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16

Sep

Real-time Data Insight into Retail Store and Marketing Performance

In the highly competitive and brutal retail sector there is an emerging need by retailers to access near real-time store performance to maximise store efficiency, to better understand their customer base and use this information to drive dynamic marketing campaigns. ... read full post

Posted by:  Russell Bowden , Business Intelligence Senior Consultant |  16 September 2013

TechEd, Business Intelligence, Microsoft Dynamics


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(1099 votes)

26

Aug

Planning for your Dynamics CRM 2013 upgrade

If you’re an existing user of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, you are most likely aware that your CRM online environment will be upgraded to the new version of Dynamics CRM (2013) from October onwards. You will also have no doubt received – or are about to receive – an email from Microsoft detailing the date when your organisation will be upgraded to 2013. ... read full post

Posted by:  Steven Foster , Client Director |  26 August 2013

CRM, Business Intelligence, BI


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(2263 votes)

19

Aug

Musings from a Big Data conference

Recently I attended the annual Big Data conference held in Auckland. The attendance was three times greater than the previous year’s conference which reflects the increasing global interest in the area of big data.  ... read full post

Posted by:  Tim Mole ,  |  19 August 2013

Business Intelligence, Microsoft, Intergen, BI, Big Data


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(2848 votes)

08

Aug

Selecting the Right BI Toolset

As anyone who has looked into implementing a business intelligence solution knows, there are many options from which you can choose. There are big-name products, niche products, end-user focused tools, IT focused tools, data discovery and visualisation tools, predictive analytic tools, and much more. ... read full post

Posted by:  Mark Worthen , Senior Consultant, Enterprise Applications |  08 August 2013

Business Intelligence, BI


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(1759 votes)

30

Jul

Power BI from Microsoft

A new platform and tools to enhance Business Intelligence – on the desktop, web and mobile. ... read full post

Posted by:  Russell Bowden , Business Intelligence Senior Consultant |  30 July 2013

Business Intelligence, Microsoft, Mobile, Office 365, SQL Server, BI, Excel, WPC, Power Query, Power BI, Power maps, Power Pivot


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(2205 votes)

12

Jun

The Reality of Universal Self-Service BI

For years, the pinnacle of BI for many has been dictated as self-service BI. I have read about it. I have heard presentations on it. I have given presentations on it and promoted it. But no matter how often it is discussed, promoted or advertised, one question remains – what is it? ... read full post

Posted by:  Mark Worthen , Senior Consultant, Enterprise Applications |  12 June 2013

Business Intelligence, Microsoft, SQL, BI, Excel, Microsoft Power View, Qlikview, Reporting, Self-service BI, Tableau


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(1410 votes)

13

May

A gateway to big data: geospatial business intelligence

With the continuing hype around the want, need, or even the “me too” aspects of being able to join the ‘Big Data’ movement, it is only a matter of time before BI will, by default, incorporate this nebulous concept. ... read full post

Posted by:  Russell Bowden , Business Intelligence Senior Consultant |  13 May 2013

Business Intelligence, Microsoft, SQL Server, Intergen, BI, Big Data, Geospatial


Rating: 
(2011 votes)

12

Mar

The Paradox of Excel

A couple of weeks ago there was an article on newstatesman.com which had as its title, “Is Excel the Most Dangerous piece of Software in the World?” (Read the article here ). ... read full post

Posted by:  Mark Worthen , Senior Consultant, Enterprise Applications |  12 March 2013

Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Microsoft, Power View, BI, Microsoft Excel, Office, Big Data, Excel, Excel 2013, Microsoft Office, VaR Model


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(2704 votes)

26

Feb

Right-Sizing Business Intelligence

A common phrase often heard in the United States when getting something to eat at a fast-food restaurant is: “Would you like to super-size that?” The size of the main component of the meal, the sandwich, does not change, but the size of the extras (soda, fries/chips) is increased, adding cost to the meal, increasing the time to eat and, for many people, adding additional weight to their bodies. ... read full post

Posted by:  Mark Worthen , Senior Consultant, Enterprise Applications |  26 February 2013

Business Intelligence, BI


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(2327 votes)

13

Feb

Competitive advantage through insight: A recap of the Microsoft Business Insights Summit

In December I presented at the Microsoft Business Insights Summit held in Wellington and Auckland, a one-day event focused on how data and information can provide measurable business value. For those who missed the event, a number of the sessions are now available online . The summit consisted of three tracks – Modern Enterprise, Small to Medium Business and Technical – to cater for a wide range of attendees. The summit in total was attended by over 800 people and based on feedback during the summit and surveys, the summit hit its mark in terms of relevancy of content. ... read full post

Posted by:  Tim Mole ,  |  13 February 2013

Business Intelligence, BI, Competitive advantage through insight, Microsoft Business Insights Summit, small to medium business


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(1631 votes)

29

Jan

Is Business Intelligence Bad? Looking at BI from the “other” side

As a long-time business intelligence advocate, it has long been my belief that BI is good and BI should be everywhere. But is that truly the case? I look at business intelligence from one side of the coin but each coin has two sides. Can I take a holistic view of business intelligence and continue to assert that BI should be everywhere? Are there instances where – perish the thought – BI is bad? ... read full post

Posted by:  Mark Worthen , Senior Consultant, Enterprise Applications |  29 January 2013

Business Intelligence, Microsoft, BI, BI implementation advice, BI misalignment, BI side effects, Microsoft BI Partner, The BI process


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(1844 votes)

11

Dec

Data Governance: The role it plays in managing an organisation's data

In previous weeks here on the Intergen blog, I’ve looked closely at two data-related topics Data Quality and Master Data Management . In today’s final wrap-up, I take a high level look at Data Governance and the role it plays in managing an organisation’s data. ... read full post

Posted by:  Mark Worthen , Senior Consultant, Enterprise Applications |  11 December 2012

Business Intelligence, BI, Data, Data Accuracy, Data Governance, Data Quality, Master Data Management, Data Governance Assessment, Data Governance Framework


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(2192 votes)

06

Dec

Garbage in, garbage out: The importance of data quality

As business intelligence and data warehousing continue to mature and with increasing attention being given to “big data”, I thought it important to address an often overlooked or under-addressed issue; Data Quality. Over the course of three blog posts in the coming weeks, I’ll touch on Data Quality, Master Data Management and Data Governance. What do they mean and how are they useful to your organisation?  ... read full post

Posted by:  Mark Worthen , Senior Consultant, Enterprise Applications |  06 December 2012

CRM, Business Intelligence, Marketing, Sales, BI, Data, Data Accuracy, Data Completeness, Data Consistency, Data Governance, Data Integrity, Data Mart, Data Quality, Master Data Management


Rating: 
(2675 votes)

04

Dec

Using Microsoft Office 2013 for Business Intelligence

Microsoft Office 2013 provides a range of new and enhanced capabilities that allow organisations to analyse their data. This blog explores how Microsoft Office has evolved as a BI tool, and what BI capabilities the latest version of Office delivers. ... read full post

Posted by:  Tim Mole ,  |  04 December 2012

Business Intelligence, Microsoft, BI, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Excel 2013, Microsoft Office 2013, Office


Rating: 
(2911 votes)

20

Sep

SQL Server 2012 and Business Intelligence E-book

Over the past few months, members of the Business Intelligence (BI) team have been regularly blogging about the new features of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and how these compare with previous versions, as well as the BI features contained in the new release. ... read full post

Posted by:  Tim Mole ,  |  20 September 2012

Business Analysis, Business Intelligence, Microsoft, SQL Server, SQL Server 2012, e-book


Rating: 
(2486 votes)

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