End the Chaos: A Better Approach to Business Intelligence

Harvard Business Review

Our business units are all trying to do the same thing with different tools," she says. Business executives are unaware of the extent to which their staffs routinely reinvent the wheel to get the information they need. It's the wisdom of crowds driving better business actions.

The Definitive Guide to Enterprise-wide Analytics Alignment

The Kini Group

It’s difficult to set up, difficult to maintain, and difficult to determine its impact on the business. Before you dismiss the possibility of enterprise-wide analytics for your business, though, let’s discuss some common complaints. Business Intelligence

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5 Reasons CFOs Struggle with Financial Reporting and Analysis (and How to Overcome the Challenges)

The Kini Group

The remainder of the C-suite wants better access to insights uncovered so that they can make faster business decisions and better evaluate their teams’ performance. On top of these two pressure points, the finance department must be transparent about its purchases.

5 Reasons CFOs Struggle with Financial Reporting (and How to Overcome the Challenges)

The Kini Group

The remainder of the C-suite wants better access to insights uncovered so that they can make faster business decisions and better evaluate their teams’ performance. On top of these two pressure points, the finance department must be transparent about its purchases.

The Importance of Data Visualization In Your Business and 10 Ways to Pull it Off Easily

The Kini Group

Data visualization puts complex data into a graphical format, allowing you to more easily understand the state of your business and identify patterns to bolster your successful strategies. You’d start with a handy spreadsheet and slowly and painstakingly create a simplified graphic to help convey a message or understand a business trend. The Importance of Data Visualization & 9 Ways It Benefits Your Business. Business Intelligence

Simplify Your Analytics Strategy

Harvard Business Review

While the interests in analytics and resulting benefits are increasing by the day, some businesses are challenged by the complexity and confusion that analytics can generate. Discovering real business opportunities and achieving desired outcomes can be elusive.

Yes, Managing IT Is Your Job

Harvard Business Review

These "channel" systems helped steer business to American Airlines. ERP systems, RFID , knowledge management, business intelligence) have washed over organizations. I believe that IT will become a more integrated operational component of delivering business results, as at ING.

How Investors React When Companies Announce They’re Moving to a SaaS Business Model

Harvard Business Review

Adobe’s radical transformation from a product-based business model to a service-based one raised eyebrows in the industry, with many software vendors now wondering how radically they should approach the SaaS model. Disclosure: One of us works at Amazon Web Services, a provider for many SaaS businesses.). On the first point, of course, running two business models in parallel implies duplication of resources and can lead to the growth of the SaaS model being hindered.

Complimentary Resource – Economist: Smart SMBs Fine-Tuning the Engines of Growth

Strategy Driven

To achieve growth, economies the world over rely on small businesses to create jobs, increase competition and spur innovation. In return, these small businesses often look to governments for assistance, from cutting bureaucratic red tape to providing financial incentives such as tax breaks.

How to Compete When IT Is Abundant

Harvard Business Review

To stay competitive, businesses rapidly embraced PCs, and the subsequent transition to the client/server era. And given the complexities involved in building up competitive IT weaponry, businesses won by out-spending and out-resourcing their opponents. The cloud enables enterprises to efficiently implement best-of-breed services while serving the varied needs of a business.

Just Adding a Chief Data Officer Isn’t Enough

Harvard Business Review

Brad Peters, CEO of Birst, a business intelligence company, raised the issue of incentives and structure with me in an interview at Saleforce.com’s Dreamforce conference. Chief Operating and Finance Officers side-step this issue given the broader power-base of their positions.).

Tips for Conducting Business Across Continents

Strategy Driven

If you're looking to conduct cross-continent business, know that you can, but the task is not easy. The following are some tips that will enable you to conduct your global business successfully. The best advice I can give you is to keep your global business connected.

The Danger of Turning Cynical About Silicon Valley

Harvard Business Review

By this logic, there’s no reason to applaud the growing number of graduates from top universities opting for jobs in startups and tech rather than finance. GDP, according to Harvard Business School professor Josh Lerner , venture-backed companies made up more than 11% of public firms as of 2011, with a total market value of $25.9 Silicon Valley is losing its luster, at least among elite opinion-makers.

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Shadow IT Is Out of the Closet

Harvard Business Review

An impatient marketing or finance manager would, on the sly, secure some extra budget money and hire a contractor to build a little database that tracked mailing addresses or top-line financials. It's not as if IT departments aren't busy.

Lost in Translation

Strategy Driven

How to break down the barriers between the analytics community and the business. Data is omnipresent and within our grasp yet business truths are still elusive. Finding meaning in that data requires sifting through droves of extraneous information for business insight. It means distilling raw information into a “story” about our customers, our business growth levers, and the business challenges we face – all with a view of moving the business forward.

China, South Africa Advance Sustainability Efforts

Harvard Business Review

His friend, Dr. Shiping Liu, founder and CEO of Global Business Intelligence Consulting Co., agreed and added, "More and more of my clients are making sustainability a core part of their business strategy and they want to be able to report on this, with integrated reporting being the best way for them to do so.". China Finance Sustainability ETF SSE