Business Intelligence Insights & Articles

What Is Business Intelligence (BI)?

Posted by jeffrey-yefsky on 7/14/17 8:18 AM in Business Intelligence
You're a professional business-enhancing champion. You generate the "ups," and you've beaten the "downs." Whether you're an HR manager, sales team lead or product manager, you know your job isn’t just about the bottom line; it’s about the big picture. But sometimes it's hard to see the forest through the trees. How do we know which combined information will lead to the right decision? That's when business intelligence comes in to give us the answ...
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[Infographic] How to Manage a Mobile Workforce

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 5/1/17 8:08 AM
Mobile technological advances are changing the face of companies and their field service employees. ...

3 Reasons Manufacturers are Adopting Mobile Workforce Management Software

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 3/31/17 11:00 AM
More and more manufacturers are adopting a mobile workforce to distinguish themselves from their com...

What is a Mobile Workforce?

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 3/31/17 9:29 AM
Mobile technology has fundamentally changed the nature of business. Now that multiple channels of co...

Using Business Intelligence Tools to Identify Underperformance for Faster Resolution

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 2/28/17 10:49 AM
Solid business intelligence data is the key to valuable analysis insight about your company by provi...

5 Reasons SAP Crystal Reports Creates the Clearest Financial Reports

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 2/28/17 7:44 AM
Without a doubt, companies today are seeking to produce better financial reports against disparate d...

How to Use SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise Application Integration

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 2/2/17 2:32 PM
Thriving in today's lean business environment requires knowing where you stand at any given time, wh...

How Project Management Methodology Will Affect Your Timeline

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 1/20/17 3:53 PM
Have you ever committed so much of your time and energy to a project only to witness it grow and mor...

How IBM Cognos Improves Your Business Intelligence Process

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 1/10/17 3:13 PM
Data is a precious commodity for businesses of all sizes. However, as a company grows, accessing, or...

5 Benefits of Using IBM Cognos for BI Dashboards

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 1/5/17 11:55 AM
In today’s business environment you have to seize opportunities in real-time, staying agile and able...

5 Killer Business Intelligence Dashboard Examples

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 12/24/16 3:06 PM
A great business intelligence dashboard is an absolute must-have tool for all businesses. Not only d...

How SAP Business Intelligence Integrates with CMaps Analytics

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 12/22/16 9:50 PM
In the past, business intelligence (BI) tools used by analysts provided poor location analysis capab...

IBM Cognos v SAP Crystal Reports: A Quick Comparison

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 12/16/16 3:05 PM
The marketplace is flooded with solutions that turn volumes of data into attractive charts and graph...

How To Organize Data for Better Business Intelligence

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 12/9/16 12:55 PM
Business Intelligence (BI) involves delivering and integrating business data within an organization....

3 Reasons Why You Need a Process for Data Interpretation

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 11/29/16 2:48 PM
The emerging business tools of Big Data and Data Science create a demand for additional data interpr...

How to Successfully Integrate SAP BusinessObjects for Data Federation

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 11/17/16 9:58 PM
Today’s complex information formats that reside in company servers grow more diverse by the day. You...

Using Data Management Services for Maximum CRM Data Quality

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 11/11/16 4:22 PM
The topic of data management services covers a lot of ground; it includes such services as data inte...

Identifying the Solutions for Data Organization Challenges

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 11/4/16 2:06 PM
One of the more common -- and at the same time serious -- IT-related challenge that faces small to m...

What is Data Interpretation?

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 10/31/16 8:00 AM
Data interpretation is quickly becoming one of the most useful business tools of the modern age. Pro...

How Long Should Data Analysis and Interpretation Really Take?

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 10/26/16 10:42 AM
Effective and trustworthy data analysis and interpretation are key factors to running a well-oiled, ...

5 Best Practices for Successful Dashboard Reporting

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 10/14/16 3:48 PM
Finding the right solution for cohesive and effective BI dashboard reporting can be a big challenge ...

How SAP Crystal Reports Solves Dashboard Issues for All User Levels

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 10/7/16 4:12 PM
Financial reporting presents tremendous challenges for IT; it demands solutions that provide clear c...

A Crash Course in SAP Performance Management Software

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 9/30/16 8:45 AM
Companies that are seeking the most insightful top to bottom business intelligence and reporting too...

Achieving Customer Data Integration In Big Data

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 9/24/16 8:30 AM
Customer data integration is critical, and big data systems need to be integrated in a very unique c...

What a Business Dashboard Is And How it Provides Clearer Reporting

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 9/16/16 2:32 PM
It is not always enough to have records and metrics for your organization; dashboard reporting gives...

5 Project Phases For Quality Customer Data Integration

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 9/9/16 3:13 PM
Quality customer data integration is not something that happens automatically. Heterogeneous IT solu...

Dashboard Reporting: The Importance of Data Quality in Your CRM System

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 9/1/16 4:33 PM
Data can be overwhelming to process for any company, so you need to have tools that makes sense of i...

How to Have Successful Company-Wide Customer Data Integration

Posted by Hillary Oei on 8/25/16 11:07 AM
Customer Data Integration is a common area of failure in companies of all scopes, ranging from large...

What is Data Analysis? The 7 Tips to Analyzing for Business Success

Posted by Hillary Oei on 8/18/16 12:43 PM
Having a vast amount of data that comes from your own key performance indicators (KPIs) and business...

4 Common Factors that Lead to Poor Data Organization

Posted by Hillary Oei on 8/10/16 9:00 AM
Your business or your government agency runs on data. When your data is poorly organized this direct...

How to Create a Better Looking Business Dashboard Design

Posted by Hillary Oei on 8/4/16 8:05 AM
With business intelligence becoming a top technology choice for businesses to gather valuable data i...

