Define Your Social Media Objectives

For businesses stepping into social media for the first time or for companies who have already tried social media but unsure of the results, this topic is aimed to help you define, or re-define, the purpose of your social media programme.  There are many companies from start-ups to big business still missing the trick with…

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Understanding Mobile Broadband

  Mobile broadband has, until recently, struggled to fulfil its promise of actually providing a connection with broadband speeds. But with 4G networks deploying across the world, and existing 3G links being upgraded, mobile broadband is finally a realistic alternative to fixed-line services, in some cases providing a much faster connection than landlines. The flexibility…

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What has IT got to offer your business in 2013?

When it comes to techie toys, this New Year is full of potential for small businesses – and towering in importance for technology companies. We always expect smaller, lighter and/or more powerful computing, but this year there is a welter of other trends jostling for a business owner’s attention. We asked some experienced entrepreneurs who…

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Microsoft named a Self-Service Business Intelligence Leader by Forrester Research

  Forrester Research has positioned Microsoft as a leader in the “The Forrester Wave: Self-Service Business Intelligence Platforms, Q2 2012” report. In this report, Forrester highlights Microsoft’s approach to delivering self-service BI through the familiar tools of Excel and SharePoint. The research discovered that “Microsoft enables business users to look no further than Excel for…

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Why thinking is the enemy of innovation

Not really…. But if you want a 5-minute coffee break with a bit of humour take a look at MicrosoftBI’s YouTube channel, and specifically this great video: Why thinking is the enemy of innovation. And then browse through more serious videos, including How Procter & Gamble uses analyst reports to evaluate and select a software…

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Discover a more accurate way to see one version of the truth

Business intelligence is critical for organisations of any size. You need to know how your business is performing so you can see what’s working and what isn’t. How is your marketing spend increasing sales? What can you learn from geographic or seasonal spikes and troughs in sales? You need information to be relevant, accurate and timely…

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Implementing Self-Service BI with PowerPivot for Excel 2010

Excerpted from Microsoft Official Course 10337, Updating Your Microsoft SQL Server 2008 BI Skills to SQL Server 2008 R2,this lesson is part of a three-day, 300-level course focusing on the new features of SQL Server 2008 R2 for BI specialists who have 3-4 years of experience with SQL Server. This course is offered exclusively by…

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Business Intelligence (BI) with PerformancePoint in SharePoint 2010

This is the fifth article of a series to review the following five BI vehicles in SharePoint 2010 •Overview •Excel 2010 and PowerPivot •Excel Services •Visio Services •PerformancePoint Services •Reporting Services and Report Builder was a separate product. Now included in SharePoint 2010, PerformancePoint becomes a set of services configured as a service application, and…

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Business Intelligence: Empower Your Users with Business Intelligence

Guest post by Joshua Hoffman Business intelligence solutions provide scalable access to relevant information and analysis to help your people make the best possible business decisions. You often hear the most valuable resource within any company is the people. Certainly any organization has a lot of money tied up in inventory, real estate, technology and…

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