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3 Business Intelligence Myths

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3 Business Intelligence MythsWith everyone jumping on the Big Data bandwagon, business intelligence software is needed now more than ever to help make sense of all the information. But BI can be a scary endeavor for many businesses. After all, it’s not only a significant financial investment, but launching a new BI system requires technical prowess and a keen sense of what matters most to the company in terms of performance measures.

Regardless of whether those skills and knowledge come from within or from external providers, business intelligence is surrounded by a lot of myths, half-truths, and misunderstandings that can set your project up for failure before it even gets started.

Here are three myths to be aware of: View Article…

Manufacturing Metrics that Matter Most

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ForecastingIn today’s manufacturing enterprise, executives and line of business managers are constantly bombarded with information, making it difficult to weed through it all to figure out what business issues need to be addressed.

This has prompted many companies to rely more heavily on their BI software applications to track the Key Performance Indicators (or KPIs) of their organizations.  KPIs are financial and non-financial measures that help decision makers pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of their businesses and show whether they are in line with their strategic objectives. View Article…

Demand Forecasting Should Be a Core Competency

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ForecastingFor many US manufacturers, the business landscape has changed dramatically over the past several years. Not only have we endured a downturn in the economy, causing increased competition, but we have been lured to the world of outsourced manufacturing. So the question becomes: Where should manufacturers that were more vertically integrated refocus and develop core competencies? Certainly brand management, quality and even culture are long standing core competencies, but what — from a process perspective — makes the biggest difference? View Article…

Understanding Your Suppliers with Business Analytics

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Understanding Your Suppliers with Business AnalyticsRecent studies show that the ability to produce hard cost savings that impact the bottom line is now the primary focus of many procurement departments. Unfortunately, most manufacturers don’t know how much they spend, on which products, and with which suppliers. The lack of good data makes true strategic sourcing a statistical impossibility and the identification of hidden cost opportunities is virtually out of the question. Inadequate spend analysis costs companies $260 billion in missed savings overall. View Article…

The “Roles” of Business Intelligence

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The “Roles” of Business IntelligenceMany organizations use business intelligence technologies to drive their businesses forward. The key is to deploy solutions that users can leverage to answer key questions on their own in context with their specific business roles.

BI for Executives

C-level executives demand information that is highly summarized and relevant to their key initiatives. They need to be able to see the big picture quickly and clearly so they can take action. View Article…

3 Ways Business Intelligence Can Improve Your Sales and Marketing Efforts

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3 Ways Business Intelligence Can Improve Your Sales and Marketing EffortsWith today’s business intelligence dashboards, end users in every department of the organization have a more effective means of gaining greater insight into their side of the business without having to go back to IT or business analysts for more data. And that data in the hands of your sales and marketing team in particular can mean huge improvements for those departments.

Here are three ways business intelligence software can help improve your sales and marketing efforts. View Article…

Should You Acquire BI Technology From Your ERP Vendor?

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Should You Acquire BI Technology From Your ERP Vendor?Business intelligence (BI) is a high priority for many organizations. But for those with existing ERP systems, implementing or updating a BI program raises especially interesting challenges.

Should you source your BI technology from your ERP vendor – or choose a third-party, best-of-breed BI system?  Will BI be based just on ERP data or will data from other source systems be integrated? How will data integration, data quality and data normalization be handled?  Will your BI system scale to provide the performance and functionality required in both the short and long term?  How will implementation time and costs be affected by the strategy you select?  And what’s the best way to sort out all of these issues, build a business case, scope and plan the project effectively? View Article…

Stratum.Server: Optimizing DALOAD on IBMi

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Stratum Under CoversIn a previous post I covered a few techniques for optimizing the performance of GISLSDRV on Windows.  In this post I will cover the same for DALOAD on IBMi.


DALOAD is most efficient if it can process all the EXTPNDXX input records in memory in a single segment. Once the size of the input records it must process exceeds the amount of available memory, DALOAD automatically breaks the data into segments for sequential processing. We affectionately refer to this process as chunking. View Article…

How Different Members of Your Company Can Use Predictive Analytics

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How Different Members of Your Company Can Use Predictive AnalyticsAs part of a business intelligence system, predictive analytics process historical data (such as customer buying trends, inventory performance, financial performance, and more). The system “learns” what happened in the past then creates a prediction model based on the likelihood that a certain event will occur down the road. The goal is to learn from past mistakes and successes so you know what to change, what to replicate, and what to expect from the future.

For instance, predictive analytics might help you identify which inventory items are not only your top sellers, but also when they are most likely to turn the quickest. This can help you calculate safety stock to ensure your warehouse never runs out of product when you need it the most. View Article…