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  • WiseAnalytics Blog » Finding the balance between business and IT
    and why it doesn t meet business needs make sure to look at must haves versus nice to haves create agreement among stakeholders who will also be using the new solution In most cases IT supports and develops business applications meaning they require an understanding of the business challenges being faced how these translate into features and solution capabilities and general technical requirements what the integration and storage requirements are and whether changes in infrastructure are required to support the new solution development effort and support for offerings being evaluated and the implications building up applications that meet business needs longer term These aspects represent the first look at the responsibilities of each of these entities The reality is that because they overlap collaboration is required How much and specific aspects will differ depending on the politics within the organization and the amount of collaboration that already exists The best balance within organizations generally exist when both entities look at software projects as something that is the responsibility of both the business unit sponsoring the project and the IT department This way both understand the value of each set of contributions On the business side this includes all of the subject matter expertise while the IT department develops the solution and supports the technology required to actualize the project This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program which provides midsize businesses with the tools expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet I ve been compensated to contribute to this program but t he opinions expressed in this post are my own and don t necessarily represent IBM s positions strategies or opinions You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed You can leave a

    Original URL path: http://www.wiseanalytics.com/blog/2014/03/31/finding-the-balance-between-business-and-it/ (2016-04-27)
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  • WiseAnalytics Blog » Big data for small companies
    have high data volumes but do have complexities based on industry or company specific requirements that are best handled within a big data infrastructure These represent a subset of reasons why mid sized businesses should be looking at whether big data applies within their organizations and what needs to happen to implement a big data framework As with all technology projects more considerations are required than just looking at whether the organization faces challenges that reflect the factors above or others conducive to big data environments Organizations need to understand their current infrastructure what they can support what hardware or cloud based provisions need to be considered costs of initiating a new data management project and how all of this will directly affect business Understanding the bigger picture and where a big data solution might fit within a broader information architecture and how it benefits the company as a whole is one of the first steps of deciding whether it s the right step for the organization Overall the important thing to remember is not to discredit the potential big data can bring to the organization because it may seem out of reach as open source technologies internal resources and general education can help mid market companies move towards their big data goals This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program which provides midsize businesses with the tools expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet I ve been compensated to contribute to this program but t he opinions expressed in this post are my own and don t necessarily represent IBM s positions strategies or opinions You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed You can leave a response or trackback from your own

    Original URL path: http://www.wiseanalytics.com/blog/2014/03/18/772/ (2016-04-27)
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  • WiseAnalytics Blog » Looking at Business Intelligence Holistically
    what services they use etc Only by consolidating a wide variety of data sources can an organization really gain insight into their customer base Information such as accounts receivable customer support transaction history application use and the like should be consolidated to provide account managers call centre reps and anyone with access to the customer insights into how to better service their customer or where to draw the line Obviously customer facing applications is just one area that requires a broader outlook when looking at the information required to provide better products and services Whether sales marketing supply chain or industry focused organizations require the ability to analyze data that extends beyond sales pipelines sales performance or marketing With mobile access cloud based computing and big data stores all becoming a reality and providing more flexibility in what and how information is accessed the fact remains that unless all types of important data are easily accessible BI remains limited The concept of holistic BI right now is still just a concept to many organizations and that is ok Not all traditional BI infrastructures can adequately handle new data types or complexities with ease Consequently many organizations are looking at how to restructure their outlooks and BI infrastructures to address newer challenges that apply a more holistic approach to data management and analytics Looking at holistic BI as an iterative approach and developing a game plan on how to achieve broader data access and better customer insights is the first step to taking advantage of the full benefits BI and supporting technology now have to offer organizations This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program which provides midsize businesses with the tools expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet I ve

    Original URL path: http://www.wiseanalytics.com/blog/2014/02/28/looking-at-business-intelligence-holistically/ (2016-04-27)
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  • WiseAnalytics Blog » Looking at the value proposition of leveraging information assets
    holistic approach to information access points so that employees and decision makers do not have to spend time trying to find data instead of interacting with it For some SMBs the actual roadblock was due to the software available time to value pricing licensing etc and not a dread of spreadsheet use and broader information management Luckily the availability of a wide variety of solutions that can be deployed various ways helps organizations get closer to this goal This means that although the initial requirements identification is needed organizations can develop solutions that meet their needs and that automate the generation of regularly required information and insights The level of detail and complexity is left up to the organization but taking this step gives employees an automated approach to business insight Irrespective of why analytics are starting to become more important to SMBs technology can now match business needs and help support information insights without breaking the bank Overall understanding customer buying habits supply chain inadequacies or market opportunities cannot be achieved effectively through traditional spreadsheet use At the same time evaluating what is working and what needs improvement requires looking at information assets holistically to identify how things can run more smoothly and what opportunities can be identified This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program which provides midsize businesses with the tools expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet I ve been compensated to contribute to this program but t he opinions expressed in this post are my own and don t necessarily represent IBM s positions strategies or opinions You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2 0 feed You can leave a response or trackback from your own site Leave a Reply

    Original URL path: http://www.wiseanalytics.com/blog/2014/02/11/looking-at-the-value-proposition-of-leveraging-information-assets/ (2016-04-27)
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  • WiseAnalytics Blog
    posted under category Uncategorized Recent Posts Recent Comments Popular Tags The TCO of analytics in the cloud and the mid market advantage 0 Comments Since Thursday February 19 2015 13 00 Market Diversity Creating Better Access for Midmarket Organizations 0 Comments Since Tuesday December 23 2014 8 56 The rise of embedded Business Intelligence BI 0 Comments Since Saturday December 20 2014 18 14 Driving Technology Projects The Right Way

    Original URL path: http://www.wiseanalytics.com/blog/2015/02/19/ (2016-04-27)
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  • WiseAnalytics Blog
    category Uncategorized Recent Posts Recent Comments Popular Tags The TCO of analytics in the cloud and the mid market advantage 0 Comments Since Thursday February 19 2015 13 00 Market Diversity Creating Better Access for Midmarket Organizations 0 Comments Since Tuesday December 23 2014 8 56 The rise of embedded Business Intelligence BI 0 Comments Since Saturday December 20 2014 18 14 Driving Technology Projects The Right Way 0 Comments

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