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Blue Margin Insights on Leveraging Dashboards and Data Intelligence

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What to Look for When Hiring a Power BI Consultant

“Our clients ask us to interview people when they're looking to bring the visualization...

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Forbes’ “Grandfather of Gamification”: Data Creates a Culture of Growth

Charles “Chuck” Coonradt is a consultant, CEO, and 5x best-selling author. His 1984 book The...

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How Leading Law Firms Track WIP, Client/Matter Performance, and DEI

"There are two key questions every firm that we've worked with has wanted to answer... The...

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Distribution Turns to Data to Increase Margins and Recover Rebates

"The sky is the limit once you see what your data can do for your system." - Director of...

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How Private Equity Uses Data-Driven Insights to Generate Alpha

“A data-driven approach is a valuable built-in asset you can add to a company. Almost by...

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Tenex Capital: How Private Equity Uses Data to Improve Portfolio Operations

“Too many portfolio companies have not invested in tech for too many years and find...

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The Foundation for Digital Transformation Growth Strategies

KPMG recently released their 2022 CEO Outlook, seeking the perspectives of 1,325 global CEOs...

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Data Transformation and Change Management

72% of high-performing organizations—those that embrace a culture that promotes constant...

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Data-Driven Change Management

Why is Data Driven Change Management Important?

 

If data science was a tool in a...

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Change Management and the Power of Data for Distributed Decision Making

“Despite the tools available, people still use their intuition to make people decisions....

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How to Build an Effective (Power BI) Dashboard

“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow...

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How to Become a Data-Driven Organization

"Right now, the biggest challenge for organizations working on their data strategy might...

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Tecum Capital: Using Data for Higher Returns in Manufacturing, Services, and Distribution

“If you don’t have any type of dashboarding or KPI system, it’s a major deduction on the...

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Pitfalls of Manual Excel Reporting

“Implementing business intelligence and automated reporting is the ultimate low-hanging...

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Using BI to Create Accountability and a Healthy Culture

“I've seen companies go from poor transparency and not very good accountability to a culture...

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Who is Your Data Mobilizer?

“I’m looking for a company’s ‘data mobilizer’...that individual with buy-in from the top,...

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Successful Dashboards: How Wireframing Saves Time and Delivers Results

With BI reporting, you will greatly reduce project time and increase impact by spending more...

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Notch Partners: Finding Executives for the Right Deal at the Right Time

Andy Thompson is founder and CEO of Notch Partners, a boutique executive talent consultancy...

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Data and the Art of Exploiting Headwinds

"BI provides real-time visibility into current signals, so leaders can make proactive...

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Using BI to Adapt to Market Forces, Improve Utilization, and Increase Profitability

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When to Use an External BI Consultant

While some companies choose to manage their data strategy and BI projects internally, many...

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Data Visibility and the PE-backed Executive

“When you don't have good instrumentation, you spend a lot of time worrying about what you...

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2 Essential Ingredients of Successful Data Projects

On The Dashboard Effect podcast, Brick Thompson, Blue Margin CEO, and Caleb Ochs, VP of...

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Andy Scott, CTO, on Data Transformation at Hydromax USA

In this installment of our Expert Insights Series, Jon Thompson hosts technology and...

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Succeed with BI: Manage Data Sources, Integration, and Redundancy

In our podcast episode, How to Succeed With BI: Types of Data Sources and Data Integration,...

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Improving Machine and Labor Utilization with Power BI Dashboards

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"The greatest impact of BI has been on our...

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The Quick Path to Winning with Data and Dashboards

In their podcast episode, How to Quickly Get BI Wins, Blue Margin CEO, Brick Thompson, and...

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Tactical BI for CFOs: a Blue Margin Webinar

“Visibility is the most efficient way to create a healthy culture and to move a company...

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Power BI Dashboards Drive Accountability in Commercial Services

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According to Charles Coonradt, author of The

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The Tide is Changing: Use BI to Capitalize on Uncertainty

 

The tide is changing. Asset classes that have been teeming with possibilities for the...

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Jill Belconis on Scaling Business with Clarity and (Data) Alignment

Jill Belconis, career CEO and former YPO International Chairman, is an accomplished business...

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Carter Freeman: The Strategic CFO and Using Data to Tell the Story

"As companies grow, financial leaders are wanting more purpose-built applications that can...

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Finding Success Despite Market Force Disruptions: Managing with Data Visibility

The need to adapt to market disruption is staring us in the face. If we are brave enough to...

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How To Assess Acquisition Value Through Data Diligence

“Companies that are more sophisticated from a data perspective are also more valuable. They...

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Visibility & Manager vs Mentor Tug-of-War in Private Equity

Article summary: Discover how data helps solve the manager vs mentor tug-of-war in private...

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Leaders Who Lead: 3 Principles (enabled by data) for Successful PE Investing

Article summary: Discover insight for portco team management from leaders who lead leaders. 

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Adam Coffey and The Exit Strategy Playbook [Interview Highlights]

 

 We were fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down once again with Adam Coffey, #1...

