planning and better predict results using objective metrics. Our company owns businesses in several industries and wanted to eliminate guesswork and accurately plan and measure results across all businesses. Each business had multiple systems, databases and information sources. Some businesses were doing well; some were failing – no one knew why!

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OK, So Your Industry Is Unique! You Can Still Use BI and CPM to Succeed!

ElegantJ BI

OK, So Your Industry Is Unique! You Can Still Use BI and CPM to Succeed! Every time I go to a technology conference, I hear the same refrain. “No No matter how flexible a software solution is, there are things that are specific to my industry that it will not satisfy.” Regardless of your industry, the need for enterprise business intelligence is undeniable. There are dozens of reasons why you should find and select an appropriate BI and CPM solution.

When it Comes to BI, Your Team Should Take it Personally!

ElegantJ BI

When it Comes to BI, Your Team Should Take it Personally! Nearly every business is considering, or has already implemented, a Business Intelligence (BI) solution. BI solutions are designed to provide transparency and enable performance management.

Mobile BI: Stay On Track On the Road

ElegantJ BI

Mobile BI: Stay On Track On the Road. My business doesn’t stop when I’m out of the office. If I want to make my boss happy, I have to be able to respond quickly and accurately to every question and issue, so I need complete access to business information no matter where I am! Mobile access to business intelligence can mean the difference between a strong market position and lost revenue.

With Cross-Tab OLAP Analytics, I’m (Almost) the Queen of the World!

ElegantJ BI

With Cross-Tab OLAP Analytics, I’m (Almost) the Queen of the World! Last year I attended a business conference. You know the kind – they are designed to show you new ways to manage your business and to remind you that there are always new opportunities for success and business growth. One of the speakers regaled us with tales of how business intelligence OLAP analysis could help us effectively and objectively manage and measure our success. I was intrigued.

The Sad Tale of Jodi and Her Restrictive BI Solution

ElegantJ BI

The Sad Tale of Jodi and Her Restrictive BI Solution. Last year, my friend, Jodi acquired a BI solution. Unfortunately, web access from outside the company walls was a sort of Rube Goldberg affair. You remember Rube! His cartoons depicted complex gadgets performing simple tasks in convoluted ways. BI access from outside your company network should not be fashioned after Rube!

A Balanced Scorecard Assures Your Team Will Win!

ElegantJ BI

A Balanced Scorecard Assures Your Team Will Win! If you’re a baseball fan, you probably think a Balanced Scorecard is one that puts the best team on the field and combines great hitting with great pitching.

Spread Your Data OR Pull it All Together? The Answer is Simple!

ElegantJ BI

Spread Your Data OR Pull it All Together? The Answer is Simple! I think the term ‘spreadsheet’ is appropriate! Oh, there was a time when spreadsheets were considered cutting edge. They were the preferred and, sometimes, the ONLY way to analyze data. You could copy and paste or download data into a spreadsheet to sort information and make business decisions.

BI and CPM. Low TCO, Fast ROI. Acronyms Have Never Looked So Good!

ElegantJ BI

BI and CPM. Low TCO, Fast ROI. Acronyms Have Never Looked So Good! Call me old fashioned, but I remember a time when software developers assumed that the average user was not a technology geek. They designed programs that every member of your staff could use. OK, so everything wasn’t perfect back then, nor is it perfect today. But the average user still needs and wants easy-to-use, sophisticated tools.

Handcuff and Blindfold Your Staff? Don’t Be That Guy!

ElegantJ BI

Handcuff and Blindfold Your Staff? Don’t Be That Guy! You wouldn’t blindfold and handcuff your employees and then expect them to do their job! Without access to up-to-date, relevant data, your staff may as well be handcuffed and blindfolded! Improve productivity and business decisions, and give your staff the data they need in a way that is meaningful to them.

Affordable, Sophisticated BI & CPM Courtesy of My Brother’s Smarter Sister

ElegantJ BI

Affordable, Sophisticated BI & CPM Courtesy of My Brother’s Smarter Sister. My brother used to work for a behemoth, international company. Now he works for a small company that is growing fast – a SME! He’s looking for a BI solution that is affordable for a small budget, and will provide sophisticated features and functionality; one that is flexible enough to grow with the company. Fortunately, he has a smart sister!

Today’s BI Forecast: Clear Visibility

ElegantJ BI

Today’s BI Forecast: Clear Visibility. Have you noticed that meteorologists get the weather forecast wrong at least 50% of the time? In business, we do our own forecasting and, more times than not, we get it wrong. Businesses need forecasting and predictive analysis for demand and inventory planning, budgeting, sales quotas, marketing campaigns and procurement. You may be resigned to the fact that there is no better way to predict business results. But, there IS another way! Call the pros!

