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Aug 28, 2017

Sharpen the Saw: Sell Smarter with Self-Service BI

Fans of Stephen Covey's work, "7 Rules for High Successful People" should recognize his last rule - Sharpen the Saw. For those who have not read it, his last rule relates to the quote often incorrectly attributed to Abraham Lincoln: "A woodsman was once asked,...

Categories: Microsoft Solutions, Business Intelligence

Tags: Business Intelligence

On Woodworking, Lincoln Logs, and Self-Service BI
Feb 03, 2017

On Woodworking, Lincoln Logs, and Self-Service BI

Self-Service BI has offered a wonderful promise over the years, yet its potential has only been partially realized at best.  Now the game is changing with new technologies and analytics platforms that are readily accessible to, and usable by, businesses of all sizes, shapes, and...

Categories: Business Intelligence

Tags: Business Intelligence, Systems of Intelligence

5 KPIs to Drive CRM User Adoption & Success
Aug 05, 2016

5 KPIs to Drive CRM User Adoption & Success

Congratulations! You have this bright and shiny new CRM system. You spent lots of time working on design. You have customized the system to make it a fantastic reflection of the manufacturing industry’s best practices for sales and marketing. You worked with a Dynamics Partner who lives,...

Categories: Microsoft Solutions, Business Intelligence

Tags: Business Intelligence, CRM for Manufacturers, Dynamics 365 for Sales, Microsoft

Reflection on Data Insights Summit March 2016
May 16, 2016

Reflection on Data Insights Summit March 2016

The first (hopefully of many) Data Insights Summit took place in March of 2016 in Bellevue, Washington. It was 2 days of exploring all that Power BI and related technologies have to offer. There is a whole collection of videos from the conference, so head over to the Power BI You Tube channel to...

Categories: Microsoft Solutions, Business Intelligence

Tags: Business Intelligence, Microsoft

Datapenia
Feb 23, 2016

Datapenia

Datapenia [da´tah-pe´ne-ah] Absence, or lack, of good data and good analytics. Or perhaps it should say lack of access to, and understanding of, good data and good analytics. Datapenia, a quasi-medical term coined by Dubner and Levitt in Superfreakonomics, drives good...

Categories: Business Intelligence

Tags: Business Intelligence, Systems of Intelligence

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