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    May 24, 2021

    Home pages on software applications are like tidy, well laid out kitchens. If you can find all the tools..

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    3 steps to a successful business intelligence data process

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    May 18, 2021

    So, your business intelligence tool is in place. Relevant data is starting to flow from your ERP and..

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    Phocas is the GetApp category leader in business intelligence

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    May 11, 2021

     

    GetApp is an independent online platform that people use to review, evaluate, and compare business ..

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    How business intelligence is used?

    3 MIN
    April 15, 2021

    As companies continue to use their systems and technology to achieve a competitive advantage and adapt to..

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    BI reporting versus traditional reporting

    4 MIN
    April 6, 2021

    The pandemic has caused a major change in the way we do business. Some organizations had already begun the..

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    Sales analysis reports help Arran Isle Holdings be proactive with customers

    1 MIN
    January 27, 2021

    Arran Isle Holdings (Arran) is an international building products group that employs around 600 employees

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    Achieving business intelligence success through stakeholder engagement

    2 MIN
    January 25, 2021

    For a company to succeed with its business intelligence project, stakeholder engagement from start to..

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    Three ways a data analytics solution helps with ERP migration

    4 MIN
    January 18, 2021

    There are many benefits for companies to invest in enterprise resource planning (ERP) technology,..

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    Established BI solutions vs. in-house development

    5 MIN
    January 11, 2021

    Management teams are no longer questioning whether or not to dig into the data; rather it’s which is the..

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    Why your company culture is key to business intelligence success

    2 MIN
    December 27, 2020

    Despite the increasing adoption rates of business intelligence (BI), many executives do not feel that data..

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    Static reports vs business intelligence

    2 MIN
    December 17, 2020

    What is the difference between traditional static reports and business intelligence (BI)? Static reports..

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    [e-book] More BI and analytics trends for 2021

    3 MIN
    December 2, 2020

    When business conditions change overnight, we can feel threatened and stressed. What was heartening about..

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    Manufacturer uses Phocas for production performance management

    1 MIN
    November 25, 2020

    CQR Security Limited is a British manufacturer, making equipment for the security intruder market such as..

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    How to increase business intelligence user adoption

    3 MIN
    November 24, 2020

    User adoption refers to the acceptance of a new system or process in technology. Gaining staff acceptance..

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    Phocas makes it easy for Litex Industries to find hidden data

    2 MIN
    November 18, 2020

    Litex Industries (Litex), designs, sources and manufactures ceiling fans, lighting fixtures and patio..

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    The cost of business intelligence and other myths

    3 MIN
    November 11, 2020

    Even though the business world is abuzz with business intelligence tools  and the internet is filled with..

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    People power - Phocas grows to 200

    1 MIN
    November 6, 2020

    The power of the Phocas people has always been the company's secret sauce.

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    4 elements of an efficient business intelligence tool

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    October 22, 2020

    There are so many business intelligence tools on the market, all promising a competitive edge for your..

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    What is Business Intelligence? The ABCs about BI

    2 MIN
    October 15, 2020

    Business Intelligence (BI) helps decision makers understand how their business is performing. For many..

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    Actionable information helps HVAC&R distributor make decisions

    1 MIN
    October 9, 2020

    Gustave A. Larson Co is a leading distributor of commercial and residential HVAC parts and refrigeration..

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    IFS ERP integrates with Phocas for fast and flexible data analytics

    1 MIN
    September 29, 2020

    IFS Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software provider has partnered with Phocas software to deliver..

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    Exception reporting is one of the reasons Savona selected Phocas BI

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    September 23, 2020

     

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    How to overcome reporting challenges in your business

    4 MIN
    September 21, 2020

    The ability to generate accurate, relevant and timely reports is critical if a company is to remain..

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    Eastern Industrial Supplies relies on data across its business

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    September 17, 2020

    Eastern Industrial Supplies opened its doors in 1980 in Greenville, South Carolina and has grown to have..