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Interview: Adam Coffey and The Exit Strategy Playbook [Watch Now]

Jon Thompson, Cofounder and Chief Strategy Officer at Blue Margin, sits down with Adam...

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Dashboard Design to Ensure Adoption

If your business intelligence isn’t easy enough, your users will fail to adopt. Adoption is...

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Best Practices for Data Warehouse Architecture

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Data Lake vs Data Warehouse

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Data Warehouse Essentials for Dashboard Reporting in PE-backed Companies

Article Summary: A paraphrased excerpt from The Dashboard Effect highlighting the benefits...

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Artificial Intelligence - Stop Tripping Over Dollars to Pick Up Dimes

Few would argue that companies operating across traditional industries (e.g., manufacturing,

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Power BI vs Excel

Article summary: Learn why Power BI, a cloud-based, centralized source for data insights, is...

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What Is Business Intelligence for Private Equity?

If you believe better data is one of the top drivers of growth, you're not alone.

According...

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The Dashboard Effect: Data Transparency

It's Time for Private Equity to Join the (4th Industrial) Revolution! 

The business world is...

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6 Strategies for Using Data in Supply Chain Management

Article summary: Supply chains are constantly evolving. Here are 6 moves you should be...
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Private Equity Advantage: Data Intelligence Strategies You Can Steal

Article summary:  See why Private Equity succeeds—and how you can use that knowledge to your...

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How Can PE Firms Differentiate Through Digital Transformation?

Article summary: Learn the data optimization strategies PE firms can use to differentiate...

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3 Business Intelligence Trends Every Manufacturer Needs To Know

Article summary: Learn how to use data optimization strategies and business intelligence to a

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Why Data Initiatives Fail at Law Firms

Article summary:  Do you know why data initiatives fail at law firms—and what you can do...
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How Data Optimization Increases Distribution Performance

Apparently, we should blame Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen for the offense. 

A...

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3 Trends in Legal Data Intelligence

Here are three key trends we're watching in the legal industry and the data optimization...

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How to Develop New Initiatives Free From Bias or Assumptions

The Dashboard Effect is a ground-breaking book about how companies are using data to move to...

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Yes, Healthcare Employees Keep Score

Article summary: Discover the benefits of data transparency in a healthcare provider...

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3 Ways to Automate Employee Motivation & Productivity with Dashboards

Your employees want (and need) to understand the rules of the game they’re playing. While it...

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The Dashboard Effect: How to Use a Scoreboard to Drive Success

If you’re still trying to inspire employees to reach their full potential through annual...

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Why You Should Take Advantage of Power BI for Your Commercial Services Company

Data is the driving force of the most progressive and successful companies and is more...

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The Hidden Bazinga of Dirty Data

Article summary: What can you do when the hidden Bazinga of dirty data plays tricks on your...

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3 Unexpected KPIs that Drive Manufacturing Success

Article summary: Looking for new ideas for tracking real progress at your company? Check out...

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3 Mistakes Good Leaders Make

Article summary: Can you avoid the top 3 data mistakes good leaders make? Read on to find...

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Jon Thompson Guests on: The Manufacturing Executive [Watch Now]

 

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Healthcare HQ™ Trendwatch [Doctor Demand, Telehealth, and Ransomware]

Article summary: Healthcare HQ™ Trendwatch spotlights trending developments in the medical...

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Adam Coffey and The Private Equity Playbook [Cover Story]

Article summary: Adam Coffey, CEO of CoolSys, shares business intelligence secrets from his...

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Data Wins Championships [The Mahomes Factor]

Article summary: Data helps your company compete to win. Those that understand how data wins...

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Why Data Intelligence is THE Critical Path to Growth for Business

For many private equity firms, managing a portfolio of companies can feel more like...

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Power BI And Google Analytics: A Match Made In Big Data Heaven

Matches made in heaven, or power couples as we called them in college, only come along...

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The Latest from Harvard:  Motivate Employees with Your Data

At Blue Margin, we’ve experimented with various tactics to motivate our employees and...

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Why BI for Small Businesses?

Why does the average small company need business intelligence? Almost without exception,...

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Two Big Data And Dashboard Mistakes Private Equity Firms Make

Data is trending, and while private equity deal teams increasingly give lip service to the...

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The Dirt on Big Data

There are always some phrases we use without really knowing what they mean - think "The...

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The 2nd Cause of the IN-Visible Enterprise

Information Silos. It can be argued that information is the life-blood of any company and...

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The #1 Flaw of the IN-Visible Enterprise

First, let’s consider the preeminent responsibility in running a business: defining the...

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Streaming Data Sets in Power BI Just Got Easier

Microsoft just made streaming datasets a whole lot easier in Power BI.  For the past year,...

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Reaching New Business Heights with The Dashboard Effect

What is The Dashboard Effect?

In its purest form, The Dashboard Effect  is a company that...

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Is Excel the Next Killer App for Business Intelligence?

While companies use a variety of different business intelligence (BI) tools and...

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Private Equity Turns to Business Intelligence to Maximize Investments

Private Equity investors make investment decisions based on balance sheets and P&L...

