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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 company’s bottom line? More...

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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 these three unexpected...

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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 out.

Topic: Leadership Trends

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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 industry and offers...

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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 bestselling book, The...

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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 championships (“The...

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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 controlled chaos than strategic...

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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 once in a while. I'm...

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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 executives (we sometimes feel...

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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 to a 2019 survey, "Fortune...

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Why BI for Small Businesses?

Why does the average small company need business intelligence? Almost without exception, every business produces a lot...

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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 importance of data-driven...

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The Dirt on Big Data

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

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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 that business success...

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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 goals of the business, then...

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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, users have been building...

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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 defines its key performance...

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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 technologies, almost everyone still...

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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 statements – typically in Excel, the...

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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 consecutive year, Microsoft has...

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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 business intelligence on...

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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 intelligence tools on the market,...

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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 firms are no exception....

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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 like it- where the whole world...

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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 Quadrant for Business...

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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 integration with SharePoint...

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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 partners lives in the Denver area,...

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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 is subtle. 

More Important...

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News Flash: BI is Essential For Business

Countless articles have been written about the growth of data analytics and business intelligence and their impact on...

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Moneyball for Business: How Dashboards Transform Companies

Let’s recap.

In our last article, we talked about how “dashboards” (displaying business-critical information in...

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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 on Tuesday that it has...

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Just Turn It On!

I recently stumbled across a site called notalwaysright.com, which is dedicated to funny/painful stories from...

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Is There An Olympic Event for Data Geeks?

If you're like us, you're sad to see it go.  The only truly global event in existence.  Yes, the summer Olympics are...

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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 operational efficiency,...

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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 business community’s collective...

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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 21st century." - Glassdoor

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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 bolt-on companies in pursuit of...

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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 Manufacturers” guide.  Their...

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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 rely on a menagerie of...

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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 Ford

 

There’s a lot of hype...

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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 to business technology. Using both...

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Financial Execs Know:  Good Dashboards Transform Companies (Part 1)

Perhaps you’ve heard the adage, “You don’t fatten a pig by weighing it.”  While this holds true on a farm, if you’re in...

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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 size, in every industry....

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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 data warehouses are the...

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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 the rare gift of...

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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 intelligence and embracing a...

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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 for organisation to undertake...
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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 more connected, making the...

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Business Intelligence Software: A Quick Comparison

As Business Intelligence” (i.e., data analytics and dashboards) plays an ever-increasing role in day-to-day business,...

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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 you don’t know what I mean.)...

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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 a VSTS Solution Template to...

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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 to Watch in 2018" award...

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BI For Everyone

Business intelligence is now a profit generating tool for Small to Medium Size Businesses (SMBs).  Until recently...

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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 capture 30%-40% revenue and...

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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 warehouse

If you are on the...

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5 Ways Leading Manufacturers are Putting Their Data to Work

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

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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 converts it into practical,...

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4 Key Benefits of Data Intelligence Available to Midsize Businesses

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

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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 The Danger of Not Tracking...