See the Future! Psychics vs. Accurate Business Forecasting and Trend Analysis

ElegantJ BI

See the Future! Psychics vs. Accurate Business Forecasting and Trend Analysis. Do you have a psychic on your staff? I didn’t think so. Most of us would find it hard to justify that kind of resource to our management team. Still, the idea is intriguing. Wouldn’t it be great to identify trends and patterns and respond appropriately? You could be there before your competition, and probably get a promotion in the process. You don’t need a crystal ball to predict your future.

Are You Focused on the Rule or the Exception? Hint: Throw Away the Rule Book

ElegantJ BI

Are You Focused on the Rule or the Exception? Hint: Throw Away the Rule Book. In life, we usually focus on the rule, rather than the exception to the rule. The rule’ is what will usually happen, and if we plan for that, we should be OK. In business, it is the exception that will cause us to lose revenue, competitive advantage and market share.

BI Consulting for the Seasoned Skeptic!

ElegantJ BI

BI Consulting for the Seasoned Skeptic! A healthy dose of skepticism never hurt a business pro! When it comes to BI consulting , skepticism shouldn’t keep you from hiring a BI consultant but it should dictate WHICH BI consultant you choose. Business agility is essential (we all know that)! Success depends on rapid, reliable decisions and your confidence in the information you use to make those decisions! Competition and market conditions are ever-changing!

The Wise Enterprise App Vendor Understands! BI Integration Motivates Sales!

ElegantJ BI

The Wise Enterprise App Vendor Understands! BI Integration Motivates Sales! You may have noticed that I like to share great business ideas with my friends! I recently attended a seminar on employee motivation, but that’s not where I’m going with this. At the seminar, I met a savvy business pro who said he was expanding his market reach by adding BI to his CRM product offering.

BI Strategy Map: Transform the Long and Winding Road into the Road to Success!

ElegantJ BI

BI Strategy Map: Transform the Long and Winding Road into the Road to Success! The English language is strange! We interpret words based on what they SEEM to mean. Business Intelligence (BI) is NOT a business that can think, and a Balanced Scorecard doesn’t mean that two teams have a tied score! In the world of BI and Balanced Scorecards, a Strategy Map is NOT a map of a country named ‘Strategy’, it is a map designed to help us monitor and achieve success.

BI Partnership – The Smartest Move I Ever Made!

ElegantJ BI

BI Partnership – The Smartest Move I Ever Made! As you’ve probably deduced, I work in the world of technology. I have learned over the decades that we can’t be good at everything! While we are focused on one technology or IT consulting strategy, project or market segment, the world is moving on and, before we know it, we are behind the competition. We want to offer our clients the best available services and knowledge. That’s where our BI partner comes in!

Analytical Hair-Pulling! BI for Even the Most Statistically Challenged User

ElegantJ BI

Analytical Hair-Pulling! BI for Even the Most Statistically Challenged User. Show me a spreadsheet with columns of numbers, or a report with pages of data, and ask me for a concise analysis and my eyes will cross. Analysis is an unfortunate necessity in business. Everyone in your company has to do some analysis, so let me give you a tip! A great business intelligence (BI) system is the answer; one that can take the hair-pulling out of analysis and is easily customized to suit the average user.

Say ‘Yes’ to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Because Guess Work is for Dummies!

ElegantJ BI

Say ‘Yes’™ to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Because Guess Work is for Dummies! Who is the most valuable person on your staff? That person is probably the most consistently dependable team member; one who delivers concise, accurate information every time. When it comes to business intelligence (BI), the same principle holds true! You want a BI solution that provides integrated, dependable, accurate, measurable, concise information.

Don’t Fall Victim to the Top 5 Reasons Businesses Fail! BI is the Cure!

ElegantJ BI

Don’t Fall Victim to the Top 5 Reasons Businesses Fail! BI is the Cure! I write blogs (in case you haven’t noticed) and blog writers LOVE to use numbers. “10 10 ways to achieve customer satisfaction”, “7 things you should know before buying a computer”. I’m jumping into the deep end of the pool with my “Top 5 Reasons a Business will Fail”. I can think of more than five reasons, but let’s stick to five, so you won’t miss lunch!

Explore Your Sensitive Side with What If and Impact and Sensitivity Analysis

ElegantJ BI

Explore Your Sensitive Side with What If and Impact and Sensitivity Analysis. My family, friends and colleagues might tell you that I am not the most sensitive person on the planet. I’m a no-nonsense girl who tells the truth, even when it’s painful. That’s why I can tell you business people that you NEED a Performance Management tool with Impact and Sensitivity Analysis features. Your business is sensitive to competition and changes in customer buying behavior among other things.

