Mar 06, 2014
Author: Jeff Busch
A Brief History
Recently, I was curious about where the term dashboard came from. I know we get the business intelligence (BI) term from vehicle dashboards, but I could not remember ever learning why we call them dashboards instead of instrument panels or vehicle performance information readouts or something like that. Webster’s Dictionary to the rescue. Well, technically, it was Google, then Wikipedia, and then Webster’s Dictionary to make sure Wikipedia was being honest with me. Anyway, Webster’s Dictionary says that the term dashboard came from the wooden panel used to protect carriage drivers from mud splashed (or dashed) up from the hooves of the horses. Hence, a dashboard. Later, the board did double duty as something to mount gauges on for early cars. I have to admit I chuckled a bit when I read this because I realized that Business Intelligence (BI) dashboards do the same thing, or at least they should. A dashboard report will have the greatest benefit when it provides (more…)
Feb 25, 2014
Author: Jason Apwah
The process to create a proper multi-dimensional OLAP database includes the structural design of cube dimensions during the early stages. However, OLAP dimensions should be normalized. Although this prerequisite may sound rigid for a company’s existing data structure, proper OLAP dimension hierarchies enable drill-down reporting and fulfill other business reporting requirements. A common challenge that IT departments face is creating these classifications that from highest to lowest level, each describe decreasingly smaller set of related data, while minimizing the duplication of those elements.
A solution to easily and reliably test for dimension elements with multiple parents in Cognos TM1 will be described. The concept is very simple, and the script only performs two tasks: (more…)
Feb 18, 2014
IBM recently published an article regarding midsize business and their growing interest in – and need for — business intelligence. A recent survey of IT managers in midsize companies, conducted by Slashdot, identified the key challenges and incentives midsize businesses face around business analytics and intelligence. Some of the key findings are identified here. For complete survey results, visit the following website by clicking here.
Business Analytics has given large companies an edge for years. It helps them be more competitive, make information-based decisions faster and better, improves operational efficiencies, and boosts the bottom line. Until now, the use of sophisticated analytics by smaller businesses has been limited: many lack the staff to deploy, customize, or use analytics; for others, the entry price of business intelligence tools and necessary infrastructure was too costly. Now, a convergence of several important long-term trends has made business analytics (BA) and Business intelligence (BI) critical to the success and survival of midsize organizations. These include: (more…)
Feb 11, 2014
Author: Dan Scovill | Staffing Specialist – TechServe Alliance Certified Professional Services Recruiter
Today’s job market can seem more frustrating than ever when it comes to actually getting in front of a manager that is hiring. Have you felt like no matter how many times you submit your résumé to a job posting, you don’t hear from anybody even though you feel you are well qualified? If you answered, “Yes” chances are your résumé is what is holding you back.
As a Recruiter, I see which résumés are most effective at “getting your foot in the door” on a daily basis. Hiring Managers are busier than ever and if they are not interested in your résumé within 30 seconds, you are likely to end up in the rejected pile. Hundreds of résumés are submitted to job postings. You need to make sure YOUR résumé is the one that stands out!
Writing your résumé is not an exact science, but here are some tips that have helped my candidates succeed over the years: (more…)
Jan 28, 2014
Author: Kevin Jacquier
I recently joined a project that just baffled my mind with respect to the amount of time and resources that had been spent prior to any true visual representation of the requirements and functionality. Unfortunately, my peers and I were brought in well into this investment. It’s all great work, but it has consumed over six months of time with more than four distinct groups (Business Users, Business Analysts, Architects, Quality Assurance, and now Design Architects). I understand the need for thorough requirements and design, but there is still a great deal of concern if the currently proposed functionality will satisfy the needs of the user community.
Allow me to step up here onto my soapbox. You see, I am a firm believer in early prototyping, especially on projects that involve (more…)
Jan 21, 2014
Author: Brian Birkbeck
New to the industry of recruiting, I quickly realized the reason recruiting can be so difficult is that most organizations don’t have a process to clearly, fully, and accurately define the role’s qualifications; this includes behaviors in addition to skills and experience. The turnover cost for one bad employee can be as much as 2-3 times their salary. When making any diction on hiring someone for a position, it is crucial for companies to clearly define the position and required skills they are looking for.
It is particularly important in today’s technological age to start the hiring process with a clear perception of what you need and the type of person you would like to do it. Companies need to (more…)
Jan 08, 2014
Recruiters share the scoop.
Each January, there is an abundance of articles and blogs predicting what the new year will bring. FYI Solutions would be remiss if we did not offer our view of the world for 2014. We look at technology trends from IBM, Gartner, and others; we listen to what our clients tell us as they plan their 2014 budgets; and we experience what the hottest jobs to recruit for are.
We found an article from Information Week that does a great job of summing up what we are experiencing. There are no earth-shaking revelations; instead, we see a continuation of the biggest trends from 2013 as far as the technology skills, roles, and titles that employers want. Here are the hot jobs predicted for 2014 per Information Week:
Big data experts: Yesterday’s buzzword is tomorrow’s hot job market. While the hype around big data is not new, actual hiring in the category will start to gain tangible ground in (more…)
Dec 18, 2013
Author: Ralph Cetrulo
I recently viewed a webinar entitled “The Customer-activated Enterprise” by IBM. The information presented was based on a survey of CxO’s and the title really intrigued me. The study was based on face-to-face conversations with more than 4,000 C-suite executives worldwide.
The information offered insight into how business leaders view the world, their priorities and how they are preparing for the future. Emerging were three major themes that the C-suite viewed as “must haves” for future business survival:
• Open up to customer influence (more…)
Dec 10, 2013
Author: Colleen Luzaj
When I graduated college many years ago with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, my main goal was to find an established Public Accounting Firm with a good reputation and work my way up from Junior Accountant to Partner. While this was my professional goal, it was also everyone else’s goal that majored in accounting.
Needless to say, I worked very hard and very long hours and eventually I achieved my goal. One day, I looked around the Firm I was working at and said to myself “now what”. I no longer was able to work on the areas I had grown to enjoy. I now was being asked to bring in new clients and have lunch with bankers and insurance agents, anyone who could help me bring in the next big client. I was not happy and wasn’t enjoying my new role.
But what to do? (more…)
Dec 03, 2013
Author: Joe Rodriguez
Social Media has become a significant and valuable contributor to the glossary of useful information in the realm of Big Data. And its availability for purposes of driving more effective analytics is priceless, as it adds yet another element of visibility into a company’s positioning with its customers… namely customer sentiment. Having the ability to analyze social media is like having a built-in global survey tool that can be tweaked to achieve an array of specific objectives. How well are customers receiving my company? What do they think of my product or variety of products? What else can we do to meet or exceed customer expectations? What are customers excited about that we may be able to capitalize on early in the game? These are mere examples of what one can determine with social media analytics.
I attended a session about social media analytics at this year’s IBM Information on Demand Conference (IOD) where an example was illustrated about (more…)