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    Wessex packaging ticks all the boxes with purchasing data analytics

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    September 11, 2020

     

    Purchasing data analytics provides Wessex packaging with greater visibility into sales, purchasing and..

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    Take advantage of what your ERP data has to offer

    3 MIN
    September 9, 2020

    Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems don’t just help your business manage financials, inventory,..

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    data refinement: when data is less like gold and more like manure

    3 MIN
    August 26, 2020

    The world is experiencing a data boom. We create as much as 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day, and..

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    Data consolidation across Litex Industries enables strategic decision-making

    1 MIN
    August 24, 2020

    Litex Industries Limited is an extensive electrical products wholesaler located in Texas, USA. After the..

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    One of the goals of business intelligence is to find the best match for your business

    3 MIN
    August 20, 2020

    The speed at which business intelligence technology continues to develop seems outmatched only by an..

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    User adoption: That's the real point of BI

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    August 18, 2020

     

    The outlook for a successful business intelligence (BI) project is not good. At least that’s what..

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    Phocas a 'High Performer' in G2 Crowd's BI Grid

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    August 18, 2020

    Phocas Software is a 'High Performer' on G2 Crowd’s best business intelligence platform grid for the..

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    Behler-Young connects Amazon Alexa and Phocas BI with great results

    1 MIN
    August 17, 2020

    Can you have a conversation with your business intelligence solution while driving? Behler-Young sales..

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    How do you feel about data?

    1 MIN
    August 12, 2020

    Data means many things to different people. How does data make you feel? Does it keep you up at night..

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    Phocas is the clear business intelligence software leader in Software Advice report

    3 MIN
    July 26, 2020

    Phocas is named the #1 business intelligence (BI) software and achieves the uppermost quadrant position in 

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    What does ERP stand for and how it compares with BI?

    2 MIN
    July 5, 2020

    Every department within an organization typically has its own computer system, optimized to suit the way..

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    Carve out a competitive advantage by adding data analytics to your ERP

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    June 19, 2020

     

    Data is increasingly vital to mid-market businesses who want to carve out a competitive advantage...

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    Phocas is named top dashboard software in FrontRunners

    2 MIN
    June 5, 2020

    Phocas is named the top dashboard software by Software Advice. FrontRunners helps businesses evaluate..

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    Around the world in 10 days, Glashier-style

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    June 2, 2020

    Ever had a staycation get out of hand? It started as a bit of fun, activities to keep the kids amused in..

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    How data-driven decision-making can help businesses rebound faster

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    May 27, 2020

    According to research conducted by McKinsey before covid-19 hit, 92% of companies thought their business..

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    A new BI solution for the construction industry

    1 MIN
    May 6, 2020

    A new partnership between Phocas Software and Aktion Associates will empower construction businesses to..

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    How to foster data analytics skills in your organization

    2 MIN
    April 2, 2020

    Being data driven means promoting fact-based decision making, driving user adoption of an analytics..

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    Phocas rates 50/50 by users in Capterra's top 20 most popular BI software products

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    March 29, 2020

    Phocas has been named a top 20 most popular business intelligence software product by Capterra, a free..

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    Why business intelligence reporting doesn't have to be complex

    2 MIN
    March 26, 2020

    The goal of business intelligence reporting is to transform data into accurate and actionable information..

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    A buyer's guide to the best business intelligence software

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    March 19, 2020

    Business intelligence software is a competitive marketplace, and many cloud-based vendors sound the same...

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    How to master data analytics without a data science degree

    3 MIN
    February 24, 2020

    Many business people want to improve their understanding of data but don’t know where to start. The good..

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    What to expect from BI reporting

    3 MIN
    February 20, 2020

    Gone are the days spending hours generating reports that immediately lead to more questions. Your obsolete..

