Effective business intelligence solutions are no longer only for big businesses. Huge companies that employ IT technicians to handle the installation and maintenance required for business intelligence no longer have the advantage over smaller businesses with the advent of Microsoft Power BI. Microsoft Power BI combines information from multiple different sources, giving a more holistic view of a business’s customer base through a single, centralized dashboard.
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As technology continues to evolve in every department of a company, technically-savvy employees are going to become more valuable than ever before. With this shift, IT is becoming an integral part of the sales and marketing process.
There is no debate. If you are not using cloud technology, then your company will be at a major disadvantage. A recent study found that 84 percent of surveyed respondents increased their cloud use, 39 percent of respondents indicated their companies increased cloud use significantly. With cloud technology becoming such a staple in businesses today, the benefits and the “why” for cloud technology have begun to change, as companies are seeking more ways to utilize the new normal.
On August 25, 2015, Salesforce released its Lightning Experience, a total interface re-design based on feedback and suggestions from actual Salesforce users to create a more modern, sleek look and feel. The design was a long time in the making, according to IDC Associate Vice President, Bo Lykkegaard. The new Salesforce framework is more compatible with mobile applications and automatically adapts to the device being used.
When a large project is on the line, you want the best team in place to complete the initiative quickly and efficiently. Especially when involving IT initiatives, like customizing and implementing new software systems, it is important to involve the best talent available, whose experience will propel your initiative forward. In some cases, the prime opportunity is to outsource your project management, building strong, profitable relationships in the process.
Contrary to what some might have thought, cloud technology isn’t going anywhere. By the end of 2015, cloud spending will surpass $180 billion with over 60 percent of companies using cloud technology for IT-related operations. What was once considered a fad, has gained more permanent standing and continues to gain momentum. Of all new spending on cloud technology, 59 percent is originating in North American companies, with acceleration through 2016. According to a recent survey, over the next five years, there will likely be a 44 percent annual growth in public cloud use. Why?
One of our projects has a simple N:N relationship between an entity and itself, as an easy way for a user to associate possible duplicate records with one another. In the browser and in Outlook, this functionality works well; the user can either add an existing record via a subgrid on the form or through the associated view. In the tablet app, however, a very vague error is thrown the moment the user selects the record to add:
A happy workplace is often a strong, productive workplace filled with top talent. What does this have to do with business intelligence? User-oriented, easy to use business intelligence tools aid in encouraging a happy workplace for those compiling data for the business. According to Gartner, process-centric interfaces for data collecting limit choices, mobility and content, stressing and disrupting employees. Consumer-centric environments, alternatively, focus on the applications and software that users prefer to use. They are easy to use, filled with strong content in a mobile manner.
Cloud technologies are becoming a necessity for many small businesses, as its strengths are keeping small businesses in competition with the larger enterprises. Cloud has increased mobility and data availability for companies of all sizes. According to Forbes, cloud is likely to become an $80 billion industry by 2018 with the expectations of doubling for small business participation in the next six years. As more companies are jumping on the cloud bandwagon, it is becoming increasingly clear the benefits of the solution, with predictions of a 30 percent annual growth for the industry.
With the theme of smart meets fast, Tableau has released version 9.0. Tableau has added many new features to ensure the system is smarter and know exactly what you are doing, like a new start experience, which includes data prep tools, and additional analytics features and smart maps. The goal with the new capabilities is to allow users to be creative and engaged in the analytical process. Tableau 9.0 will keep users involved in analysis without the need to focus on new calculations and data wrangling.