Choosing the Best BI Dashboard Software for Understandable Reports

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 7/19/16 2:06 PM
Choosing the best business intelligence dashboard reporting software for understandable reports that...

7 Data Analysis Tools for Faster Interpretations

Posted by Hillary Oei on 7/19/16 11:51 AM
Information Technology Directors and Managers are the people responsible for seeing that all knowled...

How to Interpret Data in 5 Simple Steps

Posted by Hillary Oei on 7/15/16 9:00 AM
Many IT directors understand the importance of using Big Data throughout their systems and providing...

Rethinking Your Business Intelligence Process

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 7/5/16 12:14 PM
Many companies often throw around terms such as business intelligence, but it's unclear whether they...

Made-To-Measure Business KPIs & Metrics Bring Companies Closer Together

Posted by Hillary Oei on 6/24/16 8:00 AM
The secret to success for any enterprise lies in the key performance indicators (KPIs) that express ...

Coordinating Your BI With Data Warehousing & Data Mart Design

Posted by Hillary Oei on 6/16/16 10:30 AM
The data warehousing and data mart design architecture of your company's information systems gathers...

5 Tips to Handle Data Cleansing Problems

Posted by Hillary Oei on 6/8/16 10:51 AM
There's no question that when you are dealing with data cleansing problems, you'll have a number of ...

3 Actions to Take Now for an Effective Business Intelligence Strategy

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 6/2/16 10:03 AM
When you are in business, it's important to explore your business intelligence strategy to ensure yo...

Data ETL: Extracting, Transforming, and Loading to a Single Data Image

Posted by Hillary Oei on 5/23/16 10:59 AM
Taking time to extract, transform, and load all your organization’s stored data to a single data ima...

Business Planning and Forecasting for Less Waste & Better Cash Flow

Posted by Hillary Oei on 5/19/16 11:14 AM
As the market gets more competitive and cash gets more precious, companies are beginning to take all...

Technology for Your Data Warehousing & Data Mart Design Strategy

Posted by Hillary Oei on 5/12/16 8:00 AM
In the 21st century, data is becoming a key leverage point for large organizations to increase value...

Moving Data While Using Data: Integration & Aggregation Solutions

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 5/4/16 8:30 AM
All businesses must adopt to new technologies quickly in order to stay competitive and to better ser...

Business Intelligence Solutions for Building a Winning Strategy

Posted by Hillary Oei on 4/27/16 8:00 AM
Companies are burdened with more and more stresses to compete and win in the marketplace. In the pas...

What is Intelligent Project Management Methodology?

Posted by Hillary Oei on 4/22/16 8:31 AM
Agile project management methodology is known for getting the best results faster, because developme...

[INFOGRAPHIC] Harnessing the Full Value of Business Data

Posted by Hillary Oei on 4/19/16 11:45 AM
Businesses need to harness the full value of data in order to make the best business decisions possi...

Using Key Performance Indicators and Metrics to Monitor Your Business

Posted by Hillary Oei on 4/15/16 11:13 AM
The use of business key performance indicators and metrics means that a business is run like an expe...

6 Benefits of Quality Business Intelligence Systems

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 4/6/16 12:22 PM
When it comes to business planning and forecasting, the business intelligence systems a business use...

The Benefits of Data Cleansing: Ensuring Quality Across Systems

Posted by Hillary Oei on 3/29/16 11:56 AM
A number of data warehousing projects fail or are shelved due to poor data quality and integrity. Wi...

Examining All Interactions in the Project Management Approach

Posted by Hillary Oei on 3/24/16 8:30 AM
Mid-sized to large companies and government organizations know very well that their IT staff are oft...

The Future: Build the Best Predictive Model for Business Intelligence

Posted by Hillary Oei on 3/23/16 7:27 AM
Rich Wagner contributed an article to InformationWeek in which he raised the need for more large com...

Business Intelligence and Finding the Right KPI Metrics to Analyze

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 3/11/16 3:35 PM
Business Intelligence has become a broad subject as it continues to evolve into a supreme tool for a...

Cloud-Based Solutions for Big Data: How Can This Affect Your Business?

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 1/19/16 6:00 AM
I know that cloud based solutions for big data utilization have become an increasing trend, and how ...

Using Foresight to Strengthen Your Business with Business Intelligence

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 9/17/15 8:51 AM
“Life is a choice Cultivate your power of foresight Make and execute prompt decisions.” (Apple Town ...

Defining Your Business Intelligence: Key Performance Indicators

Posted by Hillary Oei on 10/17/14 12:00 PM
At the end of the day, your organization is only as good as its employees. Your employees create ide...

Why Should I Care About Business Intelligence: Data Integration 101

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 10/10/14 4:30 AM
To further understand Business Intelligence and what it can do for any particular organization, we m...

Why Business Intelligence Matters: Top 5 Misconceptions About BI

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 10/3/14 3:00 AM
Decisions are made through clear information.  Business Intelligence (BI) is the processes, technolo...

Government Review: Contracting and the United States (Part Three)

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 6/9/14 6:30 AM
Employees thrive in predictable environments where they can live, grow and learn within. Of all thre...

Government Review: Contracting and the United States (Part Two)

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 6/2/14 6:30 AM
Full government shutdown should be the last resort for any organization.

Government Review: Contracting and the United States (Part One)

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 5/26/14 6:30 AM
Government Shutdown In 2013, the nation saw an event that no one could have imagined: sequestration ...

Elements of a Business Intelligence Strategy

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 7/29/11 1:56 PM
Making an Intelligent Investment Most medium to large sized businesses have or will make investments...

Why Business Intelligence (BI)?

Posted by Jeffrey Yefsky on 7/1/11 10:08 AM
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