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Power BI, Microsoft's Outlier on the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant

Power BI now outranks Tableau, Qlik, Domo, Cognos . . . heck, everyone.

For the tenth...

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Power BI Solves Seattle Bar's Operating Inefficiencies, Saves $30k/yr

What could your business do with an extra $30,000 a year? By implementing Microsoft Power BI...

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Power BI iPhone App - Don't Leave Home Without It

For reasons like this and this, Power BI is one of the fastest growing business...

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Power BI Dashboard Case Studies for Private Equity Companies

Business intelligence is one of the hottest topics among industry leaders. Private equity...

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Power BI and the World Cup: What's Better Than That?

We at Blue Margin, like most of the world, have World Cup fever. There's nothing quite...

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Power BI and Gartner's "Magic Quadrant"

There's BIG news in the BI world, of the magical sort.

Gartner just released their Magic...

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Power BI & Sharepoint: Quite Possibly the Best Integration Yet

Folks, we’ve been waiting for this feature release

Microsoft just announced Power BI’s...

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Our Hometown of Fort Collins: Beer, Bikes, Bands, and Adventures

Why is Blue Margin headquartered in Fort Collins instead of Denver (since one of our...

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Our "Secret Sauce" for Creating Power BI Dashboards that GET ADOPTED

Fact:  The difference between dashboards that just "look good," and those that get adopted...

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News Flash: BI is Essential For Business

Countless articles have been written about the growth of data analytics and business...

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Moneyball for Business: How Dashboards Transform Companies

Let’s recap.

In our last article, we talked about how “dashboards” (displaying...

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Microsoft Buys Mobile BI Leader Datazen

In a move that backs up its promise to be "mobile first, cloud first," Microsoft announced...

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Just Turn It On!

I recently stumbled across a site called notalwaysright.com, which is dedicated to...

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How To Implement Portfolio Analytics To Manage Your PE Portfolio

In the race to increase portfolio company value through add-ons, improved gross margins, and...

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How To Compare Business Intelligence Software

In recent years, there is no business discipline that has moved to the forefront of the...

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How To Align Deal Teams and Executive Teams Using Company Scorecards

"Transparency is not just a buzzword; it may be a necessity for business survival in the...

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How the Modern Data Warehouse Supports Buy-and-Build in Private Equity

With consistently increasing deal multiples across markets, the opportunity to acquire...

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How Manufacturing Uses Dashboards To Increase Profitability

Deloitte provides a clear and simple answer to this question in their “Analytics for...

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How Private Equity Firms Keep Data Chaos From Depleting Portco Value

Middle market private equity firms share a common denominator: their portfolio companies...

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How Manufacturers Use Data Intelligence To Increase Accountability

“If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” – Henry...

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Forrester Report: Expert Insights on the BI Industry

What J.D. Power reports are to consumer products, Forrester Wave(tm) reports are...

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Effective BI Is Like A Veggie Burger... (5 Key Characteristics)

Business Intelligence (BI) technology is quickly becoming commonplace in companies of every...

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Do You Really Need a Data Warehouse? (Part 2)

In case you need to get caught up . . .

In our last data warehouse post, we talked about how...

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Do You Really Need a Data Warehouse? (Part 1)

Data warehouses sound like a pain.  And if you don't have a data architect on staff (who has...

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Do BI Dashboards Really Work?

If you’ve read a few of my articles, you know that I love to talk about business...

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Cutting Through the Noise with Power BI Data Visualizations

"Our ability to make sense of the 'signals' from all the 'noise' in our data is paramount...
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Business Intelligence Won't Help Your Business, unless . . .

We are at an exciting time in the world of business technology. People are becoming more and...

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Business Intelligence Software: A Quick Comparison

As Business Intelligence” (i.e., data analytics and dashboards) plays an ever-increasing...

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Business Intelligence for SMB's? C'mon man!

While we all have our challenges with MS products, (Just image search “Windows 8 memes” if...

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Blue Margin Releases VSTS Solution Template for Power BI

Blue Margin, Inc., Microsoft Gold Partner in Data Analytics and Data Platform just released...

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Blue Margin Named Colorado Companies to Watch Award Winner

The Blue Margin team is excited to announce that we have been named a "50 Colorado Company...

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BI For Everyone

Business intelligence is now a profit generating tool for Small to Medium Size Businesses...

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Are You Missing the Data Train? HBR Thinks So

That’s right.  Unless you work in the retail sector (which has used data analytics to...

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7 ½ Reasons a Data Warehouse is Worth the Investment

Chances are, if you're reading this article, you're thinking about investing in a data...

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5 Ways Leading Manufacturers Use Data to Improve Culture and Operations

Complex logistics, multiple data sources, tight order-to-cash timelines . . . for virtually...

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4 Ways Microsoft Power BI Supercharges Your Business

1.       You can’t change what you can’t see.

Power BI takes your vital business data and...

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4 Key Benefits of Business Intelligence Available to Midsize Businesses

Business intelligence is a term that has been widely used, but it generally describes a...

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The Ostrich Problem Applied to Business Performance

I recently read an awesome article by Dr. Christian Jarrett called “The Ostrich Problem” and...

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