3 steps to successful data analysis with business intelligence
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3 steps to successful data analysis with business intelligence

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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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

Phocas vs. Microsoft Power BI

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Find out how Phocas compares to Microsoft Power BI in the world's largest survey of business intelligence customers, BARC the BI survey 19.

What Microsoft Power BI has on its side when people are considering business intelligence, is high brand awareness. Instead, Phocas business intelligence is more targeted and concentrates on solving the data problems of specific industries it serves, which is manufacturing, distribution and retail.

When we review how this plays out in BARC, people do consider Power BI more but customers are more satisfied with Phocas. To learn more...

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

What's new in BI visualizations

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Business Intelligence (BI) depicts data visually so users can quickly recognize a trend or spot a variance.  Unlike static charts, visualizations encourage users to explore their data to uncover actionable information.For instance, a BI solution can show a power tool manufacturer that sales of its cordless drills are down. While this may be caused by several factors, users can query the data and generate visualizations to see what’s happening below the surface.

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Topics: Job Role - Sales, Strategy, Management and Performance, Job Role - Marketing

Prochem stays ahead of the game with data analytics

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Prochem delivers quality stainless-steel pipe, fittings and valving products to the gas, aerospace, marine and industrial sectors across the Asia Pacific. The company uses data analytics to drive efficiencies and stay competitive. The steel distributor started using Phocas to identify low margin sales automatically. Now, the BI software underpins many smarter ways of working for Prochem such as streamlining the purchasing and stock functions.

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Topics: Case Study, Job Role - Finance, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Job Role - Inventory/Operations

Phocas vs IBM Planning Analytics (BI tools comparison based on BARC 19)

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Phocas and IBM Planning Analytics went head-to-head in the world's largest business intelligence user survey, BARC'sThe BI Survey 19. Customers of both products respond to detailed questions across criteria such as business value, ease of use and functionality. The findings are a great way to compare business intelligence tools because they come from real people who use the software. In the ad-hoc reporting peer group, Phocas outperformed IBM in 27 different categories.

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Topics: IBM Cognos, Reviews and Recognition

What is data-driven decision making?

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Every day, we use data to make decisions in our personal lives. We may use the data collected in product reviews to drive our purchasing choices.  We may review crime statistics in a new neighbourhood to help us decide whether to buy a home in the area. We may rely on our GPS to help us choose the best route to where we are going. We rely on data because it is impersonal. It has no agenda. It tells a factual story. Yet many business decisions are often made using a gut feel and that's why things go wrong.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics

Phocas secures 34 top rankings in BARC's The BI Survey

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Phocas is recommended by 100% of customers and continues to outpace BI competitors in many KPIs in its peer groups, according to the largest BI user survey in the world.

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Topics: Company Updates, Reviews and Recognition

Static reports vs business intelligence

What is the difference between traditional static reports and business intelligence? Static reports are often about a set timeframe such as the last quarter of results, and you have to consider all the elements that you'll need when preparing them. In contrast, BI provides more flexibility.  In this blog, we will explore how static reports compare to real-time business intelligence so you can be better informed about what your business needs. 

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

Automation strategies for mid-market businesses

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When automation is done well, it accomplishes more than just saving time and money. It minimizes errors, improves productivity, increases employee satisfaction, and enhances the customer experience. When incorporated into a business strategy, employees get more done, in the same amount of time, allowing them to focus on the important objectives of their role.

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

uvex safety equipment protects distributor relationships using data analytics

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uvex safety Australia makes and distributes high-quality products designed to keep people safe at work. The product portfolio is extensive and covers everything from head to toe, such as protective helmets, safety glasses, hearing protection, respiration protection and safety shoes. The company relies on distributors to sell its products, so uvex needs comprehensive sales data for accurate pricing decisions and to keep turnover healthy.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - Inventory/Operations

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