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Amazon Alexa and Phocas push the boundaries of business intelligence

Can you imagine having a conversation with your business intelligence solution while driving your car?

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Topics: Industry - Manufacturing, Business Intelligence Basics, On-demand Videos and Webinars, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Industry - Retail

Why your data is the key to securing a competitive advantage

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As more companies increase their investments in data analytics tools, they will quickly gain a competitive advantage over businesses that do not. 

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - Executive

What is data discovery?

“We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge” according to best selling author, John Naisbitt. Today’s businesses have the ability to collect an extraordinary amount of information on everything from customer buying patterns and feedback to supply chain management and marketing efforts. Are you drawing value from your data?

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics

[Battle card] The sales professional's business intelligence battle card

For sales leaders, the ability to communicate about the progress of your team in an informative way is essential. As businesses are creating more data than ever before, drawing insights from your information becomes even more difficult as you may not know where to focus.

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Topics: Job Role - Sales

[Battle card] How to convince your CIO about the need for business intelligence


IT leaders tell us that they spend more time on reporting requests than they can afford. While they truly want to meet demands from senior management, reporting requests can become tedious and time-consuming due to a communication gap or the sheer volume of requests.

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Topics: Job Role - IT

[Battle card] Executives may think they don’t need business intelligence – here’s why they do

As a busy CEO or executive, you may think you have all the data you need to make effective business decisions.  

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Topics: Job Role - Executive

Why spreadsheet reporting is killing your business


Microsoft Excel is frequently referred to as the number one business intelligence (BI) tool because it is one of the most commonly used applications. For smaller businesses, Excel is an effective tool for simple calculations and analysis. However, as your business grows, your need for sophisticated data analysis will outgrow Excel's capabilities.

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Topics: ERP - Microsoft Excel

These technical skills can boost your career

Technology has become increasingly important in the workplace. It has rapidly changed and adapted to assist us with our day-to-day business tasks. 

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Topics: Job Role - IT, Strategy, Management and Performance

[eBook]:10 metrics every MAM user must know and measure

If you’re in sales or you need to meet revenue targets, you may wish you knew how to find sales opportunities within your MAM system.

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Topics: ERP - MAM, Industry - Automotive, Industry - Building & Industrial Supplies

Five business benefits of business intelligence


Business intelligence (BI) 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, marketing endeavors and inventory management without having to rely on IT for outdated, static reports. In this blog, we discuss five benefits of BI.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - Executive

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