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    7 keys to a successful business intelligence strategy

    3 MIN
    February 18, 2020

    A business intelligence strategy is designed to give you the information you need and in a way that’s..

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    Business intelligence in manufacturing

    2 MIN
    February 11, 2020

    The process of making products is a huge opportunity for data optimization. Raw materials need to be..

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    7 data trends for mid-market managers in 2020

    2 MIN
    February 7, 2020

    Everyone needs data. For manufacturing, distribution and retail businesses to succeed in today’s..

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    Cloud BI - the perfect match

    2 MIN
    January 22, 2020

    “Cloud computing and business intelligence are an ideal match. Business intelligence (BI) is about..

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    Flexible data analytics solution works for everyone in LB White's team

    2 MIN
    January 15, 2020

    L.B. White has grown to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of direct-fired heaters for the..

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    Why IT managers recommend business intelligence software

    4 MIN
    January 3, 2020

    Advancements in technology have changed the role of the IT department from that of a cost center to a..

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    Phocas vs. Looker business intelligence software comparison

    2 MIN
    December 24, 2019

    We use the world’s largest survey of BI software users to compare Phocas with Looker business intelligence..

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    BI solution helps USESI make immediate margin gains

    3 MIN
    December 18, 2019

    U.S. Electrical Services, Inc. (USESI) is one of America's largest electrical component distributors in..

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    BI reporting helps Jurox consolidate and visualize data

    2 MIN
    December 18, 2019

    Jurox is a family owned Australian animal health company involved in the research, production, and..

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    Phocas business intelligence software helps Hairhouse style new profits

    2 MIN
    December 16, 2019

    Hairhouse salons consolidate data, run stylish reports, and trim dead stock from their warehouse with..

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    Data visualization tool connects all pieces of the puzzle for Gibsons

    2 MIN
    December 12, 2019

    Gibsons is a 100-year-old manufacturer and distributor of more than 500 games, puzzles, cards and gifts...

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    Phocas vs. Infor BI (business intelligence software comparison)

    3 MIN
    December 11, 2019

    We examine how Phocas business intelligence software compares with Infor BI in this year’s BARC The BI..

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    Phocas vs. Sisense (visual BI solutions comparison)

    4 MIN
    December 3, 2019

    Phocas and Sisense are vastly different products. A quick look at how each is positioned, and it’s clear..

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

    4 MIN
    December 2, 2019

    Sistema means ‘system’ in Italian and also signifies the company’s systematic approach to..

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

    3 MIN
    November 18, 2019

    Insco is a wholesale distributor of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment..

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    Phocas vs. Microsoft Power BI

    3 MIN
    November 12, 2019

    Find out how Phocas compares to Microsoft Power BI in the world's largest survey of business intelligence..

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    Automation strategies for mid-market businesses

    2 MIN
    October 27, 2019

    When automation is done well, it accomplishes more than just saving time and money. It minimizes errors,..

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    When intuition can help the decision making process

    3 MIN
    October 23, 2019

    Want to live the future backwards? A lesson learned during my course at Stanford is how intuition affects..

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    When decision making is so tough that even rocket scientists get it wrong

    2 MIN
    October 1, 2019

    Typically, having loads of data is overwhelming for a decision-maker, unless it can be consolidated and..

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    Transform your IT team into a strategic asset

    2 MIN
    September 30, 2019

    As advancements in technology continue to alter the way we do business, the role and function of the IT..

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    LSC unlocks Epicor data and improves company-wide decision making with Phocas

    2 MIN
    September 22, 2019

    Locksmith Supply Company (LSC) is a thriving 93-year-old security hardware distributor for the locksmith..

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    4 tips to get the most value from your ERP system

    3 MIN
    September 20, 2019

    While ERP systems support a wide variety of administrative and operational processes, many aren’t designed..

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    What the All-Blacks can teach us about making decisions under pressure?

    3 MIN
    September 17, 2019

    Most people feel pressure. The heart races, the body heats up, and you lose your train of thought. You..

