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Leveraging Analytics to Improve Enterprise Performance Management

July 18, 2016 by John O'Rourke

The key to operating a thriving enterprise is continuously managing performance.Measuring and monitoring business performance relies on a process of defining clear objectives, planning and budgeting, and evaluating progress at established intervals to ensure the company is keeping pace with their outlined objectives.In doing so,...[read more]

6 Tips to Improve the Accuracy and Efficiency of Sales Planning

July 14, 2016 by John O'Rourke

 Sales planning is critical to businesses, but in order to achieve optimal efficiency, businesses need to take a new approach.Effective sales planning should entail a combination of data analysis, discipline, and operational engagement. To achieve optimal sales planning, businesses need to be implementing financial and sales...[read more]

Handle Facebook Parse Migration the Expert Way

July 13, 2016 by Ritesh Patil

Parse is Facebook’s cloud mobile solution. Recently, the social networking behemoth announced that it would be discontinuing Parse from January 2017. This means app developers using Parse to develop applications will have to migrate to another platform. However, this is not as easy as it sounds. A lot of considerations will have to be...[read more]

A Two-Stage Approach to Financial Return for Data Lakes

July 11, 2016 by Paul Barsch

Depending on whether you “build” your data lake in the cloud or on premise, it could take anywhere from six months to a year to be fully deployed. But those companies that are faithful to creating and using a big data platform should see not only break-even but real return too.[read more]

How the New Revenue Recognition Rules Could Impact Budgeting and Planning

July 7, 2016 by John O'Rourke

There’s been a lot of buzz in the accounting and finance community recently about the upcoming change in revenue recognition guidelines from the FASB and IASB. To date, most of the focus has been on the transactional accounting impact of the new guidelines.  But Robert Kugel, SVP and Research Director at Ventana Research,...[read more]

Pros and Cons of Using MySQL for Analytical Reporting

July 6, 2016 by Eran Levy

Is MySQL a good solution for reporting and data analytics? The internet is bombarded with 1000’s of guides or courses to installing, configuring, and optimizing MySQL for running analytics. However, none of these write-ups stop to even ask the question: “Is MySQL the right solution for business intelligence?”With the obvious caveat that...[read more]

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Keeping Sales & Marketing Data in Order: What startups must learn from the enterprise.

June 29, 2016 by Maria Grineva

Keeping Sales & Marketing Data in Order: What startups must learn from the enterprise.Nowadays it’s hard to find a startup CEO or CTO who’s not thinking about how their company can maximize the value of its data. Yet, most of the startups I speak with are shocked to learn how much money they’re leaving on the table as a result of...[read more]

Retail Data Monetization: Are you sitting on top of a retail goldmine?

June 28, 2016 by Ajith Nayar

The majority of sales generated in the 4.5 trillion dollar US retail market is in-store and the volume of transaction data collected at various points in the trading process is immense. This data is a treasure trove of customer insight as well as product performance. While many retailers mine this data to gain specific insights into understanding their shoppers better, the possibilities that such data analysis opens up is largely untapped.[read more]

Dreading the Next Budgeting Cycle? Try These Tips to Make Life Easier

June 23, 2016 by John O'Rourke

Budgeting is perhaps the most dreaded aspect of operating a business. Between the painstaking process of developing the budget, the wrangling over monetary allocation, and the challenges of accurately projecting future revenues and costs, budgeting is a tedious and consuming process that many businesses find exacerbating.Fortunately,...[read more]

The Need for ERP Systems Integration and How EPM Software Can Help

June 20, 2016 by John O'Rourke

 At some point, most small and mid-sized companies outgrow their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software and need to implement a new solution that's more scalable and will meet their growing needs.At the same time, the company may be relying on spreadsheets or a basic enterprise performance management (EPM) solution that needs...[read more]

Apache Spark and Hadoop: The best big data solution for enterprises

June 1, 2016 by Jagadish Thaker

The term big data has become the center of attention for enterprises. In the past, business decisions have been made on the basis of transactional data stored in relational databases. This is known as traditional data, which is in structured form and easy to analyze for getting business insights.Apart from this critical business data,...[read more]

3 Ways Having the Wrong Internet Service is Costing You Money

May 19, 2016 by Kyle Cebull
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Internet service can be frustrating, can’t it? Outages galore, poor customer service and constantly having to power cycle your router are just a few of the major frustrations that come along with small business internet. It doesn’t end there, though. Many small businesses also deal with slowness, bandwidth issues and billing frustrations...[read more]

Three Technology Services You’re Definitely Overpaying For

May 17, 2016 by Kyle Cebull

To the small business, budgets are important. They need to be set and stuck to in order to confidently predict cash flow and succeed in the long term. But once you sign contracts with vendors, prices seem to escalate. Machines break. Your server is getting older. It seems as though there is a never-ending need to invest in new...[read more]

Can We Trust Salesforce for Business in the Cloud?

May 16, 2016 by Mark Smith

I have been meaning to write about Salesforce since its Dreamforce 2015 conference. Salesforce provides a platform, tools and applications for business and IT who claims to be the ‘no software’ company which as you will read is exactly what happened on May 10th. Heck, Salesforce is making a lot of advances on its platform, its...[read more]

4 Things to do to Reduce your Risk of Server Failure

May 11, 2016 by Kyle Cebull

I can’t stress enough the importance of treating your technology and equipment properly. While we recommend that our clients always have equipment that’s within warranty, when you aren’t taking proper care of it or are neglecting it in certain ways, it can absolutely fail sooner. Your server is your lifeline. It’s where you store all...[read more]