First BA Café – Our BA Pilot Experiences With Illustrations

Business Analyst Mentor

BA Cafe – Context & Planning Joan Davis, Pete Cohen and I ran the first BA Café (which is a take on the World Cafe) on the 27th April. Professional Knowledge

How Do You Know When You Are Doing Enterprise Analysis ?

Business Analyst Mentor

Enterprise analysis puts the business analyst in a strategic role, a frame of reference that we business analysts are uniquely qualified for but rarely engaged in. We aren’t usually assigned. Tools And Techniques BA stories Enterprise Analysis professional development

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CBAP vs BCS | Confessions Of New(ish) Business Analyst

Business Analyst Mentor

It took me a few years before I needed to make a decision of whether CBAP vs BCS ? At work I recently made a confession. Despite having a couple. Becoming A Business Analyst

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Installing SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) 2012 integrated mode with SharePoint 2013

BI Insight

Reporting services 2012 integrated with SharePoint 2013 In this post I’m going to describe installing SSRS 2012 integrated mode with SharePoint 2013. As some guys are pretty new to SSRS 2012 or SharePoint or even SSRS integrated with SharePoint, I am explaining the situation from scratch. Requirements: SQL Server 2012 Enterprise (or Business Intelligence) … Continue reading Installing SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) 2012 integrated mode with SharePoint 2013.

Three different approaches for creating a BISM in SSAS 2012, Tabular vs. Multidimensional vs. PowerPivot

BI Insight

SSAS 2012 supports three different approaches for creating a BISM (Business Intelligence Semantic Model): 1. Can import data from relational … Continue reading Three different approaches for creating a BISM in SSAS 2012, Tabular vs. Multidimensional vs. PowerPivot. The post Three different approaches for creating a BISM in SSAS 2012, Tabular vs. Multidimensional vs. PowerPivot appeared first on BI Insight.

Digging into SQL Server 2012 columnstore index

BI Insight

Columnstore indexing is officially announced in SQL Server 2012. Due to the … Continue reading Digging into SQL Server 2012 columnstore index. The post Digging into SQL Server 2012 columnstore index appeared first on BI Insight. The SQL Server 11.0 release (code named “Denali”) introduces a new data warehouse query acceleration feature based on a new type of index called the columnstore.

AngularJS Vs. Angular 2 Vs. Angular 4: Understanding the Differences | Simplilearn

Simplilearn

was released in 2012. The technologies that enable the Internet tend to change, progress and evolve at rapid speeds, as requirements change and developers build better versions of the software. Angular is a case in point, with wide changes in just a few years.

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Case Study: Pally Biscuits Uses Modern Data Estate to Enhance Decision-Making

Dataversity

Pally Biscuits has seen massive growth since 2012 and to facilitate this […]. Click to learn more about author Heine Krog Iversen. Pally Biscuits makes more than three billion biscuits every year. The company has been around since 1868.

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PGDM vs. MBA: All the Differences Between PGDM and MBA You Need to know | Simplilearn

Simplilearn

Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs requiring a master’s degree are projected to increase by 18 percent from 2012 to 2022. With today’s competitive society offering a host of career options, it can be incredibly difficult to stand out from the competition and get the job you want.

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How to achieve ITIL® 2011 Foundation Certification? – An e-mail interview with Mr. Abdulwasih Abdur-Rahim from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | Simplilearn

Simplilearn

Abdulwasih Abdur-Rahim Linkedin Profile We recently conducted ITIL® 2011 Foundation exam prep training workshop from Jan 25-27, 2012 in Riyadh.

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SSIS Catalog Dashboard

Tim Mitchell

For organizations using SQL Server 2012 and newer, the SSIS catalog is the ideal tool for storing, executing, and monitoring ETL logic. The SSIS catalog includes built-in reports that show execution activity for current and historical operations. While these built-in reports are very useful, they have one significant limitation: they can only be viewed from within SQL Server Management Studio. The post SSIS Catalog Dashboard appeared first on Tim Mitchell. Uncategorized SSIS Catalog

The Top 10 Business Analysis Skills For 2020 and Beyond

BA Squared

Business Analysis Skills from 2012 to 2020. In 2012 I wrote a blog for the BA Times on the top 10 skills for BAs. To begin, a clarification on the BA role from then to now: In 2012 I called the BA as “A broker of information, getting big picture details from a variety of people, groups, executives, subject matter experts, vendors, technical resources, etc.”. It’s time to see how this has evolved and our roles have become more valuable and essential as a result!