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    How IT Managers can slash reporting times

    2 MIN
    September 12, 2019

    The IT manager is often burdened with ad hoc report requests and solving organizational data challenges...

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    Phocas BI tool proves its value for manufacturers, wholesalers

    3 MIN
    September 2, 2019

    The following article is reproduced from TechTarget, a respected tech news website which provides..

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    Integrating your tech: is your stack working together to deliver data results?

    2 MIN
    August 19, 2019

    In a manufacturing or wholesale business, there is a lot of information to keep track of. As an IT..

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    Is data the true international language?

    3 MIN
    June 10, 2019

    You don’t have to look very far to recognize the importance of data analytics in our world; from the..

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    Choose the right data analytics solution for your business

    2 MIN
    March 18, 2019

    Real-time data analysis delivers key business insights so people can create informed business strategies...

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    And the BARC data analytics award winner is …

    3 MIN
    February 24, 2019

    In the world of data analytics, the annual BARC Survey, conducted by the Business Application Research..

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    Why data analytics or BI projects fail?

    1 MIN
    February 22, 2019

    A CIO or IT manager’s task is enormous when introducing any new enterprise system like data analytics or..

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    These executive eBooks will help you achieve business success

    2 MIN
    February 22, 2018

    For more than 15 years, Phocas has helped companies like yours to succeed in a competitive and dynamic..

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    [On-demand video] How to choose the right business intelligence tool for you

    1 MIN
    January 8, 2018

    Data. You have to use it or lose it. But how do you choose a business intelligence software tool that will..

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

    1 MIN
    June 12, 2017

    IT leaders tell us that they spend more time on reporting requests than they can afford. While they truly..

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    These technical skills can boost your career

    2 MIN
    June 6, 2017

    Technology has become increasingly important in the workplace. It has rapidly changed and adapted to..

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    IT Leaders - How to Foster Analytical Competency in an Organization

    3 MIN
    March 9, 2017

    Fostering analytical competency in an organization means promoting fact-based decision making, driving..

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    Sold the dream but delivered a nightmare? Questions IT Managers should ask before purchasing business intelligence

    2 MIN
    March 2, 2017

    Have you ever bought something based on an advertisement, a marketing campaign or a guarantee from a..

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    BI vs ERP. Six reasons you should implement business intelligence first

    3 MIN
    February 22, 2017

    For many IT professionals, the thought of changing or updating an ERP system is unbearable. Aside from the..

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    How can business intelligence help IT?

    2 MIN
    January 25, 2017

    As more data is available to businesses, there is an increasing desire from management to use data to..

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    5 things to look for when choosing a business intelligence solution for your business

    3 MIN
    January 5, 2017

    At the end of 2015, the BI market was in a state of unrest. “Big Data, cloud services, predictive..

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    The role of the executive in a data-driven organization

    3 MIN
    December 28, 2016

    While business intelligence brings actionable data to managers and other relevant employees within the..

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    Data – your greatest business asset

    3 MIN
    December 23, 2016

    According to Gartner, 80 per cent of CEOs claim their data is an asset but only 10 per cent say that their..

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    [eBook] How to gain a competitive and strategic advantage through data and reporting

    2 MIN
    December 19, 2016

    How long does it take you to prepare for your monthly board or management meetings?

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    [White Paper] Eight keys to achieving Business Intelligence success in 2017

    2 MIN
    November 21, 2016

    There has never been a time when data has played a more important role in how businesses strategize,..

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    [SlideShare] the Future of Business Intelligence

    October 21, 2016

    In parts one and two, we discussed business intelligence in the past and present. Today, in part three, we..

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    [SlideShare] The history of business intelligence software - the present

    October 13, 2016

    In Part 1, we presented on the history of business intelligence in pictures. Today, in part two, we..

