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Why Do I Want a Data Warehouse with My BI Platform?

Why include a data warehouse in your business intelligence implementation? Doesn't that just create a lot of work and slow everything down? Isn't it better to go right against the source database and get real-time data? Actually, the benefits of using a data warehouse can far outweigh the effort required to implement one. There is a […]

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Who Needs Business Intelligence? Maybe You Do.

When I first started in the business intelligence (BI) software industry, I asked a co-worker, “Who are our prospects?”  “Everyone,” he said.  “Some of them just don’t know it yet.” At the time, I thought it was just a salesperson’s blather, but it turns out there is a lot of truth in that statement.  Pretty much […]

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Business Intelligence BI: Reporting on Steroids

How often has this happened to you?  Your boss asks for an analysis (or you determine that you need one).  You figure out just what you need to see--maybe it's something like one of our sample reports--and either run it yourself or take your request to the IT department.  You get the report and it’s exactly […]

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KPIs, Metrics, and Measures

I recently tapped into a LinkedIn Business Intelligence group discussion on the difference between KPIs, metrics, and measures.  It was a good discussion, but it pointed out that there is still a lot of confusion around these terms.  The response I like the best on this string was given by Bjorn Bjolseth , a senior […]

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A Dashboard for the CEO

I love a good graph or even a good table. A compelling infographic can totally distract me from what I’m doing. And a good dashboard—nirvana. (Data geek—yeah, yeah, I’ve heard it all before.) But when it comes to your business dashboards, you don’t want dashboards that distract people. You want a dashboard that gives you […]

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Tensoft’s Advanced Dashboard and Analytics Solution for Microsoft Dynamics GP Named Top 15 Add-on

Thanks to our customers and their innovative use of the Tensoft High Tech Dashboard (HTD), this great product has recently been named to the Dynamics World “Top 15 Add-on Products for Microsoft Dynamics GP.” This endorsement is particularly important because Dynamics World is an unbiased online resource, offering information about the products, services, solutions and […]

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There’s Still Time To Use a Microsoft Dynamics Business Intelligence Solution for 2011

For so many people, this is the time of the year when thoughts are focused entirely on year-end and the transition to the new year.  Are we going to make the forecast?  Will we close that big deal?  What January deal can I pull into December if we fall short on revenue?  How can we […]

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Shorten BI Implementation to Assure Success

  According to the "BI Survey," an annual research report conducted and written by the Business Application Research Center, the length of business intelligence projects has a big influence on how many problems occur and how many benefits companies derive from those projects. Projects of less than one month yield the most benefits. As projects […]

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Business Intelligence, Campaign Intelligence–It’s What You Elect

Today is Election Day and it got me thinking about the kind of data campaign analysts and consultants must deal with. I imagine it’s enough to make a numbers geek (guilty!) drool. The variables are endless—region, gender, education, race, age, income, party affiliation, religion—I’ll bet someone is even trying to figure out which cereal conservative […]

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Do You Know How to Analyze Data?

A few years ago I interviewed for a position that included some pretty significant data analysis.  “Do you know how to analyze data?” asked the interviewer.  Of course I did.  I knew how to read all the latest data visualizations, I knew the most popular and many, many lesser-known KPIs and metrics and how they […]

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