Mar 30
2015

Forces of Technology Driving the Big Data Revolution

The modern enterprise depends on the development of impactful business insights that span all of the various relevant data sources. The advent and increasing importance of additional sources of business-relevant data from cloud-based business applications, social media, Device and sensor data (Internet of Things),  mobile devices (and…the list goes on and on) has left 80 percent…

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Mar 27
2015

What Does It Really Mean When Windows Server 2003 Runs Out of Support?

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 reaches the end of extended support on July 14, 2015 1. What many don’t realize is that mainstream support ended over four years ago. Businesses will have enjoyed a five-year runway leading to the final support date later this year. Unfortunately, 75% of organizations surveyed have not migrated, nor do they have a…

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Mar 24
2015

Enabling truly actionable BI with the application of mobile technologies

Combining cloud and mobile BI technologies along with social networking applications provides for an even more powerful solution in terms of enabling truly actionable BI. Mobile BI offers the major benefit of speed-to-action. From a user experience perspective, there are two types of mobile BI access: smart phone and tablet. Mobile BI on a smart phone…

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Mar 13
2015

Supercharging Smart Meter Big Data Analytics with Microsoft Azure

Few utility companies have a solution in place to handle the increasing crush of Big Data from more than one billion Smart Meters expected to come on line by 2022. Neudesic Smart Meter Analytics Solution leverages your existing systems and infrastructure to help you overcome your Smart Meter Big Data challenges. This one-of-a-kind solution was…

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Mar 08
2015

Getting a BI program off the ground with a strategic, holistic approach

Once the BI organizational structure is established, the leadership kicks off the program with the development of a strategic roadmap for guiding the organization from its current state to its desired BI systems environment. The strategic roadmap provides an overall framework for BI program planning, implementation, management and measurement. More specifically, it identifies and prioritizes the overall…

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Mar 05
2015

The art of making guests feel special: How systems integration can boost guest satisfaction and profit

In my last post, I asked “Why don’t they already know who I am?” in an industry where Customer Relationship Management (CRM) connecting to Patron Management Systems (PMS) should be the norm. By integrating and leveraging these complementary tools, hotels and resorts have the information that serves as the foundation to the holy grail of…

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Mar 02
2015

Steering a BI program toward successful user adoption and value realization

Probably the biggest misconception that occurs when an organization looks at developing and implementing enterprise BI solutions is that information technology (IT) staff thinks they understand what the business needs but, in actuality, they may not. To enable successful user adoption, BI technical leads must collaborate with business leads and users as part of an…

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Feb 20
2015

Event Hubs & Stream Analytics: Better Together

IoT continues to heat up and Microsoft is following suite with some great technologies to support the trend.  There are key stages such as Ingest, Processing, Insight and Action in the overall IoT flow.  I am going to focus on technologies that fit into Ingest, Processing and Insight.  The first aspect of almost any IoT…

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Feb 11
2015

CRM 2015: Calculated Fields

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 launched in December 2014. With it came a bunch of new features related to improving customization. Two new fields were introduced to help some common CRM calculations. Rollup Fields and Calculated Fields can be used independently or complementary to each other. In this article, we will deep dive on Calculated Fields,…

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Jan 22
2015

Adventures in CRM Data Import

I recently encountered a problem using the CRM data import feature for a client. The first time I imported data, I imported 65,000 product records from one import file without a problem. Then, the client added a field and refined the scope of records, so we deleted the 65,000 records and tried to import the 33,000…

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