6 reasons why the CIO will be the next Chief Innovation Officer

6 reasons why the CIO will be the next Chief Innovation Officer

We live in times where business volatility, new technologies, globalization and increased competition force business leaders to step back and question every aspect of their businesses. Organizations must be continuously looking for breakthrough developments in their business models and the value they provide to their customers. So radical change and innovation is a must to meet the challenges ahead. Effective …

5 Common Pitfalls in Current State Analysis

5 Common Pitfalls in Current State Analysis

Understanding the current state is arguably the biggest step for a Business Analyst or Product Owner on a new project to take. Projects, processes, and systems have a rich history that is typically complex. The larger the organization, the more complexity that is in play. User perceptions, stakeholder expectations, the political landscape and many other factors help or hinder the …

Embedded BI Changes the Strategic Role of the Business Analyst

Embedded BI Changes the Strategic Role of the Business Analyst

The world of business intelligence (BI) and data analytics has existed for decades; what started as simple Business Analysis reporting in the late 1980s has evolved to today’s near real-time querying. Departments rely on BI to make daily decisions, and at the highest-level organizations turn to BI and data analytics to make strategic business decisions that can dramatically affect a …

Announcing Azure Analysis Services general availability

Announcing Azure Analysis Services general availability

Today at the Data Amp event, we are announcing the general availability of Microsoft Azure Analysis Services, the latest addition to our data platform in the cloud. Based on the proven analytics engine in SQL Server Analysis Services, Azure Analysis Services is an enterprise grade OLAP engine and BI modeling platform, offered as a fully managed platform-as-a-service (PaaS). Azure Analysis …

It's Not Clairvoyance

It’s Not Clairvoyance, It’s Data Science

We’re in a fierce era of ever-increasing competition for great, reliable data. Around a decade ago, at the start of the Big Data boom, businesses were just beginning to devise ways to capture and record data. Today, we’re asking, “How do we make our data stronger to deliver insights that are more meaningful?” For some companies, the answer has been …

3 Essential Ways To Use Data Strategically

3 Essential Ways To Use Data Strategically

While it’s very impressive that today’s technology allows us to gather incredible amounts of data, the reality is much of the data is currently collected before anyone answers: “What do we want to do with this data?” The result: Your organization has a lot of data that isn’t very useful for business. Before rushing to start collecting data, every business …

Using Big Data to Make Intellectual Property a Strategic Weapon

Using Big Data to Make Intellectual Property a Strategic Weapon

New technologies enabling predictive analysis of Big Data provide intellectual property (IP) professionals a platform for better decision-making and vastly improved efficiencies. As a result, companies across the world are looking to harness the power of information and analytics to make themselves more Agile, lean, and profitable. Ultimately, applying information to drive better insight is leading to more effective business …

The Value of Hiring a Chief Data Officer

The Value of Hiring a Chief Data Officer

The title “Chief Data Officer” has grown in popularity over the past few years, as more and more businesses seek to harness the power of big data. However, some companies throw data tasks under the responsibility of the CIO or even CEO, adding to that person’s already heavy workload. What is clear is that companies value data, whether they are …

5 Keys to Leading in the Age of Analytics

5 Keys to Leading in the Age of Analytics

Organizations of all sizes have to consider the use of big data analytics, and understand how analytics fits into the corporate strategy. Data and analytics have redefined the way we compete. Data is a critical corporate asset that organizations are starting to monetize in new ways to get ahead of their competition. The bottom line? Companies that leverage data to …

How is Centralized BI Benefiting the Finance Industry?

How is Centralized BI Benefiting the Finance Industry?

The use of Business Intelligence and smart data analytics has become a common practice. Financial organizations use Business Intelligence tools to create competitive advantages by driving profits and reducing risks. The financial world is in constant change and managers need alerts and notifications when data changes in their transaction systems. They need to be able to access data and keep …