How to use BI to gain competitive advantage in business
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How to use BI to gain competitive advantage in business

In today’s economy, many businesses find themselves in competition with online retailers and large corporations that are able to offer reduced prices. In order for independent mid-market operations to compete with multi-nationals, managers must utilize every opportunity to gain a competitive  advantage in business.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Strategy, Management and Performance, Job Role - Executive

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How to use BI to gain competitive advantage in business

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In today’s economy, many businesses find themselves in competition with online retailers and large corporations that are able to offer reduced prices. In order for independent mid-market operations to compete with multi-nationals, managers must utilize every opportunity to gain a competitive  advantage in business.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Strategy, Management and Performance, Job Role - Executive

Phocas vs. Sisense (visual BI solutions comparison)

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Phocas and Sisense are vastly different products. A quick look at how each is positioned, and it’s clear that despite the fact they are often compared side-by-side, Sisense and Phocas are not interested in reaching the same customers. Phocas is a solution for all businesspeople, regardless of their tech skill, who want to automate data analysis. Sisense describes itself as the “only independent analytics platform for builders today” and is looking for power users. This blog compares how the two visual BI solutions provide business people access to data and how users rate the experience.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Reviews and Recognition

Data analytics helps Sistema ‘klip-IT’ on production efficiencies

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Sistema means ‘system’ in Italian and also signifies the company’s systematic approach to manufacturing,which has helped the New Zealand business take on the world. A leading manufacturer of food storage containers, Sistema’s success is two-fold. It makes a clever product that people want to buy repeatedly. And it’s obsessed about innovatively making the product to ensure ongoing global competitiveness. 

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Job Role - IT, ERP - Epicor

One-size-doesn’t-fit-all as BI solution helps shoe retailer measure performance

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Allegro Funds, an Australian private equity firm, acquired Number One Shoes and Hannah’s retailers in 2017. With a network of 110 bricks and mortar stores across New Zealand and a combined market share of 30 per cent – the business is the perfect fit for Allegro, which specialises in investing in mid-market companies with transformation potential. In 2018, Phocas, a business intelligence (BI) solution, was deployed in the business to give front line staff, managers and leaders better visibility and insights into how the stores are performing – at store level, regionally and nationally.

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Topics: Case Study, Job Role - Executive, Industry - Retail

Phocas vs. Tableau: BARC Business Intelligence Tool Comparison

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In August Salesforce purchased Tableau for $15.3 billion in one of the most significant software acquisitions in recent years. Salesforce, known for its cloud-based CRM software, is treading into turbulent waters as more than two-thirds of Tableau’s customers are on-premise. The acquisition might create some challenges with customers as they wonder if Salesforce will expand its on-premise capabilities or move everything, including Tableau, to the cloud. Tableau has thrived because of its ease of use, dashboarding and visualization. Still, it has struggled with customer satisfaction and product performance as evidenced by customer feedback received in BARC’s The BI Survey 2019.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Reviews and Recognition

How DIFOT helps prepare retailers for Cyber Monday?

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Next Monday following Thanksgiving is ‘Cyber Monday’. This day has quickly become one of the largest online shopping days of the year. With a 17.9% year-over-year increase in sales, this year’s Cyber Monday is expected to be the largest online shopping day in history. To all the retailers participating – we trust your e-commerce, stock and shipping procedures are ready for the extra attention. For those considering getting involved in 2020 –get started now –and use DIFOT to ensure your customers have a good experience.

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Topics: Job Role - Sales, Industry - Retail, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, Industry - Consumer Goods, KPIs

Five strategic benefits of business analytics

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Business analytics can provide companies with an accurate and holistic view of their business. Executives and managers now have the ability to use data for real-time, actionable insights into everything from customer buying patterns to inventory management without having to rely on IT for outdated, static reports. In this blog, we discuss five strategic benefits of business analytics .

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - Executive

Phocas BI vs. Microsoft Excel

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For some business people, the only data analysis tool they use is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Discovering industry-specific business intelligence software like Phocas means flexible reporting, analyzing more data sets and customized dashboards. Did we also mention more time to focus on new business or explore new projects? Learn more about how BI users compare Phocas with Microsoft Excel in BARC the BI Survey 19.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Reviews and Recognition

Hot or cold, Insco uses a data analytics solution to keep revenue strong all-year-round

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Insco is a wholesale distributor of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment (HVAC/R), stocking 15,000 parts and supplies across 37 branches in Texas and Oklahoma.The replacement side of the business is Insco’s speciality, and the company was built on the adage, ‘best product, best service, best people.’ After 60+ years in business, Insco’s team continues to deliver on this commitment. In the face of growing competition, the need for reliable data is mandatory. So an easy-to-use, data analytics solution was deployed.

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Topics: Case Study, Job Role - IT, Industry - HVAC/Plumbing, ERP - Epicor

3 steps to successful data analysis with business intelligence

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So, your business intelligence tool is in place. Quality data is starting to flow from databases and resources into the central database. The next critical process for business intelligence success is analysis.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - IT, Strategy, Management and Performance, Job Role - Executive

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