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    [SlideShare] The history of business intelligence software - as it was (the past)

    October 5, 2016

    Using data to make decisions has evolved since the 1800s when English social reformer and statistician,..

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    Big Data is meaningless . . . without analysis

    1 MIN
    September 14, 2016

    The term 'Big Data' carries weight. Like the 'Internet of Things' it sounds lofty and important. But what..

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    Tips to upskill in IT

    3 MIN
    September 7, 2016

    Many have joked that the moment you buy an iPhone, an Android tablet or even the latest laptop, it is..

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    CIOs and IT managers – staying ahead in a data bonanza

    2 MIN
    August 25, 2016

    In this data crazy world with data hungry people everywhere, CIOs and IT managers are feeling the mounting..

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    [On-demand webinar] How business intelligence benefits the IT team

    1 MIN
    August 4, 2016

    The digital world has created a data explosion. The International Data Corporation reports that the amount..

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    [White Paper] Why change ERP systems?

    4 MIN
    March 1, 2016

    Your ERP system holds the gold behind faster, smarter business decisions. And the flexibility, efficiency..

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    How to Succeed with Business Intelligence

    2 MIN
    February 11, 2016

    Earlier this week, I discussed why business intelligence (BI) projects fail. Now let’s look at how to..

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    Top 5 analysis trends for the new year

    3 MIN
    January 8, 2016

    Running a trends analysis to evaluate your business is easier than you thought with business intelligence..

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    Data Directions

    2 MIN
    December 30, 2015

    “Big data”, “structured data”, “unstructured data”, “governed data”. If you’re wondering where your..

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    Top 5 Business Intelligence Trends for 2016

    3 MIN
    December 23, 2015

    As we say bon voyage to 2015, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the year-that-was and look ahead at..

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    Phocas simplicity brings Zeller faster and smarter decision making

    2 MIN
    December 17, 2015

    Zeller Corporation in the US has been providing engineering solutions to global customers for half a..

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    3 Steps to Bridge the Communication Gap Between IT and End Users

    2 MIN
    November 17, 2015

    You speak geek, they speak analytics. You want data, they want answers. You say to-mae-toe, they say..

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    Agent for Change – Does BI Really Have to Wait?

    2 MIN
    August 3, 2015

    Business Intelligence (BI) software can be the key to releasing your business from the fetters of a legacy..

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    How to Translate Your Geek Speak (and why you should try)

    2 MIN
    April 22, 2015

    I’m going to make a broad assumption that if you are a fellow nerd (who grins after coding for eight..

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    The Service Desk is Delivering - And Here's the Proof

    2 MIN
    February 20, 2015

    The Customer Service desk, or IT Help Desk, is often the primary contact point for your service users. The..

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    How to Market Your BI Tools Internally

    1 MIN
    January 30, 2015

    If you’re in the middle of implementing your business intelligence solution and you haven’t yet considered..

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    Don't Bother Me - Get it Yourself!

    2 MIN
    January 6, 2015

    Recently, I have been engaging new customers and talking to them about the before and after scenario of..

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    Charting a Course to the Cloud - Cloud BI That Is!

    2 MIN
    January 6, 2015

    It’s a no brainer, right? Why would any business go on investing an arm and a leg developing on-premise..

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    Stop Yelling At Me!

    2 MIN
    October 8, 2014

    Stop yelling at me!  How often has your IT guy said that to you? Even if they haven’t said it to your..

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    Business Intelligence User Adoption: Baby Steps

    2 MIN
    September 30, 2014

    In the past, I’ve written a few posts that discuss dealing with the challenge of user adoption when..

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    How To Be The Data Hero

    2 MIN
    August 29, 2014

    As a kid you always want to be the hero like in the movies and comic books, but as you grow up reality..

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    5 Mistakes Organisations Make with Business Intelligence

    3 MIN
    March 25, 2014

    Early last year, Gartner made an alarming estimation: 70% of Business Intelligence projects fail to..

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