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Research, articles, and tips on CRM, Business Intelligence, ERP, supply chain management, and other enterprise applications.

3 Strategies to Prepare Data for Analytics

November 26, 2014

Do not make the mistake of focusing too much on analytics without building an information management foundation to get it right.

Office 365: Is It Right for the Enterprise?

November 24, 2014

Microsoft offers both small business and enterprise customers customized versions of Office 365 to meet most any need.

Elasticsearch Uses Power of Community for Open Source Analytics [VIDEO]

November 21, 2014

How has the ELK stack emerged to become a leading open source data analysis platform?

Loyalty Program Leaders Leverage Data Analytics

November 20, 2014

A reliance on data analytics informs the best practices of loyalty program leaders, shows research from the International Institute for Analytics.

How IoT Will Change Big Data Analytics

November 17, 2014

The Internet of Things promises to change industries such as insurance and public utilities. To enjoy the benefits, companies must change how they store and analyze Big Data.

Generic vs. Custom Field Service Apps

November 14, 2014

Some circumstances call for generic business applications, while others require built-to-purpose apps. How do you determine the best approach?

Consumers Love Mobile Marketing, Location-based Services

November 11, 2014

Mobile marketing, particularly location-based mobile marketing, provides big opportunities for businesses and benefits for consumers.

10 Open Source ERP Options

November 10, 2014

While the ERP market is dominated by software giants like SAP and Oracle, there are plenty of open source ERP options.

9 Tips for Building Terrific Mobile Retail Apps

November 5, 2014

Creating mobile retail apps that engage consumers and increase sales can be tricky. From creating a strategy to getting the right features, these tips can help.

IoT Driving New Business Models

November 4, 2014

The Internet of Things is not a futuristic concept. IoT is already driving new business solutions, as seen in three examples from the Connected Cloud Summit.

Microsoft Cloud Apps vs. Best of Breed

November 3, 2014

Microsoft offers cloud-based apps for business intelligence, CRM and ERP. You'll want to evaluate the "best-of-breed" approach to going with a single vendor like Microsoft for everything.

Self-service BI Initiatives Fall Short

October 30, 2014

Why do so few business people use self-service business intelligence? A lack of training is one problem.

Analytics Playing Greater Role in ERP

October 28, 2014

More ERP vendors are including analytics as a standard feature so companies are less inclined to use third-party business intelligence tools.

5 Ways to Build Cooler Enterprise Apps

October 27, 2014

With the build-your-own-application movement beginning to take off, best practices for BYOA are starting to emerge.

Cloud Analytics a Winner for SAS

October 24, 2014

Its cloud analytics business is booming, revealed SAS this week, also announcing increased support for Hadoop and strategies for addressing the data science skills gap.

Startup Spotlight: Attentive.ly Puts Social to Work

October 23, 2014

With its roots in helping nonprofits leverage social media, Attentive.ly helps companies identify and deepen relationships with their top "influencers."

Cloud ERP Acceptance on Upswing

October 21, 2014

While ERP has been moving more slowly to the cloud than other enterprise apps, recent research shows a growing number of companies plan to use cloud for future ERP deployments.

Process Automation a Key to Business Value

October 17, 2014

IT professionals say expanding process automation throughout an organization yields clear business benefits.

Analytics ROI Is Strong, and Getting Stronger

October 15, 2014

Nucleus Research found that organizations get an average ROI of $13.01 for every dollar they spend on analytics applications, up from $10.66 in 2011.

Business Intelligence 103: The Future Lies Ahead

October 14, 2014

Emerging technologies like dynamic data visualization promise to change business intelligence for the better.